Central Park? How last year! Instead of going to the same old NYC haunts, try something new for a change. Come explore the Fashiontribes neck of the woods in good old DUMBO. No, silly, not DUMBO the elephant, but rather Down Under The Manhattan Bridge Underpass. Located right on the pier facing Manhattan and (double duh!) below the Manhattan bridge, DUMBO is the spot for eating, boxing, shopping, and yes, my new favorite activity, culturing. Culturing, as in getting some culture that is! Here, I present for you, the Fashiontribes DUMBO 15. Yes sirree, a list of 16 hot spots in our lovely little hood:
- River Cafe - Fashiontribes is getting all fancy shmancey with you. River Cafe is decidedly the swankiest item on our hit list-but completely worth the pinky up attitude. The food is terrific, the view is breathtaking, and best of all, you can probably find a dining companion so impressed with your exquisite taste that they will gladly foot the bill (we recommend your date or your parents).
- Bubby's -Yummy Yummy Homemade American Fare. Try their brunch, which is chock full of items along the lines of creamy cheddar grits . Be prepared to leave feeling full for the next two weeks, because it is practically a requirement that you fill up with Bubby's own famous biscuits and pie.
- Grimaldi's-I come from a lineage that includes waiting in line for tasty pizza among it's hobbies. Growing up, we waited 3 hours or more outside a pizza joint near Yale, only to wait another 2 hours to get our pizza once seated. Did i mention that this was a monthly occurrence? Of course Bob Costes' favorite pizza, which happens to be Grimaldi's, draws an crowd equal in fervor to my relations. My secret technique-take out. While you have to get a whole pie, eating it on the pier saves you time. Not that there will be leftovers.....
- Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory -Homemade, all natural ice cream. Eat it on the pier while you look at the skyline. Enough said.
- Almondine -How Cool and French will you feel walking down the street, Baguette under your arm? Tres, Tres fantastique, I promise!! The bread here is amazingly delicious (we ate an entire baguette in literally 5 minutes) and you can get super yummilicious items like meringues and eclairs. Don't let the sweet talk discount lunch time, when you can get one large and super scrumptious sandwich.
- Jacques Torres Chocolate -If you ever wondered exactly what the full extent of chocolate usage entailed, ponder no longer. Mr. Chocolate offers chocolate covered everything-from Matzoh to Raisins. The wicked hot chocolate gives you a real kick in the pants, and their other delicious delights will no doubt satisfy your taste buds.
- Rice -A little more complex than the name implies, Rice serves up a variety of dishes served with a side of...what else....RICE! The food is inexpensive and yummy, and the service is speedy. Definitely a pick for the lunch on the go crowd.
- Low Bar -The name says it all. This fun little spot is located below Rice. Open only Friday and Saturday, this is a perfect spot for all your weekend revelry.
- Superfine -I like me a good happy hour, and this is my watering hole of choice. Only a hop, skip and a jump away from our home base, we enjoy the drinks, which are easy on the taste buds and the wallet. Even better, the space is lovely and the Mediterranean food is sumptuously tasty. An all around pleaser!
- DUMBO General Store -I kid you not when I say that this is the official coffee spot of Fashiontribes, and if you think that is no big deal I shall tell you now my minimum drinkage is 6 cups a day. Besides the obvious perks (get it...coffee...perks...OK), they offer a yummy simple menu as well as the opportunity to pick up all your art supplies. On Monday nights you can reserve a spot at the figure drawing session.
- Gleason's Gym -Founded in 1937, Gleason's is home to just about every New York boxer you can think of. Oh yeah, and Hilary Swank trained here for her Oscar winning performance in Million Dollar Baby. Come for a session, leave with a membership. You will definitely be in the shape of your life.
- Barge Music -Not you generic jaunt to Lincoln Center! Barge Music has a magical quality to it's musical environment. Ephemeral and sharp, the experience is enhanced by the gorgeous backdrop (our lovely city). Imagine how swanky of a smart alec you will be after a lovely night of eating, enjoying the music, and walking on the pier...
- ABC Carpet & Home Wholesale -Finally, mere mortals such as you and I can afford to walk out of ABC Carpet and Home, bag in hand. This warehouse has a terrific selection of ABC's typical glamazon goods at a DISCOUNTED price. Definitely luxe for less.
- Antiquarius -Imagine a trip around the world, with an appraiser from Antique's
Roadshow, where you can search for any exotic item you like. Now take
away the price haggling, jet lag and travel expenses. VOILA! You must
be at antiquarius. This warehouse is extremely well curated and fun to
browse. It is a trip to the farthest corners of the earth sans the
- City Barn Antiques -Remember your Auntie Mame? Well if not, City Barn Antiques will help you jog your brain. Exactly like walking into a mid-century home, their selection is impeccable. Not exactly dirt cheap, but your better off here than you would be anywhere else in New York. If you have the dosh, It will be almost impossible to leave without some knick knacks.
- West Elm -Endorsed double time by the Fashiontribe minions, West Elm is our favorite home
accessories shop. With an ever rotating stock and a fun, affordable,
chic vibe it is definitely the solution to your home decor problems.