What’s New in NYC?

Our annual roundup of the latest in cool restaurants, shops and shows

“Life begins all over again in the fall,” F. Scott Fitzgerald once wrote. Here are a few ways we begin again this September.

FOOD AND DRINK

Kyma restaurant

With its white walls decorated with terra-cotta objects, blond woods and sun-bleached linens, Kyma feels like dining on a private Greek island. The menu is a feast of seafood and fish, along with simply grilled or seared specialties (must-haves: the halloumi and the sesame-encrusted feta with figs). Taco Electrico pulsates with neon lights and bright hues of orange, pink and periwinkle. The casual subterranean space serves up a small-plates menu featuring corn fritters, guacamole with super-thick chips, and stuffed tacos—to go with margaritas, sangria and several types of tequila. If you prefer heartier fare, Bistro Pierre Lapin coddles guests from the start, with bread baskets accompanied by butter, cheese, olives and pâté. Dishes include roast chicken and côte de boeuf, meant for sharing. The decor of cabbage-rose-patterned wallpaper and fabric-covered wood banquettes, and the mismatched floral china and Parisian silverware augment the sense of a cozy home. Classic cuisine and decor are also themes at Kaikagetsu, from the Hida region of Japan. The menu, offering à la carte and kaiseki (set dinners), features meats and vegetables fire-roasted on magnolia leaves, broths and house-made tofu, all in a woodsy, black and white setting adorned with knickknacks. 

Taco Electrico

Finally, if you are looking for liquid pleasures, try The Polynesian, a tiki lounge atop The Pod Hotel 42. There is a beamed ceiling, Gauguin-like artwork, plenty of palms and wood carvings, and rum-heavy cocktails flavored with herbs and spices.

SHOP
Digital shopping sites can’t stop the opening of brick-and-mortar stores. Alo Yoga’s sleek venue carries the brand’s sleek, glossy athleisure styles—and also holds yoga classes. If you like the idea of designer handbags at substantial discounts (who doesn’t), then Rebag’s flagship will seem a purse paradise. The compact shop features pre-owned but near-pristine models from the likes of Hermès, Vuitton and Chanel, arranged by color on the stark white shelves.

Tiny Twain Time sells restored high-end watches and vintage jewelry in premises adorned with black and gold fixtures and art, like Dalí melting clock sculptures. 

The latest addition to the NYC department door scene is Nordstrom—three light-filled stories of menswear and accessories, with several in-store boutiques unique to this branch. 

 

Nordstrom Men's Store

 

Step back in time, through blue and wine velvet curtains, into the NYC Barber Shop Museum, where—amid chandeliers, gilt-corniced walls and Empire-style chests—you can indulge in a haircut, straight-razor shave and head massage, seated in a 1920s hydraulic chair, while learning about the vintage tools displayed around you. You can buy shaving cream and shampoo from the proprietary line, too.

The wall of the NYC Barber Shop Museum

Hesperios is a bright, contemporary lifestyle space that invites visitors to sit on a mod Windsor chair at one of the white marble-top Parsons tables, and scan one of the new or vintage art books or magazines for sale, while nibbling Scandinavian cheeses, Japanese pastries and tea from the café. Also on offer: luxurious glass and ceramic housewares, prints, stationery, and colorful wool and cotton knits for him, her and baby.

MUST-SEE BROADWAY THIS SEASON

 

Janet McTeer, starring in “Bernhardt/Hamlet”

Bernhardt/Hamlet—One of the most eagerly anticipated premieres is playwright Theresa Rebeck’s riff on an actual 1899 production—when legendary French actress Sarah Bernhardt defied custom and gender to play “Hamlet” (played in this adaptation by Tony Award-winning British actress Janet McTeer)

The Lifespan of a Fact—Based on actual, recent events about the seven-year tussle over a magazine article between its author (Bobby Cannavale, of “Boardwalk Empire”) and a fact-checker hired to verify it (Daniel Radcliffe, of “Harry Potter” film franchise fame).

The Nap—You don’t have to understand snooker—a British type of pool—to appreciate the dilemma faced here by the young hero, a player who gets mixed up in a tournament-fixing scheme.

The Wavery GalleryThe elderly heroine faces the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, in this painful, improbably funny work by Kenneth Lonergan, who wrote and directed the Oscar-winning “Manchester by the Sea.”

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