Ellen Swandiak Meet the author New York
Lifelong New York resident Ellen Swandiak first became enamored with NYC while attending Parsons School of Design. She is the founder of Hobnob Magazine where she reports on all her loves: food, drink, style, fun – and parties. She can often be spotted, camera in hand, at stylish restaurants and bars, tasting events, and art openings, with her designer eye on the lookout for all that is clever.
"There's always something new to look forward to in New York."
What Ellen loves most about New York:
"New York City is a place that’s always changing, so there is always something new to look forward to. I love staying abreast of new restaurant openings, art shows, the latest in cocktail preparations, and design, design, design. It’s also a great walking city, which is a great way to soak up the vibe and get around town quickly."
Ellen's perfect day in the city might look like this:
"The beginning of my perfect day would start with downing a few coffees (made with special beans from the local coffee shop), then I would head over for a mid-morning gyrotonic session at Sal Anthony’s Movement Salon. Since my muscles are often tight, I love working out on the gyrotonic machines here, which not only provide a workout, but also they stretch as you go. I always leave feeling invigorated and happy.
After a quick shower and outfit change, I would catch up with one of my good friends for a healthy, interesting lunch at abcV, Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s new veggie-focused restaurant and start off with their famous kabocha squash dip.
Apres lunch, we would head uptown to view the latest exhibit at Metropolitan Museum of Art. There is so much to see in this museum you could never tire of its collections. While there, I would make sure to stop and view one of my favorite paintings, Joan of Arc by Jules Bastien-Lepage, and stroll through the ancient jewelry section once again.
On my way back home, I would make a pitstop into Murray’s Cheese, at the Grand Central location, to pick up some goodies for three friends that are coming over to my apartment, and load up on some nibbles: cheeses, charcuterie, nuts, figs, olives, a nice baguette. The store is in the Grand Central Market, which has everything you could ever want—so one stop shopping! The snack is meant to tide us over till dinner, but first we are all headed to see the latest dancer performance at the Joyce Theater. Afterwards, a late dinner at Beatrice Inn would make a fantastic sequel. We’d order a bunch of dishes to share, like the IPA Battered Dates with smoked wild boar, whole grain mustard or Savory Plum Tart. For the shared entree perhaps the Applewood Smoked Rabbit For Two.
The perfect ending to the day would be enjoying a nightcap at Dear Irving, seated at the bar with TomR. They specialize in well-prepared cocktails, and will invent something to your tastes upon request. They’re open late, so we can take our time, hang out at the bar and maybe make a few new friends."