Everyone has had a bad experience with tequila. Everyone. Here at FeelNYC we know all about those bad experiences and we also know that it can often be attributed to low quality tequila. Thus, we have come up with a review of the top 3 tequila bars in NYC which stock only high quality products, reducing the chances of that all too familiar headache. I said reducing.
This tequila bar and restaurant in the west village has previously been recognized as the best tequila bar by the New York magazine and the best margarita bar by the Food Network. Stocking over 100 different tequilas, you will be spoiled for choice. Don´t worry though, one of their mixologists will be happy to recommend a tipple tailored to your taste!
140 7th Ave South, New York, NY 212-989-2100 agaveny.com/
The east village has built a reputation for being the place to go out drinking. Mayahuel contributes to this reputation with its classy interior and equally classy drinks list. Serving a wide selection of both tequila and mescal, this bar is the perfect place to start a night out. We recommend trying the classic margarita made with tequila blanca, Cointreau and lime juice; a proper drink!
304 East 6th Street, New York, NY (212) 253-5888 mayahuelny.com/
Gabriela´s Mexican Restaurant and tequila bar
This upper west side Mexican restaurant is famous among locals not only for their delicious Mexican food but their sweet cocktails too. Try one of their classic mango and strawberry margaritas, they go down a treat.
688 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY (212) 961-9600 www.gabrielas.com/
So there you have it, FeelNYC´s review of the best tequila bars in New York. The only problem you might have is the hangover the following morning.
Walking around New York City, you can´t help feeling utterly overwhelmed by the sheer size of everything, sometimes not being able to full appreciate the beauty of the city. One of the best ways to marvel at the city is from the air. Here at FeelNYC we have come up with a short guide to the best helicopter tours along with a selection of spectacular images captured from the air.
Complete New York Helicopter tour
Embark on the ultimate helicopter tour over the city, viewing the Statue of Liberty, Chrysler Building, Empire State, Central Park, Yankee Stadium and many other famous landmarks in a way that’s impossible from the ground. Start off by flying down the Hudson River toward the harbour and soak in that wonderful magic that the city possesses!
Pier 6 Heliport, New York. $199 pp (infants free)
Big Apple Helicopter tour.
In this slightly shorter tour you will see all of the famous landmarks with equal effect. Starting at the Downtown Heliport your flight will start with a view of the world trade centre, Battery Park, the Empire State etc.
Downtown Heliport, New York. $145pp (infants free)
Private tour: Manhattan heli tour.
Take a private tour in an exclusive craft, flying over Central Park, the Empire State and getting so close to the Statue of Liberty that you can almost touch it. Perfect for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries or just for a special night out this tour allows intimacy and privacy of the highest order.
Downtown Heliport, New York. Prices from $248.75 pp.
There really is no better way to see the city than from the air and thanks to this guide from FeelNYC, you should have no problems finding a tour that suits you!
With the imminent arrival of the most romantic day of the year, you´re probably thinking what to buy for that special person in your life. Without a shadow of a doubt, New York is a perfect place to indulge in the finer things in life. However with so much choice, there can be problems trying to decide. Fear not, here at FeelNYC we have collated a brief yet hugely diverse list of the best things to buy, or do on Valentine´s day in the Big Apple.
Traditionally when you think of valentines gifts, chocolate or flowers come to mind. Why not break the mold with this high end bottle of tequila? Tequila is said to increase endorphin levels, reduce anxiety and keep heart problems at bay (in moderation). This exclusive tequila is only available in NYC and has been enjoyed by the likes of Usher and Alicia Keys. Qui is perfect straight, on the rocks or in a cocktail making it the perfect gift for whoever it may be! Chin chin!
Available from Rosetta Wines.
40 Exchange Place, New York, NY (212) 361-0007
Valentine´s cooking classes
Fancy something a little different than going out for a meal? Why not enjoy the fruits of your labour by taking part in this intimate cooking class with renowned chef Bouleyin his Test Kitchen. The exclusive cooking classes will teach you how to make a 6 course mean (yes 6 courses!) using the very best locally sourced ingredients. Not only will you learn how to make some amazing dishes and get to eat what you have made, you will leave with newly acquired culinary skills, ingredients and kitchen confidence!
163 Duane Street, New York, NY (212) 964-2525
Massage day at Guerlain Spa.
What better way to spoil your other half than with a day of pampering at a luxury spa. The spa offer couples experiences that comprises an 80 minute side by side massage, a spa treatment in specialist suite with dual rain shower heads and a private steam room. All accompanied by champagne and truffles. Enjoy!
301 Park Avenue, New York, NY (212) 355-3000 www.guerlainspas.com/waldorf-astoria/
Hand dipped Salt Caramels
Caramel and salt I hear you cry? A rising trend in the world of confectionary, these caramels dipped in sea salt are a best seller for Nunu Chocolates in Brooklyn. Also try the chocolate covered potato chips for even more experimental indulgence.
