On The Menu Today: Old Rose

Hi Guys! 🙂

Today’s post is FINALLY another/new restaurant review post!! 😀

The restaurant I’m going to be reviewing today is called Old Rose, which is located in the Jane Hotel near the Highline.

I REALLY need to get into the habit of writing down how the heck it is that I find these places, especially when I plan on doing reviews on them, because I ALWAYS forget lol smh. 🤦🏻‍♀️

BUT, I’m sure I just stumbled upon it on Instagram somehow like I typically do, looked up the restaurant’s profile, as well as fellow Instagrammers posting about it, and looked up reviews online to see whether or not it was actually a place I wanted us to try, and sure enough, it was!

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From all the pictures I was seeing online, it looked like such a cute, sort of elegant spot to eat, so I figure why not go there for brunch so that we could get dressed up, take pictures, etc., and that’s exactly what we ended up doing!

Walking to the restaurant was ROUGH, because it was FREEZING this day and it was such a long walk from where we got off the train (in 14th Street) to the place. But we didn’t want to let that ruin the experience at all, so we stayed optimistic about the entire thing.

The Ambiance

Walking into the restaurant the immediate feeling I got was like some sort of old school ballroom, that got converted into a chic coffee shop in the West Village; with the marble-ish table tops, black and white tiled floors, and simplicity of it’s decor, I immediately felt comfortable.

When we finally got there, it took us about 5-10 minutes to get seated while they finished getting our table ready. It really wasn’t that bad or long, and in that time we got to sit at the bar and order ourselves a mimosa, so we were pretty content. 😂

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The tables were fairly small and rounded, but once the food started coming we actually saw that it was kind of the perfect size for everything that we had ordered.

Generally, the service was pretty good and quick, and the server we had was really friendly and helpful with anything/everything we needed (again, I wish I had gotten her name to be able to give her a quick shout-out, but I completely forgot to ask her).

Even the bussers were super friendly and helpful if we wanted or needed anything, which I thought was pretty cool considering most times you go to a restaurant they kind of just do what they have to and don’t really interact with the guests.

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The Food

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Overview of our table.

As sort of our “appetizer” we got the Vodka Burrata pizza pie, which was enough that we each got 2 slices out of it (there were 3 of us there). This was one thing that I kept seeing all over their website, as well as posts people would put up from here so we figure we try it. The server we had also highly recommended it and said it was one of her favorites, so it gave us the extra push to actually order it.

I definitely liked it, especially since I’ve never had anything like it before, and it was generally really tasty, you guys know I’m pretty picky so I was kind of surprised at how much I liked it, so that was pretty exciting! Lol.

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The Vodka Burrata pizza pie

 

After our little “appetizer” and mimosas, came the main course.

For me, it was relatively early still and I was craving somewhat of a traditional breakfast, so I got their ‘American Breakfast,’ which consisted of scrambled eggs, bacon, crispy smoked potatoes, grapefruit, and sourdough bread.

Overall, I liked it, but wish it didn’t have as much of what I can only really assume to be parsley, all over it because it was a lot, and there just really wasn’t much need for it. A little bit, sure, but that was a lot sprinkled all over my eggs and potatoes.

But, other than that, I was pretty happy with my dish. Again, it came out relatively quick, everything was cooked well the way that I wanted it, and it was a decent portion size for me, especially after eating the pizza just before this.

If you’re anything like me (in the sense of a picky eater), or just looking to have something more traditional here, I definitely recommend this.

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The ‘American Breakfast’.

Diego and Geno opted for the Lamb burger, which had goat cheese, roasted tomato, pickled red onion, with fried potatoes.

They both made it clear to me that they REALLY enjoyed the burger. They both thought it was well cooked and generally tasty, so they definitely recommend this if you’re anything like them and tend to opt for mainly burgers whenever you go out to eat haha.

The only thing Diego personally didn’t care for was the fact that they didn’t actually have regular french fries here at all. It was either the fried potatoes, or nothing. We both agree that the potatoes were good taste wise,  but he felt it went a little better with something like the dish that I got as opposed to the burger they both got, which I can understand and agree to.

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The Lamb burger.

And finally, the “dessert” portion of brunch.

Only Geno and I ended up getting something for this, partially because Diego doesn’t usually tend to care for any sort of desserts, and partially because they didn’t have too many options to begin with.

