the RESTAURANT list: new york city

Half a year, a lot of bagels, and 10 restaurants approved by The Lists of Charlie.

  1. Maison Pickle in the Upper West Side  – Brunch. Brunch. Brunch. BUT also their biscuits, Eggs Benedict, fresh OJ, and the impeccable chicken, bacon, and pancakes. Yes, you read that right. Chicken. Bacon. Pancakes.
  2. By Chloe in West Village – Dairy-Free people REJOICE. MAC AND CHEESE YOU CAN EAT. That is low key the bee’s knees. Their beet ketchup is also the move.
  3. The Wayfarer in Midtown – Just two blocks south of Central Park, it’s the perfect breakfast bite. Their avocado toast is five raised hands emojis. Also, french toast.
  4. Joanne Trattoria in the Upper West Side – A quick cab ride from my apartment and steps from Lincoln Center, this family-owned, Italian restaurant has the best Spaghetti and Meatballs you’ll ever have. They also have a snazzy wine collection and bring your table Pellegrino.
  5. Nobu Fifty Seven in Midtown – Uma Thurman stole my table. Yet, I dream about their ponzu shrimp all day, every day. More private than the TriBeCa location, it’s got celebration all over it. My Nobu Rule: trust the waiters and BALL OUT.
  6. Dos Caminos in Meatpacking – It’s no Meso Maya, but for New York, it will suffice. Order your drinks on the rock and prepare to eat about 143255 chips and 124 bowls of their medium salsa.
  7. Artichoke Pizza in Chelsea – After you’ve danced the night away in Meatpacking, stumble uptown to this pizza place for your 4:00AM slice. The portions are HUGE, so don’t be like me, order breadsticks AND a whole pizza and think you can handle it.
  8. Vandal in the Lower East Side – It’s a blast. A BLAST. Their food is CRAZY good. The atmosphere is electric with energy and you’ll impress all your friends by finding this hotspot. Churros for the win.
  9. Sweet Chick in the Lower East Side – You’ll have a religious experience. Kanye and Drake play while you eat the best Chicken and Waffles you’ve ever had. Also order the mashed potatoes.
  10. Van Leeuwen’s Ice Cream in Williamsburg – Just bless. the. ice. cream. gods.

If you need some more specific recommendations, always feel free to contact me!

What’s next to try on my list? Well, I’m glad you asked: Miss Lily’s (the one on 7A), Fig & Olive, Grammercy Tavern, Black Tail, Kazu Nori, and Tsurutontan.

the TREND list: spring 2017

50 LISTS. That’s right. 50. LISTs. have. made. THE BLOG. Who would have thought?! Anyways, on list #50… I’m introducing a new kind of list. the TREND list or all of the “trendy/cool/interesting” things I can’t stop telling everyone I know about.

The RETURN of LORDE // Did I spend the past four days running around New York only playing this song?! Definitely. I’m all about Ella + Antonoff + and their BRILLIANT new jam.

Khalid’s American Teen // Talk about a DEBUT album. It’s sonic heaven and perfect for the spring. You’ll be blown away from start to finish. Hear it here.

Dig Inn // Chipotle, you have been replaced. I don’t know why it took me five months to discover this 8th wonder of the world just five blocks from my apartment. Brown Rice BOWLS with Brussel Sprouts for days.

Get Out // GET OUT of your HOUSE and into the chilly weather to see this thriller. Meeting the parents just got scarier, important, and will change the way you think of people drinking tea out of old china forever.

Snapseed // I’m ALWAYS on the GO and I like to stop in the middle of the street to take photos. Sometimes you get the wrong angle or your camera should have been moved an inch over…and then THIS APP saves the day. It will change your life.

Marine Layer // We all need soft t-shirts. Marine Layer has the JACKPOT. And their TWO stores in NYC rock. Trust ME WORLD. Go no further.

Big Little Lies // HANDS DOWN my favorite show of 2017. It’s beautiful, riveting, and will cause major Monterey FOMO. And the music selection is stellar. Leon Bridges. Alabama Shakes. What more could you need? Oh yeah, Nicole Kidman. 😊

Coachella // I didn’t think I’d be headed to Coachella this year since I couldn’t get tickets. YET, have no fear. The stars aligned. My friends and I grabbed wristbands for weekend one. I’ll see ya sOOn Radiohead, Gaga, Kendrick, Lorde and The xx. I promise the FESTIVAL list: coachella 2017 is going to be GRAND. I also apologize for spamming your Instagram feeds in advance.

SoFar Sounds // Pop-up shows with rising artists located all over the city. It’s a unique way to connect, meet new friends, and fall in love with live music all over again. In over 300 cities, put checking out one of their shows on your to-do list.

