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Thanksgiving in NYC

Thanksgiving in New York City is a magical time of year.  From joining the crowds to watch the parade to hitting up a holiday market to purchase artisanal gifts, there are plenty ways to take advantage of your holiday trip this season. Whether you’re in the area for business or pleasure, here’s how you can make the best of spending Thanksgiving in NYC.   Watch the parade For those who are crowd-averse, this may not be the best option. However, if you’ve always dreamed of watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in person, now is your chance. Review the parade map and determine the most optimal viewing point for your comfort level. If you have portable lawn chairs handy, bring them. Make sure to layer up with comfortable, warm clothing and head out earlier in the morning.   Volunteer Plenty of nonprofit organizations are gearing up for the winter season by setting up clothing drives, soup kitchens and more. Feeding NYC is looking for volunteers the days leading up to Turkey Day to help prepare, package and deliver holiday meals to more than 35,000 families in need. If you’re looking for something else, visit New York Cares and see which organizations need help this holiday season.   Run a 5K What better way to celebrate Thanksgiving than by burning a few calories before you ingest thousands more at the feast? Join hundreds of locals on Thanksgiving Day for the annual New York City Turkey Trot, starting at 9am in Prospect Park. It’s not unusual to see participants running in turkey or pilgrim costumes, so wear your Thanksgiving-themed gear if...

Fall Recipe: Turkey Chili

Picture this: it’s a cool fall afternoon, the sun is shining, the leaves are bright golden hues with flares of red and orange, you’re bundled up in a cozy sweater and something smells delicious. What’s cooking? Could it be soup? Could it be a casserole? Or is it chili? Yes, it’s chili, the perfect comfort food for the fall season. Here’s how to make a healthier variation perfect for filling your belly with nutritious, fresh ingredients. Ingredients: 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 pounds ground turkey 2 cups coarsely chopped onions 2 tablespoons chopped garlic 1 large sweet red pepper, cored,  coarsely chopped 1 cup chopped celery 1 jalapeño pepper, seeds removed, finely chopped 1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped, or 1 tablespoon dried 2 bay leaves 3 tablespoons chili powder 2 teaspoons ground cumin 3 cups canned diced tomatoes 2 cups chicken broth Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste 2 15-ounce cans of red kidney beans, drained 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese 1 cup sour cream (optional) Sliced lime for garnish (optional) Preparation: Heat the oil over high heat in a large heavy pot and add the ground turkey. Cook until lightly browned, about 5 minutes, using a heavy kitchen spoon to break it up as it cooks. Add the onions, garlic, sweet pepper, celery, jalapeño, oregano, bay leaves, chili powder and cumin. Stir well to blend. Cook for 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes, chicken broth, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes. Add the drained beans and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes longer. Serve in bowls with cheddar...

City Acres Market Now Open

The much anticipated organic market and food hall, City Acres Market, has finally opened its doors for business beneath Q&A Hotel in Lower Manhattan. Situated on the corner of Pearl and Cedar Streets within the 70 Pine building, this establishment will be your first stop on your way to work and the last on your way home. Outfitted to serve the needs of everyday grocery shoppers as well as the hungry business lunch crowd, City Acres offers both brand-name products as well as local goods. As you pass through the front entrance you’ll notice that every square inch is neatly occupied with either refrigerated beverages or mouth-watering food vendors. Here you can find popular New York-native restaurants such as Vanessa’s Dumplings or Artichoke Basille’s Pizza. There’s something for everyone at any time of day: grab breakfast at JuiceBrothers accompanied by a vegan donut from Cinnamon Snail; lunch from the City Acres deli counter with a side salad; and pick up dinner options at Vanessa’s Dumplings or grab a slice of the famous Artichoke Pizza. For those who are a little more daring, try the all-vegan sushi bar, Beyond Sushi. If you’re not in the mood to wait in line, you can also grab fare from a selection of City Acres’ hot or cold prepared foods. After you’ve indulged at the food hall, head downstairs to an expansive market to complete your grocery order. There’s a butcher, cheese shop, fresh produce section and aisles full of everyday household goods from familiar and local brands. The produce is locally sourced and reasonably priced. The cheese selection, curated by an in-house cheesemonger,...

