This boutique, café and media studio is the brick-and-mortar incarnation of Billabout (billabout.com), an online hub for antipodean expats living in the U.S. and an e-commerce site founded by director and producer Pete Maiden to spotlight brands from Down Under. Grab a cup of Hugh Jackman’s Laughing Man coffee ($2) and chill at the vintage table before scoping the men’s and women’s clothing ($40–$450), footwear ($40–$350) and jewelry ($45–$1,170). Pieces that caught our eye included Nicole Trunfio rose-gold studs ($287), Volley men’s canvas high-tops ($45), and Mara and Mine women’s skeleton-emblazoned slip-ons ($350).
How this small storefront manages to sell coffee, antiques and records without being a cluttered, cramped mess we’ll never know. At the old-school wood bar, New Jersey’s Rook coffee is ground and brewed to order ($3), and jars are stocked with handmade cookies (each $2–$3) from Brooklyn’s Ovenly and the Good Batch bakeries. Home-decor finds include a taxidermy collection ($100–$400)—peep the creepy hyena in the back—and black-and-white photo portraits ($70–$100). But the biggest draw here is the vinyl-only music collection ($1–$25), which leans toward primitive, hard stuff: garage-rock comps by the likes of Crypt and Norton Records, and under-the-radar punk seven-inches.
You can settle in for a hot shave, shop for products and grab a drink at this East Village speakeasy. The unassuming barbershop front offers cuts ($30) and its own line of toiletries. The house-made shaving cream ($22) is infused with wild water mint and juniper berry, a natural astringent, and you can also nab pomade ($18) and aftershave lotion ($26). The real scene is in the back, though: A wooden door slides open to reveal a spacious, old-fashioned barroom. Good news for the stubbly and thirsty: Each shave comes with a complimentary cocktail.
From the outside, Community 54 just looks like a fully functioning vintage video arcade, with NBA Jam and other ’80s and ’90s staples. But if you walk past the games and photo booth (which has been frequented by rising hip-hop artists like Chief Keef and Joey Bada$$) and you’ll discover an Aladdin’s cave of retro streetwear. The mostly men’s apparel and accessories include limited-edition throwback caps ($25–$80), a Tommy Hilfiger Jeans hockey jersey ($185), Starter pullover jackets ($150) and other cool sports-fan duds from yesteryear. Continue through the shop and you’ll discover even more—an outdoor event space splattered with fresh graffiti art.
Drink and shop at this LES spot. The street level of this two-floor emporium is a clothing exchange, but head upstairs for the co-op boutique to browse wares by local designers, including sparkling knee-length dresses by Tuck ($190) and Out of Print graphic tees ($28). Nab a seat along the dark oak bar for a bottle of Brooklyn Lager ($5), glass of wine ($8–$9) or specialty cocktail ($10–$12) such as the gin-and-OJ drink Sundress ($12). Early drinkers should come on Tuesdays through Fridays for $1 off drinks until 7pm, while night owls can imbibe until 2am on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
We could easily spend a day—and a lot of moolah—at this Sutton Place triple threat, which houses a high-end boutique, a full-service spa and a café over two expansive floors. The ritzy downstairs offers basic manicures and pedicures ($25–$40) amped up by Chanel and Christian Dior polish, medical-grade facial peels ($175–$225), waxing ($15–$70) and private slate-tiled showers to rinse off in after a Swedish massage ($110). Continue to indulge upstairs in the long dining room with plush leather benches by ordering the spinach salad with figs and feta ($12) or sesame ginger chicken wrap ($14). Finish by browsing nightlife-ready wardrobe pieces like Alexis silk tops ($225) and Sergio Zelcer pumps ($220).
Explore the storied relationship between booze and books at this Bushwick gem. Located in the middle of a residential block, this used book shop opened last summer, packs an excellent selection of affordable tomes into its tiny digs and doubles as a comfy neighborhood café. During the morning, locals sip coffee ($2.50) along the back bar while leafing through the spot’s latest gets—and switch to stronger stuff like Budweiser ($3) and Bass ($4) bottles as the day wears on. 770 Hart St between Knickerbocker and Wilson Aves, Bushwick, Brooklyn • facebook.com/molassesbooks
Eco-conscious consumers, take note: This cheery East Village storefront hosts an earth-friendly general store (which stocks everything from cleaning products to jewelry) and an organic café. On the store side, pick through household essentials—biodegradable trash bags ($8), water bottles with carbon filters ($20–$30)—as well as cool accessories like Zig Zag’s fair-trade tie-dye scarves ($23) and recycled plastic bangles ($3–$6) from Burkina Faso. The café emphasizes local and organic ingredients in all of its freshly made baked goods (75¢–$4) and uses quadruple-filtered water for its coffee drinks ($2–$5). Grab a beverage and a table in the sunny nook and stay a while—the Wi-Fi is free.
This überchill surf shop feels oceans away from the hustle and bustle of Soho. And thankfully, you don’t have to spring for an actual surfboard ($750–$1,375) to hang here. Simply grab an eye-opener from the no-frills coffee bar up front, which sells La Colombe espresso-based drinks ($2–$5). Head back through the long, narrow space to peruse the collection of casual men’s staples for New York–based surfers, like Saturdays’ own colorblock hoodies ($108–$118), jeans ($118–$150) and high-tops in a rainbow of colors ($95). Relax in the spacious backyard at the Crosby Street location, where you can soak up the sun on wooden benches. 31 Crosby St between Broome and Grand Sts (212-966-7875) • 17 Perry St at Waverly St (347-246-5830) • saturdaysnyc.com
While away the hours in this inviting café-boutique. Order a cup of house-blend joe ($2) and snack on a scone or muffin ($3) before checking out the antique offerings, such as leather journals ($15–$24), apothecary bottle vases ($24–$44), brass vases ($24) and a selection of affordable, understated throwback rings, necklaces and earrings ($35–$58). Situated on the corner of a quiet Clinton Hill block, the sunny, sizable space boasts high ceilings, marble tables and cushioned chairs. 294 Grand Ave between Clifton Pl and Lafayette Ave, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn (718-783-6045) • urbanvintageny.com