LOVE // The first season made the original TV list and you bet I’ll be bingeing season 2 this weekend. It’s a show with a lot of laughs and a whole lot of heart.

the FILM list: 2016

Once upon a time I started my college career as a film major. And like everyone else, I changed my major. Four times to be exact. Yet, I still love reading film blogs all about those Oscar contenders several months in advance. Ever since Slumdog Millionaire took home Best Film and Natalie Portman leapt through award season with Black Swan, I’ve watched as many Oscar-nominated films as possible before the big night. Some of this year’s contenders made the FILM list: 2016 and some of these movies just filled an empty place in my heart. Anyways. Here we go. The 10 best movies of 2016 according to yours truly…

LA LA LAND // Hands down, the most magical, thrilling, and wonderful film of the year. You’ll smile from start to finish. I also dance around my apartment to the soundtrack daily.

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Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates // I  haven’t laughed this hard since Maya Rudolph’s street squatting scene in Bridesmaids. I’d go on vacation with these four any day.

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Sausage Party // Traumatizing. Yet, brilliant in every way. You’ll never walk through the grocery store the same way again.

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Café Society // Woody Allen at his finest. Whimsical art direction. The perfect Sunday morning movie. Plus Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Steve Carell, and Blake Lively.

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How to Be Single // Rebel Wilson takes over New York City with other millennials. TRUE to reality (minus the size of all their apartments). Living in the city IS actually this fun.

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The Secret Life of Pets // Basically the story of my life. The trauma associated with getting a second dog. Also the dog that likes heavy metal might as well be my spirit animal.

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Fences // August Wilson fans rejoice. Just hand Denzel Washington and Viola Davis the Oscars now.

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The Witch // Terrifying. Black Phillip. Weird. Black Phillip. THAT LAST SCENE. Black Phillip. Why bother trying to sleep???

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Manchester By the Sea // Heartbreaking and beautifully shot. I’ll vacation in Manchester anytime. Michelle Williams and newcomer, Lucas Hedges shine.

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them // The Harry Potter fan in me was THRIVING. A brand new adventure that doesn’t feel cheap, like a sequel, or like it’s trying to hard.

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*I still haven’t seen Moonlight or Jackie or Arrival yet … I know?! WHAT ARE You DOING CHARLIE ?! but those will just have to wait for the AWARD SHOW list: oscars  🙂

 

the ALBUM list: 2016

I think we can all agree that the MUSIC in 2016 has been INCREDIBLE. Minus the annoying radio hits giving pop music a bad name, music has been stellar. From TLOP to Joanne, I’ve got my top 10 albums of the year in that list formation. Always listen with headphones.

Blonde by Frank Ocean // ICYMI: Ocean’s done it again. Blonde is a triumph. Easily the album of the year. Harmonious vocals glue his masterpiece together. Best Track: Ivy

Joanne by Lady Gaga // Smart collaborations, brilliant lyrics, insane vocals. Gaga’s best LP yet. Basically living proof that the Super Bowl is going to be INSANE. Best Track: Million Reasons

ANTI by Rihanna // She shut down the internet with the wildest album drop strategy of the year and throws lip-singing rumors out the door with “Love on the Brain.” ANTI is bold, experimental, and ultimately stellar. Best Track: Needed Me

Cleopatra by the Lumineers // 11 tracks are all the Lumineers need to make you fall in love with their simple production. Heart-felt lyrics with stadium production. The album that completed many summer nights. Best Track: Ophelia

Lemonade by Beyoncé // Who needs interviews when you can drop another surprise album by premiering it on HBO? From country to rock, Queen B tackles every genre telling a tale of heartbreak, understanding, and strength. Best Track: All Night

Don’t You by Wet // A hauntingly beautiful debut from Wet. After seeing them open for Tobias Jesso Jr. last fall, I knew they were something else. Elegant sadness and raw emotion bundled up into this one. Best Track: Don’t Wanna Be Your Girl

The Altar by Banks // Tied with Blonde as my favorite album of 2016. Banks returned with a SPECTACULAR sophomore album. I dare you to TRY and not dance/groove along to her spell-binding tunes. It’s SO good. Best Track: Lovesick

22, A Million by Bon Iver // Transcendent in every way. Jazz instruments included, Bon Iver brings out the synthesizer to evoke various emotions. Have the chance to see him perform this one live? DO IT MAN. Best Track: 8 (circle)

The Life of Pablo by Kanye West // ICONIC. KANYE. AT. HIS. BEST. As crazy and controversial as Mr. West is, you can’t deny his genius. Yeezys not included. Best Track: Highlights

This is Acting by Sia // Just those vocals. VOCALS. vocals. VOCALS. Plus Sean Paul. Because Sean Paul. Sia crafts pop’s most impressive album of the year. Best Track: Bird Set Free.

Hear the best tracks of the ALBUM list: 2016 on Apple Music.