Not too long ago, Kenmare Street–that traffic-clogged stretch between Nolita and Chinatown–felt less like a destination and more like a place you had to briefly suffer to get from one more important place to another. In the last few years, however, the street and its surrounds have undergone a massive transformation. What once were parking structures are now luxury condos with little cafes and shops sitting beneath. Tourists clamor near graffiti-covered walls for geotagged selfies. Models, post-workout, drink green juices in Petrosino Square. It is, by many accounts, a very happening place. Herewith, we’ve selected some of favorites from Kenmare and its adjacent avenues.
The Butcher’s Daughter
The Butcher’s Daughter was one of the first New York City restaurants to really co-opt the light/bright/airy California thing and run with it, full-force. Their plant-focused menu is available morning, noon, and night. In the early hours, try a coconut yogurt parfait with goji berry granola. For lunch, do as your Instagramming neighbor does and commit to the smashed avocado toast. Late night, try the raw pesto linguine (because you’ve been so good all day long). Fresh juices are available all the time. Outdoor seating is available when the sun is shining.
19 Kenmare St, New York, NY 10012
In New York City, there are a few places known to locals as places to watch the beautiful people of Manhattan in their natural habitat. One of them is the Whole Foods on 2nd Avenue and Houston. Another one is Sweetgreen’s Nolita outpost. At lunch hour, this place is packed to the brim with babes of all sorts ordering custom grain bowls and taking a break from work. Come here, order a salad, and watch it all unfold. There’s stadium seating, just in case you need a better view.
100 Kenmare St, New York, NY 10012
Have someone under two feet tall in your life that you feel like spoiling? Head to Sweet William, where it will be difficult to pick between the very adorable clothing and the very adorable everything else. Better watch out, though: before long, these kids will be better dressed than you are.
85 Kenmare St, New York, NY 10012
Just up the block from Kenmare, on Mott Street, is Epistrophy, a neighborhood favorite and a throwback to an older (or maybe just less-new) New York. It’s the kind of casual place that was designed before everything was intended to be photographed and posted to the Internet. It’s cozy, comfortable, and reasonably priced to boot. The perfect local Italian restaurant. Trust us.
200 Mott St, New York, NY 10012
Creatures of Comfort
Connoisseurs of laidback luxe head to Creatures of Comfort on Mulberry Street for all their sartorial needs. They sell an artfully curated collection of unassuming pieces from lesser known (read: cult favorite) designers, including their own label. Here, you’ll find far-out A Détacher onesies, Acne jeans, and fuzzy rabbit fur slides from Alumnae.
205 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012
Black Seed Bagels
Not to betray our allegiance to New York City-style bagels, but Black Seed’s numbers in the Montreal mode are worth a little affair. Their bagels are cooked in a wood-fired oven and are a perfect mix of sweet but salty, firm but airy, light but heavy on the seeds.
170 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012
Noah founder Brendon Babenzien used to work as a designer at Supreme, which means he’s really good at getting people to want things. And want you will at this Mulberry Street store. New York Magazine once described the place to score “Millennial-Dad Clothes.” With its curious mix of silk sport coats, pink work shirts, and patchwork track jackets, the description feels just about right.
195 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012