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OLIVER

STRAND captain of the Caffeinated Cool Kids

GIFTS FOR EVERY

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Where to

HOLIDAY GIFT & Travel Guide

EAT

DRINK

& TWERK

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A LETTER FROM

THE EDITOR

Hello there, Welcome to the Holiday Edition of Homme Du Jour! Homme Du Jour is a daily feature on http://www.fetedujuliet.com where talented men are given the floor to discuss their projects, missions and purpose. This issue is both a style and travel guide for New York City. Not only will we get to learn more about our favorite New York City based gentlemen but we also get to know more about their style and favorite spots in city. I prefer to travel off the beaten path and to really get to know a place by experiencing it like a local. Our hommes will give us special tours of Manhattan neighborhoods that will not only make you feel like a New Yorker but you’ll also feel like an old friend. And now that you’re friends they must be on your gift list. Don’t worry we’ve included gift guides on what to get every homme in your life and our guides have included suggestions of their own. The Fête team isn’t one to leave a stone unturned so created a supplementary guide to must-see places for your visit to New York. Organized by neighborhood you’ll easily find places to eat, drink and twerk.

Merci, Juliet

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JULIET

www.fetejuliet.com


MEET THE TEAM Berman Fenelus WHO: Berman Fenelus FROM: Coney Island, Brooklyn CURRENTLY: Bed Stuy, Brooklyn FAVORITE CITY: San Francisco FAVORITE PLACE IN NEW YORK: My roof in DUMBO Photographed The Cover and Taste Maker.

Find Him: http://www.bermanfenelus.com

Kye Ehrlich WHO: Kye Ehrlich FROM: Rhode Island CURRENTLY: Brooklyn FAVORITE CITY: Chicago FAVORITE PLACE IN NEW YORK: Cata, an amazing tapas bar in LES Photographed: Sweet Tour With A Sweet Guy, UR City, Latin Flavor, The Beat Goes On & The Editor’s Photo.

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MEET THE TEAM Kelsey Mossberg WHO: Kelsey Mossberg FROM: Lisbon, CT CURRENTLY: New Britain, CT FAVORITE CITY: Paris FAVORITE PLACE IN NEW YORK: Amy’s Breadshop and the random places she finds with her best friends. COVER & MAGAZINE DESIGN

Find Her: http://www.kelseymossberg.com/

Toni Rakestraw WHO: Toni Rakestraw FROM: Kent, Washington CURRENTLY: Springfield, Oregon FAVORITE CITY: London FAVORITE PLACE IN NEW YORK: Never been, but I’d like to visit the Museum of Natural History. PROOFREADING.

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WHAT’S IN THIS ISSUE

Your Holiday Guide to New York City

Homme Tours

14 Oliver Strand Freddy- Lower 25 East Side Letter from 3 the Editor

5 Contributors 7 Holidays in New York City New York City 9 Packing List

Homme

31 Abe-Chelsea 37 Fernando 45 Eljay

“Hood Tours” 55

Battery Park

59 SOHO Upper East 63 Side

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Holiday Calendar NOVEMBER

– JANUARY 12, 2014 New York Botanical Garden 2900 Southern Blvd. Bronx, NY 10458

RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL Radio City Christmas Spectacular

Until December 30th

Radio City Music Hall 1260 Sixth Ave Manhattan, NY 10020

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George’s Balanchine’s The Nutcracker

– JANUARY 4, 2014 New York City Ballet David H. Koch Theater, 20 Lincoln Center Manhattan, NY 10023

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New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show

Annual Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche

- January 6, 2014

Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Ave. Manhattan, NY


New York City during the holiday season is truly magical. The delicious scent of roasted chestnuts and the tree lights, ice skating and the festive energy from both locals and tourists. Your calendar can easily be packed with events and that can be a bit overwhelming. But lucky for you we’ve selected the most fun ones.

