A Perfect Day in NYC

JMR paints the POD 51

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT
FEBRUARY 7 - APRIL 6, 2013
555 West 24th StreetNew York, NY 10011T. 212.741.1111 F. 212.741.9611newyork@gagosian.comHours: Tue-Sat 10-6
Gagosian Gallery is pleased to announce a major exhibition of works by Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Featuring over fifty works from public and private collections, the exhibition spans Basquiat’s brief but meteoric career, which ended with his death at the age of twenty-seven. Thirty years after Larry Gagosian first presented his work in Los Angeles, twenty years after the first posthumous survey at the Whitney Museum of American Art (1992–93), and eight years after the Brooklyn Museum of Art retrospective (2005), viewers will have a fresh opportunity to consider Basquiat’s central role in his artistic generation as a lightning rod and a bridge between cultures.

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT

FEBRUARY 7 - APRIL 6, 2013

Gagosian Gallery is pleased to announce a major exhibition of works by Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Featuring over fifty works from public and private collections, the exhibition spans Basquiat’s brief but meteoric career, which ended with his death at the age of twenty-seven. Thirty years after Larry Gagosian first presented his work in Los Angeles, twenty years after the first posthumous survey at the Whitney Museum of American Art (1992–93), and eight years after the Brooklyn Museum of Art retrospective (2005), viewers will have a fresh opportunity to consider Basquiat’s central role in his artistic generation as a lightning rod and a bridge between cultures.

Fab American Asian restaurant- 2 blocks from The Pod

Today I had the most fabulous lunch at Social Eatz located on 53rd street between 2nd and 3rd Avenue.  This restaurant brings Downtown eating to Mid-Town! Not only do they have a fabulous brunch, but at fabulous prices! You can get a brunch cocktail with a brunch entree for $16 OR a brunch cocktail,  first course, and second course for only $23! How can you beat that?! Have no fear, they also serve dinner.  I was fortunate enough to enjoy their outdoor patio today and bask in the sun while enjoying my meal.  

One of the many great things about Social Eatz is it’s a mere 2 minute walk from The Pod.  Here are a few photos of the beautiful brunch I enjoyed today. Some of my favorites were the Edamame and Pea Soup (cold), Cured Tuna Pastrami, and the French Toast.  

If you need a reservation feel free to email me at concierge@thepodhotel.com or stop by the concierge desk during your stay. 

For more info visit here: http://socialeatz.com/about.php

And here: http://socialeatz.com/press.php

-Kaira 

(photos via me) 

Best advice- book in advance!

This past February I saw BOOK OF MORMON on Broadway, and as I suspected it was super funny and enjoyable!  Tip: DEFINITELY book your tickets in advance. I booked my tickets in late September for the February tickets.  

Check out the Tony performance from 2011:  http://youtu.be/H1yToXhFvgo

-Kaira 

Great East Village Restaurant

A couple weeks ago, after work I had Sunday dinner at The Northern Spy Co in the East Village, located on East 12th street between Avenue A and Avenue B.  I have three words for you: Pork Sticky Rolls.  Amazing! They are these heavenly sticky roll pastries with pork found in-between each layer and topped with a delicious parsnip glaze. They are a MUST if you decide to dine here.  I also enjoyed the Farro and Egg and the Crispy Potato Gnocchi.  I love Gnocchi and have to try it most everywhere. I give it two thumbs up! 

You can see their full menu here:  http://www.northernspyfoodco.com/menus/dinner/

And their full website here: http://www.northernspyfoodco.com/

-Kaira 

(photos provided by Northern Spy Co. website

Delicious East Village Italian Restaurant

Before heading to Elsa for birthday cocktails, we went to Gnocco for a lovely birthday dinner! Several years ago I lived in Rome Italy for several months, and I must say this Italian restaurant is spot on!  My favorite is their Gnocchi and burrata cheese.  Check out their full menu and website here.  

-Kaira 

(photos from Gnocco website) 

Good Cocktails, Chill atmosphere

photos by Shanna Ravindra 

This past weekend was my birthday, and for a fun celebration some friends and I went for cocktails at Elsa in the East Village.  My favorite are their Moscow Mulls, yum! Elsa is great because they make a killer cocktail and as you can see from the pictures, the vibe is super cute and low key.  Read more about Elsa here.  

-Kaira 

Another View of the Lower East Side. 

Another View of the Lower East Side. 

OPEN EARLY / OPEN LATE - Right out the front front door of the POD HOTEL, cross 2nd AVE, on the Corner.  http://www.thesmithnyc.com/

OPEN EARLY / OPEN LATE - Right out the front front door of the POD HOTEL, cross 2nd AVE, on the Corner.  http://www.thesmithnyc.com/