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An Ideal Day in NYC: 12 Hours with “Spanish Rob”

Those in the know seek out “Spanish Rob,” as he’s known around town, for his expertise in horology. Essentially, he’s a guru and connoisseur of high-end watches, obsessed with the art and science of luxury timepieces. He’s also an NYC nightlife ringleader, known for curating dinners, co-hosting media events and coordinating the social club WRNY, or “We Run New York”. Here’s how this city insider would spend his perfect 12 hours.

Spanish Rob

Photo: Spanish Rob

11:00AM Brunch in Alphabet City A friend of mine owns Poco on Avenue B and 3rd Street, and her husband is the chef there. He won the Food Network show “Chopped” a few years ago, meaning that the food here is always top quality. They have the best lobster mac and cheese (shown) and braised pulled pork sandwiches. But it’s hard to go wrong here as any entrée comes with unlimited Bloody Mary’s, mimosas or sangria (red or white) served by the pitcher. During peak times—or if you’re coming with an entourage of 25—make a reservation in advance.


Photo: Poco Restaurant & Bar Facebook page

2:00PM Gallivant Around Town Skipping Club, a flash mob of avid skippers, is hosted by fellow WRNYer Michelle Joni and meets at different NYC locations every Thursday. Join up and you’ll find yourself skipping through Central Park, Hell’s Kitchen or even Coney Island, entertaining and spreading joy to your fellow New Yorkers. This week’s skip featured a guest appearance by the Guinness World Record holder for fastest skipper.


Photo: Skipping Club Facebook page

4:00PM Go Antiquing, Manhattan Style At the New York headquarters of Antiquorum, the largest auction house specializing in high-end timepieces, you’ll get a public viewing of rare watches available for sale. Visiting is a must for any watch lover (like me), and sometimes you can even sit in on a live auction.


Photo: All rights reserved by antiquorumauctioneers

5:00PM Happy Hour Brews On the up-and-coming Avenue C you’ll find ABC Beer Co., a shop that’s half craft beer, half bar. They have 12 rotating taps of unique brews to appeal to every type of beer drinker. Tell the bartenders your particular taste (I’m partial to red Irish ales), and they’ll find something delicious for you to try.



7:00PM Meaty Meal My new favorite BBQ brisket joint is Mighty Quinn’s, in the center of the East Village on 2nd Ave. It has a quick line and cafeteria-style dining, boasting simple meals with complex flavors. Just the brisket and fries are plenty for a meal.


Photo: Some rights reserved by Dan Nguyen @ New York City

9:00PM Dance the Night Away My top spot for drinks, Sweet & Vicious, caters to all cocktail genres and is located in the axis of Soho/Bowery/LES. Every other month, my best friend and I host a networking event there called Obliterati to connect people in different social circles across various media scenes. Grab the signature frozen margarita in a jar—or as we call it, a “jargarita”—and hang out in the beautiful backyard area. As the night progresses and the tequila starts to set in, hit the dance floor inside while some of the best NYC DJ’s spin. There’s never a cover, and the party never disappoints.


Photo: All rights reserved by Eddie Vega

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