Nicky's Guide to New York

I’ve been lucky enough to travel to New York for the past 10 years for work. When I leave this time to visit one of my favourite cities in the world, I think I may have racked up my 22nd visit! Whether I go with my husband, my sister or one of our dedicated Calexico stylists I love exploring the latest the Big Apple has to offer. Needless to say, I can call New York a second home and there is nothing more than I love than helping friends and clients with their stay in the city that never sleeps. Whatever you’re looking for I hope I have it covered in my list below - however the options are never-ending. I also must mention my list is a little Downtown biased as that’s where most of my work appointments are, so I do tend to spend a lot more time down lower Manhattan. I would love to go to NYC soon purely for relaxation and hit up the awesome Brooklyn and Uptown spots I don’t get time to visit.

Coffee & Breakfast

TAKE AWAY BREAKFAST
SMILE TO GO CAFE

A local favourite in Soho 9 (though there are two other locations) I go here for coffee and take away brekkie and lunch when I’m on the run. Great bacon and egg rolls to cure that one too many martini’s the night before! smiletogonyc.com @smiletogonyc

A STRONG COFFEE
NINTH STREET ESPRESSO

My favourite coffee spot in New York for strong coffee on the go. Its located inside the Chelsea Markets. With so many fashion appointments in the Chelsea area I always pop in here first thing for my double piccolo fix to get my day happening. ninthstreetespresso.com @ninthstreetespresso

A DOSE OF AUSTRALIA
TWO HANDS

If you’re feeling homesick go here. For the most instagrammable breakfast with a side of Aussie banter try Two Hands! Now with two locations as it’s so popular – from açaí bowls to corn fritters they have everything most American breakfasts lack. twohandsnyc.com @twohandsnyc

A FAB AUSSIE BREKKIE
RUBYS CAFE

Check this other Aussie café out if you’re craving poached eggs or a healthy chicken salad. Reliable, yummy pit stop that you can refuel at quickly when shopping around Soho. Great tunes and great coffee to boot! rubyscafe.com @rubyscafe

GO FRENCH
BUVETTE

A trendy take on a traditional French café – my husband loves the steamed eggs, I love the mini croissants with jam - and they also do great coffee, a bit of a sceney place and great people watching! Julieanne Moore was sitting next to us one day we were there! ilovebuvette.com @buvettenyc

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Lunch & Dinner

EVERYTHING IS AMAZING
ABC KITCHEN

I love this place! I have been here for both lunch and dinner, but I prefer lunch here - they do a great pre fixe menu here so you can try a bit of everything. OMG! AMAZING! abchome.com @abccarpetandhome

LOBSTER SOUP DUMPLINGS
RED FARM

I love this fun Chinese restaurant in West Village. It’s got great atmosphere and fabulous cocktails. They have really unique dishes – my recommendation is the Lobster Soup Dumplings! Crazy Good - then head over to Employees Only afterwards for a nightcap. redfarmnyc.com @redfarmnyc

TUNA TARTARE WHEELS
BOND STREET

This place has become a tradition of ours. I will go here with my husband purely for as glass of champagne and the Tuna Tartare Wheels - the absolute bomb! A meal you cannot share, make sure you order one serve each. (Sometimes we go here for entrée and head over to Il Buco over the road for mains! ) Everything else on the menu is fantastic – a great buzzy vibe. There is a bar downstairs where you can have cocktails before you make your way up to the restaurant. bondstrestaurant.com @6bondst

INTIMATE ITALIAN
I SODI

For something a little more intimate book a place at the bar at I Sodi - this small little Italian restaurant in the diverse Christopher Street in the West Village is quite romantic and you can get to meet some interesting folk at the bar… the pasta is amazing - and their wine selection is awesome! You can also head over to Via Carota - the sister restaurant of I Sodi for a more relaxed neighbourhood vibe - and also Italian. isodinyc.com @ritasodi

NEXT LEVEL MEXICAN
COSME

A cool refined Mexican restaurant in the Flatiron District -it’s been around for about 5 years, but it still deserves the hype. It’s a sexy Mexican restaurant, dimly lit and a really interesting take on Mexican with amazing local wines. For something different I would definitely go here. cosmenyc.com @cosmenyc

