Uncoverd City Guide: What to Do, See and Wear in NYC, August 2017


QuangNhat Halter, off duty Central Park, August 2017

In a new series titled Uncoverd City Guides, we will share experiences—focusing on art, events, dining, wellness, and specialty stores—to be had in New York City penned and curated by NY insider and contributing editor, Naz Ozbek.  

The first Uncoverd City Guide includes the Guggenheim's Synthetic Desert exhibit, former Vice President Al Gore's latest critically acclaimed film, a conversation between Academy Award winning and nominated actresses Brie Larson and Naomi Watts and NY Times best selling author Jeannette Walls, several excellent upscale and low key restaurants including one helmed by a James Beard Award winning chef and another engineered around the idea of responsible cooking and farming AND MORE BELOW. Plus we pair what to wear for each occasion: museum visit, dinner date, day running errands or during or after self-care appointments.

Music that characterizes our experience at, or captures the spirit of a place accompanies our recommendations; this is our first attempt to create a truly living, experiential guide. Please let us know if you enjoy this guide. What kind of content you would like from us as we attempt to share culture through fashion?

ARTS & EVENTS

PSAD Synthetic Desert III | Guggenheim Museum | Through August 2, 2017

PSAD Synthetic Desert III at the Guggenheim Museum

PSAD Synthetic Desert III, where Doug Wheeler altered the structure and configuration of a gallery within the museum in an effort to control both optical and acoustic experience, has been at the Guggenheim since March and is now in its final days.

The “semi-anechoic chamber” created by the artist minimizes noise and induces a sensation of infinite space, likened by Wheeler to the sensation of light and sound of vast space in the deserts of northern Arizona.

You can read more about the work here.

Entry is free with general admission tickets, but you have to sign up for a specific time slot, which you can do here.

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 QuangNhat Pussy Bow Blouse

Times Talks: Naomi Watts, Brie Larson, and Jeannette Walls | August 8, 2017 at 7PM | Florence Gould Hall, 55 E 59th St

Times Talks: Naomi Watts, Brie Larson, and Jeannette Walls

This Times Talk between Academy award-winning actress Brie Larson, Academy award-nominated actress Naomi Watts, and New York Times bestselling author Jeannette Walls is about their upcoming film The Glass Castle, based on Wall’s memoir of the same name. The conversation will be followed by a question & answer session, which director and screenwriter Destin Daniel Cretton will join.

Purchase tickets here.

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power | Opens August 4, 2017

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

In this sequel to An Inconvenient Truth, a decade after its debut, former Vice President Al Gore shows how close we are to a real energy revolution. The film follows him behind the scenes during his travels around the world in efforts to train an army of climate champions to become influential in international climate policy. This is a study of not just one man’s efforts to change the ways in which we think and operate, but also of the power of human ingenuity and passion when it comes to overcoming one of the greatest challenges of our generation.

 

DINING

Little Park | 85 W Broadway

Little Park

Little Park is a quiet restaurant by James Beard Award-winning chef Andrew Carmellini, on the cusp of Tribeca and the Financial District; it’s good for brunch and dinner alike.
Each dish they serve is simple, yet elevated (the plating leaves something to be desired, but the taste does not--spot on!).

Some items we would recommend off the brunch menu are the kohirabi, garden herb omelette, and the heirloom grain porridge with hen of the woods, poached eggs, and pine nuts. If in the mood to end your meal on a sweet note, the grapefruit sorbet is a delicious and light bite.

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Little Beet Table | 333 Park Ave. S.

Little Beet Table

Little Beet Table is a fully gluten-free restaurant in Flatiron with fresh and organic ingredients that have been treated with respect prior to making their way to your plate. Nothing is overdone and everything is on your plate for a reason. The way their food is prepared and served reminded us of the episode of Chef’s Table with Argentine chef Francis Mallmann.
Moreover, the general atmosphere and staff are both warm and welcoming.

A few recommendations from the menu are the roasted carrots with whipped ricotta, sumac and pistachios, roasted sweet potatoes with smoked sea salt & olive oil, grilled beets with greek yogurt and pumpkin seed-almond granola, and the slow cooked salmon with avocado caponata, pistachio and black olive oil.

Mandoo Bar | 2 W 32nd St.

Mandoo Bar

If you're looking for an upscale dim sum or dumpling-eating experience, this is not the place for you. If you're looking to start dining within 3 minutes of being seated and constantly being brought new dishes until you can't eat anymore, look no further.

Mandoo Bar is a modest, hole-in-the-wall spot in Korea Town that’s perfect for both small and large group dinners. The moment you sit down, you are served a heavenly plate of pickled vegetables and side salad with ginger dressing. The waiters aren’t necessarily concerned with chatting you up or being friendly, but are definitely very good at quickly satisfying your hunger.

While it’s hard to go wrong with any of the items on the menu. Favorites include: steamed seafood and vegetarian dumplings, vegetable fried rice and the seaweed salad.

Next time you’re in or around K-Town, pay Mandoo Bar a visit. We promise you won't be disappointed.

