EXPLORE NYC WITH THE HELP OF SOME OF OUR FAVORITE PEOPLE
Find what places inspire some of New York’s most celebrated designers. Take on the city’s best with picks from some of our favorite design bloggers, gurus and artists. Explore local shops and restaurants in America’s artistic metropolis where creative magic takes place. Whether you’re on a search for the perfect antique lamp or simply the perfect post-movie drink, these experts have you covered.
Don’t let the name trick you – men and women alike will adore the dark and edgy selection of antiques at Mantiques. It specializes in 20th century oddities with roughness and quirk. A bold array of vintage Hermes tins, ceramic and bronze animal sculptures, skulls, globes, and mannequins fill every crevice of this shop with gothic bliss.
146 West 22nd Street #1, New York, NY 10011
Intimate Parisian bistro? Check. Balthazar is Brooklyn’s French brasserie that specializes in savory confections like goat cheese torte with caramelized onions and duck shepherd’s pie. If the main courses aren’t enough to tempt you, stay for dessert. They have vanilla bread pudding and, of course, crème brûlée.
80 Spring Street, New York, NY 10012
The Spotted Pig
Stop by The Spotted Pig for fresh, seasonal European cuisine in a close quarters atmosphere. It specializes in Italian and British dishes that are pure comfort food. The blue cheese burger with shoestring fries is a classic favorite, or opt for a more traditional grilled steak with beets and horseradish cream.
314 West 11th Street, New York, NY 10014
Natalie Holbrook’s Picks
It makes sense that celebrities frequent Patsy’s – they enjoy the comfort of homemade Italian food as much as we do. Enjoy the authentic family environment with an intense dose of hearty Italian cuisine. Dishes include traditional meat and seafood delicacies like stuffed calamari and veal cutlet parmigiana.
236 West 56th Street, New York, NY 10019
With floor-to-ceiling French windows, relaxing jazz, and an overall European vibe, Cafe Lalo is the perfect place to enjoy a cappuccino and croissant. Whether you fancy a bountiful brunch of smoked fish and fresh breads, or simply an evening glass of cognac, Cafe Lalo has you covered.
8365 W. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA
Steven Alan Outpost
Fashionable bargain hunters, your haven awaits. Unlike other Steven Alan shops, this “discount boutique” won’t break your bank. Step inside for summer dresses, men’s button down shirts, and sensible tees and tanks. It also houses a wide array of preppy designer sunglasses and shoes for both sexes.
465 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10024
Melina Hammer’s Picks
Tipsy Parson’s “belly-filling goodness” claim is on point. Feel comfortable and cozy with large wooden tables, homestyle decor, and an abundance of local American cuisine. Unwind with a cup of Stumptown Coffee, lemon cornmeal pancakes, or shrimp and grits with fried green tomatoes for dinner.
156 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10011
212.620.4545 SEE MORE >
Simple, charming and French. Buvette is a quaint and cozy go-to destination for a Sunday brunch as well as a dinner date. The atmosphere matches the menu with a small but carefully-constructed selection. Try steamed eggs with prosciutto for brunch and chicken and mushrooms stewed in red wine for dinner.
42 Grove Street, New York, NY 10014
212.255.3590 SEE MORE >
Michele Varian’s SoHo shop is a fantasyland of ornate silk pillows, dainty cutlery, and avant-garde framed artwork. Varian’s store challenges the imagination and pushes the boundaries of contemporary design with a vast array of not-your-average baubles and decor.
27 Howard Street, New York, NY, 10013
212.226.1076 SEE MORE >
Bklyn Larder is a celebration of good food. A retail cheese and provisions shop specializing in sustainably produced ingredients, Bklyn Larder is a welcoming place to find and enjoy hand-crafted cheeses, homemade prepared foods, and hard-to-find grocery items.
228 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217
718.783.1250 SEE MORE >
Every city has those trendy cocktail bars that claim to be the best in town, but Clover Club might just be the best in the country. Established during the turn of the 19th century in the Bellevue Hotel by a group of journalists, their elite club was the place to drink, talk, and unwind – if you could get in.
210 Smith Street, New York, NY 11201
718.855.7939 SEE MORE >
At RePOP, there’s no shortage of retro finds you never expected to love, but now need to have. It has a diverse selection of vintage household goods and decor that will suit even the most eclectic tastes. Uncover the gems hiding between these thrifty hand-me-downs and mid-century knick-knacks.
143 Roebling Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211
718.260.8032 SEE MORE >
Mara Kofoed’s Picks
Feed your appetite and your conscience. The beauty of Applewood is its commitment to local sourcing. Although in Brooklyn, this restaurant only serves fresh, sustainable ingredients from local farms. Stop by for homemade sourdough dumplings or braised Vermont lamb with sweet potato puree.
501 11th Street, New York, NY 11215
Sweet Paul’s Picks
Finally, a stylish shop for the urban gardener. GRDN is a go-to destination for garden ornaments, furniture, organizational containers, cookbooks and tableware. A full-service florist as well, GRDN is stocked with fresh flowers, plants, and even berries and herbs for a creative twist on arrangements.
301 Hoyt Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217
This self-acclaimed “Brooklyn toy shop” lets the imagination run wild. Acorn’s heirloom quality products are handcrafted for children to learn and explore. Made by artists, whimsical and unique toys will stimulate the mind and become instant favorites with children and adults alike. Think Waldorf dolls, mushroom nightlights, and tents for stargazing.
323 Atlanta Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11201