On Our Radar: Wear Where When NYC


While we planned to spend most of the weekend inside– Oscars weekend justifies an Oscar-nominated movie binge, no?–
the unseasonably warm weather in New York calls for a venture out, or, at the very least, a morning coffee run. And all but too coincidentally, some of the city’s hottest openings are marking their debut. There’s a Chinatown café serving up all-natural, color-drenched lattes, a backyard-clad, retro cocktail den about to hit Brooklyn and a new uptown art show that’s among the best we’ve seen in recent memory. Yep, joined by our beauty gal pals at VIOLET GREY, we’ve got all of the deets on where to go and what to wear in NYC right now. TGIF, kids.

Blue algae latte from The Good Sort

Café Cool  | The Good Sort
Restauranteurs Eddy Buckingham and Jeff Lam are bringing new meaning to the phrase, “taste the rainbow” thanks to their newly-opened Chinatown café, The Good Sort. Featuring an entirely vegan menu, the tiny, Australian-meets-Chinese shop is pure morning nirvana: think organic coffee, herbal tea, house-baked pastries and the requisite “brekkie” bowls. Made with Vittoria Coffee beans, its signature healthful lattes are made with a nut milk of choice and color-coated by ingredient; for example, the “black” latte features sesame and activated charcoal, “blue” showcases blue algae and “gold” represents turmeric (all ingredients’ health benefits are broken down via The Good Sort’s menu). If you’re “coffee cleansing,” Chinese herbal teas are also available and pair near-seamlessly with any of the congee (AKA rice porridge) bowls, though our favorite is the turmeric and coconut cream version topped with champagne-poached cranberries, dried strawberries and lemon zest. For something sweet, the seasonally-inspired baked treats are also not to be missed with current offerings including beetroot-cacao cake and lemon-thyme muffins. (MAP IT)

Beauty Boosts: If blue algae lattes and vegan baked goods sound like your thing, then we’re guessing these skin savers will be too: 1. Indie Lee Blemish Lotion ($26), a drying lotion that reduces the redness and size of blemishes overnight; 2. Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask ($58), which works like a traditional peel to purify dull skin by decongesting surface debris and removing dead layers; and 3. Royal Fern Phytoactive Anti-Aging Serum ($295), an antioxidant and plant extract-packed serum that protects skin against genetic and environmental stressors (AKA it combats signs of aging and pigment formation).

Fresh Made Fast | abcV
Jean-George Vogerichten’s ABC Kitchen outranks every single restaurant recommended on CITIPHILE by a long shot. And for good reason– rarely does a day go by where a stellar, albeit guilt-free farm-to-table meal doesn’t sound like just what the doctor ordered, are we right? Of course, it makes sense then that when Vogerichten announced he’d be opening a daytime café with similar fare (a sort of casual supplement to its aforementioned sister), we were giddy with anticipation. Fortunately, the almost three-year project-in-the-making, aptly named abcV, is finally ready to open its doors with the humble vegetable as the menu’s star. Chef de Cuisine Neal Harden, who’s been a vegetarian since he was a teenager, is behind abcV’s lunch dishes like whole artichokes with Sicilian olive oil and lemon rind, warm carrots with stone-ground seed and nut butters, and savoy cabbage sauerkraut. At the bar, a selection of biodynamic and organic wines are available, as well as locally-made organic spirits and non-alcoholic, made-to-order vegetable juices. (MAP IT)

Nourish First: Drawing upon vitamins, minerals and essential oils, here are three beauty tricks that nourish skin, hair and body from the inside out: 1. Chantecaille Rose de Mai Cream ($210) stimulates the skin’s natural immune system via plant stem cells and vitamin C; it’s been proven to be a succesful anti-aging formula thanks to its ability to detoxify the skin while teaching the body to utilize its own resources and draw moisture from within. 2. René Furterer Complexe 5 Regenerating Plant Extract ($47) blends orange and lavender essential oils that cleanse the scalp and strengthen hair roots to yield healthy, beautiful hair. 3. RéVive Fermatif Neck Renewal Cream SPF 15 ($265) is a luxe, rose-scented formula that renews skin cells to help firm and smooth the neck and décolletage while protecting both areas from further sun damage.

