AS­PA­SIA’S top 3 NEW YORK spots

‘It’s near im­pos­si­ble to make such a list #JustSay­ing’

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - INTERNATIONAL REPORT - – Marie Claire ed­i­tor

THE FIRST TIME I ar­rived in New York I was a 19-year-old dilet­tante. It was De­cem­ber; the cold was noth­ing I could ac­tu­ally fully com­pre­hend. I was ex­hil­a­rated and slowly freez­ing to death. I walked and walked and when it got too ter­ri­ble, I would pop into the world’s most sub­lime fash­ion em­po­ri­ums to thaw. Con­se­quently, I have the fixed idea that phys­i­cal ex­hil­a­ra­tion and fash­ion are in­ex­tri­ca­bly linked. I blame Bar­neys. I try to visit NYC at least once a year, to coin­cide with New York Fash­ion Week, which tends to take place in spring and au­tumn. Th­ese sea­sons present a much more civilised cli­mac­tic sit­u­a­tion, al­low­ing for a bet­ter stroll ver­sus pop­ping-into-store quo­tient. It’s prob­a­bly bet­ter for the fi­nances, too.

MY NYC TOP 3

1. My favourite neigh­bour­hood is the Lower East Side. It has just the right amount of gritty glam­our to fas­ci­nate me end­lessly. Stay at LES Sixty (Six­ty­ho­tels.com/low­ereastside), per­fectly po­si­tioned on Hous­ton Street.

2. The Spot­ted Pig (Th­es­pot­ted­pig.com) in Soho has the best burg­ers in Man­hat­tan – they re­ally are in­sane and the string chips could make a carb-phobe re­lent.

3. 192 Books (192books.com) is the best lit­tle book­shop in Chelsea. Who­ever is cu­rat­ing the book se­lec­tion is a mag­nif­i­cent ge­nius. And after brows­ing books you can pop in to iconic Em­pire Diner next door for heav­enly milk­shakes or, bet­ter yet – cock­tails at the bar!

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