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One of the best bowling alleys in NYC. It has plenty of lanes, unlike other bowling spots I've been to in the city, which makes it much easier to secure a lane and/or reservation. The ambiance is cool given all rooms are NYC-themed. Perfect idea for a large group or a company team building. Gogobot NYC held an event here which easily accommodated 24 people for 2 lanes. Shoes are comped with a reservation, which is a great perk. Make sure to ask about their drink specials, only $5 for decent drinks. Beer pitchers however can be a bit pricier than average.
I'm not sure how after so many years in New York, I missed knowing about @CafeLalo. Self-proclaimed as the most famous cafe in NYC, I can see why that would be the case. Famously seen in Meg Ryan's movie "You've Got Mail," this French inspired cafe not only boasts a beautiful decor with its top to bottom windows, modern art and beautiful stools, but is a bustling meet up place for anything you might desire: coffee, tea, pastries, brunch, you name it. I was mostly blown away but how many people were having coffee at midnight. One guy was even reading the newspaper! But then why would I be? This is the city that never sleeps, and this lovely cafe proves it right on. Open till 4am on weekends, 2am on other nights.
Holy Duck! The Saturday duck special at this French Upper East Side restaurant is a must. Great orange sauce, loved the caramelized red cabbage. Be advised however that the portion is huge. Also, best crepes suzette I have ever had!
Amazing Filipino food restaurant! Must have the Sizzling Sisig. The ingredients are a bit disgusting but it is worth a try. Big portion for an appetizer. Entrees are great, but highly recommend the garlic rice and the grilled bokchoy. Very, very tasty! The gin cocktails are also great.
Lovely wine bar in East Village. Chic decor, great for dates or bigger groups of friends. Wines have strange descriptions but are a good selection. The bartender is a bit stiff, he kind of looks like a butler, in a good way :) Must-have their Nutella panino dessert with vanilla ice-cream. So so good! And not too sweet.
Awesome Korean dumplings of all kinds. Lunchtime especially when they are displayed in the window. The kimchi ramen is very spicy, even with "mild" indications.
Not the nicest Fairmont hotel I've been in, but a Fairmont nevertheless. A bit outdated but conveniently located in the center of Montreal. It's best known as the site of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's most famous bed-in. Make sure to register for the President's Club (free membership) to use the complimentary wifi. Otherwise, you'll be spending $16/day. Also, to keep your luggage at the hotel for a few hours is $2 a bag.
Excellent French restaurant on Avenue du Parc in Montreal. Come for the Laurentian inspired lunch, a region in Canada, for the $25 unbeatable fare during the Montreal du Lumiere festival. Incredible rabbit appetizer with foie gras and mushroom crepes, and pig leg slowly roasted entree, so tasty and tender. The apple pastry is also delicious. Just note, this restaurant has a bring your own wine policy.
Built in 1808, and originally owned by a wealthy and flamboyant Armenian entrepreneur, Emanuel Mârzaian, better known under his Turkish name Manuc-bei, Manuc's Inn is the oldest operating hotel building in Bucharest, a must see while in town.
By the middle of the 19th century, it was Bucharest's most important commercial complex, including numerous wholesalers, retail stores, more than a hundred rooms for offices or living, two receiving rooms and a pub. Today's courtyard restaurant is a pleasant spot to hang out.
Although Manuc's Inn has been subject to repeated restorations, its essential structure remains intact. Its massive, multiply balconied courtyard hosted many performances and fairs and has been a popular place for Romanian television crews to shoot folkloric performances.
In 1842 it briefly housed Bucharest's town hall. Around 1880 a hall at the inn was used as a theatre, and was the site of the first Romanian operetta performance.
A true living legend and one of the oldest breweries of Bucharest, Caru' cu Bere was opened in 1879 in the old inn of Zlatari and 20 years later it moved to Stavropoleos Street where it dwells up to present day.
The brewery is a place brimming with history and tradition, where seemingly nothing has changed. The architecture reminds everyone stepping inside why Bucharest was once considered little Paris, the murals, stained glass and carved rails being distinctive elements of the brewery.
The same party spirit, reminiscent of Bucharest's exuberance in the early twentieth century is still very much present today. If you’re lucky, you’ll witness a live band sing and dance, while you’re enjoying the traditional specialties over dinner. Not unlike many other landmark cafes and restaurants around the world, Caru cu Bere used to be a hangout spot for Romania’s most famous writers and novelists of the once belle époque.
Apart from the beer, brewed upstairs after a secret original recipe, Caru 'cu Bere is famous for an array of traditional dishes, amongst which are the frankfurters with its specialty house horseradish.
A New York staple, one of the best tea houses you'll ever go to. It's not just about the incredible tea and the tastiest scones you may have ever had, but about the experience. Best to go on a Sunday afternoon. Jasmine pearls tea is a winner. Truly whimsical decor. Mostly women here and lots of little girls. Be aware that the wait might be long, as reservations are only taken for parties of 6 and up.
Neoclassical masterpiece built in 1912 to serve the social and cultural aspects of the Romanian Army. Wedding parties, banquets and other official events are hosted in the elaborate ballrooms, however most of the building is closed to visitors. There is also a restaurant and summer terrace, both open to the public.
Best pizza I've had in a very long time!! I ate every single slice of the Capocollo pizza, which never happens. Great service, and late night dinner. Awesome black and white rustic decor. What else can you wish for?
Housed in the splendid Cantacuzino Palace, the French baroque style building, set with Art Nouveau elements is perhaps Bucharest's most beautiful building. It was built between 1899-1902 by Gheorghe Cantacuzino - former mayor of Bucharest and one of the wealthiest people in Romania. After he died, he left the palace as inheritance to his son and wife Maria. Following the premature death of his son, Maria subsequently married violinist George Enescu, who was to become Romania's greatest composer.
One of the most popular spots in Bucharest to read, search for cool accessories and have a great cup of tea. Awesome hangout spot. Lots of trendy folks here too. Think The Strand in NYC with a cafe attached to it.
Deemed a national institution since 1864, the National Theatre is home to the best theatre plays in the country, honorably representing the country's arts & culture and its most revered actors. Currently under renovation, the sculptures in the front mimic a theatre play. The old National Theatre, once located on Calea Victoriei, was bombarded in 1944 during the World War II. The Novotel Hotel, built in the same spot as the former destroyed theatre, replicates the exterior of the old Romanian National Theatre.