Tuesday, July 29, 2014

BEST FOOD MARKETS IN NEW YORK

Combining communal dining space and artisan grocery shopping has caught fire in New York City in the past few years. Since the opening of Todd English's upscale food court at the Plaza Hotel this style of dining and shopping has become a fast growing trend. Here's 5 must-visit food halls in NYC.

Hudson Eats opened in June 2014 and is an upscale dining terrace overlooking the Hudson River featuring 14 fast-casual eateries. Vendors include, but are not limited to Black Seed Bagels, Mighty Quinn's BBQ, Umami Burger, Little Muenster and their creative grilled cheese sandwiches, Dos Toros burritos, Num Pang Cambodian sandwiches, Tartinery open-faced tartines, Chop't salads, Dig Inn seasonal health food, Sprinkles cupcakes and Blue Ribbon Sushi. Great place to get something to eat when visiting the 9/11 Memorial and Museum or the Battery Park.

Monday-Friday 7am-9pm Saturday 10am-9pm Sunday 11am-7 pm
Brookfield Place, 200 Vesey St.

Eataly is a massive Italian food hall with over 700 employees offering imported groceries and multiple eateries, each with its own focus. The marketplace, located near the Flatiron building in Manhattan, is a unique combination of sandwich stands, market-style stalls and full-fledged restaurants. Many products made on the premises are both for sale to the public and used to supply the restaurants on site. Grab a quick sandwich, buy some handmade pasta for dinner, or host a dinner party for friends in one of the eateries here. Eataly has it all.

Monday-Sunday 10am-11pm (Caffe Lavazza opens at 8am for coffee & pastries)
200 Fifth Avenue (at 23rd Street)
Chelsea Market is an enclosed urban food court and shopping mall located in the Chelsea neighborhood. It has become in just fifteen years one of the greatest indoor food halls of the world, with more than thirty-five vendors purveying everything from soup to nuts, wine to coffee, cheese to cheesecake and also features multiple restaurants, bakeries and unique gift stores. Good option to come to when visiting Highline Park and the West Village area.

Monday - Saturday: 7am-9pm, Sunday: 8am-8pm  
75 9th Avenue (Between 15th and 16 Streets),

Gotham West Market features eight premier, artisanal food purveyors, serving fish tacos, pulled-pork sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs with Chinese mustard and tripe chili, and tapas. The Brooklyn Kitchen has a retail store and demo space where chefs and cookbook authors will teach classes and make public appearances; Blue Bottle is serving New Orleans–style iced coffee; and noodle master Ivan Orkin has opened his first restaurant outside of Japan, Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop. This would be a great place to get something to eat before or after your sightseeing cruise that leaves from 42nd St. and 12th Avenue, or when visiting the Intrepid (46th St. and 12th Avenue).

 Monday-Sunday 7am-11pm
600 11th Avenue (between 44th and 45th)

The Plaza Food Hall is located at the concourse level of the Plaza Hotel, and it gets its' influence from European food halls not typically found in the United States. It offers a diverse range of specialty foods and prepared dishes for take away or to enjoy in one of eight seating areas, including: Wine Bar, Cheese & Charcuterie Station, Sushi Bar, Burger Bar & Rotisserie, Asian Noodle and Dumpling Bar, Pasta Bar, Brick Oven Pizza, and a Fish and Seafood Grill. 

Monday-Saturday 8:00am-9:30pm Sunday 11:00am-6:00pm
 Fifth Avenue at Central Park South

Thursday, June 26, 2014

VEGGING OUT IN NYC



New York City truly is the world’s melting pot, and its diverse community has made sure that our city is among the Top 5 most vegetarian/vegan friendly places in the USA. It is a plant-based eaters paradise offering many options ranging from vegetarian friendly to raw vegan restaurants, bakeries, ice cream parlors and food trucks. We at the front desk have noticed the increased number of people asking for restaurant recommendations for vegetarians instead of the ever so popular steakhouses. Although almost every restaurant, even the steakhouses, offer good vegetarian options, you might want to pay a visit to some of the delicious vegan restaurants and be prepared to be blown away by the flavors. 
We have quite a few vegetarians on our staff, one of them being Katariina, a long-time vegetarian and a holistic Health Coaching student. She shared her top 3 favorite restaurants even a carnivore would love.
2427 Broadway (between 89th-90th St.)

