Lovey, my sister blogger Jolain Muller, and I thought it would be fun and interesting to go exploring in the city to suss out what’s compelling , exciting, mysterious and fun. This wandering will hopefully range farther and farther afield as we both love travel and enjoy the discovery of wonderful new places and cultures. But last week our adventure took us to Tribeca. Unlike Soho, which has come to cultural prominence and then gone to the hordes who invade New York in the summer, Tribeca is a pocket of very beautiful industrial loft buildings, cool cafe’s and restaurants that go from the sublime, Almond Tribeca at 186 Franklin St. to the ridiculous, Nobu at 105 Hudson St. to special clothing boutiques.
Without the help of a map we decided to just walk around and see what we’d find. No treasure hunt can commence without the fortification of good strong coffee which led us to our first stop. The Duane Park Patisserie is an atmospheric little bakery with delicious coffees and even more tantalizing tartes, cakes, pies and assorted other delights that only a gifted pastry chef can conjure. With that breve latte I ordered a scone with carmelized bacon chunks. The well reputed pastry chef, Madeline Lanciani suggested the scone with carmelized bacon adding that if we didn’t like it we could have our money back. Jolain who doesn’t even eat bacon tried it and loved it as much as I. How is it bacon has become the great satisfier?
From there we crossed the street and looked in on Stella, a cavernous shop for the home. With its very low key vibe this emporium stocks a vast selection of bespoke sheets, towels, duvets, pillows and a myriad of other things and accessories for home in general.
With shelving that climbs to about 15 feet there are lots of beautiful things to choose in cottons, linen and more. Pajamas for men and women were also on offer. Stella is a place that has everything of quality for home.
My favorite stop was Korin at 57 Warren St. This hidden treasure trove is the go to place for Japanese chefs in search of the ultimate blade. The knives that are displayed and the personal appearances the shop holds for Japanese Master Chefs is impressive to say the least.
My fascination with Korin is for their extraordinarily beautiful ceramics and tableware. All of the pieces look hand thrown and individually glazed. The subtle richness of the different patterns make you literally excited to set the table and serve food on the platters, bowls and plates. Aesthetically, the tableware is peerless. Our new dining room is completely stocked with tableware from Korin including serving bowls and all the little extras like tea cups, bowls and condiment holders. They are tough, not easily broken and great to look at. You can order on line and you should!
From there we found ourselves at The Mysterious Bookshop. This large space with floor to ceiling shelves on 3 sides is Mecca to bibliophiles whose specialty are mystery novels. Thousands of them were on view with sections devoted to signed first editions and classics to the present.
It is that much more impressive and rare as there are perhaps no more than 3 of its kind remaining in the city. You could easily lose an afternoon just poking around and choosing a few to add to your library. We walked on and came upon several interesting places that are unique to the area. One was a subterranean wellness spa called Aire Ancient Baths at 88 Franklin St. that is simply life changing. I’ll devote a story just to that soon. The Thom Browne boutique was nearby in all of its considered austerity.
Fortunately, Odeon the anchor of the neighborhood remains in top form. Jolain and I slid onto barstools after our foray and enjoyed having gotten reacquainted with a very dynamic pocket of the city. There are lots of places to explore and discover and oddly the streets are relatively free of traffic, both auto and human.