Mav’s Fab 5 – August 14th, 2012

our 5 picks

Guide Dog Foundation

371 East Jericho Turnpike
Smithtown NY, 11787
(800) 548-4337

The Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Inc. trains blind students from across the United States and many foreign countries to regain mobility and independence by offering training classes and guide dogs, for free!

Stray From the Heart

PO Box 11
New York, New York 10024
(212) 726-3647

Stray from the Heart is a non-profit organization that ensures the shelter, safety and medical care of stray and neglected dogs, then places them in safe, loving homes. Their mission is to create a world where animal welfare matters and animal cruelty ends.

Last Chance Animal Rescue
PO Box 1661
Southampton, NY 11969
(631) 478-6844

Last Chance Animal Rescue’s core mission is to rescue animals from kill shelters and relocate them to no-kill facilities. They provide medical services for the animals, and help find them happy and loving long-term homes.

Frankie’s Friends Charitable Pet Foundation

410 W. 55th St
New York, NY 10019
(888) 465-7387

Frankie’s Friends is a non-profit foundation dedicated to finding cures and saving pets with cancer and other catastrophic diseases.

New Yorkers for Clean, Livable and Safe Streets

353 West 48th St. Suite 303
New York, New York 10036
(212) 626-6991

NYCLASS is an animal advocacy not-for profit focused on improving the quality of life for the animals of NYC.  Its main mission is to end the carriage horse industry and to promote clean, safe, more modern alternatives.

our 5 picks


236 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10001
(212) 683-2929

Ilili, NYC’s premiere Lebanese restaurant, serves up traditional plates from Lebanon with a Mediterranean twist.  In addition to the menu, candlelight, an international wine list and a live DJ allow this restaurant to combine the feel of Old Lebanon with modern Midtown New York.

Zagat Rated: 93%

Beauty & Essex
146 Essex St.
New York, New York 10002
(212) 614-0146

Through the backdoor of a faux pawnshop, nestled in the LES, lies the towering Beauty and Essex.  Similar to its predecessor The Stanton Social, B&E offers internationally inspired small share plates, expertly crafted by Executive Chef Chris Santos.  House infused cocktails can be enjoyed in the two bars and two lounges, and ladies are treated to complimentary champagne in the powder room.

Zagat Rated: 75%

9 Ninth Avenue
New York, New York 10014
(212) 929-4844

New York landmark Pastis is a French bistro from the mind of Keith McNally, located in the Meatpacking district.   The menu is built on hearty Provençal dishes and moderately-priced bistro fare. The bar serves up wide variety of beverages, but specializes in several varieties of pastis, an anise-flavored aperitif from the south of France and the restaurant’s namesake.

Zagat Rated: 83%

Da Silvano

260 Sixth Avenue
New York, New York 10014
(212) 982-2343

Serving up Cucina Toscana (or Tuscan Cuisine) with a rock n’ roll edge, Da Silvano marries the food of Tuscany with the energy of New York City.  Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, Da Silvano offers a menu built on seasonal produce and daily specials.  It’s also a great spot for people watching in their out-door cafe that sprawls down 6th Avenue.

Zagat Rated: 82%

The Dutch
131 Sullivan St.
New York, New York 10012
(212) 677-6200

Whether you’re looking for brunch, dinner or an expertly crafted cocktail, The Dutch on Sullivan Street is ready to provide.  From salads to steaks to fried chicken and pie, The Dutch elevates American cuisine and beverage to a new level.

Event Spaces/Venues
our 5 picks

The Mandarin Oriental Hotel

80 Columbus Circle
New York, New York 10023
(212) 805-8800

Boasting one of the most impressive views of Central Park, The Mandarin Oriental Hotel is located in New York City’s heart, Columbus Circle.  Every room offers a glorious vista of the city.  This 5 Star stunner that has quickly become a example of class and style in Manhattan hotels.

L’Olivier Floral Atelier

19 East 76th St.
New York, New York 10021
(212) 774-7676

Renowned floral designer Olivier Guigni’s two Manhattan-based stores provide breathtaking contemporary floral arrangements for gift giving, entertaining, weddings and events. Truly a hidden gem, L’Olivier is best know for their breathtaking flowers, but for the privileged few it can become a small but magical event space.

Cipriani Wall Street
55 Wall St.
New York, New York 10005
(212) 699-4099

Greek revival architecture is the inspiration for Cipriani Wall Street’s 70-foot Wedgewood dome ceilings and monolithic columns.  This impressive landmark formerly housed The New York Stock Exchange, The New York Merchants Exchange and National City Bank.

Gansevoort Hotel Meatpacking NYC

18 Ninth Avenue
New York, New York 10014
(212) 206-6700

Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC Hotel offers respite to those enjoying the shopping, drinking and dancing, who can’t bear to leave the neighborhood.  In addition to Juliet balconies, plush magenta velvets and linen, this hotel boasts a spa, a rooftop pool and of course bars and lounges that rival all others in the Meatpacking district.

The Standard High Line, Rooftop

848 Washington St.
New York, New York 10014
(212) 645-4646

18 floors above the famed NYC Highline and the Hudson river, sits the rooftop above The Standard Highline.  Covered in “grass” and adorned with a plunge pool, crêperie, and a 35-foot bar, this is the park for those seeking higher altitude and a cocktail.

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