Category: West Village


Bachelorette Party Karaoke

September 26th, 2012 — 8:53pm

Saturday night, I headed down to Karaoke Boho in NYC’s West Village with my friend Lauren. The occasion our mutual friend Andrea’s bachelorette party.

Lauren and me with bride-to-be Andrea

We joined about a dozen of the bride to be’s in a private room, where we collectively belted out classic hits from the likes of Madonna, Whitney, michael jackson and Gwen stefani. It had been years since my last karaoke outing and i ‘d forgotten how cathartic getting in touch with your inner American Idol can be.

As we sipped on cocktails and made small talk about work and life, I couldn’t help thinking about how the two can serendipitously intersect. I first met Lauren eight years ago, when I was embarking on my transition to travel PR.  I later met Andrea through a monthly PR chicks happy hour that Lauren organized.

Though our happy hours are less frequent now, the fun continues whenever we get together. And I’m discovering all over again how work can lead to friendship in my awesome new job at the Westin New York Grand Central. Among the many smart, engaging colleagues I’m lucky to spend my days with is a sassy fellow single gal I’ve hit it off with. I see some after-work happy hours in the not too distant future. Stay tuned!

| bachelorette parties, Girls Night Out, new jobs, West Village, Westin New York Grand Central

Girls Night Out: West Village

May 2nd, 2012 — 2:11pm

Last week, I enjoyed a much-needed girls night out with my dear friend Julie. Julie has a knack for picking great restaurants I’ve never been to and this time was no exception.

Home Restaurant (photo courtesy of NChoz via Flickr.com)

We met up at Home Restaurant, tucked away on Cornelia Street in NYC’s West Village. The cozy 30-seat eatery has a country kitchen vibe, friendly and attentive waitstaff and a delightful menu. Julie and I shared a scrumptious blue cheese fondue plate before savoring a light spaghetti with plum tomatoes, bread crumbs.

A few glasses of Sauvignon Blanc complimented the meal and conversation well. As always when Julie and I get together, the time flew by. We talked about a lot of big stuff – relationship and job transitions, the ticking of the biological clock and finding the quiet space to figure out what comes next. Julie is one of those people who never fails to make life’s lumps and bumps more manageable with her wise insights and sympathetic ear. I feel so lucky to call her a friend.

Coming up…the scoop on a new recipe for SGITC and my take on Ashton Kutcher’s surprising new  with World Wide Lovers.com!

| Girls Night Out, online dating, West Village

Girls Night Out: West Village

June 28th, 2011 — 12:30pm

Friday night, I headed down to NYC’s West Village for a girls night out with my new friend and fellow namesake Melissa.

Melissa and I met at recent mixer hosted by the US Tennis Association’s Young Patrons group. We bonded quickly over our shared backgrounds in PR and, of course, single status.

Our first stop of the night was The Lion, a cozy restaurant with an upscale rustic vibe run by The Waverly Inn’s John DeLucie. We savored a ginger beer and rum concoction while nibbling on some herbed fries and talking about dating peeves — among them, overtexting and forwardness from online bachelors.

The Kingswood: One of the best bar scenes in NYC’s West Village

Next, we strolled across to The Kingswood, where a lively crowd made up of singles and couples alike mingled. As I watched one guy puts the moves on a bachelorette, I suddenly appreciated why dating reality shows are so popular. There’s something entertaining about watching the whole flirting dance unfold.

For the evening’s finale, Melissa and I dropped by popular Meatpacking District bistro Pastis. We talked about July 4th getaway plans (New Hampshire for me, Hamptons for Melissa) and I found myself feeling thankful a new season is here. Let the summer fun begin!

| Girls Night Out, West Village

Saturday Double Header

July 9th, 2010 — 5:01pm

Last weekend, I enjoyed an action-packed Saturday that began in Central Park with my friend Crystal.

Row Your Boat: Crystal took this picture of me in Central Park

Over a delicious brunch at the Loeb Boathouse, Crystal and I talked about the joys of redecorating and the frustrations of lackluster dates. When we rented a rowboat for an hour, I told Crystal how much more fun it was with her than with a dull date last summer.

