The Stylist Guide to New York

By Sadaf Razi

While taking a break from styling celebrities, New York based Fashion Stylist Sadaf Razi reveals to The Pleasure Principle, her must see, eat, and of course shop places in the Big Apple...

Brooklyn Flea Market

An eclectic mix of people, food, and things… (trinkets, clothes, furniture etc.)

As a Sydney native (where weekend markets are a rite of passage) I found Brooklyn Flea a little overpriced. I imagine that a few years ago, before it became so “cool” and before the now arty Williamsburg wasn’t gentrified, this was like most other flea markets where you weren’t paying $60 for a Jessa-inspired top that the stall holder probably bought at the thrift store down the road for $10.

Why it’s a must see:

After rummaging through a pile of overpriced stuff, I stumbled across an interesting man selling vintage typewriters and cameras.  I bought a vintage Polaroid camera for $30 in great working condition!

 I  very casually stalked down a gorgeous girl wearing the most amazing high-waisted Levi jeans and she directed to me to stall that was full of them!

 My friend visiting from back home bought an amazing piece of artwork sold to her by the artist himself who shared with her the stories behind his art.

There is an uber-cute stall that took the shape of a vintage van, and inside was an even cuter stall-holder with a Julia Roberts megawatt smile,  selling some magnificent retro pieces.   

And finally, but very seriously, the fresh lemon & cucumber juice is worth the commute.  

TAO restaurant, NYC Downtown, Maritime Hotel, 92 9th Ave

Ready for some mouthgasms? The newly opened TAO Downtown is where you want to be on a Wednesday, Thursday or Friday night. The amazing décor and interior gives an almost spa-like vibe, making you feel instantly, relaxed and welcomed on arrival.

 Why it’s a must-see and eat!

For foodies and fashionistas, TAO is an NY must. A  dining experience to tick off your food to-do list.

 For traditional & non-adventurous Asian cuisine eaters,  the succulent honey flavored noodles in the Chicken Pad-Thai is the go. The Lobster Wontons, and Chicken Gyoza are also delicious.  

 

On a Friday night the restaurant is not over-crowded with a mix of younger and older groups, couples and friends. I love the cool ambience.  As it’s located near the Meatpacking District make sure you wearing your most fashion-forward outfit. Style is something you see a lot in Meatpacking.

TAO restaurant, NYC Downtown, 92 Ninth Avenue at 16th Street - New York, NY 10011

 The High Line 

For the people visiting New York City in the warmer seasons, The High Line is a stunning daytime and nighttime place to visit.  

Why it’s a must see

This month, the final stretch of The High Line was complete.  Once an old train track,  it's been transformed into a gorgeous walking path starting from Gansevoort Street, in the Meatpacking District all the way down to Hudson Yards,  another impressive urban redevelopment project on Manhattan's far West side 

The High Line is filled with lush greenery and it includes a little amphitheatre-style area where you can sit and enjoy some people watching. And it's beautifully lit in the evening, so it's perfect for an after dinner stroll. 

In the day, if you’re feeling like you want to relax and read a book, then lie down on of the wooden sun-beds!

       

       Credit: Iwan Bann/The High Line 

Shoppers Paradise 

 For shopping, Prince, Bleecker and Spring St with its cobblestone streets and boutiquey stores are definitely where you want to max your credit card. You can also find an array of chain-stores (Victoria’s Secret, Mango, H&M, Zara etc.) on 34th St, which is a short walk from Times Square.

When I first moved to NYC,  I asked a NY local where all the great “non-touristy” places were to visit. He very eloquently answered: “You will find your own New York.” This couldn’t be truer, just wander the streets and you will stumble upon your own new favourite NY spot.

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