The Little Owl

Greenwich Brunch Places, The Little Owl NYC

The concierge at The Lowell helped me discover some new brunch places and one of those was The Little Owl. I wanted to explore some new places in Greenwich Village and I am so glad I came across this gem. A wonderful corner restaurant perfect for weekend brunch classics and some Mediterranean inspired dishes. I went for the safer option, the burger but the coffee, desserts and ambience were really nice. I would highly recommend to those looking for something with a local touch in Manhattan followed by a walk up Bleecker Street!

 

 

The Chatwal Hotel New York

5 star hotel in New York, The Chatwal Hotel

I have usually stayed at the Lowell Hotel during my previous visits to New York but this time I decided to stay a few nights at The Chatwal Hotel near Times Square. I had heard so much about the hotel from friends and colleagues in London I just had to visit.

The Chatwal reminds me a lot of 45 Park Lane in London. The interiors have been done by Β the same person – modern, classy and upbeat yet not compromising on luxury. The hotel has an ideal location and for those who are scared of being too close to Times Square I can guarantee you – you won’t even feel it! It is definitely close to it but the location on the side street keeps the traffic away. Also, it’s very handy for those who need to go shopping at Fifth Avenue, visit Rockefeller Center and some other major attractions in New York. The hotel is also walking distance to Macys. Additionally, it is only a 25 minute walk to the Upper East Side. You get the best of both worlds! If you are up early enough (which I was due to jetlag) you must visit Times Square in the early hours of the day – it is surprisingly a serene place to be and you might catch a glimpse of the ABC Morning Show and New York generally waking up:

Mornings can be fun!

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Back to the hotel, I loved the interior of the room – it isn’t traditional but it has the charm of an established New York hotel. It was modern, comfy and the bathrooms are to die for! Service isn’t too stuffy but attentive and the only regret I have is that I didn’t try The Lambs Club which seemed like an amazing restaurant with an old school New York charm to it.

I would highly recommend it to those looking for comfort and a buzz during their visit to New York – you can get both!

Martha Washington

I came across the hotel very randomly but it just seemed to be a perfect fit for my stay in New York post NYE. Very close to the Empire State Building, walking distance to Fifth Avenue and home to the latest talk of town, Marta.

Once I booked, the Concierge team, Rachel, Gillian and Rene emailed me welcoming me to the hotel and offering to help out with any planning around the city. This was amazing! They realised I loved coffee places and this is what I was welcomed with:

A wonderful coffee tray amenity with coffees from around New York including Stumptown and Intelligentsia. I also got a coffee grinder which I still grind the coffee with. The concierge team added so much to my trip and guided me so well I will always be grateful to them! If you need good guidance, I would say go to them! They are locals, they love the city and you will see that reflecting in their advice!
The next thing that took me by surpise was the amazing view (what more could I have asked for?):
Third surprise, Marta is definitely one of the best restaurants I have been to in New York. The atmosphere, food, service and bar – all ticked boxes for a great meal out especially for somone new to the city. Friends from NYC had already been talking about it but I just cannot get over how welcoming and good this restaurant was. Serving awesome coffee, pizzas, desserts and drinks – this is the go to place in New York. Β I tried the pizza, the croquettes and something unsual – The Rabbit Meatballs. They were divine! Marta is not fussy or overpriced. It just celebrates serving good and fresh food that is affordable paired with good service.
Next the coffee is artisan and not being poured out of an automatic machine which most hotels do. It shows effort here and the fact that guests demand good coffee. If a hotel and restaurant serve good coffee – they’ve won my hear already!
Good old Margarita
Divine Tiramisu
The Rabbit Meatballs