We here at Styleite are pretty proud to live in New York City, one half of the inspiration behind Sophie Theallet‘s collection for Nine West. But if you’ve never been here before, there are a few places you simply must go — and a few things you simply must do — in order to get the full experience of the city. We’ve put together a handy little map of our town to help you understand Theallet’s inspiration — and maybe even get a little inspired yourself.
1. Boat Basin Cafe Because sometimes, you need a good sandwich right on the banks of the Hudson River.
2. Sarabeth’s East Yes, yes, this is where the famous jams and pastries got their start. Which makes it the perfect place for the perfect Sunday
morning afternoon brunch.
3. Museum of Modern Art As far as we’re concerned, there’s no better place to learn about art — or shop for coffee table books. If you go, go on an off day to avoid large crowds.
4. Ace Hotel If you’re going to stay anywhere, stay at The Ace. From the Stumptown coffee bar to the Opening Ceremony outpost to the great drinks in the lobby, this hotel has everything you could ever need. Including beds!
5. Shake Shack The line might be a mile long and take an hour to get through, but the burgers and shakes at the other end of it are well worth it. Plus, you get to walk around in Madison Square Park when you’re done!
6. High Line Park Grab a coffee at nearby Ninth Street Espresso (it’s in the Chelsea Market building at 9th Avenue and 15th Street) and then come here for one of the best-looking walks in the city.
7. Fatty Crab Cracklin pork salad with watermelon might not sound like exactly what you want to eat on a summer’s day, but it is exactly what you want to eat on a summer’s day. If you plan on actually going here for the famous Fatty Crab dish, though, be sure to bring a friend or two.
8. Motorino You can’t live in (or visit) New York without getting pizza. The sopressata pizza is amazing, as is the Brussels sprouts and pancetta pizza. And no matter what you do, order the “pizza wine.” Just trust us on this one.
9. Little Branch Here’s what you do: Go to the bar, tell the bartender what your liquor of choice is, and watch in amazement as they turn that choice into a near-perfect dram of deliciousness.
10.Nine West Store Soho If you’re looking for shoes (and specifically Sophie’s Nine West collection), the Nine West Store in SoHo is the best place to be.
11.New Museum If you’re not a MoMA person, maybe the highly produced presentation of modern art at the New Museum will strike your fancy.
12. Hester Street Fair Welcome to one of the best-curated flea markets in the city. We’ve spent many a Saturday morning perusing the well-stocked booths here.
13. Joe’s Shanghai Restaurant We die for the dumplings here. They’re the best in the city — and we’ve done the leg work on this one.