Appaman’s Official Guide to New York’s Best Burgers

February 16, 2018 in New This Season, NYC

Yes, we even made a burger map.

 

Here at Appaman, we are a huge fan of burgers. It’s no secret – check out the burger patterns that feature in our new Spring 18 collection!

To celebrate our favorite food, we asked everyone in the office for their favorite New York burger joints – and the response was overwhelming. Check out the list below – and comment with your favorites!

 

Paul’s Da Burger Joint – Piper (Head of Marketing)

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“Ugh where do I start…the really soft potato buns, juicy burgers, melted cheese, shoestring fries. It’s a total neighborhood hole-in-the-wall joint in the East Village.” 

 

The Harold and Rare Bar  – Stephanie (Head of Showroom)

” I just had one of my fave burgers last night at the Harold! Hard to pinpoint why, but it’s just a great burger! I also love The Rare Bar (several locations here in NYC), they just know how to do a burger right, and so many different combo’s, flavors.. and the bonus is the french fry trio platter!!” 

 

Cinnamon Snail – Val (Designer)

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“I love Cinnamon Snails Beast Mode Burger #tokenvegan.  Cinnamon snail used to only be a food truck, but now they have a spot in the Pennsy right down the street! yay! “

 

Bar Sardine and Raoul’s – Jenna (finance)

“Delicious pickles and shoestring fries on the burger! Raoul’s does a French spin on a burger, served with au poivre sauce (available at brunch only, and very $$$).” 

 

Pizza Loves Emily – Lynn (owner)

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“I know says it’s a pizza joint but omg that burger oh and the pizza. The pretzel bun is amazing…onions, cheddar, a sauce that they don’t even tell you what it is…SUCH an amazing combo!” 

 

The Spotted Pig and The Dutch – Katie (E-Commerce)

“I love the burger at The Spotted Pig!  It was one of the earlier restaurants to start the gastropub/fancy burger craze and it is amazing. Comes with just the right amount of roquefort cheese and has rosemary shoestring fries on the side. I don’t know if the waits for dinner are as long as they used to be, but go for lunch and you won’t have to wait so long! One I saw Mike Myers there! The other burger that made me stop and go “this might be one of the best burgers I’ve ever had” was at The Dutch.  They’re known for their fried chicken, but I was literally thinking about that burger for days.”

Corner Bistro (2 votes)

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“An important burger joint that should not be overlooked is Corner Bistro.  Old school, no frills, comes on a paper plate. It’s not gourmet like some of the others that will be recommended, but it’s a longstanding Manhattan staple.” 

 

Mayfield  – Dorothy (Showroom Assistant)

“Mayfield in Brooklyn actually has a burger I crave from time to time! It’s an amazing, must-have burger..and they have delicious sweet and tangy pickles too.” 

 

Shake Shack  (Party Hat, office CEO)

“I’ll basically eat anything because I’m a dog, but I like Shake Shack especially because they do a Pooch-ini which is a bag of delicious biscuits made especially for dogs! I still always try and get some of my human’s burgers though….”

 

Hungry yet? Shop the new collection here.

Behind the Scenes: A Day at Rock-Rock-Rockaway Beach

February 8, 2018 in Appaman News, NYC

Chewing out a rhythm on my bubble gum
The sun is out and I want some
It’s not hard, not far to reach
We can hitch a ride to Rockaway Beach.
– The Ramones “Rockaway Beach”

For Appaman’s Spring/Summer 2018 campaign, we headed out to one of our favorite local getaways: Rockaway Beach, Queens. Since the earliest days of Appaman, we have drawn our inspiration from the spirit and style of our hometown of New York City, so whenever we can, we love to do our photoshoots “on location” in the places that inspire them.

Most people wouldn’t consider New York to be much of a beach town, but like it says in the Ramones song, the sandy coast of Rockaway Beach is never far away. With just a quick swipe of the MetroCard, you can hop on the subway and emerge at the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, pop open your umbrella, and go for a surf or swim without ever leaving New York City limits.

Here’s a look behind the scenes of our day in the Rockaways:

 

The beach wasn’t officially open for the summer yet, so we had the place pretty much all to ourselves.

 

All hands on deck! Appaman co-founder/boss lady Lynn is ready for anything with a collection of accessories and props.

