From Manhattan to Brooklyn, here are Dianas’s favorite places. Check out this picture of her at one of her favorite cafés, Smith Canteen..
How would you describe New York to someone who has never been?
It’s a big city that can feel quite small.
What’s your favorite hidden shop?
I’m not sure anything stays hidden here for too long!!! I personally love Maryam Nassir Zadeh and Assembly in the Lower East Side. They always have a perfectly curated selection of pieces you won’t find elsewhere.
And your favorite place to buy vintage?
My favorite vintage spot is in the city: Narnia on Clinton street in the Lower East Side.
What would you say is one New York clothing staple?
Where’s the best place to buy treasures for a loved one?
It depends really. I’m usually quite specific when buying gifts. D.O.C. wine shop in Williamsburg has an amazing selection of wines and grappa. I also love Mast Brother’s Chocolate for goodies and a tour!
The best salon in the city?
I love IonStudio in SoHo, that’s where I first cut my hair short. I’ve tried other salons but nobody does it quite as well.
Your doing a staycation in New York, which hotel will you stay at and which spa will you go to?
The Bowery Hotel and Bliss Spa.
The best place to have a coffee and people watch?
The Smile on Bond Street or the Brooklyn Flea.
And your favorite bakery?
I love the lemon poppyseed cupcakes at Babycakes.
What’s your favorite date spot?
For a romantic candlelit dinner I like Peasant on Elizabeth Street.
Where can you spot the fashion crowd?
What is the one food you have to try in New York and where is the best place to have it?
Pizza! Definitely! I love Roberta’s in Bushwick and Rubirosa on Mulberry Street.
Where’s the best place to escape?
Ideally upstate, but if I can’t get out of the city I love McNally Jackson bookshop (My favorite too!!!) in SoHo, I could sit there for hours. The water lounge at Great Jones Spa is also great for a bit of R & R.
Where’s your favorite place to get in a good work out?
My favorite form of exercise is running. I like to weave through all the smaller blocks near my apartment in Carroll Gardens. The neighborhood is so quaint. I also love Verandah Place, which is narrow cobblestone street adjacent to Cobble Hill Park, it feels very European.
What is one touristy place you still love visiting?
I love Central Park. On a nice day you can sit with a bottle of wine and snacks or take a boat ride. Then afterward a visit to the Guggenheim or the Whitney.
You’re meeting up with girlfriends for a night out, where are you headed?
We’ll usually meet up for a casual dinner somewhere and take it from there. My friends are great cooks and great hosts, but if we’re going out to eat then Diner in Williamsburg is a favorite. Hotel Delmano nearby is a great spot for cocktails, I suggest the Devil’s Garden for a refreshing tequila concoction with bait of cayenne pepper.
Your absolute favorite restaurant?
Il Buco on Bond street. It reminds me of my favorite spot I used to go to when I lived in Florence…
Can you tell us what your idea of a perfect day in New York is?
A perfect day would definitely include sleeping in, followed by a late brunch. Vinegar Hill House is a great spot and a scenic walk from my neighborhood through Dumbo and along the Brooklyn Bridge Park waterfront. My friends and I also love to play a game of bocce ball at Floyd’s bar on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn Heights.
What’s the best way to get around the city—car, subway, bike?
Subway! Or scooter/motorcycle.
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