Stephanie Johnson is the ultimate on-the-go woman. World traveler, mom and the genius behind her travel accessory line, Stephanie Johnson, her thirst for organization and wanderlust are vividly apparent in her collection of train totes, makeup bags and travel accessories. Recently Stephanie packed up her brood and moved from Venice to TriBeCa. Here she shares her new favorite neighborhood finds:
Bubby’s is a TriBeCa mainstay. Open 24 hours most days, it’s always bustling and has “stroller parking” out front. Go for brunch where the portions are huge (and the tab to match). Before you leave, check out the old time photo booth downstairs and take home a black and white strip of memories. Tiny’s is the new kid on the block and a good addition. A cozy two-floor space with a “classic with a twist” menu, it’s best suited for those cold winter nights. My favorite new find is the Greenwich Grill. A bit off the beaten path, it houses a sushi bar downstairs and some of the best food around. Its year round restaurant “week” menu might be the best bargain in New York. Tamarind is Indian food elevated. Beautiful space, beautiful food. In the warmer months, you can’t beat the Odeon Ice Cream Cart for handmade butter pecan.
Patron of the New is mostly a sea of chic black by designers like Nicolas Andreas Taralis, Thimister and Mugler. Or just go to take in the beautiful space. In keeping with my obsession with bicycles, Adeline Adeline is one seriously good looking bike store. I’m in trouble now with Crewcuts just around the corner. I go there for my daughter’s seasonal wardrobe, story time and sometimes for the seriously amazing balloons from Mike Gold the Ballooniac. It’s pretty convenient having a Calypso just around the corner too. I go to stock up on resort fare for upcoming tropical locales or for a winter staple or two.
If bucks aren’t a problem, then stay at the Robert De Niro-owned Greenwich Hotel (Lady Gaga does). Long on charm and warmth with a “guests-only” bar, patio and cozy fireplace, and a “not for guests only” spa and indoor pool. The Smyth is a great alternative. A white and gray palette in a newer glass building, the rooms are big and the bathrooms are superb.
New York is a walking town and can be punishing on the feet. Forty-five minutes at Sweet Lilyand I was ready to tackle the mean streets again. The spa is sheer bliss.
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