FAVORITES: NEW YORK

August 29th, 2012

The question I’m asked most often is: ‘what are your absolute favorites?’ That’s a tough question because everything on my site is a favorite, otherwise I won’t write about it. But if I have to narrow them down to a shortlist of the best addresses, so you can print it out and take it with you, you have found the right page. Here you go: my favorites, all Tried & Tested, in New York! Enjoy!

SLEEP

The Nolitan
Area: Nolita, 30 Kenmare Street, (212) 925-2555, www.nolitanhotel.com 
Welcomes: travellers who want to get out there, discovering Nolita, by bike or by skate board.
Loves: the color red. From the packaging of the soap to your in-room yoga mat.
PP-tip: hire their bikes and cross the Williamsburg bridge.
Your tip:
(Read my review here)  

Hôtel Americano
Area: Chelsea, 518 West 27th Street, (212) 525-0000, www.hotel-americano.com
Welcomes: travellers with their Latin-American charme. And if Scarlet Johansson likes it, who are we to discuss it?
Loves: to guide you to their rooftop for the best view over Manhattan.
PP-tip: order room service. It comes in a fantastic Bento-box.
Your tip:
(Read my review here)   

Wythe Hotel
Area: Williamsburg, 80 Wythe Avenue, (718) 460-8000, www.wythehotel.com
Welcomes: hipsters who want to stay in Brooklyn instead of Manhattan.
Loves: to invite artists to paint the walls surrounding the hotel. Oh, and they love to keep it affordable.
PP-tip: go to their rooftop for a stunning view over Manhattan.
Your tip:
(Read my review here)   

EAT 

The Fat Radish
Area: Lower East Side, 17 Orchard Street, (212) 300-4053, www.thefatradishnyc.com
Welcomes: people who love food made with love – and local, organic ingredients.
Loves: to show you their daily menu printed on the huge mirror hanging in the back of the restaurant.
PP-tip: perfect place for a date night because of the beautiful atmosphere.
Your tip:
(Read my review here)   

Colonie Brooklyn
Area: Brooklyn Heights, 127 Atlantic Avenue, (718) 855-7500, www.colonienyc.com
Welcomes: the neighbourhood, from kids to their grand-parents.
Loves: to serve their weekend brunch.
PP-tip: be on time in the weekend, because it gets quite busy and you can’t make a reservation.
Your tip:
(Read my review here)   

The Dutch
Area: Soho, 131 Sullivan Street, (212) 677-6200, www.thedutchnyc.com
Welcomes: a culinary crowd who loves to taste the work of Andrew Carmellini, topchef from New York.
Loves: to open the floor-to-ceiling windows when the sun is out.
PP-tip: try to get a table for weekend brunch and order their fresh granola.
Your tip:
(Read my review here)   

Gran Electrica
Area: Dumbo,  5 Front Street, (718) 852-2789, www.granelectrica.com
Welcomes: guests with a thing for the Mexican kitchen.
Loves: to serve you typical Mexican lemonade instead of a Fanta Limon. And it’s really refreshing.
PP-tip: get up close and personal with the wall paper, where you will find all sorts of typical Dumbo sights appearing.
Your tip:
(Read my review here)   

Tartinery Nolita
Area: Nolita, 209 Mulberry Street, (212) 300-5838, www.tartinery.com
Welcomes: hipsters, families, groups, locals. Everyone is basically welcome.
Loves: to serve you tartines, typical French breads with delicious toppings.
PP-tip: try the roast chicken on the tartine. Good for lunch.
Your tip:
(Read my review here)  

Isa
Area: Williamsburg, 348 Wythe Avenue, (347) 689-3594, www.isa.cc
Welcomes: you into a cozy chalet where you see the chefs preparing your dishes close to your table.
Loves: to make a different menu everyday with stuff like octopus and porridge. Special!
PP-tip: make a reservation in advance, people from Manhattan actually cross the bridge to eat here, so you’ll understand that it’s quite popular.
Your tip:
(Read my review here)   

