New York City is a dream (isn't this is the first time you’ve ever heard that). Here's a small collection of our go-to spots!
Where to stay
The William Vale Hotel- Williamsburg, Brooklyn
First off, if you’ve never been to Williamsburg, Brooklyn- you need to. The perks? It’s basically a hipper Manhattan, literally minutes away from lower Manhattan on the L train (and if possible, a touch less expensive). This past trip, I spent the weekend at the William Vale Hotel, and am already planning my next stay- it was THAT amazing. This hotel is stunning, modern but homey, has the most insane views, not to mention a massive rooftop bar with spectacular views and cocktails, and the most beautiful pool I’ve ever seen city-side. The only thing I’d change? Perhaps the weather so I could’ve taken a dip in that outdoor paradise. ALSO- their restaurant Leuca is hands down one of the best Italian restaurants I've ever been to. Not one to typically recommend hotel restaurants, but wow- read more in where to eat. (Lastly, 10/10 staff, so cool and friendly, and incredibly accommodating).
The Arlo - SOHO, Manhattan
If you like the hustle and bustle of the city, then staying in Manhattan can be for you! In Kyla's opinion, this hotel is the perfect cozy getaway + she says the beds are like sleeping on a cloud. Her favourite part of the hotel? A huge candy bar in the lobby. Sweet tooth friends, rejoice! She's also into fitness, so having the dog pound across the street was key.
Where to eat + drink
The Dutch, SOHO: The Dutch has been a favourite of mine ever since recommended by my friend Nathan. The interior is spacious and modern, and it does beautiful American food like oysters or the ever so popular fried chicken. Perfect for a dinner with the girls.
Jack's Wife Freda, SOHO: An intimate spot in SOHO with a limited but delicious menu with a middle eastern influence. Highly recommend for Brunch or dinner.
SakaMai, Lower East Side: American meets hip Japanese. The cheese potatoes with salted squid- need I say more. It's a super cool spot on the lower east side with great cocktails, perfect for if you're craving a more unique menu!
Pizza Beach, Lower East Side: The name alone is clear as to why I'm a fan. Avocado pie, Poke- you name it they have it. And tiki cocktails- how could we say no?
Prune, Lower East Side: Everything is millennial pink- pre millennial pink times, even the servers outfits. It's the details at Prune, like the handwritten menus, super cute spot with classic good eats.
Clinton Street Baking Co., Lower East Side: This actually was a spot I visited first in Tokyo and fell in LOVE WITH. They incorporate their homemade biscuits into basically every breakfast dish and they are amazingly delicious. Can't miss spot for brunch!
Leuca, Williamsburg: Honestly, the lemon ricotta pancakes were the most delicious breakfast I never ordered but got to eat off of Pam's plate. The space is rustic but super chic, HIGHLY recommend for both brunch and dinner- and head to Westlight after for a drink!
Where to cocktail:
The Flower Shop: (Downstairs bar) This place became a staple when I visited with two of my girlfriends in June. It’s called a vintage feel like you’re stepping into your Grandmother’s living room, and the crowd is great. Come for casual cocktails!
Apotheke: Mixologists dressed like pharmacists in a dimly lit cocktail bar. Decently pricey but outstanding drinks.
Stanton Social: Great "after-work" type spot, big and industrial, with really good food as well.
Westlight (Williamsburg): 26th floor of the William Vale, Westlight has some of the most incredible views of Manhattan, with an outdoor terrasse and beautiful bar space inside. There was a lineup outside for our entire stay but no line if you're a guest at the hotel!
Where I always stop to SHOP
Kith: I love their in-house line, they carry a variety of very rad brands, and have one of the best sneaker collections in NYC. When stopping into Kith, you must make a stop at Kith Women across the street (entirely for the ladies).
Flight Club: Think of any sneaker you’ve ever wanted- it’s most likely here (but you’ve gotta be willing to pay for it).
NikeLab: It's only in a handful of cities, so it's worth popping by when you have the chance!
RoundTwo Vintage: If you haven’t seen their YouTube show, I highly recommend it. Starting in Richmond, VA, spreading to LA and now opening a store in NYC, these guys have the coolest vintage and current streetwear collections at pretty competitive prices!
FiveStory: Curated pieces from up and coming designers at actually affordable prices!
Personnel of New York: Curated boutique with ready to wear pieces- definitely the cool spot!
Opening Ceremony: I love their in-house line so I'm a bit biased, but they also carry rad collabs, and every low key label that will likely be very big in 6 months!
Some honourable mentions I like to go to:
Dover Street Market (like mentioned in my London city guide, DSM is only in a handful of cities and curates some very rad brands. Head to it even if only for the gallery inspiration)
The Apartment by the Line
Hope you guys swing by some of my fave spots next time you're in town! xo
If you want to see more of this past NYC trip, you can watch Allana's vlog below!