The city is also known as a cultural centre due to the numerous galleries, studios, museums and theatres but at the same time as a hotspot in the field of design. Once a year, the city of New York gets transformed into the Mecca for fashion design identical to Paris during the New York’s Fashion Week. The city is home to internationally known brands, elegant showrooms and many other exclusive stores. The city that never sleeps is considered to be the master of the global trends in lifestyle, fashion and design and offers plenty of space for creative minds, who seek to find their inspiration here. New York also has a lot to offer in addition to its numerous attractions. And if you want to explore the highlights of the city in a short span of time, you should already think about a wide-ranging and coefficient programme in advance.
In our post, we have compiled a selection of useful tips for a day and evening in West Village and the SoHo district. If you have not yet booked your accommodation, you will find our hotel recommendation at the end of the article.
The Nix restaurant at 72 University Place is still relatively young and very trendy. Only vegetarian dishes are prepared and served here at Nix. Star chef John Fraser has turned his personal passion into business together with Chipotle founders Steve Ells and Condé Nast and editorial director James Truman
(article in The New York Times, February 17, 2016). He loves everything that is based on vegetables and represents the approach that cooking should be more of a celebration than an act of “Sacrifice”, which is why he conscientiously restrains from serving meat dishes in his locality. Guests will enjoy seasonal and amply aromatic dishes, innovative cocktails, home-made lemonades and an affordable, exotic wine selection that compliments the menu in the vibrant atmosphere of Greenwich Village.
The Crosby Bar
Restaurant and Bar in one: The Crosby Bar is part of the luxurious Crosby Street Hotel, located on a quiet street in the heart of New York, near the vibrant SoHo district. In addition to a sumptuous breakfast, lunch and dinner from modern American cuisine are also served here. In the afternoon, there is a classic English “afternoon tea”. Later the restaurant turns into a bar, where you can also enjoy alcoholic drinks from the extensive cocktail selection or the international wine selection. The bar features grey oak floors, high ceilings, and warehouse-style windows that keep the room well ventilated, full of daylight and allow for a sweeping view of the street.
Goldbar New York
Whoever loves gold and has strong nerves, is in the Goldbar in the truest sense of the word: heart of gold! For nearly a decade, the Goldbar has been an integral part of New York’s nightlife and is famous for its decor with golden skulls adorned into the wall for ornamentation. Surrounded by crystal chandeliers and vaulted ceilings adorned with gold leaf, the ambience embodies a royal sophistication. It serves innovative drinks with fresh ingredients, first-class spirits and of course, tasty cocktail creations conceived by renowned bartender Tim Cooper. With the rhythmic beats – that vibe just right with the drink – they have world-famous DJs in the house for you. The Goldbar is the perfect place for those looking for a ravishing place to enjoy.
The shoe store “Feit” on 11A Greenwich avenue offers handmade shoes for men and women. The core emphasis of craftsmanship is on the material quality and first-class workmanship. Designed by Tull Price, all Feit products are made entirely from natural materials and are produced in limited quantities by a carefully selected group of master craftsmen from around the world. Tull Price’s career began in the early 1990s, when he was just 18 years old. He first founded his own small streetwear label, which became an internationally respected shoe company. In response to the negative effects of globalisation, Tull always sought after quality, sustainability and product integrity and travelled to Europe to learn traditional production techniques. Until today, he adheres to the learned strict designing and manufacturing principles. The combination of classic footwear with modern, minimalist luxury makes the Feit products unique.
Hotoveli is a well-stocked premium brand boutique, including Guidi, Rick Owens, Uma Wang, Acronym, Ziggy Chen, Issey Miyake and Ann Demeulemeester. Since 1982, Hotoveli offers avant-garde garments and other products. The owners Michael and Nancy are always on the lookout for young designers whose craftsmanship culminates in bold and new creations. Two boutiques in New York represent Hotoveli. The boutique on 271 West 4th Street offers lifestyle-, men’s and women’s fashion, while the second boutique on Bleecker Street is dedicated exclusively to women’s fashion.
New Museum of Contemporary Art
New York’s New Museum of Contemporary Art is one of the world’s leading contemporary art museums, hosting up to six major exhibitions each year. The museum was founded in 1977 by Marcia Tucker. Since 1994, the museum is located in the SoHo district. In 2007, the museum was rebuilt under the responsibility of Japanese architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa from the SAANA architects’ office in Tokyo. The imposing seven-storey building with staggered cube-like construction and a floor space of approximately 20,000 m² is truly a vision with its special characteristic. The shiny metallic surface of the building finds its complete expression in the evening when indirect daylight unfolds its full effect and attracts the eyes of the visitors from afar. On the sixth floor, the event room with glass fronts offers stunning panoramic views over the rooftops of New York.
Note: Another architectural masterpiece of the SAANA architects with a groundbreaking energy concept is located on the site of the UNESCO World Heritage Zeche Zollverein in Essen (Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex). In the Capital of Culture year-2010-of the city of Essen, Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa were awarded the Pritzker Prize for the SAANA building, the world’s most prestigious award for architects. More about the SAANA-building.
The Dominick Hotel
The Dominick Hotel on 246 Spring Street offers a prime location and remarkable service to make guests feel at home on the 46 storeys. The two-story lobby houses excellent woodwork inspired by the historic neighbourhood with its charming trains paired with clean lines. The modern rooms host custom-made furniture. The bathrooms are designed in Italian style and are equipped with marble. In addition, The Dominick is the premier destination for great food and drink. Decorated with the work of New York’s artists and Art déco inspired décor, the restaurant serves fresh produce for the well-being of its guests. A large rooftop swimming pool, spa and well organised spaces for events – what more could you ask for?
These and other handy tips for your stay in New York can also be accessed on your mobile in the Red Dot Design App, which will help you easily navigate to the sites and locations via the map function. We wish you a memorable stay in New York City.
And if you are on a roundtrip in the USA and you are still looking for comfortable accomodations we recommend our article Design hotels in the USA.
Posted on 08.02.2018