Summer Recipe: Shrimp Scampi

It’s far too hot in the summer to prepare a meal that requires turning on the oven. Not to mention, who has time to cook for hours when you’re busy meeting friends or coworkers for happy hour in Lower Manhattan? The last thing you need is a heavy meal that leaves you feeling hotter than a summer afternoon in New York City. What you need is something quick, light, and easy to make, like this zesty shrimp scampi. Ingredients: 1 package of whole wheat pasta (substitute zucchini noodles if desired) 2 tbsp of olive oil 3-4 garlic cloves, minced ½ tsp of red chili flakes 1 cup of dry white wine 1 lb of shrimp (peeled and deveined) 1 lemon Salt and pepper Fresh chopped parsley (optional) Preparation: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil for the pasta. Add pasta and cook according to package directions. While the pasta cooks, prepare the sauce. In a large non-stick skillet, heat the olive oil on medium. Add the garlic and chili flakes until fragrant – about 2 minutes. Be careful not to let the garlic burn. Add the wine and simmer for another minute or two, then add the shrimp. Cook the shrimp 2-3 minutes on each side, adding the lemon juice and a pinch of lemon zest after flipping the shrimp.  Season with salt and pepper. Remove the shrimp from the heat and garnish with the chopped parsley, if using. Serve immediately over the cooked whole wheat pasta or lightly sautéed zucchini noodles. Cooking with Q&A Residential Hotel The best part about this light, refreshing dinner is...

Discovering NYC Series: What to do on Governors Island, NYC

What was once deemed a place for youngsters to gather for music events, has now turned into a must-see New York City attraction. Governors Island’s rich historical past and incredible views of Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn have gained the attention of both locals as well as travelers visiting the city. From now until October 1, 2017, escape the midtown crowds and plan a day trip to explore Governors Island. Here is everything you need to know to plan your trip: How to get there: There are two ferries that will get you to get to the island. If you’re coming from Lower Manhattan, head over to the Battery Maritime Building at 10 South Street and catch the ferry. The Manhattan ferries run Monday to Friday from 10am to 6pm, and Saturday / Sunday from 10am to 7pm. On weekends, you can venture out from Brooklyn and take the ferry direct from Pier 1 right next to Brooklyn Bridge Park. Be sure to check out the ferry schedule as there are times you can even ride for free! What to do while you’re there: So. Many. Activities! With over 172 acres, there are infinite things to do. Consider these fun activities: Have a picnic on The Hills—offering breath taking views of Lady Liberty. If you didn’t pack a bite to eat, head over to Liggett Terrace Food Court, offering plenty of scrumptious treats. Slide down Manhattan’s longest slide. Use your Citi Bike pass to ride around the island. Take advantage of Free Bike Mornings with Blazing Saddle Bike Rentals from 10am until noon. Explore the rich history of Fort Jay...

Spring Recipe: One-Skillet Steak and Spring Veg with Spicy Mustard

The farmer’s markets are setting up their stalls; the new seasonal vegetable are arriving; and the temperature outside is finally warming up. Now it’s time to switch out those hearty, healthy winter meals to light and fresh spring delights. What’s for dinner? Something easy and fresh with seasonal veggies—one-skillet steak and spring vegetable covered with spicy mustard that serves 4. Ingredients: 1 pound boneless New York strip steak, patted dry Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper 5 garlic cloves, 1 grated, 4 thinly sliced ⅓ cup Dijon mustard 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar 1 teaspoon honey 1-2 pinches cayenne pepper ⅓ cup plus 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced, divided 1 10-ounce bag frozen peas 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed, cut into 1-inch pieces Preparation: Season steak on both sides with salt and pepper. Whisk grated garlic, mustard, vinegar, honey, cayenne, ⅓ cup oil, and 1 tbsp. water in a medium bowl to combine; season spicy mustard with salt and pepper. Heat a dry medium skillet, preferably cast iron, over medium-high heat. Rub steak all over with 1 tbsp. oil and cook, turning every 2 minutes or so for 10 minutes until medium-rare for 10 minutes. Transfer steak to a plate to rest. Pour off oil from skillet, leaving crispy bits behind. Heat remaining 2 tbsps. oil in same skillet over low heat and add sliced garlic and all but about 2 tbsps. scallions (save those for serving) and cook, stirring often, until translucent and softened for about 3 minutes. Add peas and a splash of water and cook, stirring and mashing to break up...

