The model, at least in my world, has long outranked the celebrity in terms of go-to lifestyle and street style inspiration. When it comes to New York recommendations, the model is the ultimate source. In most cases, they actually live in the city and maintain a relatively normal lifestyle sans paparazzi (unless, of course, you are Karlie, Gigi, or Kendall).
Next time you're in the city, check out some of these model-approved addresses:
- The Butcher's Daughter
Kenmare Street, Nolita
Try the Water Flower or an elixir shot.
2nd Avenue, East Village
Try the Killer XXX or go for aloe water instead.
- The Pressed Juicery
At Equinox gyms, other locations coming soon
Buy a barrel full of Matcha & Hemp
- Juice Press
Locations in Manhattan & Brooklyn
Always pick The Fountain of Youth.
W. 20th Street, Flatiron
The most chic fitness boxing studio.
- Tone House
E. 17th Street, Union Square
This athletic-based fitness studio is known for providing the toughest workouts in the city.
A low-impact workout that is relaxing, effective, and led by prime Victoria's Secret trainer Justin Gelband as well as Vanessa Packer. Notable clients include Karlie Kloss, Martha Hunt, and Miranda Kerr.
- Ballet Beautiful
Take one of the amazing, ballet-inspired classes developed by Mary Helen Bowers. They tend to be closer to real ballet exercises than your typical barre class.
Canal Street, Chinatown
Healthy, minimalist dishes such as blood orange winter salads and nori wraps.
- Momofuku Milk Bar
E. 13th Street, East Village
The David Chang-owned, Christina Tosi-run restaurant which partnered with Karlie Kloss to make Karlie's Kookies.
- Locanda Verde
Greenwich Street, Tribeca
Located relatively close to some of the NYFW shows, Robert de Niro's restaurant is a frequent choice for models and editors alike. If you go for breakfast, try Karolina Kurkova's favorite dish---scrambled eggs with crostini.
- The Smile
Bond Street, NoHo
Someone referred to this as "Cracker Barrel for models", which seems accurate considering the homey decor and frequent visits from Karlie Kloss, Gigi Hadid, and Iman. It doesn't hurt that the modelling agency One Management is nearby.