48 hours in Nolita

Friday’s Fashion + Fitness. 29th edition. 2 places to stay, 3 places to shop, 4 places to eat.


I’ve only been gone 5 days, but I’m already missing our new Nolita neighborhood. It’s been a lovely summer (minus a few hiccups, see my earlier blog 3 Ways to Survive Ikea). We’ve been acting like tourists in our own neighborhood, refusing to go to the same place more than once, until we’ve tried them all. So don’t fret. Today I’m taking the wheel. In order of importance (to me :)), 4 places to feed, 3 places to shop, 2 places to sleep.


1. @ Brunch:
Butcher’s Daughter – With this name, you think meat & cheese. Or at least I did. It’s a (too) tricky pun and only serves vegetarian options. But in a shockingly delicious way. Go to dish: spaghetti squash carbonara. Extra perk: outdoor seating.
2. @ Brunch: Hundred Acres – more traditional, southern dishes. Go to dish: baked eggs + jalapeno grits. Extra perk: 5 kinds of Bloody Mary’s to choose from.
@ Brunch Others to consider: The Egg Shop (super long wait on weekends); Black Seed Bagel (for a Montreal-style bagel); Saturdays (sip your morning coffee in a ‘chill’, scene-y spot).
3. @ Dinner: Seamores – fresh fish daily with even fresher sides, this is the place to see the next top model, and all the other good-looking New Yorkers. Recently opened, so the wait is out of control. Drop your name in early. If it feels too healthy, I highly recommend the gelato across the street for dessert. And if you’re waiting too long, Mulberry Project for a drink.
4. @ Dinner: Café Gitane – Morrocan influenced, but feels to me like a Parisien café. Sit at the bar to see the chefs cook everything on the tiniest counter. Go to dish: avocado toast and chicken satay. Cash only.
@ Dinner Others to consider: Rubirosa (pizza!); Peasant ($$$ Italian); Tacombi (trendy Mexican); Café Select (open late).

1. Elizabeth Street (just below Houston): Tom’s (coffee served here too); Kit + Ace; Tory Sport (coming Fall 2015); Steven Alan; Rag & Bone.
2. Prince & Wooster: Cole Haan (special shout out… Pinch Campus loafers available just in time for back to school); Lululemon Men’s store
3. Mulberry Street (b/t Spring & Kenmare): Hit or miss sample sales. One day I found a Mara Hoffman romper I wear once a week. I’ve also seen a less than impressive selection (size 0 or size 12 only) from Catherine Malandrino.



If you’re doing NYC right, you’re not hanging out in your hotel much at all. But we all know I don’t function well without my 7 (okay 9) hours.
1. The Nolitan. What to love – modern industrial design; located right in the heart of Nolita (2 blocks from me if you want to hang out!); rooftop balcony to have a drink (currently under construction, but it’s BYOB until its back in action). What to know – tiny, tiny rooms. To make it feel ‘bigger’, the bathroom is all glass, so you can see the shower from your bed. Don’t worry, there is a privacy screen for when you are actually showering.
2. The James. What to love – minimalist decor; top-notch views from the rooftop bar, The Jimmy; Next door to David Burke Kitchen, a swanky restaurant that feels understated when you eat on the outdoor terrace. My very favorite when the parents are paying. What to know – Likely to be a noisy night. The rooftop bar doesn’t exactly close early.

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