a guide to New York City
I’m so happy today to finally be sharing my Upper East Side Guide! I’ve lived up here since I moved to the city in November of 2010 and I’ve been wanting to round up all of my favorite neighborhood spots for a while now. The thing is, every time I…
Museum at FIT
The Museum at FIT feels like a hidden gem to me. They put on really beautiful and informative exhibitions, similar to the Met Costume Exhibitions (though much smaller scale of course), and it seems to me like they don’t get much attention! I’ve seen two exhibitions here – one was Fairy Tale Fashion, exploring the role of fashion in fairy tales and what it can represent about the characters (Cinderella’s glass slipper, Little Red Riding Hood’s robe), the way designers pull from fairy tales, and the way that fashion journalism discusses fashion as fairy tale. More recently I visited their Dior/Balenciaga exhibition, which had beautiful examples of designs from both houses and compared and contrasted the two designers. Both were great! I highly recommend taking a look at what they’ve got on, and if you do visit, make sure to take a walk along the High Line afterwards – it’s very close by. Perfect afternoon outing!
Tea and Sympathy
Tea and Sympathy is a delightful little spot for authentic British tea service, but my favorite part about it is actually next door – Carry on Tea and Sympathy, their companion shop full of British groceries, tea, and sweets. I love stopping in to try British new-to-me British chocolates and candy bars!
The Strand Upper West Side
Another Strand! The signature red awning made it’s way to the UWS as a cheerful red door when the Strand opened its uptown outpost. This is a great spot and a wonderful addition to the neighborhood. A great, bright spot for browsing with a wide selection of new releases and backlist.
The Strand at Columbus Avenue
450 Columbus Avenue (between 81st and 82nd street)
Frankies 457 Spuntino
Not much can get me to Brooklyn…but Frankie’s is one such establishment. The food at this charming Italian spot is beyond. Just simple, delicious, perfection. And they have the most delightful outdoor seating in the back garden.
Buvette is the loveliest French restaurant and coffee shop in the West Village. It’s very authentically French and you just feel like you’ve found yourself a little piece of Paris without leaving New York. The food and coffee are wonderful – perfect brunch spot (but get there early or be ready to wait outside in line!).
Petite Boucherie and La Grande Boucherie
Petite Boucherie is a tiny and charming little French restaurant nestled on a quiet corner in the West Village. La Grande Boucherie is the same restaurant, but gigantic and bustling, located in an old bank in midtown complete with soaring ceilings and a full open air atrium. Pick your vibe – both are lovely and the food is fantastic!
The Mysterious Bookshop
An entire bookstore focused fully on thrillers, mysteries, crime writing, and the like? Fully obsessed! This independent bookshop is just so charming and pleasant to browse – I’m always pleased when I find myself down in Tribeca and I have an excuse to pop in!
Big Gay Ice Cream Shop
Big Gay is a mainstay of New York City ice cream, and my sister and I have been huge fans for as long as we’ve lived here. The Dorothy – vanilla soft serve injected with dulce de leche and rolled in crushed up Nilla wafers – is not to be missed. Their ice cream is different from other soft serve in that it’s at once totally unique and yet evokes this nostalgic feeling, like I’ve had it before when I was a kid. Anyway it’s delicious and a must when in NYC!