Game of Style’s Guide to New York City Shopping and Eating

We’re back after a whirlwind weekend in the Big Apple. Earlier this week, we posted a pic of the NFL store on Mercer Street and today, we continue our street stalking with two other shops you have to check out if ever in New York City.

And at the bottom, you’ll find our line-up of restaurants from this trip. Enjoy and let us know if you have any other suggestions we should post and we’ll update this list with reader suggestions. Sport Degree of Style Friday will return next week.

I have one pair of Alexander Wang oxfords that I adore but I wish I could own every pair of shoes the American “It Designer” creates. And right now, the Alexander Wang store on the corner of Grand and Mercer is filled with his athletic chic spring collection. Think mesh bombers, floral BMX-inspired suits and plenty of racing stripes. Here’s a shot from one of the racks (above) and below, a selection of Wang’s sneakers. Don’t expect friendliness from the staff at this store except maybe the front door security guard but hey, you’re there for the clothes. And don’t snap photos, I got in big trouble for taking the sneaker shot.

Although I’ve never been a fan of the brand’s full name (Visible Panty Line), I love the look of the VPL store on Mercer Street just down from the NFL store. It’s a feast for the eyes and at every turn, there’s another sport-inspired décor piece. The clothing’s rich hues are also magnificent in the warehouse-like, old boxing gym setting. And it’s as if I have a thing with shoes because I loved every pair of designer Victoria Bartlett’s creations as well.

And now, on to eating. When someone asks us for recommendations, CH and I have our go-to spots (Locanda Verde, Stanton Social Club and Inoteca are some favourites) but we decided to try a few new places this trip.

The Croque Monsieur at Tartinery (209 Mulberry St.) is so simple but so good and you can practise your French while waiting for a table.  Another cute French spot we tried this time was Amélie (like the movie).

I’ve been to  Cafe Gitane at the Jane Hotel before but the Mott Street location is great for people-watching (242 Mott St.). Sit outside if you can.

From the owners of Inoteca (OK, we didn’t stray that far), Corsino (637 Hudson St.) is a great little Italian place with good pasta and quick service.

We also tried Prune (54 East 1st St.) for brunch but one issue I had with the charming eatery is that they don’t serve free refills on coffee and that’s a must for a brunch spot. But, we saw Andrew Garfield (a.k.a. the new Superman) and Emma Stone shortly after strolling around in the East Village so it was all worth it!

And finally, a trip to NYC would not be complete without a stop to honour our Ukrainian-Polish roots at the 24-hour-open East Village hot spot Veselka.

If you can make it to NYC before June 2nd, go see Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman on Broadway; the show is spectacular.


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