FSO's Top Spots in NYC

by - Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Photo By Hayden Flanders

New York City has so many hidden gems that are full of unique characteristics, but unless you have enough time to discover them for yourself or have the “in”, those places can be a little bit of a challenge to discover.

Luckily, we have some of the best coffee shops, brunch spots and even nightlife that we are going to share exclusively to you!

Now we all need our morning coffee, and Starbucks in the city is just not gonna cut it. Based on two popular boroughs, take these two for a go and you will see why that extra stop on the subway is worth commuting to.

  • Kaffe 1668: We can't promise you will spot Anna Wintour, but located in lower Manhattan only a few blocks from Conde Nast, you will totally love this atmosphere.
275 Greenwich Street (Cross streets: Warren Street, Murray Street)
New York, NY 10007
  • FIKA: Luckily this favorite is very accessible. It is a shop with multiple locations throughout Manhattan but if you're looking for a nice rooftop with chic furniture, go for the location on 10th ave in Hell’s Kitchen.
566 10th Ave 10036 New York
  • Ralph's Coffee: Shopping in 5th Ave can be tiring so make sure you stop into Polo Ralph Lauren and find the hidden coffee shop (hint: the second floor) and grab some energy in a classic and fancy environment.
2nd Floor, 711 5th Ave, New York, NY 10022
  • L Train Vintage: We ALL love thrifting that one garment that makes your heart happy, but imagine having a hidden gem in every rack. That is exactly what you will find in this amazing, beautiful and perfect manhattan and brooklyn based thrift store chain. While they have many locations off of multiple stops on the L train (hence the name), I find that the manhattan store is always the best. It is in the East Village and is next to some of the best vintage and consignment stores that NYC has to offer!
1377 Dekalb Ave, New York, 11221
  • If you’re into a more grungy scene and are looking for some real New York flare, the Lower East Side (LES) is where it’s at! More specifically, going to Saint Marks is your best bet. Don’t be surprised when you find dresses made from screws and leather or platform boots that will make even the most Hot Topic lover shocked because the freaks come out and are ready to play when in St. Marks! It’s totally a fun experience and I love the adventures that are there.
                   8th Street/St. Mark’s Place in Manhattan


  • Brooklyn is like the coffee shop mecca but because traveling deeper into Brooklyn (aka outside of Williamsburg and Bushwick), make sure you stop into Toby’s Estate Coffee Shop. You will not regret it. Trust me.
125 North 6th Street
Brooklyn, NY
  • Beacon's Closet: Because we travelled all the way into Brooklyn from Manhattan, make sure you stop in and find your new favorite jacket in Beacon's Closet. Located right by Toby’s Estate, this trendy consignment store is full of amazing finds that your closet NEEDS to have.
74 Guernsey St
Brooklyn, NY 11222
  • Kent Avenue in Williamsburg: Our last favorite stop is one that money can't buy. This view is free to stare into and is worth every moment. Enjoy the entire skyline of Manhattan and try to spot your favorite landmarked building. Mine is the Chrysler Building...can you spot it? Tip: Go during “golden hour” (sunset) or during the evening when the lights are shining bright!

  • If you are up for an adventure that is a little out of the way, hop on the N or Q train and explore the Museum of the Moving Image. It’s artistic and definitely fits the neighborhood vibe that is Astoria.
36-01 35th Ave, New York, NY 11106
Enjoy the city and if you find yourself with some free time and are not sure what to explore next, just hop on a train and get off in a random station. Explore! You can’t get too lost in NYC. If you’re sticking to Manhattan, just walk. If you come across water you’ve reached the east or west side and you can just make a quick turn around. Have fun!

By Hayden Flanders

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