Castell Rooftop Lounge Spring Launch was incredible
April 26, 2019

Hiiii. It’s beginning to look a lot like rooftop season!!!

Castell NYC Rooftop Lounge is the definition of cozy leisure. It is a spot where you would want to bring your friends for the views of the Big Apple at an elevated level as the ambience will blow you away. You can opt to sit outside on the patio on a nice sunny day and the sunrays will give you enough radiant beams to snap the right angles. There is also the option of sitting by the fire as you can volunteer to be the photographer for others because a selfie will not cut it get a full body pic. You’ll thank me later or you can sing your best rendition of Alicia Keys the note “this girl is on fireeeeeee.”

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Last night a new name for a Spring drink was introduced at the Spring launch party. There were many submissions but only one can take home the glory and bragging rights of having a namesake drink in a splashy establishment. In addition to that perk the winner receives their namesake drink for free upon every visit for a year. The ‘What She’s Having’ contains Greenhook Gin, Greenhook ‘Beach Plum’ Gin, hibiscus, fresh lemon and Cava.

That is a cool and innovative way to engage with patrons andddd (insert a drum roll please) the name of the drink is ‘What she’s having.’ Clever, rightttt it gives you the wow factor but as you order it you have to picture the scenario. Bartender: “What can I get you?” You, Me, Him, Her: I’ll have the… (wait for it…) What she’s having.” The crowd gasps the exchange is both ingenious and cute to me if you haven’t figured it out yet. (Smile) Who kept the tunes going all night long? None other than [Instagram] @djrichkid I hope he becomes a resident DJ as he kept me dancing the night away and bopping in my section when my food came. Curtsy to you as the dance floor was never vacant with moving feet and swaying arms.

Finish Line

Imagine inviting your friends out for drinks and you are squad goals. I’m that friend, family member and person that would remind and ask everyone if they knew an awesome person named the drink they had. In Smokey’s voice “that’s my dawg.” Lol. I do it all the time to my sister Project Pattie who is an Executive Chef. “Did you know my sister made that with ounces of love because it’s made from stratch?” I am her biggest fan.

Onto the food at Castell NYC Rooftop Lounge the french fries were pure stomach joy as they were already seasoned and aioli sauce accompanied it on the side. Both ways are a YES and the aioli sauce gave it a mpre flavorful kick. I also ordered the chicken skewer which comes with avacado on a half toasted pita with a salad on the side.

The greenery that surrounds the rooftop makes it earthy, serene and a place to be socialable. The sophisticated chic atmosphere is much due to the decor as it feels as if you are welcomed and have been escorted into the living room for tranquility as you are surrounded by beautiful vibes and people.

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Samuel Hill, the manager and the man behind many talents, excellent hospitality and superb overall professionalism is the reason for this establishment’s success. When picking a location to catch up with friends location, inclusivity and the desire to have a good time all the while show everyone that you did with a subtle check this spot out post or tweet. Castell NYC Rooftop Lounge is located in the heart of Times Square inside the AC Hotel NY Times (260 W 40th St. NY, NY 10018) on the 21st floor.

The selection of food and drinks will capture the eyes on the menu and win your stomach over with each bite. Another added bonus is that they even took the liberty to make 2 signature drinks for those who choose to partake in alcoholic beverages.

Carol’s Daughter

If you dare to visit let us know your thoughts and what you ordered.

[Instagram: @castellnyc and me @chanelspeedy.]

One last request while you are at Castell Rooftop Lounge either two step one time for me or do it for Lil’ Saint. 🙂

Herve Leger

Don’t forget to hashtag your experience #castellnyc

To my readers, stay splashy!

Bergdorf Goodman (Neiman Marcus)

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La Grata is making a splash in the South Bronx
November 6, 2016

Chef Erminio Conte

Hiii splashy readers I have to tell you about this one time I told everyone to look out my dab after tasting the Trenette Al Pesto Genovese pasta. Haha. Ok let’s hit the rewind button on this Splash Out I was honored to be a guest for the tasting of the new pizzoteca’s menu and boy was it a delightful casual fine dining experience. 

Baked Ziti

La Grata an Italian eatery and pizzeria is in the heart of The South Bronx serving a variety of scrumptious gourmet soft crust firewood pizzas, fresh pastas, salads and desserts. Executive Chef Erminio Conte a native from Italy is the master behind the establishment that brings comfort food to New Yorkers. La Grata is located at 136 Alexander Avenue (on E 134th Street) in Port Morris bringing family tradition passed down through food. 

Nutella pizza

Conte imported two ovens from Southern Italy port of Naples to add authenticity to the Italian cuisines. The unique decor ranges from the tasteful artwork that decorates the walls to the artsy bronze basketball hoop that hangs in the back of the establishment gives off a chill vibe to dine with family or friends. This laid back setting eatery has been approved by New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony as he tweeted “Check out #LaGrata Pizzeria in #SouthBronx for that authentic slice.”

Chanel Speedy’s favorites were: the Carbonara pizza (white pizza with bacon and eggs) it was simply amazing! I love bacon so need I state more. 

The Trenette Al Pesto Genovese pasta (basil, pine nuts, romano cheese and extra virgin olive oil with fresh trenette made daily) had everyone dabbing as it was pure stomach joy! 

The Ricotta Cheesecake (traditional Italian cheesecake with local ricotta) comes in a really cute mason jar and it is topped with whipped cream and strawberry drizzle. Let’s just say you will NOT want to share this with anyone and it may cause you to get distracted if you are in a conversation. 

I recommend La Grata great food, great ambiance, excellent service and well priced food. Don’t just take my word for it visit and tell me what your favorite dish is. La Grata hours of operation are Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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