 

As they waited for their turn in front of the cameras, Cornelius and our other models had fun hunting around for shells, rocks, sealife, and other treasures.

 

Horseshoe crab!

 

A shoeless model hitches a ride onto girls’ designer Val so she can change into her next look.

 

So it’s possible that we weren’t technically allowed to use this lifeguard stand, but we managed to sneak in a few quick pics before anyone spotted us.

 

Remember how we said we had the place all to ourselves? We were also on a dead end street, so there were hardly any other people around. So, you could imagine our surprise when, in a magical and serendipitous moment, just when our models seemed to be itching for a break, we heard the jingle of an ice cream truck coming our way! We couldn’t believe our luck and knew we couldn’t miss the moment, so we bought ice cream for all our models and started snapping away.

 

Not long after, it was time to relax. After a long, busy day of shooting, Team Appaman kicked back with late taco lunch at Rockaway Beach Surf Club.

 

It’s Summer Somewhere

December 18, 2017 in Appaman News, Appaman Style, Featured, Holiday Style, New This Season, NYC

Sick of winter already? Meet Appaman’s Resort 2018 collection.

This stunning capsule collection brings all-American vacation vibes to summer-in-the-city style. Tropical patterns and street-mural inspired graphics showcase a palette of rich, whimsical rainbow tones and celebrates the spirit of a cross-country adventure.

Perfect for an escape to warmer temperatures, our Boys collection features swim trunks in bold tropical prints, and hard-wearing rash guards that provide protection from the sun, surf and sand. Our best-selling cotton Graphic Tee is back in three limited-edition prints, as are our classic camp shorts (check out the super cool Shorts in Pineapple!).

Our exclusive Girls Collection features four bold, versatile swim suits (think Pineapples and Sea Unicorns), a rainbow Surf Short, and of course a super cute  tee. One of our favorites is our new Thalia Dress, a soft, versatile dress perfect for dressing up or throwing on over swimwear at the beach.

 

While it may be chilly here in New York, our new Resort 2018 collection has us dreaming of sandy beaches, blue skies and clear water.

Shop Appman’s Resort 2018 Collection here.

 

Happy Holidays From Team Appaman!

December 21, 2016 in Appaman News, NYC

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Wishing a very happy holiday to you and yours.

Love,

Your friends at Appaman

As a bonus, here’s the entire Appaman staff singing a little “Jingle” we recorded at our office, just for you, complete with dishware percussion!

Happy Holidays from Appaman HQ from Appaman on Vimeo.

Summer in the City: The Best Things to Do in NYC With Kids

July 14, 2016 in NYC

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Summer is one of our favorite seasons in New York City. Since many people clear out of the city on the weekends, it’s the perfect time to take in the flavor without having to fight the crowds. The only problem is choosing where to go first. New York City has so many choices of fun summertime activities for kids, that it’s hard to make that choice. We honed in on the top five coolest things to do in NYC with kids this summer. Our summer in the city bucket list starts here:

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1. Museum of Ice Cream
This summer, New York City gets its first museum devoted entirely to the yummy frozen dessert everyone screams for – ice cream! The Museum of Ice Cream pops up in the Meatpacking District on July 29 through August 31st. Expect a rainbow sprinkle pool for kids to “swim” in, an ice cream sandwich swing, a chocolate room and, of course, lots of ice cream to sample!

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2. Get lost in Central Park
There is an endless amount of fun kids activities in Central Park, but we love the idea of heading into the 843 acre park with no solid plan. From the animals in the Central Park Zoo to model boat sailing on the conservatory water to the awesome playgrounds, it’s easy to spend a day “getting lost” in the park.

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3. Play at the New York Hall of Science
While the Hall of Science is a blast all year round, their super-cool outdoor playground is only open in the summer months. Expect sand pits, water play, fog machines and awesome slides–all of which incorporate scientific principles.

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4. Pig out at Smorgasburg
From artisan donuts to locally-sourced tacos, there’s a never ending array of yumminess at Brooklyn’s famed weekly summer food fest known as Smorgasburg. Teach your kids the meaning of homemade by exposing them to the hundreds of local food vendors that take great pride in their creations. You’ll feel good giving the kids french fries when they’re handmade in Brooklyn,  made with only premium ingredients, never frozen and dipped in gourmet sauce.

