Buro city guide: New York

Buro city guide: New York

Inside the Big Apple

Text: Yeong Sassall

Image: Stephen Wilkes

There's more to NYC than yellow cabs, brownstones and giant pizza slices (although they're pretty great), says writer Anna Deutsch

Top 3 coffee shops

1. Blue Bird Café,
One of my favourite things to do on a Saturday is head to Blue Bird by myself and sit in the windowsill to enjoy a latte, granola and The New York Times. The coffee is great (it's owned by a Melbournian), and it always feels like home.

72 E 1st St New York, NY 10002
+1 (212) 260-1879

2. Toby's Estate,
The perfect place to go if you need your flat white fix, and they have tasty snacks like avo on toast and granola to boot. It's ideally located in the heart of Williamsburg next to the neighbourhood's new Madewell store.

125 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249
+1 (347) 457 6160

3. La Colombe,
Seriously strong coffee, seriously good. There's a few well-placed locations around the city, but my favourite is on Lafayette and Prince.

319 Church Street, Tribeca
New York, NY 10013
+1 (800) 563 0860


270 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10012


400 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10003

Hudson Square
75 Vandam Street
New York, NY 10013

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Top 3 restaurants


1. Lovely
Don't be fooled by the adorable, retro diner-style décor, this place has the most amazing Thai food. It's got a fashionable, friendly clientele who feel like your peers, and it's my consistent go-to for weekday dinners with my girlfriends.

196 Elizabeth Street (between Spring Street and Prince Street)
New York  NY 10012

2. GG's,
This new spot in the East Village perfectly captures the feeling that a favourite neighbourhood restaurant should have: buzzy yet familiar, and the food (like their amazing New York style pizza) is consistently delicious.

511 E 5th Street  New York, NY  10009
+1 (212) 687 3641

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3. Momofuku Ssam Bar,
I love all the Momofuku iterations, but this one is my favourite - plus, it's just two blocks from my apartment. Be sure to order the melt-in-your-mouth steamed pork buns while you wait for your table.

 207 Second Avenue at 13th Street
New York, NY 10003
+1 (212) 254 3500


1. Café
With its location at the heart of the East Village on St Marks, this restaurant is definitely an institution. Brunch is epic, especially if you can snag an outside table in warm weather. Definitely order a side of pancakes to go with your Moroccan eggs (my favourite).

101 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009
+1 (212) 677 2226 

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2. Ruby'
Aussies have a stronghold in the hip, New York cafe and dining scene, and this tiny Nolita spot owned by Lincoln Pilcher is one of the originals. You can get everything from a flat white to a big brekkie to a Bronte burger in the coziest of settings.

219 Mulberry Street (between Spring Street and Prince Street)
New York, NY 10012
+1 (212) 925 5755

3. Mission Cantina,
Despite the Mexican theme, Mission Cantina actually serves a daily Vietnamese breakfast from 9am to 11am  Think: fried eggs over rice with grilled lemongrass sausage and duck porridge with ginger sauce.

172 Orchard Street, (Corner of Orchard  Street and Stanton Street)
New York, NY 10002
+1 (212) 254 2233


This place is the quintessential New York style brasserie - utterly beautiful, and totally yummy. I always start with oysters and a Bellini, whether I'm having breakfast, lunch or dinner.

380 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10003
+1 (212) 533 3000

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2. Cafe Gitane,
The ultimate cafe to enjoy a low-key, yet see-and-be-seen snack with friends. Enjoy their signature avo toast, while Terry Richardson and other local fashion industry personalities gossip alongside you.

Cafe Gitane at the Jane Hotel
The Jane hotel, 113 Jane street
New York, NY 10014
+1 (212) 255 4143

Cafe Gitane on Mott St
242 Mott Street
New York, NY 10012
+1 (212) 334 9552

3. Tartinery,
This adorable Nolita spot always feels like a relaxing escape from the day. They have a great lunch - prix fixe, which includes a petite tartine and a soup.

209 Mulberry Street
New York, NY 10012
+1 (212) 300 5838

Top 3 cocktail bars

1. NoMad Bar,!/dining/the-nomad-bar
The NoMad Bar upscale tavern vibe is very classic New York and always feels like a special spot to catch up with a friend or date.