DECEMBER

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Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol -January 12, 2014 The Morgan Library & Museum 225 Madison Ave. Manhattan, NY

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The American Christmas Carol Golden Hat

Foundation - Carnegie Hall Golden Hat Foundation Carnegie Hall 881 7th Avenue Manhattan, NY

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BAM Next Wave Festival Brooklyn Academy of Music 30 Lafayette Ave. Brooklyn, NY

American Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker BAM Howard Gilman Opera House 30 Lafayette Ave

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A Charlie Brown Christmas Carnegie Hall

57th St. and Seventh Ave. Manhattan, NY

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3 pairs of shoes. Or more if you’re a Fete Fille but you will definitely need a pair of flats, sneakers and killer heels.


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Fernando Efrain Aciar Ruiz- West Village

HOMME TOURS Abe Sitt- Chelsea 11

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Freddy Harris III- Lower East Side Eljay Aguillo- Union Square

Oliver Strand- East Village

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OLIVER Fete Douz e - 12 Questions for Oliver Strand

STRAND

Photographed by: Berman Fenelus

Q-Thanks so much for sitting down with us! I know you’re super busy and have been traveling. Where have you recently been?

Q-New York’s coffee scene has evolved so much in the past few years where do you think it ranks now compared to other US cities?

I had four trips in four weeks: Norway, California, El Salvador, California again. I go to Pairs in two weeks, and I might need to to go back to France again soon after. My frequent flyer accounts like all this travel; my lower back doesn’t.

New York was a small, sleepy scene as late as 2008; there was tremendous excitement and growth for a couple of years, but then it leveled off. Now it’s picking up again, and in Midtown of all places. It’s revolutionary. For the most part, the best coffee spots were in the neighborhoods were the foodists live and eat - lower Manhattan, Williamsburg - but now they’re popping up where the grown-ups work, where millions of grown-ups work. Cutting-edge coffee is getting a whole new constituency. How does New York compare to other cities? It’s the country’s most energetic scene. It might not have the focus of San Francisco, or the earnestness of Portland, but it’s reaching the largest audience in the United States, and New Yorkers aren’t afraid to pay for quality. If it’s good, we’re in. Although the city to watch is Los Angeles - there’s a lot happening out there.

Q-If I wanted to take an educational coffee tour, where would you suggest I go and in what particular order? Domestic and International travel. Graduate seminar level? Oslo to experience the exceptional quality and art; Tokyo to bend your mind; and Los Angeles or Paris to see what a scene looks like when it’s ascendant. Then go to your local shop - now there’s one in every region in America - to check out how it all plays out in the cup. 13

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Q-I and many other people follow you on Twitter. I love that you reply to requests for coffee suggestions. Do you ever get tired responding?

countries in the world, and I saw some really good style in villages where most of the houses have dirt floors. Of course there’s barista fashion. It’s easy to make fun of it because it’s easy to identify, but I think it’s fantastic that Never. I love being the point man for those exchanges - I these busy professionals who don’t make a lot of money turn usually just retweet what’s tweeted at me - and registering the it on when they’re in public. I love that the person behind the responses. Like everything that happens on the internet, not counter is wearing a tie, or inked his or her arms into a work all of the advice is good, but some of it is extremely insightful, of art, or put some thought into what hat to wear. I like a little and it’s all interesting. I learn so much from those threads. swagger, and it’s fun to take in. It buzzes another receptor in my brain. Q-Now I actually discovered you through a fashion blog and I know that you’ve written for Vogue-how do Q-You’ve been described as a fanboy, coffeegeek, you think coffee relates to fashion? afficianado and an arbiter of taste. Do any of these Everything relates to fashion. I don’t mean that to sound glib: titles truly describe you? style and design is a part of every life, it’s more a question You forgot and kaffenerd (Norway) and kaffeekritiker (Germany). of whether or not you bring it. I should say, it’s not about money. I was in Ethiopia last year, one of the very poorest

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Q- Brooklyn vs. Manhattan. You’re a fan of the eateries in Brooklyn though you live in Manhattan. Do you think you and your appetite will ever make the move across the bridge? Real estate might make me move to Brooklyn. I lived in beautiful brownstone in Carroll Gardens when I moved to New York in 1997, then I moved into to a tiny, fantastic studio in the Lower East Side in 2001; now I’m in the West Village. I like the energy of Manhattan, and the convenience of it, but I don’t like the hyperactive rents and mercenary new developments. It makes me sad to see all these chain stores pushing out small businesses, but a massive drug store with underpaid employees or a major bank with ridiculous checking account fees can swing the rent that would sink an independent shop that pays its employees a living wage. There’s a butcher around the corner from where I live that’s important to my spiritual balance. When Florence Meat Market is priced out of the neighborhood, I’ll know it’s time to leave.

