Famed as a bountiful shopping destination, street style melting pot, go to place for unbeatable dining, it’s cool crowds, music scene, artists and attitude, New York City is one of the greatest cities in the World (in my ever humble opinion). There will always be a special place in my heart devoted to New York City. With a huge choice of vintage stores and great places to eat here’s a little guide to some of my favourite spots in New York City. All reviews are based on my personal experience. I’ve included a few of my favourite places to eat, shop and a couple of links to accommodation. I’ll be adding to this page as I discover new places that I love in the city that never sleeps.
10ft Single by Stella Dallas – 285 N. 6th St. Neighbourhood: Brooklyn
There’s a store full of home furnishings, curtains, fabrics, vintage loveliness. Next door is a sizeable clothing store with great stock. 60’s through to 90’s clothing for Men and Ladies. The Menswear range is great. I would say the prices are slightly on the high side with coats approx £95- 100 some of the dresses are more reasonable and they do have some fabulous, well chosen stock and well worth a look around. We had breakfast at Five Leaves and walked to Stella Dallas. This is also where we spied Alexa Chung shopping so figure it must be the place to be, right? Over all a bloomin’ marvellous store, large in proportions, plenty to see and a wide selection of both Mens & Women’s Vintage clothing.
Second hand clothing in abundance. Mainly 1980’s- 90’s clothing the odd 1960’s- 70’s bits (if you’re lucky) I bought this excellent woolen grey pencil skirt which I wear all the time now for only $5. Worth a look if you’re willing to have a rummage, this is a real 2nd hand clothing shop, mega cheap prices, mixed stock, there are always hidden gems to be had!
Vice Versa- 241 Bedford Ave (between 3rd St & 4th St) Brooklyn, NY- Neighbourood: Williamsburg
We had a ball in Vice Versa. The stock is 50’s/ 60’s/ 70’s and beyond. Great selection of Menswear and ladies in equal amounts. There were tons of excellent coats and jackets. The prices were very reasonable, it’s definitely worth a visit.
Brooklyn Flea Market– Open Sunday! Simply amazing. If you get chance, you really must! Wake up early stroll down there and spend a leisurely Sunday perusing the many stalls. There is pretty much everything you could imagine from home ware to vintage postcards. I bought a 1940’s skirt suite for $30 which fits like a glove and some vintage Japanese postcards that are truly beautiful for about $1.50 each. There are plenty of cafes in the surrounding area, but be prepared to queue or make a reservation (if possible) as they do get busy at brunch time on Sunday. After shopping we ate brunch at The General Greene (229 dekalb ave. brooklyn, ny 11205) which was bustling with young Brooklynite families, the food was excellent but expect to queue as they do not take reservations for brunch.
Cloak & Dagger– 441 E. 9th Street, New York, NY 10009 Telephone 212.673.0500 Neighbourhood: East Village.
The stock is not totally vintage as they also stock a great range of lines by current independent labels. One of my favourite independent designers at the moment is Lauren Moffat, you can buy some of her range in Cloak & Dagger. All clothing stocked is fabulous quality, well selected and undeniably lust-worthy. The vintage stock is limited but of a high quality and wel selected making it easy to mix the range of vintage with pieces by the current designers range. Dress prices range from around $100-$300 but you get great design, lovely fabrics with great quality make, investment worth pieces.
Grey Era Vintage- 435 East 9th St (between 1st ave and ave A) New York, NY 10009
A sophisticated range of wardrobe staples. The range comprises of a beautiful quality items chosen to sit within any chic, stylish wardrobe. Pieces would be ideal for layering and creating quite an androgynous look with focus on comfort, quality and style. The clothing has a slightly androgynous aesthetic and is sourced from upstate New York; Seattle; Portland, Oregon. Rock a ’90s-style floral maxidress ($124) and a North West plaid insulated flannel ($74) to relive your headbanging days, or nab Valentino menswear-inspired knit trousers ($142). Dress prices ranging from $100 + the quality is great and the range is easy to shop. Grey Era also offers free tailoring with any purchase more than $120 and rents pricey designer pieces at 40 percent of their original retail value for a 24-hour window.
Monk Thrift Store- 175 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10011 Neighborhood: Greenwich Village
A proper thrift shop, loads of 90’s stuff and some 80’s. We popped in here to get a fancy dress costume for Halloween and found loads of weird and wonderful things. The prices are pretty cheap and the stock is a real mixed bag from naff 90’s T-shirts to traditional African dresses. I love shops like this as you really do never know what you’re going to find. Dress prices range from $20 +
The Clothing Warehouse Classic Vintage– 8 Prince Street (Between Bowery and Elizabeth) (212) 343-1967
One of my favourites with an amazing selection of 40’s & 50’s clothing at very reasonable prices. I bought the 1940’s blouse (above) which has quickly become a wardrobe staple. If you’re into 1950’s design (as I am) this is one of the best shops I’ve found for 50’s dresses at reasonable prices. The hip, super trendy staff were very friendly and helpful.