Later, craving something cool, we walked over to the Godiva store on Madison Avenue and treated ourselves to a Chocoelixir drink with caramel. Beyond decadent and equally delicious. We were savoring the taste when I looked up and spotted this sign on a lamp post–

“Curb your calories, and Eat Less.”

I love New York — it always has a hilarious sense of timing.

That night, I headed down to NYC’s West Village for date #2 with White Plains bachelor and talent booker Paul. After a quick cocktail at a nearby wine bar, we went to see “Nunsense.” The long-running musical comedy serves up a lot of laughs and kitschy one-liners, so it was easy to understand why Paul has seen it three times over the years,

Over a delicious post-show dinner (gnocchi Bolognese) at Zucca Trattoria, Paul and I reflected on the differences between city and suburban life. I found myself wondering if I could really leave the concrete jungle of Manhattan behind someday. And feeling thankful that, for now, I’m in no immediate danger of having to make that choice.

| Central Park, second dates, West Village

A Delicious Dinner At Francesco’s

December 31st, 2009 — 9:58pm

Tuesday night, I headed down to NYC’s West Village for dinner with Italian restaurateur Vito Rappa.

Vito and I met back in November at a charity gala, during which he invited me to check out the newest location of his trattoria, Francesco’s.

Francesco’s: The trattoria’s West Village location serves up a killer penne alla vodka

Francesco’s opened on West 4th Street in March — the larger Columbus Avenue location has been around since 1998 — and delivers a delicious menu of pizza and pasta.

“As long as I have pasta, I can live,” Vito says.

Good food is in his DNA. A native of Sicily, Vito learned to cook at age 11. His great-grandfather opened a restaurant in 1901, and was the first to have a taverna in the town of Borgetto. His grandfather would often say pasta is the first step to heaven.

That certainly applies to Francesco’s sublime penne in vodka sauce (a family recipe) and perfectly baked garlic knots. The homemade tiramisu drizzled in chocolate sauce is also a must.

While enjoying my dessert, I ended up chatting with fellow single gals Ayesha and Callie. They shared their new year’s resolutions — Ayesha is preparing to launch her own handbag line while Callie hopes to make her first trip to Europe.

We all agreed there’s no better time for a fresh start than a new year. Especially when it also marks the start of a brand-new decade.

Happy 2010 everyone!

| Columbus Avenue, Francesco's, happy new year, Italian food, Italian restaurants, new year's resolutions, West Village

A Delicious Dinner At Francesco’s

December 31st, 2009 — 4:58pm

Tuesday night, I headed down to NYC’s West Village for dinner with Italian restaurateur Vito Rappa.

Vito and I met back in November at a charity gala, during which he invited me to check out the newest location of his trattoria, Francesco’s.

Francesco’s: The trattoria’s West Village location serves up a killer penne alla vodka

Francesco’s opened on West 4th Street in March — the larger Columbus Avenue location has been around since 1998 — and delivers a delicious menu of pizza and pasta.

“As long as I have pasta, I can live,” Vito says.

Good food is in his DNA. A native of Sicily, Vito learned to cook at age 11. His great-grandfather opened a restaurant in 1901, and was the first to have a taverna in the town of Borgetto. His grandfather would often say pasta is the first step to heaven.

That certainly applies to Francesco’s sublime penne in vodka sauce (a family recipe) and perfectly baked garlic knots. The homemade tiramisu drizzled in chocolate sauce is also a must.

While enjoying my dessert, I ended up chatting with fellow single gals Ayesha and Callie. They shared their new year’s resolutions — Ayesha is preparing to launch her own handbag line while Callie hopes to make her first trip to Europe.

We all agreed there’s no better time for a fresh start than a new year. Especially when it also marks the start of a brand-new decade.

Happy 2010 everyone!

| Columbus Avenue, Francesco's, happy new year, Italian food, Italian restaurants, new year's resolutions, West Village

Singles Event Pick: The Set’s Holiday Bash

December 7th, 2009 — 10:30pm

TheSet NYC, Time Out New York’s monthly variety show, is celebrating the season with Holiday Bash 2009.

