Anon asks: Yo Isaac! Do you have an updated list on sweet stuff to do when visiting NYC? Maybe stuff you do with Jenny? I’ll be there this summer for 10 days with my boyfriend.
Hey, gidday mate! Please find below an updated list of my favorite things to do in NYC right now, spanning food, nightlife, more food, and shopping.
1. Dinner at Chalk Point Kitchen, and then party at The Handy Liquor Bar below. Jenny and I DJ at Handy every Saturday night from 10pm, so if you come on a Saturday, you’re guaranteed to see us. It’s a fun night.
2. About a year ago, the guys who run Up&Down on 14th Street, attempting to capture some of that Downtown/East Village clientele, launched a new spot right next door to the club, named Never Never. It’s dark, it’s rock’n’roll, it’s smoky, and it’s pretty much a den of inequity. It’s also a guaranteed fun night if you’re there on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday from 1am onwards. The door can be a little tricky, but give it a go.
3. If you want to go shopping and you’ve got money to spend, look no further than Totokaelo on Crosby Street in Soho. The store itself is beautiful (see photo above), intriguingly designed, and massive — if I’m not mistaken, there are six different rooms filled with luxury clothing. Carried brands include ACNE, Dries Van Noten, Rick Owens, Vetements, Raf Simons, Lanvin and Ann Demeulemeester, meaning there’s something for every aesthetic, and if you can’t afford to buy, it’s still well worth a window-shop.
4. Do you love Thai food? Do you love Australians? Do you love a kitsch Saved By The Bell-esque aesthetic? Look no further than The Lucky Bee in the Lower East Side. The food is amazing, the owners are Australians (as are many of the waiters and staff), and the energy is palpable. Palpable!
5. Everyone who comes to New York has to eat at least one slice of pizza, and despite what every travel website says, for my money, going deep into Brooklyn and waiting an hour in line is a ridiculous waste of time. My favorite slice comes from L’asso on the corner of Kenmare and Mott Street in NoLiTa. They’re famous for their Blush slice, which is a vodka sauce pizza, but I love their Supreme. So good!
6. Another great food option a stone’s throw from L’asso on Kenmare is Sweet Green, makers of the world’s tastiest salads. I don’t say that lightly, either. If you eat any one of their salads and don’t think it’s the best you’ve ever tasted, I’ll be extremely surprised. My picks are the Guacamole Greens and the Earth Bowl, but they’re all good.
7. Next up, we have my regular brunch spot. I live in Alphabet City, so this one’s our go-to on a Saturday and Sunday when we roll out of bed after DJing late the night before. Ciao For Now is located on 12 Street between Avenues A and B, and serves delicious omelettes, almond brioche french toast, and biscuits (the American kind, which are basically scones made with a ton of butter), which I like to drown in maple syrup. Also, the owner’s name is McCoy and he wears a different crazy hat every day of the week. What’s not to love?
9. My final food tip is Xi’an Famous Foods — also on Kenmare, but my favorite one is on Saint Marks in the East Village. It’s a very specific style of North-Western Chinese food that I’d never eaten before — think: Lots of very spicy sauces, a ton of cumin, and thick pulled noodles. I’m a creature of habit, so I always order the Spicy & Tingly Beef Noodles, with a jasmine green tea. The best.
10. And last but not least, if your boyfriend’s after some fresh menswear, take him to the following three stores: C’H’C’M’ on Bond Street, Odin on Lafayette, and Carson Street on Greene Street. They’ll have him looking fresh forever.
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Photo: Justin Bridges for Vogue.
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