Tuesday, September 17, 2013


 New York City's Little Italy celebrates the 87th Annual Feast of San Gennaro for 11 days from Thursday, September 12, through Sunday, September 22. This feast takes place in the lower Manhattan neighborhood which served as the first home in America for hundreds of thousands of Italian immigrants who came here seeking to improve their lives beginning in the early part of the 20th century.

The Feast of San Gennaro will continue to bring people together to empower a neighborhood that's bound to make a comeback. If you are in the New York City area, visit Little Italy to support the old neighborhood and enjoy the delicious food and free musical entertainment that reflects Italian-American culture and heritage.
Where to eat:

Little Italy has a plethora of Italian restaurants to choose from. Walk down Mulberry Street and most all the restaurants have someone trying to lure you inside, some more aggressive than others. Take it as what it is, part of Little Italy's charm. See the list of all restaurants in the area by clicking here. See below two of our recommendations for the best pizza joint and the best 100% authentic Italian eatery.

Gennario Lombardi opened his shop in Soho in 1905 and is proud to call it the first pizzeria in the U.S. Still, Lombardi’s continues to bake a hot contender for best pie. 
32 Spring St. (between Mott and Mulberry Sts).

This sprawling eatery can be counted on to deliver a gratifying meal. The neoclassical d├ęcor is a bit over the top, but the dishes are 100% Italian and service friendly. Request a table in the glass-enclosed atrium and come hungry: the portions are hearty and huge. 
125 Mulberry Street (at Hester St).
How to get there: 

From Salisbury Hotel take the N or Q subway to Canal St. and walk about two blocks east to Mulberry Street. The Feast runs along Mulberry Street, between Canal Street (on south) and Houston Street (on north).

Wednesday, September 11, 2013


Keli is an experienced guest service professional hailing from Connecticut. She loves the city, especially downtown Brooklyn, fine dining and wining, live music events, and you can even spot her on off-broadway theater stage every now and then since she's also an aspiring actress.

What do you like best about living in NYC?

The convenience of having everything no more than a subway ride away.
Red 58
What places do you frequent for lunch/dinner?

Red 58 is a sleek restaurant, bar and lounge right behind the Salisbury Hotel on 58th St. between 6th and 7th Avenues. I often go there for their $11.98 lunch special. It's usually nice and quiet and they have the friendliest staff. 

Another place I visit frequently for lunch is Fresh & Co. located on 57th Street between 6th and 5th Avenues. They serve fresh, healthy, locally sourced foods that are free from synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and other additives.

Other places worth mentioning are Angelo's just few doors down from the Salisbury (117 W 57th St.) that serves amazing thin crust coal-oven pizza, excellent pastas and salads. Well Green Market just around the corner (6th Avenue between 57th and 58th Street) has great buffet lunch I often go for. Well Green Market is open 24 hours a day and has large selection of groceries, hot food bar, salad bar, soup section and a frozen yogurt and smoothie bar.

Where do you shop?

I like the Herald Square area (intersection of Broadway, Sixth Avenue and 34th Street) for "one stop shop" shopping. There you'll find Macy's, H&M, Forever 21, Zara, Steve Madden and DSW all within steps from one another.
Deli counter at Well Green Market
Itinerary for a day in Brooklyn?

Hop on the subway to Brooklyn Heights (from the Salisbury you can take the F train to York St.), take a stroll through the neighborhood and admire the gorgeous brownstones. Continue north towards the Brooklyn promenade to sit down and take in the beautiful view of city skyline and the Brooklyn Bridge. If you get hungry try Superfine for lunch, brunch or dinner. It's a bar/restaurant in the DUMBO section of Brooklyn, just a few blocks away from the waterfront. They feature organic and local fare as well as art and live music.