After so much travel around and so many friends asking for tips think I finally realised you probably would like to have some city guides with delicious food, amazing shopping and the nicest places to discover. Here's the first one - NYC!
Been in New York in the beginning of this month and I had the greatest time. Stayed at The Rivington hotel in Lower East side Manhattan. My favourite place to stay. Feels just like home and so nice to just come down the elevator and have so many nice places to have dinner/lunch and amazing stores to shop. This said let's start with the best areas in NYC you can't miss...
NYC best areas:
-LES (Lower east side)
NYC best restaurants:
-The Smile on 26 Bond street
The melted date and red onion braised bistek is amazing. Finish it up with one of the amazing desserts. So worth it a visit for dinner.
-Navy NYC on 137 Sullivan street, Soho
-ABC Kitchen on 35 east 18th street, Union square
One of my favourite places for lunch. Can't almost believe how amazing food you get there.
Try out the spinach pizza, the mushroom pizza, the chicken salad and basically try everything you can because is really great. (www.abchome.com/abc-kitchen)
After lunch is really worth it to take a look around the store.
-La Esquina 'just' an amazing mexican on 114 Kenmare street, Nolita
-The Fat Radish on 17 Orchard street
-Acme on 9 Great Jones, Noho (www.acmenyc.com) A modern bistro with Nordic influences. Prepare to be surprised by the flavours.
-Freemans on 191 Chrystie street
Another favourite (freemansrestaurant.com)
-Spitzers on 101 Rivington street, LES
Just the nice burger place by the side (www.spitzerscorner.com)
-Schiller's on 131 Rivington street, LES
-Momofuko on 171 1st Avenue, East Village
Amazing Asian food by famous chef David Chang (momofuku.com)
-Five Leaves on 18 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn
-The Cleveland on 25 Cleveland pl
-Reynard at Wythe Hotel on 80 Wythe Avenue, Williamsburg (reynardnyc.com)
-Le Pain Quotidian on Grand Street, Soho
Perfect for a fast but lovely lunch.
-Eataly on 200 5th Ave For food and a little bit of everything from the Mediterranean (www.eataly.com)
NYC best shopping:
-Go around Soho on a sunny day, you will find the best city views and shopping. Alexander Wang, Acne studios, Isabel Marant, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Balenciaga, Helmut Lang, Sandro, A.P.C., Issey Miyake, Tibi, Sass&Bide and If (www.ifsohonewyork.com)
-Nolita. Perfect to walk around and find small shops. Don't miss Creatures of Comfort on 205 Mulberry Street (shop.creaturesofcomfort.us)
-Meatpacking for high end brands. Cool with its old warehouses buildings adapted into stores and restaurants such as the iconic Woddy Allen's Pastis (closed at the moment).
(Brooklyn) go around for shopping and coffee on a sunny Sunday and don't miss Bird multi-brand store on 203 Grand street (shopbird.com)
-MOMA on 11 W 53rd street
-Metropolitan museum on Central Park 1000 5th Ave
-Rockefeller center on 45 Rockefeller plaza
-Strandbook store on 828 Broadway (www.strandbooks.com). For basically any book you want to find.
-Georgetown cupcake on 111 Mercer street, Soho
-Enjoy the lovely view below from Williamsburg side.
-Dumbo promenade, Brooklyn and the stunning view to Manhattan.
-Union square and the Flatiron