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This week we’re highlighting FOUR cool new bars & cafes, sharing where to get your take-out turkey dinner and introducing you to our cool new friend: Madison Snider Podprika of Fewer Finer.

Culture Corner

Baby Blues Luncheonette

Wburg’s newest cafe, Baby Blues Luncheonette, is NOW OPEN! There are a few reasons why we can’t wait to stop by…and not just that they are serving Sweet Pickle Books pickles! The bright interiors & perfect lunch menu will be drawing us back each time we’re in the neighborhood. Head to 97 Montrose Ave everyday but Tuesday for brekkie and lunch. 

Bar Francis

As Park Slope-ers, we were so excited to see that our local cocktail bar, Sweet Polly, is opening up a new spot in Clinton Hill in collab with some of the city’s best coffee shops, Hungry Ghost. At 810 Fulton St., Bar Francis has the perfect location for a cocktail after a burger at Sisters. Catch us there on the cold nights to come this season. 

Butter Dose Cafe

We’re officially deeming East Village as the pastry shop capital of the city. The newest spot to be added to the star-studded mix is Butter Dose Cafe on 13th and 2nd ave. Their orange wasabi cream puffs are calling our name…stop by everyday from 8a-9p.

The Little Pig

Boerum Hill just got a cute new spot for cocktails: The Little Pig! The new bar on Atlantic Avenue is full of charm and color (and of course cocktails.) Follow along on instagram as they softly open!


If you’re looking for a reason to stop by the West Village on Thursday afternoons…this is it. Fonzie’s Pizza is a limited-time, take-out-only pizza pop-up from chef Ed Cotton and is operating out of Cotton’s West Village wood-fired new American concept, Jack & Charlie's no.118. You’ll be able to snag a lunch-time 12” pie every Thursday from 12-2p – there will always be a Margherita ‘za on the menu, and the specialty pie will rotate bi-weekly.


Hair shop & library, Salon, is turning one! The wburg spot is celebrating with a proper bday party - tunes, cake, stick & poke’s and all. Stop by 224 Roebling Street tomorrow from 7-10p to get in on the action. PS - to book a tattoo, you’ll need to email in advance!

LOOK (at art)

Wansoo Kim at Greenwich House Pottery

If you’re a fan of intricate and quirky ceramics, don’t miss Vessels, a show at Greenwich House Pottery featuring the work of Wansoo Kim. On view until December 16th, Vessels showcases a selection of work which is most interesting on the INSIDE…in other words, you just have to see it for your self at 16 Jones Street in the West Village. 

Ronald S. Lauder Collection at the Neue Gallery

The Neue Gallery’s cafe may be one of the cities best semi-secrets, but this new show featuring over 500 works from the museums’ co-founder is one we want to shout from the rooftops. The exhibition provides insight into one of the finest private collections in the world and showcases the mindset of a passionate lifelong connoisseur of art. On view now through February 13th. Stop by Cafe Sabarsky for a Viennese coffee on the way out. 


To our Brooklynite readers sticking around the city this Thanksgiving…let some of our favorite spots help you out! Whether you’re bringing a dish to a potluck or staying cozy at home, consider snagging a pre-made meal, side or dessert from these 3 BK staples: 

Cool Friends: Madison Snider Podprika

Meet Madison, founder of jewelry brand, Fewer Finer. Madison’s work is delicate, and is complimented by her supreme taste in vintage jewelry and other collectables she sells through her company. One of our favorite parts about Madison is how her fun and personable check-ins on instagram make her work, and fine jewelry altogether, down to earth. We caught up with Madison to dive a little deeper into how Fewer Finer became a reality.

How did you start your fine jewelry brand, Fewer Finer?

I started Fewer Finer with a passion for delicate fine jewelry and a drive to create a brand of my own. I was at a point in my life where I felt ready to put my full self into the work of designing a brand. Fewer Finer has grown in a very organic way that - from the beginning - has felt unique and true to who I am. In building the business, I took it step by step,starting in areas where I was initially comfortable (gold and diamonds)and expanding into more verticals as my knowledge grew (bridal,vintage, watches, etc.) 


What’s your favorite part about the New York creative community?

I have lived in NYC for ten years. The NY creative community is the only community I’ve contributed to enough as a creator that I have been able to feel part of it. My favorite thing about our community is the anonymity. That isn’t to say that it is not welcoming, inspiring, and challenging - also things I love, but the huge volume of talent that floods this city allows each person in the community a certain lack of spotlight as they grow into themselves as a creator. For me, that was important in the beginning as I was learning about the industry of fine jewelry and figuring out my place in it. I think the anonymity of the creative community in NYC allows people to take chances, try new things, and feel unafraid of judgment in failure - all of these things were helpful to me and I know they have major influence on the talented, confident, and original creators that call this city home. 


What’s inspiring you right now?

Time away from work and social media and the busyness of summer is really inspiring me at this moment. I am just returning from a month of my wedding and honeymoon and the break from the city, and my regular routine has given me such a breath of fresh air! I love the fall season, the change of everything, and it’s really giving me excitement for what I am doing right now.


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