We’ve been lucky enough to spend a fair bit of time in The Big Apple over the years: trade shows, visiting the Izola offices, research and buying trips and on location for product photography. New York can be an overwhelming destination on first visit, and usually for us it’s about knowing where we can quickly grab a bite to eat between meetings, or a nice restaurant to entertain a client, or somewhere to relax in the evening after a long day on our feet at a trade exhibition.
Shortly we’ll be heading to the Lower East Side of Manhattan, just a short hop away from Brooklyn, for Shoppe Object. This isn’t a holiday or tourist guide to the area by any means, but a little selection of where you might want to head if you’re a time-poor, jet-lagged and hungry Brit on a work trip.
Head to Brooklyn Inn, a super old-school tap room. It’s a really characterful little bar with Victoria era decor, it’s very dark and has a sort of old fashioned watering hole vibe about it. There’s a pool table in the back, and the drinks are really reasonably priced too (a boon in the city for sure). It’s useful to note that the bar is cash only.
If you’ve never played Shuffleboard, and you’re not too tired after a day on your feet, it’s really good fun. It’s kind of like a version of French Boules, but with a big stick and hockey puck. I’m proud to say that the first time Hugo and I played it, we were awarded a Shuffleboard Bob (legend of the game) tee for our efforts. Royal Palms is the place to try it. The team there are really friendly, and they feature a different food truck every night.
If you fancy something a little more formal, you’re spoiled for choice in Brooklyn. I love Pasta Shop as after a long day, carbs are usually needed. It’s BYOB so it works out to be a great cheap eat. For somewhere a bit fancier, perhaps to take a client or for a working lunch, Olmsted is really nice. They have a farm-to-fork ethos and one of the best brunch menus.
Brooklyn is famed for its cool boutiques and interesting stores, and each neighborhood has its own little personality. One of our favourites is Peace & Riot, they’ve got everything from stationery to homewares to books. They even hold interesting pop ups, workshops and other events. The owners have a really interesting back story too: https://www.essence.com/lifestyle/goforit/boutique-boss-peace-riot-achuziam-maha-sanchez/
If you’re heading to Shoppe Object too, do come and say hi at the Atlantic Folk stand!