Discovering NYC Series: South Street Seaport

In 2012 Hurricane Sandy hit the South Street Seaport. What was once the cornerstone of social and business gatherings was completely washed out. Over the past few years, the Seaport District has reinvented itself by bringing back the classics while adding new life to the area. Here’s everything you can sightsee while visiting: Explore: Discover the rise of New York as a port city and learn its crucial role in the development of our beloved country at the South Street Seaport Museum. Attend public workshops hosted by Bowne Printers throughout the year. Watch: Experience movies like you haven’t before at iPic Theatre at Fulton Market. Choose from their chaise lounge seating or premium plus sections and order dinner and drinks while watching the latest blockbuster flick. Shop: Shop till you drop! From fresh food and handmade goods at the Fulton Stall Market to custom leather jackets from New York City-based fashion designer Christian Benner, you won’t leave empty handed. Be sure to stop in to Emily Thompson Flowers for unique floral arrangements and unconventional, yet wild, materials. Eat and Drink: First, stop in Dorlan’s Tavern and Oyster bar for a dozen oysters and round of drinks. Then head over to the Italian bistro Barbalu, formerly known as Barbarin— one of the few groundbreaking restauranteurs that refused to let Superstorm Sandy stop them from doing business. While there are many things to do right now at the South Street Seaport, there is so much more to come. Momofuku, ByChloe, and Jean Georges are just a few exciting neighborhood entrants on the horizon. Keep an eye out of a number of...

36 Hours in Lower Manhattan

You’ve stayed in midtown, maybe even in Upper West Side – hell you might have rented a 200 sq. ft. studio in Chinatown for the experience but have you stayed in the Financial District in New York City? Lower Manhattan holds the most history, offers some of the best shopping in town and borders the Hudson Harbor providing some of the island’s best views. Here is a guide on how you should spend your weekend getaway in Downtown NYC: Friday Visit the monuments, 3pm. Start your adventure at the iconic Charging Bull (between Broadway and Morris Street).  After taking a few pictures for your Instagram, head towards Battery Park with the Statue of Liberty in sight and enjoy a nice leisurely stroll through the park. Lower Manhattan is particularly serene during the warmer months (June – October), especially alongside the water. Ariel views of Lady Liberty, 5pm. Enjoy 15 minutes of never-been-seen views of NYC and the Statue of Liberty with New York Helicopter Rides. Check out what Ellis Island looks from above while passing from Brooklyn to Manhattan. Happy hour then dinner, 6pm. The Dead Rabbit, one of lower Manhattan’s most iconic bars, offers libations and an assortment of small and large plates. Enjoy live performances every Friday night from 9pm to 2am. Saturday Coffee and pastries, 9am. Visit Black Fox Coffee Co., the Australian owned coffee bar, on 70 Pine Street for a robust cup of joe and a delicious pastry. World Trade Center, 10am. Spend a bulk of your morning touring the memorial site where the Twin Towers once stood tall. Now, One World Trade Center,...

4 Best BBQ Restaurants in NYC

The checkered table cloth is laid neatly on the wooden table, the homemade potato salad is chilling in the refrigerator and the brisket is almost ready after slowly roasting for 8 hours. An ideal setting for the perfect barbecue meal—if you live in the suburbs. Don’t fear! New York City, the food mecca of the Northeast, has plenty of barbecue-styled restaurants more than willing to satisfy all of your deepest beef cravings.  We’ve scoured the city to come up with New York City’s Best BBQ Restaurants. Here’s what we recommend: Hill Country Barbecue Market (30 West 26th Street, New York) Located in the heart of Flatiron District, Hill Country Barbecue is serving its patrons ‘hip BBQ.’ This cafeteria-style joint is known for their picnic sized tables, killer beer selection and OF COURSE mouthwatering Texas-style barbecue. Regardless of what meat you order, we highly recommend the mac & cheese as your side. Blue Smoke (255 Vesey Street, New York) Just a short walk from Brookfield Place, Blue Smokes’ swanky environment should not fool you for the low-country Louisiana barbecue they’re offering. From spare ribs and pulled pork to deviled eggs or hushpuppies, you’ll feel as if you’re in the south as soon as you bite down into one of their tasty menu items. Mighty Quinn’s BBQ (103 2nd Avenue, New York) Tucked away in the East Village, Mighty Quinn’s BBQ is known for their mix of Texas and Carolina style barbecue. Although there are multiple locations throughout the city, the 2nd Avenue location is by far the best. Don’t leave without ordering the mouth-watering, sweet bread pudding that is soaked...

