Have you ever stood on the Metro-North train platform on a Saturday morning and seen groups of people looking like they are ready for a bike race? They are most likely heading upstate to take advantage of a number of bike paths and trails found just outside the city.
One of these rides begins in Brewster, NY. Metro-North runs approximately once at hour on the weekends to this town in Putnam County. From the train station, it is one mile to the entrance and start of the Putnam Trailway.
The Monkey Cup has arrived in Harlem. The coffee shop, with its forest theme including leaf ceiling and stylish hanging lights is a welcome new addition to Central Harlem.
Harlem Hops, located on between 133rd and 134th streets on Adam Clayton Powell Avenue is a must visit beer hall if you are uptown Manhattan.
The beer hall has feels roomy with plenty of seats and space to stand and hangout with friends. Harlem Hops also has a backyard patio with a few chairs and tables if you want to take advantage of nice weather.
Lyndhurst Mansion is around a 45 minutes train ride on Metro-North from Grand Central Station. Off-peak roundtrip train tickets will cost around $21. A quick taxi ride from the Tarrytown train station to the mansion entrance is $7. A one hour small group guided tour of the mansion is $18. While this day trip upstate will cost you around $50, I would recommend it for the architectural and New York history as well as just walking around the grounds and taking pictures.
The Roosevelt Island Tramway is a low cost way to grab some nice ariel photos of the Upper East Side, Downtown Manhattan and Queens.
Momix is a visual meal from a Michelin starred restaurant. The menu starts with an amuse-bouche in the form of Pleiades where a trio of dancers and their double headed batons transform the stage.
Restaurant week is an opportunity to sample new cuisines, broaden culinary palates or simply get into higher end restaurants without breaking the bank.
I visited Aureole in midtown Manhattan for a weekday lunch. The restaurant wasn’t too crowded but it’s always good to make reservations in advance. A new element to restaurant week is the ability to have a meal with or without dessert (difference in price is $26 vs. $32 for lunch.)
Lime Bikes, the dockless bike-sharing company has not yet made its way into New York City. Lime is among a number of start-ups all vying to get into the city. Current options in the city remain docked Citi bikes and bike rentals around NYC. However, I am excited for the future prospect of the on-demand model as well as a mixture of pedal and electric scooters and bikes.
Improving upon an already delicious cocktail, The Tux can be thought of as a refined Old Fashioned. Originally provided to our Refined Chef site by Hanson Dry Bar in Clinton Hill – Brooklyn, NY
The former New York and Putnam railroad has been reborn into a nicely paved pathway that is ideal for distance workouts. I use the trail for bike rides but LSD (long slow distance) day runs would also work.
I split the workout into 3 segments (with one additional option to get home.)