Wednesday, June 2, 2010

TRIBECA NEW RENTAL EXCLUSIVE! Fully Furnished Alcove Studio with Gorgeous Views!

Stunning, beautifully furnished alcove studio in an exceptional Tribeca location-303 Greenwich St.! The recently renovated property features large windows with sunny western gorgeous views of the Hudson River and the green of Washington Market Park. Enjoy all the comforts of this sophisticated, fully-stocked home in a fantastic full-service building. Amenities include: 24 hour doorman, laundry room, and roof deck. Just bring your toothbrush and move in to this fully furnished home, which is ready with all essentials, and start experiencing true NYC living in this fabulous neighborhood! Upon leaving the building you will find an array of wonderful cafes, restaurants, bars, shops, fitness clubs, etc. and major transportation (1,2,3,A,C,E,4,5,6) are all nearby. Asking $3500 furnished.

Call 310.678.3044 or email for an appointment!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Easter Weekend was absolutely beautiful here in NYC. The flowers have started blooming, the sun was shining, and people were out and about enjoying it all.
Below are a couple of pictures of the chocolate decorations the chefs at the Ritz-Carlton in Battery Park created for Easter. I always love seeing what they come up with! The 3rd picture is of flowers I bought last week to celebrate the arrival of Spring!



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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Ippudo-pretty amazing Ramen!

My first time here was in December on a cold day and I was surprised by how delicious it was. I had never really thought of Ramen before, besides the packages of Top Ramen my mom used to make.

Since that December day, I had tried to revisit and take my boyfriend a couple of times but even when showing up at 6pm (typically early), there would be an hour or more wait!

Finally last Saturday we decided to do whatever it took, including getting there at 5pm when they open for dinner. As we were approaching the block it's on (Fourth Ave & e. 9th) we saw a crowd of people out front which we realized was a line that reached the end of the block of people waiting for the restaurant to open! Our name was taken and we were told there would be a 20-30 minute wait, even when we got there at the time of opening! So we waited by the bar and did what anyone else would do, enjoyed some delicious sake!

Soon enough we were seated at the chef's bar that overlooked part of the cooking and plating which is always fun to see. Everything we had was absolutely scrumptious and I cannot wait to go back! It's also a fun and lively ambiance which is always nice. Overall, we enjoyed watching the dishes being prepared, eating, and hearing all the friendly greetings from everyone that worked there every time someone entered and left the restaurant!

Here are some photo highlights of what we enjoyed!

Shishito deep-fried japanese peppers

Some of the best short ribs I've ever had: Samurai Rib berkshire pork spare ribs, seasoned with soy based 'tare' sauce, served with kyoto seven-spice chili pepper

I tried the Shiromaru Hakata Classic - 'the original tonkotsu' soup noodles with slices of simmered berkshire pork, kikurage, red pickled ginger, menma, 1/2 hard boiled egg, sesame & scallions

Eric tried the Akamaru Modern- 'the original tonkotsu' soup noodles with ippudo's special sauce, miso paste and fragrant garlic oil, slices of simmered berkshire pork, cabbage, onions, kikurage & scallions

If you end up going or have been to Ippudo before, I would love to hear about your experience!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Spring is Here and it's Gorgeous!!!

One of my absolute favorite things about NYC is that when the weather starts warming up and the beautiful sun is shining, it feels like EVERYONE is outside and enjoying it as much as possible. As soon as the temperature passes 60 degrees, you can just feel the excitement, the joy, and the great energy. People are eager to get outside as much as possible, its awesome!

I've been taking advantage of the beautiful weather we are having by walking all around the city instead of taking the subway. Last night after a great dinner at my friend's place on w. 85th and Columbus, I decided to walk for a bit and ended up going all the way down to 42nd st. It hasn't been that long since I've been in the Time Square area, but I noticed so many changes, I was shocked! There seems to have been many closings of stores and restaurants and just as many new restaurants and stores in there place. It felt like I hadn't been there in years.

As I walked from block to block, I had so many memories come back to me of restaurants I had been to and buildings I've shown properties in, it made me realize just how many incredible memories I have of living in NYC. I also love that I've had wonderful experiences in so many different neighborhoods of NYC.

