Marta: Pizza and Pretty Plates in NYC

Pizza1Above, Marta’s beautiful blue-and-white plates and spicy, Rapini pizza.

Everyone’s been talking about Marta, so when I finally managed to get a reservation there at a decent time I jumped on it. The restaurant is located in the grand, white-tiled lobby of the Martha Washington Hotel, a brightly-lit, soaring space with stark white tiles and ceilings so high they make you forget you’re in the New York City.

When we sat down at our table, the first thing I noticed were the plates. I know it sounds crazy but days later I am still obsessed with them. They’re painted with swirly blue designs and remind me that plates don’t always have to be boring ol’ white. (Something that even I tend to forget.)

Aside from the pretty plates, my other favorite thing about Marta was *duh* the pizzas. They’re cooked in one of two columnar, black-tiled, wood-burning pizza ovens. For me, the magic is in the crust. It’s super thin and so satisfyingly crispy. It isn’t soggy in the center, nor does it get weighed down by its generous toppings. In other words, it’s perfect.

After studying the menu we had a hard time deciding which two pies to split. Did we want mushrooms or sausage, squid-ink or tomato sauce? We finally decided on the Amatriciana, a fun take on the popular Roman, tomato-based sauce with pecorino, guanciale, onion, and chili, and the Rapini, pictured above. The Amatriciana was delicious in its meat-infused tomato-y-ness, but the Rapini won me over. It had an interesting base of sharp, aged provolone and creamy ricotta cheeses, and was topped with charred, bitter broccoli rabe, roasted garlic, and pickled, red chili peppers that added a wonderfully tart-yet-spicy flavor to the party.

Overall, the restaurant’s vibe was uplifting and the service very friendly. My only regret was that we didn’t request a seat at the counter overlooking the kitchen and pizza ovens. I won’t make that mistake next time though!

 

The Bergdorf Goodman Cookbook is Here!

The Bergdorf Goodman Cookbook
Bergdorfs has always been part of my weekend routine. I grew up on 57th Street so I would always stop in there with at least one of my sisters and mom, to run any errands, get our hair done at John Barrett, or just go to BG restaurant for lunch or high tea.

When I was younger, the menu at the restaurant scared me. It was filled with things like leafy greens and chicken curry salad and, to be safe, I always stuck to the same order: a plate of deviled eggs and a Shirley Temple. As years passed the restaurant moved to a new and improved spot on the 7th floor, overlooking Central Park. And as the restaurant space changed, so did I. More and more, I began to relish in the sumptuousness of items like Maine lobster bisque and jumbo lump crab sandwiches on brioche rolls–offerings that are equally as decadent as the Chanel bags or Manolos a few floors below.

Now, at the end of a work day, I sometimes meet my mom at BG Restaurant for some us time. We’ll sit back in BG’s opulent blue, cocoon-like thrones sipping glasses of rosé and reflecting on life, and I will be reminded of the real reason why BG Restaurant is so special to me.

For me, The Bergdorf Goodman Cookbook offers a set of memory-invoking recipes that I will cherish for years to come.

 

Passionista Cocktail from BG Restaurant Cookbook
A pink cocktail recipe from The Bergdorf Goodman Cookbook, available now on Amazon.

 

Wardrobe Staple: Packable Hunter Wellies

Package Hunter WelliesDear Santa,
NYC is being pummeled by a nor’easter today and I found out the hard way that I have a tear in my right Hunter wellie!! There is no way I can survive a cold and slushy winter in the city without those boots so I was wondering if maybe you could leave a replacement pair under the tree for me? I’d like the Hunter Packable Wellies, please, because Continue reading “Wardrobe Staple: Packable Hunter Wellies”

Bona Eats: A Review of Black Seed Bagels

Beet Lox at Black Seed
Black Seed’s everything bagel with beet-cured lox.

The only thing more “New York” than a bagel is a bagel with a following, and Black Seed offers just that. When I went to the Nolita bagel joint for the first time last weekend, I was excited by the appearance of two types of salmon on the menu: smoked and beet-cured. As a New Yorker, I’m all about keeping things real. That said, the prospect of adding anything pink to any part of my day is always an attractive one. So I decided to go for the beet-cured lox. Here’s what I thought:

Continue reading “Bona Eats: A Review of Black Seed Bagels”

Sharpie Chic: Isabella Huffington’s Polychromatic Art Exhibit at Ports 1961 in the Meatpacking District

Isabella Huffington's large-scale artwork replaces fashionable mannequins in the window of Ports 1961, in New York's Meatpacking District.
Isabella Huffington’s artwork replaces fashionable mannequins in the window of Ports 1961, in New York’s Meatpacking District.

Arianna Huffington’s daughter, Isabella, is not your typical college student. The Yale senior who majors in art history is also a talented artist with a particular passion for mixed media. Her works are so impressive that high-end fashion house Ports 1961 removed all inventory from its Meatpacking District store to hang a weeklong show of her most recent, large-scale, psychedelic pieces.

A perfectly coordinated display of purple accessories beside a purple collage.
A perfectly coordinated display of Ports 1961’s purple, white, and black accessories beside a collage of the same hues.

I met the sweet and soft-spoken artist at the exhibit’s opening on Thursday night. “I’m drawn to simple shapes and colors,” Isabella said, Continue reading “Sharpie Chic: Isabella Huffington’s Polychromatic Art Exhibit at Ports 1961 in the Meatpacking District”

Broadway Bites: An Outdoor Food Court in Greeley Square

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One of the best things about New York is the way the city seems to sprout new gems over night. This week, one of those gems is the Broadway Bites by Urbanspace food market in Greeley Square. My oldest childhood friend, Ashley, emailed me yesterday to tell me about how she had unexpectedly stumbled upon the outdoor food market during lunch. She told me she had just eaten the best pretzel EVER and that there was a ton of other food we had to try, and could I meet her for dinner?? This was an invitation I could not refuse. Continue reading “Broadway Bites: An Outdoor Food Court in Greeley Square”

Bright Lights, Beautiful City

summer skyline

Temperatures reached 80 degrees in New York on Wednesday and to celebrate the warm weather, Alex and I dined al fresco on our building’s rooftop. Birds chirped cheerfully as we sipped Chardonnay, and dined on roasted wild salmon and spring vegetable risotto. As the sun set, the city lights began to twinkle around us, reminding me that nothing beats springtime in New York or cozy dinners with my soul mate.

Laduree Teams with Lanvin

Yesterday, I was enjoying a beautiful Sunday afternoon stroll with my mom when I noticed huge red hearts a la fashion designer Alber Elbaz emblazoned on the window of Ladurée on Madison Avenue (above). Lanvin has teamed with the french confectioner to create a playful bubble gum flavored macarons, helping bring out the child in all of us. The special flavor is wrapped in an equally whimsical box decorated with caricatures by Elbaz and wrapped with a red grosgrain ribbon.

Visit www.laduree.fr for more information.