529 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 718-834-1818
There you have it, FeelNYC´s guide to the best valentine´s gifts in NYC. Thanks to us you should have no problems wowing your other half this year!
Now everyone knows that New York is famed for its bagels, it´s an iconic bread that is sold all over the world. However, there is nowhere better in the world to get a bagel than from in the City, more precisely Brooklyn. Here at FeelNYC, we know that as a tourist coming to the city it can be overwhelming with the amount of choice and not knowing where is good, and where quite frankly isn´t. Hence, we´ve been round Brooklyn testing numerous bagel shops in order to compile a list of what we think are the top 5- don´t thank us, we enjoyed it!
The superb bagels that are being produced by Bagel hole are becoming more well known by the day for the perfectly crunchy crust, yet beautifully soft interior packed with flavor. All bagels are freshly baked on the premises throughout the day- you can even grab a fresh one in the evening.
400 7th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215, (718) 788-4014
This full service deli goes further than the normal butter or cream cheese, making it a long standing favorite. Whatever filling you want, they´ve got it- even on sandwiches too if you fancy. They also stay open 24hrs on Fridays and Saturdays for the late night crowd!
8002 Third Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11209, (718) 748-0366
Another renowned, undisputed bagel house in NYC is Terrace Bagels. Although the crust may be a little chewier than others, they compensate in size; the perfectly rolled bagels are so good, there´s barely a hole! They also have a wide selection of sweets so make sure you don´t fill yourself up!
224 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY 11215 (718) 768-3943
Mile End Bagels
Montreal has always claimed that they make better bagels than NYC. We´re not sure who´s are better; however these Quebecoise imported bagels are definitely worth trying! Slightly sweeter and thinner than the traditional NYC bagel and imported from the famed St. Viateur, these bagels are the perfect way to start your day!
97 Hoyt Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217 (718) 852-7510
Montague Street Bagels
This little bagel house is tucked away amongst Brooklyn Heights´ brownstones. Staying open 24hrs, producing fresh bagels throughout draws a constant stream of custom. Promise you won´t be disappointed!
108 Montague Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 (718) 237-2512
Hopefully with this brief guide from FeelNYC to the best Bagels in Brooklyn, you´ll have no complaints that you stopped at a lesser shop than the ones we have advised!
With the cold weather fully set min and here to stay, what better way to warm up than wrapping your hands round a toasty mug of something yummy. Fortunately, here at FeelNYC we have come up with a short list of our favorite hot drinks in the City.
Choco-Pops, Max Brenner.
This crunchy hot chocolate can be served in either white, milk or dark chocolate; all which incorporate coco pops for a delicious, crunchy twist. Perfect for a cold winter afternoon.
841 Broadway, New York, NY (212) 388-0030
Turkish Mocha, The Tea Lounge
If you find yourself in the trendy Brooklyn neighbourhood and fancy something different, head down to the Tea Lounge to try this highly caffeinated twist on a Mocha. Expect to find parents with children in the afternoon and more sophisticated Jazz during the evening.
837 Union St.,Brooklyn (718) 789-2762
Chai Latte, The Bean
One of the best coffee houses in the City with multiple outlets, The Bean offers a range of hot drinks to cater to any mood. One of our favourites is the Chai Latte, a comforting beverage with a spice. You can make it into a Dirty Chai with an added shot of espresso.
Blunt and Savory, Podunk
Another cute spot in the East Village, this lovely little tea room is a perfect place to shelter from the weather. The smell of fresh cupcakes and coffee is enough to brighten up anyone’s day. One of our favourites is The Blunt and Savory tea for two; it makes for the perfect lunch or snack with mini-tea pies, savory filled scones, cheddar biscuits, focaccia and goat cheese, accompanied with a steaming pot of oolong.
231 East 5th Street, New York, NY (212) 677-7722
Hot Cider, Grow NYC Greenmarkets
Whether in Union Square shopping or just in the general area, be sure to at the Grow NYC greenmarkets for a delicious cup of hot cider. A perfect way to warm up!
With this short guide from FeelNYC you should have no problems warming up this winter!
With New York being recognized as one of the birthplaces of skateboarding, it’s not surprising that there is a large skateboarder community. Although it was street skateboarding that originates in NYC, it is becoming increasingly difficult to take to the streets due to stricter law enforcement and regular busts.
It was the construction of the high rise buildings in the 70´s and 80´s that gave the city such a multi-dimensional skating scene. The large plazas on which the new buildings were built incorporated granite and marble ledges, as well as different sized stair sets that were perfect for the originators of street skating to develop their skills.