Black Fox Coffee is Open

Black Fox Coffee, the Australian-owned artisanal coffee shop, is officially open! The first of its kind; Black Fox Coffee’s flagship store sits in the heart of Lower Manhattan at 70 Pine Street, conveniently in the same building as Q&A Residential Hotel. Black Fox’s rustic décor compliments the building’s art-deco interior and its tranquil atmosphere, and perfectly contradicts the noisy, frantic vibe of Wall Street. Regardless of Black Fox’s serene environment, the coffee is more than your average cup of joe. Its smooth, rich taste has the perfect balance of robust roasted flavors with sweet earthy notes. Their baked-on-the-premises almond croissant is one of the many food items that make the café so attractive. Think buttery flaky layers of pastry perfectly sweetened with almond paste cooked right inside—delicious. We sat down with Daniel Murphy, CEO of Black Fox Coffee, and asked him why his coffee is so damn good! Why is your coffee so **** good? Daniel: We source our coffee from roasters, generally small, independent farmers with minimal processing in their farming techniques, who we believe share our approach to the industry quality, freshness and seasonality. The roasters we partner with are Heart from Portland, 49th Parallel from Vancouver, Ruby from Wisconsin, Parlor from Brooklyn and Small Batch from Melbourne, Australia (where we are all originally from). We prepare our coffee in a variety of ways; these include espresso-based drink offerings, batch brew, cold brew and pour over. Wait, there’s more? Daniel: We also have a full breakfast and lunch menu which ranges from Avocado Smash (avocado and feta with pickled mustard seed onions and micro greens) to French...

How to Make Citrus-Glazed Grilled Chicken and Zucchini

Citrus-Glazed Grilled Chicken and Zucchini Recipe Summer is halfway over and if you’re like most, it’s time to restart the momentum for your diet with this delicious, easy to make, grilled chicken! The combination of citrus flavors, savory chicken and fresh vegetables will leave you feeling refreshed and satisfied. This Citrus-Glazed Grilled Chicken and Zucchini recipe from Delish.com is the perfect salad you can easily whip up in your kitchen without needing to raid the grocery store: Ingredients 4 chicken thighs and drumsticks 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper 3 tbsp. orange marmalade 1 orange 1 lemon Sea salt 2 green zucchini, cut in half lengthwise and into ¼’’ slices 2 yellow zucchini, cut in half lengthwise and into ¼’’ slices 2 tbsp. chopped parsley Instructions Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Next, preheat a cast iron or regular pan over high heat. Prepare a rimmed sheet pan with parchment paper. Set aside. Rinse chicken and dry thoroughly. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Sear chicken skin side down for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small sauce pan over medium-high heat, combine orange marmalade, 1 teaspoon orange zest, 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed orange juice, 1 teaspoon lemon zest and 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice. Bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Transfer chicken to sheet pan skin side up and brush citrus glaze all over. Roast for 20 minutes. For crispy skin, finish under the broiler for 1 to 2 minutes. Sprinkle sea salt. In a mixing bowl toss together zucchini with drizzle of olive oil...