Geno had ordered their Housemade Granola which came with Ronnybrook yogurt, honey, and fresh fruit in it. This was probably the only thing out of the entire time we were here, that actually took forever to come. We’re still not sure why honestly, especially since it was just yogurt pretty much, but it did.

And when it finally arrived, Geno said he didn’t actually care for it, and I’m not exactly sure if it’s because it took as long as it did to get to him or if it just really wasn’t that exciting at all, but those were his honest, general thoughts on it.

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This is their ‘Housemade Granola’.

For me, I really wanted to be able to try their coffee, because I had heard a LOT of good things about it, so that’s what I did. I got one of their lattes, as well as a chocolate croissant because all of the pastries looked SO good sitting in the case by the bar (don’t judge me).

Being that I always go to Starbucks where you can 100% customize your drink to your liking with how many sugars, what milk, sweetener, etc., I was a little nervous about trying/drinking a regular coffee without having any of the usual stuff I tend to put in it, but I must say that I was pleasantly surprised.. it was definitely strong coffee, but also pretty good tasting which I was happy about.

And the croissant was pretty standard and good tasting, the only thing with that though is that I wish it could’ve been warmed up. I’m not sure if they don’t do that there, or maybe they do but I had to “specially” ask for it, but even then, that really didn’t bother me too much, it just would’ve been a nice little added bonus.

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Latte and Chocolate Croissant.

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General Thoughts

Overall, I have to say that I personally, really liked the place. Generally, the service and food was good, and it wasn’t TOO expensive either. Considering everything we ordered (food, drinks, etc.) and the location of the restaurant, I would say it was pretty moderately priced.

It doesn’t take too much to impress me for things/places like this unfortunately being that I am a picky eater, but I also don’t have any problems being honest about certain things that I may or may not like about places like this.

But also, as always, take what I say/suggest with a grain of salt and come to your own conclusion about these places.

Out of 100%, I would give this place an 80-85% rating. But I do definitely think that it’s worth trying at least once. So go, come to your own conclusions about it, and let me know what YOU guys ended up thinking about it!

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Let me know in the comments below or through social media if you guys have been here before, if so, what were your thoughts on the place?!

Also, let me know if there are any other places you would like to see Diego and I check out in the near future, and we’ll be sure to go and write an entire post about it.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post. Please like, share, follow and comment and I’ll see you guys in the next one! 🙂

-Xoxo, Leo Girl ❤

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Best Restaurants To Take Your Significant Other Out For Valentine’s Day (in NYC)

In light of Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, I thought it would be nice to share with you guys some of my suggestions for what I think are some of the best, romantic looking places in NYC to take your significant other for that special day.

And regardless of whether you’ll be celebrating it on the day of, or waiting until the weekend to do something, I think the suggestions I’m going to mention in a moment are nonetheless cute places to go to for a date night sort of thing with your significant other.

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Side Note: If the types of foods served at the restaurants I’m going to mention all are similar and/or the same, that’s completely coincidental. When Diego and I go out and find these places, we’re not actually looking for any sort of particularly cultured food, it just so happens that a lot of them tend to be similar.

Now, in no particular order, here are my recommendations:

  1. Almond Restaurant

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Location: East 22nd street, near Madison Square Park.

Type of food served: Bistro, French comfort food.

Ambience: Rustic, dim lit and comfortable feel.

Diego and I had come here for a date night of ours, without actually having it in mind to dine at. We kind of just stumbled upon it one night when our original dinner plans fell through, BUT, I’m kind of glad we ended up here. It was super cozy, good food and not that expensive either. Service was good, and it definitely had a romantic feel to it with the dim lighting and candles on the tables.

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2. Haven Rooftop

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Location: West 47th Street, on the rooftop of the Sanctuary Hotel, near Times Square.

Type of Food Served: French influenced dishes.

Ambience: Cabana styled, glassed-in rooftop spot.

I actually took Diego here for the first birthday that I had spent with him when we got together. He had mentioned to me that he really wanted to celebrate his birthday on some sort of rooftop, and since I know he’s not necessarily the party type, I did my research, found this spot and figured why not take him to a late lunch/early dinner at this popular rooftop spot?

The food was really good, and since they were just switching over from lunch to dinner, we ended up being some of the first guests here and had the place to ourself. And although I remember it being a fairly gloomy day when we came, the views from the top were still really great. Diego’s birthday is in April, so it was still pretty cool outside, but it’s closed in by glass, so it was still comfortable.

