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How to Find the Perfect Workspace in NYC: Girl with a Hotspot Shares Her Favorite Spots
May 22, 2016 at 4:11 pm 0
Today, we're catching up with Jen Pinto, the creative genius behind the Instagram account, Girl with a Hotspot, where she discovers all the best places in New York City with you guessed it...the best wifi hotspots. She's sharing her favorite spots  in NYC with us - Jen says they must have good wifi, a good workspace and of course good food.

       Ralph's Coffee: 711 5th Ave. NYC      Above the Ralph Lauren flagship store

1. We love your Instagram account, Girl with a Hotspot. Tell us how it started.  I started my own company 3 years ago, JPINTO Consulting, after many years in the fashion industry working at brands such as Nanette Lepore, Prada, Gucci and Calvin Klein. As a Public Relations consultant on the run, I have the freedom to work from anywhere. As I was figuring out where to have a desk for the day on a daily basis, I started to find myself taking snapshots of spots around the city that I wanted to remember to go back to in the future. I started to realize that it was not easy to find the perfect spot that had all the components of a workspace for an entrepreneur on the run…super fast wifi, mello vibe, good coffee and atmosphere and a place to plug in or potentially have a meeting. A lot to consider!! With the growing number of freelancers and startups, I thought it would be helpful to capture the best spots around NYC that didn’t feel like your typical big chain kind of place so started @girlwithahotspot 2. Any tips for people looking for the perfect workspace in New York City (or any city)? The best way to find your hotspot is to understand what is on the agenda for the day. Firstly, I try to base my decision on location and whether I have meetings in a particular neighborhood or where I may need to land. I also like to know if there are other wifi hotspots nearby in case I need a change of scenery. You realize as an independent, that variety during the day is a good thing. Secondly, I like to choose a place that may be good to conduct phone calls or meetings hence, a mello vibe. Lastly, I like to know that I can find a plug if I need one which we know always helps when you are on the run! Though if you are in a bind, always remember that a hotel lobby is always a great move as more often than not, they will have everything you need including free wifi.

         Crave Espresso Bar: 386 Canal St. NYC

3.Where are some of your favorite hotspots in the city? As I am constantly exploring, I find myself saying, “this is my new favorite spot” as there are really so many! If I had to narrow it down, I would say The Marlton Hotel is a great location as it really has it all. Great seating areas, super fast wifi, plugs and a sophisticated atmosphere for a meeting. Other favorites include Ralph’s Coffee in the Ralph Lauren flagship boutique on 5th Avenue, Café Whynot, Joe and the Juice, The Freehold and sitting outside at The Highline Hotel near the Intelligentsia truck now that Spring is finally here :)

Joe and the Juice - 43 W 42nd St. NYC

For more hotspots in NYC and beyond, follow Jen on Instagram @girlwithahotspot     
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New York Central at the Grand Hyatt New York Debuts Wine Dinners & Chef’s Table Series
December 18, 2015 at 2:50 pm 0
New York Central at the Grand Hyatt New York recently debuted their new Wine Dinners & Chef’s Table series. We recently attended the unforgettable dinner, which featured a menu of fresh, seasonal dishes prepared by Chef Daron Lee, along with carefully selected wine pairings by the restaurant’s wine experts Nicolas Prieto and Javier Labrada. Chef Lee’s passion for cooking began at an early age and was further cultivated during his time at the French Culinary Institute. Having held positions in renowned restaurants such as The Dining Room at The Modern, L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon at the Four Seasons Hotel, Scarpetta and Villard Michel Richard at The New York Palace Hotel, Lee brings his incredible culinary talent and expertise to each dish he creates. The evening began with a mouthwatering amuse bouche of Hamachi ‘crunchy roll,’ toasted quinoa, pickled black radish and grapefruit. Next was the Roast Beets: smoked goat cheese, pistachio and blood orange; served with Domaine de la Perriere, Sauvignon Blanc, 2013, Sancerre. Followed by Foie Gras a la Plancha: rutabaga, dates and vanilla; served with Domaine Auther, Gewürztraminer, 2012, Alsace. Lardo Wrapped Monkfish: smoked fennel, salsify and sherry vinegar; served with Jane's Vineyard, Pinot Noir, 2013, Russian River. Beer Braised Pork Belly: kabocha puree, brussels sprouts, tamarind ginger jus; served with Symmetry Meritage, Red Wine Blend, 2012, Alexander Valley. And for dessert, an apple quince crumble with nutmeg streusel, toasted marshmallow, grapefruit sorbet and quince chips. After our heavenly dinner, guests were treated to an exclusive tour of the roof with an amazing view of the Chrysler Building. New York Central features an open kitchen surrounded by a wall of windows overlooking New York City and is connected to Grand Central Station. For reservations call 646-213-6865 and for more visit: http://grandnewyork.hyatt.com/en/hotel/dining/NewYorkCentral.html            
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UrbanSpace Vanderbilt Opens This Week in Midtown
September 16, 2015 at 7:54 pm 0
UrbanSpace Vanderbilt, brought to you by the innovators behind UrbanSpace known for their seasonal outdoor pop-up markets around New York City and London open their first permanent food hall in New York City this week. If you’re like me, always chasing the outdoor markets around town like the group’s other properties: Mad. Sq Eats, Penn Plates and Broadway Bites you can now rest easily that there is a permanent brick and mortar market that you can visit rain or shine - all year round. UrbanSpace Vanderbilt is centrally located in Midtown, right near Grand Central Station at Vanderbilt and 45th Street. As you enter the contemporary, industrial food hall you are immediately greeted with a delightfully intoxicating aroma of Sigmund’s pretzels and Ovenly’s baked goods. As you make your way past the seemingly endless sea of vendors, choosing where to eat first becomes quite a difficult decision. But for me, it’s the best kind of dilemma to have. Here you will find anything from lobster rolls by Red Hook Lobster Pound to Japanese-inspired Mexican by Takumi Taco to the famous mouthwatering pizza by veteran vendor Roberta’s. You’ll also find the famous Dough doughnuts and crepes by Bar Suzette. Now you can see what I mean by dilemma. Here’s the current list of eateries at UrbanSpace Vanderbilt. #eaturban Toby’s Estate Coffee Roasters Roberta’s Mayhem & Stout Delaney Chicken No. 7 Veggie A.B. Biagi Dough Sips & Bites Asia Dog Hong Kong Street Cart Bar Suzette Amali Mou Bangkok Bar Red Hook Lobster Pound Mimi’s Hummus La Palapa Taco Bar Sigmund’s Ovenly Maiden Lane Two Tablespoons Takumi Taco