4 Fun Things to Do in NYC during July 2016

While many Manhattanites escape the city’s humidity for cooler, more serene beach towns, we recommend discovering all the summer fun that New York City has to offer. Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, here’s how to make the most out of your stay at Q&A Residential hotel this July: New York Asian Film Festival (Through July 9; Walter Reade Theater, 165 West 65th Street) Celebrate the 15th annual New York Asian Film Festival screening everything from mainstream blockbusters to cult classics. Preview never-been-seen Asian cinematic productions during their North American debut at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. For more information about movie schedules and theater locations, please visit the festival’s official website. Pinknic (July 9 – 10, 12pm – 6pm; The Play Lawn, Governor’s Island, NY) Catch the ferry at the Battery Maritime Building (10 South Street) and head over to Governor’s Island for two days of the largest rosé- themed picnic and music festival. Enjoy a notable selection of still and sparkling rosés and pre-order a special Pinknic Basket crafted by acclaimed chef Chris Santos. Guests have the option to bring their own picnic baskets and are encouraged to adhere to the weekend’s dress code of pink and white. Get Low (Every Tuesday until fall, Locations vary in Downtown Manhattan) Downtown Alliance presents their latest effort in bringing the hype back to FiDi—Get Low. Experience the food scene in Lower Manhattan through discounts, freebies and other exciting giveaways every Tuesday this summer. Visit their website, enter your email, and receive your FREE Get Low offer code. Seaport Smorgasburg (Through the fall, 11am – 9pm; Fulton Stall...

Guide to NYC Pride Week 2016

The very first pride march was held on June 28, 1970 in memory of the 1969 Stonewall riots. Fast forward 46 years, here we are celebrating LGBT Pride Week in the heart the Modern Gay Rights Movement in New York City. Pride week is a weeklong celebration full of vivacious, entertaining extravaganzas coupled with informational and pivotal events designed to celebrate equality. We’ve handpicked a few of our favorite events to attend during NYC Pride Week: Broadway Bares 26; Monday, June 19 Featuring over 150 dancers from the Great White Way, this unofficial kickoff event for Pride combines jaw-dropping burlesque with the glamour and vibrancy of Broadway. Located at the Hammerstein Ballroom, tickets range from $50 – $3,000. For more information and ticket sales, please visit their website. Family Movie Night at Hudson River Park, Pier 63; Tuesday, June 21 Spend a relaxing Tuesday evening under Manhattan’s bright lights watching the Disney-Pixar classic Toy Story. Doors open at 7:30pm and the move will start at 8:30pm. This event is free however there are tickets for premium seating. Gay History Walking Tour of the West Village; Saturday, June 25 Learn more about New York City’s gay history on a walking tour of the West Village. The tour will began at the Stonewall Inn and then make it’s way through the heart of Greenwich Village educating attendees on the history before the Stonewall riots as well as after. Did you know Walt Whitman would read his homoerotic poems to his friends at a bar on Broadway? The tour begins at 6pm and tickets are $25 per person. NYC Pride March; Sunday,...

Q&A Hotel Out & About: What to Do in NYC during June 2016

Spring was short-lived and summer has arrived! Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, discover and experience exciting citywide events during the month of June. You’re in one of the greatest cities in the world – so here’s how to make the most out your stay at Q&A Residential Hotel. Blue Note Jazz Festival (Through June 30, Times vary; Locations vary) This June welcomes the return of the Blue Note Jazz Festival featuring over 150 talented performers. Spend your summer evenings or weekends listening to renditions of the classics or some of the latest productions. For more information about the festival and participating venues, please visit the website. Gay Pride NYC (Through June 30, Times vary, Locations vary) Let your rainbow-flag fly and celebrate all month long for Gay Pride NYC. From Dance on the Pier to various VIP Rooftop Parties, there are endless events occurring city wide for the entire month of June. Check the link for more venue and event details. Shakespeare in the Park (Through June 26, 8pm; Delacorte Theater in Central Park) Two words: Free Shakespeare. Performances are Tuesday through Sunday starting at 8pm from now until June 26. For tickets, you can either line up in front of the Delacorte (first-come, first-serve) starting at noon; occasionally vouchers are distributed in each of the five boroughs between 12-2pm, visit Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the park webpage or enter the online lottery by creating account on their website. Manhattan by Sail (Through October 9, Times vary; Battery Park, Battery Place) Escape the summer heat on a luxury sailboat sightseeing the waterfront of Manhattan. Choose from a...

What is an Aparthotel?

