Travel by Saskia: New York

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New York, Concrete jungle where dreams are made of. There’s nothing you can’t do. Now you’re in New York, these streets will make you feel brand new, big lights will inspire you, lets hear it for New York, New York, New York……

Let’s kick off this travel blog with the big apple, the city that never sleeps!

New York at daytime; there is so much to do, I won’t know where to start. Put on your flats, get a coffee to go and start with a walk along the Hudson or Central Park, shop till you drop (or till your Credit Card gets declined!) at Barneys, Saks, Bloomingdales, Bergdorf Goodman or go strolling through the West Village or Meatpacking District or visit Ground Zero, the Empire State Building, Staten Island etc. I could go on and on so don’t get me started! Oh I didn’t even mention one of the amazing museums, shame on me.

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I’d rather share my suggestions for nighttime and tell you about the latest hot-spots to drink, dine & dance, people (celebs) watching.

Drinks & Dine

Catch-A great restaurant in the Meatpacking district with a club on top. The best night here is oddly enough the Monday night. You will not find Catch at it’s official street address, the entrance is around the corner, behind a bland door that leads to a nearly pitch-black hallway and unmarked elevators… www.emmgroupinc.com/restaurants/catch 

Le Bilboquet-Just re-opened and super hard to get in, some say the lighting is too bright so don’t go on bad-skin days! www.lebilboquetny.com 

Cherry-A velvety lounge like space serving French-Japanese cuisine. Try the just-crisp gyoza filled with sweet short rib and foie gras stuffing topped with a plum glaze and a single sour cherry! www.cherrynyc.com

The Dutch – A Balthazar for generation X! Don’t expect boerenkool, erwtensoep or griesmeelpudding, this restaurant by French-trained Italian cooking chef Andrew Carmellini serves soft-shell crab sandwiches, ravioli, black cod, rabbit potpie, steaks, veal pizzailoa and pies. www.thedutchnyc.com

ABC Cocina – The restaurant is inside ABC Carpet & Home, and nearly every object is for sale: lighting fixtures, chairs, plates, you name it. Try the BLT taco with roasted pork belly and a red-and-yellow jumble of tiny, juicy heirloom tomatoes. www.jean-georges.com/restaurants/united-states/new-york/abc-cocina/

The Lion- The new restaurant from the owners of The Waverly Inn and the Monkey Bar. Good food and great for people watching! www.thelionnyc.com

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Drink & Dance

The line up for the party peeps:

Acme-Have diner in the restaurant and try to get in to Downstairs for great cocktail, super A-list and gorgeous people guaranteed! www.acmenyc.com

8-Be amazed by this Palm Beach Porn meets Miami Vice meets Record Room, the VIP room upstairs is the best! www.no8ny.com

Tao Downtown Restaurant and Lounge-Just opened last October and is a hit! It’s one of Leo DiCaprio’s playgrounds. www.taorestaurant.com

Rose Bar at Gramercy Park Hotel, tough to get in, but always a great crowd of people with amazing art and roaring fireplace. www.gramercyparkhotel.com

Paul’s Baby Grand- Opened last October after hosting some pre-parties during fashion week. A narrow corridor stovepipes visitors toward a  den with foliage-print wallpaper, tropical paintings and waiters in floral aprons. The crowd is Ritzy without being stodgy: angular blazers and fluffy ostrich coats coexist with beaten leather jackets and stocking caps. Mr. Paul’s dream customer is a 75-year-old gay, black European! Now I challenge you to get in! www.paulsbabygrand.com

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