Weekend Roundup: Best of The Upper West
Another weekend has come and gone. Did you get some time to enjoy with friends or treat yourself to something nice? Are you antsy for spring weather to get here already? One of my favorite things about spring is spontaneously wandering around my city to enjoy all it has to offer. Here are a few suggestions of what you can enjoy as far as happy hour, fitness, and brunch on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
Happy Hour: Friday was a fun night of mojitos and tapas at Bodega 88 on Columbus Avenue and 88th street. This is a small place that gets a good-sized crowd for happy hour. There are a bunch of t.v’s so it’s a great place to catch a game. It was quite lively in there for March Madness. They play a great mix of 90’s hip hop (Apologies if you had to endure my singing on instastories!) Bodega 88 offers a fantastic cocktail menu and delicious tapas. I went with the classic mojito and my other half had the Low Rider which consisted of Tequila, Avocado, Ancho Reyes, Lime, and Agave with a perfectly salted rim. This spicy, creamy margarita-like cocktail that will transport you to Mexico! The food options are pretty good, although some items are much smaller than your standard tapas. The pulpo salad was about one tentacle cut up into 4 pieces. The flavor was delicious, but not quite filling. The garlic shrimp was a good portion served with two pieces of bread for dipping, but unfortunately you can tell that the shrimp was the frozen kind. I like my seafood fresh, so I’ll skip this next time. The Nachos and Fries are good go-to’s if you’re looking for decent portions of bar food. This is a great local watering hole that serves up lots of fun!
Workout: Saturday was recovery day, but not without a visit to the local SLT. This new-ish fitness trend is all the rage and for good reason! SLT, or Strengthen-Lengthen-Tone, is a small studio that uses the pilates megaformer in so many different ways. This full body workout will
kick lift your booty! I’ve gone twice and have already noticed the benefits. This workout is not for beginners, but they do have an intro class that goes slower and walks you through all of the gadgets on the machine as well as the exercises. Try to to get into the intro class before an “All Levels” class. You’ll be glad you did! Book your class in advance because they fill up very quickly. The facility is beautiful and they provide towels for all that sweating you’re going to do in class! Check out their multiple locations in Manhattan, Long Island, or New Jersey.
Brunch: On Sundays, we brunch! Cafe Fiorello is a NYC institution. It’s located across the street from Lincoln Center sandwiched between Bar Boulud and The Smith. Every time I come to Fiorello I’m immediately drawn to the beautiful array of fresh grilled veggies and antipasto bar. I mean, how can you resist the olives, fresh caponata and fried cauliflower? I know I can’t. Don’t dine here without ordering the antipasto before your main course! The brunch menu includes italian style eggs, pancakes, an amazing selection of pizzas and pastas, and a mighty tasty San Marzano bloody mary! The coffee here was on point too. I would go back just for that. But my absolute favorite was the Humboldt Fog Goat Cheese and Artichoke Pesto Pizza. I haven’t stopped thinking about that pizza since I left! The fun new addition is a little breakfast bar with fresh croissants, muffins, donuts, and scones. What more could ya ask for? I know I’ll definitely be coming back to Fiorello for their brunch- possibly before a matinee at Lincoln Center!
I’ll be bringing you more of The Best of the Upper West in upcoming posts because there’s just so much to offer. Any suggestions or questions? Leave a comment here or head on over to our instagram.