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La Mercerie
53 Howard St., Lower Manhattan
Interior design firm Roman and Williams’s expansive new retail space in SoHo, Guild, is home to three things: a furniture and homeware showroom, a great florist shop called Emily Thompson Flowers, and La Mercerie, chef Marie Aude-Rose’s picture-perfect French café and the real reason to come here. Aude-Rose excels at creating food you want to take time savoring, and the egg dishes are especially wonderful—highlights include a soft-boiled egg with cauliflower and tofu cream and an expertly made cheese omelet. The crème brûlée puts all other crème brûlées the world over to shame.
Bombay Bread Bar
195 Spring St., West Village
Chef Floyd Cardoz grew up biking around Mumbai, India. It follows that he became an expert in Indian street food. His new SoHo restaurant celebrates the foundation of so many of these snacks—namely, the puffy, buttery, herby kulcha flatbreads slathered in spicy chutneys. We loved the Indian version of a panini, with spiced lamb, cucumber raita, and mustard mashed potatoes pressed between two slivers of toasted naan (he calls it the lamb naanini). But there are also plenty of less carb-y options, like the Bengali banana-leaf-wrapped halibut. The interior, meanwhile, was dreamed up by Kris Moran, a member of filmmaker Wes Anderson’s creative team who worked on The Darjeeling Limited. As you’d expect, it’s a whimsical collection of Pop Art, citrus-patterned oilcloths, and entire walls covered in Bollywood-inspired murals by artist Maria Qamar.
Frenchette
241 W. Broadway, Tribeca
Balthazar and Minetta Tavern alums Riad Nasr and Lee Hanson got together and decided to redo the idea of the French brasserie. What they came up with is Frenchette in Tribeca. The proof is in delicious if unpronounceable dishes like the brouillade—a buttery, garlicky scrambled egg and escargot dish. Technically, it’s an hors d’oeuvre, but who cares about technicalities? This could easily stand in as an entrée (especially with a side of charred carrots with labneh). And while ordering roast chicken at a restaurant might seem like a cop-out, Frenchette’s is perfectly roasted and presented on a bed of croutons that soak up all the drippings, along with a little pot of puréed potatoes. The biodynamic wine list, meanwhile, is a departure from the usual and a very welcome one.
The Class by Taryn Toomey
22 Park Place, Tribeca
“The Class” is a workout like no other: People regularly laugh, cry, and scream during it, so intense is the release (not to mention the workout itself). Developed by former Dior exec Taryn Toomey, the 75-minute session is an exhilarating mix of yoga, aerobics, and strength training as well as chanting and mental work). In addition to sculpted muscles (Toomey’s incredible body is the best advertisement) and an excellent dose of cardio, the aim is to free yourself from “the sludge,” as Toomey says, meaning everything that weighs you down, both emotionally and physically.
ONDA Beauty
117 West Broadway, Tribeca
Larissa Thomson was a fashion editor in her previous life, so her take on clean beauty is one of the more gorgeous we’ve ever seen. Everything from Vintner’s Daughter and Tammy Fender to True Botanicals and…goop skin care is beautifully laid out and easy to shop for. The treatment rooms are stunning—we want the wallpaper, the mirrors, everything. And the treatments themselves (there are four signature facials) are next-level and nourish, detoxify, and tighten pores with transformative therapies like microcurrent, intense facial massage, and microneedling.
Sky Ting Yoga
381 W. Broadway, Tribeca
While we loved the original Chinatown location, Sky Ting's second space in Tribeca is as dreamy a spot to shop as it is to workout. The merch spans adaptogenic powders from Moon Juice, products from health mecca CAP Beauty, and one of our favorite newer beauty lines Benshen (founded by fashion journalist turned yogi Desirée Pais, who, frustrated with the market started whipping up herbal skin care in her kitchen). Aside from the roster of yoga classes (for those of us working all-day al-desko, try the restorative class for deep hip openers and stretching), this new airy space has the added benefit of a built-in infrared sauna to maximize the post-sweat glow.
Olivier Cheng Catering & Events
12-16 Vestry St., Tribeca
Oliver Cheng Catering and Events mimics the white table-clothed, fine-dining experience in catered form. This boutique company represents the gold standard in catering industry, concepting a totally bespoke New American menu, infused with Asian and European flavors (the level of artistry on each plate is breathtaking) for every job. Conveniently, Oliver Cheng also offers a comprehensive cocktail list with drinks expertly mixed on-site.
Jenni Kayne
20 Harrison St., Tribeca
Designer Jenni Kayne has finally made things permanent in Manhattan, bringing her sunny Southern California optimism along with her for the brand's first New York City boutique. Much of Kayne's collection—luxe cashmere, textured mules and d'orsay flats, oversized throws, and wear-with-everything ankle boots look right at home in the store's light filled space (complete with bleached floors and white brick walls) in Tribeca. The store will function slightly differently than Kayne's other retail outposts: Instead of a standard brick-and-mortar, it will act more as a showroom for customers to get acquainted with the brand and try things on. So while the store will keep limited stock on hand, many styles and sizes will be available to test-drive and customers can place an online order with expedited shipping. Good news: Fans of JK will be happy to know they're looking to bring their women's speaker series and DIY workshops to the space, too.
Nuurvana
27 Barclay St., Tribeca
Not your run-of-the-mill intuitive, certified herbalist Deganit Nuur uses acupuncture, essential oils, and cupping to open the meridians before every reading, which means that sessions are restorative on multiple levels. Her readings are spot-on—and you might not see it coming. Nuur’s personality is so easygoing and bubbly, it at first feels like you’re settling in for a light chat. But when she starts channeling, it’s ka-pow. These days, it's easier to book Nuur for a virtual session than in-person, but if you're regularly in NYC or in LA, a session with Nuur at either of her Four Seasons' practices is life-changing.
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