The famous Brooklyn banks were a somewhat mecca for skateboarders all over the world, with guys coming from all over the world to get a taste of real street skateboarding. Unfortunately the banks, located on the Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge were closed in 2010 due to a bridge renovation project. This close caused much controversy and dismay within the skateboarding community who fought for years previous to keep their little bit of New York alive. The banks are now fenced off and what is left is a mere shadow of what was previous.
The thing that was most attractive about the banks was that it wasn´t meant to be a skatepark, thus further nurturing a skateboarders ability to view a piece of architecture and find alternative uses for it. The construction work is scheduled to be completed by 2014 with the view of the banks being brought back to life.
With the banks out of action and the police becoming stricter and stricter, street skateboarders are gradually being forced to use skate parks that are dotted around the city. Granted, skating a park is never the same as skating the streets but when there is no other choice, you have to make do. There are many parks that have been constructed or that are being constructed in the city; below is a brief guide to 3 which we at FeelNYC think are the best.
Flushing meadows-Corona Park.
Our favorite skate park is located in the city´s second biggest park; Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.
The reason we love this park so much is that many of the aspects are replicas of famed spots from the streets including copies of the nine-stair rail from the Banks, the handicap rail from Union Square, the renowned grate and ledge from the Unisphere, and 11 more obstacles beloved by the skating community.
Hudson river park-Pier 62
Our second choice is a park that is somewhat contradictory to the history of the NYC skating scene. A west coast style park with pool style bowls can be found in the Hudson River Park. Built by Californian designers this park gives the east coast skaters a taste of Dogtown!
Open Road Skate park
What was once a contaminated, gnarly park has now been re-surfaced with 7 layers of specifically manufactured acrylic, making it the smoothest surface in the City. Check out Mark Gonzales´ Krooked eyes mural!
Thanks to this short history and guide to skateboarding from FeelNYC, you should have no problems knowing where to go and furthermore, have no excuse not to go and shred in one of the best cities in the world!
Glass Blowing is a profession known and practiced by very few in today´s day and age. The profession has been a prominent art form since the Phoenicians in 50BC. Glass Blowing Hot shops are hard to come by and learning can be very costly. Thankfully New York is such a vibrant metropolis it happens to be one of the few places where glass shops and glass blowing courses are readily available. For those that are interested you´ll want to check out this guide to some of the best places for glass blowing in New York. Enjoy discovering art through this unique medium unlike any other.
Urban Glass: Urban Glass offers some quality courses for beginners and first time users.
This urban glass shop regularly offers Weekend Glass-making Workshops. Visitors and Guests can choose from 3 different types of glass-making disciplines including, bead-making, kiln forming, and stained glass. They also offer private classes for one on one sessions with more advanced students. Rates vary accordingly so check the official site.
- Bead-making: Bead-making is another long practiced profession in the glassblowing family. This art is primarily made by burning rods of colored glass over a flame and then fusing them into beautiful designs and twisting canes. For those who are interested note that all the tools will be supplied and no experience is required. They also offer an intermediate class for those who wish to advance their skills beyond the basics.
- Kiln Forming: Kiln forming is done by fusing large sheets of colored glass into a variety of shapes and designs. Typically these sheets are arranged on a flat layer of clear glass and then you slowly heat and connect the colored panes. Expect to learn a great deal about basic fusing concepts. Again, no experience required but you will need to supply your own tools for this specific workshop.
- Stained Glass: Principles include glass cutting and assembly. You will also learn about design and working with colors. This class is easy and you´ll have a chance to walk away with your very own glass panel. All materials are included this time and once again no experience is required.
Address: (126 13th 3rd Floor between 2nd Ave & 3rd Ave., Brooklyn)
Scanlan Glass: Prices are high as is generally the case with glassblowing classes however you´ll be guaranteed two hours of rigorous assistance and information as you work one on one with resident professor and artist Kevin Scanlan. Kevin Scanlan has been teaching for over 25 years and is extremely used to working with beginners and advanced artists. In short, Scanlan offers help to beginners and experts alike. Group classes are also offered over the course of six week sessions.
Address: (499 Van Brunt St Ste 2A. Brooklyn, Red Hook Neighborhood)
So now thanks to FeelNYC you can learn about this long standing tradition by trying yourself first hand. No more problems, no more complaints, now you have everything you need to have another once in a life time experience in the Big Apple! So get out there and visit the best glass shops in New York while you still can!
Over the last several years, graffiti has become a prominent part of the New York area sub-culture. Old and young alike take to the streets to make their art known to the world. For those who truly wish to visit the great city of N.Y. and have a first-hand taste of this pinnacle of American rebel sub-culture then this is a review you won´t want to miss. FeelNYC is pleased to present the best things to know about Graffiti in the Big Apple.
