PLAN DATE: FRI / SEP. 14
First, it’s all about the food. And, at Mae Mae, it’s all about sourcing said food from Mae Mae’s own Upstate New York organic farm. Visually, this restaurant walks a fine line between “chic bistro” and “rustic eatery”—and the pops of color in decor match the pops of color in the plating. In fact, speaking of the plating, Mae Mae’s food is all about simple comfort foods with slightly higher-end touches (i.e. chicken pot pie, tomato jam soup, etc.)
After dinner, keep your eyes to the sky and head up to Hotel Hugo’s rooftop bar, Azul. With an indoor/outdoor setup and an urban whimsy aesthetic, there is creative flair to spare. A neon-lit staircase plastered in graffiti leads to an intimate bar, exposed teal pipes open up to an industrial patio with 360-views of the city, and the Cuban-inspired decor is as bracing as a late night shot of Patrón Cafe. It’s a visually stimulating reminder of why you fell in love with this city in the first place.
Mae Mae Cafe
68 Vandam Street, Manhattan
idk tip: If you have trouble finding the place, keep an eye out for the multicolored llama out front.
Azul at Hotel Hugo
525 Greenwich Street, Manhattan
idk tip: Of their many refreshing craft drinks, we’re all about the El Tapatio (which is available in a pitcher).