Even if she weren’t a gifted jewelry maker, something tells us that designer Anna Sheffield would be a permanent fixture on the NYC cool kid scene. Luckily, she’s both.
And lucky for you, she was cool enough treat us to a virtual spin around the city that she loves – from an underground tea shop to the boutiques that keep her inspired (and shopping) when she’s on the hunt for style gems that aren’t her own doing.
It’s an NYC landmark and an East Village institution. Located on St.Mark’s Place, the shop is rock-and-roll famous for being in the ground floor of the building from Led Zepplin’s “Physical Graffiti” album cover. They have what could easily be called a formidable tea selection, and they make the best matcha green tea latte ever.
This is simultaneously the tiniest and most amazing place to eat lunch in all of Manhattan. The food – created by chef and co-owner Gerardo Gonzales – is impeccable (you will be enamored by the kale salad!) and is as delicious as it is beautiful (as evidenced by the aguas frescas). My favorite is the beautiful, jade green one with cucumber, tarragon and lime. Also the baked goods are phenomenal, and the sweet potato with spicy pecans win for most habit-forming snack.
This new shop on Orchard Street is a block from my store and is a must for gift shopping in the LES – or inspiration in general. They stock amazing designer housewares and objects from Fort Standard, Tom Dixon, Pantone Percolators and jewel soaps by Nelle. My fave are the epic nail lacquers they carry by the brand Cirque.
Almost a good as an actual trip to the beach, this shop is a slice of the good life smack in the middle of the bustling Chinatown/Nolita neighborhoods. They stock amazing local NY clothing labels – Ryan Roche, Upstate, and Ulla Johnson to name a few. Also, the book selection, textiles and housewares are all perfectly dreamy.
The Hole Gallery
The Hole pretty much guarantees that there is never a dull moment in the downtown art scene. Though always a good time, the openings tend to be a bit crowded. So, when I really want to see the art, I’ll drop by during the week. It’s right on the Bowery and near my favorite community garden in the city too (open Tuesdays and Thursdays in season, and weekends all year round).
Marlow and Sons
When I first moved to New York in 2002, I lived in Williamsburg. Back then, [sister restaurant] Diner was one of the only places to eat in the neighborhood. It’s also a certifiable forerunner in the farm-to-table, slow food movement. The same owners opened Marlow, which is right next door. I love to walk, so when the weather is nice I’ll often make dinner plans with friends there (the bonus being I can walk over the Williamsburg bridge to get there). They have an excellent selection of rosé and oysters, which I’ll happily eat year round, and if I’m not finding what I want on that menu for dinner, there’s always Diner , who have legendary French fries and burgers.