You know the drill: we dissect the city block by block.
We're not just talking about the East Village when we say that the Lower Eat Side is THE place to be at the moment. With such a close proximity to Williamsburg and DUMBO, the neighborhood is steeped in arts culture. It's no surprise then that it's home to some of the best restaurants, boutiques, and galleries in the entire city. And the street style? Well, it's pretty damn amazing, too. After our stroll down Crosby Street last week, we're excited to show you our go-to's on Elizabeth Street. Count the number of places you've been (or plan on visiting!), and let us know in the comments below...
Tacombi at Fonda Nolita @ 267 Elizabeth Street
Tacombi has several locations around the city, but its Elizabeth Street location is our favorite by far. Not only are its tacos and cocktails some of the best in the city, but its decor? If you're an Insta fiend, you'll want to head over ASAP. With a converted VW bus parked inside and a fully stocked bar serving up spiked horchatas, you'll feel like you're on a Mexican beach in no time. Plus, if you've followed our obsession with Bradley Theodore and are a fan yourself, you'll have the opportunity to see the artist's rendition of Vogue creative director Grace Coddington.
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Babel Fair @ 260 Elizabeth Street
There's certainly no shortage of boutiques carrying contemporary labels in NYC. But how many can you name off the top of your head that carry international labels? Does Babel Fair come to mind? It should. With a wide range of options including Korean denim and Aussie street style brands, its dedication to showcasing world talent is unmatched.
A.B. Biagi Cafe, Gelato & Sorbet @ 235 Elizabeth Street
I scream, you scream, we all scream for....gelato. Okay, that was lame. The point is that Biagi's is well worth a shout. Combining Italian recipes with Brazlian flavors, you'll find both typical flavors like cafe, cinnamon, and hazelnut in addition to flavors like acai, white chocolate & bergamotto, and goat cheese, orange peel & anis.
Le Labo @ 233 Elizabeth Street
The Nolita/Bowery area has become somewhat of a hotspot for fragrance shops. One of the more popular destinations includes Elizabeth Street's Le Labo. Here, you can find everything from fine fragrances, candles, and body products (lotions, shower gels, oils & bar soaps). It's the perfect spot to treat yourself and your loved ones—the holidays are coming up if you're catching my drift…
PUBLIC Restaurant @ 210 Elizabeth Street
Besides a small flag outside of the restaurant, there isn't much that indicates the existence of PUBLIC on Elizabeth Street. It's not to be missed though. Heirloom tomato panzanella, quinoa pancakes, kimchi waffles, venison burgers... It's not your typical menu, but it's definitely a feast in all senses of the word. A major plus? It's a favorite of the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, and for eight years in a row, it's been awarded a Michelin Star.
Valley Nails @ 198 Elizabeth Street
We included Valley Nails in our best nail salon round-up several months ago, and we're very happy to reintroduce them. A go-to destination for music festival ready nails, reservations at Valley go fast. Our advice? Plan out your manicures, and secure a spot early on.
Erica Weiner @ 173 Elizabeth Street
A fan of antique jewelry? Erica Weiner is your girl. You'll find vintage-inspired pieces alongside jewelry that she and her business partner Lindsay have collected throughout their travels. Right now, we're loving Erica's serpent drops, synergy earrings, and two-headed snake rings.
Black Seed @ 170 Elizabeth Street
Ah, the illustrious New York City bagel. Ask any New Yorker about their favorite shop in the city, and you're sure to get a passionate explanation telling you why their favorite shop is THE bagel shop to visit. If you ask us, Black Seeds trumps them all. Hand-rolled and wood fired? Yas.
The Butcher's Daughter @ 19 Kenmare Street
This is definitely not the first time that we've mentioned the Butcher's Daughter. In fact, we included it in our NYFW restaurant round-up last year. Now, with fashion week quickly coming up on September 10th, it's the perfect time to get acquainted with the Butcher's Daughter vegan menu. While the restaurant is technically on Kenmare Street, its market is actually on Elizabeth Street and is home to some of the most delicious natural juices and smoothies.
Egg Shop @ 151 Elizabeth Street
Another NYFW favorite, the Egg Shop has been serving up delicious egg sandwiches and other egg-cellent (I had to use this...) creations for over two years. Be a part of this LES must-visit. It's the one thing you'll do this week that you definitely won't regret.
And that's Elizabeth Street... what street should we focus on next? Let us know below...
Featured image: Rag & Bone at the intersection of Houston St and Elizabeth Street—the shop's Elizabeth Street wall is an ever-changing mural. It was home to a mural by Hisham Akira Bharoocha at the time we photographed Elizabeth Street. When we went back several days later, BuffMonster had taken over with Green Villain. That's New York City for you: ever-changing and ever-surprising.
Photography by Chris Klemens