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Padma Lakshmi Presents: My New York Collection

BY: | May 9, 2014
Padma Lakshmi Presents: My New York Collection

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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:

padma lakshmi serafina meatpacking 300c180 jpgSerafina | 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.

padma lakshmi childrens 300c180 jpgChildren'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.

padma lakshmi devi 300c180 jpgDevi | 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.

padma lakshmi jm 300c180The 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.

padma lakshmi edi 300c180 jpgEdi & The Wolf | East Village

Upscale take on European plates such as wild-mushroom spätzle served with Italian or Austrian wine.

padma lakshmi gymboree 300c180 jpgGymboree | 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.

padma lakshmi dicksons meats 300c180Dickson'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.

padma lakshmi duane park 300c180 jpgDuane 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.

padma lakshmi white tea 300c180 jpgWhite 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.

padma lakshmi les tenement museum 300c180Lower 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.

padma lakshmi balkanika 300c180 jpgBalkanika | Clinton

Old-World and modern cuisines collide at this Balkan and Mediteranean food restaurant that serves meat and veggie tapas, kebabs, and spreads.

padma lakshmi heritage 300c180 jpgHeritage 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.

padma lakshmi mezz 300c180 jpgMezzogiorno | 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.

padma lakshmi nails 300c180 jpgVillage 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.

padma lakshmi chola2 300c180Chola | 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.

padma lakshmi spin 300c180 jpgSpin 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.''

padma lakshmi kalustyansnyc 300c180Kalustyan'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