The Brody Blog

Ryan going to a chain restaurant: rare. Rare like a good steak. But when it comes to a really good steak, it's hard to beat Del Frisco's. Yes, they have 13 locations around the country - maybe the fact that four of them are in Texas, one in my native Houston, is part of what lured me in. But let me tell you what kept me there. Located on Sixth Avenue and stretching the block from 48th to 49th street, the dining room features 2-story floor-to-ceiling windows with views of Rockefeller Center. Make your first stop the bar, and order their signature drink, the VIP. It's a pineapple infused vodka martini, and while pineapple isn't a flavor many people normally lean toward, trust me: you will love this cocktail! When you settle in to a table, ...

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"It don't matter if you're black or white" was sung by the famous Michael Jackson. In New York City, equally famous is the Black and White Cookie. These delicious cookies are actually a small round cake, half covered with chocolate icing, the other half with vanilla. But while many think the black and white side-by-side represents harmony, the cookies cause a huge debate that divides New Yorkers: which Black and White cookie is the best?! I decided to find out. Research and interviews took me through cookies at many locations, from Amy's Bread (too chewy) to Pick-A-Bagel (too dry). But two contenders emerged as the best: Junior's and William Greenberg Bakery. I started with Junior's in Times Square (though the original Juniors is located...

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There are a few things New Yorkers will debate until the end of time: the best slice of pizza, the best black & white cookie (upcoming Ryan's Review!) and of course the best burger. I won't start a war among my millions of readers by calling it the Best, but one of my all-time favorite burgers is at 5 Napkin Burger. As of now there are 4 location in NYC: Hell's Kitchen, Upper East Side, Upper West Side and Union Square. Alyssa Brody Team member Justin and I stopped into the UES location this week after staging one of our new listings- 971 Lexington Avenue. You'll be surprised how varied the menu is, and how well they do everything from salads to apps (try the Korean BBQ wings!) to hand-rolled sushi at the HK location. But it's all about ...

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I don’t speak much Italian, but really, what words do you need to know other than pasta, pizza and paisan! (Ok that last one is a stretch.) Here’s another 3 you should remember: Zero Otto Nove. Literally 098, it was the area code of Salerno, Italy, where chef Roberto Paciullo grew up. But in the Flatiron District, it is the name of Chef Roberto’s amazing Italian restaurant that you should run to this week. If you’ve read some Ryan’s Reviews, you know I love coal oven pizza, and Zero Otto Nove does it right – delicious thin crust pizzas with toppings that are just creative enough without going overboard – try the La Riccardo with butternut squash puree, smoked mozzarella and pancetta to see just w...

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No one thinks of rooftop bars in the middle of winter. But even though the trees are bare, your thoughts should go to Gallow Green. The Lodge at Gallow Green is the rooftop bar of the McKittrick Hotel, a venue most famous for the sexy interactive theatre piece "Sleep No More". When you arrive at 524 West 27th, jump in the elevator and rise above the masks and mayhem to the Lodge. You'll feel like you've stepped into a cross between a Swiss chalet and the set of "The Shining," as you explore the various nooks, rooms and bar. Most areas are indoors, but be sure to check out the outdoor fire pit, and the open air terrace with great views of the new Hudson Yards skyscrapers. If you're feeling chilled, order a hot cocktail - my favorites were...

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If you want a little taste of how Charlie felt when he stepped inside Willy Wonka's magical chocolate factory, plan a visit to Dylan's Candy Bar at 1011 Third Avenue. You'll be greeted by three magical floors of every candy you can imagine - from gumdrops to lollypops, sour stars to Hershey Bars. And in addition to more sugar that you can stomach, there's also plenty of sweet candy-themed gifts, clothing and even games. (Check out Bean Boozled, a game where you taste random jelly bellies: that greenish-yellow one may taste like a pear... or like a booger! Ew!) My favorite part though is also one of the best-kept secrets in NYC. On the third floor is a small cafe, which of course serves decadent desserts, sundaes and shakes, as well as so...

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Most everyone I know, myself included, left New York for some holiday season travel. Did you know, no matter where you go, the Alyssa Brody Team and Compass can help you find your place in the world. We can refer you to the best agents anywhere you decide to settle! My holiday travels started at JFK airport in terminal 5. T5 is the official Jet Blue terminal, and I’m a huge Jet Blue fan (I even have the Jet Blue MasterCard - get those points!) T5 is sleek, modern, and has lots of great restaurant options. But my favorite is a little French bistro called La Vie. They serve classic French dishes like chicken paillarde and croque monsieur, and a delicious french onion soup. All enjoyed with a glass of French wine, of course! Pro Tip: ...

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Remember Carrie's rehearsal dinner before her Big wedding in the Sex and the City movie? That chic and fabulous restaurant, with the asian-inspired decor, huge king's table and impossibly high ceilings, is Buddakan. Sure, it's been around for a while and is maybe even a little touristy at this point, but I recently paid it another visit, and I wasn't disappointed. Situated on the corner of 16th Street and Ninth Avenue, its Chelsea/Meatpacking location just keeps getting hotter. (Check out the Alyssa Brody Team listings in area!) The surprisingly massive space is always impressive, but what really satisfies is the food. Dish after dish leave you smiling, "mmmm-ing" and wanting more, no matter how full you are. Whatever you try, don't mis...

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New York City is all about pizza, and with literally hundreds of places to grab a slice, the choice can seem overwhelming! To narrow it down, I start by looking for a coal-oven, which results in a perfectly flavored thin crust covered in just-melted cheese. My favorite is Angelo's Coal Oven Pizzeria, at 117 West 57th Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues. The decor is pretty basic, an old-school pizza place vibe, but the focus is definitely on the food. Simple, fresh ingredients make for mouth-watering dishes – everything from the salads to the pastas to of course the pizza is so delicious – even the bread dipped in extra virgin olive oil is to die for! Pro tip: the salads and pastas come in “Individual” or &l...

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A new neighborhood favorite in my Hells Kitchen area is Meme on Tenth Avenue and 44th Street. They serve Mediterranean tapas and Moroccan-style entrees - it's all Greek to me, and it's all delicious! Last week at dinner all four of us loved our entrees, but I really enjoyed stopping in for brunch. In a city where brunch is the new dinner and Eggs Benedict is as common as french fries, Meme's Moroccan and Middle Eastern twists on the menu really spice things up! Try their Bloody Mary with harissa, fennel and cumin, or stick with a more traditional bellini. Or be like me, and try them both!

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