Grape & Vine NYC

Nestled in Greenwich Village, this sophisticated spot is exudes a very artistic and European feel.

The restaurant, located directly underneath The Jade Hotel, is reminiscent of the 1920s city bar scene. Indeed he original Grape & Vine was located on the southeast corner of Sixth Avenue and 11th Street, and attracted artists, actors, litterateurs, businessmen and politicians.

This little spot was such a gathering spot of conversation that its sole handedly gave birth to the phrase “I heard it through the grapevine.”

Décor is dark wood and cherry velvet; warm, sexy and romantic. Black and white photos cover the walls, and light drifts down from slim the skylight above (a unique feature, I must say.)

I would suggest starting with a large glass of red and the steak tartar, accompanied by heirloom tomato comfit of olive tapenade, pear, balsamic and truffle lavender honey.

If your taste buds have still been totally tantalized, than move onto the pork chop braised red cabbage, and applesauce or roasted Atlantic salmon with baby spinach on a healthy bed of quinoa; flavors are exceptional, exquisite.

Yes, if you want to be seduced by food and the city of New York, this is the place to go.

http://www.grapevine-nyc.com/

SEN NYC

SEN, originally opened in Sag Harbor is a restaurant known for it’s earthy yet sexy and modern atmosphere.  The newest location in NYC brings sultry Japanese to the city; low lighting, wooden slats and bark lined walls, give way to an open bar, serving an endless array of Japanese inspired cocktails, such as the “Sakitini.”

The surrounding area boasts lounge chairs and tables alike, where one can sit a feast on sushi and saki. I would recommend a selection of small bites to start such as the Tatsuta, kinchaku dumplings, or the wagyu croquettes with katsu sauce and a devilishly good foie gras center. Biting on the green and zesty edemame here is also a great way to ease into the evening and admire in the ambience of the restaurant.

The restaurant is primarily sushi, so it is good to order a selection of fresh fish such as tuna, salmon and yellowtail rolls. If you prefer something more flavorful and spicy, opt for the Ika tempura (Calamari) sprinkled with chili flakes. Those more in the mood for fresh and light, should try the yellowtail and tuna tartar garnished with takuan pickle,
shallot, cured quail egg, crispy wonton, spicy yuzu dressing.

As far as main dishes, The Kamemesh, or individually prepared rice pots are perhaps the highlight of the dinner menu, with the Five Gold Curry, delighting the taste buds through flavours or coconut, chicken green onions and herbs. Accompany all the latter with some Nigori, a sizzling date, or just a few friends after work, and your good to go.

If it is anything like it’s sister restaurant in the Hamptons, this is a spot sure to gain popularity.

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5 Essential Summer Preparations

–  Poetic Waxing by Bliss 

2016161-p-MULTIVIEWThis microwaveable wonder wax bids a ‘four week farewell’ to fuzz, removing even the shortest hairs anywhere from eyebrow arches to ankles—practically painlessly. The colorful, stripless, aromatherapeutic wax lets you see where you’re applying it, and shrink-wraps each hair for less pinch with each pull. World-famous wax originally developed for Bliss Spa uses microwaveable for quick and convenient heating and grabs even the shortest, coarsest and most stubborn stubble.

 

 – Venus Embrace Razor by Gillette

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The Venus Embrace is created with 5 blades that hug every curve to get virtually every hair. Each razor come with:

  • Protective Ribbon of Moisture for smooth glide
  • Sleek handle with enhanced grip
  • In-shower razor holder
  • Easy-to-change cartridges

The results are beautiful legs, an ultra-close shave and unsurpassed Venus smoothness. Love your sexy summer legs!

 

 – In the Cab-ana nail colors by Essie Essie-Resort-6347

Essie’s sexy new nail collection, pays homage to powerfully seductive women.In impossible-to-miss brights is tailor-made to spark lust at first sight, this collection re-imagines sexy color in a way that is as unexpected as the modern woman herself.

Argan Oil by Jose Maran

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This is the shine of the times! Argan Oil Hair Serum gives instant shine and long-lasting rejuvenation. Subtly scented with geranium and bergamot fruit oils, the ultra-light, never-greasy formula penetrates the hair shaft to seal split ends and deliver intense moisture to each layer of the hair strand. Ingredients include: Argan Oil (aids in hair growth and restores elasticity), Jojoba Oil (moisturizes and strengthens hair), Avocado Oil (nourishes hair and scalp), and Vitamin E (helps to keep hair young and shiny). Your hair instantly looks and feels healthier, silkier and extraordinarily shiny. A great way to keep those salty locks hydrated this summer.

 

Aloe Aftersun by Banana Boat500

You’re a sun-lover. The sun calls to you with its heat and you let it bathe your body in its light. On the beach, or a boat, or a rooftop in the city. But your skin ends up paying a price … it gets dry, maybe even peels. Banana Boat helps relieve the irritation. Their Aloe After Sun formula is a nongreasy lotion with moisturizing agents (aloe vera and vitamin E) that help to restore your skin. Applying the lotion after sun exposure keeps your tan looking great, and your skin feeling refreshed.

Top 5 Scents of Summer

Lovavie by Jennifer Aniston:jennifer-aniston-lolavie-perfume-bottle

California, sensual, beachy scent with noted of Citrus Grove Accord, Rose Water, Jasmine, Violet, Amazon Lily, Musk, Amber, Sandalwood.

“Growing up in California, I distinctly remember the scent of jasmine on summer evenings. No aroma is quite so purifying, humbling and exhilarating. The combination of the salty air and tropical oils reminds me of long sunny days on the beach-pure happiness.” —Jennifer Aniston

 

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Beach by Bobbi Brown:

Calling back those days on the beach, this scent bottles that ‘sunscreen’ smell with light and warm notes evoking the sunshine and sea. It is a true summer “must have.”

With mesmerizing blend of jasmine, sea spray, and mandarin, this eau de parfum will have you packing this one as a beach bag essential.


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Bronze Goddess by Estee Lauder:

Limited for the summer, this glittery gold bottle evokes warm summer, hot and soft sand, luxurious vacation full of excitement spiced with exotic and glamour.

The fragrance contains notes of amber warming citrusy zest of mandarin and lemon, with a heart blooming with milky white petals.

This is sexy, sophisticated beach glamour in a bottle.

 

Earl Grey and Cucumber by Jo Malone:

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British summer at it’s best, based on afternoon tea’s two essentials.  A fragrance with a burst of bergamot, distinct to Earl Grey, and the cool succulence of crunchy cucumber.  Counterpoised with a sweet base of beeswax, vanilla and musk.  Reviving and refined.

Jo Malone is the king of creating the organic “scent” devoid of any artificial undertones. This cologne is a close to a picnic in Hyde Park, as one can get.