BY CAROLYN ONOFREY
What’s On… Crosby Street?
Bordering Soho, Nolita, Little Italy, Chinatown and the West Village, Crosby Street is best known for its wide (though not overwhelming) selection of high-end boutiques where you can get anything ranging from a designer handbag and lingerie to refurbished vintage furniture and stationary. The west side of the block is a part of the historic cast iron district of New York; the east side however, unfortunately did not make the cut due to a large fire in 1884 destroying a large portion of the block. Crosby Street is still a wonderfully quaint area with refined shopping and some great neighborhood food finds, some even paired with the shopping destinations Soho is known for!
It’s all about the whimsy at Imperial No. 9 where seafood is the name of the game. Executive chef, Sam Talbot (winner of Top Chef Season 2) created a sustainable seafood menu comprised of sharing plates. Though some say the atmosphere, complete with mirrored tabletops and glass chandeliers, upstages the food no one can deny it’s a great place to grab a drink with someone you care to impress.
9 Crosby Street – Mister H (Inside Mondrian Soho Hotel)
Although Mister H has only been for a little over a month now, it is quickly becoming the IT spot with the fashion crowd in Manhattan. The door may be near impossible, but if you get past the doorman, walk into a vintage inspired Chinese lounge dreamt up by Armin Amiri (mastermind behind, now defunct, Socialista) and dance the night away.
31 Crosby Street – Saturday’s Surf
Where do you go to buy a surf board in Manhattan? Saturday’s Surf, of course! Stop by for an interesting selection of surf inspired apparel, home furnishings, art work, and even coffee. The baristas are seriously cool Aussie’s who know how to make a mean cup. In nice weather, relax with your coffee in the laid back patio space at the rear of the store. Gnarly, dude.
33 Crosby Street – In Pursuit of Tea
Selling a large variety of tea by the cup or loose for enjoyment at home, In Pursuit of Tea is a tea shop for the serious tea drinker. The friendly staff is knowledgeable and more than happy to chat about the product, even offering classes for the tea enthusiast. Check them out online for a larger selection of all things tea.
33 Crosby Street – Ñ
Upon entering this tiny Spanish tapas restaurant and bar you’ll find it easy to forget you’re in New York, especially on flamenco nights when dancers crowd the tiny bar area for a true treat. Stay for solid tapas and sangria and get cosy with your company.
On the corner of Crosby and Broome – L’Orange Bleue – 430 Broome Street (Entrance on Crosby)
Another stop in the area with flamenco nights (do I sense I trend here?), as well as other chances for live music, L’Orange Bleue is located in an airy French/Moroccan inspired space. Simple food accents the great atmosphere. Come early with friends and stay late.
79 Crosby Street – The Crosby Bar
A part of the swank Crosby Street Hotel, the Crosby Bar is a playful stop on Crosby Street featuring Afternoon Tea and Saturday Night Screenings in their private theater. The prices are excessively Soho (read: expensive), but for those who can, why not?
On the corner of Crosby and Prince – Savoy - 70 Prince Street
(Entrance on Crosby)
You’ll feel like you’re walking into your parent’s dinning room at Savoy. The New American cuisine can be hit or miss and when it’s a miss, it’s just not worth the price. The ever changing seasonal menu and fresh ingredients however, make it a tempting stop when you’re in the neighborhood..
126 Crosby Street – Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
The Housing Works Bookstore Cafe is a part of the Housing Works organization; a community for those living with HIV and AIDS. Proceeds from the Cafe go to the organization. Stop by and enjoy a cup of coffee while you browse the used bookstore and support a great cause!
Puck Fair (Back entrance on Crosby) – 298 Lafayette Street
Slip into the back entrance on Crosby or walk around the block for the main entrance, whatever your choice you will be greeted by 20 beers on tap and another 50 in the bottle. The über beer geek will appreciate the draught beers which are kept at optimal temperature do to a high tech tap system.
132 Crosby Street – Lahore Deli
The Lahore Deli lies on the block between Jersey Street and West Houston and serves some super fresh, super flavorful Pakistani food. Popular for lunch, especially with the Cabbies who often crowd the place, this is a great find if you’re working nearby or craving Pakistani and willing to travel to this otherwise sleepy block. *Try the chai and samosas (just $1 ea.!) for a late night snack.