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3. Molo’s Restaurant 

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Location: Weehawken, New Jersey. Definitely on the far side compared to all the other places I’m mentioning, but 100% worth the trip if you decide to come here.

Type of Food Served: Mediterranean eatery, specializing in seafood.

Ambience: Modern, upscale riverfront with an AMAZING view of the city.

Probably one of the, if not THE most beautiful and romantic ones I can recommend. I brought Diego here for his birthday 2 years ago and it legit left an imprint on us…I don’t typically care for seafood, but I know that he does, so I figure why not?

It was about an hour and a half drive but generally it was nice to be able to listen to music and talk. And the location itself was stunning. I remember we had arrived about half hour early, so we got to walk along this boardwalk type thing and take pictures, which was really nice. And then when we finally got to be seated, we managed to get a seat right by the window which was absolutely beautiful to see the view of the city, especially since it was late afternoon and we got to watch the sunset from inside.

The servers were super nice, quick and helpful and the food was good. Although I should mention that this is more on the pricier side, but regardless think it was 100% worth every penny. If you can, I definitely recommend checking this place out.

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4. And finally, Serra by Birreria

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Location: this is another rooftop location atop Eataly in the Flatiron district, right near Madison Square Park.

Type of Food Served: Italian cuisine, house brewed ales and high-end imported beer.

Ambience: At the moment it’s sort of like a themed pop-up restaurant, in that, it’s supposed to make you feel like you’re taking a trip to the Italian Alps, while also being in a Winter Wonderland sort of feel.

I suppose this is kind of cheating to some extent, because we haven’t actually tried this place just yet (we’re supposed to be going next Monday). BUT,  I found this place online and read some pretty great reviews on it. It’s apparently a pretty popular place. It seems to have some pretty good food options, and personally, I think it looks to be a pretty romantic and/or comfortable setting regardless of whether you go with a significant other or friends. I can’t wait to be able to check it out next week and actually give you guys my full opinion on it!! (Stay tuned for that 😉 )

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I could literally probably go on FOREVER giving you guys suggestions of restaurants Diego and I have gone to and loved, but I think (thus far) these 4 are probably the most romantic-feeling ones that I can recommend with Valentine’s Day approaching.

*Also, all of these places take reservations, and they’re all available on OpenTable to be able to do that if you’re interested.*

I really hope you guys enjoyed this post, and that it helped you in some way, shape or form, whether you’re celebrating it on the day of, or just looking for some nice new restaurants to try out.

Also, I’m really sorry that things like this are subjected to the New York area only, but it is where I’m from and that’s all that I REALLY know.

Once I begin to travel a little more soon, I’ll be able to suggest more to you guys for things and places outside of New York.

But nonetheless, as I said, I hope you enjoyed. Please like, share, comment and follow and I’ll see you guys in my next post! ❤

-Xoxo, LeoGirl ❤

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Best Things To Do/See In New York During The Holidays!

For my 4th Blogmas post, I thought it would be cool and fun to share with you guys some things that I think are really great to do and see during this time of year around New York City.

I’ve lived in New York ALL my life, and I can honestly say that the city is such a magical place to be in during the holidays. Personally, all of the shows, attractions, etc. never get old (it could just be because I’m a Christmas fanatic in every sense of the name, but that’s completely besides the point haha).

I do, however, know that it can also be a bit overwhelming to be in the city during this time of the year BECAUSE of everything that’s going on. Plus, there’s so much to do and see, how would you know where to start?! So, I hope you guys find this little ‘guide’ so to speak, helpful in assisting to narrow some of those things down for you! 🙂

These aren’t going to be in any particular order because, well, when do I ever put things in a particular order? And, I literally love going to do and see EVERYTHING that I’m going to mention, so there’s no way for me to order them in any specific way haha.

But anyway, let’s get started!

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  1. Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Radio City Rockettes (In Radio City Music Hall).

Diego and I actually just took his mom and nephews to see this show this past weekend. It was their first time seeing it, and our 3rd. It’s quickly become a mini holiday tradition of ours to go every year.

