Monday, March 3, 2008

NY Picks

Back from NY and I got a lot to tell. It was very cool - in the truest sense of the word. So I'd like to sum up the most beautiful places for you to check out at your next visit. I hope you enjoy my finest selection. I am not a true insider but maybe you like what Horst likes...

Best Restaurant
99 Stanton St, NY 10002

Stanton Social offers all you need: nice interior, a 'social' atmosphere and wonderful food. Our dinner included: Piquillo Pepper Crostini, Goat Cheese Pierogies, Wild Mushroom Risotto Cakes, Grilled Apple & Brie Quesadilla, Wasabi crusted Salmon, and finally the Chocolate Tasting!

Best Burger
24 E 12th St, NY 10003

After hunting for little treasures at Greenwich flew market, Stand serves well-made Burgers that strike with taste and composition. Not only the food but also the metallic interior design with purple leather benches hit my taste.

Best Breakfast
31 E 32nd St, NY 10016

Ok, maybe I just recommend this place because it was just across the street of our hotel, one block away from the Empire State Building. But nevertheless we had the best toasted sesame bagels with cream cheese there! And the best hazlenut flavored coffee!

Best Lunch
114th North St, NY 11211

I love Williamsburg. And having lunch at Sea was definitely a good choice: Thai fusion kitchen for really good prices. We just paid about 12$ per person and had starter, main dish and dessert! The green tea chesse cake with raspberry sauce is a must.

Best Interior Design
520 W 22nd St, NY 10011

Just one word: Wow! Located in Chelsea and surrounded by the best galleries, the Comme des Garcons NY store offers a futuristic and clean 'interior experience'. I got lost in a fitting room by exploring the space...

Best Selection
28 Bond Street, NY 10012

At the new OAK Store at Bond Street I found the most intelligent and beautifully dressed mannequins. Brands like 3.1 phillip lim, Ksubi, Opening Ceremony, Filippa K, Surface to Air or S.N.S. guarantee a sovereign look.

Best Hidden
640 Broadway, NY 10012

We had to search for this place really hard. And walked past the entrance several times. Hidden in the 'underground' you can browse the Nom de Guerre collection and simultaneously feel the vibration of the passing metro trains.

Best Avantgarde
125 Crosby Street, NY 10012

The most artful pieces can be found at Atelier New York. The store between Broadway and Lafayette St brings to you selected labels like Raf Simons, Ann Demeulemeester, Undercover and Number (N)ine. Mostly black and very architectural and complex designs.

Best Atmosphere
181 Orchard Street, NY 10002

Very elegant and pompous at first glance, kind of spooky and weird at the second. The clothes rails are reversed tables, creepy collage portraits stare at you and at the door you find an umbrella stand with a duck head stick. Forceful in every detail. Chapeau.

Best Second Hand
19 8th Ave, NY 10014

You are looking for a dinosaur tee? A wrestler singlet? Knitwear with naive patterns? You'll find it here. And a lot more. The owner himself prooved great taste and style wearing a skinny suit with cropped trousers and a pocket watch. Join the Cherry Nation!

Best Architecture
235 Bowery, NY 10002

What can I say? This building is just awesome. I lo-lo-love it. The white stacked cubes, the facade structure, the rainbow script saying "HELL, YES!". SANAA Architects did a great job.

Best Design Shop
115 N 6th St, NY 11211

The best selection of furniture and design pieces I've ever seen. I bought a crushed cup designed by Rob Brandt. You'll find there also a golden brace necklace, wonderful lamps and beautiful chairs by Blu Dot. Go there and get me something, no matter what, I'll love it.

Best Gallery Show
540 West 26 St, NY 10001

Jürgen Teller is the one and only. The man who influenced them all. With his pitiless approach to photography and his eye for the 'ugly' details. May it be silicone breasts or Ukrainian interior design. The exhibition at Lehmann Maupin is really worth a visit. So hurry! Posh Spice is there too...

Best Art Installation
1071 5th Avenue, NY 10128

Currently Cai Guo-Qiang shows his installation work 'I want to believe' at Guggenheim. The car-crush-in-the-air simulation with laser lights and shiny white cars is breathtaking. So is his pack of wolves flying through the museums hallways.

Best Food
95 East Houston Street, NY 10002

Never was a visit to the supermarket so mouthwatering as this time at Wholefoodsmarket. Pyramids of fruits and vegetables, fresh fish, a salad bar offering spinach with sesame, grilled tandori chicken or toasted walnuts, and a sweets-to-go assortment made me moan and groan.

Best Hideaway
Brooklyn, Last stop on the F or Q trains

Abandoned and desolate like Neverland Ranch nowadays, Coney Islands amusement park builds a great scenerey for a romantic and stormy walk at the beach. Now bedraggled and shabby does it remind of prettier days of laughter and sunshine. Somehow moving.

Strangest Observation
On jackets, trousers, bags. Just everywhere

Ok, it's damn cold but why do you all wear the same jackets? Especially in Chinatown one NF jacket is chasing the other. Is it the new secret code for I-don't-know-what-and-I-don't-want-to-know? A conspiracy? With this question I leave you alone. Have fun at your next trip to NY!!!

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