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ARossGirl City Guide: New York City

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New York City can be overwhelming when you have a limited period of time. Having been an editor for 20 years I’ve been creating lists forever… the best stores, restaurants, cafes, museums, galleries, interiors, cabinets of curiosities. Here are my favorites now. 

The best Cabinets of Curiosities, places that I go for inspiration: 

 

My newest Cabinet of Curiosity find is from Architectural Digest, the Cavallo/Mirror Fair  at 320 East 95th Street, New York, NY  

The Lafayette Corridor, an area downtown that has some of my favorite places all on one street. 

A few blocks over on West Broadway is Laduree 398 West Broadway, New York City. I live for their cafe. Also on my list for favorite hostess gifts are their chocolate covered ginger and orange slices.

 XenoMania (Emilie Irving) on 206 East Sixth Street – chic finds for the home – make sure you call first. Wednesdays thru Fridays 12pm to 7pm

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I am, at heart, an Uptown Girl.

A few of my favorite stores: 

Five Story, 18, East 69 Street, a multi-branded shop. Claire’s brilliant edit of upcoming brands is so inspiring. 

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Next door is another favorite jeweler, Marie-Helene de Taillac (MHT),20 east 69 street. Be sure to follow her on Instagram.

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Down the block on Madison is the new Yves Salomon shop, 790 Madison Avenue, which I love because it’s French, affordable, and chic.

When @LondonRossGirl is in town, dinner is at The Mark Hotel. The best Sancerre, and the coldest, by the glass. My favorite mustard dressing, caesar salad, oysters, and the lemon pasta. 

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The best grilled fish with vinaigrette Sette Mezzo , 969 Madison Avenue. 

Uptown Gems

  • Amaranth , 21 E 62nd Street
  • Via Quadronno, 25 E 73rd Street
  • Le Bilboquet, 20 E 60th Street

Favorite Coffee Guy is the cart on 69th and Madison. I order mine small coffee, light, with one sugar.

I love the caramel and chocolate linzer cookies (normally linzer cookies are raspberry or apricot) at Bottega del Vino, 7 E 59th Street.

I love bookshops, I never want them to go away.  My favorites are: 

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Marc Jacobs BookMarc – 400 Bleecker Street, I love his selection of books as well as little fun fashion finds you can’t get anywhere else, like Olympia Le Tan book style clutches.

Crawford Doyle – 1082 Madison Avneue, it’s a small independent bookshop that makes you feel like the art of personal service still exists.

I’m excited to check out the new Rizzoli, a New York classic, now at 1133 Broadway. 

And don’t forget my local neighborhood bookshop that has extended into a cafe, called Shakespeare, 939 Lexington Avenue.

I also like McNally Jackson when downtown… 

…and my real favorite: bookshops in Museums.

I recently posted the Hay Collaboration on my Instagram, a chic shop from Denmark doing a popup at the new MOMA STORE Soho.

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Sometimes all you need is 20 minutes. How do you spend 20 minutes? Some people take a walk around the block, some people meditate, I go to museums. Even if it’s just visiting a favorite painting, I learn something. 

Don’t let the size of these museums overwhelm you – they are worth it:

The Frick Collection

MOMA 

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Neue Gallerie 

The Whitney