Q- You wrote a great article about the fact that a number of Michelin starred restaurants serve coffee from pods. This has always bothered me. Have you noticed any changes since the article has been published? Statistically, I have no idea. I bet there many more restaurants are now using capsules and pods. But anecdotally, I see that a number of great restaurants are putting serious thought into their coffee programs. I was just at the Restaurant at Meadowood in St. Helena, a three-star restaurant since 2010, and the chef, Christopher Kostow, recently completely rebooted the coffee program: good beans, amazing machines, custom-made ceramic coffee drippers that look like they were made by some small-town Swedish potter in the 1950s. From a business perspective, Kostow doesn’t need to to do any of that, but he’s driven by his art. Will his customers notice? Maybe. But he notices, as does his staff, as do a few kaffenerds. Q-Do you think of coffee as a social ritual. I’ve always wondered why there weren’t coffee parties. Because the bad decisions you make after a few drinks are more intimate than the bad decisions you make after a few coffees. Although you should go to Four Barrel on Valencia in San Francisco. It’s so alive. It feels like a really good day at a really good bar, with that sort of loud, generous socializing you get when you’re in a room full of people who are laughing. 15

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Q- Tell us more about your upcoming book? Now that it’s closer to the publishing date has the tone or content changed? The book is still in progress. It’s changed enormously over the last year as I figured out that it can’t be tied to the news cycle, which is what you always do with journalism. There’s so much innovation, what’s worth exploring in June might be outdated by December. So the book is more about the whys and hows than the toys and trivia. I’m trying to tackle some cosmic questions: What is taste? How does a movement form? What force of personality does it take to convince people to change how they start every morning of their adult lives? There’s been a fundamental shift in how coffee is grown, traded, roasted and prepared, and the ones taking on the challenge are doing it with the expectation, or maybe hope, that customers will get it. Which is crazy. Usually, you market something to people’s tastes, not develop a challenging new taste profile and try to get people to figure it out, but the most interesting people in coffee are making coffee for themselves and their peers. They’re following their bliss. It’s up to us to get it, too. Some tell me that I’m writing about the obscure ones, the small-time players, the fringe, and they’re right. Those are the ones who are out there ahead of the curve.

Q- There’s something romantic about coffee shops. Where would you suggest a first date in Manhattan and/or Brooklyn? Well, I’m not sure that coffee is the right conversational lubricant. I love coffee with all my heart, but it doesn’t give you the best breath - you don’t necessarily want to lock lips with somebody who had a cappuccino thirty minutes ago. That said, go to Propeller in Greenpoint, pull two seats together in the back room, share a pastry - touching fingers, so sweet. Just order an herbal tea if you want to nuzzle later. Q-Baristas have become rock stars on the dating scene. Any tips on snagging a date with one? What a meat market, right? All that eye contact, and when they ask you for your name you think it’s so they can tell you when your drink is ready. Not to be too GQ about it, but: Be direct. If you want to go out with a barista, let that barista know - confidence is attractive. Or: Be clever - there’s a famous story in coffee about a hotshot barista who was picked up by a woman who left her number in the tip jar. They’re married now. One thing to remember is that baristas love to have a beer or drink something harder at then end of a shift. They need some chemical balance after sampling coffee throughout the day. HOMME DU JOUR – 2013 HOLIDAY GUIDE – NYC EDITION

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Drinks Lunch

Coffee

Bluebird

Coffee Shop http://www.bluebirdcoffeeshop.com

Small, pleasant, filled with light. Bluebird is a favorite among espressoheads, where baristas go on their days off.

Splurge Dinner

Kyo

http://www.nytimes.com/ restaurants/1194723845594/kyo-ya/ details.html

An exquisitely understated restaurant below street level - you go down a set of unmarked stairs - it was the first restaurant I reviewed for the New York Times; later, it was given a star by the Micheline Guide. The menu changes weekly - go with the specials.