Question: What is an Aparthotel or Apartment Hotel? Answer: Well, it is exactly as it sounds: an apartment that uses a hotel-style booking system and has the great amenities you’ll find at a hotel. Instead of staying in a 325 square foot room with a bed, a desk and (if you’re lucky) a kitchenette, you’re staying in a fully equipped apartment. We understand in New York City some may try to sell you a closet and call it an apartment; however this is not always the case. At Q&A Residential Hotel, we’re offering much more. Here are some of the advantages you will find when you stay at an aparthotel like Q&A: Aparthotel Advantages Size: Aparthotel suites are much larger than hotel rooms, offering more room to live rather than just sleep. For example, at Q&A Hotel, residences start at 500 square feet and expand up to 1,400 square feet in studio, one or two bedroom configurations. To put that in perspective, most suites are around three times the size of a typical Manhattan hotel room.  Every apartment is also equipped with a full sized kitchen that is stocked with all the necessary cookware and utensils you would find in your home. Stay: A guest can stay anywhere from 1 to 29 nights. Unlike typical apartments or corporate housing, there is no need to fill out any contracts or leases while booking. An aparthotel has the exact same booking system as a hotel available for all last minute reservations or requests. Amenities: Amenities at an aparthotel are the same as a hotel. Guests can take advantage of concierge services,...

Memorial Day Weekend in New York City

Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial celebration of the start to summer. Pools will open, rooftop restaurants will flourish and beaches will welcome the masses. You don’t have to travel far to celebrate this grandiose event just because you’re residing within the concrete jungle. Here’s a guide to fun, easy-to-access, activities in and around New York City this Memorial Day Weekend: Go to the beach. New York City is an island and islands have beaches, right? Yes! There are plenty of beaches all within an hour’s train ride to and from downtown Manhattan. Depending what type of crowd you are looking for, there’s a beach for everyone. Want to be surrounded by dozens of Manhattanites celebrating a paid vacation? Venture out to Jones Beach on Long Island. Looking for something relaxing and away from the hustle and bustle of NYC? Head over to Fort Tilden Beach in Queens near Far Rockaway and rent a bicycle to access the premises. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, head down to Sandy Hook Beach in New Jersey. Go to the park. Manhattan has over 28,000 acres of municipal parkland. We’re not asking you to trek through all of 28,000 acres but grab a towel (or blanket), snacks, beverages, a good book and some friends (if you’re feeling social) and choose from one of many parks located in and around NYC. For a complete list of which park is best or closest to you, visit the NYC Parks & Recreation website. Go to the parade(s). Truly celebrate Memorial Day by honoring the men and women who sacrifice their lives while serving this country. Choose...

Spring Salad: Blueberry Feta with Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing

How to Make Blueberry Feta Salad with Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing Spring is here and it’s time to ‘freshen up’ your diet with this delicious, easy to make, spring salad! The combination of blueberries and feta dressed in zesty, lemon flavors will leave you feeling refreshed and satisfied. This Blueberry Feta Salad with Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing recipe found on LemonTreeDwelling.com is a perfect salad you can easily whip up in your kitchen without needing to raid the grocery store. Freshen up and try this below recipe: Ingredients 6 cups of mixed greens 1 cup of blueberries 4 oz. of crumbled feta cheese ¼ cup almonds ½ large red onion cut into thin slivers For the Dressing 1/3 cup of good olive oil 1/3 cup golden (or regular) balsamic vinegar 1 Tbsp. of fresh lemon juice (1/2 lemon) 1 Tbsp. of honey 1 Tsp. poppy seeds 1/3 Tsp. of pepper Instructions Layer the salad ingredients starting with the mixed greens in a large bowl or platter. Prepare the dressing by combining all the dressing ingredients in a container with a lid and shake vigorously to combine. Toss the salad with dressing before serving. Cooking at Q&A Residential Hotel Tired of going out to eat while visiting or working in Downtown NYC? Don’t fret! Each apartment at Q&A Residential Hotel has a fully equipped kitchen allowing you to create your favorite meals within your own space. Happy...

