New York

Coco & Breezy's Day Off in the Catskills Is a Trip to Recharge Your Batteries

The DJs and entrepreneurs walk us through a dreamy Catskill getaway, dishing on where to eat the best desserts and showing their incredible mountain property.

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If you’re a New Yorker, you know that when you need to recharge your spiritual batteries and get in touch with nature, a weekend trip to the Catskills is always a good bet.

Coco and Breezy couldn’t agree more. “It’s so nice to leave the city and get [the] nature that you need,” said Breezy in a recent interview with Thrillist. The Catskills are like an oasis of peace for the twin DJs and entrepreneurs. It’s such a relaxing paradise that Coco swears she gets the best sleep there. “The first time that I went, I remember driving and walking out the car,” she said. “It almost felt like relief.”

Essentially, the Catskills is where you can find homey vibes away from home. In our series “Ride With Me,” Coco and Breezy give us a quintessential cozy guide to their favourite NYC escape by showing us around their beautiful property and providing all the tips on where to eat the most deliciously decadent desserts. And if you need to kick back with a cold one, don’t fret. They’re taking us to a local brewery, too.

So clear your head and breathe in the fresh air, we’re going to the Catskills!

Places to Eat & Drink

Phoenicia Diner
You just cannot pass by Phoenicia Diner without stopping in to eat. It’s Coco and Breezy’s unspoken rule.

This is the spot where you should forget all about your diet and indulge in the food, because it’s worth it. Breezy doesn’t usually eat pancakes, but when she arrives at Phoenicia Diner, all promises go out the window. “When I go there, I’m like, ‘You know what? Let me get pancakes,'” she said.

She also recommends the skillet, although she doesn’t eat that anymore since going vegan. Before making the switch, though, it was one of her favourite dishes.

Woodstock Brewery
If you’re looking to get one, two, or even three good beers, Woodstock Brewery is the spot for you.

They have outdoor seating where you can chill and look at the beautiful scenery while enjoying many different types of beers. Coco and Breezy love craft beers, and definitely recommend this brewery for them.

If you haven’t eaten before your beer session, Woodstock Brewery offers delicious snacks as well. And if you’re in a rush, they also sell beer to go.

The Pines
Coco and Breezy love the food so much that they never remember what they order. But they will tell you one thing: desserts at The Pines are divine.

Their dinner is also amazing, and the place makes for a very cute date night spot. “If you are going upstate with a little cutie, it’s small and cozy,” said Coco. “But it’s not like you’re on top of each other!”

Things to Do

The Lorca
Forget the classic grandma’s house-style cabins. The Lorca isn’t it.

“We wanted to do the opposite,” explained Coco. Before, the interiors of the houses on the property weren’t really the vibe Coco and Breezy were looking for, so they switched things up. Clean, light wood and airy spaces now brighten the houses up. “I’m so proud of that project,” said Breezy. “We’re always trying to figure out how we [can] still support the locals as we’re integrating into the Catskills.”

The Lorca features five houses-two cottages, one cabin, a house across the street, and a farmhouse. In a very idyllic mountain-cabin fashion, there’s even a stream running through the back of one of the houses.

Besides their love for the Catskills, the reason why the twins decided to invest in a property has to do with social change. “We want to bring more Black people upstate,” said Coco. When they first set foot in the Catskills, Breezy remembers they didn’t really see anybody that looked like them, and that needed to change. “We as Black people need to have ownership of land and a property,” she said.

Scribner’s Lodge
In Coco’s words, “Scribner’s is kind of a spot where you want to feel fabulous.”

Coco and Breezy DJed here years ago and still remember feeling cozy as soon as they walked in. If you’re not there to party, though, their food is amazing too. You can even sit next to the fire pit and chill with your friends, which is Coco and Breezy’s favourite hangout spot.

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Serena Tara is a Staff Writer on the News team at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

New York

Scavenge for Peeps Cookies and More Fun Treats in NYC This Easter

The best Easter desserts in NYC this spring include Easter Bunny Churros and Carrot Cake Macarons.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

As spring makes its way through New York City, not only do we get to enjoy beautiful weather, stunning cherry blossoms, and cool activities priced at $Free.99, but it’s also the perfect time for some limited-edition desserts.

