5 Places to Go in NYC From Splacer, the People Who Know Amazing Places

Photo courtesy of Dover Street Market

Looking for a space to throw an event, produce a shoot, open a pop-up shop? Real estate brokers aren’t usually there to help with the short-term stuff — it’s not like you’re looking to sign a lease for your party. That’s why Adi Biran, Lior Ash and Lihi Gerstner thought up Splacer, a digital marketplace connecting people looking for short term space with the owners of unique (and uniquely available) location, both commercial and private, ranging from studios and galleries to urban gardens, lofts and warehouses.

Cofounders Biran and Gerstner put together Splacer’s guide to New York for BlackBook, great for the times you’re looking for a good shave, a shopping marathon, places to party, and a few other unique spots. 

The Electric Room
355 West 16th Street, New York, NY
Basement bar and club secreted under the Dream Hotel in Chelsea. Check out the very cool, British influenced decor.

The Lowline
Opening soon to the public, but already hosts some special events, The Lowline is an underground park transforming a historic trolley terminal on the Lower East Side with innovative solar energy solutions.

The Robotic Church
The Robotic Church space in Brooklyn’s Red Hook neighborhood is both an amazing interactive art experience and a great converted space, with some 35 robots performing musical “masses,” which are still ongoing despite some confusing dates on the website.

Fellow Barber
101 N. 8th Street, Brooklyn, NY
This is probably one of the nicest spaces to get a haircut and shave in Williamsburg.

Dover Street Market
160 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY
A creatively designed space housing a collection of the most up-to-date, designer curated clothing and accessory brands with the fabulous Rose Bakery onsite to complete your shopping trip.

For more places to eat, drink, and hang right now in New York, check out the BlackBook City Guides.

Rabbithole Restaurant

Along the southern drag of Bedford Avenue, the Rabbithole is an all-day brunch institution that brings in hoards of Brooklynites on weekends for French-style omelettes, pancakes with spiced walnuts, and of course, bloody marys. On weekdays, it caters mostly to neighborhood regulars who come for housebaked pastries and lunch staples like baguette sandwiches and BLTs. Its charming back garden makes it one of Williamsburg’s outdoor dining gems.

Cafe Colette

With its casually chic Parisian vibe and sweet vintage decor, it’s easy to fall in love with Williamsburg’s Cafe Colette. Owned by Zab Stewart of Hotel Delmano and Union Pool, this adorable boite is where the beautiful people go for a simple and rustic brunch or dinner. Sit at their zinc bar and enjoy a gin-soaked Hot Blonde or feast on their charred Spanish octopus and duck confit in the stylish greenhouse garden.

Hotel Delmano

If you can snag a table in one of Hotel Delmano’s lush and cozy back rooms, you’ll have found the best date spot in Williamsburg. Owned by Zab Stewart of Union Pool and Cafe Colette, this epoch-specific upscale cocktail bar meets speakeasy has drinks that will knock you off your feet. Sip on their sherry and orange biters-based Ghost Dance or an apricot eau-de-vie and lemongrass gomme syrup infused Cloud Walker. With menu loaded with delicious cocktails, you’ll need their savory Anchovy Toast and or oysters from their Raw Bar to top off the night.

Mission Delores

Anything but the usual faux-divey BKNY beer bar – the design concept here could best be described as Corbusier goes rustic. Stark, pale concrete floors are peppered with reclaimed wood tables and stools, as well as pinball machines, and a skylight lets in the Brooklyn rays. It all extends to a similarly styled patio where craft beer geeks mix with canine lovers – indeed, you can bring Fluffy and Fido.


This super tiny 12-seat Japanese kitchen is well worth the daily wait. As the first brick and mortar from fish distributor and ramen guru, Yuji Haraguchi alongside Tara Norvell, Okonomi focuses on regional seafood and waste-conscious Mottainai philosophy. Harkening back to traditional Japanese culture and cuisine, come early for the set Ichiju Sansai breakfast and lunch and return in the evening for their seafood-based ramen dinner specialty. 

Humboldt & Jackson

Humboldt & Jackson celebrates its second summer as one of the most unique spaces in Brooklyn. Opened by Brooklyn Star’s Bill Reed, the patriotically-themed bar and event space offers a rotating tasting menu, curated by a roster of famed guest chefs. Nibble on locally-sourced meats, cheeses, and veggies paired with their extensive list of American beer and wine either around their welcoming front room bar or their banquet style massive back room.

El Born

The magic of Barcelona heads to Greenpoint with a chic and much-needed tapas bar. From Catalan owner and restauranteur Elena March, the small plate style restaurant was named after the historic Spanish district and puts a contemporary spin on classic tapas fare. Try the crispy rabbit, octopus legs a la piedra, or the quail legs and pair it with one of their 29 Spanish wines.


Nestled in North Greenpoint, Evan and Oliver Haselgrave of hOme serve up a stylish and nautically-inspired watering hole. Find a seat along their sleek, white marble bar and indulge in one of their signature dark cocktails, like the strong and sweet Alameda Manhattan. Soak it all up with their delicious eats from chef/co-owner Nick Padilla (formerly of Brooklyn Star) and nibble on locally-sourced foie gras and a frieze Frisée salad.