Narrow, well-lit place with exposed vents, Edith Piaf on the speakers. Classics like chicken satay meet more eclectic fare (crevettes a la planca and seafood laska), with spicy bites across the board–squid, mussel curries, crispy duck rolls. Malaysian beers like Anchor and Tiger augment the authenticity.
Milk & Honey reboots with its star bartenders kicking off a new regime. Sam Ross and Michael McIlroy drop the reservations policy, revamp for a less precious future. Still works the speakeasy angle (look for neon), still puts the emphasis on serious cocktailing. No menus, bitches, be prepared to express some opinions. Beer, wine, light bite options. Modern-vintage room all about the long bar, with distressed white brick adding character.
One-stop shopping with great blend of cutting-edge chic and ready-to-wear classics. Think DVF, Missoni, Helmut Lang, Jimmy Choo, Phillip Lim. Tight edit means that although inventory might not run too deep, house style does.
EVill spin-off of Williamsburg boutique stocking locally made men’s staples. Raul Arevalo of the Gap and Club Monaco does trousers, graphic T’s, and jackets in fatigue-inspired hues. Plaid button-ups are staples for the neighborhood, and prices aren’t bad for domestic goods. Huzzah, job creators!
Cult yogawear chain complete with creepy manifesto (“children are the orgasm of life”) and rabid “ambassadors,” willing to drop $100 on pair of roll-top yoga pants. Racerback tanks in eye-popping hues, butt-hugging cropped leggings the day uniform of the unemployed mom with two nannies. Moisture-wicking Lulu socks and “Technithongs.” Stores aim to be more inspirational community center than retail outlet; host free Sunday yoga, often followed by gratis light breakfast. Eat at your own risk.
Los Angeles brand exemplifies the Boho-chic woman. From its oversized distressed boyfriend jeans to its simply constructed sandals, can be dressed up or down. Loose-fitting tops reflect a classic-yet-comfortable look. Represents a broad spectrum of fabrics, with mixed prints and bold colors. Simple silhouettes are just as appropriate for work environments as they are for a casual brunch on a Sunday afternoon.
Sexy librarian, Brooklyn bohemian, or Monopoly-guy monocle. Whatever your eyewear look, Warby’s got the custom-fit, avant-garde and vintage-inspired frames you seek at extremely reasonable prices. No middle man, no nonsense, all in boutique style. And for every pair you buy, another pair is donated to a visually impaired person in need thanks to partnerships with nonprofits like VisionSpring. Look fashionable, feel benevolent, save money. Your move, Luxottica.
Concept store and media studio is essentially Aussie site Billabout brought to life. Expat Australians (and tourists) scoping out nearby Eight Mile Creek and Ruby’s now have a place to stay connected and nab products from a generous roster of Down Under talents. In-store exclusives like Mambo swimwear, Volley footwear, and unique baubles by Nicole Trunfio Jewelry. Namesake clothing line as well. Can’t have an Australian project without Hugh Jackman, so look for Wolverine’s Laughing Man Coffee and Tea label among the vegemite and Milo.
Ex-Tamarind hand spins off his classy midtown spot to Tribeca. Contemporary room like the original, with butterscotch banquettes and chairs, dark wood tables. Named for the oldest city in India, serves the food of Utter Pradesh province. Long, stellar vegetarian outlay. Okra, chickpeas, black lentils cooked overnight. Plenty of meat options; goat, lamb, and whole Cornish hens from the tandoori. Tight edit on the wine list, cocktails highlighted by tequila with roasted pineapple, housemade orange liqueur, and chili grenadine.