KHwurtz Ceramics

There's a revolution stirring in homewares, and it's happening in ceramics. Case in point, the beautifully minimalist line KH Wurtz. Stocked at homewares store Monc XIII in Sag Harbor (which is full of such beautiful pieces that there is temptation to buy it all), the line is created by father and son duo Aage and Kasper Würtz. Located in Horsens, Denmark, their focus is on simple lines and contemporary stoneware inspired by their Scandinavian roots. There are unexpected dips in rims and moody colorations, resulting in plates and bowls that seem more sculpture than dinnerware. Glazes range from oceanic blues to cloudy grays and soft creams, and design is incredibly subtle. This is tableware that doesn't require fanfare, just good food and great company.


Cafe Medi on Rivington

A new restaurant opens with fanfare daily in New York, so deciding which one to stop by is almost a task in itself. Cafe Medi, a new Mediterranean restaurant located within the Rivington Hotel in New York's Lower East Side, is definitely worth perusing. 

Outfitted with rustic chairs, Amalfi-coast worthy murals, and romantic, dramatic lights, this is one of those rare occasions where the atmosphere is just as good as the food. Heavily Mediterranean-inspired, the menu consists of favorites like octopus, fluke ceviche, and plenty of fish. Standouts include the peaches and burrata, jumbo shrimp, and spring pea risotto (which is at once refreshing and full of flavor). And don't forget to wait for dessert. 

Visit Cafe Medi

 

Portugal the Destination

From swimwear designers Lisa Marie Fernandez and Thaddeus O'Neil to accessories label Lizzie Fortunato, the fashion set is flocking to Portugal. Whether it's to the cultural epicenters Porto (known for its art and music scenes, stores such as Rosa et al and beautiful landmarks) and Lisbon or its coastal regions such as Comporta, the European outpost is fast becoming the new It-destination. 

Amidst the influx of fashion folk is a wave of new, five star hotels opening across the country. 

Le Coucou at 11 Howard

Step into 11 Howard's new restaurant, which finally opened this month to much aplomb, and the first thing you notice is the 18th century-esque hand painted mural covering the wall behind the bar. Hand-painted by New York–based painter Dean Barger, it is immediately transportive, making you feel as if you're ensconced in a French chateau. 

The accompanying restaurant, designed by husband and wife duo Stephen Alesch and Robin Standefer from the Roman and Williams firm, is just as elegant. French cuisine by chef Daniel Rose is classic with a twist (but not in a boring way). Open for breakfast (a classic avocado toast appears on the menu) and dinner, where lobster tail, quail, and veal all appear on the menu, it's one of three new fine dining restaurants that have opened recently, all to plenty of fanfare.

Le Coucou, 138 Lafayette St, New York.


Rose Bakery at Dover Street Market NYC

Located in New York's Dover Street Market, Rose Bakery is a cafe worth visiting (even if the rest of store, stocked with Comme des Garçons, Simone Rocha, and dozens of other unique designers, doesn't tempt you). 

The bakery, which is the first US location from the acclaimed Parisian-based cafe by the same name, boasts a farm fresh menu that changes daily according to what's in season. And (almost) everything, down to the breads and pastries, is made in house by head chef Matthew Lodes. Standouts on the menu include the smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, and the daily Assiette de Legumes, a bowl filled with a mix of vegetables, salads and grains that changes daily. 

The smallest details also offer up the biggest points of difference. Dishware is sourced from Californa-based ceramics line Heath Clay Studio, whose designer, director and ceramic artist Tung Chiang also created a limited collection of one-of-a-kind ceramic objects which will be on show and available exclusively at the store, marking the first time Tung has chosen to show his work outside of shows at Heath Ceramics. We guarantee you'll be back more than once.

Rose Bakery, 160 Lexington Ave, New York. 


Alfred Tea Room

Much like New York, artisanal coffee shops act as landmarks on almost every hip street in  Los Angeles. From Intelligentsia in Venice to Verve in West Hollywood to Blacktop Coffee in the Arts District, an LA native simply does not go more than a couple of days without seeking refuge at one of these on-point purveyors of caffeine and prime people watching. In 2013, Alfred Coffee & Kitchen raised the bar when it opened its doors on Melrose, and has since dominated with the addition of five locations. It’s newest installation however, Alfred Tea Room, is devastatingly chic. Floor-to-ceiling pink tiles, decorative flora in every corner, and a seemingly infinite, aptly named “fancy pink tea menu” of choices nearly too pretty to drink, Alfred Tea Room will undoubtedly entice coffee devotees to trade in their Americano for a decadent Matcha Latté (already one of the most popular drinks on the menu) or a refreshing “flash iced” Oolong. 

The Must-try’s

  • Seasonal Ginger Chai Mule & Matcha Lavender Mimosa
  • Earl Grey & Rose Boba Milk Tea
  • Matcha Four Ways: Shot, Cortado, Latte, or Ceremonial  
  • Fresh Brewed Kombucha On Tap

Alfred Tea Room, 705 N Alfred St, Los Angeles

- Written by Hero Stevenson