The Minford New York Guide

If you have refreshed this page over the past 12 days and noticed I’ve been rather absent of late, there’s good reason. I’ve been in NYC pulling together a project that I am ridiculously excited to share… but can’t yet.

So until I can spill all, I have some other fun wisdom to impart. And by wisdom I mean where to find the best brunch in the city. ESSENTIAL information. In between mad 8am-8pm days, I have embarked on a food tour of New York. With a few homeware shops thrown in because this is an interiors and lifestyle journal after all. So, here’s my Minford guide to The Big Apple.

Eating & Drinking

De Maria
What: Opened a week before I arrived by a team of creative women, this was easily my favourite spot. The interiors were beautifully done with pale green table tops, pale wooden chairs and touches of brass. In the loo you’re greeted by a neon mural of the Virgin Mary. The food is somewhere between fine dining and health conscious, which sounds pretentious but tastes amazing.
Where: 19 Kenmare Street
Try: The crisped quinoa and turmeric poached egg.

What: Where the hipsters of New York gather in numbers for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s the millennials mecca. But don’t be deterred. Chunky playful furniture and ceramics from Cassie Griffin make the space cozy and unintimidating. Another great healthy food spot — something I wasn’t expecting from the land of burgers.
Where: 49 Canal Street
Try: The fennel-ginger lemonade – INSANE

Jack’s Wife Freda
What: A family run American-Mediterranean food which essentially translates as amazing green shakshuka and New York cheesecake dessert. Go early on weekends or pick a weekday since this is a popular choice and there can be a long wait. Though I love how American’s let you put your name on a list and potter off.
Where: 50 Carmine Street though there are two locations
Try: Anything from the plates and breakfast menu

Five Leaves
What: In good old Williamsburg but with a neighbourhood vibe and cocktails that I’d like on tap please. The setting is beautiful, with industrial filament lights and worn floors. Visited twice during my stay.
Where: 18 Bedford Avenue, BK
Try: The truffle fries. Say. No. More.


What: A Tea Atelier slightly in the middle of nowhere but SO worth making a pilgrimage too.  It has an interior to die for think pink velvet sofas and plaster walls and is arranged like an old apothecary with rows of beautiful tea canisters.
Where: 104 West Street, BK
Buy: The Ashram Afternoon – No 30.  Oh and I brought three of these divine petal teacups. The seriously good news is they do international shipping.

John Derian
What: Um hi read the post below this to know all! John’s the decoupage king.
Where: 6 East Second Street between 2nd Avenue and the Bowery
Buy: One of the famous glass trays or paperweights. I was there for well over half an hour trying to choose which one to take home with me.

Paula Rubinstein
What: For those who want a seriously in the know tip off this is it. An antique shop of dreams with no internet presence.
Where: 21 Bond St
Buy: Whatever makes your heart skip a beat. For me it was a beautiful vintage photograph.

ABC Carpet and Home
What: Six floors of pure interiors joy. There’s nothing like it in the UK. It’s like Liberty, Conran, and Merci all rolled into one but better.
Where: 888 Broadway
Buy: Hard to narrow down but they have some great ceramics by some of the best artists.

CW Pencils Enterprise
What: A stationery obsessives paradise. Stocks over 250 pencil varieties from all over the world.
Where: 100a Forsyth Street
Buy: Pale pink vintage pencils. International shipping!

The Primary Essentials
What: Minimalist homewares. You’ll find you need a new dinner set all of a sudden. This place is pricey but pretty.
Where: 372 Atlantic Avenue
Buy: Clam Lab Ceramics

Top Hat
What: One of those carefully curated all sorts stores.  There are homewares and stationery amongst other pretty odds and ends.
Where: 245 Broome Street
Buy: Metal tool boxes and notepads

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