Little Town NYC unabashedly hearts New York. Of its three restaurants, two are located in iconic Manhattan spots: one in Union Square, the other on Theater District’s Restaurant Row. Little Town’s fancy for the Empire State shines through on the menu, too, with homestyle dishes such as the Adirondack chicken pesto and an Angus beef burger topped with crispy Berkshire bacon. The Suburb Backyard BBQ platter is piled high with enough buffalo wings, Nathan's hot dogs, and other locally inspired fare to feed a family of four.
Little Town NYC also takes great pride in its beer list, which features more than 100 local brews, including IPAs and amber ales that hail from breweries in Long Island, Ithaca, and Saratoga Springs. At the Restaurant Row location, you can enjoy a pilsner from Coney Island while sitting in a booth constructed from the beach’s old wooden boardwalk.
Mario and Anna Abitino emigrated from Naples to the U.S. in 1972. Mario quickly found work in the pizza business, and the couple eventually opened a restaurant of their own: Abitino’s Pizza and Italian Kitchen, in Midtown Manhattan. That was more than 20 years ago. Today, the couple and their three sons, Dominick, Mario Jr., and Salvatore, run six New York pizzerias bearing the family name. Each offers an expansive menu of signature pizzas and other Italian entrees, such as gnocchi sorrentino and pasta stuffed with fresh littleneck clams. Their pizzas and calzones use dough made right on the premises, and their tomato sauce is also housemade—with tomatoes from Naples, naturally.
Build A Basket creates thoughtful gift kits to aid expressions of gratitude, love, and confusion as well as celebrations of birthdays, holidays, and special occasions. Benevolent benefactors can assemble a personalized endowment by choosing a container, whether a small, antique-style sea-grass suitcase basket ($15.99) or a large wicker basket ($15.99). From there, gifters can sift through an extensive miscellany of care-package wares from gag gifts ($2.50–$24.95) to indulgent spa products ($2.50–$38.99). Present panniers also come prefashioned for golf devotees ($2.99–$25.99), pretend princesses ($29.99), and Valentines with a red-velvet sweet tooth ($34.99). Hundreds of individualized options await gift givers short on time, inspiration, or basket-weaving prowess.
Strategically coupled with delectable nibbles from Nisi in Englewood, Quench's assortment of exquisite international wines challenge and soothe palates of discerning aficionados and novices imbibers alike. As waves of whites and reds lap against taste buds, certified sommeliers detail flavor sensations and ways to tell when a grape is about to explode. Specialty varietals break up sip-based monotony, with sparkling wine bubbling on tongues, rosé wine flushing patrons’ cheeks, and dessert wine topping tongues with sweetness. Tasty Nisi treats plant a solid grub foundation for sips or gulps of each libation. Quench hosts tastings on Sunday and Monday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., permitting a minimum of 6 and maximum of 10 guests or statues built of discarded corks to each sampling.
Founded by husband-and-wife botanists Nathaniel Lord Britton and Elizabeth Gertrude Knight Britton in 1891, the New York Botanical Garden has been a destination of natural beauty for generations of New York residents and beyond.
With spring currently blanketing the city with color, garden staffers spend their days busily preparing for 2014's packed festival season. May brings the sound of popped corks during Wine in the Native Plants Garden, giving guests the chance to take a leisurely tour. The festivities continue in June, when 4,000 blooming flowers herald the beginning of the Rose Garden Celebration. Of course, it's not all delicate flowers. The Big Backyard BBQ & Music Festival on Father's Day weekend lets guests celebrate dad with chipper tunes and food samples.
These festive occasions all support the garden's mission is to be "an advocate for the plant kingdom." Much like the Brittons, today's staffers aim to lead the charge to document every species of plant and fungus on the planet. Varied terrains unfurl across its 250 acres, including rolling hills, waterfalls, and 50 acres of the forest that once blanketed New York City. In addition to native plants, rotating exhibitions and family events give visitors a reason to come back every season.