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Brand New Shopping, Dining and Nightlife Spots to Try Now in NYC

These hot dining and retail venues have just landed in NYC.

New York continually has a bevy of new arrivals on the retail and restaurant scenes. Here is the definitive hot list of new nightspots, eateries and shops.

Saks Fifth Avenue
Downtown Saks Fifth Avenue’s cosmetic department (Courtesy Saks Fifth Avenue)

Stores: Where to Shop in New York City

How hot is the Financial District as a retail destination? So hot that historic department store Saks Fifth Avenue has opened a branch there. The new Saks is a circular, spanking white space—all the better to show off the women’s jewelry, makeup and clothing, with fashion-forward labels like Hearts on Fire and Decorte, unique to this location. 225 Liberty St., New York, 646.344.6300

At Sonos, wireless, portable stereo and theater systems operate via apps—and soon, voice commands. The brand’s first store features furnished, cottage-like listening booths to hear the sound in a homey setting. 101 Greene St., New York, 917.768.0101

Wempe, one of the city’s most respected purveyors of luxury jewelry and timepieces, has upped its game with a stunning new flagship store. The newly renovated structure stretches half a block on Fifth Avenue, more than enough space for its Rolex and Patek Philippe showrooms. 700 Fifth Ave., New York, 212.397.9000

Get a glimpse of la dolce vita at the midcentury modern Domenico Vacca flagship, displaying the Italian maestro’s designs for him and her. Mull over whisper-thin silk shirts and supple loafers while sipping a coffee or prosecco at the store’s espresso café. 15 W. 55th St., 646.290.6801

L’Objet is scarcely bigger than one of its croco-patterned bronze boxes, but it manages to pack in a lot anyway: a global array of luxe tableware, textiles and toiletries. 370 Bleecker St., New York, 212.659. 0316

Designer Thakoon Panichgul, whose colorful, printed frocks are popular with the likes of Michelle Obama, now has his own boutique, with an atelier behind it. Within the pale-wood surrounds, outfitted with spacious dressing rooms, new styles arrive regularly. 70 Wooster St., New York, 212.929.0700

After two years under wraps, grand jeweler Cartier has unveiled its totally revamped 1904 manse: It’s now a chandeliered, oak-paneled and parquet-floored interior with a grand staircase that rises four floors and leads to the sparkling stones, watches, silver and leather goods. 653 Fifth Ave., New York, 212.446.3400

Footwear fans should step lively toward the Upper East Side. No white shoebox store for Aquazzura: The snazzy shoemaker’s first U.S. boutique showcases sexy heels and pom-pom booties amid zebra-striped columns and pink and patterned marble floors. 939 Madison Ave., New York, 347.328.0080

The Eliza Mushroom Python pump at Aquatalia (Courtesy Aquatalia)

A few doors up, Aquatalia—known for smart shoes made with state-of-the-art, stain- and weather-defying materials—has opened its first freestanding store. Styles for men and women, along with a handbag line, fill the neutral, softly illuminated, brass-accented space. 965 Madison Ave., New York, 646.677.5555

Nightspots: The Hottest New Nightlife in New York City

Blink and you might miss the unmarked entrance to Chumley’s, a former speakeasy turned into a literary lions’ hangout for decades. This reincarnation of the popular bar, which opened in 1922 and closed in 2007, remains true to that heritage—writers’ photos and book jackets decorate the homey room—but features swankier decor (think tufted leather banquettes), pub grub kicked up several notches and a drinks menu emphasizing several variations on scotch and soda. 86 Bedford St., New York, 212.675.2081

The supper club concept goes underground (literally) with Metropolis. Candlelit stairs lead down to a cozy, gold-and-gray velvet room with lamps at every table and a live combo and vocalist performing most nights. Included on the menu are flambéed cocktails, oysters shucked tableside and upscale comfort foods, like sea bass potpie or filet mignon cheesesteak. 31 Union Square W., New York, 212.533.2500

Bar Fortuna
A library atmosphere envelops Bar Fortuna. (Courtesy Bar Fortuna)