Graffiti battles where two crews compete are common around the Brooklyn, Bronx, and queens areas. For current news check out the kings of new york´s official site and find out where all the current graffiti wars are going on around the city. (As of this Monday the Tats Cru and BG 183 can be seen going at it around the Bronx!)
The Big Apple is also home to a number of historic Graffiti sites including the popular;
(Located in Harlem)
(Located on Long Island)
FeelNYC´s review of the best graffiti spots in N.Y.: also recommends you check out the following! If you´re looking for art supplies around the So Ho and TriBeCa area than look no further than the scrap yard. This store is specially equipped for graffiti artists and although the store itself is small it has a surprisingly large selection of cans and colored markers. It was also rumored that back in the day rival graffiti crews would get into fights out front of the store and it was not uncommon to have your art supplies robbed. Thankfully the location is safe for all to visit but this little store still remains a hallmark of graffiti culture in the Big Apple. Location: (300 W Broadway between Canal St & Grand St)
FeelNYC solves all your problems with our review of the best tattoo parlors in New York. The Big Apple is such a huge metropolitan hub filled with movies stars, musicians and TV icons that it’s no surprise that many of the cities´ tattoo parlors are owned and frequented by these stars. So come check out FeelNYC’s review of the best place to get great line work from some of the top professionals in the biz. For all you tattoo fans out there this is something you won’t want to miss! For those who want to know more, come check out this black and white video on the tradition and art of tattooing in New York.
Three Kings Tattoo: This shop is owned by a well-known and respected neighborhood icon Matty No Times. With 14 resident artists always on the job and a no appointment system this is one of the easiest high quality parlors to get into on a whim. The shop also welcomes several guest artists which are also on site 7 days a week. For all you Brooklyn Indie-rock fans this is the place to go. Artists known to frequent this tattoo parlor include, None More Black, Hold Steady, and Lucero. Address: 572 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, (Hours of operation: open daily – 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.)
Sacred Tattoo: This is an eccentric tattoo parlor unlike any other. Here you´ll find 19 resident artists with a large variety of artistic styles. The coolest part about this institution is instead iof just picking you tattoo you have a selection of conceptual paintings and drawings evocative of current trends and sub-culture to choose from. These images are then used to create your personalized one of a kind tattoo. Address: 424 Broadway (Hours of operation: open daily – 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.)
Adorned tattoo: This place is recognized for its top notch line work and hyper-detailing. This is one of the most famous tattoo parlors in New York and for good reason. The artists are renowned for the complexity of their art work which ranges from thin and graphic fonts to thoughrouly rendered detail. Be warned, expect to pay about $100 to 200 an hour. Address: (376 Bedford Avenue (between South 4th and 5th streets)
So now if you’re planning on getting a tattoo before the New Year arrives here is your chance. Thanks to FeelNYC’s review you won’t have any more problems finding the best places in town to get inked.
The night before Christmas is an especially magical night, and at times a very stressful night too. Whether you have finished all your Christmas shopping or decorating, this quick guide on how to spend your evening should solve all your problems.
Christmas Eve falls on a Monday this year, meaning that if you have any last minute bits of shopping to do, you can. Hopefully though you have got everything organized and can enjoy some of the festive cheer that encapsulates the city on this special night.
As stated in a previous post there are many ice rinks open throughout the city during the holiday season however on Christmas Eve many of them close early. The only non-cost rink in the city (Citi Pond, Byrant Park) stays open until midnight on Christmas Eve, allowing you to welcome Christmas day whilst skating!
Holiday Train show
This beautiful annual tradition that takes place at the New York Botanical Gardens is open until 3pm, and the more modest display at the New York City Transit Museum in Grand Central Terminal is open until 6pm.
Watch a holiday show at the theatre
Although most theaters are usually closed on a Monday, there are many showings of festive classics on this special Monday; Radio City Christmas Spectacular, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical, the Holiday Circus in Brooklyn, Angelina Ballerina the Very Merry Holiday Musicaland A Christmas Story the Musical.
Marvel at the window displays
Walking through the city on Christmas Eve will get you in an unbeatable festive mood. The enormous Christmas trees dotted throughout Manhattan and the beautiful lights are simply delightful. The department store window displays are also spectacular. The Disney animated short at Barneys and the Cirque du Soleil windows at Bloomingdale’s are two favorites with kids.
Every year, at 5pm crowds gather under the Washington Square Arch next to the large Christmas tree to sing Christmas carols. Accompanied by the Rob Susman Brass Quartet, singers are provided with a songbook and nothing more. If you fancy joining the more crowds for a sing song and some festive cheer you can continue with candle light caroling at West Stuyvesant Square Park and Gramercy Park, both at 6pm.
Here at FeelNYC we hope that this short guide will provide you with some ideas on how to spend Christmas Eve in NYC although don´t complain if you haven’t finished your shopping!