Airlines really have a way of putting you in your place when it comes to checking into your flight. Group 1 is never group 1 – the true group 1 is reserved for elite customers who have flown enough and paid enough money to the airline to earn the privilege of bypassing the normal queue. And if you’re in a group lower than that, you’re not even a real person, are you?
It used to be the case that getting access to the airport lounge could make you feel somewhat special. But even lounges come in tiers. United, for instance, operates two: a sad lounge for the masses, crammed with people eating pretzels and hummus, and a much nicer Polaris lounge reserved for those first class jet setters with status. It’s always a sad, humbling moment when you accidentally walk into the Polaris lounge, only to be turned away and redirected to the other one. If you’re lucky enough to be a part of the group that’s allowed into the United Polaris Lounge in Newark Airport, you’ll probably notice that it offers sit-down meal service, free of charge. Because self-service, buffet style dining is for the masses, the 1% have someone else serve them.
Summer life in the city seems to revolve around rooftops. The lines to gain entry into one are annoyingly long, and the fake hype that the doorman tries to drum up about the rooftop being at capacity is especially irritating. Luckily the secret’s not out yet about the rooftop at Sister City, a new hotel that opened recently in LES. It’s similar to other Millennial branded hospitality concepts like the Hoxton or the Public, where the emphasis is more on living your best life outside of the room, which is small, clean and functional, but not much more, and to spend your time on-site at the hotel’s attractive, communal spaces.
Eating well in Paris isn’t hard to do, but there are many ways to do it. You could go big and do something fancy at Alain Ducasse or nosh your way through croissants, cheese and tasty snacks. This guide to Paris is for those who like something more casual, the people who are fans of going to a bar with some atmosphere that also happens to make very good food, where you don’t have to dress up, and you can be in and out in less than 2 hours. Paris has perfected this style of eating, and so, with one exception, here’s a list of some places that do this very well.
Describing something as “grandmother’s cooking” brings to mind food that is humble and homey, perhaps not the most refined but made with a lot of heart. Rezdora, which is the word for grandmother in Modena, Italy, is the name of the new restaurant in Flatiron that is run by Stefano Secchi, who trained in the kitchen of Massimo Bottura’s Osteria Francescana, the world’s best restaurant in 2018. The grandmother in this kitchen, however, is no creaky old lady rolling meatballs by hand. She’s quite savvy and knows her way not only around the kitchen but also around the woods. As a result, the pasta at Rezdora is one of the best in New York City.
Middle Eastern food is experiencing a surge in popularity these days, particularly downtown. And like many new-wave ethnic restaurants, the food is more refined and inventive than what you might find in a more traditional restaurant. Two additions to this recent wave of modern Middle Eastern restaurants are 19 Cleveland and Shuka, both of which chose to set up shop in the Soho area. Expect to rub elbows with the trendy, fashion-y types who like their avocado toast with a little sprinkling of za’atar on top.