Governor's Island Slides

5. Slide on down on Governor’s Island
Summer in the city would not be complete without a trip to Governor’s Island! While old faves like laying in the hammocks, renting bikes and picnicking are all awesome activities on Governor’s Island, we can’t wait to try out the new Slide Hill, opening July 19th. Slide Hill is found in the new Hills section of the island will be four fun and twisty slides–including one that’s almost 60 feet long.

Summer shorts, graphic tees, rash guards and swimsuits are a must for summer fun in the city. Shop Appaman summer kids clothes now to make sure your brood is prepared for some non-stop action! 

Summer in the City: Insider Tips from the Appaman Staff

July 10, 2015 in NYC

REJOICE! It is summer time in New York City! While many urbanites like to get out of town when the temps go up, New Yorkers know that summer in NYC is something to look forward to all year long. The sunshine seems to bring out the best in all of us, so there’s never a better time to grab your group of friends and hit up one of the many wonderful outdoor spaces, free events, or activities the city has to offer. The extra hustle and bustle (and great weather) means it’s also a great time for visitors, since there’s so many things that adults and kids alike can all enjoy

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It’s no surprise that on Friday afternoons, there’s lots of chatter at Appaman HQ about how we’re all planning on spending our upcoming weekend. We love to share recommendations for great neighborhood hot spots, fun new restaurants, upcoming shows or events, the best places to take out of towners, and sometimes, where we can go to get a little peace and quiet.

So, we present, the Appaman staff’s best insider tips for a great summer in the city:

Eat And Drink

We love going to brunch and taking out of towners with us. There are tons of places in cute, walkable neighborhoods, like the West Village, which are always nice for a post-meal stroll.Try:

Jeffrey’s Grocery – 172 Waverly Place

Will says: “One of my favorite places to go eat and have some drinks is Harlem Public and it’s sister bar next door At The Wallace. Harlem Public has very diverse crowd, casual fun atmosphere with great food. Then next door, same owners, At The Wallace has giant Jenga and board games to play while you drink! Check it out!”

Harlem Public & At The Wallace
3612 Broadway

Outdoor Lunch in Manhattan

We love the outdoor market that’s open near Appaman’s showroom by Herald Square, called Urban Space/Broadway Bites. There are about 30 food stands located on Broadway, between 32nd and 34th, with a huge variety of food, from Turkish, Asian, or Mexican  to crepes and macarons, and lots of refreshing beverages (some alcoholic, some not!) They’re all from existing restaurants and bakeries around Manhattan and surrounding boroughs.

Urban Space/Broadway Bites — Broadway, between 32nd and 34th Streets

Ample Hills ice cream shop in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn is an incredible destination. The flavors are exotic and it’s all made in house.  It’s like a bespoke creamery….very Brooklyn.

Ample Hills Creamery (Prospect Heights) – 623 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn

For more sweet treats, try coffee shakes at Odd Fellows (Williamsburg), or Cronut creator Dominique Ansel’s new take on soft serve ice cream (One is flavored with burrata – an Italian cheese made from mozzarella!)

Dominique Ansel Kitchen — 137 7th Ave S.

Get Out Of Town

Sometimes the best “city” activities are not in the city at all! There are many ways to get out into nature that are easily accessible from New York.

Alyssa says: “Escape the city for a day and head to South Mountain Reservation, a a  2,110-acre nature reserve located 20 miles outside of the city between Millburn, West Orange and Maplewood New Jersey.  It offers 50 miles of hiking trails with views of New York City, a 25-foot waterfall at Hemlock Falls, streams, fishing pond and picnic areas and open fields.
The Turtleback Zoo is also located on the property, which has animals from all over the world, a tree top adventure course for adults and kids, mini golf, and paddle boats. Also on the property is McLoon’s Boat House, a beautiful restaurant on the water.”

South Mountain Reservation – W South Orange Ave, Short Hills, NJ 07078

Lynn says: “We love Fort Tilden Beach.  It’s gorgeous, not crowded and a wonderful place to go for a day outside the city.” Insider tip: To get to Fort Tilden, which is National Park Service property, park at Jacob Riis beach and go to the southern end. You can’t get to it by walking down the shore, but there are paths that will take you to the beach area.

