OPI Eats: A Weekend in NYC with The Demeler
Nothing kicks off a New York City weekend like a good brunch. And while Manhattan is loaded with mouth-watering spots, my favorite is in Brooklyn. On the border of Williamsburg and Greenpoint sits Five Leaves: A popular Australian restaurant and Heath Ledger’s brainchild before his death. While everything on the menu is amazing, I always go for the ricotta pancakes with fruits and maple syrup butter. Because, well, look at that thing.
If you’re going to Five Leaves on a weekend, you’re probably in for a long wait. I’m talking over an hour. (But it’s worth it!) That’s just enough time to head down to Bedford Avenue and pop into Primp and Polish for a manicure. Even though I live in Manhattan, I always come here for any nail appointment. With a clean, minimalist design and an outdoor pedicure garden, it’s the perfect zen escape. I got a mani in the color “I Cannoli Wear OPI.” And by the time my nails were dry, our table was ready!
So you’ve got your nails and your pancakes, now it’s time to head over to SoHo for some shopping. My favorite boutique is Totokaelo. This five-floor store has all the best brands under one roof—Margiela, Rick Owens, Acne Studios, etc. But you can always count on finding something new. Maybe a new Japanese designer you’ve never heard of before, or a new read plopped on the shelf.
Just a few blocks down is one of the most interesting (and enviable) stores in Manhattan: The Apartment by the Line. An inconspicuous elevator ride takes you to the third floor and into your dream NYC apartment. Best of all, everything in the apartment is for sale. From the art on the walls, to the bath robe hanging behind the door, to the clothes folded in the drawers. Sometimes I like to go there just to chill. The friendly salespeople hand you a cup of tea and you can just plop down on one of their Scandinavian chairs and feel at home. Granted I only live one block away, but sometimes I like to go and pretend I live at The Line.
So the day is winding down, and you probably need a little pick-me-up. Head to my favorite SoHo coffee shop, Happy Bones. This little hole-in-the-wall café serves up some of the best coffee in the city. And it’s every Instagrammers dream. I love the marble tables, pouring light, and white brick interior. So take a well-deserved break, and don’t forget to snap a photo!
Lily Montasser is the founder and editor of Demeler. As an experimental writer and lifelong lover of fashion, she created Demeler as an outlet to share personal style, travel, inspiration and experiences.