4 NYC Blocks Where You Can Eat, Shop and Spend a Whole Afternoon
The best days are the ones when brunch with your besties turns into window-shopping, which turns into mani-pedis, which turns into cocktails on a patio. Here are four blocks that have all the ingredients for a leisurely afternoon.
Greenwich Village: West Eighth Street between Fifth and Sixth
This unassuming street makes the perfect complement to a people-watching stroll in Washington Square Park.
Eat: If you can snag a table, the veggie-centric fare at Loring Place will have you dreaming about zucchini for weeks to come. Or, for a more casual option, pick up a healthy (and adorable) meal in a jar from Ancolie. And don’t forget the unreal house-made frozen yogurt at Culture (it puts Pinkberry to shame).
Shop: Handwritten notes are alive and well at the aptly named Goods for the Study, a beautifully curated wonderland of stationery, cards for any occasion, leather-bound journals, drawing gear and everything else a paper lover’s heart could desire.
Do: Still got time to kill? Squeeze in a midday rave workout at 305 Fitness, which makes its heart-pumping cardio classes feel like a dance party. If you’re looking to unwind, hole up with a book and a glass of wine in the cozy lobby of the Marlton Hotel.
Williamsburg: Grand Street between Bedford and Roebling
Just outside the craziness of Bedford you’ll find a refreshingly low-key slice of the ’Burg.
Eat: Everyone’s talking about the “bacon omakase” at newly opened Belly, which also happens to have a karaoke den in the basement. We’re also perpetual fans of the addictive udon soups at Samurai Mama and the filet-mignon French dip at Walter Foods.
Prospect Heights: Vanderbilt Avenue between Pacific and Park
Maybe it’s the proximity to greenery, but good vibes are pretty much a certainty on this laid-back stretch.
Eat: Where to begin? There’s house-made pasta at Faun, ramen at Chuko, fresh-baked goods at Daly Pie, expertly crafted cocktails (and a patio to drink them on) at Weather Up. Oh, and the Ample Hills location that started it all.
Shop: The snug storefront of Unnameable Books belies its impressive collection, which usually includes a $1 shelf.
Do: You’re so close to Prospect Park, you may as well stop by. Or check out what’s on view at the Brooklyn Museum.
Astoria: Broadway between Crescent and Steinway
There are lots of pockets of goodness in Astoria, but we particularly love this strip because it has a little of everything.
Shop: It doesn’t matter what we’re in the market for—Lockwood always has what we want, between its adorable home goods and Queens-themed gifts and stylish clothes for all sizes. (And the Astoria Bookshop is just off the main drag.)