5 Best Breakfast Spots in Lower Manhattan

Where to Breakfast in FiDi  In an area heavily populated with corporations and mistakenly known for its empty streets, it’s difficult to find a great breakfast spot in Lower Manhattan. Fear not, there are 5-star reviewer-rated breakfast joints all within less than 10 minutes walking-distance of Q&A Residential Hotel. Here are some top foodie breakfast favorites: Pearl Diner, 212 Pearl Street, New York, NY Located 3 blocks from Q&A, this iconic diner serves traditional breakfasts such as western omelets or pancakes with bacon. Leo’s Bagels, 3 Hanover Square, New York, NY One cannot visit NYC and not have a classic, hand-rolled bagel with schmear. Leo’s Bagels is located right around the corner from Hanover Square. Whether you need something quick or you want to sit down, the aroma of fresh bagels will have you coming back for more. Les Halles, 15 John Street, New York, NY One of the two locations in Manhattan, Les Halles is conveniently located 7 minutes walking distance from Q&A Hotel’s front door. The fare is a compilation of the best classics from the brasseries in Paris making it the perfect spot to sit down and enjoy brunch. French Café Gourmand, 9 Maiden Lane, New York, NY Dine in or carry out, this French-inspired restaurant offers everything from croissants to Croque Monsieur. Head down Maiden Lane and you’ll find this hidden gem before you hit Broadway. George’s Restaurant, 89 Greenwich Street, Mew York, NY Just under a 10 minute walk from the hotel, George’s restaurant truly captures the atmosphere of the Downtown Manhattan area. With over 100 different egg dishes and their most notable ‘Croissant...

Hotel Living in a New Era

Q&A Hotel App As the travel industry moves further into the technology arena, Q&A Residential Hotel is staying ahead of the game with new and innovative tools to advance your experience visiting our hotel. While staying at Q&A, guests are encouraged to download the Q&A Hotel App (free and available for all iOS and Android devices) to access all hotel and stay related information. Improve your stay at Q&A with these cool app features: Access to Hotel and Stay Related Information As a part of our green initiatives, the information normally found in a guest room binder or folder is now contained in the app. Whether you need to find out the check-out time or pet policy, simply open the app, click “The Hotel” and instantly gain access to all hotel and facility information. Since Q&A is an aparthotel with a full kitchen, the app provides step by step instructions on how to operate and troubleshoot any issues with the appliances in your suite. If you’re still experiencing difficulties, you can call the front desk from inside the app and speak with someone directly. Submit Requests When visiting Lower Manhattan for work or pleasure, it’s likely you’ll be on the go. By utilizing the Q&A app, you can submit a housekeeping or maintenance request in less than one minute. Q&A also provides expert concierge service available through your mobile device at a touch of a button. Submit a request or call instantly through your phone to speak to a live person. Transportation New York City is a big place and easy to get lost in. By using the app,...

How to Make Cauliflower Soup

How to Make Cauliflower Soup Dubbed as the new kale, cauliflower has recently taken center stage within the past year – and for a good reason. Cauliflower is versatile enough to be used anywhere, and cauliflower soup is so tasty during the colder months. This cauliflower soup recipe from FoodNetwork.com is a perfect soup you can easily whip up in your kitchen. Hop on the cauliflower trend and try this below recipe: Ingredients: 1 stick butter ½ onion, finely diced 1 celery stalk, finely diced 1 cauliflower head, cored and roughly chopped 2 tablespoons finely minced fresh parsley 8 cups low-sodium chicken broth or stock 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour 2 cups whole milk 1 cup half-and-half 1 to 2 tablespoons salt Ground black pepper 1 heaping cup sour cream Instructions: Melt 1/2 stick of the butter in a heavy pot over medium heat. Then add the onions and cook until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the carrots and celery, and then stir and cook for a couple more minutes. Throw in the cauliflower. Then stir it around, cover and cook over very low heat for 15 minutes. Add the parsley, and then add the chicken broth and simmer for 10 minutes. Meantime, make a simple white sauce: Melt the remaining 1/2 stick butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Then whisk in the flour. Cook for a couple of minutes, and then pour in the milk, whisking to combine. Remove the white sauce from the heat and pour in the half-and-half. Then pour this creamy mixture into the pot. Add 1 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste, and...

