Cannonballing into summer
Terrace dining, Brooklyn wine stores, da Toscano porchetta, Eden Roc, Shakespeare in the Park, more
REAL ESTATE • In Contract
Let’s eat out tonight
→ 49 Chambers, PHB (Tribeca, above) 3BR/3.5BA co-op, 3924 SF. In contract: 6/1/23. Closing ask: $8.995M (previously $9.995M). Common charges: $3456. Days on market: 50 + a previous spring and summer’s worth. Listing broker: Tom Doyle, Sothebys.
NYC REAL ESTATE LINKS: Has Billionaire’s Row lived up to its name? • Lever House’s squeaky-clean restoration • Plaza Hotel condo hits market for $50 million • New 21-story development The Harper nears completion on the Upper East Side • Battle of the 79th Street Boat Basin rages on.
GOODS & SERVICES • The Nines
Wine stores, Brooklyn
Dandelion Wine (Greenpoint), well-curated bottles from artisanal producers
Vine Wine (Williamsburg), longtime neighborhood favorite with energetic owner
Stranger Wines (Williamsburg, above), natural/organic focus from Andrew Tarlow and DJ McNany
Henry’s (Bushwick), natural wine shop with global focus
Thirst Wine Merchants (Fort Greene), tiny shop stocked with unusual producers
Vanderbilt Wine Merchants (Prospect Heights), short stroll from Prospect Park
VyneYard (Prospect Lefferts Gardens), another André Mack gift to PLG
Slope Cellars (Park Slope), 7th Ave. stalwart strong on natural wines
Moore Brothers (Sunset Park), Manhattan veteran decamped to Industry City
RESTAURANTS & BARS • Friday Routine
On the Charleston-Greenwich Village express
The roasted oysters in crab fat butter at da Toscano, which a FOUND correspondent has dubbed “the greatest oyster dish in NYC.”
It’s Friday afternoon, how are you rolling into the weekend?
My Friday routine is a little different than most. I’m usually on the 6am flight from CHS to LGA. After a full Thursday in Charleston planning the new Porchetta Shop and working at Le Farfalle, I’ve accepted that a recharge nap when I land is a must to be my best. By 11am, I’m rested and ready to start my work day in NY.
By lunchtime, I’ve made the neighborhood rounds and caught up with my team at da Toscano (chef William Tuggle, sous chef Chris, and Josefa, our pasta maker). Then I get to work with chef Jack as our new lunch service, Porchetta Shop, gets started. In the evening, I’m back at da Toscano for dinner service. Around 9pm, I’ll taste a few dishes at the bar, if there’s room, or I grab a bite in the neighborhood at Minetta Tavern or Song e’Napule.
Any restaurant plans this weekend?
Definitely going to my favorite restaurant, Cafe Spaghetti. [Chef] Sal [Lamboglia] is killing it!
How about a little leisure or culture?
Just went to Kimberly Akimbo with my wife and kids. Great show! I love going to Mets games; just went to an amazing Sunday double-header with my son.
What was your last great vacation?
My wife and I took an epic trip to Paris, Florence, and Ibiza. Yes, one trip! Recommendations — Paris: Frenchie bar a vins; Florence: Antica Porchetteria Granieri, Trattoria da Burde, Cammillo.
GETAWAYS • Riviera Report
Diving boards are rare these days, but one survivor stands out: the turquoise-blue board at the iconic Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes on the French Riviera. The storied plank reaches over the Mediterranean, daring you into the sea. According to hotel lore, notables like Kate Moss, Marc Chagall, and F. Scott Fitzgerald have all taken the plunge.
Trick: Three options for experiencing this breathtaking dive.
After lunch at the Blue Grill, sneak away to the diving area. With some luck, the master lifeguard, Cyril (above), might tolerate your trespass for that one memorable dive.
Alternatively, splurge on an authentic European hospitality experience by staying at Eden Roc. I recommend room #621, a mid-century decorated seaside villa with a satellite concierge desk conveniently located right outside your door.
Lastly, if you plan to stay on the coast for the summer, you can join the Eden Roc private club, which offers full access to all of the hotel's amenities — pools, tennis, spa, bars and restaurants — for an annual fee of 7,000 euros.
Upshot: After the cold dip, warm up in the nearby saltwater rock pool and treat yourself to the Quench cocktail — Don Julio Blanco, St-Germain, agave syrup, lime juice, grapefruit juice, and soda water.
BONUS: This season, the hotel opened Giovanni's, a new outdoor Italian restaurant nestled in a pine grove with seaside views, and charmingly named for Eden Roc's beloved cabana manager of 48 years. While the staff is still working out a few kinks, the traditional northern Italian food is already excellent. –Brad Inman in Antibes
GETAWAYS LINKS: American Airlines makes upgrades easier • Animal closing in LA after 15 years • New Bulgari Hotel opens this weekend in Rome • Yolo’s Amsterdam Black Book • The joys of a ski resort in summer • So, is room service dead?
CULTURE & LEISURE • Upgrades
Shakespeare in the Park: Hamlet, Delacorte Theater, Sat @ 8p, access to reserved seating with $300 donation
Yankees vs. Red Sox, Yankee Stadium, section 15 (Legends Suite), Sat @ 735p, $836 per
Governors Ball, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, 3-Day VIP, Fri-Sun, $859 per
CULTURE LINKS: Friday night’s Shakespeare in the Park canceled on account of this week’s smoke • Blankson-Wood: ‘My Hamlet feels very hardcore and vulnerable’ • Lincoln Center seeking feedback on west side revamp • 10 art shows to see in New York this June • On the shores of Lake Zurich: the landscape architect, the nuns, and the forest of the future.
LOST & FOUND • Behind the Paywall
Dispatches from the frontline, from FOUND subscribers for FOUND subscribers:
A couple handfuls of favorite restaurants from this week’s flood of new subscribers: Claud (East Village, 🔥) • Rosevale Kitchen (Theater District) • Falansai (Williamsburg) • Place des Fêtes (Clinton Hill) • El Fish (Upper West Side) • Bunny (Bed Stuy) • Sushi Nakazawa (West Village) • Ugly Baby (Carroll Gardens) • Rezdôra (Flatiron) • Nougatine (Columbus Circle).