Oct 9, 2013

Upper West Side Honey Spots

Honey spots, not honey badger. I know we all love that honey badger but today I want to talk about three new-to-me spots in the Upper West Side that have become favorites and true "honey spots" in our new neighborhood. These three gems all share three things in common: great ambiance, delish food/snacks, and a fun crowd. And those three things are necessary to stay in business in NYC - where there are almost as many restaurants, bodegas and bars as there are people.  

Ardesia - a small, magical wine bar that also offers small snacks and delicious cheese (and the most amazing s'mores dessert you will ever have!) is tucked away between 10th and 11th Avenue. It's one of those places that once you discover it you know you'll be back plenty more. The wine menu is extensive so they really have something for everyone. 

Taboon - are you a lover of carbs like I am? Well, the search for the best bread ends here. Baked in a huge "taboon" oven this bread is unlike any other you're ever eaten. They offer six different dips to enjoy your bread with (think hummus, red pepper dip, and tzatziki) and their entrees are all to die for. Oh, and the ambiance is pretty much perfect for a date night. The restaurant is located less than a block away from Ardesia so it's perfect to stop by the wine bar before or after dinner.

Pier i Cafe - I'm sure you've all been or at least heard of the Boat Basin in the Upper West Side. Well, I admit the Boat Basin is a classic and everyone must go at least once, but there's some better options, very close by, with just as good (if not better) food, views and space. Cue in Pier i Cafe. A great view of the Hudson, cold beers, fresh lobster rolls and a fun crowd with live music during the summer will welcome you when you visit this special spot. And yes, you may even be able to snatch a table to enjoy your lobster roll and beer.

I could go on and on naming some other favorite gems we've discovered in the last few months since we moved uptown, but I don't want to overwhelm you. If you want any (and I mean any) recommendations just shoot me an email or leave a question in the comments and I'll get back to you asap. Don't you just love finding the honey spots in your neighborhood?

Honey by Marc Jacobs is a sunny delicious floral – energetic and alluring, with a sparkling, golden touch. The perfect mix of brightness and warmth. The fragrance energizes with the freshness of green pear brightened with a splash of fruity punch and juicy mandarin. At the heart of the fragrance is orange blossom, a note of sparkling femininity that mingles with nectars of honeysuckle and peach. Honey, vanilla, and smooth woods dry down to a warm, golden base.

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  1. I must check out Ardesia! You had me at "s'mores." I've been to Boat Basin, but not Pier I Cafe, I'd love to try that one out too. Have you gone to Jacob's Pickles? I love it there too-great food and cute decor as well.

  2. OK, so I'm officially adding all of these to my must-try list.

  3. These spots sound totally amazing! Gives me a reason to hit up the UWS now.

    Rowena @ rolala loves

  4. I must try all of these! Nothing is better than a "river" side meal so Pier 1 is first on my list! Thanks Viv!


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