Seems there’s a trend among watering holes to resemble residential spaces. Two-room Bar Fortuna, above eatery Casa Apicii, defines cozy—replace, couches, black shelves filled with books. Cocktails run traditional and new (rum old-fashioneds), along with 70 varieties of grappa. 62 W. Ninth St., New York

The 1905 Lounge, in contrast, opts for a mid-century modern living room look, complete with Sputnik-style chandeliers and portraits of rock stars’ girlfriends, whose names also adorn the drinks. HGU New York, 34 E. 32nd St., New York, 212.779.3432 

Squares (Courtesy Squares)

When the gang wants to go clubbing, Squares in nova-hot NoMad offers live acts and DJs spinning beats out of a fireplace-turned-booth. Admire the trompe l’oeil decor (tile mosaics of deer heads, paintings and badminton rackets) as you dance or sit, sipping large format Champagne cocktails for the table. 360 Park Ave. S., New York, 212.481.0187

Great round yellow globes dangle. Music pounds. A city panorama sparkles behind three sides of glass walls. Such is the scene at rooftop bar Westlight, perched 22 stories above street level. There’s a spirited collection of gin, tequila and single malts, plus innovative nibbles by chef Andrew Carmellini of Bar Primi fame. The William Vale, 111 N. 12th St., Brooklyn, New York, 718.307.7100

Hot New Restaurants: Where to Eat in New York City

Akashi caters to those craving a leisurely evening of dining, Asian style. Its sole option: a 20-course omakase (tasting menu) that changes nightly. Of course, sushi is involved, but there are boiled, stewed and fried dishes, too, and whether seated at the bar or a table in the Zen-streamlined, 500-square-foot space, you can watch chef Yoishi Akashi himself at work. 14 Christopher St., New York, 212.367.2067

Super chef Wolfgang Puck makes his NYC debut with Cut, a plush, low-lit burgundy-and-black-toned venue featuring Japanese and American wagyu beef (raw samples are displayed for your edification), along with good old USDA prime and sides that are a decadent cut above the usual steakhouse offerings. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner in addition to a bar and lounge. 99 Church St., New York, 646.880.1995

“I think of this as Old New York modernized,” said chef Tom Colicchio in describing his latest, Fowler & Wells. Set in an 1883 landmark atrium, the setting is robber baron-plush: Oriental rugs, studded leather and velvet, stained timbers and stained glass. The French-American cuisine also evokes the 19th century, with such items as oysters Rockefeller, loin of lamb and tarte tatin. 5 Beekman St., New York, 212.658.1848

Rouge Tomate Chelsea
Amberjack fish at Rouge Tomate Chelsea (©Evan Sung)

Made with natural fresh juices, house-brewed teas and biodynamic wines, even the cocktails seem healthy at Rouge Tomate, whose veggie-heavy cuisine coaxes layers of flavors from the simplest of sustainable ingredients. The rustic decor is appropriately filled with greenery and reclaimed wood throughout. 126 W. 18th St., New York, 646.395.3978

Half-palazzo, half-atrium, Sistina offers a 100 percent elegant dining experience—the sort of place where water glasses are promptly refilled and dirty dishes unobtrusively whisked away. The refined menu presents a mix of lightened-up Italian classics and novelties, with an emphasis on seafood. 24 E. 81st St., New York, 212.861.7660

The ideal place to indulge your inner child (along with the actual ones), Sugar Factory specializes in over- the-top desserts and 60-oz. goblets of drinks. But there are plenty of solid American eats, too, including pizzas from a café in front of the restaurant, with shiny, coffee-shop-on-steroids decor (including a working carousel). 1991 Broadway, New York 

A café within a butcher shop—sounds crazy, no? But when the brains behind it include chef April Bloomfield, who introduced NYC to the gastropub, attention must be paid. Adorned with charts of meats and knives, intimate (38-seat) White Gold offers three squares a day, though only dinner—which features meat-centric mains and vegetable sides—has full table service. 375 Amsterdam Ave., New York, 212.362.8731