The Curators: Coming Soon New York ’s Helena Barquet & Fabiana Faria on LES for the Creative Set

(This article by Jenny Nguyen first appeared in Soon Is Today) At the intersection of the Lower East Side and Chinatown, somewhere along the hip end of Orchard Street is Coming Soon New York – A different kind of gift and interiors shop where co-owners Helena Barquet and Fabiana Faria have injected their own kooky-cool […]

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Restaurant & Tasting Menu Find: Jungsik NYC x Dom Pérignon

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At first glance, it’s easy to see that Jungsik NYC, a Michelin star-spangled transplant from Seoul is the city’s most refined haute-Korean restaurant experience. With impeccable service, a rarely seen “nouvelle” approach to Korean cuisine and an unruffled, crisp white linen-filled dining room, Jungsik oozes modern elegance from every angle. Young Executive Chef Yim Jung-sik […]

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Cool Shop Find: Totokaelo NYC

Nestled in a lofty and cavernous space, Seattle-based clothing retailer Totokaelo in Soho is the newest destination for the aesthetically-minded. Totokaelo opened its doors on Crosby Street in September 2015, expanding its multi-brand curation of apparel and goods to New York City. The Totokaelo Soho store features a soaring atrium, winding steps, and crisp, white […]

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Cool Shop Find: The Primary Essentials NYC

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Aptly named The Primary Essentials, this specialty home wares store is a treasure trove worth seeking out. Inside, you’ll find yourself drawn to the long wooden table in the center of the shop housing an array of meticulously curated products, from quintessential candles and ceramics to notable books, stationery and magazines. Every product has been […]

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Café Find: Café Henrie NYC

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(Cafe Henrie NYC has been reported closed) Cafe Henrie is, among other things, a cafe on the Lower East Side. You’ll find coffee, tea, and food that puts a spin on the usual cafe fare (think “avo hash” – whipped avocado, poached egg, and tomato confit on a potato hash waffle – as opposed to […]

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Lunch Cafe Find: Hanamizuki NYC

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While the thought of spending lunch around Herald Square may sound like your worst nightmare, Hanamizuki is a small oasis in the heart of the madness. It’s easy to pass by if you’re not looking for it, so seek it out when you’re in the area looking for a break. Put simply, Hanamizuki is a […]

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Restaurant Find: Waverly Inn NYC

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Situated on a quaint tree-lined street in NYC’s West Village is a cherry-bricked 1830s townhouse accommodating Waverly Inn, a time-honored dining institution that’ll never go out of style. Inside, a series of intimate low-lit rooms swathed in velvet emanates a warm, buzzing atmosphere reminiscent of an exclusive New York clubhouse. But not just any clubhouse, […]

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Restaurant Find: The Leopard NYC

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With a few renowned restaurants under their belt, the owners of Midtown West institution Il Gattopardo opened The Leopard at des Artistes in 2011. Like its more established counterpart, The Leopard can only be described as traditional, done right. Situated in an impressive neo-Gothic building in Central Park-adjacent Upper West Side, the restaurant took over the […]

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Art Hotspot: Judd Foundation NYC, 101 Spring Street

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For the minimalist art and design enthusiast Donald Judd’s former home and studio is the ultimate art experience in NYC’s Soho. Judd meticulously converted the historical industrial building into a live/work space, now considered to be the birthplace of “permanent installation”. On the guided tour visitors can experience the space with Judd’s permanently installed pieces […]

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Restaurant Find: Yakiniku Futago NYC

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Yakiniku Futago is not your run-of-the-mill Japanese barbecue. Firstly, it’s a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it hole in the wall, tucked away in an assuming side street in Chelsea. But stepping inside is a calm, meditative presence – sleek wooden tables, exposed brick walls and shelves upon shelves of sake fill up the small yet airy space. Interiors aside, […]

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