Rubirosa Ristorante & other things starting with R

In New York City, eating downtown can be hard. Not because there’s a shortage of options but because there is an abundance of cool, inviting and delicious spots. Too many yummy restaurants, too little time. With all these options available the WORST THING EVER is when you pick a place and it turns out to be shit so I’ll be posting some dependable ones that I know and trust.

Rubirosa is the first because it’s the best, and such a foolproof option. My family deemed Rubirosa’s pizza “the best in New York City so far”. I’m not the harshest critique but they are.

The secret behind this much loved Italian-American restaurant and pizzeria is surely the use of owner AJ Papalardo’s 55 -year-old family recipe for thin crust pizza base. AJ is the son of Joe Papalardo who heads up the famous Staten Island pizzeria Joe and Pat’s. It’s no wonder Rubirosa was a hit with Nolita and East Village locals from the moment it opened.

Rubirosa is yet another restaurant that proves my theory for ordering food: when in doubt, choose the plate in the menu named after the restaurant. This pizzeria is generous in that you are allowed to half and half your pizza. I’ve tried five flavors. While all were delicious, the tie-dye pizza (vodka, tomato, pesto, and fresh mozzarella) came second only to the Rubirosa Supreme (tomato, mozzarella, pepperoni, mini meatball, roasted garlic).

The staff’s generosity doesn’t end with the half and half offering, they are knowledgable, friendly and play outstanding music. They also come up with brilliant ideas like, “hey, why don’t you guys try the chocolate bread pudding?”


This dimly lit pizzeria sets the tone for a comfortable setting where quality time spent with loved one is encouraged. Keep in mind though that this place is popular so it’s packed by 6:30 the latest.

It’s funny how quickly Rubirosa’s pizza become the standard for my family. I was telling my sister about this incredible pie I had at Lazerpig in Melbourne the other day but before I could obsess over the mouthwatering toppings she was all like, “Yea. okay. but was it as good as Rubirosa?”

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Murray’s Bagels in Bagels and the City



When I think of romance in New York City I picture a fresh everything bagel stuffed with jalapeñ0 cream cheese, smoked salmon, tomato, red onion and capers. Is there a better way to start a Monday morning? Yes! Add a smoking hot drip coffee.

That’s why I’m producing a new TV show. It’s called Bagels and the City – not so original, but really educational content. The elevator pitch: Every Monday girl goes to a different bagel shop around the city. She eats. She waits.  When the shop closes and the wait staff put leftover bagels in a bag the girl bravely steals said bag. She passes out free bagels to people on New York City streets and goes to a dance party. She does it again next Monday.

First episode will be at Murray’s Bagels in Chelsea. The mother of all New York City bagel shops.

I’ve always known about Murray’s – everyone does – but I had never been. I’m not often in Chelsea and since there are delis on every corner of the city making the trek seemed unnecessary. But I was moving my sister into her NYC apartment and a trip to Bed Bath and Beyond was needed. They are so close to each other!

The thing about Murray’s is that it’s cool without wanting to be. The rustic details inside are minimal but plentiful. Bagels are hand rolled and made fresh every morning. They are so fresh in fact that they don’t toast their bagels. Even if you ask nicely.

Murray’s offers an array of bagels and cream cheeses. Sometimes a plain creme cheese is all you need, but most of the it’s better to try the adventurous flavours. You’ll find everything from scallion cream cheese to sun dried tomato and garlic to strawberry. Jalapeño cream cheese will always be #1 in my heart. Also, their drip coffee is strong and a delicious friend to your bagel.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait until the first episode of Bagels and The City. I’m thinking of casting Jennifer Lawrence and maybe myself as her clumsy but funny and clever sidekick.

Murray’s Bagels
500 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10011, United States
(212) 462-2830

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Photo Journal: New York City

One of my favorite things to do while we were in New York was steal jack’s noise cancelling headphones, blast Frank Turner and roam the streets of the city taking photos. This year we arrived in New York just in time for the last snow fall of winter, stayed to see the cherry blossoms bloom and left when the sunlight drenched summer days started.

This is part one of my NYC photo journal. I miss it so much.

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