If you’re hungry and near SoHo, you simply must try out Mamo Le Michelangelo. The five-star restaurant on the French Riviera has now come to SoHo. The SoHo location will be run by Mike Mammoliti, the son of owner Herve Mammoliti. The name will be Mamo.
As Mike Mammoliti, only 33, said “Opening a restaurant in New York City has always been my dream. In some ways, this is more difficult than opening my own restaurant, because I know people will judge every dish and compare it to my father’s.”
Customers should expect to find only the best from Chef Massimo Sola. They can enjoy carciofi e misticanza ($16), rigatoni with meatballs and sausage ($18), and a truffle ravioli in a light cream sauce ($24). Bigger entrees include osso buco on smashed potatoes ($26) and a roasted chicken for two ($46).
There are so many hidden gems in SoHo that it’s certainly hard to get to know all of them. One of them is at the Museum of Chinese in America where the work of Tyrus Wong is displayed. At 104 years of age, he is an artist born in Guangdong province, China who was raised in Sacramento and Los Angeles. Mr. Wong was actually noticed by Walt Disney in the 30s and 40s for his landscape paintings that served as the “visual development” for the animated film “Bambi.”
Visitors to the museum will see many of Wong’s kites which he has been making and flying on the beaches in California for decades.
Now here’s an idea that people may want to take note of. The Trump SoHo New York is offering custom skywriting proposals. Here’s how it works. You arrange with the Trump hotel to stay in one of their suites. Gazing out of the window to the sweeping New York skyline, you’ll then see a customized “Will you marry me?” or “I love you” aerial message written in the sky. If you book the Trump SoHo Sky-High Engagement package you’ll get an overnight stay and a bottle of Trump Winery sparkling wine to toast to each other.
Of course, you can talk to the special event team at the Trump SoHo to see about getting in-room flowers, special treatments at their spa and more. Of course, this is only for those who can fork over the cash when they say “I Love You.” The package starts at $6500. Check it out and say it with style!
New York is always bursting with activities, and one of the most recent ones will be worth a visit for those who enjoy fashion photography. “Richard Prince: Fashion” will open at the Nahmad Contemporary in New York. This is the first time that all nine of the images in Prince’s famous fashion series will be displayed together as one set.
The pictures were taken between 1982 and 1984. Prince’s style is to crop, filter and then redisplay the images which creates a close-up head shot of each woman. Their faces and vision are always partially obscured by sunglasses or bangs or a hat, creating questions about “art and authorship, as well as our complicity in consumerism.”
Read more about the exhibit and go and have a peek.
It’s certainly fun to know something about the artists around us in SoHo and the surrounding areas. And one such artist is Jill Platner. Her sculpture website has adorable pictures where she puts her own dog next to her sculptures to show their size and scope. Have a look and enjoy. As she explains about her sculptures, “They all spin. When they are hung outside, they move with the wind. I am fascinated by movement, mechanics and the way things go together.”
In terms of her own living arrangements and study, Platner got very lucky. While a 21 year old student at the Parsons School of Design, she fell in love with a TriBeCa restaurateur and together they moved into a loftlike fourth-floor walk-up in NoHo. When they broke up, she got to keep the place and she has been there ever since.
She opened her Crosby Street jewelry store in 1998 and she makes most of her sculptures in the building next door to her in a three-level carriage house. She assembles most of her sculptures in her loft, however, since they are so large.
She is definitely one of the neighborhood artists worth checking out.
If you’re in the market for hip glasses, you can now enjoy Dita. The West Coast eyewear brand has not come to SoHo. Founders John Juniper and Jeff Solorio have opened their first flagship store on Lafayette south of Houston.
As they said, “We feel our customers enjoy shopping in Soho even if they live up town or visit New York. Eyewear is a very personal item therefor we want our customers to enjoy their shopping experience in a relaxing environment; a large space downtown with large windows was a natural choice.”
They currently have three stores in Newport Beach, LA and Tokyo and now they are adding the SoHo addition. The brand has been active since 1995, now plans to open a manufacturing facility in Sabae, Japan. The glasses take almost eight months to make and range in retail price from $390 to $1000 for the Lancier series.
Some of you may remember when Beyonce wore a pair of Dita glasses in her 7/11 video. These retailed for $375. Come in soon and enjoy a chance to be like Beyonce.
If you love cats and enjoy pastries – you’re in luck now in SoHo. Meow Parlour has just opened and this is New York City’s first permanent cat cafe. Yes, you heard that correctly.
Meow Parlour comes from two bakery owners who already have Macaron Parlour. They have partnered with KittyKind, a rescue group for cats, to create a place for people to get pastries and check out the adoptable cats.
As Meow Parlour co-founder Emilie Legrand said, “Our goal is to have as many cats adopted as possible. Our partnership with KittyKind is very important to us.”
As many as 20 customers at a time can sit and relax here. But you’re charged for your time at Meow Parlour at the rate of $4 for every half our. There is a children’s hour as well for $6 per hour.
As Christina Ha, co-founder, said “Our space is designed with both people and cats in mind. I hope people are happy coming here; to enjoy some coffee and pastries, and to relieve some stress.”
At the moment the cafe, with the full name Meow Parlour Patisserie, is only open by appointment. They hope to start inviting walk-ins next month.