At Your Service: Your Concierge in New York

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Pastis New York a fabulous brunch spot @ Dream Sequins(via Pastis)

Dear Readers,

In case you haven't noticed from the sidebar to the right, I am now offering customized shopping/hotel/restaurant lists for those of you contemplating a trip to New York. No request is too great or small because I'm a geek like that and love putting together lists when I research my own travels. Just think of me as your personal concierge in New York... I just received my first email request, and I'm so excited that I couldn't keep the request to myself!

L. in Pennsylvania wrote to ask about recommendations for a few days in New York. She normally shops at department stores such as Saks, Bergdorf Goodman and Barneys when she visits the city and some of her favorite labels include Cavalli, Gaultier, Balenciaga, Louboutin and YSL… She also asked about lunch recommendations.

Well, L., you sound like a lady who appreciates classic but edgy labels and it seems that you enjoy the convenience of multilabel department stores. Here are some of my recommendations in the Soho and Meatpacking areas of the city, along with some local food choices:


Kirna Zabete, 96 Greene Street: This is one of my favorite multilabel boutiques in the area. They stock classic labels such as Balenciaga and Lanvin, but also carry up and coming designers. There are two wonderful floors of clothing, shoes and accessories and they are currently hosting a great spring/summer sale.

Intermix, multiple locations: I know that this boutique has multiple locations nationwide and there is definitely a branch uptown, but I love shopping at the bright space in Soho, because you feel like you're discovering something new at every turn. The focus here is on clothing, with a few scattered accessories and shoes. Also a great time to shop during sale season.

Opening Ceremony, 35 Howard Street: This is really a destination shopping boutique, with lots of young labels. They stock labels such as Rodarte, Hussein Chalayan and Marios Schwab. and although their sales are not as great, their buy has something for everyone and with two levels crammed with merchandise, it's easy not to walk away with something great. I love their in-store label, too.

For food options in the area, I would suggest
Balthazar, which is a wonderful brasserie in the area. Another fun option for a casual bite would be the popular new place: Delicatessen.


Jeffrey New York, 449 West 14th Street: This Atlanta-based department store has a shoe selection that is just about legendary by now. The sales associates are always friendly and will direct you to some really cutting edge labels. You'll find your favorite classic brands here, mixed in with some newer designer brands you never knew you coveted.

Elizabeth Charles, 639 1/2 Hudson Street: This multilabel boutique stocks a wonderful mix of designers, including Comme des Garcons, Elise Overland and Richard Nicoll. This is worth a browse just for some hard to find European labels. They are currently hosting a great sale!

Iris NYC, 827 Washington Street: This bijoux shoe shop stocks the full collection from the manufacturer of shoes for labels such as Chloe, Galliano and Viktor & Rolf. It's definitely worth a peek, if you're into shoes!

For food in the area, check out the ever popular and now classic French bistro,
Pastis. Yes, it's owned by the same group as Balthazar in Soho, but visitors seem to love brunch here. If Pastis is packed to the brim, I would suggest taking yourself to Ono at the Gansevoort Hotel for some Asian-fusion deliciousness.

Hope you have a wonderful trip to New York!

Does anyone else have any suggestions for L.?

And do you have any shopping, food or other travel itinerary questions for me? Feel free to ask away! Write to me: dreamsequins (at)! I'm thinking about making "At Your Service" a regular feature on the blog, so I'd appreciate your help!


Lily G. said...

These are fabulous ideas! Too bad I couldn't use any of these when I was in NY this past October.

Elizabeth Marie said...

I am SO taking advantage of you! This is so cool! You are so Sex and the City haha :)

I love Jeffrey!

Brigadeiro said...

What a great post! I'll be sure to come back here, when I next come to NYC :) (no plans as yet, but will keep crossing my fingers). LOVE Balthazar (especially the desserts), and Elizabeth Charles stocks so many of my favourite labels (most/many Aussie too!)

Diana said...

i love this idea. i spent five weeks in nyc for my honeymoon and even till the last day i felt like i missed so much! i'm def going back and you are my main tour guide!

janettaylor said...

What a great travel post, Honey! YAY!


Madelene said...

What a great idea! If you ever visit Stockholm, I would happily suggest places for you :)

should be on the nanny said...

This is so great! I live in new York and I might hit you up on shopping/eating advice! Wait. I think I already did. Great suggestions by the way.

Pop Champagne said...

hehe sweet, I'm been dying to go to NY, it's close enough but still far (6 hours drive), I might just use this soon!

Kristin said...

Now that is one lovely service. I just need to convince the hubs to whisk me off or a getaway!

Savvy Mode SG said...

what a cool idea. you are so sweet.

clandestinechic said...

That is a great idea and I'm definitely remembering these places for when I visit NY one day! I've never been, though it has been a dream of mine for a long time. Now I have an informed guide on some cool places to shop! :)

Hanh, Life-in-Travel said...

This is excelent ideas!!It's so helpful!!!

I love the way Elizabeth said " you are so Sex and the City" ;-))


FashionMatchmaker said...

This is such a great idea. Last weekend I was in the meatpacking area and we ate at Nero which was very nice. Also in Soho I like Barolo for the garden in the back :)

jaassnnaa said...

for this pics i just say beautifull

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