Redfarm
Area: West Village, 529 Hudson Street, (212) 792-9700, www.redfarmnyc.com
Welcomes: everyone who is on time. No reservations, so it’s like an Apple store opening. Everyone is waiting in line to get a table as if it’s the newest iPad.
Loves: to serve you Pac Man Shrimp Dumplings.
PP-tip: don’t go for one dish, but try several dishes and share them with your friend – and order the Pac Man dumplings.
Your tip:
(Read my review here)  

Reynards
Area: Williamsburg,  80 Wythe Avenue, (718) 460-8000, www.wythehotel.com
Welcomes: guests from the Wythe Hotel, tourists, locals.
Loves: to serve you all day. From breakfast till a late night drink.
PP-tip: Stay away from Bedford Avenue and discover Wythe Avenue: it’s upcoming brother.
Your tip:
(Read my review here)   

COFFEE

Toby’s Estate Coffee
Area: Williamsburg, 125 North 6th Street, (347) 457-6160, www.tobysestate.com
Welcomes: all those Americans who love to taste a cup of Australian coffee. Toby’s Estate has it’s roots in Australia.
Loves: coffee ofcourse.
PP-tip: if you want to get some work done, take your Macbook and log in on their free wifi.
Your tip:
(Read my review here)  

Saturday’s Surf
Area: Soho, 31 Crosby Street, (212) 966-7875, www.saturdaysnyc.comWelcomes: surfers with a relaxing attitude, and busy business men who quickly sneak in to get a cup of La Colombe coffee.
Loves: to talk about surf – and you can’t leave the store without a cup of coffee.
PP-tip: there’s a great outside patio behind the store. Perfect place to drink your latte.
Your tip:
(Read my review here)   

Lost Weekend
Area: Lower East Side, 45 Orchard Street, (917) 261-2401, www.lostweekendnyc.com
Welcomes: the neighbourhood for a cup of Blue Bottle coffee.
Loves: to sell beautiful stuff like weekend bags and Malin + Goetz beauty stuff.
PP-tip: try an ice-coffee. Refreshing.
Your tip:
(Read my review here)    

SHOP

BookMarc
Area: West Village, 400 Bleecker Street, (212) 620-4021, www.marcjacobs.com
Welcomes: everyone with a thing for stationary.
Loves: to come up with different collections of pencils, iPad covers, notebooks and much more.
PP-tip: buy the  pencils with funny texts on it – or the ‘things I’ve never get done’ list.
Your tip:
(Read my review here)  

Aesop
Area: Nolita, 232 Elizabeth Street, +1 877 60 AESOP, www.aesop.com
Welcomes: beauty addicts all over the world.
Loves: to tell you about the latest products and let you try them.
PP-tip: take a close look at the interior and you will see that it’s made out of old copies of the New York Times. Stunning.
Your tip:
(Read my review here)  

The Future Perfect
Area: Williamsburg,  115 North 6th Street, (212) 473-2500, www.thefutureperfect.com
Welcomes: home interior fans.
Loves: to sell interior items you want to buy immediately, like rugs and couches but also small things like cups, cushions and children toys.
PP-tip: buy the I love NY mug. Not the typical tourist souvenir, but one with a design look.
Your tip:
(Read my review here)  

Treasure & Bond
Area: Soho, 350 West Broadway, (646) 669-9049, www.treasureandbond.com
Welcomes: you into a massive store where you can find fashion, interior, stationary and much more.
Loves: to give to charity. 100% of the profits goes to charities benefitting children in New York.
PP-tip: go to the table on the right side of the store where you will find cards, notebooks and other fun stuff.
Your tip:
(Read my review here)    

Project no.8
Area: NoMad, 22 West 29th Street, (212) 725 0008, www.projectno8.com
Welcomes: guests from the Ace Hotel, but also locals who are in for a nice gift.
Loves: to put their collection of goodies into the beautiful green cupboard.
PP-tip: there was a fantastic bathing suit for children hanging there. To make your child the belle of the beach.
Your tip:
(Read my review here)  

Uniqlo
Area: Korea Town, 31 West 34th Street, 1-877-4UNIQLO, www.uniqlo.com 
Welcomes: guests from all over the world in need for beautiful minimalistic garments.
Loves: to be affordable.
PP-tip: buy all of your simple t-shirts here. Such a good quality and they’re not expensive at all.
Your tip:

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