GIULIA T. TOGNA
ON THE ART SIDE OF NYC
Italian by birth, Giulia has been living in New York since 2012. Fascinated with the city’s frenzy vibe, she moved there to become part of one of the most exciting art scenes worldwide. Currently working for a major Modern Art gallery, she also takes on independent projects with emerging artists, spending most of her time with young painters, photographers, filmmakers and architects. Her favorite places in the city share beautiful decors, cozy atmosphere and a clientele which is mostly composed by new yorkers and young creatives. Let yourself be charmed and inspired!
Located in the Lower East Side, this is one of my favourite restaurants in town. Great Japanese cuisine with an American twist, cool interiors and reasonable prices.
Delicious French-American cuisine in a warm setting that takes you back in time. Dark wood counter, checkerboard tiled floors, framed caricatures hang to walls: nothing changes in this bistrot beloved by artists and writers in the early 20th century, and this is its beauty!
A cosy restaurant with warmly lit interiors located in the West Village. Perfect both for a chilly winter dinner and for a summer night out (there’s a lovely ivy-covered patio!).
A “supper club” where I go to when I’m in the mood for Jazz music, one of my greatest passions!
Hidden behind a coffee shop in Chelsea, this speakeasy intends to evoke – with its damask wallpaper and silk couches – the feeling of a Lost Generation social club. Go for an elaborate cocktail and jazz music. P.s. theoretically walk-ins are welcome until capacity is reached, but I would recommend making a reservation.
THE NOMAD HOTEL
I usually come to this hotel to have a drink at their Elephant bar. A balanced mix between a club and elegant lounge, it is dominated by a magnificent 24-foot-long mahogany bar. Their cocktails are super!
Inspired by the atmosphere of classic Jazz Age Parisian boîtes, this “subterranean jazz club” (as they define themselves) is housed in the cellar of the Roxy hotel in Tribeca. Surely one of my favourite ones together with Minton’s!
MET ROOF GARDEN CAFE
I’m a devoted art lover so no wonder that one of my favourite rooftops in town is MET’s one! Come here for a cocktail on a summer night to enjoy one of the greatest views over the city’s skyline.
The leading contemporary art centre in New York, this exhibition space displays works from both up and coming artists and adventurous new works by established ones. If you happen to be in the city during summer season, check out their “Warm Up” program, a series of Saturdays dedicated to live and electronic music!
GAVIN BROWN’S ENTERPRISE
It’s the first major contemporary art gallery that has opened in Harlem! Its program involves artist talks and music performances aiming to connect the gallery with the neighbourhood and its culture.
MAGAZZINO ITALIAN ART
Located in the Hudson valley, this brad new warehouse (it has opened its doors in June 2017) displays Post-war and Contemporary Italian art. The admission is free but on appointment only! Totally worth the drive (it’s one hour by car or by train from the city)!
NEW MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
If you are fond of contemporary art, this place is just perfect for you! Founded in 1977 by Marcia Tucker, it’s the only cultural institution in New York entirely devoted to contemporary art from all other the world!
There’s nothing quite like spending a sunny afternoon on the city’s only elevated park. A former rail track abandoned in 1980, the 1.45-mile-long strip was resurrected in 2009 and turned into one of the most original parks in the world. Check out their tours on the website!
THE HIGH LINE HOTEL
Set in the 19th-century seminary of an Episcopal Church, this charming boutique hotel will bring you back in time. Its 60 rooms are decorated with Victorian and Edwardian antiques, sourced from East Coast warehouses and flea markets.
By walking in this place, you have the feeling of stepping inside a 1920s movie theatre rather than a standard hotel lobby. Located in Tribeca and renovated in September 2015, it should definitely be on your bucket list if you’re looking for a hip place to stay.