Pouring Ribbons

Soba

at Sobaya

http://www.pouringribbons.com

http://www.sobaya-nyc.com/wp/

Hidden on the second floor of an unremarkable building: serious drinks, gracious bartenders. I like to give the staff a workout and order a Ramos Fin Fizz.

Tastes like Tokyo: the specialty handmade buckwheat noodles served in hot broth or steamed and chilled with a dipping sauce on the side.

Gifts

For Me

Billy Reid

John

www.billyreid.com

Derian

www.johnderian.com/

For gifts, or when I’m feeling domestic, or I just want to look at beautiful things: John Derian. The housewares at John Derian are so tasteful you want the rest of your life to live up to them. The shops are densely packed with plates, textiles, furniture and other objects that you don’t always register the restrained designs. It’s where I go when I need to buy a gift, or when I want to look at beautiful things.

When I feel I deserve something nice: www. billyreid.com Sometimes after I’m finished with a large project I’ll treat myself to something at the Billy Reid shop on the Bowery. The clothes are louche, southern and preppy with a crisp Italian-tailored fit, like what you’d find in the attic of a brilliant, heavy-drinking distant relative from Alabama who was kicked out of Princeton in 1951.

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Oliver’s

Oliver’s fined tuned pallet carries over to his wardrobe, a balanced mix of high and low pieces. Cold weather essentials from Uniqlo and tailored pieces from Billy Reid. 19

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Style GILBERT PLAID SPORT SHIRT BOURBON CAPTOE OLDEN BOOT

$136.50

$450.00

WARM LINED PANTS $29.90

MARTIN STRIPE CREW NECK SWEATSHIRT $145.00

WOOL PEAK LAPEL PEA COAT HEATTECH KNIT CAP FLEECE REVERSIBLE JACKET

$695.00 $12.90

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Gift

Guide VOYAGER BREW KIT FROM STUMPTOWN COFFEE ROASTERS

BILL AMBERG CARRYALL

ORIGINAL AVIATORS

$975.00

$145.00

$125.00 21

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LOTUFF LEATHER iPAD CASE

JACKSPADE BLACKOUT WATCH

MONOCLE GUIDE TO BETTER LIVING

$215.00

$98.00

FLANNEL iPHONE 5 CASE

TRAVEL CLOCK

BILLYKIRK LEATHER SATCHEL

$40.00

$55.00

$385.00

$60.00

For a well read and well traveled coffee connoisseur. According to Filipino culture you never buy some shoes as a gift because they’ll walk out of your life. USB PHONE CHARGER $40.00

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SPOTLIGHT

THIRD RAIL COFFEE 159 2nd Ave New York, NY

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The beat goes on

FREDDY STEEL BAND DRUMMER

HARRIS III

What?

Photographed by: Kye Ehrlich

I’m currently working on my new CD. It’s a funkier and more lively approach! I also started my own Steel Band called Steel-X-Plosion!! We are one of the nucleus Steel Bands in Brooklyn! In this band I teach a lot of young kids and adults. I love my family, Moms and Pops been there for me from day one, My mother managed my fathers career and he was a guitarist that played with many musicians from Marvin Gaye to Robert Palmer! So, it’s a family business.

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WHERE? Eat

http://www.yelp.com/biz/taquitorianew-york-2

Simple but delicious menu of four different taquitos

Shop

Shop

The Reed Space

Grit n Glory

Street Wear with Notable Hip Hop Collaborations. Alabama who was kicked out of Princeton in 1951.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/grit-nglory-new-york

Rock and Roll Style.

Coffee

Cafe Vita

http://www.yelp.com/biz/caffé-vita new-york

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Pianos

Cake Shop

A foreign hipster crowd.

Fantastic Meatball Sliders!

http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-reedspace-new-york

Drinks

Eat

Taquitoria The Meatball shop http://www.themeatballshop.com

Drinks

WANT MORE? https://www.facebook. com/SteelXPlosionUSA

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Support local indie bands.


