ONYC - Lauren:
- Chances are you won't be living there forever, so try everything once
- Be rude and dismissive
- Be overly friendly and helpful
- Love the buzz
- Plan your escape
- Be open
- Don't take it personally
- Look up
Lauren's morning fuel - Ludlow Coffee Supply
Sarah's lunch on the go - Chelsea Market
Sarah's pit stop coffee - Kobrick Coffee
Lauren's Rooftop Cocktail - Mr Purple
SH: Here in Melbourne we're big on brunch. What makes the top three on your list of favourite brunch spots in NYC?
Lauren: Sadelles, Two Hands, Roebling Tea Room
Sarah: Egg Shop, Five Leaves, Soho House Weekend Feast.
SH: Do you have any secret shopping destinations off the beaten track?
Lauren: Depends what you’re shopping for! Williamsburg is hardly off the beaten track, but right on my block on Grand St there is a gorgeous nursery and florist, a handmade jewellery store, an amazing coffee shop and a designer kids boutique.
Sarah: I’m not sure there are many true “secrets” of New York, but maybe an unexpected gem for me was Uniqlo Supima tees, socks and underwear! I also love Dear Rivington on Great Jones, it’s off the main traffic streets in Noho and feels like a gallery - it's just an inspiring space to wander into and look around.
SH: So let's get down to the seriously important stuff - New York food! What is a must to try when visiting NYC?
Lauren: NYC, the home to food fads! There’s always something to try. Right now it’s matcha soft serves and poke bowls. I would probably go old school and try a pastrami sandwich from Mile End Deli as well, a smoked salmon bagel from Russ & Daughters, or a pizza slice from Prince St Pizza.
Sarah: I have a list I give to people to try and have at least once, there are many more, but I think these are kind of “must do” items: a doughnut , a Joe’s pizza slice, a burger (fancy – Minetta Tavern, dirty – Shake Shack), a hot dog – (from the street or at a Yankees game), tacos, and a bagel with cream cheese.
SH: When it's time to burn off the burgers and bagels, is there work out fads too?
Lauren: I wouldn’t have a clue! I used to be a gym junkie, I loved mixing up classes from yoga to kickboxing, there was this awesome dance class I loved. I now power walk my baby around the neighborhood like five times a day and hope that does something.
Sarah: Anything on Class Pass. I had heard a lot about Fhitting Room but it books out consistently! I tried it last week and left on such a high, feeling like I’d just been at a club dancing with my friends for an hour (and worked out big time!).
*(Note from the editor: in case you were wondering, Fhitting Room isn't a typo - it's called that)
SH: When it comes to visiting NYC, there's always the anticipation of spotting a celeb! Where should we be hanging out in the hopes of spotting the likes of Beyonce or Gigi Hadid?
Lauren: There’s a ton of places to spot celebrities, but every time I have cocktails at the Bowery Hotel or lunch at FRED’s in Barney's I spot one.
Sarah: I feel like that goes against the unspoken celebrity code in NY… not to react to celebs in the first place! To be honest I see them quite often, from getting coffee, taking dogs out to pee, having lunch, working out … the nicety of New York is that they just co-exist because we don’t make a fuss.
For more on New York living with the girls from Overt NYC stay tuned for part two of our date from the Big Apple!