I am getting ready for a trip to New York : four days in the Big Apple to visit the kids Trade Show Playtime (work), the Armory Show (pleasure) and to see what’s new in this vibrant city. I have asked around what’s new, what I shouldn’t miss. Here’s what I have gathered…

Emily, founder of  Lucky Wang (stores and clothing line) mentioned the NY International Children’s Film Festival, that started a few days ago. A new event that we can just be happy about as it can only stimulate the production of quality movies for kids. Emily also recommends All Good Things in Tribeca (market resturant bar) , Danji in Hell’s Kitchen (better to book a table) and yummy truffles at No Chewing Allowed!.
Marie Saeki of MSPR reminds us how great DIA Beacon is with children, as they can run in the Richard Serra spirals, or between the legs of Louise Bourgeois‘ giant spider. “The museum is so large, that it’s a great place to bring the kids, and the art is really children friendly”. It’s a day trip, easy by train from Grand central. When it comes to food, everything Chinese related is trendy says Marie : Mission Chinese Food or Yunnan Kitchen are good choices. “Every one is also talking about Chez Sardine. Don’t miss Kitsune which opened a few month ago at Nomad hotel. And finally, I love the bar at ACME, you can order a few dishes from the restaurant upstairs (chef was one of the two who opened Nomad) they have live music, and always cool people”.
For artist Florence Vacher, lots of new things are happen in Chelsea, with the opening of huge spaces and great exhibits; she names Petzel, Peter Blum, Jack Shainman but also Kjartansson at Augustine, Dan Flavin at Zwirner, Doug Aiken at 303. So much to see, that’s NY!

Goat Milk designer Tania Vargas says that Ippudo is amazing. “Best ramen outside of Japan and also super kid friendly they have a special ramen bowl just for kids). The pork buns are the best and not to be missed”.  She also loves Patisserie Claude, that has been around for at least 25 years but that is a secret unless you are a local. “The place doesn’t look like anything special from the outside or inside for that matter. But they have the best croissants and pastries around”. 

Sweet William‘s owner Bronagh Staley mentions Beautiful Dreamers : “I love this women’s store in Williamsburg. Their eclectic collection of hippie chic clothes and handmade one of a kinds, is beautifully curated”. Correspondent of Milk Magazine in NY, Samantha Adam recommends  la Maison du croque Monsieur“, a new place that children adore. Vanessa of BozAround, just back to London after a few days in NY, tells she was impressed by the Lego store at the Rockfeller Center; “Wonderful with a great customer service; you want to buy everything!”.
Also (NEW!) :
Project no.8 at Ace Hotel and 38 Orchard Street, for their fashion, little design objects, accessories…
FIVESTORY 16 East 69th street – The concept store that everyone is talking about, selling art, design, jewellery and fashion, inclding kids fashion (Marni, Bellerose, Bonton, Finger in the Nose, Mini Rodini, Petit Nord, Very French Gangsters, Steiff, Start Rite and more).
– Maiyet A Soho store for for the ethical luxury label. Handcrafted clothing and fine jewellery.
Roberta’s Pizza in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Mourad Mazouz, famous restaurant owner (Momo in London) says it blew his mind, and that “the pizza was out of this world”! 261 Moore Street.
Luksus in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. “Chef Daniel Burns, formerly of the award-winning Momofuku, collaborates with experimental brewer Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø on this hot new eatery out the back of Greenpoint beer bar Tørst. Order a Viking Blood beer to accompany the inventive tasting menu”.
Eat Greenpoint, a creative place opened by philosopher-musician Nicholas Nauman. Local food, creative events around food, beautiful handmade ceramic plates…124 Meserole Avenue. Greenpoint, Brooklyn 11222.