Whether you’re seeing New York for the very first time, or are a seasoned visitor, there’s way too much going on in the city that never sleeps to experience in just one trip. Here’s a snapshot of what’s hot in the East Village right now…
Sitting on a corner plot on the once-gritty, now-edgy Bowery thoroughfare, The Bowery Hotel feels like a grand old resident of the East Village, with its dark wood panelling and fixtures and fittings, but is actually a relatively new arrival. The hotel was built from scratch by Eric Good and Sean Macpherson – the duo behind the equally hip Maritime Hotel – and is stuffed full of stylish finds from their globetrotting expeditions – Turkish Oushak rugs, Moroccan tiles and Venetian plaster ceilings all adding to the eclectic feel.
Book a Bowery King room if you can, they boast stunning floor-to-ceiling factory casement windows with breathtaking views of the skyline, and vast marble bathtubs to soak in after a hard day’s sightseeing. Sip a cocktail and eavesdrop on Hollywood moguls and hipsters in the cosy lobby bar, then walk through the guests-only secret passage into Gemma, the hotel’s buzzy Italian restaurant.
If you’re greedy by nature like me, the best way to get to the heart of a city is through its stomach, so here are a few handy hints on where to chow down, downtown…
Just down the street from The Bowery is DBGB Kitchen & Bar – a place that successfully manages to fuse French brasserie fare with all-American grub. The industrial space is decorated with quotations from famous gastronomes from Oscar Wilde to Heston Blumenthal, and the waiters are justifiably passionate about the food they’re serving, from fresh, plump oysters, to a melt-in-the-mouth hamburger.
Just across the street, still on Bowery, you’ll find Pulino’s – a classic pizzeria which draws a stylish crowd, from movie moguls brokering deals to cute hipster couples sharing a thn and crispy margarita. This place is worth a visit for the bathrooms alone, which are all chrome and tarnished mirrors – shabby chic at its best.
Momofuku is where you’ll find the east village hipsters patiently queuing any night of the week to get their fix of delicious steamed buns. The pork belly ramen is out of this world and make sure you leave room for some soft scoop olive oil ice cream – an acquired taste perhaps but definitely not to be missed!
Fancy a cupcake? Forget the uptown swankiness of the Magnolia Bakery – in the East Village the best place for a sugar high is Sugar Sweet Sunshine. Tucked away on Rivington Street, this cute little spot dishes up delicious confections, from cupcakes to cheesecakes, banana pudding to pistachio bundt, with fabulous coffee to wash it all down with. Grab a seat and watch the fashionistas collecting boxes packed with dozens of cupcakes for their chic soirees…
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phoebe frangoul is the beauty editor at cultbeauty.co.uk