LATE NIGHT JAPANESE
BLUE RIBBON SUSHI

Another cool Japanese restaurant that is open late, sometimes I go here after a Broadway show as it’s not so busy and they serve food quite late is Blue Ribbon Sushi on Thompson Street in Soho - the best damn Dragon rolls I have ever had! blueribbonrestaurants.com @eatblueribbon

FRENCH VIET PARTY VIBES
INDOCHINE

Another party vibe favourite of mine - French Vietnamese cuisine- it’s definitely a people watching place, a lot of the fashion pack go here. I’ve bumped into Jonathon Simkhai here one night! Hang out at the bar before sitting down – they really do have amazing cocktails! indochinenyc.com @indochinenyc

INSIDE/OUTSIDE ASIAN FUSION
CHINESE TUXEDO

This place is a little gem in Chinatown. Love the eclectic take on Asian fusion and love the vibe here – lots of fun and amazing cocktail choices. Lots of great vegetarian and vegan choices as well! chinesetuxedo.com @chinesetuxedo

FRENCH BISTRO DONE RIGHT
PASTIS

Some may know this institution from Sex and The City from when it was at its peak in the late nineties? It’s now renovated and reopened and better than ever. I love the atmosphere at this packed French bistro with all the classic meals you know and love. It’s great to sit outside during the day when the weather is fine. Outstanding people watching! Great for brunch as well! pastisnyc.com @pastisnyc

NEXT LEVEL PUB FOOD
SPOTTED PIG

For lots of atmosphere and more pub kind of food - go to the Spotted Pig in West Village, great chicken livers on toast! No reservations needed. You could also go here for a great hangover brunch! Best spicy Bloody Marys in NYC! thespottedpig.com @thespottedpig

OUTSIDE ITALIAN DINING
BAR PITTI

A fashion favourite but anything goes here – super casual and great outside seating here for the warmer months. It’s a no fuss very traditional Italian menu with typical older Italian men to wait on you! Aperol spritz and a caprese salad is usually my order. barpitty.com @barpitti

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Cocktail Hour

KILLER MARTINI'S
BEMELMAN'S BAR

After a big day of sight-seeing or shopping – if you're uptown pop in here! An old school haunt inside the Carlyle Hotel. A great place to stop for a killer martini and watch out for regulars George Clooney and Bill Murray! rosewoodhotels.com @thecarlylehotel

 

THE BEST MUSIC
ROSE BAR

Go to the Rose Bar in the Gramercy Park Hotel - opens late, the best music! It’s behind a curtain in the bar to your left when you go in. Sometimes it can be tough to get in but it’s well worth it once inside. If you can’t get in hang at the bar in front. Last time I bumped into Amber Heard and we had a fun night chatting – as they say, anything can happen in New York! gramercyparkhotel.com @gramercyparkhotel

80's MUSIC GALORE
ACME

If its dancing to 80’s music that you’re looking for, go underneath the restaurant for fun, drinks and dancing - we hung out with Baz Luhrman here one night, he loves a chat! Go later in the week.

GRUNGY FASHION SCENE
CAFE SELECT

This is a super cool hangout just across from the famous La Esquina. A bit if a grungy fashion scene, the drinks are strong, and the vibe is cool. This is a great place to start your night before heading to dinner. They do serve snacks here, but I prefer just to do drinks then work out where to go from here.

PRE DINNER DRINKS
NOMAD BAR

A great place for a pit stop or pre dinner drink or even dinner. This place can get really packed but the vibe is well worth it. Amazing mixologists and probably one of the best burgers I have ever had was here. The Nomad Hotel is a real treat as well – definitely stay here if this is the neighbourhood you want to be in.

 

SPEAKEASY VIBES
EMPLOYEES ONLY

Set up like a traditional prohibition speakeasy, this bar attracts an eclectic mix of great people whether they are industry types or local regulars or like yourself, cool out of towners. The music is always great, and you can be guaranteed to have a fun night.

ROOFTOP 360 VIEWS
THE CROWN

A rooftop bar on top of a great boutique hotel, The Crown is located down in the Bowery area with 360 degrees views - in a great location and not too cheesy. A great place to start or end your night with friendly staff and great cocktails.

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