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Most of my friends are much healthier eaters than I. My favorite meals in New York include dim sum brunch at Jing Fong, chicken fried chicken at the Cowgirl Hall of Fame, and brisket sandwiches at Katz’s Deli.
If I don’t want a salad, sometimes I’m on my own. Soo, I’ve decided to do a little solo exploration of some restaurants in New York this summer while I’m there. Here are some places I want to check out:
I love this guide that Kate, a friend of Garance Dore, posted on the site with her favorite New York picks. I thought the guide was relaxed and local without being overly “in-the-know” or self-consciously obscure. Nor was it too scene-y.
Actually, a lot of her recommendations were places that remind me of my childhood.
Some of my favorite places on this list include: Kirna Zabete, Bar Pitti, Ray’s Pizza on 11th, La Esquina, Cafe Szabarsky at Neue Gallerie, and obviously Upright Citizens Brigade!!!
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Here are some lovely photos my sister took of spring doorways in NYC.
It’s FINALLY that week in New York when the weather turns and heads upwards of sixty, and everyone pulls out their t-shirts and flip-flops and heads to the nearest park. Thank goodness! Unfortunately I’ll only be able to enjoy a week of this before I’m out of the country once more.
- tUnE-yArDs – Bizness
- The Strokes – The Modern Age
- Paul Simon – Gumboots
- Mos Def – Summertime
- Rilo Kiley – Breakin’ Up
- The Strokes – Under the Cover of Darkness
- Shugo Tokumaru – Rum Hee
- Beirut – After the Curtain
- Apollo Sunshine – Breeze
- Tommy Toussaint – Sloppy Sentimentalists
- Annuals – Complete or Completing
…and I think they’re best listened to in that order.
Mick Margo is my new favorite store. It’s located at 19 Commerce Street, a little street off of 7th Avenue near Barrow (which is a little out of the way for almost everyone.) Nevertheless, it’s totally worth looking for. It embodies for me everything I love about the West Village, where I grew up. The store itself is incredibly charming: light and airy, with a wrought iron bench outside, and a mirror shaped like a huge cream picture frame.
Mick Margo is named after the owner’s dapper London grandfather, and the website writes that “The store embodies a British sensibility drawing from different elements of the Margo style brought to life by a modern New York City woman.” I like it! The website seems to have many more brands than I saw in the store, but I loved the bit that I saw there. Included were: Alexander Wang, Isabel Marant (including some delicious sweats), Wren, Clu, Catherine Holstein, Rachel Comey, Sissi Rossi bags, and Bensimon sneakers. Anyway, it won me over entirely.
19 Commerce St
Mon-Wed,Fri-Sat 12pm-7pm; Thu 12pm-8pm; Sun 12pm-6pm
Subway Stop: 1 at Christopher St.-Sheridan Sq., A, B, C, D, E, F, V at W. 4th St.-Washington Sq.
The other day, I went to check out Pas de Deux (for the blog bien sur, strictly business) in the East Village, which is the new womenswear counterpart to Odin, the menswear favorite of the East Village. (Get it–Pas de Deux?) I liked Pas de Deux…the design is clean and chic with a checkered gray floor and pretty chandeliers, very Parisienne. But I wasn’t blown away. The brands are admittedly good, but the selection is pretty standard: Alexander Wang, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Rag and Bone (the three of which I’m beginning to think of as the troika), Clu, and Vena Cava. There are also Repetto shoes and accessories (including some cute sunglasses.)Worth a visit if you’re in the East Village.
PAS DE DEUX:
328 E. 11th St., between First and Second Avenues
I am absolutely head-over-heels nutso about Phillip Lim. I think it is perhaps likely that he follows me around New York City, taking note of my style and personality, and then designs his clothes accordingly. In my fantasy, one day I turn around and notice him stalking me, and then our eyes meet…and the rest is history.
I’m not so keen on blogging about designers that one can find all over the place, but Phillip Lim had to be an exception. His designs are full of classic grace and ease, full of craft and beautiful details. Vogue described his designs as “pretty-but-cool clothes” that “don’t try too hard” which I think is spot on, really. Here is what his designs are NOT:
- over the top
- rock and roll
- super trendy
Here is a great article about him: http://nymag.com/fashion/features/34973/
His store is great too. Not too big, simple, lined with racks on each side. They have been having lots of sales recently, 40% off a lot.
3.1 PHILLIP LIM
115 Mercer St (between Spring Street and Prince Street)
New York, NY 10012
Mon-Sat 11am-7pm, Sun 12pm-6pm
Who is the buyer for OTTE? I feel that they are a true kindred spirit. Every piece in the store seems so in place, so thoughtfully chosen…It feels like walking into someone’s amazing closet (they even have a small lingerie rack.)
Carries girlish but sophisticated brands, think: T by Alexander Wang, See by Chloe, Claudie Pierlot, Catherine Holstein, Pencey, Sonia Rykiel, and Vanessa Bruno. They also have a lot of jeans by JBrand and Current/ Elliott, bags by Lauren Merkin and others, and shoes by Loeffler Randall, etc. In their own words, “OTTE offers casual to dressy looks with a sexy, urbane twist.”
I haven’t really done a very good job explaining why Otte is special…All I can say is that it is really quite lovely, filled with soft cottons and fluttering pattered silks, and worth a visit. There is one store in the West Village, one in Brooklyn, and one on the Upper East Side (across the street from my high school, although it wasn’t there when I was.)
(note: they don’t hold items, which is sort of annoying, and some of their items, like the Love Quotes scarves, are non-returnable or even exchangeable!)
121 Greenwich Ave
New York, NY 10014
T. 212 229 9424
132 N 5th St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
T. 718 302 3007
STORE HOURS WV + BK
Mon to Sat: 12pm – 8pm
Sunday: 12pm – 6pm
1281 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10128
T. 212 289 2644
Mon to Sat: 11am – 7pm
Sunday: 11am – 6pm
Bergdorfs has a bit of a reputation as being stuffy, but I like it there too. What’s the difference between Barneys and Bergdorfs? It’s tempting to make a Carrie/ Charlotte analogy, but I’ll resist.
Bergdorfs is more classic, more old-world/ old-money than Barneys, but it has its strong suits. Namely:
-Bigger departments, including beauty, and accessories.
-5F, Bergdorfs’ answer to Co-op, seems geared towards a slightly JAP-ier, slightly less edgy client, HOWEVER: they definitely carry brands that Co-op does not, like Y-Yigal, Elizabeth & James, See by Chloe, and Rebecca Taylor. Also, 5F has its own cafe (although to be honest I think it’s a little silly.)
-Apparently there is also a hair salon on the 9th floor? I did not know that.
It’s hard for me to weigh in on 5 of the 6 clothing floors in Bergdorfs because I can’t afford to buy designer wear, and thus (admittedly) don’t really know the difference between the two Big Bs, but…in terms of 5F and Co-op, what I like about 5F is that it has a bit of a timeless quality to it. Whereas Co-op sometime agressively pushes edgy styles, 5F is more likely to have a range of classics, like good summertime sundresses. Also, Bergdorfs has truly amazing windows (sorry, Simon Doonan.)
Like Barney’s, Bergdorfs if fully equipped with its own bridal salon, enormous shoe salon, home decoration section, and overpriced restaurant.
754 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10019
Monday–Friday 10–8. Saturday 10–7. Sunday 12–6.