Top Fromage: Try these NYC cheese shops

Top Fromage: Try these NYC cheese shops

Happy New Year! Savoring New York had a bit of a hiatus. Its editor-in-chief (moi) was busy with various projects and holiday celebrations. Whenever I receive guests, I put together a cheese plate. It’s almost effortless and positively delicious if you know how to pick the right combination of cheeses. Over the years, I’ve learned that it’s best to pick from three to six cheeses, including at least one from each milk type: cow, goat, and sheep. A soft cheese like a brie, a hard sheep’s milk cheese like a…

Some coffee with those shoes? TOMS opens a cafe in NYC

Some coffee with those shoes? TOMS opens a cafe in NYC

TOMS, the company that made its mark in 2006 with a series of colorful (and very comfortable) shoes modeled after Argentinian gaucho footwear, will not stop expanding. In 2011, it introduced a line of sunglasses following the same “buy one give one” model that gave it such a high profile in its early days. This business philosophy proved to be irresistible to hipsters. More recently, it began selling coffee bought directly from farmers, and for every bag of beans purchased, someone in need gets a week of clean water. Soon…

Delicious, fresh Italian ice cream in NYC

Delicious, fresh Italian ice cream in NYC

It’s hard to savor anything when it’s 15 degrees outside. Or maybe that’s just me. But the good news is that Savoring New York has ended its winter hiatus. And it did it with ice cream- how else? For the first time in 2015, I was in the mood for an ice cream cone this week, so I headed to Gelato Giusto, a lovely new shop in Chelsea that serves delicious, ultra-fresh ice cream made fresh every morning. Their ingredients are carefully selected and ingeniously combined. I loved the ginger…

Exhibit: a grittier, unforgettable era of New York

Exhibit: a grittier, unforgettable era of New York

West Chelsea is filled with art galleries. In fact, this former industrial area houses some of the most reputable galleries in the world, representing internationally renowned artists. Their pieces tend to sell for astronomical prices, so I’m always interested in exhibits that feature talented artists whose work is within reach. Starting tomorrow, and until December 20th, Daniel Cooney Fine Art will be hosting a solo exhibition by Arlene Gottfried, a Brooklyn-born photographer who chronicles the people and landscape of New York City in the 70’s and 80’s. Her black and…

The New Manhattan (Avenue)

The New Manhattan (Avenue)

Seven years ago, I lived in Greenpoint for a short while. Two friends of mine had gone away to travel the world, leaving their one-bedroom apartment on the neighborhood’s main drag, Manhattan Avenue, empty. I needed a sublet, so I packed my bags and headed to the north side of Brooklyn. That sojourn turned out to be truly gratifying, mostly because I immediately felt at home in Greenpoint, a mostly Polish, middle-class enclave that was friendly and provincial in a great way. The seeds of gentrification were already sprouting. Here…

A look at Frédéric Malle’s luxurious new perfume shop

A look at Frédéric Malle’s luxurious new perfume shop

Frédéric Malle, the French perfume expert, opened a stunning boutique today on Greenwich Avenue in the West Village. He works with the world’s greatest noses to create unique, powerful fragrances. Mr. Malle’s resume is quite impressive, having worked at the prestigious house of Roure Bertrand, and it also seems that perfume runs in his blood: his grandfather founded Parfums Christian Dior. I met him today at the boutique. He very politely introduced himself, and told me he could guess the fragrance I’d love, just by looking at me. “You don’t…

Unique Boutique: Story

Unique Boutique: Story

Along a rapidly developing stretch of 10th Avenue in Chelsea, right across the street from the High Line, there’s a very cool boutique called Story. It has a nifty business model: their collection of goods- including clothes, housewares and gourmet products changes monthly and is inspired by different themes, kind of like a magazine putting out different stories every edition.The May collection is especially compelling because if features products that support environmental or humane causes. I loved the scented candles by Apolis, a brand that works with craftspeople from around…