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An Insider’s Guide to New York City: Where to Eat, Drink, and Shop

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Our event coordinator Jamie has a knack for finding the best of what New York has to offer. After working as PR for Alexander Wang, Jamie became something of an expert on the fashion world’s “of-the-moment” mentality, and that insight has made her Birchbox’s resident cool-hunter. Besides the few coveted classic New York establishments, there’s always a new bar, restaurant or beauty brand to discover in the city—and Jamie always seems to know where to go. This week she’s leading us away from the holiday crowds and sharing her five favorite local picks for where to eat, drink, and shop.

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1. The Upper Rust 
445 E. 9th Street

If you’re looking for that perfect home furnishing gift or a little something to add to your antique collection, The Upper Rust is a must. This store houses a variety of vintage clocks, post cards, mirrors, collections of antique dishware, and the list goes on and on. Why I love it? The prices are reasonable and the items are unique!

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2. Acme Downstairs Bar
9 Great Jones Street 

I frequent Acme not only because of the proximity to my apartment but because it doubles as a low-key cocktail bar and the greatest dance party north of Houston. Your best bet is to head there around 11pm, grab a seat at the bar, order a Fair Lady cocktail (my personal favorite) and enjoy the quiet before the crowd starts rolling in.

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3. Peasant Wine Bar
194 Elizabeth Street

When you’re standing directly in front of the Peasant Restaurant window, look to your right and head down the dimly lit staircase. This basement venue will transport you straight to Italy. Rustic wood beams, great Italian food, candlelit tables and a bartender who DJs. Need I say more?

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4. Blackstone’s 
19 East 7th Street

Blackstone’s hair parlor is unlike your typical hair salon. The minute you walk in, you’re transported to a whimsical world of French cabinet curiosities. Joey Silvestra, salon owner and hair stylist extraordinaire gives me a cut that’s so great it’s worth bragging about. Go in and see for yourself!

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5. Phoenix Roze 
39 8th Avenue

Located in the heart of the West Village, this little jewelry shop is one of New York’s best-kept secrets. In fact, an old Alexander Wang co-worker gave this secret away, and I am forever grateful. From delicate pave diamond rings to monogramed necklaces, it’s hard to leave this store without falling in love with everything in it.

—Jamie

Dying to find out more recommendations? Here are even more New York picks from other Birchbox staffers.

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