WEAR? I like to keep it simple! Normally the type of day determines what I wear that day. Some days I wanna be the naked cow boy with my Steel-Drum but that’s too extreme!! But on the average day I like button down shirts, Love Levis jeans, nice knitted sweaters, simple but effective shoes, Steve Madden. And I LOVE a New York Yankee fitted hat!! I would wear one with a three piece suit if I could!! But thats ah lil too much! I also like fancy expensive sneakers Nike, Jordans, track sneakers etc.Uptowns(New York Flava)!! In a fete anything goes!! A T-Shirt and some shorts, I’m loving some of those forever 21 shirts!! Cool logos!!!! I gotta be comfortable when I’m whinin’ and dancing!!

FITTED CAP

BLUE SUEDE SHOES

$34.99

$109.98

DISTILL SHOES $69.98

RICH TEE LEVI’S $44.99

DRESS SHIRT

$12.80

CREW NECK SWEATER

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Gift

Guide

For your music man

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I GOT SWAG TEE

MAKE NOISE TEE

GOOD TIMES

$9.80

$12.80

$17.80

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“All I want for Christmas is a brand new studio all new equipment!!! That way I’m good for life. “

DRUM SET

RECORDING EQUIPMENT

DESKTOP DRUM SET

$152.33

$179.99

$10.99

BOOMBOX PHONE STAND

BY KEVIN MITCHELL

TURNTABLE

$40.00

$10.99

$88.00

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SPOTLIGHT ARLENE’S GROCERY 95 Stanton St New York, NY

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ABE SITT Jersey born, Brooklyn raised and Manhattan based.

What?

Photographed by: Kye Ehrlich

Owner of UR Cup, an independent coffee shop with locations in Greenwich Village and Chelsea. With a menu that offers a variety of espresso-based drinks, including a Cortadito-espresso with maple syrup rather than sugar. Chocolaty espresso isn’t the only delicious option; roasted in Miami, Florida by the team at Panther Coffee, their house coffee (UR blend) is a seasonal selection of South and Central American beans, blended to perfection.

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WHERE? Eat

Drinks

Eat

Cafeteria The Park http://www.yelp.com/biz/cafeterianew-york

The Mac N Cheese is Heaven sent.

Fawn and foliage while enjoying a delicious meal.

Shop

Printed Matter

Brooklyn Industries

A great independent book store with limited edition works by local artists.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/brooklynindustries-new-york-6

Perfect for higher end basics.

Twerk

Twerk

PhD

1 OAK

http://www.yelp.com/biz/ph-d-new-york

Amazing views of the city and the Empire State Building.

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http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-parknew-york-2

Shop

http://printedmatter.org

Shop

http://www.yelp.com/biz/1-oaknew-york

Where all the cool kids are.

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Pianos

http://www.yelp.com/biz/rare-barand-grill-new-york-5

Perfectly grilled burgers and a really great happy hour experience.

Chelsea Market

http://www.yelp.com/biz/grit-nglory-new-york

A beautiful indoor shopping and dining experience.

“A neighborhood is all about its people. The folks around here are pretty great.”


WEAR? “I’m more on the sporty side and pretty clean cut. Like fabrics and materials that comfy and low maintenance.”

FITTED CAP

NEW YORK STATE OF MIND

$34.99

$32.00

COLOR BLOCK TEE $18.00

DARK WASHED JEANS

LETTERMAN JACKET

$82.00

$188.00

Visit UR Cup on 8th Ave in Chelsea or on Mercer Street in Greenwich Village. http://www. urcupny.com/

CHUCK TAYLORS $170.00

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Gift

Guide 33

LEATHER SLEEVE PULLOVER

IRON MIKE SWEATSHIRT

GOOD TIMES

$54.00

$54.00

$34.00

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Sporty & Savvy Guy

SKATEBOARD P $110.00

BEER MAKING KIT

FUN TECH ACCESSORY

MOTIVATION

$50.00

$30.00

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SPOTLIGHT UR CUP

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220 8th Ave New York, NY


FERNANDO O Cafe & feelfood

ACIAR

Photographed by: Kye Ehrlich

Fernando Aciar South American chef and coffee connoisseur. I love food, great simple tasty food. If you have the right ingredients it’s pretty easy to get a good meal.

