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Reiss Girl NYC explores Westside

27.06.12

This week I wanted to bring you a little bit of the ‘Westsiiiide’ (yes I am saying that whilst awkwardly trying to throw the iconic hand sign).

After all, West NYC is close to the heart, as home to one of our stores on Bleecker Street.  I’ve been frequenting this area on an almost daily basis and with all its charm it’s fast becoming one of my favourite destinations in the city to hang out.

And, that’s not just because I’m partial to a sweet breakfast and keep finding myself in line at Amy’s Bread and Magnolia Bakery, Oops. Note to self; diet starts Monday!

Greenwich Village is a small area below 14th Street and West Broadway, for years it has been a mecca to the bohemian, creative and rebellious and to this day the vibe still lingers and the beat goes on.

There’s nothing more pleasant than taking a morning stroll down tree-lined streets with a coffee (or in my case, tea) and passing through Washington Square Park in the afternoon for a spot of sun.

On every corner is a hidden gem, quaint café or restaurant where you can peacefully sit and watch the world, his wife and pocket-sized pooch go by!

A particular favourite lunch haunt is Extra Virgin on West 4th Street; take a table out front and go greedy by ordering the Tahini Lime Marinated Chicken Sandwich with black olive aioli, oooh and fries, (obvi!).

And if it’s evening romance you’re after, all sorts of slushiness can be had at the once carriage house of Aaron Burr, ‘One If By Land, Two If By Sea’ on Barrow Street.  This stunning restaurant is hailed as one the most romantic spots in the city…

Hmm it’s a shame my boyfriend's been packed off to the Midlands while I take on New York!

Anyhow, as peaceful and calm as this all sounds don’t be fooled!  Greenwich Village is a bit of a chameleon; by day it’s leafy by night it’s lively and the village comes into its own as the sun goes down.  Locals spill out of bars onto the sidewalk and there’s no shortage of places to hop from and too, but don’t miss Little Branch, a hidden speakeasy at Seventh Avenue on Leeroy Street.

So, if you do find yourself in New York be sure to come to the area, stop by REISS on Bleecker (between Barrow and Grove Street) to stock up on clothing essentials for the city.

And of course, keep your eyes peeled for the most famous resident in the neighborhood, SJP!