If you work at a big tech company, Brooke Hammerling is probably your publicist. Brooke is the founder of Brew PR, the only PR firm that matters when it comes to New York tech. OK, there are probably others, but trust us, Brooke Hammerling is a big deal. If you're part of the burgeoning New York start-up scene, you already know this.
In addition to being mother mouthpiece for some of the industry's most elite, Brooke is big time into music and food, two things we enjoy very much here at The Infatuation. Brooke was nice enough to take a break from the PR grind for a few minutes to pitch us her favorite restaurants. We'll buy what you're selling Brooke, agree with you on pretty much all of these. Check out Brooke's New York and San Fransisco picks, and follow her on Twitter to keep up with the latest.
Brooke's "Perfect For" Picks
Del Posto (85 10th Ave.) - "I am not a white table cloth fancypants dinner that goes on forever kind of girl, but the one place I AM that girl is Del Posto. It makes it an experience and an experience you want to have last as long as possible. The room itself is breathtaking and hard to believe exists in downtown New York. And the service and menu are both out of this world. This is the place you dress up, wear as high of heels as you got and some red lipstick and sit back and enjoy the ride."
Impressing Out of Towners
Santina (820 Washington St.) - "The new hotspot is hot… legit feels like you are in St. Bart’s and even though the room is glassed in, the feeling inside is warm and bright and beautifully done. Some might say genius, some might say mad - note the chandeliers - but then the madness is the genius. It has a very fun different bright vibe and the food is adventurous but in a fun kind of way and nothing too scary for out of towners. Also perfect for #roseallday."
Late Night Eats
Spotted Pig (314 W. 11th St.) - "There have been plenty of times I have gone to the Spotted Pig for my second dinner. That is, I leave one dinner where I had a complete meal and go meet up at the Spotted Pig and fully ingest a burger and fries at 1am with no guilt. The Pig is still my favorite place in NY and no matter what time of year is a cozy perfect spot to park it. Late night is always a good time and to find that kind of food and service open as late as the Pig is why NYC is NYC."
Lure Fishbar (142 Mercer St.) - "Lure Fishbar always has delicious people watching as well as an amazing menu that you can find something no matter what your mood is. But keep an eye out in the booths or the tables tucked away in the back of the bar and you are bound to see someone you recognize."
Babbo (110 Waverly Pl.) - "If I could eat the truffle pasta and lamb chops every day at Babbo I would. It is a special place not just for the remarkable food and wine team Batali and Bastianich put out but also for the room. Tucked away on a quit village street off of Washington Square Park, the look is white table cloth but the mood is rock and roll. The playlist is always perfect. It gets CROWDED but if you get a seat in the main dining room you can look out while safely tucked away in your perfect little spot. But going there and having a truffle tasting menu is quite possible the most decadent thing to do."
Hasaki (210 E. 9th St.) - "Very thankful to have been turned onto Hasaki on 9th Street. It is a wonderful hidden away authentic Japanese restaurant that is NO BS. Do not think about asking for edamame as they will shame you (they do not serve it) and take advantage of specials. Be prepared to wait but well worth it."
Favorite Restaurant In San Francisco
Tosca (242 Columbus Ave.) - "If there is only one place you hit up in SF, Tosca should be it. They bring a little of NY to a historic place from when San Francisco was about art and music and culture. Hard to find these days in SF (Sorrynotsorry) but Tosca has it. The food is perfect as is the vibe…there are only a few tables but worth the wait or eat at the bar. Also amazing for private events."
NY & SF
Blue Bottle Coffee - "I am an iced coffee junkie and theirs takes the cake."