What?

Owner of O Café, a beloved coffee shop and feelfood, a next level organic juice bar and eatery both located in Manhattan’s West Village neighborhood.

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WHERE? Eat

Eat

Lupa

Frankies

http://www.luparestaurant.com

http://www.yelp.com/biz/frankiesspuntino-manhattan-2

Drinks

Fedora

Barbuto

http://www.yelp.com/biz/fedoranew-york-2

http://www.yelp.com/biz/barbutonew-york

One of best Italian restaurants in the neighborhood.

For Pasta

Great French Cocktails

Support local indie bands.

Eat

Eat

Eat

Eat

Mineta Tavern

Rockmeisha Izakaya

Soto

Bien Cuit

http://nymag.com/listings/ restaurant/minetta-tavern/

http://www.themeatballshop.com

For a simple Japanese meal For burgers and cocktail

Om

Modo Yoga http://nyc.modoyoga.com

To work off all these calories and to stay centered running two business I attend yoga classes at Modo Yoga.

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Drinks

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http://www.yelp.com/biz/soto-new-york

For their delicious sushi menu.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/bien-cuitbakery-new-york

For wine and their brick Ben chicken


WEAR? “I consider my style simple and classic! I like textiles, wood, and ceramics. I always need to be surrounded by green. This carries over to my businesses and how each space is designed.”

RELAXED JEANS

STRAIGHT FIT JEANS

CLASSIC SLIPONS

$228.00

$178.00

$80.00

CASHMERE CARDIGAN $325.00

WANT MORE? Visit both O Café and feelfood both located on Sixth Avenue in West Village. http://ocafenyc.com/ http://www.feelfoodny.com/

COMFY SHAWL SWEATER $325.00

LIGHTWEIGHT TEE $75.00

FRENCH STRIPED TEE

WOOL BOMBER

$135.00

$150.00

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Gift

Guide

For your culinary cutie

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LIBRARY BARWARE

COMPOST TEA BAGS

BURLAP TOTE

$48.00-$72.00

$5.99

$110.95

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KITCHEN COMPOST BUCKET $29.95

RECIPE HOLDER $44.00

VINTURI WINE AERATOR

TARTAN APRON

CUISINE CHALKBOARD

$50.00

$39.95

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ELJAY AGUILLO Sweet Tour with a Sweet Guy

Photographed by: Kye Ehrlich

Eljay Aguillo. I am married to a beautiful woman and expecting a child which is the most exciting thing in the world. I’ve grown closer to my parents (Pennsylvania) and my brother (California) ever since I moved out from home in 2006. They’ve always supported me at everything I did throughout my life even though I wasn’t reciprocating. That’s the one thing about my family I would take with me for the rest of my life: They give and just want to make others happy. I still miss my dog who passed away in 2011 and still carry lottery tickets I bought the day he passed. Up to today, I still haven’t checked the numbers. I could me a millionaire, but who knows.

What

My current project started in July 2012 when Instagram just started to become popular. I’ve had this loving obsession to New York City for a long time, maybe since I was in high school. However, I never really understood why until I left New York City for a job not too far away. That same day, I looked at my wife, looked at what I have, looked at the hardships I went through to become happy. I learned who I was and who I could be in New York City. So as I was coming up with the Instagram page, I decided to make it into a page that describes my “Thank You” and/or dedication to New York City for letting me live the way I had to, learning from all my mistakes, learning from people who have done me good and wrong, and posting the specific reasons why I love New York City. And that’s what the page is called, “@WhyILoveNewYorkCity”. Every post/reason tells a story, and that’s the way I’ve wanted to share it. Even though I’ve lived in the city for a total of 3 years, I’ve understood more of my life and that things I’ve done than the 22 years prior. In other words, I grew up. Why I Love New York City is probably my most favorite project I’ve ever done. Even though everything I do for it comes out of my own expenses, I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I love sharing

