At Hotel Particulier on Grand Street in Soho, the writing on the window states, “Enter the cafe through the art gallery.” When you go inside, it’s unclear where one ends and the other begins. There’s no coffee counter or bar. Other than the tables and chairs, there’s no sign that this might be a cafe.
Hotel Particulier’s proprietor Frederique Thiollet told us that people who come in off the street aren’t sure if the space is public or private. Those who figure it out will quickly realize what a courteous host Thiollet is. She invites people to sit, make themselves at home, gives them the wifi password and takes their order off the menu, which is small but carefully curated. Hotel Particulier serves coffee, tea, juice and buns from a well-known bakery in Chinatown. People come here to relax, to work and even hold meetings. (more…)
We spotted the Katz & Dogz pastrami truck in Midtown yesterday before the lunchtime rush. The truck serves–you guessed it–Katz’s Delicatessen style pastrami sandwiches and Hebrew National hot dogs. It also doles out corned beef, salami, burgers and something called the Reuben Orgasm (probably inspired by the famous scene in which Meg Ryan fakes an orgasm at Katz’s deli in Harry Met Sally). If the oversize sandwiches aren’t enough, you can get a side of cole slaw, potato salad, a potato knish or fries. (more…)
Sure, the Beat writers spent a lot of time in Caffe Reggio, but the restaurant actually prides itself on one other pretty neat historical detail about their establishment. Their crown jewel is the “Original Capuccino.” According to them, they were the first place to bring the now-famous caffeine drink from Italy to New York City. Caffe Reggio also made our list of the Top 10 coffee shops in Manhattan for design buffs. (more…)
Though the (real) remnants of Prohibition are often difficult to find in NYC, particularly with so many bars mimicking the feel, rest assured that there is still once place full of history and open for exploration. Join us for our next Untapped Cities event with a tour and cocktail at an authentic Prohibition era speakeasy in the East Village on Sunday, December 8th, at 3:30pm. The speakeasy, still being used as a bar and theater, retains the original wood horseshoe bar, access to original mafia escape tunnels, and the safes where $2 million dollars were found by Lorcan Otway, the founder of the Museum of the American Gangster, and his father.
The tour guide from the Museum of American Gangster will give us a walkthrough of the museum and speakeasy remnants that will conclude with a vintage cocktail at the bar. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the museum. Space is limited.
A dive bar is probably not the first place one would look to find New York City’s rich history. The following places, however, are not your average bars. Most of them were around when the Brooklyn Bridge first opened in 1883. Their walls are covered in history, echoing the ghosts they have acquired over a century. They have been characters in a number of movies and books, and are in countless photographs. Their famed patrons range from George Washington to Bob Dylan, as varied as the neighborhoods where they are located, but its the neighborhood residents that have breathed life into these watering holes over the last 100+ years.
The Bridge Cafe
Almost the entirety of this street is in the process of reconstruction after Hurricane Sandy.
Don’t be ashamed to admit it — you have your set of three or four flavors you get every time you go out for ice cream. It’s awkward to hold up the line and try all those interesting flavors when you know you will end up resorting to the signature mint chip. But have no fear, ice cream lovers! Untapped Cities traversed lower Manhattan in pursuit of the strangest gelato flavors we could find.