When it comes to shopping, there is no shortage of chic boutiques and high fashion flagships downtown. A new kind of luxury can be found at Shinola (177 Franklin Street, Tribeca). Founded in Detroit, and dedicated to producing American-made products, this New York outpost is sleek, sophisticated and warmly personal. You’ll find custom crafted bicycles, watches and leather goods of the highest quality possible. Don’t miss the macchaitos and morning muffins at the in-house café, The Smile.
Staying fit isn’t always a pretty proposition. But Bar Method (155 Spring Street, Soho) is changing the experience of working out. The studio’s beautiful reception area is welcoming with fresh flowers and candles, and the instructors are warm and personal. They immediately move to a first-name basis as they guide you through the yoga-meets-ballet discipline. While small repetitive movements build your core muscles, classical music plays, restoring your soul.
One of the biggest restaurant debuts of the past fall season, Dirty French (180 Ludlow Street, Lower East Side) is alive with energy, drawing a trendy downtown clientele for its modern French bistro cuisine. Located in the Ludlow Hotel, and created by a team of heralded restaurateurs known for pushing boundaries and earning rave reviews, it’s a quintessential New York scene.
There’s no cozier place for an afternoon cocktail or tea than the Crosby Street Hotel (79 Crosby Street, Soho). The first U.S. venture of London hoteliers Tim and Kit Kemp, the worldly hotel’s Crosby Bar imports British sophistication and marries it with American flair. Large warehouse windows open light into a room of plush seats and couches, a long pewter bar, and colourful and eclectic art.