The Streets Of New York City
As the impeccable fashion crowd infiltrate the streets for New York Fashion Week, we take a look at some of the best cultural, eating and drinking offerings from the city so nice they named it twice.
The gritty and glam concrete jungle is famously known for its abundance of delectable feasting spots, farm-to-table-roasted-at-home-eco-friendly-beans coffee shops and hole in the wall dive bars. So many options can be a tad overwhelming when it comes to the indecisive. Or anybody, for that matter. So Absolut has done the hard work to find the places that are just not to be missed.
Because Brunch is taken seriously in the city
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A South-African slash Israeli Soho hangout (yes, you read that right). The ever-more popular brunch spot, Jacks Wife Freda was opened by a couple that met while working in Balthazar. New Yorkers line up for the green shakshuka, matzo ball soup and peri peri chicken.
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This Lower East Side café that has comfort food just like grandma used to make. Opened last year by the 100-year-old family store with the same name, Russ & Daughters Café brings Babka French toast, smoked salmon and bagels, pastrami smokes salmon and all kinds of eggs at all times of day. Tip: if the Holland imported herring is on the menu, get it. It sells out in a New York-minute frenzy.
Classic Moroccan and Middle Eastern flavors cater to a bohemian crowd. The offbeat brunch menu includes Moroccan benedict (like the egg benedict with spicy tomato sauce), middle-eastern eggs, haloumi eggs, foul madamz, zahatar pitta bread, and of course, blood-orange mimosas.
What New Yorker isn’t looking for the next caffeine injection?
One for the professional coffee nerds. Café Grumpy was one of the first to roast its own beans in-house and has been crowned the best coffee shop in New York by The Daily Meal. You may recognize the name from the HBO series Girls that immortalized Café Grumpy’s Brooklyn spot where Lena Dunham’s character worked.
Irving Farm transformed a farm in the Hudson Valley into a roasting facility to create the most perfect coffee beans. The coffee maestros focus on sustainability and building direct relationships with the coffee farmers. Though in the café you’ll find state-of-the-art, Kalita brewers from Japan.
The quaint West Village, French-American bistro is the brainchild from the partners behind Balthazar. There’s a cozy, romantic atmosphere with the décor and European style coffee. It’s a quintessentially West Village spot for people watching and perfect for whiling away a morning.
You’ve just had brunch? So what.
No Frills and burgers till 4am – what’s not to like? This West Village landmark has kept its spot as one of the best burgers in the city for good reason. The famous Bistro Burger is one of the heftiest and messiest 8oz chunks of beef, cheese and smoky bacon on a sesame seed bun served on a plastic plate and totaling a not so hefty $9.75.
The chic New-American restaurant from Michelin superstar chef, Jean-Georges is located in the ABC Carpet & Home store. Everything on the menu is made using local, organic produce and the fried calamari with a dusting of crushed pretzels from the Union Square Greenmarket, paired with mustard aioli is worth a look out for. And then finish your lunch off perusing the Scandinavian chandeliers and Persian rugs in the furniture store.
On the ground floor of The Bowery Hotel is the Italian restaurant catering for the fashionable New Yorkers. The baroque interiors and the thick wax candles set the fancy ambience.
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This is a unique Mexican eatery from Mission Chinese chef, Danny Bowien. There are plenty of tacos on the menu, of course: chicken liver, crispy beef tripe, and lamb belly. We have our eyes on the soft scrambled eggs with sea urchin, jalapeño pickles, and chicharrón, and the no less impressive cocktail menu.
Time to walk off all that food.
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The MoMa Design store goes beyond the expected post-museum posters and pencils shops. Dedicated to all things well designed the store houses everything from coffee table books, home décor, table lamps and rainbow chopstick sets complimenting the current exhibitions.
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“McNally Jackson: A place where you can read books, buy books, write books, and talk about books. And now a place where you can make books, too.” The legendary independent bookshop and cozy café is nestled between Lafayette and Mulberry and boasts book clubs, poetry, book launches and readings to keep even the most ADHD of a New Yorker entertained.
SPARK THE NIGHT INTO ACTION
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This award-winning venue is split into two floors; The Parlor is upstairs, with a focus on 72 historically accurate cocktails dreamed up by the 19th century’s most celebrated bartenders. The Taproom is located on the ground floor, where the whiskey, craft beer and bottled punch, oysters, sausage roll and chips are found.
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With interiors inspired by Woody Allen’s ‘Midnight in Paris’ there’s dedicated elements of time travel to each of the bar’s four rooms. From a room with crystal beaded curtains, a 50s style room, a Marie Antoinette room and a Victorian room. Servers are summoned with a bell, that’s found on each table.
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The oldest working bar in NYC, The Ear Inn has seen many faces since it was established in 1817. The historic James Brown building it resides in was once a prohibition bar and a tobacco store. Loyal customers come to the jazz on a Sunday. Though the décor hasn’t changed too much over the years, the locals continue to keep the tavern packed and the vibe relaxed.
What? More food? Oh, go on.
The Dutch has a Manhattan style menu with generous Midwestern portion sizes. The cultural influences makes for an adventurous menu that breaks the rules, with an oyster room. PS 131, the private dining room downstairs sometime hosts multi-course dinners called ‘Fresh Eggs’.
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Tequila bottle table lamps and green and yellow Mexican tiles bring Tijuana Picnic, the Mexican food venture with Asian seasoning to life. The fun and casual Lower East Side spot from the team behind Acme serves a fun and casual twist on Mexican cuisine; Margaritas shaken with avocado and tomatillo, shrimp tempura tacos and duck wings with Asian spice cure.
This is the city that never sleeps, after all…
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This Lower East Side beer-and-bourbon bar spins retro rock and indie pop, with legendary nights like Black Magic Monday. Find this rock n roll bar steps from the Williamsburg Bridge. The happy hours lasting until 10pm means that a $2 beer is commonplace at the watering hole filled with skinny boot-heeled rockers.
On one hand it’s a jazz bar and Jewish soul food speak easy joint, on the other creative partner Snoop Dog’s aesthetic of decadent, $1000-a-yard, de Gournay gold wallpaper with murals clads the walls. The result is a delightful freak-flag experimental and bohemian style of a hidden gem filled with a not so surprisingly mixed bag of a crowd who are all there for one purpose – to embrace the fun.
In the heart of Noho is where you’ll find the impressive American-Nordic, Acme. Below the restaurant is a time worn rock and roll club that’s been renovated into a cocktail bar. Like many of New York’s finest this one’s a little hard to find. Once you head down to the basement, walk along the long corridor until you reach the very last unmarked door. Voila. Here’s where the House DJ is spinning records from 11pm onwards.