Gift Ideas: The New Curiosity Shops

Well, December just crept up on us!  After a sartorially confusing November, it’s finally feeling like winter … and that means the holidays are on their way.  If you’re looking for gift-inspiration, NoHo and the East Village are abundant with fabulous stores.  Two of our favorite ‘curiosity shops’, John Derian and Partners & Spade, are a stone’s throw from us and are packed full of unique gifts for your nearest and dearest.  Follow Laura Cooper Brown’s tour of the stores…

Neighborhood spots: Northern Spy Food Co.

It’s easy to be overwhelmed by choice in New York City.  That’s why it is incredibly satisfying to find a restaurant so good you don’t need to think, you just know where to go. We recently added Northern Spy Food Co.,  a cozy East Village spot, to our list of favorites and we can’t stop going back!  Chef Hadley Schmitt’s menu is full of delicious locally-sourced and seasonal dishes – we recently bonded with the team over our mutual love of buying spices at Dual Specialty Store on 1st Avenue! Opened in 2009, it is now open for lunch every day and we strongly suggest heading up a few blocks from the hotel for a cup of Hudson’s finest Strongtree coffee and a Kale Salad or one of their amazing sandwiches (we’re still dreaming about the Chicken & Egg!).

Remember, remember…

It’s the 5th of November! And over in England they are celebrating Guy Fawkes Night. Laura Cooper Brown has picked out of a couple of her favorite ways to remind herself of home. While she purchases her Marmite from Myers of Keswick and sups on Bangers ‘n Mash at Tea & Sympathy in the West Village, over on the East side she visits tailor extraordinaire, Alex Wilcox, at Lord Willy’s and knows where to go for New York’s finest curry… Brick Lane.

Obscura Antiques & Oddities

Obscura Antiques & Oddities, owned by Mike Zohn and Evan Michelson, is surely one of the strangest shops in the East Village. Located on 10th Street, close to Tompkins Square Park, you will find furniture and objects you didn’t know you wanted, from taxidermy… to lamps… to coffins! It’s definitely worth stopping by for a completely unique experience.  Below are some clips from the Discovery Channel show ‘Oddities’ which gives an insight into the buyers and suppliers of some of these bits and bobs!