Monday, January 21, 2008

New York for Epicureans and Crafters

Visiting New York? Like to eat? Like to craft? Here are my recommendations for an amazing trip.

Eating: For brunch, The Spotted Pig on 11th at Greenwich in the best of the West Village. Not only is the place a terrific throwback to the little pubs of yore, it has a great tarnished classiness (imagine hammered tin ceilings and worn spinning wooden bar stools). And the service is friendly and fun. Be prepared to wait a little while for a table.

For an inexpensive dinner, try Piadina's in the Village. Located on West 10th between 5th and 6th Avenues, it is a little piece of Rome (and the lackadaisical feeling that goes with it) in the hustle of New York City. You can get a great dinner for two for thirty dollars. Easy to get into, but cash only.

For a truly New York experience, make reservations at The Modern uptown inside the MoMa. It's pricey, but you can practically classify your gorgeously presented, blissfully divine dinner as modern art. And who can put a price on modern art?

Shopping: SoHo is a great place to shop in New York. That's where you can find Purl where two shops (one with yarn--pictured--and one with fabric) can be found. For the best t-shirts in New York City, visit Flying A. And no crafter should leave New York without a visit to Kate's Paperie

If you're in the West Village (maybe for brunch at The Spotted Pig) stop by ArtWare on West 11th Street to see some incredible modern art for the home and garden. Nearby is Hable Construction, which features playful pillows, over-sized bags, and funky home decor.

A short walk away in the Village is MXYPLYZYK a store which defies definition. They have housewares, they have art, they have stationary, they have toys. But, as they say, they think you can buy happiness there, and I agree.

Enjoy New York!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Fabric Finds in New York City

I mainly use recycled materials. But sometimes, the call of a new gorgeous fabric is just too much for me.

In SoHo, there is a two-store-front shop on Sullivan just South of Houston called Purl. On one side, there is yarn (hence the name). On the other, fabric. They have quite a few Amy Butler fabrics, and the sock monkey fabric, for those who were looking to find it again. The shops are small but the selection is fabulous. (See the photo of my finds?) Bright, cheerful, country but chic, I highly recommend a stopover at Purl if you're in the neighborhood.

Also is SoHo is one of the Kate's Paperie stores at 72 Spring Street, a huge, bright store full of decorative paper (with several that feel like suede), cards, ribbons, and gift items.

In the garment district, I visited M&J Trimmings (1008 Sixth Ave. btw. 37th and 38th), and recommend them for notions of all kinds. Also in the garment district are:
B&J Fabrics (525 Seventh Ave 2nd Fl. at 38th)
N.Y. Elegant Fabrics (222 West 40th Street btw. 7th and 8th Aves)
Rosen & Chadick (561 Seventh Ave. 2nd Fl. at 40th St.)
Mood (on 36th btw. 7th and 8th Aves)

Happy shopping!