During my last trip to New York, before I move to the city, I decided to spend a night in the Nolita district. The Bowery Suite is the perfect location for a fun stay in this hip area of downtown. This beautiful suite is very close to several great design shops, restaurants and bars. My day started with a massage and other relaxing at the Great Jones spa. The spa has an amazing water lounge with pools, saunas, steam rooms and also a 3-story waterfall. After that, it was time to check out some design stores in the neighborhood. First I went to Future Perfect which has really unique contemporary furniture. I am deeply in love with the knotty bubbles chandelier. Its style is both rustic and modern….just a unique lighting piece. After I stepped into Environment, another modern furniture store just around the block that has beautiful design pieces made with sustainable unfinished wood. Moreover, if you need some creative inspiration you must check out Partners & Spade. This shop opens only on weekends and features a hodgepodge of found objects, sculpture, framed artwork and design books. If you are short of gift ideas, this is the right place for you!
After a whole day walking around the city finally it was time to have the perfect meal! I headed over to, a super cute Italian restaurant at the Bowery Hotel. This hot spot is always very crowded so we left our name on the wait list and we decided to go to Hecho, in Dumbo, for some authentic Mexican appetizers. We tried the Tostada de Aguachile and the Queso Fundido de Huitlacoche and they were both delicious. If you don’t want to go to Dumbo you could also wait and have a drink at the Lobby Bar in the Bowery Hotel. After a quick bite of mexican culture we went back to Gemma’s for our dinner. This is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the good cuisine with friends on the outdoor patio of the restaurant. The Fritto Misto is excellent and I definitely recommend to try it.
There are lots of nightlife spots in the Nolita district so going from one place to one another just takes a short walk, which is great especially if you are wearing high heels! So after dinner we went to Wise Men, a hip and cozy bar with well-crafted specialty cocktails. My favorite is the Classic French. The next stop was Bathtub and Gin. This swanky spot serves pre-prohibition era cocktails and it is hidden behind a door of the Stone Street Coffee Company. There is a real bathtub too! Our night ended at Kings Cross, an unmarked underground speakeasy. Just look for a big clock and a steep stairway on the exterior of the building to find this basement hideaway. This magic spot has a laid back vibe and is ideal to grab a drink any day of the week. Finally it was time to head back to the Bowery Suite to get my beauty rest.
Stephanie is a designer living and working in NYC
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