Cool Hunting's Josh Rubin stalks NYC

Published On 10/30/2013 Published On 10/30/2013
Jennifer Calais Smith
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1. Shinola Flagship Tribeca 177 Franklin Street, New York, NY 10013

A leading voice in the Detroit Renaissance, Shinola produces American made accessories that breathe new life into the century old brand.

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2. Matter 405 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

Brooklyn-born Matter's home furnishings are MOMA-worthy pieces of art, some affordable (e.g., a grenade-shaped oil lamp for $65), some not so much (the "Chest of Drawers", which at $28,000 will pierce your buttocks with the shrapnel of poverty).

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3. Knoll Home Design Shop 1330 6th Ave, New York, NY 10019

For over 75 years, Knoll has combined modern aesthetics with affordable prices. With a rotating roster of designers, they consistently produce fresh, sleek, and timely furniture you just can't say (Br)no to.

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4. PDT 113 St. Marks, New York, NY 10009

Formerly one of New York City's best-kept secrets, this hidden speakeasy has become world famous thanks to its meticulously crafted cocktails and balance between swank and back-of-a-hotdog-joint status. Enter through a phone booth in Crif Dogs and get transported to a sexy hideaway where you can post up with inventive takes on Old Fashioneds and Sazeracs alongside waffle fries nestled in foil. Although the name insists you "Please Don't Tell," the secret's clearly out so it's best to make reservations; call to snag a spot when the lines open at 3 PM daily.

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5. The Standard Grill 848 Washington St, New York, NY 10014

Hunkered beneath the Standard Hotel's imposing Bauhausery, the Grill's actually three glorious spaces in one: an outdoor, brickwork sausage-and-beer grotto nestled between massive steel support beams under the newly-opened High Line Park; a sun-lit, B&W-tiled, French-style bistro w/ a blonde wood full bar; and a white-tablecloth dining room w/ vaulted ceilings and blood red banquettes -- in sum, everything needed to fulfill Maslow's Hierarchy of Feeds.

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6. The Four Seasons Restaurant 99 E 52nd St, New York, NY 10103

There're lots of restaurants, but there's only one Four Seasons. They've been changing the face of American cuisine since 1959 with innovations like seasonally changing menus (yeah, they invented that), American made wine, and furniture and silverware so nice that it's now immortalized in the MoMA.