A Week in NYC

We are gearing up for the opening of Gotham. Although exhausting, I am still getting out in the world. Here are a few highlights of this past week.

I met my friend for lunch at Sushi35West. Two former Masa chefs have created this incredible spot with zero ambiance, only takeout, but there are a few chairs to sit down and eat your fish, and it sits above an illegal weed shop. The sushi is outstanding. It might be the best sushi I have had in NYC for a long time.

I did a podcast with Bradley Tusk that launched on 4/20. His recording studio sits inside PT Knitwear on Orchard Street. A fantastic bookstore with history. Highly recommend a visit.

4/20 is an annual fest in the cannabis space. Walking the streets of NYC and smelling the sweet smell of cannabis was entertaining. After work, we all found ourselves at the new cannabis museum, aka THC The House of Cannabis, which hosted events all day.

Antons and other spots around the city are changing their menu as the seasons shift. These two new dishes are Antons hit the spot. The pate and the fava beans, peas, pea shoots, lemon zest, and chevre truly taste like spring.

Sitting outside at Jeffreys for lunch, having an Aperol spritz and a seafood tower felt much needed on a perfect spring Saturday.

Rafs, a new spot on Elizabeth Street, hits the spot. Great European vibe, solid music, and delicious food. This chocolate tart is divine, but the thing that must be ordered is the chicken. A new rendition of Zuni chicken with lots of fresh herbs and lemon. I will go back just for that alone.

Next week should be hectic as we are in countdown mode over at Gotham and can hardly wait for our doors to open.