coolstuff.nyc neighborhood guide

Midtown, Manhattan


We’ve been saying it for a while now, but MIDTOWN! IS! BACK! Over the last few months we have had a ton of fun north of 42nd street to bring you the definitive guide to this oft-maligned neighborhood. Read on to hear all about the best places to eat, hang, do, and see in Midtown, Manhattan. ︎





Caffeinate


Lodi

For: perfectly steamed milk drinks and delicious Italian pastries. If you want to stay to enjoy your coffee, make sure to grab a reservation!




Ralph’s Coffee

For: a coffee cart outpost of Ralph’s uptown flagship. Perfect for an americano on the go.


Shop


Jill Lindsey

For: crystals (if that’s your thing) and really cute women’s clothing & accessories.

Rough Trade

For: a wide selection of new vinyl, with some used as well! This is a great place to go if you’re looking for something hyper specific.

J.Mueser

For: NYC’s coolest bespoke tailor is opening a new uptown location in Rockefeller center THIS WEEK. Our cool friend Chase can help the suit fanatics in your life (boys & girls!) step up their wardrobe.

Photo by Chase Winfrey

Kule

For: fun accessories and clothing with bright graphics and all the stripes your heart desires. We love their GIANT totes.

Beverly’s @ Nordstrom

For: the best-designed kitchen essentials curated by stylist Beverly Nguyen. You might know Beverly’s from their popups in the LES & in Rockefeller center last year.


Argosy Books

For: Fran Lebowitz’s favorite book store. Think hard to find classics in a beautiful space

Kinokuniya

For: Japanese books, magazines, and craft supplies right off of Bryant Park.

MoMA Design Store

For: the number one place to buy goods from cool friend Ellen Van Dusen I R L!


Eat


Felice 56

For: a very good spot for dinner to keep in your backpocket… Pasta! Burgers! Cozy Space!

Le Relais de Venise l’Entrecôte

For: the best steak frites in NYC & a perfect house red. (currently closed due to relocating to a new spot later this year…down the street!Check their instagram for updates on reopening) 

Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant

For: a “hidden” classic! If you don’t know about this poorly kept secret, Grand Central Oyster Bar is a swanky restaurant within Grand Central Station. Stop by for a martini & a caviar sandwich.

Whitby Bar

For: a perfect high tea, Saturday brunch, & dinner with live jazz.

Fasano

For: a new spot for high end Italian food by an Italian master chef. Even the bathrooms look impeccable! Vibe: parents are in town and buying dinner



Drink


Pebble Bar

For: the newest, hottest, bar in New York from the same folks behind Rays & Freemans. We recently went a little before opening and had the most fun night we’ve had in a while. It’s upbeat when you want it to be and chill when you need it to be.



King Cole Bar

For: almost like a chill Bemelmans, King Cole Bar is a taste of art deco New York. The small cozy bar is presided over by a large infamous painting by Maxfield Parrish.

Do


Paris Theater

For: our favorite movie theater in the city. Stay up to date on their site with all of their themed movie marathons!

MoMA

For: what you already know to be the greatest collection of modern works in the world. Not much else we can say so we’ll just remind you to go to museums often and become a member if you can :—)

New York Public Library 

For: an escape right in the middle of NYC. There’s always a good excuse to retreat into the library’s Rose Reading Room <3

Bryant Park

For: movie nights, live music, and realllyyyy good people watching.



Grand Central Tennis Courts

For: hourly court time in probably the most magical place to play tennis.


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