Take Me There: NYC

Since I am headed to NYFW next week, Erina Pindar of SmartFlyer, and author of our guest post series, “Take Me There” sends over her faves in NYC.

Here are Erina’s top picks for your next visit to NYC:

FAVORITE NEIGHBORHOOD

Mine! The west side of SoHo. It’s only blocks away from TriBeCa and West Village filled with amazing restaurants and shops.

BEST SPOT FOR COFFEE

Bluestone Lane. They have the best Flat White outside of Australia.

BEST LUNCH “ON-THE-FLY”

 Cafe Gitane.  I’ve been going here for as long as I can remember. They have the best avocado toast in the city, great coffee, and delicious French-Moroccan fare.

DINNER WITH FRIENDS

The Left Bank in the West Village.  It’s always cozy and warm with the nicest people serving you delicious comfort food and solid cocktails.  It’s not flashy and just the perfect neighborhood spot for long leisurely dinner with friends.

 

HIDDEN GEM

The Musket Room. The gorgeous dining room is just the beginning. They serve beyond delicious New Zealand food.

OFF-THE-RADAR PLACE TO STAY

The Lowell Hotel. The hotel is intimate and discreet, and the attention to detail is second to none. It makes you feel as if you are staying at your very own NYC’s pied-à-terre. And for something out-of-the-box, we are loving 1Hotel Brooklyn Bridge on the Brooklyn Bridge Park with sweeping views of Manhattan and a quaint cobblestoned Dumbo.

 

 

 

BEST HOTEL FOR PEOPLE WATCHING

Baccarat Hotel. It’s one of the city’s most glamorous hotels and is the absolute best for people watching.  You never know who you’ll see having afternoon tea next to you.

DRINKS WITH A VIEW

The Mandarin Oriental Hotel lobby bar has the best view in New York, hands down. Grab one of the coveted seats by the window and look over Central Park and Columbus Circle while you sip your cocktails.  And for those summer months,  head up to the Met Museum rooftop for rosé and unbeatable views of Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

FAVORITE CLASS

Y7 Hip Hop Yoga. Do your downward dogs to the beats of a great hip hop playlist, so much fun.

FAVORITE WAY TO SEE THE CITY

From the water, in the summer. I love to grab a picnic from Chelsea Market and take it on one of those vintage schooner yachts during a day or sunset sail.

Don’t forget to follow SmartFlyer on Insta for some seriously swoon-worthy wanderlust photos. And follow along with me on Instagram next week as I head to NYFW and try to sneak in some of these great spots from Erina’s recommendations.