Padma Lakshmi Presents: My New York Collection
There’s no question that Padma Lakshmi has taste. The New York–raised host of Bravo’s Top Chef is also an award-winning cookbook author, a model, and a fashion writer who is as savvy about style as she is about international cuisine. The "My New York" by Padma Lakshmi collection brings together her favorite local restaurants, boutiques, and ways to spend a rare free afternoon.
Shop the Collection:
|Serafina | Meatpacking District|
The menu here is full of dozens of Northern Italian and Italian-American recipes, from homemade ravioli stuffed with porcini mushrooms to juicy cuts of filet mignon served as sliders.
|Children's Museum of the Arts | Hudson Square|
Considered among the city's best museums for kids, CMA features exhibits, hands-on art making workshops, a media lab, ball pond, and more.
|Devi | Union Square|
Devi is palatial, but not in the sense of unattainable grandeur—rather, it seems stuffed to the gills with earthly comforts and visual delights that completely insulate it from the world outside.
|The Jewish Museum | Upper East Side|
A collection of 27,000 paintings, sculptures, and multimedia exhibits that dovetail into a collage of art and Jewish culture from across centuries and continents.
|Edi & The Wolf | East Village|
Upscale take on European plates such as wild-mushroom spätzle served with Italian or Austrian wine.
|Gymboree | Six Locations, including Murray Hill and Tribeca|
Like most good ideas, Gymboree Play and Music didn't begin in a business meeting—it began out of necessity in 1976 when a mom found herself frustrated with the lack of safe places for her kids to play.
|Dickson's Farmstand Meats | Chelsea Market|
Dickson's Farmstand Meats doesn't keep secrets: everything that's edible arrives at the shop as a whole animal from small-scale family farms in upstate New York.
|Duane Park | Bowery|
Stepping into Duane Park is like stepping back in time. Inside the turn-of-the-century dining room, chandeliers from a Louisiana plantation sprinkle light on the scene below, where visitors sip on handcrafted cocktails and clean their invisible monocles.
|White Tea Med Spa | West Village|
Each treatment on this boutique spa's menu is designed to mimic the healing, relaxing effects of white tea and after each treatment, guests are rewarded with a cup of white tea itself served in an English-style tea house.
|Lower East Side Tenement Museum | Lower East Side|
Between 1863 and 1935, more than 7,000 working class families called 97 Orchard home, and through the efforts of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, their stories have sprung to life again in six painstakingly restored apartments.
|Balkanika | Clinton|
Old-World and modern cuisines collide at this Balkan and Mediteranean food restaurant that serves meat and veggie tapas, kebabs, and spreads.
|Heritage Meat Shop | Lower East Side|
This shop's founders only deal with small farmers who practice sustainable programs without using antibiotics or growth hormones. That means they stock their shelves with a massive variety of seasonal, American-raised meats.
|Mezzogiorno | SoHo|
Rather than trying to harness all of Italy's regional cuisines, Mezzogiorno conjures a favorite Florentine cucina in an art-filled SoHo dining room.
|Village Four Nails and Spa | West Village|
The aestheticians at Village Four Nails and Spa call many of their services rituals—an apt name since the staff spends a lot of time making sure that a client's every need is seen to and often start appointments by offering them a complimentary glass of champagne.
|Chola | Midtown East|
In addition to 10 vegan dishes and 12 vegetarian entrees, the kitchen prepares everything from southern dosas to Punjabi saag cooked with lamb, goat, chicken tikka, potatoes, or paneer cheese.
|Spin New York | Flatiron District|
Black lights illuminate your opponent as electronic music pulses in the background. You raise your paddle, and swing. The Ping-Pong match begins. This scene unfolds every night at Spin New York, a self-described ''Ping-Pong social club.''
|Kalustyan's | Kips Bay|
Along with lentils, flour, beans, grains, and other groceries, spices from around the world supply flavoring for almost any kind of dish