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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Travel Tuesday: Vogue's 5 Picks for Spring Nights

Vogue may be primarily known as a fashion magazine, but its website is chockfull of fantastic dining and travel tips. This week's piece of interest is their spring picks for wining and dining in New York with the young and beautiful. Take a look!

First up is Mr. H at the Mondrian. Voted best place to "look for models off duty", it certainly lived up to its reputation after this past Fashion Week, when designers and models clamored to its still unfinished dance floor night after night.

If you're more the foodie type, then Andrew Carmellini's The Dutch is the hotspot for you. Chef Carmellini's aim is to reinterpret the definition of "American" food. But don't expect cheeseburgers and apple pie. Though there is fried chicken on the menu, Carmellini wants to expand upon the idea of American food and incorporate the vast array of ethnic foods that are entering the landscape of American fine-dining. Don't know what barrio tripe or lamb neck mole is? After this Spring, those dishes will be standard Americana fare.

If you consider yourself an expert in cocktails, head on over to the Bar Downstairs at Andaz Hotel. Its elegant surrounding attract fashion editors and the like, but it's the drinks that give this underground bar its edge. Sick of the ho-hum G&T? Vogue recommends the Mexican Firing Squad which includes tequila, lime, pomegranate molasses, and angostura bitters.

Come springtime, there's nothing better than shedding your layers and heading outside for balmy nights and delicious drinks. With 360 degree views of downtown Manhattan, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a chic rooftop pool and patio, Jimmy at the James Hotel in the perfect spring and summer venue. If that isn't stylish enough, the bar's signature drink is the Chanel No. 5. I wonder what that tastes like...

If you can find the discrete garage door entrance, then you're in the right place. Tacombi at Fonda Nolita is the ultimate "dine and dash" place according to Vogue and I can see why. Behind the garage door is a vintage VW bus that dishes out achiote-marinated pork shoulder and corn-and-poblano tacos. If you can stay awhile, sip on hibiscus iced tea among the potted tropical plants and join in on one of the many backgammon games.

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