The Bronx dwelling where Poe spent his final years is the birthplace of the author’s freakiest works—“The Bells,” “Annabel Lee” and “The Cask of Amontillado,” among others. And there are even creepier elements: Mysterious artifacts were found in the wall of a room where Poe’s young wife, Virginia, slept, and visitors can view the bed frame that she died on.
When you visit the oldest farmhouse in Manhattan, ask to see the still-visible board used for nine men’s morris, a strategic game dating back to the Roman Empire. It’s carved into the giant rock outcropping on which the home was built, and while theories have been floated over the years as to the etching’s provenance, so far it’s a mystery.
A Mediterranean breeze wafts onto the Lower East Side courtesy of this 3,500-square-foot coastal newcomer from nightlife-hospitality pros Corey Lane and Roberto Buchelli inside Hotel on Rivington. Helmed by Vai chef-owner Vincent Chirico, the kitchen turns out modern-Medi plates like summer peaches with burrata and speck, roasted king-oyster mushrooms with white polenta and a soft egg, and a whole American snapper with niçoise olives and leeks. The skylit dining room features an eight-seat crudo station, with options like fluke ceviche and hamachi with preserved ginger, as well as a cocktail bar with a natural-focused drinks menu that’s overseen by New York Distilling Company’s Allen Katz and marked by house infusions, muddled fruits and plenty of herbs and greens.
Venue says: “Mediterranean seafood & veggie-friendly dishes in an airy, skylit space with a crudo bar.”