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. 


La Piscine at Hotel Americano

Come summer, all of New York seems to flock to the rooftops, spending their evenings sipping cocktails whilst admiring the skylines. Naturally, a plethora of new places pop up each season, beckoning the fashionable crowds.

This summer, Hotel Americano has opened their new rooftop and pool, aptly named La Piscine. The space includes a bar, restaurant (Mediterranean-inspired dishes such as Greek salad, grilled lobster and falafel are on the menu), and for the daring, a plunge pool. The mood is chilled, the food delicious—they even have an ice cream cone for dessert—and the location perfectly suited for the West Side. Add it to your summer drinks list.

La Piscine at Hotel Americano, 518 W 27th St, New York.


Miusa Wine Bar

On a quiet street in Williamsburg, a dimly lit restaurant is tucked away, like a secret waiting to be discovered. Miusa Wine Bar, a relative newcomer to the area, boasts a cozy atmosphere (despite its long communal table), a range of wines to suit every taste bud, and a menu that mixes traditional Italian dishes with tried and true American fare (like the pulled pork burritos which use lettuce leaves instead of tacos) concocted by executive chef Andrea Soldini.  

The idea behind MIUSA originates from their love of food and land. The restaurant is directly linked to the "slow food" movement, in that they strive to preserve and support local or sustainable food producers and traditions. They solely source products made in the USA, through which they guide patrons through a truly local culinary experience. A labor of love, Miusa Wine Bar is the passion project of three Italian guys who love America.

Visit Miusa.


Monse Travel Guide

Living in New York is akin to living in a dream—anything can happen, and quite frequently does. There's also one thing that almost everyone in New York agrees upon: sometimes you have to leave the city in order to best enjoy it.

As such, there are plenty of places to go and plenty of people with wonderful suggestions. Two of those are Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia, the designers behind Monse, a two-season year old label with a penchant for creating clothes that can easily transition from wandering a market to an evening out. Here, they share their summer guides to jet setting the globe.

Favorite travel destination?

Laura: I love to go to Canada, because it's a bit cooler during the summer months.

Fernando: London because it's not so hot. And there's beautiful countryside to explore! 

Packing essentials:

Laura: All my beauty and hair products are La Mer, SKII, and Kerastase. I also always take a denim jumpsuit with tennis shoes. and one pair of heels.

Fernando: Two t-shirts and a pair of jeans.... 

Reading material? 

Laura: Zinio, the digital magazine

Fernando: System Magazine

Must-Visit Places:

Laura: I love to stay in the Lake Louise Chateau and order room-service and go to the spa. 

Fernando: Chiltern Firehouse is a hotel and restaurant in London. It's like a little world inside. It reminds me of Greenwich Hotel, which is also a favorite of mine in NYC.  It's very good for people watching.

Favorite thing to do on vacation?

Laura: Sleep

Fernando: Explore

Newest destination you'd like to visit and why?

Laura: Dubai to understand the market. 

Fernando: The new Harry Potter section in Universal Studios - I am dying to go!

What do you always pack in your plane bag?

Laura: An SKII mask and my laptop. 

Fernando: Toothpaste

Soundtrack?

Laura: k-pop

Fernando: M83

Must-do:

LK: Walk around and explore!

Fern: I like to go to obscure towns and vintage stores, outside of the main city.

Travel candle/scent? 

Laura: Red Flower Icelandic Moon Flower

Fernando: Ralph Lauren Christmas candle


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


Chicky's

A walk through Bed Stuy in Brooklyn may surprise you. Brownstones reach skyward on blocks lined with trees (many in their full, cherry blossom glory), and intriguing new stores and restaurants pop up daily. Take cult boutique Sincerely Tommy and bar Lovers Rock, both local institutions drawing in crowds from neighboring areas. The newest outpost is Chicky’s (pictured above right), a market/grocery/coffee bar opened by the same owner as local restaurant Eugene & Co (pictured above left), a charming farm-to-table restaurant offering the area a chic atmosphere and delicious food. Chicky’s was born from owner Tara Oxleys' desire to offer the neighborhood a marketplace she had been craving for years. Organic, farm-raised meats and vegetables are available, in addition to select and delicious dry goods, pre-prepared food and delicious coffee. Also on offer are flowers, adorable homewares and organic chocolate.

Chicky's, 406 Tompkins Ave, Brooklyn