New York Is Back

Equinox Hotel Electric Lemon Rooftop Terrace (courtesy of Equinox Hotel)

Bigger, better deals in the City

It has been a long, hard year for New York City, but if history has taught us anything, it is that the Big Apple always seems to bounce back. With more pandemic restrictions being lifted, businesses are reopening to cater to the city that never sleeps in these unprecedented times. Some made adjustments to their schedules, and some changed how they service customers, but from salons and hotels to restaurants and food delivery services, all businesses are going the extra mile for New Yorkers. Here are the best deals to enjoy during these unusual times.


Eataly: A Taste of Italy Delivered to Your Door

Eataly at Home is a curated online food shopping experience that can be delivered to your door on Fridays on Long Island, in Connecticut and in N.Y.C. It offers curated boxes filled with the best of Eataly or the option to hand-pick each item in the box yourself. Its Built for You boxes will be filled to the brim with the best of pantry, produce, fresh pasta and prepared items.

Customization options include authentic Italian and local ducts, such as Roi Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Liguria; Afeltra dry pasta from Campania; artisanal salumi and formaggi, like prosciutto di parma and parmigiano reggiano; cuts of meat from a local butcher; fresh produce; regional wines; cooking kits for pizza alla pala; pre-prepared dishes and more. Although the delivery service began as a necessity during the pandemic, it is here to stay.


Oceans: Exceptional Seafood North of the Border

Oceans, a locally- and globally-inspired seafood restaurant, was founded by Vancouver’s award-winning Toptable Group with the philosophy of creating a timeless and approachable dining experience. Executive chef Andy Kitko sets the vision for the menu — which is inspired by the Pacific, Atlantic and Mediterranean shores — that features the freshest catches available, all accented by seasonal ingredients. At press time, the restaurant offered dine-in seating.


T-Bar Steak & Lounge: Classic Dishes With a Modern Twist

Upper East Side hotspot T-Bar Steak & Lounge, which has been warmly embraced by New Yorkers since it first opened its doors in 2007, is noted for its execution of classic dishes. Executive chef Ben Zwicker makes classic steakhouse fare relevant and exciting while also putting his unique twist onto other classic dishes. A meal at T-Bar Steak & Lounge would not be complete without ordering a favorite from The Steak Bar, which features a range of superbly-cooked, certified Black Angus cuts of beef with your choice of steak, béarnaise or poivre sauce. The restaurant has adequately-spaced seating for both indoor and outdoor dining and at press time offered delivery and pickup.


My Darling Ivy: The Hair Saviors

My Darling Ivy (©Sylvester Zawadzki)

This neighborhood hair salon in Chelsea offers good hair and good vibes. The hotter-than-tongs salon, owned by Manny Rolon, Mark Bustos and VJ Moscaritola, is again open for business. Whether it’s correcting the self-inflicted hair wounds of quarantine or adding life and luster to dull hair, landing on a new everyday look or choosing a style for a special event, Rolon and his team go over every detail with a fine-tooth comb.


Hotel Hayden: Modern Luxury in the Heart of Chelsea

A member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Hayden is a fashion-forward, independent boutique hotel in the heart of Chelsea, just steps from New York City’s Fashion, Flower and Hudson Yards Districts. Hotel Hayden remained open through the pandemic following strict CDC guidelines. The full-service, modern hotel is pet-friendly and sits amid the City’s progressive renaissance and 24/7 bustle. It features all-day dining, a rooftop bar and private meeting and event space. Dining at the Hayden is a relaxed affair, with signature Greek dishes served in the Mediterranean-inspired restaurant and bistro, Mykonos Blue. Offering breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, both indoors and on an outdoor patio, Mykonos Blue serves classic Greek cuisine made with all-natural ingredients.


S. Ottomanelli & Sons Meats: Third Generation Quality Meat Retailer

Ottomanelli is the oldest family-owned and -operated meat retailer in New York. The family has been selling high-quality meats and wild game since the early 1900s. It offers prime cuts and exotic meat, among other products. With many New Yorkers waiting out the COVID-19 pandemic in the Hamptons, Ottomanelli is delivering from the city all the way to Montauk on the East End. It is based in Queens.


Equinox Hotel: The Fitness Capital of New York City

The urban oasis Equinox Hotel New York has reopened with enhanced safety measures for both guests and staff. Equinox Hotels has coupled the strictest hygiene and cleaning standards in the industry with a tailored approach to well-being. This holistic method delivers a personalized experience for guests, especially as it pertains to health, service and safety.

Combining health and luxury, Equinox has been nicknamed “the fittest hotel on Earth.” From its beautifully-designed rooms and facilities to its dynamic Rooftop Terrace restaurant and fitness center and spa, Equinox Hotels was created for those who rest and play as hard as they work.


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MvVO Art: The Digital Show Continues

While the Ad Art Show at the Oculus in the Westfield World Trade Center is over, the show continues; the art is for sale on the MvVO Art Artsy gallery. The Ad Art Show 2020 was an innovative, all-digital contemporary art show featuring paintings, photography, sculptures and mixed media installations by artists in the advertising industry. The show included artworks by 135 contemporary artists on the 22 screens of the Oculus.


Gabriela Gil: The Up & Coming Artist to Know

Artist Gabriela Gil connects elements of the immediate present through the use of line, color and rhythm. This combination in her painting reflects an admiration for both nature’s softness and the human instinct to connect.

Born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Gil has moved throughout South and North America her entire life. The constant migration has shaped her multicultural perspective and nurtured her interest in art as a way to transcribe her personal experience using a unique visual language. Her first creative expressions were in ballet and modern dance, and she later evolved to other mediums including photography, sculpture and painting. Her studio is based in New York. She will hold her first solo art exhibit showcasing her work on December 3.


Domenico Vacca: The Luxury Fashion Designer

Luxury men’s and women’s fashion designer Domenico Vacca has reopened his flagship store on Madison Avenue. Born in Italy, Vacca‘s family has been deeply-rooted in the craft of fashion for decades. In 2002, Vacca launched his own label and opened his flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York, spearheading the sartorial trend in fashion. Vacca launched a total lifestyle collection for men and women by combining the best of Italian craftsmanship, superb fabrics and an impeccable fit with a contemporary Italian cut. The Domenico Vacca label is sometimes known as the “Ferrari of clothing.”


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