Doing It ‘Local’ Style
New York City – The city that never sleeps, is a mecca for all things ‘cool’, but how do you navigate it like a local when you’re an NYC virgin? Find out where to eat, shop and rejuvenate like a local on your next trip to the Big Apple.
Eat Like A Local: Roberta’s – A Little Slice of Woodfired Heaven
Finding a mouth-watering pizza that will satisfy even the most discerning pizza aficionado isn’t as hard as you think! If you don’t leave New York City with a few pizza stains from Roberta’s in Brooklyn, you’ve committed a crime worthy of a CSI: New York investigation! Honestly, there is nothing like the aroma of a woodfired pizza wafting through the air on a wintery day. Step off the L train, and you’ll find this place right in the center of Bushwick. With an onsite rooftop chef’s garden, their dedication to using fresh ingredients makes it hard to resist. Whether it’s for brunch or a late night feast, you can hang with the locals, and an enjoy a little slice of woodfired heaven.
Shop Like A Local: The RealReal Luxury Consignment Boutique
While you may be tempted to check out the well-known, big names like Saks and Bergdorf Goodman, if you’re after something with more of an authentic New York City vibe that’s for the serious fashionista, in Brooklyn you’ll find a number of the best boutiques around. Though might take a bit more digging to get to these gemstones on the island, according to locals, it’s worth the trek.
After an enormously successful pop-up, online retail store TheRealReal has now become a ‘Girlboss’ dream store located at 80 Wooster Street in SoHo. Featuring luxury items on consignment, they guarantee their authenticity 100%. Not sure whether your recent ‘designer’ watch or handbag is authentic? No problem. The store runs workshops with where you can learn about luxury authenticity. You can even make an appointment with a gemologist or horologist to find out what your luxury items are worth.
Freshen Up Like A Local
Let’s face it, traveling takes a significant toll on your skin. This beauty concept store is a far cry from your average beauty megastore. Located at 127 W 26th Street in Chelsea, Naturopathica is a new favorite with natural beauty enthusiasts, with many products and ingredients boasting the Ecocert seal of approval. Stop in for a refreshing juice as you wait for your facial or massage. You’ll be feeling as good on the inside as you look on the outside as you breeze out the door.
Paint The Town Red Like A Local
Instead of heading to the meat-packing district where bottle service dominates, why not check out something a little more arty-cool and venture down to 49 West 27th Street to the Radio Wave building. Nestled behind a coffee shop is one of New York’s coolest speakeasies, Patent Pending. The place where Nikola Tesla both lived and worked on his experiments. Make a reservation to avoid missing out on sipping the most imaginative cocktails named after the famous inventor such as, ‘Strange Magic’ and ‘Currents and Coils’ while chilling with only those in the know. If you prefer rubbing elbows with trust fund kids and photo-happy tourists, then by all means head over to The Top of the Strand, which is located on W 37th Street. It’s got a great view of the Chrysler and Empire State buildings if you’re looking for a photo op.
So if you don’t want to spend your whole trip navigating your way through crowded tourist hubs, you’ve got to find out where the locals go. But don’t miss out on visiting iconic tourist attractions like the Guggenheim or snapping a selfie with Lady Liberty, they’re all a part of the experience that even the locals enjoy.