ask Krystie about
café • cocktail bars • book shop • boutiques • hole in the wall • museums • dance studio • parks
What do you do and why do you do it?
I love helping brands tell their stories and activate positive change
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
Bon Iver, The Shins, Tristan Prettyman, and Norah Jones
What are the best TV shows of all time?
Sherlock, Sex & the City, Suits, The OC (S1&2), Friday Night Lights, and the first few seasons of Grey's Anatomy
Name some spots in New York that are good for a Tinder date.
Delete Tinder and meet someone in a bookstore or a coffeeshop. It happens!
Who’s your hero and where in New York would you take them out for a serious hang?
I'd take Hillary Clinton to get a tattoo at Welcome Home Studio, workout at Uplift Studios, then unwind with drinks at Butter & Scotch prepared by the nastiest female bartenders I know.
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
The sale section, always.
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
Murray Hill. Ain't nobody got time for that #brolife.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
Sitting in the park under my Rory Gilmore tree with a feminist anthology.
What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in New York and where did you get it?
Nothing is more decadent than the desserts at the Chocolate Room.
Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in New York that you particularly like?
I'm currently quite fond of Mr. Fong's (cocktail bar tucked away underneath a bridge in Chinatown).
What’s the most expensive restaurant / spa / hotel you’ve ever been to in New York? How much did it cost and what did you get there?
Eleven Madison Park: the savory black and white cookies (and the personalized city guide) were worth every penny. Everyone's experience is unique and magical.
What restaurant in New York looks crap, but the food’s amazing?
Lam Zhou for the city's best hand pulled noodles and pan fried dumplings (do yourself a favor and get a bag of 50 frozen ones for $10!).
Where can you get the best cocktail in New York? Which one do you like?
The Standing Room in Long Island City. You can't go wrong with any of them. The presentation AND craftsmanship are on point. Where else are you going to get a cocktail served in an egg shell perched in its own little nest?
Where would you take your partner in New York if you wanted to really pamper them?
Spa Castle for the authentic Korean spa experience (naked grandmas, Korean food, and all).
Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?
Hot cheetos (with ranch dip)! There's a restaurant that only serves dishes made with cheetos. It's bizarre but intriguing.
What’s the one place you think is overrated in New York?
Dominque Ansel Bakery - no dessert is worth waking up at the crack of dawn for.
What’s the one place you think is underrated in New York?
Sushi Katsuei (best omakase under $100) in Park Slope and the West Village
What are the New York spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
In terms of sights: the glass lookout on the High Line, walking across the Brooklyn Bridge, catching the sunset behind the Manhattan skyline from a Brooklyn rooftop, drinks at the top of the Standard, and tanning in Sheep's Meadow in Central Park.
Tomorrow’s your last day in New York. How do you spend it?
Enjoy a leisurely coffee at my regular coffeeshop, visit my favorite indie bookstores, eat a croissant (and pick up a Nutella chocolate babka to go) from Breads Bakery, and spend the rest of the day wandering the West Village.
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
Paris because it's the only city that is beautiful to me in the rain