FOOD & BARS:
Yaffa Cafe: 97 St. Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009
I loved this place. The interior was exactly to my taste, from the outside you’d could mistake Yaffa as just another run- of – the mill cafe, but step inside and you’ll be taken aback, it’s like entering an Aladdin’s cave. We stumbled across Yaffa Cafe by accident and loved it. Specializing in Mediterranean and vegetarian food with a relaxed atmosphere and stunning, colourful interior. Inside you’ll find the leopard and zebra prints, japanese wallpaper, booths and tables, plastic grapes and coloured lights hanging from the ceiling. The warm atmosphere welcomes everyone from late-night Goth kids to early-afternoon breakfasters (just $5.95 for two eggs, home fries, pita bread, coffee, juice). There’s a huge patio out back, so I imagine this place will be excellent on a summers evening.
Freemans Restaurant: 8 Rivington Street New York, NY 10002 (212) 420-0012 Neighbourhood: Lower East Side
Situated down a pretty hidden back alley Freemans restaurant is discreet (no photography allowed inside, oops) stylish and wouldn’t look out of place in a David Lynch movie. With taxidermy hung all around the place, worn furnishings, dried flowers you get the feeling you’re eating in some kind of old British hunting lodge. The restaurant is made up of a collection of intimate rooms. The food was excellent. This is a place to see and a unique experience, the food is well worth sampling.
Katz’s Deli–205 East Houston Street New York, 10002 (212) 254-2246 Neighbourhood: Lower East Side
Where Harry met Sally! You will not find a better more loaded Pastrami Sandwich anywhere else in New york City. Apparently Each week, Katz’s serves 10,000 pounds of pastrami, 5,000 pounds of corned beef, 2,000 pounds of salami and 12,000 hot dogs. During World War II, Katz’s encouraged parents to “send a salami to your boy in the army” which became one of the deli’s famous catch phrases along with “Katz’s, that’s all!” which is still painted on the side of the building. When you walk through the door each customer is handed a printed, numbered ticket by the door attendant. As you receive your food from various stations throughout the deli (separated by sandwiches/hot dogs/bottled drinks/fountain drinks/etc) a running total of the bill before tax is worked out by the employees. If several people’s orders are combined on a single ticket, the blank ones are collected by the cashier. Relatively recently Katz’s has instituted a “lost ticket fee”. If a ticket is lost by a customer, an additional $50 surcharge is added. So don’t lose that ticket, you got me?! Katzs is a cool place to hang out, pretty popular with tourists and famed for that scene when Harry met Sally. a sign hangs above the exact table where that scene was filmed. I found that half a sandwich was more than enough for me so you could consider sharing one, or not!
The Boat House, Central Park: Located at the northeastern tip of the Lake, stands the Loeb Boathouse that houses the Boathouse Restaurant. The most pictureswque spot in New York City (in my opinion) sit down, take the weight off your feet and absorb the majestic beauty of Central Park Boating Lake and the back drop of the New York Skyline. Even if you don’t dine at the restaurant you should buy a drink and sit down and breath in the views. If it’s a sunny day a drink at the boating lake cannot be beaten!
The Cupping Room Cafe– Located in the center of SoHo (off the corner of West Broadway & Broome St)
A restaurant, bar and bakery since 1977. The perfect place for lunch, great portion sizes. A popular place for people working in the neighbourhood, shopping or having informal lunch meetings. The Cupping Room Cafe had friendly, quick service, fresh & healthy food with a wide selection to choose from. Vibrant, bustling and cosy atmosphere.
Five Leaves Cafe- 18 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11222
The late Heath Ledgers Cafe Five Leaves. The food was super delicious, the crowd were cool, welcoming and relaxed. We were sat on the table next to Alexa Chung which made us feel pretty Vogue. I ordered the Devils on horseback and the muesli with spiced pear, pumpkin seeds and poached sugar plums which was also pretty darn incredible. I couldn’t recommend this place enough. It’s also near loads of great vintage stores, so why not make a day of it?
The General Greene– 229 Dekalb ave. brooklyn, NY 11205
Classic menu of sustainably grown and homespun ‘New Brooklyn Cuisine’. We enjoyed our brunch after shopping at the Brooklyn Flea Market. We had to queue for a table as the cafes in the area get very bust on Sunday morning. Our server sat us in the back until a table was ready and brought a glass of bubbly to soften the blow. Once seated we enjoyed our hearty breakfast. Reservations are not available for brunch.
During our trip we stayed at the elagent and affordable Sanctuary Suites in the heart of the super cool, vibrant and culturally diverse Lower East Side. Great location, stylish, spacious, relaxed accommodation. Highly recommended.
If you’re considering an internship in New york City and looking for a place to stay I would highly recommend The Webster Apartments a homely place dedicated to offering affordable accommodation to working women.
You may also appreciate my Twin’s Super BIG New York Guide for shopping and cool stuff to do in NY Sizzle.