Establishment neighborhood
Le Coucou
138 Lafayette St., Soho
A collaboration between restauranteur Stephen Starr (of Upland and Buddakan, among many others) and Chef Daniel Rose (you know him from Spring, one of GP’s favorite restaurants in Paris), Le Coucou’s menu is a lighter take on old-school French cuisine (duck breast, halibut in beurre blanc, lobster tail salad). Roman and Williams transformed the space on a once-seedy block of SoHo, injecting their signature glamour into the grand dining room. You’ll talk about the space, which is marked by overstuffed banquettes, gilded mirrors, a hand-painted mural, and an open kitchen, but you’ll also talk about the service, which is super attentive and buttoned-up. Interior Photos: Ditte Isager; Food Photo: Corry Arnold
Top Hat
245 Broome St., Soho
Nina Allen's shop, Tophat, first grew out of her online store, Sweet Bella, where she sells specialty items like fruit and vegetable-shaped ceramics, unique pins and patches, and Stalogy office supplies. Her nondescript shop on Broome Street doesn't look like much from the street (even for Broome Street), but it's well worth stopping by, as she stocks the shelves with the same things from her online store, plus one-of-a-kind finds and antiques that she doesn't post. In the winter they have toboggans for rent.
The Piper Center for Internal Wellness
73 Spring St., Ste. 305, Soho
Founder Tracy Piper brings more than twenty years of experience in Chinese herbology and colon hydrotherapy, which she believes can aid in everything from digestion to skin health in her one-stop cleansing center. For those in need of a recharge, there's also dry-skin brushing, a lymphatic draining detox wrap, and infrared sauna sessions. Her ace staff includes a live blood analyst, colon therapist, and in-house nurse practitioner for highly personalized sessions.
210 6th Ave., Soho
A New York mainstay since the '70s, the prevailing theory at Soeun is an old-school Japanese-based macrobiotic one: there is no meat, dairy, or eggs on the menu and certain veggies are prohibited. One could argue that the cult of the macro plate began here, but there are plenty of other dark green veggies, grains, beans and fish on the menu to leave you feeling pleasantly sated. Salmon or black cod can be ordered with teriyaki sauce; the yuba, tofu "skins" are served with Chinese cabbage, carrot, and scallion in a tamari kombu broth. Both downtown spaces (the other is in the East Village) are light-filled and sparsely decorated. Bonus: They deliver.
Roll & Hill
3 Mercer St., Soho
With its workshop in Sunset Park, Brooklyn and a roster of lighting designers that includes Lindsey Adelman, Jason Miller, and Bec Brittain, it’s no wonder Roll & Hill has been among the most in-demand lighting studios for New York’s in-the-know. The cat’s out of the bag now, though, with a sleek space in Soho that highlights each sculptural piece with just enough furniture to give it context. It’s a traditional showroom, so you won’t walk away with anything, but everything is technically for sale.
476 Broome St., Soho
This Japanese sportswear brand’s elevated riffs on classic-preppy separates—both women’s and men’s—are housed in a boldly designed, spacious Broome Street boutique. Among the wide-leg trousers, vibrant color-blocked sweaters, striped shirts, and boatneck tees you’ll find a highly curated selection of jewelry, shoes, and other goods from a global roster of designers like Knott and Want Les Essentiels. Whether your personal style skews classic or avant-garde, odds are you’ll find something here (though at a price).
61 Crosby St., Soho
Totokaelo originated as a Seattle-based boutique (and online shop) renowned for contemporary clothing and artful objects (with a curatorial eye that skews largely monochrome/black-and-white). Its New York store, their first/only East Coast brick-and-mortar, is like a really impressive home: the naturally lit, five-storey, 8,400-square-foot brick building used to be an artist’s residence. There is a lot to process in here, but all of it is pretty much guaranteed to be fashion-insider chic: from their in-house label to brand like Vetements, The Row, Maison Martin Margiela, Jil Sander, Dries Van Noten, Junya Watanabe, and Acne Studios (conveniently, the lofty shop’s selection is organized by white, black, and color). The decor of this substantially sized, airy, open-concept edifice is whitewashed, high-concept, and as super-modern as the men’s and women’s separates, shoes, bags, jewelry, and miscellanea on display.
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