1170 Broadway
New York, NY 10001
+1 (347) 472 5660

2. Walter Foods,
I am a bona fide regular at this welcoming Williamsburg watering hole. Though it's actually a restaurant, I prefer a barstool, where I waste many a night chatting to friends and locals to the soundtrack of old school hip-hop. While their cocktails are top notch, I'm usually sipping on Gruner and snacking on shrimp cocktail.

253 Grand Street
+1 (718) 387 8783

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3. Amor Y Amargo,
This super-tiny East Village bar is focused on bitters and has sweet vermouth on tap. It's the type of place where you can just ask the bartenders to whip you something up and it's always surprising and delicious.

 443 East 6th Street
NYC 10009
+1 (212) 614 6818

3 best suburbs to stay 

1. Williamsburg
Even though it's just a few minutes from the city, Williamsburg is really its own world with enough boutiques, cafes, bars and restaurants to keep you entertained for weeks. In the last few years it's evolved past its hipster reputation into a sophisticated neighbourhood.

2. Nolita
This is definitely the epicentre of the Aussie expats, with at least a few Aussie-owned spots like B Space and Ruby's as neighbourhood fixtures. It's such an eclectic 'hood, and so conveniently located for exploring Soho, the Lower East Side, or anywhere downtown.

B Space,
219 Mulberry Street
New York, NY 10012
+1 (646) 429 9898

3. West Village
With its spacious stoops, flower shops and treelined streets, the picturesque West Village feels like a different world from some parts of the city. It's beyond charming and will make you fantasise about owning one of the incredible brownstones. 


Top 3 hotel suggestions

1. Bowery Hotel,
It's not only one of my favourite hotels, but also one of my favourite New York spots in general. I can easily waste a few hours drinking red wine from the comfort of the lobby, which is the best people watching spot in the city.

335 Bowery, New York
NY 10003
+1 (212) 505 9100

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2. Wythe Hotel,
If you're going to stay in Williamsburg, the Wythe Hotel is one of the few options, and luckily it's chic and comfortable.

80 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn
NY 11249
+1 (718) 460 8000

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3. Soho House,
The bonus to staying at Soho House is access to their event programming, like live music and guest speakers. In warm weather, the Soho House roof is infamous-in a good way.

 29-35 9th Ave
New York, NY 10014
+1 (212) 627 9800


Where to shop for local and international designers

1. Barneys New York,
Call me biased, but you truly can't beat the experience of shopping at Barneys New York's Madison Avenue flagship. Each of the nine floors presents a unique fashion story; you'll find me lingering the longest on the fifth floor, which houses women's designer shoes. After splurging, the truffle fries at the in-house restaurant Freds are other wordly.

660 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10065
+1 (212) 826 8900


Top 3 best galleries

1. MoMA PS1,
Such an awesome exhibition space for experimental art. Be sure to check out their super-hip day parties with musical performances in the summer. 

11 West 53rd Street
New York, NY 10019

+1 (718) 784 2084

2. David Zwirner,
Every time I visit this contemporary gallery, I am blown away by something. It's right in the heart of the Chelsea gallery district, so tack it on to a day of gallery hopping.

519, 525 & 533 West 19th Street
New York, NY 10011
+1 (212) 727 2070

3. The Met,
The most amazing thing about The Met is that no matter how many times you go, there's more to discover. It's the ultimate rainy day escape.

 1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10028-0198
+1 (212) 535 7710

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  • 3 best places to hang out 


1. Rockaway Beach
In the midst of a summer heat wave, nothing beats hopping on the train or in a Zipcar and heading to the expansive Rockaway shore. Be sure to grab a taco from Rockaway Taco and a few afternoon beers from Playland Motel.

Rockaway Taco
95-19 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Rockaway Beach
NY 11693

Playland Hotel
97-20 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Far Rockaway
NY 11693
+1 (347) 954 9063

2. The Highline
No matter how many times I walk The Highline, it's always a treat. In spring and summer it's amazing to be within the city skyline, yet surrounded by gorgeous, well-conceived greenery.

3. Central Park
It's beautiful year round, but nothing beats a picnic in Strawberry Fields or a bike ride around the reservoir.


1. Ice skating at Rockefeller Center or Central Park
Even if you're an amateur, nothing makes you feel more festive than skating in one of New York's iconic public rinks.