stories of my wife, sharing stories of my pitfalls, and sharing stories of other people I’ve encountered that I haven’t seen in a long time. New York does that to you, It never lets you forget, but it always let’s you experience just to inspire others. This project actually started out just naming my few favorite things about New York City (autumn, late night shows, certain celebrities, broadway), but when I started to state more so quotes that I come up with, it started to attract people that want to be new Yorkers, and of course, New Yorkers that experience the same thing. I’m still trying to lure New Yorkers that haven’t experience what I’m experienced, but that’s a challenge my page is currently facing right now: is to be able to cater to everyone because all of my quotes I post has to do with something so specific to a New York Moment. So, this new concept I’m changing to will be geared towards getting to know New Yorkers in a deeper level. When I first thought about the change, I asked myself “How do I give this Instagram page to New Yorkers, and people who come visit New York City?”. So after giving it long thought, I’ve come up with this concept that gives me freedom to be able to ask people in the NYC streets why they love New York City. I take their picture, take their quote, and then deliver it to my Instagram page. Instead of me sharing my reason, it’s now the people’s turn to be able to send their own message. So, once I hit 500 reasons on my page, it will change for the better. HOMME DU JOUR – 2013 HOLIDAY GUIDE – NYC EDITION 44


WHERE?

We met up with Eljay at Big Booty Bread Company where we enjoyed some of the best cupcakes in the city before walking over to Union Square where he shared a few of his favorite spots.

Drinks Eat

Eat

Bread’s Bakery

ABC Cocina

http://www.yelp.com/biz/breadsbakery-new-york

Lattes and chocolate babka

https://www.abchome.com/abc-cocina/

Amazing tapas menu

Lillie’s http://www.thepurplepassport.com/ picks/newyork/Nightlife/lillies/

A Victorian Irish Pub with plenty of bar space

Drinks Shop

Shop

Old Town Bar & Restaurant

Union Square Holiday Market

http://www.yelp.com/biz/old-townbar-and-restaurant-new-york

http://www.yelp.com/biz/unionsquare-holiday-market-new-york

ABC Carpet & Home

One of New York’s oldest bar. Literally drink in the history.

A great mix of handmade and imported goods.

Shop

Books of Wonder

http://nymag.com/listings/stores/ books-of-wonder/

Twerk

230 Fifth

http://nymag.com/listings/bar/230-fifth/

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https://www.abchome.com

High Price Tags but a great window shopping experience.

Twerk

Belmont Lounge

http://nymag.com/listings/bar/ belmont_lounge/

Where all the cool kids are.


eljay’s

WEAR?

favorit

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I’m not really much of a fashion trendsetter. I just love to wear GAP and Banana Republic because I don’t like to wear logos (besides Nike). I only have 3 types of styles:

Eljay’s (1) T-shirt, Jeans, and sandles. That’s what I’m known for. Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall, people aren’t surprised anymore that it’s what I wear. No matter what, if it’s Banana Republic, I would wear it.

(2) Plaid shirt and sweatpants. It’s comfortable. I have no other words for this but that’s basically it for that.

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(3) Any t-shirt that’s free no matter what’s on it. I don’t care if it says ‘Revlon Woman’s Athletics” or whatever.


Style WANT MORE?

Instagram Pages: @whyilovenewyorkcity @Instamanhattan http://www.wilnyc.com MERINO V-NECK SWEATER $54.95

COMFY ZIP PULLOVER

LIGHTWEIGHT DENIM

$69.50

$98.50

COLOR BLOCK JACKET $175.00

LOUNGE PANTS

BEANIE

WOOL DUFFLE JACKET

$39.95

$39.50

$158.00

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Gift

Guide FINGERLESS GLOVES THAT MAKE TYPING EASY http://bit.ly/181ALiL

LIGHTWEIGHT BRIEFCASE

SNAKESKIN HIGHTOPS

http://bit.ly/1cjjuEm

http://bit.ly/1cjkXdN

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$60.00

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For Your Sweet & Simple Blogger B eau

RECIPE HOLDER

DUFFLE JACKET

$44.00

$158.00

INSTANT PHOTO PRINTER $299.00

CASUAL BUT TAILORED BUTTONDOWN

THE HISTORY OF HASHTAG

$69.50

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SPOTLIGHT BIG BOOTY BAKERY

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261 W 23rd St, New York, NY


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K R A P Y R E T T A B Drinks

Eat

E G N U ND LO

U O H K BLAC

A speakeasy in Battery Park City with drinks named after big writers’ lesser known works and a menu filled with Hemingway quotes. You’ll bound to feel inspired, tipsy or both. As a precaution, fill up with their delicious flatbread pizza or surf and turf burger. blackhoundbar.com

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Homme Tours Coffee LAUGHING MAN COFFEE Order a flat white, their signature drink, and enjoy views of the waterline.

