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The New York City Art & Architecture Guide

The New York City Art & Architecture Guide

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While much of New York City’s architecture is of the interior variety, it has important art and design in spades.

Marlton Hotel Espresso Bar

Marlton Hotel Espresso Bar

5 W. 8th St., West Village | 212.321.0100

The gorgeous Marlton Hotel lobby happens to be home to a great espresso bar. Here, you'll find a simple but perfectly executed offering of coffee drinks, teas, and snacks (get the beet chips and one of the salads). While tables tend to go fast, you can usually grab a couch or armchair.

by CHLOE.

by CHLOE.

185 Bleecker St., Greenwich Village | 347.620.9621

Chloe Coscarelli was fresh out of culinary school when she won an episode of Cupcake Wars with a vegan cupcake recipe: She was the first person to do so on that show or any other televised cooking competition. She’s since opened a casual restaurant in the West Village (followed by others), with an adorable interior (striped wooden floors, colorful tiles, hanging swing) and a little fridge with pre-packaged food. While the menu is focused on smoothies, juices, and great vegan burgers, you can still pick up her famous cupcakes.

Big Gay Ice Cream

Big Gay Ice Cream

61 Grove St., West Village | 212.414.0222

Big Gay Ice Cream hardly needs an introduction. This beloved soft-serve joint started off as a seasonal truck in 2009, quickly amassing a loyal fan base in NYC. Their first permanent shop was opened in the East Village in 2011, followed by a shop in the West Village the next year.