Guide to LA PALESTRA’s Facility – Q&A Residential Hotel

Guide to LA PALESTRA’S Facility The much anticipated day has finally arrived and LA PALESTRA at 70 Pine is open and ready for fitness! The bi-level, 21,000 square foot state-of-the-art fitness center has just opened its first floor doors to all Q&A Residential Hotel guests who seek a workout during their stay. Here we explain why LA PALESTRA is so unique and what it has to offer our guests. LA PALESTRA isn’t your average hotel fitness center, or gym for that matter. The lifestyle center was designed to blend preventative medicine and fitness—a need founder and president Pat Manocchia discovered from his years in the industry. The brand’s member base includes professional athletes, cancer patients, marathoners, and individuals seeking more than your average workout. Unlike other hotel gym facilities, LA PALESTRA has a full-time trained staff ready to assist their workout warriors with whatever their exercise needs require. Unlike other over crowded gyms, the layout of the fitness center is a balance of space and sophistication, specifically designed to encourage movement. While staying at Q&A Hotel, guests will be able to take advantage of the top-of-the line fitness equipment, weights, mats and steam room. The equipment found in LA PALESTRA was hand-picked by the founder for quality assurance. Premier brands include Cybex and Technogym. Guests will also have access to one of the latest workout machines not typically found in most fitness centers, the Sproing. This device resembles a backwards treadmill but instead of the rotating belt, there is a stationary pad giving the user the ability to work out at maximum intensity without aches and pains. It is...

6 Perks of Staying at Q&A

Furnished Quarter’s latest innovation-Q&A Residential Hotel-makes for a truly unique experience you can’t get anywhere else. So what are some of the biggest perks you get by staying at Q&A Hotel? Here are a few benefits: Space! It isn’t fun to live out of your suitcase. The apartment-like suites at Q&A are full-sized and feel more like a home rather than a hotel, with huge closets and lots of room to move around. Ranging from 500 to 1,400 square feet, the spaces have features from fully equipped kitchens to in-home offices. Unpack, kick back, and relax! Timeless Building. The space is wonderful, and the actual building is even better. Historic and iconic, 70 Pine is a landmark Art Deco skyscraper that offers a new and unique standard of living in the Financial District. At your service. Q&A guests have access to traditional hotel services, such as complimentary morning treats including a coffee/muffin/croissant assortment, housekeeping, concierge, use of a fitness center, business center, valet, dry cleaning, and rooftop lounge and restaurant (coming Winter 2016). Q&A also offers free Wi-Fi all throughout the building, which isn’t normally provided gratis in many hotels. On-site gym. LA PALESTRA (opening late January 2016), 70 Pine’s dedicated on-site gym, is complimentary for all Q&A guests. The fitness center isn’t like other hotel gyms, though. LA PALESTRA is super high end and features stat-of-the-art strength and cardio equipment, a yoga and Pilates studio, and on-site personal trainers and wellness specialists. Furry friends allowed. Q&A understands that the chances of being homesick, especially with longer stays, include missing your pets. Because of that, Q&A is pet-friendly and...

What’s Ahead for Q&A Residential Hotel by Furnished Quarters

What’s Ahead for Q&A Residential Hotel by Furnished Quarters Furnished Quarters’ first Q&A Residential Hotel opens tomorrow, November 25th, 2015 at 70 Pine Street in downtown Manhattan. Months of passion and hard work from the Furnished Quarters and Q&A Hotel teams have led to this pivotal moment when we officially open our doors. The hotel’s star feature is its huge suites, which are actual studio, loft, one and two-bedroom apartments. Each has its own full-sized and fully-equipped kitchen. Soon to come are exciting additions guests can look forward to for their next extended stay in NYC: La Palestra (Coming early December 2015) La Palestra is a state-of-the-art health and wellness center that shares the 70 Pine landmark with Q&A Hotel. Guests will have access to the 21,000-square-foot facility that includes the best strength and cardio equipment. La Palestra is more than just an attractive space—it’s designed for you to reach your top fitness goals. Black Fox Coffee (Coming January 2016) Nothing starts or concludes the day like a perfectly brewed cup of coffee. Black Fox Coffee is an artisan Australian coffee shop offering everything from expresso to cold-pressed juices. Select pastries and sandwiches will also be available. Kick back with a cappuccino, croissant and a good book. Urban Market (Coming Spring 2016) Another great addition to Q&A residential hotel: the lobby will feature Urban Market, an organic gourmet market modeled after the Williamsburg, Brooklyn outpost. Here you’ll find all of your fresh fruits and vegetables, breads and any ingredients you’ll need to craft a delicious meal in your suite’s kitchen. It will be a welcome addition to the Financial...