When Will Taylor of Bright.Bazaar landed in Manhattan to start his #makeyousmilestyle US book tour this week, Justin Livingston of Scout Sixteen was there to show Will his favorite spots for a rainy afternoon in NYC.
Read on for Will’s account of discovering Justin’s need-to-know downtown locations, and get a local’s perspective!
B Bar & Grill | 40 East 4th Street at Bowery
“Ducking out of the rain we made our first stop at B Bar for a bite to eat. We ensconced ourselves at a cozy booth and pursued the typographic menus as the rain lashed down against the windows. Yes, the cocktails and the food – I had an avocado BLT – were equally delicious, but the décor alone is reason enough to visit this stylish East Village eatery. Known as The Bowery Bar and Grill, I was intrigued to learn that the restaurant was converted from a Gulf Station in 1993 and led the way for the ‘grit-to-glam’ Bowery neighborhood revival.”
John Derian | 6 East Second Street between 2nd Ave. and the Bowery
“Having stocked up on cocktails and carbs we hotfooted it through the rain a couple of blocks up to explore John Derian. With its warm, golden lighting and Aladdin’s cave-like interior, the store was the perfect antidote to the driving wet winds outside. Justin and I explored the store, admiring John’s decoupage plates, platters, paperweights, coasters and bowls – all of which are handmade in his studio in New York City. His eclectic mix of decorative accessories and personal furniture line is also joined by an assortment of vintage and antique imports, linens, stationery, lighting, and unique curios.”
A. B. Biagi | 235 Elizabeth Street
“Knowing that yellow is my favorite hue, Justin kindly took me to see A.B. Biagi, a gelato shop that has the most charming bright yellow store front I’ve ever seen! A. B. Biagi is a fusion of traditional Italian gelato making with a taste of Brazil and was started because the owner Antonio Barros Biagi fell in love with gelato while growing up with his Italian family in the Brazilian countryside. I learned that the yellow façade is a nod to Brazil’s national colors, while the interior design inside was inspired by Biagi’s life in Sao Paolo and designed to recreate the warmth and comfort of a home kitchen. On a freezing NYC day, this was just what we needed! “
Maya Hayuk’s Mural | Houston btwn Bowery and Elizabeth (far east on Houston, almost at 2nd ave.)
“Before jumping in a cab we made sure to swing by the breathtakingly bright mural by artist Maya Hayuks. Known for their symmetrical compositions, detailed patterns, and vibrant colors, Maya Hayuk’s murals reference a variety of inspirations, from outer space views to traditional Ukrainian crafts and airbrushed manicures. Although based in Brooklyn, NY, Maya has painted her iconic outdoor murals all over the world, so I was excited to see one in person for the first time – this really is what I call make-you-smile style!”
Miansai | 33 Crosby St.
“As a fashion blogger, Justin has a little black book full of stylish stores in the city. He took me to see the Miami-based handmade accessories brand, Miansai, which has grown wildly from a single bracelet design in 2008. Alongside a tasteful edit of fashion accessories, from rope bracelets, watches and rose gold rings to leather tech cases, there’s also a hot and cold tea bar. My warming lavender tea was the best cup of tea I’ve drank in years – given I’m British, that’s saying something!”
Grom | 233, Bleecker Street (and Carmine)
“Can you tell Justin and I have a sweet tooth?! Well you soon will because we decided to make our second gelato stop of the day at Grom. This experience was extra sweet because we enjoyed our little pots of gelato (I went for pistachio and it was divine!) with a hot espresso poured over the top. The result was a hot and cold, sweet and bitter mix that worked a treat – a must try!”
Bubby’s | 120 Hudson St
“We rounded out a fun afternoon of color hunting with cocktails and laughter at happy hour in Bubby’s bar. I enjoyed a refreshing Village Green (vodka, fresh cucumber juice, lemon, mint) while Justin sipped on a Ginger Bourbon Smash (ginger infused bourbon, orange juice, lemon, Drambuie). It was the perfect way thaw off from a wet but oh-so-brilliant day exploring downtown NYC. Thanks, Justin!”
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