ASPASIA’S top 3 NEW YORK spots
‘It’s near impossible to make such a list #JustSaying’
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!