THELEwala Indian Food Cart, MacDougal Street, New York

TheleWalaIf you are out in village and fancy a snack then the THELEwala Indian Food Cart is the place to go. THELEwala food in Hindi translates to a home-style delicious hearty meal, and this is exactly what THELEwala do so well. They are famous for their nizami rolls, which are filled with delicious spicy ingredients. One is really enough, but it is so tempting to get two!

My faves are the Chapli roll and the Achari Aloo Tikki roll. And they are only around $4-5 each. Fabulous!

Chill Out with People’s Pops

Peoples PopsImage from People’s Pops

This summer in New York has all been about the People’s Pops ice pops. Forget about the old fashioned sugary lollys of the past and imagine an ice pop that is made of pure fruit and comes in flavours like apricot lavender, strawberry rhubarb, sour cherry, cantaloupe mint, raspberry basil, strawberry balsamic and peach mint.

Plus they do shave ice too in equally yummy flavours. Found in locations across Manhattan. Roll up roll up!

Brunch at Cafe Cluny, West Village, New York

Cafe Cluny, West Village, New YorkIf you find yourself in New York and want to grab some brunch in a cute French place, then Cafe Cluny is your place. Nestled away in the West Village on West 4th street, brunch here is all about the eggs and the New York special – the mimosa.

Cafe Cluny, West Village, New York

So grab a partner in crime and settle down for some gossiping, New York brunch style. And then afterwards get an ice-cream at their outside cart and wander down West 4th street in the sunshine. What a perfect Sunday!

Dinner at Race Lane, East Hampton, New York

Last week we managed a quick trip to East Hampton and as it was all very last-minute, we didn’t have a dinner reservation. So I scrabbled around on Friday eve on OpenTable (you got to love them) and found Race Lane.

Race Lane, East HamptonImage: Race Lane

It looked cool, the reviews were good – so we hopped on it. And we managed to get a table in the backyard which is really pretty. A top tip is the bar in the yard looked the perfect place to have a post-beach cocktail.

The food was really good  – my faves were the lobster mac and cheese and the chocolate bread pudding. Yum!

So if you are looking for a relaxed spot for some dinner or a cocktail head here.

Navy Beach Restaurant, Montauk

Navy Beach Restaurant, Montauk

It’s Memorial Day weekend, which means the official start of the US summer and time for New Yorkers to start heading to the Hamptons for the weekend.

Last year we headed further east to Montauk located at the tip of South Fork Peninsula of Long Island. At the end of an amazing 3 hour train journey we found the perfect place – like a hot Cornwall with beautiful countryside, stunning beaches, surfers, pool parties and cool restaurants.

One of these restaurants, called Navy Beach was a cycle ride away from our hotel. Hidden away on its own beach (of the same name) this fabulous restaurant is the perfect place to while away the evening sipping cocktails and eating local clam & corn chowder, mussels and cerviche.

Sitting on this beach, feels like you have discovered a tiny part of the South of France mixed with Ibiza (the quiet cool bit). So head here to see the sunset and enjoy the beauty of the place.

For bookings visit the Navy Beach restaurant.

Image courtesy of Navy Beach

Tacombi at Fonda Nolita, Nolita, New York

Tacombi at Fonda Nolita, Nolita, New York

So I cycled past this place a few Sundays ago and then was lucky enough to go back with a friend last week.

And what a fantastic place. Firstly I LOVE the interior! Whoever thought of placing a kombi camper in a taco restaurant deserves an award. Kombi campers exude happiness in my eyes and I’ve loved them since my friends and I decided to travel Europe in one after college (we didn’t!).

So anyway back to Tacombi. You sit at a table (shared or not) surrounded by boxes of beer and then eat some great tacos. I had the crispy ensenada fish taco and a beef picadillo – both were amazing.  All washed down with a Bohemia beer or two.

Three things -1. You must go here the food and decor are fantastic. 2. I noticed they did a breakfast menu – I will be back. And 3. Be sparing on the green yoghurt looking sauce on the table (it’s REALLY hot!).

Finally it’s really good value. What’s not to love! To see more visit Tacombi.

Image copyright Chris Goldberg

The Ace Hotel, New York

The Ace Hotel

Last night saw some crazy dancing in the Lobby Bar at the Ace Hotel on 29th street, New York. Seriously not cool. But the Lobby Bar itself is way cool. Go there to hang out, sip a martini and get your photo taken in the photo booth.

In the day this place transforms itself as the coolest office, when laptops and coffee drinkers galore come looking for a place to work. And if you are hungry they also have two great restaurants – The John Dory Oyster Bar and The Breslin Bar & Dining Room.

The interior design is by New York firm Roman & Williams who mixed up different eras to create an eclectic and cool space. It’s quirky modern meets a bit of history.

Generally at all times of the day, it’s a GREAT place to be. Oh and for those who end up with a headache the next day – invest in a Stumptown Coffee on site.

For more information visit the Ace Hotel.