Thursday, June 26, 2014


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


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.