If you’re heading over to the Big Apple this autumn, don’t miss our guide on where to eat, sleep and shop:
Shopping: Roman & Williams Guild, 53 Howard Street, NY 10013
Interiors shop, florist, bookshop, restaurant – visit this downtown Soho hotspot and you’ll never want to leave. The 7,000 square foot flagship is from the interiors firm behind The Boom Boom Room at The Standard and Gwyneth Paltrow’s former Tribeca apartment. It is filled with their Founding Collection, consisting of furniture (their daybed is particular inviting), lighting, sculptures and much, much more. The ‘library’ is curated by Phaidon and the French inspired restaurant, La Mercerie Café is delicious – don’t miss the buckwheat pancakes.
Shopping: John Derian, 6, 8 and 10 East 2nd Street, NY 10003
There is nothing quite like the pleasure of visiting the quirky interiors emporium that is John Derian and Company (three separate shops next door to each other). Filled with decoupage plates and paperweights as well as furniture, prints, imported French quilts, table linens and other ephemera, Mr Derian manages to combine wit with great taste. All of of his items are handmade in his studio in New York along with some of our favourite European labels such as Antoinette Poisson and Astier de Villatte. You’ll be sorely tempted to buy and take almost everything home.
Shopping: Glossier, 123 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10013
Don’t miss this fun and dreamily outfitted shop where you can try out samples from the cult beauty brand which has made its founder, Emily Weiss, a financial ‘unicorn’ (fast work as she only set up the company in 2014 and this shop opened less than a year ago). Dismiss any thoughts that this is a millennial only brand – although you may find many 20-somethings at the shop – make no mistake that they really do work on all ages. Our particular favourites are the Milky Jelly Cleanser with Vitamin B5 ($18), the Priming Moisturizer Rich ($35) which is a brilliant base for makeup and of course, their best seller, the Boy Brow ($16).
Shopping: The Webster, 29 Greene Street, Ny 10013
This six storey house in Soho (which took four years to restore) is the spot to pick up some designer labels such as Chanel and Gucci from the tightly edited selection by founder and Creative Director, Laura Heliard Dubreuil. This is shopping without the crowds as it very much feels like somebody’e personal home and there’s even a branch of David Mallett, the Parisian celebrity hairdresser, on the fifth floor, his only other post outside of Paris.
Eating: Pastis, 52 Gansevoort Street, NY 10014
Having been a hugely popular staple on NY’s dining scene, Keith McNally’s French inspired restaurant became a victim of it’s own success and shut down. After a five year hiatus, however, Pastis reopened in June just around the corner from the original location and seems to have recaptured it’s original glory (that might be also due to the furniture, tiles and even phone number which were held over from the previous venue). The menu is still the same heavenly mixture of salade nicoise and steak frites with a few new additions. Perfect for lunch after visiting the nearby Whitney Museum of Modern Art via The Highline.
Eating: Russ & Daughters, various locations around NY
Established over 100 years ago, there isn’t a better place (we think) in NYC to pick up fresh bagels and some cured or smoked fish with cream cheese. Pick up a take away or if you’d rather sit down, visit their cafe on Orchard Street or the restaurant at the Jewish Museum on 5th Avenue (they also have another location in Brooklyn). This place never changes and we like it that way.
Eating: Dominique Ansel, various locations around NY
You’ll have probably heard of the Cronut – it’s the reason why there’s very often a queue outside these small bakeries in Soho and the West Village. While it brought fame for Ansel, it definitely isn’t the French Pastry Chef’s only offering and you’ll find it hard to choose between the Frozen S’Mores, the Cookie shot and the Blossoming Hot Chocolate. A real treat.
Tim and Kit Kemp founded a sucessful recipe for boutique hotels in London with branches such as the Convent Garden, a firm celebrity favourite. Their first New York hotel, The Crosby, has a great location behind Soho and captures the same comfortable but cool vibe whilst their second opening, The Whitby is uptown near all the major museums and two blocks from Central Park. The rooms are substantial (rare in New York where rooms can be hardly bigger than a broom cupboard) and we particularly like the sunny terrace outside at The Crosby for lunch.
Note: This guide only covers Manhattan but we do believe that a visit to New York wouldn’t be complete without visiting some of the amazing restaurants and shops in Brooklyn and one of our favourite spots, the beautiful Brooklyn Botanic Gardens at Prospect Park (www.bbg.org), 52 acres of amazing fauna.