Rockefeller Centre 45 Rockefeller Plaza New York, NY 10111
+1 (212) 332 6868

2. Chelsea Market
Eating is always a comfort when it's cold outside, and at Chelsea Market there's no shortage of options, from ramen to lobster rolls.

75 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10011, United States
+1 (212) 652 2110

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3. Comedy Cellar,
It's such a treat to be able to see world-class comedians in an intimate setting. A winter evening full of cozy laughter at Comedy Cellar is an ideal date night.

117 Macdougal Street, New York, NY 10012, United States
+1 (212) 254 3480


Best views of the city

The Ides at the Wythe Hotel,
Whenever I have a guest in from out of town I take them for a sundowner at the Wythe Hotel and fall in love with New York just a little more.

The Wythe Hotel
80 Wythe Floor at No. 6
Brooklyn, New York
+1 (718) 460 8006


3 tourist attractions you may not have heard of

1. Coney Island
Even if you're too scared to ride the rickety Cyclone, Coney Island is so fun to spend a day exploring. Walk along the boardwalk with the retro rides on one side and the ocean on the other (it's an Instagram dream), and definitely be sure to indulge in a Nathan's hotdog.

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2. Dia:Beacon,
This is probably my absolute favourite day trip from the city. Located on the Hudson River, Dia:Beacon is a museum housed in a former Nobisco box-printing facility that's been redone to display art from the '60s to present day. It's a visual dream.

3 Beekman St, Beacon, NY 12508
+1 (845) 440 0100

3. Staten Island Ferry
A ride on the Staten Island ferry is seriously one of the best ways to experience the New York harbour, skyline and the Statue of Liberty - and costs less than five dollars.


Best insider picks

1. NY Adorned,
Nobody knows piercing better than NY Adorned, especially veteran piercer J Colby Smith. His warm demeanor will make you forget he's sticking a needle through your ear, and you'll walk out as smitten with him as you are with your newly curated ear.

47 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003
+1 (212) 473 0007

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2. Nighthawk Cinema
You can eat and drink throughout the movies at this intimate Williamsburg theatre, and they often show fun old school favourites during the day or at midnight showings. Great for a date.

3. Oyster Happy Hour
There are so many spots around the city that offer one-dollar oysters during happy hour. My favourite is Mermaid Inn in the East Village (, as well as St. Maizie in Williamsburg

The Mermaid Inn
568 Amsterdam Ave
NY, NY 10024
+1 (212) 799 7400

East Village
96 Second Ave
NY, NY 10003
+1 (212) 674 5870

79 Macdougal Street
NY, NY 10012

St Maizie
345 Grand St, Brooklyn,
NY 11211
+1 (718)  384 4807

4. Chinatown Eats
While the packed streets of Chinatown can be intimidating, it's worth exploring for the vast amount of cheap, delicious food options. Try Joe's Shanghai, Great NY Noodletown and Prosperity Dumpling.

 Joe's Shanghai,
24 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019
+1 (212) 333 3868

Great NY Noodletown,
28 Bowery, New York, NY 10013
+1 (212) 349 0923

Prosperity Dumpling,
46 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002
+1 (212) 343 0683


  • Best place to drop in for an exercise class
  • 1. Bar Method,

I'm not really much of a gym or cardio person, but Bar Method a few times a month whips me into shape. Your butt literally lifts an inch after just a few classes.

267 Pacific Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
+1 (718) 522 3350

New York City - SOHO
155 Spring St.
New York, NY 10012
+1 (212) 431 5720


Best day spa

1. Great Jones Spa,

Whether I need to spoil a friend for their birthday or spoil myself after a crazy work month, there is no better place to unwind. I recommend the facials.

29 Great Jones Street
New York
NYC 10012
+1 (212) 505 3185

  • Where to buy homewares 

1. ABC Carpet & Home,
This enormous, expertly curated flagship stocks an excess of beautiful, eclectic and luxurious homewares.

888 & 881 Broadway
New York, NY 10003
+1 (212) 473 3000

2. Brooklyn Flea,
I source a lot of homewares at Brooklyn Flea, like Turkish pillowcases, vintage side tables and decorative mirrors. Plus there's tons of good food to fuel the shopping.

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