momofuku noodle bar | Lunch

I’ll never be over these pork buns. In fact, I could probably just eat pork buns as a meal.

My parents stopped in for a brief visit and I wanted to take them somewhere cool. It was between noodle bar and ssäm bar, but it’s hard to get ramen in the suburbs. My favorite momofuku restaurant is still ssäm bar, although there are few things equivalent to a good bowl of pork ramen. I hear the vegetable ramen (bottom right) is fantastic, though. And… well, I definitely wouldn’t say no to tomatoes in my soup.

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Things To Do in New York in the Rain






J.Crew Double Cloth Madeline Coat (old) | xhilaration/Target dress | Assets by Sara Blakely tights | Forever 21 belt | La Canadienne boots | ZARA bag | AMY O. Jewelry necklace, bracelets and ring | Ippolita Wicked ring | photos: The Tiny TieRant and star-crossed smile

Take photos with Chris and Nnenna, of course.

Beauteeze Launch Party at Wix Lounge | Events


Last week a few blogger friends and got together for complimentary cocktails and beauty treatments at the Beauteeze.com launch party at Wix Lounge. Beauteeze.com is currently in beta but as far I can tell is fully functional. You can browse and book beauty appointments online by time, date, location or treatment.

I had a wonderfully relaxing mini massage from in-home treatment specialists NYC Healing Hands that drained the tension from my shoulders in less than five minutes.

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Is Someone Behind Me?


Dear Kelsey,

Ahh the perks of being a style blogger. Fashion week, fun events, millions of free nail polishes… constant paranoia that someone’s in your frame. All in a good day’s work.

This offensively bright ensemble is what I ended up wearing to brunch at Punch. More than a year later and I’m still trying to break in these Pour La Victoire flats. I love how they look but they’re very tough on my feet.

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Dinner at Hakkasan New York


In my opinion, dinner at Hakkasan is worth experiencing. And it is an experience, likely not something you’d want to do every week, month, or even every six months.

Pre-entrées, I drank two Golden Emperor cocktails (Kraken Black Spiced rum, ginger, pineapple, cinnamon, lemon juice and agave nectar) from the signature cocktail menu. They were very good but the flavors are definitely wintry and I would suggest something different in the spring or summer.

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Happy Hour at ilili


ilili is one of the best happy hour experiences in New York. With $7 cocktails and $5 bottles of beer, happy hour is an amazingly priced alternative to a full dinner (the first entree on the menu will set you back $90, although it is for two). It’s also one of the longer happy hours I’ve seen at a restaurant of this caliber: Monday through Friday from 4-7:30pm. The small bites offered during happy hour can easily serve as dinner, but the regular menu is also offered in the bar area after 5:30pm. 

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Dinner at Soho Park


Dear Shen Dove,

Before jetting out for the holidays Hope, Nnenna, and I got together for a mini celebration (i.e. really just going somewhere to eat as usual). Soho Park is my favorite place for an inexpensive dinner south of Houston. The food isn’t fancy and it’s definitely not Shake Shack, but I’ve never gone wrong with the standard burger and fries. There’s even a gigantic vegetarian friendly portobello burger. I’m a fan of the sauces (which do cost extra) and always get the garlic aioli for my fries.

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Flûte Midtown


Saturday night at Flûte Midtown is dark, intimate, and low-key.

We were more intrigued by the signature cocktails than the tasting flights and bottles. Several Champagne Mojitos were ordered on the glowing recommendation from our server. The verdict was split– two of the party loved the Champagne Mojito, two felt it tasted oddly of tonic water. I was puzzled by the $15 half-full sherry glass of Antoinette, a champagne cocktail made with grapefruit-strawberry puree. The presentation threw me, but it tasted as expected, like a drier version of a Bellini. The gin-based, mint, cucumber and champagne Gabriel (also $15) was deemed solid. However, Flûte’s version of the Dark and Stormy ($16) was the clear favorite of the night. The right combination of sweet and savory, lighter than an classic Dark and Stormy but just as enjoyable.

Seating-wise, the couches with plush pillows are comfortable and avoid getting stuck on an ottoman. The choice of music for the night was unexpected, but not bad. I almost felt like I was listening to my Ellie Goulding Pandora station. I did note a surprising lack of Moët & Chandon Impérial on the menu, so the die-hard Moët fan readers (you know who you are) should seek their lifeblood elsewhere.

Flûte Midtown is located at 205 W 54th St between 7th & Broadway. Reserve a table at flutebar.com.