Serving fresh, local, organic farm to table fare and wide selection of organic wines, this restaurant is famous for its friendly and swift service and beautiful interiors. Whether you just wanted to have a glass of green juice or a 4-course gourmet dinner this place will satisfy your needs. Souvenir tip: buy Candle Cafe's colorful cooking books here.
Multiple locations

Pairing specialty cocktails with gourmet dishes made from fresh, local, organic produce, Blossom epitomizes ethical eating. Order multiple dishes and share them with your table to get the best experience. Same goes with desserts. Blossom has three locations in Chelsea, West Village and Upper East Side with fourth location coming soon. 
Pure Food and Wine
54 Irving Place (between 17th-18th St.)

This upscale raw vegan restaurant is located on Irving Place, just one block from Union Square. Their menu is entirely plant based and does not include any processed ingredients. Nothing is heated above approximately 118 degrees in order to preserve vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. During the summer months request a table in their gorgeous garden. Make sure to leave room for their delicious desserts. Souvenir tip: just around the corner from Pure Food and Wine is their take-out location One Lucky Duck that sells healthy house-made snacks, cookies, chocolates, superfoods, t-shirts, tote bags and cooking books written by the restaurant owner Sarma Melngailis.

Friday, June 13, 2014

OUR PICKS FOR BEST CRUISES IN NYC

For first-time visitors, sightseeing cruises offer a terrific overview of Manhattan and the surrounding boroughs as well a chance to learn a bit about New York's history, without all the traffic. No matter how many times you've visited NYC, these boat rides are a stress-free way to experience the beauty of the city's skyline and waterways. 

If you've got the time, this approximately 2,5 hour cruise will take you all the way around Manhattan, offering participants views of all five boroughs and a chance to see three rivers, seven major bridges, over 25 world renowned landmarks and, of course, a magnificent close-up of the Statue of Liberty. During the tour, a guide supplements the views with interesting information about New York City. 

Water Taxi's Hop On/Hop Off Service runs every 45 minutes and offers visitors a tour of the New York Harbor, including great views of Governors Island, as well as the option to hop on and off at stops along the 1 hour route, including Pier 1 in Brooklyn Heights section of Brooklyn.

If you're tight on time this is the cruise for you. In just one hour, you can see much of downtown Manhattan. Circle Line's Zephyr Yacht Harbor Cruise combines the comfort of a yacht ride with the great views of New York City and the Statue of Liberty. 

 If you're looking for more intimate, crowd-free experience, Classic Harbor Lines offers 2 hour cruises in their wooden gaff-rigged sailboats that accommodate 49 and 80 guests. You won't have to queue up in a long line to board or disembark and you can even relax and enjoy a beverage from the bar during the cruise. This is a bit pricier options than the others, but totally worth it. Choose from their Sunset Sail, City Lights, Full Moon or Day Sail options.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

STARS IN THE CITY

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New York's film industry is not quite as large as Hollywood’s, but its billions of dollars in revenue makes it an important part of the city's economy. This makes it the second largest center for the film industry in the US. Between the years 2010-2011 there were 18 TV series produced in NYC and in 2013-2014 the number jumped to 27. The amount of films shot in NYC was 188 in 2011 and in 2012 it got as high as 267. No wonder that so many of our guests report star sightings almost daily while they’re exploring the city. That is exactly what happened to one of our guest from Paris, France.

Mrs. Gombeau and her family had ordered a large pizza earlier in the day and offered the leftovers to a homeless man. She had no idea that it was Richard Gere. Gere was filming his next movie “Time Out of Mind” in which he plays  homeless dressed in grimy clothes eating a burger from a trashcan.

Mrs. Gombeau saw him near Grand Central and felt the urge to help by offering him food also apologizing that it had gotten cold. Gere gladly accepted her offering and replied, "Thank you so much. God bless you”.

