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 STRONG COFFEE
NINTH STREET ESPRESSO
A DOSE OF AUSTRALIA
The best xxx
Lunch & Dinner
EVERYTHING IS AMAZING
LOBSTER SOUP DUMPLINGS
TUNA TARTARE WHEELS
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
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
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
FRENCH VIET PARTY VIBES
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
FRENCH BISTRO DONE RIGHT
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
OUTSIDE ITALIAN DINING
THE BEST MUSIC
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
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
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
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.
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
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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