One complaint that most New Yorkers have in common is about the size of their humble abode. Many cope with this problem by implementing creative storage solutions (i.e. cashmere in the oven) or becoming a regular fixture at their local (spacious) coffee shop. New spots in the city have popped up to ease the pain of stubbing your toe for the 139th time on your dresser in your tiny AF apartment. Check below for spots that serve drinks, foods, or clothes in cozy inviting interiors that will soon have you saying “Mi casa es su casa.”
Tucked away on a side street in Greenpoint, Brooklyn is Bellocq Teas’ headquarters. As soon as you enter the doors your senses are encapsulated by scents of Jasmine and Black Currant that remind you of far away places. While Bellocq’s tea blends can be found across the city at many of your favorite coffee shops, a visit to their source is not one to be missed! Samples of freshly brewed tea are offered every day — be sure make your way to their back room salon decorated with a mix of old world patina and luxurious plush day beds. It is the perfect hideout during a rainy day in Brooklyn!
Location: 104 West Street, Brooklyn, NY
This concept shop located in SoHo scratches the itch of peeking into a stranger’s apartment to have a taste of another life. The Apartment by The Line penthouse loft feels like an sophisticated childs’ pied-à-terre in the city. Everything from the hand soap in the kitchen to the calf hair boots in the walk-in closet are for sale. Drop in for design inspiration and the discovery of your favorite new candle.
Location: 76 Greene Street
Dinner parties hold special moments filled with laughter, unforgettable toasts, and good conversations between your closest friends. However, a 10×7 kitchenette in your LES apartment just doesn’t cut it — instead stop by this East Village speakeasy for cozy dining over experimental Japanese fare. Dinnertable is tucked in the back of The Garret East; where each table setting brings back the nostalgia of home with an elevated aesthetic. Order the braised short ribs — and don’t forget dessert; we suggest the PB&J Mochi!
Location: 206 Avenue A
Fairfax is the perfect place to spend a “self-care” Sunday with a crisp copy of the NY Times Style section and an Americano. The space is an airy West Village restaurant and cafe with an eclectic interior filled with perfectly worn leather couches and marble tables. Mornings here can start with coffee and easily slip into a post-dinner glass of wine…
Location: 234 West 4th Street
Unleash the inner French girl in you and make a beeline to Sézane’s first US outpost! The French label has a cult following known for their curated pieces that are chic yet classic. Peruse through the Nolita store for the perfect Mary Janes and whimsical French stationery. The shop has a mini cafe serving treats from Maman and iconic rattan chairs that give the vibe of a tiny cafe in Le Marais.
Location: 254 Elizabeth Street
Written by Michelle Morgan
Feature image via Apartment by The Line