Max | 181 Duane St.

Max

Max is an unassuming Italian restaurant tucked away on a quiet block in Tribeca. Their Pizza Tartufata is among the best pizza we've had in the city and their spaghettis are equally delicious. It is a must-try for any Italian-food enthusiast. We recommend the pizza Tartufata, spaghetti del marinaio, and the spaghetti alla chitarra.

ACQUA | 21 Peck Slip

ACQUA

ACQUA is right next to the Brooklyn Bridge, on the northern end of South Street Seaport. Visit in the summer when the weather is not too hot (or too chilly in the evening). We recommend sitting outside to enjoy a meal off the sidewalk, away from the steady stream passersbys. This recommendation is also good for winter. Seated indoors you will enjoy a warm, cozy atmosphere in a good Italian restaurant that isn’t overcrowded or overly noisy, a rarity in this city.

Laughing Man Coffee | 184 Duane St.

Laughing Man Coffee

This is a tiny, but adorable Australian coffee shop owned by Hugh Jackman, with extremely warm and friendly staff. Their coffee is some of the best we've had in city and there is outdoor seating. Bring a book, sunglasses and do some people watching.

MUSIC

  • Luna de Margarita - Simon Diaz 
    • Works especially with ACQUA and Max, and maybe Little Beet Table too.
  • Desafinado - Stan Getz & Charlie Byrd

WELLNESS

Heyday | 92 Reade St.

Heyday Facial Spa

Heyday is a facial spa that offers 30, 50, and 75-minute facials, as well as an online store of curated skincare products. Each of their sessions includes a customized facial treatment with a deep cleanse, skin analysis, exfoliation, extractions (except for their 30-minute facial), mask, hydration, and SPF protection.

The experience of visiting Heyday is highly pleasant as it offers a refreshing take on the traditional spa experience of rainforest music and lab-like design, and is a great way to figure out where to go if you are looking for a new skincare regimen.

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Sky Ting Yoga | 381 Broadway, Floor 2

Sky Ting Yoga

Sky Ting is our favorite yoga studio in the city. With two locations; one in Tribeca and another in Chinatown, it is a refreshing experience from the moment of booking your class online to the moment you walk out after your class, counting the days until you return.

Both of their studios are beautifully designed. Lots of natural light and a refreshing scent welcomes you as you cross over the threshold.

Their teachers have a wide range of teaching styles--Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Hatha--combining elements from several types of yoga, but they each have one thing in common; well-curated playlists. If you are looking to try a new studio, teacher, or generally a new routine, give Sky Ting a try. You’ll be glad you did.

MUSIC

  • Flowers - The Deli

SELECT PURVEYORS

Emily Thompson Flowers | 142 Beekman St.

Emily Thompson Flowers

Emily Thompson is a floral designer who has worked with brands like Frieze, Bjork, MoMA, Phaidon, and The White House, among many others. Using rare, ill-used, and unlikely flowers, seed pods, branches and undergrowth, she creates flower arrangements, bouquets, artist collaborations, alongside event design and styling. Her store inside South Street Seaport is a vision worth checking out.

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QuangNhat CulottesQuangNhat Mosaic Top

 

Farm Candy | 21 Fulton St.

Farm Candy

Farm Candy, as the name suggests, offers small-batch, hand-crafted, farm-quality artisanal products aimed at transforming the cooking experience by elevating simple dishes.

To give you an idea of the level of sophistication of their products; they offer twenty different types of salt, ranging from lavender lemon thyme merlot, to green tea wasabi sesame, to strawberry sriracha, and more.

This is a great spot to visit if you are in search of a dinner party or housewarming present, or for a little treat for yourself.

MUSIC

 

  • Lovely You - Monster Rally
  • La Cancion Del Linyera - Melingo

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    MEET NAZ ÖZBEK, NY INSIDER & CONTRIBUTING EDITOR

    Naz Ozbek

     Originally from Ankara, Turkey, Naz moved to the US to attend the University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated with a dual degree in Sociology from the School of Arts & Sciences and Economics from The Wharton School.

    She moved to New York to join a London-based ad agency as Social Media Producer & Strategist, with Netflix as her main account. In 2014, she joined the private work collective NeueHouse, where she held the roles of Cultural Programming and Membership Manager, curating and cultivating a community of creative entrepreneurs, as well as a monthly calendar of events covering art, fashion, music, film, science, and literature, featuring industry leaders in each category. In January, she joined Mana Contemporary, a cultural center with locations in Jersey City, Chicago, and Miami. At Mana, Naz's focus is on establishing and developing community and cultural programs such as film and music programs, talks, workshops, and more.

    Naz loves writing, watching, and reading stories. She believes the best conversations happen over good food and always has room for guac & chips. Since April 2016, Naz has been writing a subscription based weekly newsletter titled b (y) t e s i z e, where she features a new or under-the-radar restaurant, an upcoming event, an intriguing article or video, a newly released film, and an artist, album, or podcast she has recently discovered.

    You can sign up for b (y) t e s i z e through this link.

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