City Living, Summer Style

Doing an evening BBQ down on Pier 6 in Brooklyn is a great way to spend an evening overlooking the city views, watching the sunset and exploring the incredible waterfront park. There are six piers of playgrounds, walking trails, bike paths, soccer fields and basketball courts.  It’s an incredible addition to Brooklyn and appreciated by all.

Pier 6, Brooklyn Bridge Park

Katie says, “I am always impressed by the free programs available at Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. BRIC Arts Media’s summer series, Celebrate Brooklyn, offers an amazing selection of concerts & performances from popular (often world renowned) artists, as well as movie screenings in the Prospect Park Bandshell, most of them for free. It’s an excellent outdoor venue (especially for the price), with great sound quality and not a bad seat in the house. People of all ages gather with picnic blankets to enjoy the evening. It would even be great for a family with young teens who want to do something cool that’s not specifically kid-focused. You can bring your own food or by snacks from vendors. Get there early though — the popular events can have extremely long lines.”

Since 1965, the New York Philharmonic has offered a handful free outdoor park performances all around New York City (including Prospect Park), allowing thousands of New Yorkers from all walks of life the chance to experience some truly spectacular, world class music, at absolutely no cost. We highly recommend taking the opportunity to see some of the best orchestras in the world perform in the beautiful, relaxed outdoor setting of NYC’s public parks. The fireworks that follow are also some of the best we’ve EVER seen. Trust us — it will be a magical evening. Tip: Sit towards the center of the audience (even if you’re far away) for the best acoustics.

That’s a Wrap! Behind the Scenes at the Spring/Summer 2016 Photoshoot

June 1, 2015 in Appaman News, NYC

It’s that time of year: We’ve styled, shot, and wrapped yet another Appaman Spring/Summer collection. We have so much fun hanging out with our models and watching all of our hard work come to life on camera.

As always, it’s all hands on deck to make sure these busy few days run smoothly. It’s a challenge, and sometimes a bit hectic to keep all the clothes and kids where they need to be at the right time, but with a little teamwork and a whole lot of organization, we somehow manage to get it all done and have a good time.

We are really excited about some great new designs we have in store for our fans and wish we could show you more, but you’ll have to wait til Spring 2016 to see the full collection in stores. For now, here are a few behind the scenes photos of our recent shoot here in our Chrystie Street studio. Stay tuned til next spring!

Spring/Summer 2016 Appaman shoot

Appaman + Big Apple Parent: Four Covers in a Row!

March 30, 2015 in NYC, Press

As a New York City brand, we love to see kids around the city rocking our styles at school, on the subway, or hanging in the park. But there’s something extra cool about making the cover of one of NYC’s best family publications, not just once, but four months in a row!

Check out our gear below, featured on the cover of Big Apple Parent magazine’s December 2014, January 2015, February 2015, and March 2015 issues. Style details after the jump.

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Team Appaman’s Volunteer Day at Baby Buggy

November 4, 2014 in NYC

Many friends and fans of Appaman know that one of our favorite charities is Baby Buggy. Established by Jessica Seinfeld in 2001, Baby Buggy works with a network of over 100 established community-based organizations across the country to distribute new and gently used essentials, from cribs and strollers to clothing and bottles. Donations come from both individuals and from companies like Appaman.

After donations come in, the goods need to be sorted, folded and packed so that Baby Buggy can distribute them according to the needs of their network of organizations. Volunteers are often needed to help with this part of the process, so the staff at Appaman HQ thought it would be fun to head over to Baby Buggy’s NYC headquarters, located in the Garment District of Manhattan, and lend a hand ourselves for a couple of hours.

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We had a great time and loved getting a chance to go behind the scenes at a great organization. Thanks to everyone at Baby Buggy for hosting our crew. Keep doing what you do!

 

Barney’s Goes Back to School With Walter Martin & Appaman

September 10, 2014 in In the news, NYC, Press

Legendary department store Barney’s and musician Walter Martin have teamed up for an adorable back to school style video. Check out these great looks, featuring our very own Mod Suit and the beautiful streets of Brooklyn, NYC.

Read more about the project and watch the video here!

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