This morning I got an early start and I left the house around 7:30am and started walking to the office. I love being out and about this early in the morning! There is activity on the streets but it's still fairly quiet and I just love looking at all the beautiful architecture and walking down cobblestone streets while doing some window shopping. I was actually a bit surprised at how many people were in the cafes eating breakfast, taking their time and enjoying the morning. I passed a cute little cafe in Soho at 399 West Broadway (Broome St.) called Ground Support and decided to treat myself to a cup of coffee. I love finding new cute cafes! Here are some photos of it. If you are ever in Soho you should check it out. They also have some baked goods and sandwiches for lunch that sound delicious!

I hope you all enjoy this beautiful time of year and have a wonderful weekend with lots of Vitamin D!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

101 Warren, Tribeca

I recently represented the buyers for one of the Penthouse units at 101 Warren. They were an absolute pleasure to work with and I learned a lot from them by seeing their outlook on life and how great their success in love, family, and business has been. Here is their testimonial of working with me:

"We have been working with Viktoria Doma at Mark David for the past few years with great success. We were looking for a second residence in New York and had to entrust Viktoria to find what we wanted without our being in the City with her. Viktoria was instrumental in finding our first apartment in the neighborhood and the building that we loved. We were able to lease that apartment immediately and Viktoria stayed in touch with us knowing that our intention was to eventually purchase an apartment in that neighborhood.

Viktoria was always thinking of us and remained in contact with cards and thoughtful gestures that showed an incredible amount of excellent customer service and consideration. Because of Viktoria’s thoughtfulness and low key persistence, we did not hesitate to contact her the moment we were ready to purchase a new place. Once again, Viktoria understood exactly what we needed and helped us to find the perfect apartment in the neighborhood that we loved. It has been a complete pleasure working with Viktoria and the Mark David team and we would highly recommend them to our friends and family."

It's so great to hear such nice feedback!

Some photos of the view on a stormy day:

A moody but beautiful sunset-

Open North East view

I've also included the floorplan for those of you that love looking at floorplans like I do!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Snow Day Lunch

Yesterday during the beautiful snow day, I had a spontaneous lunch with 3 fantastic women from my office! We went to Balthazar on Spring and Crosby in Soho. We sat at a table by the window so I was still able to watch the beautiful snow! We went around 2pm and the restaurant was packed. The food is always fantastic and the ambiance is light, carefree, and pleasant.

I chose the Seared Salmon over creamy polenta with wild mushrooms and radicchio. It was so delicious! I was peer-pressured into sharing the fabulous desserts! We had the Profiteroles and the Chocolate Pot de Creme. They were both so yummy! Oh, and can't forget about the Cappuccinos!

If you are ever in Soho and wondering where to eat, Balthazar will not disappoint!

our amazing desserts and my cappuccino!

front of the restaurant

my 3 awesome friends from the office: Karla, Diana, Claudia-Thanks for the wonderful lunch!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Snow Storm

I've always loved the snow. I remember one of the first times I experienced being in the snow. It was in high school and one of my friend's family had a cabin in Big Bear. We went there in the winter for a weekend with a few friends and we just had so much fun!

Since I've lived in NYC there hasn't been a ton of snow storms...the first really big blizzard I experienced was in January of 2005. It was insane, when I was walking home from work the snow was past my knees! I had never experienced anything like that before!

I missed the snow storm that hit NYC in December because I had already gone to California for the Holidays. Although I was definitely enjoying the 80 degree LA weather, I was a little bummed about missing the snow storm! I had been hoping there would be another one this winter. It's just so beautiful to me! After the big storm that missed NYC last weekend, I thought there may not be another one this year.

So when I woke up this morning and it was snowing, I was excited and I have been staring out the window at my office just watching the snow all day...somehow I can't seem to stop watching it! Below are some pictures from my walk to the subway this morning, there wasn't that much snow yet. I want to go to Central Park tomorrow if possible and take some more pictures...not sure if I will get around to it though, and who knows how long the snow will stick around! I'm definitely enjoying the beauty of it for now. I hope those of you that are experiencing it are too!

The park near City Hall

Two kids playing