Two days later, Mrs. Gombeau saw her picture on the TV with news of her offering Richard Gere pizza and came down to our front desk to tell us all about her exciting encounter. She had felt sad that people waste so much food and at the same time many have nothing.
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In a city of 8.4 million people, more than 36,000 homeless men, women and children sleep in homeless shelters and at least 3,200 more sleep on the streets and subways in the dead of winter.  If you are in NYC this June 11th and want to help the homeless, join the Carnival Night for Kids in Central Park’s Victorian Gardens to help raise funds to fight homelessness. This is a family event with arts, crafts, and amusement park rides, arcade games, magicians, BBQ and authors signing and giving away complimentary children’s books to participants. More info on this fun packed event here:  http://www.coalitionforthehomeless.org/events/entry/2014-carnival-night-for-kids/

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

MEET PAUL FROM THE BRONX

Paul has worked at the Salisbury Hotel as a bellman for five years. He hails from the Bronx and besides providing his friendly service to the hotel customers he also has deep passion for real estate development and construction. He has worked on renovating real estate mainly in the Queens and the Bronx, familiar neighborhoods for him. 

Paul takes great pride on the quality of work done in his properties just as he takes pride in working at the Salisbury Hotel and providing guests with the most courteous service. He really enjoys meeting people from all over the world.

If you're planning on taking the trip to the Bronx during your visit in NYC, here are few of its most popular attractions:


The Bronx Zoo is one of New York's most popular attractions, with more than 4,000 animals housed on its 265 acres. There's an extensive daily schedule of feedings and demonstrations, world class exhibits like the Jungle World, Tiger Mountain, the Sea Lion Pool and latest attraction Madagascar!. Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx.

The Yankees are one of the most famous sports teams in the world. On a guided tour you'll be able to admire the enormity of the most expensive baseball stadium ever built, and admire the ballpark from Monument Park - an open-air museum where the retired numbers and plaques honoring Yankee greats like Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle and Lou Gehrig are displayed.  Yankee Stadium, 161st St. and River Avenue, Bronx.

It's one of the most famous attractions in the Bronx, and there's hardly a better time to visit the New York Botanical Garden than right now in spring. Azaleas, crabapples, lilacs and flowering dogwoods are all in full bloom, the seasonal three-acre Rock Garden has just re-opened and is bursting with alpine flowers and woodland plants, and the 250-acre old-growth Native Forest is teeming with a broad range of resident and migratory birds, including nesting great horned owls and red-tailed hawks. NYBG, 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx.

Arthur Avenue - The Bronx's own Little Italy Just south of the Botanical Gardens, Arthur Avenue runs north to south through the Belmont neighborhood of the Bronx. The area is known for the high quality and great value of its fantastic assortment of Italian-American restaurants, delis, grocers, pasta-makers, butchers, fish markets, bakeries, gourmet coffeehouses and other shops and services. Visit BronxLittleItaly.com for more information or watch this informative video about Arthur Avenue.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

VISIT NYC GREENMARKETS

Believe it or not, there are year-round farmer's markets throughout New York City. These open-air markets offer a variety of products directly from suppliers. 

New York City boasts one of America’s top markets: the sprawling Union Square Greenmarket which is also the largest one in the city. It operates year-round and is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. 
In the 1970's, Union Square was a seedy, crime-ridden area of Manhattan until a small farmers' market took root and revitalized the area. The market has grown into one of the world's best, catering to more than 60,000 shoppers on peak days. The greenmarket showcases more than just fresh-picked produce. Celebrity chefs often use the space for cooking demonstrations, there are school tours that teach local kids about seasonality and healthy eating and education programs, including one that helps New Yorkers learn about composting. To get to this market from the Salisbury Hotel just hop on the N, R or Q subway train on 57th St. & 7th Avenue and get off at 14th St. Union Square.
There is a greenmarket open every day of the week, in one of their many locations. To find the market most convenient to you see the market listing and schedule. The closest one to the Salisbury Hotel is the Tucker Square Greenmarket at 66th St. and Columbus Avenue. Open Thursdays and Saturdays 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Monday, April 7, 2014

MEET THE SALISBURY PROFESSOR

The Salisbury prides itself on a multicultural staff. Diversity extends to educational achievements and hobbies. Many Salisbury employees have furthered their education while working at the Hotel. Our Group Reservations Manager Ilona has earned a Masters of Science in Higher Education Administration (MSEd) and a Master Certificate from eCornell in Revenue Management.  This year Ilona was appointed an adjunct professor of hotel management at a local university. When she is not helping our guests, she now has the opportunity to instruct her students on maintaining high standards as they embark on their hospitality careers. If  you're looking for a great stay in NYC and a 5-star staff, then the Salisbury provides all of the above.