July 18th, 2014 / No Comments » / by admin
Last night New York Buzz Blog was invited to attend the 85th Anniversary party for sunglass brand Foster Grant. Foster Grant is actually credited with the birth of sunglasses in the U.S., starting with the first pair sold in 1929 on the Atlantic City boardwalk. Foster Grant was also the first company to correlate wearing sunglasses with the idea of “being cool” and in the 1960′s they were worn by celebrities including Elvis Presley, Anthony Quinn, Raquel Welch, and Mia Farrow.
The 85th Anniversary party was held at The Blue Room at the Gansevoort Hotel Park Avenue and was attended by the brands CEO Cesar Melo and latest celebrity face, Vampire Diaries star Kat Graham. The Blue Room itself was decorated with a variety of Foster Grant styles to check out and try on and especially featured their latest Vintage collection which included my favorite style, the Bryn Mawr. Foster Grant sunglasses are made from lightweight, durable materials that are both fashionable and affordably priced.
Foster Grant Bryn Mawr Sunglasses in Tortoise
At the end of the evening, each guest was given a pair of Foster Grant sunglasses to take home.
The Vampire Diaries actress and musician Kat Graham and Foster Grant CEO Cesar Melo celebrate Foster Grant’s 85th Anniversary, Thursday, July 18, 2014, at Gansevoort Park Avenue in New York. (Photo by Diane Bondareff/Invision for Foster Grant)
The Vampire Diaries actress and musician Kat Graham wears a vintage pair of Foster Grants to celebrate the brand’s 85th Anniversary, Thursday, July 18, 2014, at Gansevoort Park Avenue in New York. (Photo by Diane Bondareff/Invision for Foster Grant)
By: Ashley Lutzker
July 16th, 2014 / No Comments » / by admin
It feels like we’ve spent weeks now hearing about North River Lobster Company in conversation after conversation. Everyone we know is planning a birthday party or a happy hour event at this place this summer. North River has actually been on our radar here at New York Buzz Blog for a few months now, as we’ve kept meaning to make the visit to check it out, and this past weekend we finally did.
Thanks to the careful planning of a friend, we arrived before opening time (11:30am) to get in line to board the boat. Upon arrival, there was already a small crowd of people waiting for the velvet ropes to be lifted to board. As we waited, the line kept growing. Finally, at 11:35am, the ropes were lifted and 15 people were allowed on. Thankfully, we were in that first group.
We boarded the boat and headed straight up to the 3rd floor deck to grab a table that was both in the shade and in the sun (we had a mixed group of sun seekers and sun burners). After snagging our table we headed straight to the bar to order lunch and drinks. A nice thing about the boat is that there are 3 decks with a bar on each one to order from. After placing our orders we were given a number and our drinks and told to go back to our table to wait for the delivery of our food. Based on Yelp reviews, we were prepared and expecting to settle in for a bit of a wait on the food but were pleasantly surprised by the promptness of it’s delivery, within 10 minutes of ordering.
Suddenly our table was covered with chowders, and shrimp po’boys, and lobster cobb salads and we attacked them all like savages. After fully attacking our food we realized we were still short one guest in our party and as the time inched closer to 12:30pm, we hoped she’d make it in time for the boat to set sail on it’s 30 minute cruise along the Hudson River. Yes, throughout the day, the North River Lobster Company and the boat it’s on actually set’s sail for short boat rides on the river.
Finally we received a text from our friend that said she was still waiting on line to board the boat and we were struck with a bit of confusion & irritation as we realized that the lower 2 decks were actually pretty empty and yet there was a huge line of people waiting to board the boat but no one actually boarding. The only thing we could think of was that perhaps they were trying to control the number of orders going into the kitchen by controlling the number of people aboard the boat. Very strange.
Thankfully, our final guest made it on the boat before it set sail, as part of another small group of 20 that was allowed past the ropes. As our entire party settled in to enjoy the afternoon with more drinks, we reflected on the experience.
1. It really is a beautiful setting, the boat is very nice and clean and actually quite large
2. The food & drinks are fantastic, the lobster is SOOOO fresh, and we didn’t get a chance to try to the raw bar but definitely plan to in the future
3. If you get there promptly when the restaurant opens, you’re golden, otherwise you’re out of luck and can plan to wait in line for quite a while
4. The line system for boarding the boat does not make much sense and makes us very curious about what it’s like to try to get on board after work for happy hour
5. A lobster boat is no place for a velvet rope and the type of exclusivity this place seems to be pushing for, the messages are mixed
6. We would still come back, but probably only early on a weekend again or once the entrance system gets worked out
The North River Lobster Company is located at Pier 81 off of the West Side Highway and the boat set’s sail every few hours throughout the day and you should check the website for exact times.
By: Ashley Lutzker
July 10th, 2014 / No Comments » / by admin
National Mojito Day, we’re not totally convinced that this is a real thing, but we do LOVE mojitos and we’ll take any excuse to drink them, so we’re happy to go along with this one. In honor of the “holiday” our friends over at the Hard Rock Cafe New York sent us a few delicious sounding recipes they cooked up for the special occasion. Generally we like to stick with a traditional mojito, but these 3 recipes sounded so tasty that we’ve decided to share them with our readers.
And because there are so many delicious Mojitos to be found in this amazing city we call home, here are 3 places we go in NYC for our favorite mojitos:
Guantanamera at 939 8th Ave: This Cuban restaurant located in Hell’s Kitchen serves of one the best mojitos around and on Tuesdays they have a $5 Mojito Madness that lasts all night.
Cafe Habana at 17 Prince St.: Located in the Soho neighborhood, this Cuban/Mexican cafe is a great place to stop for both the mojitos and the delicious food.
Havana Alma de Cuba at 94 Christopher St.: Located in the heart of the West Village, you will love the mojitos at this amazing Cuban inspired restaurant.
By: Ashley Lutzker
July 8th, 2014 / No Comments » / by admin
Perched atop The Water Club on the East River of Manhattan lies the perfect place for outdoor drinking and dining and it’s totally worth checking out, its called The Crow’s Nest. While The Water Club is a fancy schmancy white table cloth restaurant, The Crows Nest has a casual laid back vibe with terrific drinks and a small but delicious food menu, plus you get the same sweeping river views.
While many of Manhattan’s best outdoor spots get super crazy and crowded in the summer, somehow The Crow’s Nest manages to escape much of the outdoor party crowd chaos. Perhaps it’s because you have to cross the FDR and walk a block or two down the East River bike path to reach it. Perhaps it’s because you still have to walk through a fancy restaurant to get to this spectacular urban oasis. Or perhaps the size of the space keeps the crowd manageable. All I know is that the music is great, the atmosphere is lively and the views are breathtaking.
On my particular visit a couple weekends ago, I met a few friends and sat at a little table looking out over Brooklyn and LIC. We soaked up the sunshine while catching up on conversation and sipping on a variety of summer cocktails. My favorite was the vodka spiked watermelon lemonade and my friends seemed to really enjoy the frozen Pina Coladas. As for snacks, you can’t go wrong with oyster selection or the cheeseburger sliders. If you’re into D-List celebrity sighting, we also caught great views of Dina Manzo from Real Housewives of New Jersey.
The Crow’s Nest is seasonal and open from mid-May through late September.
By: Ashley Lutzker