Nick Kim and Jimmy Lau spent time at the three Michelin starred Masa before launching their own enterprise, Shuko. Sitting at the bar is a must. While they offer two tables, it’s not nearly the same experience. Rap music and a clientele so fashionable they look like they’ve walked out of Jeffrey’s create a backdrop for the coolest omakase in Manhattan, and maybe the world. Choose between the sushi omakase ($135) or the sushi kaiseki ($175) and sit back and enjoy the show. Expect to see only the best quality ingredients with modern pairings that take your breath away with every bite. Be sure to finish with the unexpected apple pie à la mode.
For handmade Italian shades that will keep you looking on trend, head to Illesteva in Soho. White-washed brick and modern wooden displays hold a wide range of frames from minimalist to the classic horn rim. A favorite among celebrities, pop by the store to see why.
Industrial meets luxe in Brooklyn at the Wythe Hotel. Located on the Williamsburg waterfront with 72 rooms that offer floor-to-ceiling windows, the Wythe is just a short 10-minute taxi ride from downtown Manhattan. Once a textile factory, it has now taken ‘local’ to the next level with handmade ice cream in the expertly sourced minibars and Brooklyn made soaps in the bathrooms. Reynard restaurant, located on the bottom floor of the hotel, serves wood-fired seasonal dishes from 7am until midnight and is considered the focal point of the hotel and a meeting place for both Brooklynites and traveling guests. A glass rooftop bar offers more incredible views and a great place for live music or a drink with friends.