With Easter fast approaching, bakeries are filling their shops with tons of chocolate eggs, carrot cake-flavoured everything and all types of flavours that offer both nostalgia and innovation within the city’s dessert landscape. After you’ve picked up a cake from the city’s best new bakeries, from Easter Bunny Churros to Carrot Cake Macarons, here are 8 Easter desserts to try in NYC right now.

Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery

Magnolia Bakery

Throughout April
Various locations
There’s great news for devotees of Magnolia Bakery’s Classic Banana Pudding: For Easter, the spot is mixing up the iconic dessert’s vanilla pudding with some carrot cake. The Carrot Cake Pudding is filled with freshly grated carrots, coconuts, pineapples, raisins, and walnuts. And if both bananas and carrots aren’t your thing, they’ll be offering their Classic Vanilla Cupcakes in pastel colours with a Cadbury chocolate egg hidden inside.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

Funny Face Bakery

Through Easter Sunday
NoHo and Seaport
Known for their celebrity face and meme-worthy decorated cookies, fans of Funny Face Bakery know that a new fun design is always just around the corner. For Easter, they’ve created the adorable Hoppy Easter decorated cookie that resembles a classic box of marshmallow Peeps. Along with that, they also have the return of their fan-favourite Caramel Pretzel Chip cookie flavour, plus a set of three mini-decorated cookies perfect for gifting.

The Doughnut Project

Friday, April 7 through Easter Sunday
West Village
With the ever-changing flavours at The Doughnut Project, it’s super easy to miss out on trying out a new debut. But this Easter weekend, there will be two new flavours available. One is of course, a carrot cake doughnut topped with a cream cheese glaze, and the other is known as the Doughnut Nest-a French cruller “nest” with a cream-filled doughnut hole “egg” in the centre.

Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour

The Fragile Flour

Wednesday, April 5 through Easter Sunday
East Village
For stellar vegan desserts this holiday, head to The Fragile Flour, a plant-based bakery and dessert wine bar. They’re known for going all out for each holiday with a variety of new pastry options that you can pair perfectly with a glass of wine. This Easter, they’ll have a whole dessert menu that’s both delicious and gorgeous for posting on IG. The menu includes Stuffed Carrot Cake Cookies, a Lemon Cake (whole or by the slice), some festive cupcakes, and specialty macarons.

Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Through mid April
Midtown
For a luxurious take on Easter chocolates, browse the selections available at Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate. You can even pick the Easter Signature Chef’s Selection for a special box curated by award-winning chefs. For something other than chocolate, choose between the Carrot Cake Macarons or the cake flavored Easter Marshmallow Trio, both of which are almost too cute to eat.

La Churreria

Throughout April
Nolita
This churro-centric spot is putting the cutest Easter spin on their crispy cinnamon churros by twisting them up into bunnies and bunny ears. At Churreria, choose from a Bunny Churro Lollipop topped with your choice of chocolate or dulce de leche and sprinkles, or the bunny ear churros in the Ube and Matcha ice cream sundae or the Ube Milkshake, both of which are made with ice cream from il laboratorio del gelato.

Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci

Lafayette

Throughout April
NoHo
You’ve surely seen this croissant tons of times while scrolling through IG or TikTok, whether it’s the Pain au Chocolat one or the latest of the month. Known as Supr√™mes, these filled croissants went viral and continue to live up to the hype each time a new flavour comes out. April’s flavour-sour cherry amaretto with a Luxardo custard and toasted almonds. While you’ll have to be super early and wait in line during one of their three drops of the day to get a taste, we promise you it’ll be worth it.

Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain

Levain

Seasonal
Various locations
We all know the iconic cookies from Levain-they’re gigantic, perfectly crispy and chewy, and well worth the long lines. For spring, the shop is launching a new flavour: Caramel Coconut Chocolate Chip. Filled with gooey caramel chips, fresh shredded coconut, and melty dark chocolate, it’s one you’ve got to try while it’s still around. To further celebrate the new season, all of Levain’s storefronts will be decked out in spring floral displays, serving as the perfect backdrop for pictures.

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Alaina Cintron is an Editorial Assistant at Thrillist. Her work can also be found in Westchester Magazine, Girls’ Life, and Spoon University. When she’s not at her desk typing away, you can find her exploring a local coffee shop or baking a new recipe.

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