Shop

TRINITY PLACE DEPARTMENT STORE for the latest in Indie and European designers. http://www.yelp.com/biz/trinityplace-department-store-newyork-2

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3-PIECE SUIT

SUSPENDERS

$495.00

$32.00

EDGY PEA COAT

OMBRE SCARF

SMART SOLES

$495.00

$32.00

$64.00

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SATIN SKATER DRESS

$50.40

$140.00

STILETTO BOOTS

MOHAIR COAT

$250.00

$400.00

FEMME

COLORBLOCKED BAG

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O H O S

H C T U D THE Drinks

TRINITY PLACE DEPARTMENT STORE Sip on bourbon cocktails while enjoying the city’s panoramic views.

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Eat

an amazing gastro pub http://thedutchnyc.com/ photos/


Homme Tours Coffee LA COLOMBE one of the best drip coffees in the city

Shop

IN GOD WE TRUST Well-edited selection of menswear

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KNIT BLAZER

ESSENTIAL SNOOD

$250.00

$28.00

COLOR WATCH

EDGY LACE-UPS

$98.00

$180.00

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SUEDE BOOTIES

MINI MAC BAG

$190.00

$315.00

$195.00

STILETTO BOOTS

PATTERNED DRESS

$250.00

$74.99

FEMME

BERET

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E D I S T S A E R E P UP

E S O R N PE

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Eat

http://www.yelp.com/biz_ photos/the-penrose-new-york ?select=IQKqbUTgY0Ej3b9ow jC8rw#xEemVkX0BrGkBsbziuc Azwphotos/


Homme Tours Shop SELGO NECKWARE Beautiful ties, bow-ties, and pocket squares

Drinks

SURREY HOTEL Kick back and relax over cocktails in this hotel bar

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ALPACA CARDIGAN

CHINOS

$338.00

$157.50

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CAMO SCARF

PORK PIE HAT

$80.00

$209.00


TWO-TONED BOOTIES

$69.99

$660.00

SLEEK QUILTED COAT

EPI SPEEDY

$3,995.00

$1,600.00

FEMME

DRESS IN LUX FABRIC

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E D I S T S E W R E UPP

T A E O HT

G U O N E GOOD

Eat

Comfort food at its best http://www.yelp.com/biz/ good-enough-to-eat-newyorkphotos/

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Homme Tours Drinks

THE DEAD POET Join the 100 Pint Guinness Club

Shop

SEAN Paris meets New York in this uber-chic menswear boutique

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CORDUROY SUIT JACKET

TWEED BOW TIE

SMART WAISTCOAT

$475.00

$110.00

$255.00

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BERET

LEATHER LEGGINGS

KNIT WRAP SCARF

$190.00

$799.00

$85.00

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M E L HAR

S ’ H T U AMY R

Eat

Fried Chicken and dumplings that make you feel as if you were down south rather than uptown. http://www.yelp.com/biz/amyruths-new-yorkphotos/

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Homme Tours Drinks

CORNER SOCIAL One Harlem’s best neighborhood bars.

Shop

B OYAMA Ridiculously sharp suit collection

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HOMME

KNIT BLAZER

CANVAS BACKPACK

http://bit.ly/Iq3qXV

http://bit.ly/1bjS6t1

$150.00

$160.00

HERRINGBONE SUIT TROUSER

BRIGHT MOHAIR SWEATER

LUX NAVY TRENCH COAT

$150.00

$110.00

$160.00

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FEDORA CAP

SLEEVELESS TURTLENECK DRESS

TWO TONE BOOTS

$235.00

$246.00

$402.50

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The Fete Never Ends

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