Boro Hotel, New York

Boro Hotel, New York

  • July 1, 2020

Boro Hotel

Words, Photos & Filming by Abi
Editing by Nicolee Tsin

On recent trips to New York, exploring outside of the main manhattan island has been a focus of mine; One of the first hotels I discovered when doing this was Boro. This Long Island City (though some people argue it’s Queens..) spot, is clean, open, moody & perfect if you’re looking for something a bit more affordable, well by New York City standards at least.

Alright guys, I present to you Boro Hotel..

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Price
For the most part, it’s very affordable, especially when compared to boutique hotels in New York. We paid around £130 per night & the security deposit is $100 per night.

Food
Their menu is very limited, so I’d definitely suggest eating out. This being said, I tried a few of their dishes including their chocolate chip pancakes & a sandwich of some kind..anyway, both were pretty incredible and I don’t usually like sandwiches, so that’s saying something..

Staff
Friendly and always ready to help with amenities like clothes rails, fridges, microwaves and such. I will say the general hotel feels slightly more like a serviced apartment, in that the staff can’t help you with too many things outside of sourcing amenities. There is no doorman or person to help with luggage and it seems like the team is quite small, so requests such as room service can take quite a while. So if you’re quite low maintenance and don’t require too many services, then you’ll be happy with Boro.

Location
Not quite as gentrified as near by areas like Williamsburg, Long Island City/Queens nonetheless has a good crop of nice restaurants and parks to keep you busy, so it’s a great place to stay in. In other words, don’t worry that it’s not Manhattan or Brooklyn, you’ll be fine but should you get bored, you’re only a 20 minute subway ride away from Times Square.

Transport to Manhattan
39th Avenue (5 minute walk) — N or W train to Manhattan (20 minutes)

21St – Queensboro Plaza (10 minute walk) — 7 train to Manhattan (10 minutes)
..so transport wise, you’re all good.

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Tips

• Their twin rooms are pretty big, which is great but none have the awesome brooklyn view, so just keep that in mind.

• On a few of the top floors, you’ll find shared seated balcony’s where you can enjoy the view and hang out, so even if you’re on a lower floor or don’t have a great view these are fully accessible 24/7 for all guests, just ask member of staff which floors you can find them on.

• Their roof top is an amazing place to hang out and work especially during the day before it becomes a bar. Oh & just to be clear, when it becomes a bar the vibe is pretty great too, serving $10 cocktails & $5 beers.

Boro Hotel
Address:
38-28 27th Street 

Long Island City, NY 11101
Phone: +1 718 433 1375

Listening..

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and that's Boro.

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Dining At Nobu Hotel, Shoreditch

Dining at Nobu Hotel, Shoreditch

  • June 30, 2020
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Dining at Nobu Hotel, Shoreditch

Words & Photos by Abi

So was it worth it? Is it ever worth it with Nobu? Look, on a basic level, to me, no, it wasn’t worth it, but on an ingredient and technique level, i’m sure the price is somewhat justified. Whether I can or can’t afford, I will always feel like expensive places will have to work so damn hard for me to understand why what they’re about to serve me is costing me 10 times the amount I could pay at a local spot. To be fair, the food was quite nice but I think it was the £19 for two beef skewers that killed it for me. When you’re going to charge that much for so little, that better be the best damn beef i’ve ever had.

It was not.

The service was essentially perfect and the general hotel staff were really helpful, so my overall experience was not only nice but left a good enough impression on me, to add it to my list of “go-to” places in East London.

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The desserts were quite impressive and perhaps even the highlight of the meal. I would easily go back or stop by if I was in the area to have the Vanilla Miso Tart with a scoop of their matcha ice-cream.

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NOBU

Address: 10-50 WILLOW STREET,
LONDON EC2A 4BH, UK

Site: Nobuhotelshoreditch.com

Phone: +44 207 683 1200

 

 

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Kipferl, Islington

Kipferl, Islington

  • March 30, 2020
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Kipferl

A personal favourite of ours, Kipferl.

FOOD: So it’s Viennese. So expect a dedicated sausage menu, AWESOME breakfast options & general hearty (meat & carbs) filled meals.

SERVICE: Honestly, the best. They’re friendly, whether you’re popping out a laptop & ordering a coffee or hitting their sausage menu hard, they’re always so lovely & welcoming.

PRICE: For a meal, drink & slice of cake; you’ll be looking at around £15

PERFECT FOR: Casual breakfasts/lunches, meetings & coffee breaks

EXTRAS: If you like sausages & cheese, get the Kaesekrainer & thank us later.

Menu   Site   Reservations

Kipferl, 20 Camden Passage, London, N1 8ED

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The Easy Dinner Party

The easy dinner party

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The easy dinner party

We all know that hosting a dinner party can be a little trickier than simply building a Pinterest board, preparing food & inviting guests, so when we needed to host an upcoming get-together, we consulted with the chef at Aubaine & made our way to Aubaine Mayfair for a night of festive fun.

Let’s face it, sometimes we want to go full on ‘Martha Stewart’ and get hands on with the creation of our soirée but sometimes, we just want to arrive and know that everything will be perfect. This time, it was the latter. Besides the general pre-event prep of ordering, we simply arrived to a private and spacious room, perfect for socialising.

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Our Menu

Starter

Smoked duck breast salad
Confit duck, endive, winter leaves, pickled blackberry, toasted hazelnut, hazelnut dressing

Main

Smoked duck breast salad
Confit duck, endive, winter leaves, pickled blackberry, toasted hazelnut, hazelnut dressing

Side

Roasted Brussels sprouts
Alsace bacon, chestnuts

Tasting boards
Mini merguez sausages, calamars frits, crudités, marinated bocconcini mozzarella balls, Serrano ham, mixed olives, chilli-lime aïoli, Aubaine bread selection

Baked Camembert
Crushed walnuts, truffle oil, baby leaves, crostini

Baked truffle bread and melted Reblochon cheese
Reblochon cheese, crème fraîche, black truffle, truffle oil, rocket leaves

 

See full menu here

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Aubaine

Address: 31 Dover Street, Mayfair,
LONDON W1S 4ND, UK

Site: Aubaine.co.uk

Phone: +44 20 7368 0955

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Kitchen Stories

Kitchen Stories

  • July 30, 2018

Kitchen Stories

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Need some cooking inspo? Pinterest setting the bar a little too high? Kitchen Stories get’s you, and us too. This app offers simple and easy instructional videos and photos for some of the tastiest looking dishes. By downloading the app, you also join a community of food lovers, gushing about the same banana bread and fettuccine alfredo as you are. Now whip something up and let us have a taste.

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Open Table

Open Table

  • July 25, 2018

Open Table

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Is date night coming? Dinner with the parents? Dinner with their parents?

Make online reservations, read restaurant reviews from diners, and earn points towards free meals with the Open Table. This app is seriously easy and convenient, letting us know where the coolest new restaurants are and how to snag a coveted table. Given the act that we love a night out, you could probably say that the Open Table is definitely one of the most frequently used apps on our phones.

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