Posts Tagged ‘nyc’

Brunch at the Breslin in NYC: Cozy Surrounds, Mindblowing Vittles

I chowed. Oh yes I did.

The Ace Hotel in south-midtown Manhattan may be a hipster paradise (let’s just admit that right off the bat), but its dining room, The Breslin, will appeal to a wide variety of tastes. Be forewarned, there is usually a wait (we relaxed at the bar with the newspaper and enjoyed glasses of a delicious dry cider), but the upshot is that they don’t take reservations (unless you have a party of 6 or more), so I’ve never had to wait more than a half an hour.

The food here takes time, but the cozy, relaxed atmosphere more than makes up for the time it takes for your meal to arrive (and everything ends up being cooked to perfection). My boyfriend and I headed up there for brunch last weekend (we also had dinner there last spring) and what a menu it was:


freshly baked pastries
cranberry orange muffin
apple walnut coffee cake
pumpkin bread
mixed berry scone
hot cross bun
selection of pastries

mixed fruit smoothie
greek yogurt with macerated fruit, pistachio praline & local honey
ej’s granola with cold organic milk
chilled grapefruit with ginger sugar & mint
steel cut oatmeal with maple sugar & organic milk
seafood sausage with beurre blanc & chives
fried peanut & banana sandwich with bourbon & vanilla
herbed caesar salad with anchovy croutons
goat cheese & leek tart
welsh rarebit

full english breakfast
fried eggs, pork sausage, blood pudding, bacon, tomato & mushrooms

whole wheat pancakes with apple butter, candied walnuts & maple syrup
poached eggs with curried lentils, yogurt & cilantro
baked eggs with spiced tomato & chorizo
chargrilled skirt steak with fried eggs & tomatillo salsa
grilled 3 cheese sandwich with house cured ham or egg

chargrilled lamb burger with feta, cumin mayo & thrice cooked chips
hangtown fry

2 eggs | house cured bacon | house made sausage | roasted tomatoes
home fries | blood pudding

I tried the seafood sausage (I am 99% vegetarian, but every once in a while, I eat some crustaceans) and it was absolutely divine; superfresh, flavored with a lemon-butter sauce and so rich and flavorful.

My boyfriend ordered the whole wheat pancakes with apple butter, candied walnuts & maple syrup. The dollar-size pancakes were more fun (and less ridiculously belly-stuffing) than a traditional giant American plate of hotcakes, the walnuts were sweet and crunchy, and the maple syrup the real deal.

I accompanied my seafood sausage with a carrot-zucchini muffin and a perfectly-made Stumptown coffee.

Photos by Starre Vartan.

A Green Tour of The Hamptons: Long Island’s Eco Getaway from NYC

The Montauk Lighthouse, via Alex.Benn/Flickr.

Guest Post by Alexandra Jacobs

When people think of an ideal green vacation spot, The Hamptons might not be the first place to come to mind – but it should be. With green B&B’s, tons of outdoor activities, miles of beach and plenty of local food, you can even get there from NYC via public transportation (can’t get more eco-friendly than that).

Located on the far-east end of Long Island, New York, The Hamptons draws crowds of all ages, from retired power couples to twenty-something fashionistas. Once a vacation destination for the rich and famous, (and it is still that) the area known as the Hamptons, which is comprised of the towns and hamlets of Easthampton and Southampton, plus surrounding areas, offer accommodations and activities for a variety of budgets. Despite being known for some of the most expensive real estate in the United States, travelers will be pleased to know that not everything in The Hamptons will break the bank.

Image courtesy of the Art House B&B.

Stay and Chill Out, Hamptons-Style

The towns that make up the Hamptons could definitely be described as a bit ‘quaint’ and offer travelers a unique experience filled with charm and mini-adventures. To gain a true Hamptons experience, the traveler doesn’t have to own a Hamptons House but rather just stay at a famed bed and breakfast (or you can rent a house, a popular option in the summertime months).

One of the most popular B&B’s is A Butler’s Manor, in Southampton. With rooms ranging in price from $150-$395, visitors can expect to receive charming accommodations, gluten-free breakfasts, and an intimate common room with log-fire, (as well as dinner and tour suggestions offered by the veteran-resident owners of the Manor). With a little help from these locals, you’ll find whatever it is that you’re into discovering (even if that’s just sleeping in followed by a great latte).

East Hampton Art House Bed and Breakfast is another top rated bed and breakfast in East Hampton. While rooms are a little on the pricey side (starting at $500 a night), travelers will not be disappointed when they step inside this impressive bed and breakfast, complete with giant pool, hot tub with waterfall, and just a one-block walk to the nearby Clearwater Beach Preserve and Marina. “Step outside into the silent beauty of a country setting; be greeted by a million stars at night or perhaps a giant moon rising in the woods surrounding the house; sight deer, turtles, possum, wild turkeys.” Need we say the breakfast is pretty amazing too?

The Mill House Inn in East Hampton has rooms ranging in price from a couple hundred a night to quadruple that, but for all guests, the Inn is an eco- friendly facility, down to details that include linens made of natural materials. The breakfast menu is extensive and includes the house-specialty lobster frittata and the ‘not-so-traditional’ omlettes like one that includes shrimp, tasso and andouille and even ‘sandwiches for breakfast’. Vegans and those seeking organic options will be glad to know that The Mill House Inn can accommodate all sorts of diets.

A Southampton beach, taken by spacebarpark/Flickr

Go, See, Do

There’s plenty to do in the Hamptons and perhaps surprisingly, the area has a large number of activities that are either inexpensive or free. In an area as lovely as it is, simply being outside can satisfy the interests of nature lovers. Biking, hiking, and boating are all recreational options that are both inexpensive and fun.

Of course, The Hamptons is known for its beaches, like the 7-mile long Coopers Beach (which was named best in the United States) and Gin Beach, are popular among both tourists and locals. But there are plenty more – check out New York Magazine’s list of the top 10 in and around the area, and make it a goal to check out at least half of them (vacation challenge!).

Think Coffee: NYC’s Conscious Choice, Now with Five Locations


Recently, I conducted an intern search, and since Eco Chick is one of the many companies that works virtually, that means I had to find a place to meet with all the fantastic applicants. As I spend quite a bit of time in the Union Square area of NYC, I have long been stopping by the Think Coffee near the park, but this past autumn, on a run back from the gorgeous-in-every-season Hudson River Park, I noticed a new Think was setting up shop at 8th avenue between 13th and 14th streets.

The interior of the 14th&8th Think Coffee store – with plenty of room in the back room for relaxing and enjoying your java.

This store is much more chill than the always-busy Broadway location, and soon after they opened, I became a regular. Not just because I have a bit of a coffee addiction, but because the space is open and new (but with a bit of an old-school coffeehouse vibe), and Think is serious about its ethical bona fides, which include the following:

-Sourcing direct from farmers. No middleman means no greenwashing, as coffee farms are visited by (the lucky!) Think employees during travels to Brazil, Columbia and Costa Rica. Why all this trouble?

Coffee is grown across the globe, and, in our opinion, no single coffee purchasing or certification system can be expected to work equally well everywhere. Whether it is a small family farm in Nicaragua or a Brazilian plantation or a cooperative in southern Ethiopia, each has its own economic, social and political climate. That’s why we go to origin, to see first hand where our coffee comes from, to bring you as much transparency as we can. No other coffee retailer we know of checks up on the claims of its roasters, importers or certifying authorities the way we do.