The Sullivan Room: TheSet’s holiday bash will take place at this West Village hotspot

Set for Friday, December 18, 2009, the soiree will take place from 9 to 11pm at the famous Sullivan Room in NYC’s West Village.

Mingle with artists, enjoy catered food and drink specials (2 for 1 from 9-10pm), and bring business cards for networking. Music provided by DJ Adam Childs and an after party will follow.

I’ve had the pleasure of attending TheSet more than once and it’s always a fun night out.

Admission to the Holiday Bash is free. For more information and to RSVP,

| singles events, Sullivan Room, The Set NYC, Time Out New York, West Village

Singles Event Pick: The Set’s Holiday Bash

December 7th, 2009 — 5:30pm

TheSet NYC, Time Out New York’s monthly variety show, is celebrating the season with Holiday Bash 2009.

The Sullivan Room: TheSet’s holiday bash will take place at this West Village hotspot

Set for Friday, December 18, 2009, the soiree will take place from 9 to 11pm at the famous Sullivan Room in NYC’s West Village.

Mingle with artists, enjoy catered food and drink specials (2 for 1 from 9-10pm), and bring business cards for networking. Music provided by DJ Adam Childs and an after party will follow.

I’ve had the pleasure of attending TheSet more than once and it’s always a fun night out.

Admission to the Holiday Bash is free. For more information and to RSVP,

| singles events, Sullivan Room, The Set NYC, Time Out New York, West Village

Drinks At Trata

July 9th, 2009 — 5:28pm

Tuesday night, after dinner down in the West Village, I headed up to my Upper East Side neighborhood for a late-evening drink with my brother Andrew and his business partner Parker.
I met them at Trata, a trendy Greek seafood bistro that happens to serve delicious white sangria.
Parker, a former financial big wig turned consultant, joined Andrew in giving me the scoop about their current venture capital project involving new medical technology and an heiress investor with spellbinding charm.

We also talked about my shortlived candidacy for Murphy-Goode Winery’s highly coveted Lifestyle Correspondent gig.

Earlier in the day, I had learned that I didn’t make it onto the Top 10 shortlist of contenders. Given how stiff the Top 50 competition was – seven other New Yorkers among them, including a guy with Food & Wine magazine on his resume – I wasn’t too surprised.
Once I got over the disappointment that I won’t be living on a vineyard for six months, I was actually relieved. Had I made the final cut, it would have been tough to weigh my wanderlust against my love for NYC. Because, for as much as I’m a travelgirl at heart, there’s still no place I’d rather be than the Big Apple.

| Murphy-Goode Winery, The Big Apple, Trata restaurant, travel, Upper East Side, West Village

Drinks At Trata

July 9th, 2009 — 12:28pm

Tuesday night, after dinner down in the West Village, I headed up to my Upper East Side neighborhood for a late-evening drink with my brother Andrew and his business partner Parker.
I met them at Trata, a trendy Greek seafood bistro that happens to serve delicious white sangria.
Parker, a former financial big wig turned consultant, joined Andrew in giving me the scoop about their current venture capital project involving new medical technology and an heiress investor with spellbinding charm.

We also talked about my shortlived candidacy for Murphy-Goode Winery’s highly coveted Lifestyle Correspondent gig.

Earlier in the day, I had learned that I didn’t make it onto the Top 10 shortlist of contenders. Given how stiff the Top 50 competition was – seven other New Yorkers among them, including a guy with Food & Wine magazine on his resume – I wasn’t too surprised.
Once I got over the disappointment that I won’t be living on a vineyard for six months, I was actually relieved. Had I made the final cut, it would have been tough to weigh my wanderlust against my love for NYC. Because, for as much as I’m a travelgirl at heart, there’s still no place I’d rather be than the Big Apple.

| Murphy-Goode Winery, The Big Apple, Trata restaurant, travel, Upper East Side, West Village

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