This is something that I recommend for EVERYONE (whether you live in NY or are just temporarily visiting) to go see at least ONCE. It’s such an amazing show filled with skits, Christmas music and just generally a great time. It runs for about 90 minutes, and is a great show to go see with a significant other, family, your kids, friends, etc. Scroll down to see some pictures from the show.

For this show, I suggest using the TodayTix app because they tend to have pretty good (and sometimes cheap) ticket options.

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2. The Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show

This is another great attraction to do with family, friends and/or a significant other. If you’re not from New York, this specific attraction is actually in the Bronx, but 100% worth making the trip to. I took my family and Diego to see this for the first time (it was also my first time), last year right before Christmas.

I wanna say that it’s been open for about 2 years now, because I remember when it first opened in 2016 it was SO popular that it was next to impossible to get tickets for it. Every single day from the time it opened until it closed for the season was completely sold out. So, last year I jumped at the opportunity to grab some tickets, and we all loved it. The way everything was set up from the trains themselves, to the mini set ups for each section, it is SO well put together. Plus, if you buy tickets for the train show, it also automatically allows you the opportunity to be able to walk around the garden a bit afterwards which, in itself, is beautiful as well!

I’m leaving the link here in case you guys wanted to buy some tickets for this!

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3. Holiday window display(s) and other holiday attractions around the city.

When you’re in the city during the holidays, it’s almost impossible for you to somehow miss all of the decor, window displays and attractions, just because a lot of them just happen to be all around each other. Some places in particular I recommend walking through/by are 5th and 6th avenue, just because you’ll easily be passing a lot of the “main” holiday attractions like from Saks 5th Avenue, Barneys, Lord and Taylor, Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, etc.

Plus, all of these places (although they do get pretty busy and packed), are GREAT for videos and pictures of these things if you’re into that for memories sake.

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Macy’s Herald Square

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Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree
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Radio City Music Hall and surrounding holiday attractions/decor.

4. Ice-skating!

Ice-skating is definitely a go-to thing to do while you’re in the city. Obviously other cities and places have ice-skating as well, but what better then being able to do it in some of the most popular places in New York like Bryant Park, Central Park or even Rockefeller Center?!

Plus, this is a perfect little date night to have with your significant other. Super cute and romantic, and these are definitely other great spots to be able to take cute and memorable pictures.

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Central Park (although they have 2 different ice skating rinks here, one called Lasker and one called Wollman’s rink, the one pictured is Wollman rink).

5. See and buy stuff from the holiday markets around the city (i.e., Bryant Park and Union Square (14th St.) holiday markets).

This sort of piggybacks off the ice-skating suggestion just because, right outside of the ice-skating rink at Bryant Park, they have these little holiday market shops where you can buy all sorts of things from snacks, to clothing, jewelry, etc.

They are the PERFECT little shops to stop at before heading home for the night, especially if you happen to be doing any last minute Christmas shopping for people. They also have mini holiday shops/stands like this in 14th Street, Union Square if you happen to be in that area instead of around Bryant Park.

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14th Street Union Square Holiday Market
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Bryant Park Holiday Market

6. Cocoa & Carols Holiday Cruise

And finally I want to suggest the Cocoa & Carols holiday cruise. Personally, I think this would be the CUTEST little date to take your significant other on. It’s super chill, not that expensive, and also pretty romantic. HOWEVER, this little excursion is also just as good for family and friends as well (it’s what you end up making of it).

The entire cruise itself goes on for about an hour and a half, and when you buy a ticket, it comes with a complimentary beer, glass of wine, champagne or (the more obvious one), hot cocoa! There are also cookies and other sweets that are included as well. You get to hear and sing along to Christmas songs, and you’ll end up seeing a TON of some of the most popular attractions/sights of New York like the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Battery Park, South Street Seaport, etc.

*Groupon and Goldstar tends to have pretty good dates and deals for this excursion btw, so you should definitely check that out!*

The link for Goldstar I’ll leave here for you to easily access. And the one for Groupon, I’ll leave here .

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I hope you guys enjoyed this post, and that whether you’re already from New York, or just visiting, that this helped you in some way, shape or form to narrow down some of the (best) things to do/see in Manhattan while you’re there during the holiday season. It can definitely be a little crazy here during this time of the year, but I think it’s definitely worth the wait and trip.

Thanks so much for reading, please follow, like, share and comment, and I’ll see you guys on Sunday for my next Blogmas post! 🙂

-Xoxo, Leo Girl ❤

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