Mav’s Fab 5 – August 21st, 2012

Mac N’ Cheese Spots
our 5 picks

345 East 12th St.
New York, New York 10003
(212) 358-7912

An entire East Village eatery devoted to all things Mac n’ Cheese, S’Mac brings this all-American side dish to the forefront.  If you want four-cheese, they can do that.  Internationally inspired? Not a problem. From Masala to Mediterranean they reinvent their dish to represent many cultural flavor profiles. They’ll even mix mac ‘n cheese in your cheeseburger.  What more, they offer vegan and gluten-free options, so there really is a S’mac for everyone!

Zagat Rated: 88%

119 Seventh Ave.
New York, New York 10011
(212) 414-1717

This west village hot spot is open 24/7 serving up American comfort food with a contemporary twist.  A place to see and be seen, Cafeteria has been a NYC staple for 16 years.  Their mac n’ cheese comes as a trio or stuffed inside spring rolls!

Zagat Rated: 75%

City Bakery
3 West 18th St.
New York, New York 10011
(212) 366-1414

Two floors of bakery, coffee bar, café and cafeteria, City Bakery marries the art of French baking with the style of the American neighborhood bakery in Union Square.  Their menu is vast and delicious (especially their mac n’ cheese) and they even have their own Hot Chocolate Festival!

Zagat Rated: 86%

131 Rivington St.
New York, New York 10002
(212) 260-4555

A sister restaurant to Pastis, Balthazar and Minetta Tavern, Schiller’s is another Keith McNally creation.  Their casual continental menu paired with inexpensive wines by the glass and house cocktails make this LES gem a neighborhood favorite.  The 2011 Michelin guide recommended them and so do we!

Zagat Rated: 78%

Blue Smoke
116 East 27th St.
New York, New York 10016
(212) 447-7733

Danny Meyer brings authentic pit barbeque to the Flatiron district of NYC with Blue Smoke.  They offer BBQ styles representing St. Louis to Memphis, and North Carolina to Texas. The food here is so mouth-watering that they’ve opened a second location, a bakery and jazz club, not to mention inspiring the creation of the Big Apple BBQ each summer in the city. We recommend ordering your BBQ with a heaping side of macaroni and cheese.

Zagat Rated: 86%

our 5 picks

Belle Fleur
134 Fifth Ave.
New York, New York 10011
(212) 254-8703

One part exquisite floral arrangements, one part high end fragrances for every part of your life, Belle Fleur has all your olfactory needs covered.  Their immaculate eye for design and complete understanding of all things botanical makes this a clear leader in the New York flower scene.

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.

Rosa Rosa
831 Lexington Ave.
New York, New York 10065
(212) 935- 4706

After twenty-five years of floral design, Rosa Rosa still provides creative, innovative, inspired bouquets for any occasion.  Though their name-sake and specialty is roses, they are experienced in providing the freshest flowers of all kinds.

Renny and Reed
505 Park Ave.
New York, New York 10022
(212) 288-7000

As the in-house florist for the St. Regis Hotel, Renny and Reed has been providing the most beautiful floral designs on Park Avenue for more that forty years.  Their recipe of design rests on three basic principles: style, design and drama, and this recipe works!

1411 Third Ave.
New York, New York 10028
(212) 717-8100

Part of the Eli Zabar Markets, Eli’s Flowers is all about the freshest flowers meeting your style.  They welcome customers to bring their favorite vases from home and then Eli’s staff will design a beautiful arrangement to fill them, and deliver them to you with seasonal blooms.

Dog Parks
our 5 picks

Riverside Dog Park 3
Riverside Drive at 105th St.
New York, New York
(212) 870-3070

Bring your dog to Riverside Dog Park 3, where he or she can enjoy unleashed fun in a safe, fenced environment.  Along with a separate small dog area, there are trees, benches and a lovely view of the river.

Riverside Dog Park 2
Riverside Drive at 87th St.
New York, New York
(212) 870-3070

Riverside Park has three dog runs, each with a large enclosed space for dogs to exercise and play.  Each run has been designed as a safe place for dogs to explore unleashed, with healthy plants, good drainage and safe lighting.

Carl Schurz Dog Park
157 East End Ave.
New York, New York 10028
(212) 459-4455

A favorite of many canine owners in the city, the Carl Schurz Dog Park offers a small dog run as well as a separate run for large breeds.  Known for being well maintained and clean, this doggie oasis offers benches for owners to relax while the pooches play.

Central Park
11 West 79th St.
New York, New York 10023
(347) 983-7780

In Central Park dogs are allowed off-leash before 9am and after 9pm, but in those in between hours, this dog run at 79th street is one of our favorites. As New York’s most famous park, Central Park offers tons of fun for owners and dogs alike.

East River Park Esplanade
East River and East 60th St.
New York, New York

East River Park, one of NYC’s well-known community funded dog parks will meet all your dog’s needs for fun and high-energy activity. With its separate small and large dog area, drinking water and dog-friendly soft surface, you and your dog will experience the outdoors with great views and areas for relaxation.

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