a bit about Natalija
What do you do and why do you do it?
I am a Graphic Designer for Michael Kors, but my true passion is food so in my spare time I eat at new cafes and restaurants and work on my food blog, The Wolf Kitchen.
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?
I've actually been pretty lucky with jobs, but my first ever job was working at a hairdresser and the worst part of that was washing people's dirty dandruffy hair. Ew.
Were you born and raised in New York? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to New York?
I am originally from Sydney Australia, but immediately fell in love with New York. The city's heart beats in the same rhythm as mine so I instantly knew this would be my new home.
What’s your current hood in New York and what’s the best/worst thing about it?
Nolita is the best! So many incredible restaurants, bars and cafes in a few amazing blocks. Worst part is on the weekends when it gets flooded with tourists doing amateur photoshoots on every corner.
What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?
My music taste is a little scattered. Love me some Kanye, J.Cole, Otis Redding, Lorde, Banks, Matt Corby. So long as I can either relax, run or dance to it I'm happy.
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
I try not to listen to music during such a fragile time because every song seems to be about love in some way or another. I might blast some Action Bronson or rap to really get my mind off things.
Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?
Seinfeld, no explanation necessary. Latest obsession is Broad City, LOVE the way they represent the 'real' New York and I get excited everytime I see them going to places I recognize.
Name some spots in New York that are good for a Tinder date.
I quite like a coffee date, so I would grab a latte from La Colombe in Soho then wander the streets until you get to Elizabeth Street Garden. A tiny garden full of sculptures, flowers and good vibes. If drinking is more your thing, Epistrophy is cute and casually romantic, or if it's a nice day the courtyard at Mulberry Project is a dream.
Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).
Who’s your hero and where in New York would you take them out for a serious hang?
So cliche, but my mum is my hero. I would take her for a wander around the West Village then stop for a beautiful lunch at Buvette. Classy yet casual, just like her.
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
Mainly in and around Soho, there are so many cute boutiques where you can find some one off pieces, and then Broadway is super close with all your main stream shops. I like a mix of old and new, cheap and chic. You can really get away with wearing anything you want in this city.
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
FiDi. No vibes, just big buildings that make me feel like I'm like I've been blasted in Honey I shrunk the kids.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
Picnic in Central Park.
Where do you go in New York for a casual night out?
Cafe Select for a wine under their ceiling of fairy lights, it always makes a casual night feel special. Then dinner at Ruby's or Kiki's.
Where would you go in New York to celebrate some freaking good news?
The Wythe Hotel just before sunset with a glass of champagne in hand. The colors are magical this time of day and I love this perspective of Manhattan.
What’s your choice of transportation in New York and why?
Subway. Even though it's filthy AF it takes me everywhere across the city and beyond. Late nights I'll use Gett, the cheaper and more friendlier car service.
What are the New York spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
A walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, shopping in the streets of Soho, bike ride in Central Park, New York Public Library then Bryant Park, Chelsea Market and the highline, an underground comedy show, Smorgasburg.
What are the New York spots tourists should run from screaming?
This isn't necessarily a 'spot', but I would avoid the tourist buses at all costs. New York is a walking city, so get on your comfy shoes and hit the streets. You will discover so much more on your own this way.
Tomorrow’s your last day in New York. How do you spend it?
Avocado toast and flat white at Two Hands, walk across Brooklyn Bridge, big lunch with all my friends at Sundays in Brookyn, then dancing the night away with margaritas at La Esquina.
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
New York, it's high energy, friendly people and ability to make you feel so excited about life is unbeatable.