Marisa Tom | April 8, 2011 8:30 amNo, this is not your imagination playing Jedi mind tricks on you. It's really a larger-than-life neon yellow teddy bear chillin' in front of the Seagram Building (375 Park Ave.). If there's one thing we all need at the end of a long work week, it's a 23-foot-tall bear cub sculpture to ogle at.Read More
Marisa Tom | March 10, 2011 9:35 amSpring break, anyone? I wish. Gone are the days of insane trips to Cancun (although I never actually went to Cancun) and shameful let-yourself-go moments that made up the annual Spring Break ritual.Read More
Marisa Tom | February 25, 2011 8:07 amThis weekend, Sunday is where it's at. Try out Beauty & Essex's new brunch menu, watch the red carpet Academy Awards, and pick up some discounted home decor goods from the Ralph Lauren Home sale.
Chances are, Beauty & Essex (146 Essex St., 212-614-0146) will be packed with its previous night's revelers for its newly minted (as of Sunday) brunch option.Read More
Marisa Tom | February 11, 2011 8:05 amIt was only a matter of time before restaurateurs and nightlife purveyors Larry Poston, Johnny Swet, Jesse Keyes, and Jonathan Hettinger gave New Yorkers what they wanted. Now, the subterranean Greenwich Village townhouse supper club Hotel Griffou (21 W. 9th St., 212-358-0228, pictured above), along with new chef David Santos, is offering a proper Portuguese Sunday brunch, from 12 to 6 p.m.Read More
Marisa Tom | November 3, 2010 10:17 pmPeels NYC (325 Bowery, 646-602-7015), the latest restaurant from hipster duo Taavo Somer and William Tigertt (the masterminds behind Freemans), is officially my new favorite brunch spot. The atmosphere is fresh, the fare is even fresher, and the experience feels like an extension of home — well, my dream home. It's quaint without overcrowding, bright without being overly cutesy, and allows for beautiful people watching.Read More