Articles by: Chelsea-Rae Abbate
A native New Yorker with a penchant for cutting edge trends, her interest and expertise traverses the world of food, beverage, travel, and fitness, Chelsea-Rae enjoys Jivamukti yoga, crossword puzzles, and soup dumplings. She frequently eats half of a pizza when she's having a rough day. Check out her food porn pics on instagram @crae_abbate.

by / on April 5, 2018 at 1:20 pm / in Food For Thought

Denino’s: A Staten Island Classic’s Second Outpost is Thriving in Greenwich Village

On the corner of Bleecker and MacDougal Street in Greenwich Village, a Staten Island landmark pizzeria has doubled down on its fantastic food, cozy atmosphere, and attentive service since opening two years ago. Considering the Staten Island location of Denino’s has been open since 1937, it’s no surprise that the Greenwich Village location is thriving, even in the competitive space […]

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by / on March 30, 2018 at 12:00 pm / in Get Cultured

The Dream Project Reimagines Shakespeare in a Trilingual, Modern Space

A darkened, fog-filled room with two ethereal white sheets and a thick, braided white rope is suspended from the ceiling. A trembling acoustic guitar greets you as you enter the theater, creating an eerie, other-worldly ambiance. The Dream Project, the newest endeavor by the Yonder Window Theatre Company, seeks to draw parallels between the current political climate and Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The text […]

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by / on March 29, 2018 at 11:20 am / in Food For Thought

Ocho Platos: A Different Kind of Pop-Up Shop

Far uptown, past the manic energy of Times Square, the upper crust elegance of Columbus Circle, the Afro-American culture and hip wine bars of Harlem, and one subway stop past Yankee stadium, lies a pop-up restaurant that represents New York cuisine in the way only a native New Yorker can. Samuel Lopez and his lovely partner Susan serve artistically plated […]

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by / on March 14, 2018 at 12:30 pm / in Food For Thought

Spice Things Up at Ugly Baby

I love spicy food. I put sriracha on my eggs and Marie Sharp on my pizza. I can’t eat pasta without red pepper flakes and Indian food is my go-to Sunday night delivery meal. To me, heat enhances the flavors in an already flavorful dish. Spicy Thai food, however, is a whole other level, where an accidental chili can send […]

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by / on February 28, 2018 at 1:15 pm / in Get Cultured

The Morrison Hotel Gallery Memorializes Bowie in Photo Exhibit

In a various state of undress, wide-ranging hair styles, makeup, facial hair, all different ages: this is how David Bowie is captured by the esteemed collection of photographers on display at the Morrison Hotel Gallery. The latest collection showcases the many facets of David Bowie in an intimate setting in SoHo. The Morrison’s three locations across the country, in Los […]

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by / on February 6, 2018 at 2:42 pm / in Food For Thought

Break Out of Your Dining Rut at Chouchou

A signless cavern on a well traversed block in the East Village, Chouchou brings to life the dual aesthetic of a Bedouin tent and a Renaissance dungeon feast. Mood lighting and rustic décor, paired with authentically crafted flatware and serving utensils make Chouchou a sexy, exotic way to break out of your current winter dining rut. The menu is simple: […]

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by / on January 16, 2018 at 2:35 pm / in Bottoms Up

Abbotsford Road Takes a New Approach to Coffee

Abbotsford Road isn’t your typical neighborhood coffee joint. Sure, its massive square footage in an industrial building in Gowanus definitely allows for a decent-sized weekend crowd of hip Brooklyn moms, or the laptop-toting freelancers who occupy the chic wooden tables during the week, but there’s a lot more there than meets the eye. Educating their customer base, importing the highest […]

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by / on January 8, 2018 at 11:05 am / in Food For Thought

Sushi by Bou Opens Up a New Iteration in Chelsea

A sophomore outpost of this speakeasy-style sushi restaurant has opened up in the labyrinth beneath the Jue Lan Club restaurant in Chelsea, and it’s just as big of a success as the Time Square flagship. Neon lights point the way down a few steps and through a funky, yet ominous stairwell covered from ceiling to floor in bright, mesmerizing graffiti. A […]

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by / on December 18, 2017 at 2:53 pm / in Home Sweet Home

Your Last Minute Guide to Holiday Gifting

It’s the time of year when the holidays sneak up on you, and you’re completely unprepared for the multitude of gifts you have to buy. Friends, family, co-workers, significant others – the list seems to grow every year, which means that you’re just getting more popular as time goes on. Congrats! Here’s hoping your holiday bonus matches your increasing popularity. […]

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by / on December 12, 2017 at 2:10 pm / in Food For Thought

Cibo e Vino Refreshes Its Menu and Appearance Just in Time for the Holidays

When you first walk into Cibo e Vino, an Italian restaurant and wine bar on the Upper West Side, you can’t help but be struck by the warmth that exudes from every corner of the dining room. High ceilings filled with orb-like lighting fixtures emit a gentle glow, and lush potted plants make you feel like you’re dining in an […]

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