Best in Show  | The Guggenheim
If there’s one art installation you can’t miss this season, it’s “Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim.” Just opened on February 10th, the 170-piece retrospective pays tribute to the forward-thinking immigrants– both patrons and artists– who helped mold American art into what it is today. Advocating for arts education and cultural institutions, visionaries like collector Peggy Guggenheim and French art dealer Karl Nierendorf championed such groundbreaking artists as Alexander Calder, Piet Mondrian and Pablo Picasso, working with each to amass key examples of the art of their time (from avant-garde to abstraction to the daring new modes of mark-making by European émigrés). From Picasso to Pollock, the exhibition explores nearly a century’s worth of original artistic production all the while celebrating the Guggenheim’s storied archives. (MAP IT)

Playing With Light: Paints and pigments needn’t just live in museums; channel your inner artist with 1. Dior Waterproof Crayon Eyeliner ($30) in Intense Brown is our new favorite eyeliner– not only because it comes in a beautiful chestnut hue, but because the color is long-lasting and water resistant too. 2. Kevyn Aucoin Pure Powder Glow Blush ($37) in Shadore lends a semi-sheer tone to cheeks for a natural-looking, barely-pink glow. It’s the perfect complement to 3. Chantecaille Liquid Lumière ($39), a sheer rose gold highlighter we dab on the cheekbones to catch just a tad more light.

Raise A Glass | Diamond Reef
Crown Heights-meets-Bed-Stuy has been booming for quite some time, but the Brooklyn border is about to become a date night destination for a totally new reason: drinks den Diamond Reef. Dreamt up by downtown cocktail mavens, Sam Ross and Michael “Mickey” McIlroy (the duo’s first bar, Attaboy, is beloved by CP contributors like Scott Morrison, Sandy Liang and Mary Fellowes), Diamond Reef is a Miami-inspired watering hole complete with palm wallpaper, electric blue velvet furniture and a decked-out backyard. Naturally, bespoke cocktails are the bar’s raison d’être– from the classic “Manhattan” to the kitschy “Penichillin,” a frozen riff on the whisky drink; however, small plates, wine and draft beer are also available. (MAP IT)

Red, Red Wine: The color of the hour in three, high-impact forms: for wine-hued lips, try 1. MAC Lip Pencil ($17.50) in Vino– its formula is smooth and creamy enough to act as an all-over lipstick so don’t be afraid to color between the lines; 2. Chanel Le Rouge Collection Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow ($61) in Candeur et Expérience is a comprehensive, cabernet-colored palette that features two medium tones for color and contouring, a deep tone for shading and a lighter nude for highlighting (read: it’s a one-stop, date night shop); 3. Tom Ford Nail Lacquer ($36) in Smoke Red, the ultimate high-gloss red.

Haute Hideaway | Chinese Tuxedo
Marked by a nondescript doorway and a neon-lit bow tie, Chinese Tuxedo is the Chinatown hideaway we’ve been waiting for– picture Mr. Chow-meets-Studio 54 set up in a (wait for it) former opera house. Trust us, the cool digs are reason enough to pop in for a visit, but its made-for-sharing Asian cuisine makes it the perfect place for a dinner with friends. Inspired by regional Chinese dishes, Chef Paul Donnelley creates modern plates like fried eggplant in spicy caramel,steak tartare on crispy rice crackers and whole squab lacquered in the style of Peking duck. Just as innovative, the Chinese strawberries and cream dessert is what we’d now like every meal to end with: a bowl of yogurt topped with fresh and dried strawberries, nuggets of mochi and whipped cream… heaven. (MAP IT)

Downtown Darling: Vamp it up in three, quick steps: 1. Leonor Greyl Lait Luminescence Bi-Phase Leave-In Detangling Milk and Styling Spray ($48), a detangling milk that protects hair against heat styling and UV rays while nourishing and enhancing its shine; 2. Serge Lutens Comb Mascara ($65), a macadamia oil-based formula with special waxes that dramatically curl lashes– it’s our favorite mascara to date! (yes, pun intended); 3. Chanel Le Rouge Collection Rouge Allure Intense Long-Wear Lip Colour ($37) in Rouge Tentation leaves a rich cabernet color that stays on all night. CP


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