Urban Buddy: Social Food & Drink

The school year is almost over!  That means more blogging, socializing, crafting, and cooking time (I hope!!) – I’m thrilled to finally get some down time as the school year felt a little longer than usual. Got some interviews & giveaways coming up in the next 2 months, so stay connected especially on my Instagram! 🙂

Recently, I became a part of Urban Buddy, a really awesome and useful app where “buddies” or locals such as myself connect with hotel guests to give advice and recommendations in and around the city. I’ve always loved playing tour guide or taking friends and family around New York, so it was a great opportunity when I discovered them. Download the app and give it a try – you’ll be amazed at all the knowledge locals have and advice they give! You’ll also get an answer to your question within seconds.

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One of the perks of being a buddy is having an opportunity to meet some other locals at get-togethers and food tastings. Our last one was at Yotel, at the large rooftop bar and deck of Social Food & Drink. Along with the huge indoor and outdoor space, comfortable seating, and a view of the skyscrapers around the area, they also have the Rooftop Cinena Club, where you can watch movies on the deck in the summertime. Still haven’t tried it yet, but would love to one day! 

Since we went for a food tasting, I took some shots with both my iPhone6 and Nikon camera. Food was fantastic and so worth the gazillion shots taken with the buddies. You never really understand how food can bring people together until your cameras are all eating way before your stomachs do! 😉  I particularly love this shot of Paul Brogna, founder of Urban Buddy, myself, and Erica, a local expert, laughing about the story behind Paul’s tattoo.  The kodak photo was taken by Mike Stone, co-founder and COO! It really captured how much fun we had learning about one another.

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Here are a few of the photos from our successful meet-up. Hopefully there’ll be more to come soon!

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These were the cutest little cans of champagne. (Forgive me for describing it as cute!) I wasn’t a huge fan of the flavor as I’m not a champagne gal unless it’s a mimosa, but the packaging entices you to try it!

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We tried many different spreads, special from the chef- hummus, tahini sauce, and dips. ALL ridiculously unique and delicious.  You would have never guessed that grayish dish on the left was smoked eggplant –  WHAAAAA!

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The popular Street Fair Feast is an awesome plate for sharing.  It includes bagels, chicken shashlik, burekas, wine and different kinds of mezze. Dip some of the bread into the order of dips and hummus, and you’re good to go!

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Cheese & charcuterie board – so many options! But their mediterranean olives were fantastic.

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Mouthwatering sliders with a side of skinny fries – the buddies and I really enoyed this one as they were quite juicy!  The fries were just okay.

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A classic margherita pizza – you can’t go wrong with this crisp dish.

I highly recommend this place on a nice sunny day. It’s the perfect place to catch up, drink up, and soak in the city.  As always, thanks for reading, and cheers to the first week of summer!  xoxo

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