This past week, I headed to the heart of Times Square to check out Uptown Swirl—a new frozen yogurt and creperie shop in the bustling area. The real estate market in Manhattan is pretty competitive, so I half expected to walk into a tiny, cramped space. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find a two-floor establishment bathed in hues of mint green, purple and silver.

A few weeks ago, I crossed the Hudson River to Jersey City, NJ for dinner at Thirty Acres. Only a few blocks from the PATH train at Grove Street station, the restaurant is easily accessible from Manhattan and located in a cute neighborhood perfect for walking around as you wait for your table.

Last night, I went to an event at SD26—a contemporary Italian restaurant right across the street from Madison Square Park. I had walked by the eatery several times in the past, but once I entered the space, I was very surprised by its size.

Tucked away below street-level in Greenwich Village, Zinc Bar offers a candlelit spot to consume cocktails and enjoy nightly performances by a variety of jazz musicians. The low-ceilinged bar also plays jazz tunes throughout the night, but if you head to the back of the space, you can see a live show as well.


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