a bit about Nicole
What do you do and why do you do it?
I do brand marketing at a children's entertainment start up. Right now, we're publishing books with the goal to expand into other forms of media. You know kids these days—they want to be entertained on every platform so why not build one with books?
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
Random guilty pleasure 90's songs. You know the ones that would've been on the soundtracks for 90's high school rom-coms? What up Natalie Imbruglia.
What are the best TV shows of all time?
I have a sweet spot for shows that are hyperbolic versions of my own life. Always Sunny, Seinfeld, How I Met Your Mother, You're the Worst, The Office. This list could easily be super long, but I'd prefer to not admit to myself I watch that much tv...
Name some spots in New York that are good for a Tinder date.
My personal favorite is the Belfry. The right amount of nice and cheap, but not too nice and not too cheap. It's also in a great central location. Other solid options include Forrest Point, Fig 19, Fat Cat.
Who’s your hero and where in New York would you take them out for a serious hang?
Is it too cheesy to say my mom?
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
People in NYC have such great fashion. I feel like I'm always on wild internet goose chases looking for more "me" versions of things I see other people wearing on the street (As far as actual stores, I am kind of obsessed with & Other Stories)
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
The going-out scene in the Meat Packing District is just so not my cup of tea. I don't need to, nor do I want to, wait in line to have a good time—but hey, to each their own.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
Museums. I always say I'm going to go and then life happens. My biggest suggestion: avoid the free museum hours. They sound like a good idea, but it is so hard to appreciate a great exhibit when the entire city is also trying to see the same thing.
What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in New York and where did you get it?
Premium certified Japanese Wagyu beef from Bohemian. It's one of the few places that carries the real deal. The restaurant is a little over the top—you have to email them and tell them about yourself to get the phone number to make a reservation. But the experience is worth it.
Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in New York that you particularly like?
Johnny's Bar in The Village. This place is small, and divey, and I don't know why, but I just absolutely love it.
What’s the most expensive restaurant / spa / hotel you’ve ever been to in New York? How much did it cost and what did you get there?
I know it's not the most expensive, but Sammy's Romanian is definitely the most noteworthy as far as three dollar sign meals go. Mostly because you have to go as a large group to have fun, and the only liquor they serve is a bottle of vodka (your choice of Stoli or Kettle One) frozen in a block of ice. They have a cheesy DJ that makes it feel kind of like a bar/ bat mitzvah but everyone is drunk—and I mean that in the BEST possible way.
What restaurant in New York looks crap, but the food’s amazing?
Vanessa's Dumplings. Hands down one of my favorite, and guiltiest pleasures in the city. Had someone not recommended it to me first, I definitely would've walked right past it and thought nothing of it.
Where can you get the best cocktail in New York? Which one do you like?
Fig 19 (Blackberry Margarita. I sub out the jalapeno tequila for regular) or Bemelman's Bar (The Carlyle Punch) I think atmosphere is just as important as the drink itself when you're treating yourself to a nice cocktail.
Where would you take your partner in New York if you wanted to really pamper them?
New Yorkers aren't truly pampered unless they leave New York.
Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?
Bagels and cream cheese
What’s the one place you think is overrated in New York?
What’s the one place you think is underrated in New York?
Brooklyn. There is so much more than just Williamsburg!
What are the New York spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
John's Pizza on Bleecker Street—it has to be the one on Bleecker Street—is my number one, non-negotiable, you have to go spot. There is an anecdote I always tell people who doubt John's greatness. My family came to visit once and were here for 4 days. I took them to John's the first day. They went back a second time before they left.
Tomorrow’s your last day in New York. How do you spend it?
Eating and drinking my way around the city with friends.
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
If I'm going on vacation, I am not going to a city.