463 Court St., Carroll Gardens (above Frankie's Spuntino)
loot is a minimal-design-meets-maximum-inspiration museum, shop, and library of over 3,000 titles that kids can purchase or borrow. Loot also offers a monthly membership that lets kids borrow titles, plus take part in the shop’s art classes and workshops, all while meeting other kids who share their interests.
65 Reade St., Tribeca
Models flock to the Tribeca studio of facialist Eileen Feighny della Faille, who’s made a name for herself with skin-clearing, Korean-style facials. A session with Feighny della Faille lasts a full two hours and involves a detoxifying, grounding, pampering, skin-rehabbing sequence of extractions, aromatherapy, radiofrequency, ice therapy, customized herbal masks, LED light, and more. If you can’t get in to see her—she’s often has a wait list—follow her best skin tip: Give yourself a face massage as often as you can. “Face massage is so important,” she says. “Massage your products in at every step in your routine, for lymphatic drainage, stimulating skin, and giving that energized, healthy glow.”
147 Spring St., Soho
This airy oasis for gua sha facials, holistic skin consultations, and acupuncture sits at the top of a glamorously ancient walk-up on Spring Street that’s more Venice Beach bungalow than SoHo loft. Hanging plants, beautiful raffia chairs, and so much sun pouring through the enormous windows it’s hard not to squint are lovely flourishes that make it hard to leave, but the true draw is how beautifully nurturing their treatments are. Founder Britta Plugg is a master of gua sha, the ancient Chinese therapy of smoothing a sculpted stone tool across skin to support lymphatic drainage, ease tension and puffiness, and boost glow. She and two cofounders—an acupuncturist/herbalist and a product developer/herbalist—have a gorgeous gua sha skin-care line, Wilding, which turns the therapy into a beautifully soothing at-home ritual.
102 Franklin St.
Jason Scott takes his cotton seriously. Every piece in his eponymous clothing line is airy, velvety, supple. This comes from Scott’s obsessive attention to detail. In his previous career he worked at one of LA’s top talent agencies. Instead of schmoozing with industry executives at lunch, he went to Barneys, where he grilled the salespeople about the details and craftmanship of the pieces he like. That led to Scott starting his own line of supremely soft, wearable basics in 2013. He considers every stitch (an anomaly in simple casual wear). The crewnecks keep their shape, the high-neck tanks flatter, even the sweatpants look chic. And it’s worth noting that Scott is the nicest guy. Visit his pristine brick-and-mortar boutique in Tribeca and you may catch him there pouring whiskey and inviting friends (and customers) to take a load off.
18 King St., Soho
In SoHo, the recently opened King, the work of two alumni of London’s River Café, is the toast of the town. On the menu: ropes of cheesy tagliarini with nutmeg, hearty bowls of ribollita, and elegant dishes of salt-baked trout.
52 Gansevoort St., Meatpacking District
It’s a weekend in New York. In other words, head to Pastis—it has finally reopened, and it’s done so perfectly. The subway tiles, the vintage mirrors, the mosaic flooring, and best of all, much of the original menu are still there. Order a dozen oysters, maybe the Gruyère omelet, and glass of light rosé—everybody else is. Then sit back and enjoy the real reason you’re here: The stellar people-watching. Images courtesy of Louise Palmberg.
Sister City Hotel
225 Bowery, Lower East Side
Efficient is the best word to describe Sister City, the new hotel from the Ace Hotel Group located in the Lower East Side. Enter through a narrow courtyard into a pristine, light-wood-filled lobby complete with hipster restaurants and self-check-in kiosks. And as all great hotels should, it has a rooftop bar with spectacular views of the city skyline. A little Finnish, a little Japanese, and a little college dorm, the rooms have just what you need (and little else). Images courtesy of Adrian Gaut.
329 Kent Ave., Williamsburg
Sunday nights belong to Williamsburg—specifically to the corner booth at Misi. Chef Missy Robbins’s handmade spinach-stuffed tortelli, marinated leeks topped with crunchy pistachios, and charred-pepper crostini are the reason Brooklyn became the coolest borough. Images courtesy of Evan Sung.
4 Amagansett Sq., Amagansett
Retail throughout the Hamptons has always been on point, but every summer, a bigger, better assortment has us swiping our cards with regrettable frequency. Ulla Johnson—queen of the chic ruffle and billowing sleeve—has opened her second brick-and-mortar store in Amagansett Square. The store has the same warm, treasure-chest feel as the Bleecker Street location, complete with Moroccan rugs, plenty of leather poufs, and jugs of wildflowers complementing the main event: those dresses. Prepare to leave laden with Johnson’s signature tied-with-a-ribbon blush bags.
618 Sagg Main St,, Sagaponack
Artist Robert Dash moved to Sagaponack from New York City in the ’60s and turned his two-acre homestead into a horticultural oasis. Visitors can stroll various gardens dreamed up by Dash and inspired by history, like the High Renaissance, the early Greeks, and the Tudors—a refreshing departure from the clipped, exacting lawns that tend to be the template for greenery here. Other quirky elements include a grove of ramrod-straight ginkgo biloba trees, and the Telephone Pole Path, a walkway made entirely of reclaimed, sliced telephone poles. Aside from strolling the grounds, guests can participate in Madoo’s range of cultural events, like the lecture series exploring landscape architecture, art exhibits, winter wreath-making workshops, and this year's summer benefit and auction celebrating Madoo's twenty-fifth anniversary as a beloved public garden.
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