NYC Diaries: 10 Things I Loved in New York This WeekBy Angelica Malin
If you follow me on Instagram, you might have spotted that I’m living in New York at the moment. I thought it would be handy to keep a weekly diary of all the things I’m loving in the city right now, from workouts to delicious eats. Here’s my top picks for fun things to do in New York at the moment:
My favourite place to workout in the city yet. Pure Barre invites everybody to join a total-body fitness experience – their bespoke group classes focus on low-impact, small movements that strengthen and tone your entire body in 50 minutes or less.
It’s a hard workout but an enjoyable one – and you come away feeling stronger and invigorated. A great way to start the day! My favourite studio so far is the Union Square branch, but they have them throughout the city.
New York can be pretty chaotic at the best of times, so if you’re looking for a spot of calm in the chaos, then head to Park Hyatt New York for an afternoon of pampering. I loved spending some time at their luxurious Rossano Ferretti Hairspa on the 25th floor, with sweeping views of the city skyline, and watching the exceptional colourist Kristina Noto at work. Full review on About Time soon.
Is this the best lunch I’ve had in NYC yet? Most certainly. The Hummus & Pita Co is the kind of place I wish we had in London; the fresh, delicious hummus bar offers up homemade bowls, wraps and salad. I love the DIY concept – you build your lunch exactly how you want it. I devoured the most incredible bowl with vegan meatballs (they are made in-house and honestly so soft and tender), jalapeno hummus, fattoush, the best babaganoush, aubergines with spicy tomato sauce, beetroot and fluffiest pitta.
Also try the Chickpea Chiller – it’s a delicious milkshake with banana, date, tahini and chickpeas, sounds so wrong, tastes so right. I’m drooling just thinking about it. The restaurant is super reasonably priced too. A must-visit when you’re in NYC.
Lure Fishbar is sexy, I’ll give you that. Located on a buzzy sidestreet in Soho, it’s the perfect place for after-work cocktails and light Japanese bites. Their crispy rice with tuna is probably the best thing I’ve eaten in New York; it’s not cheap, but so worth it, especially when paired with some of their sublime Lychee Martinis. The perfect way to while away a summer’s evening in the city.
I love Chelsea Market; it’s vibrant, buzzy and full of delicious eats, such as Los Tacos No. 1, one of the best taco stalls in the city. For a very reasonable $12, you can get a delicious taco lunch, featuring a range of options, including meat and veggie tacos. My personal favourite? The Pollo Asado chicken tacos (go for the corn tortilla option for the most authentic experience) and the Nopal cactus tacos are both stand-out. There’s usually a queue, but it’s well worth the wait.
I recently joined WeWork in New York (they have a great summer offer that’s half-price for 3 months) and have enjoyed seeing the city via different workspaces. I’ve worked everywhere from Brooklyn Navy Yards to the Upper West. This week I stumbled on my favourite workspace yet; SaksWorks in the Financial District is the workspace of dreams, it’s beautifully designed, with lots of natural lights, plants, charming staff and views of the water. Located in trendy Brookfield Place, there’s great shopping nearby, a bustling food court and it feels pretty peaceful for Manhattan, right by the water (there’s a ferry to the Upper East if you want to travel in style). If you’re working remotely, I highly recommend.
I love matcha. I love this city’s obsession with matcha. The best matcha latte I’ve had yet is at Cha Cha Matcha; they have branches all over the city, but I picked up an oat milk one at their Broome Street branch. House favourites are the Nitro Latte – nitro infused matcha with coconut milk and almond and their Matcha Chai – with homemade chai, matcha and milk. Banging.
F45 is a community-based functional workout that really breaks a sweat. The workouts vary everyday, from pure strength training to cardio sessions and HIIT. It’s a workout like none other, and I was excited to try the NYC version, having been a loyal fan in London. It did not disappoint – I went to their Lower East Side branch and enjoyed a lunchtime workout with around 10 other people – it felt bespoke and personal, and it was great to train collectively and bring that community spirit.
I love the team mentality at F45 – it creates this spirits of physically and mentally challenging yourself together. The workout itself was challenging but enjoyable; a mixture of dumbbells, kettlebells, bodyweight exercises and TRX, completed in a 45-minute session. Get a week’s trial here.
OK, so I’m obsessed with Rumble Boxing. I slightly dread it because I know it’s such a hard workout, but afterwards I feel bloody fantastic. It’s a workout unlike anything I’ve tried in London; a 45-minute class that switches between boxing and strength training, all performed in rounds, with blasting music, low-lighting and a club-like atmosphere. It’s a seriously sweaty workout but a great stress release, with lots of focus on boxing technique too.
It’s kind of like going to a nightclub, but the hangover replaced with feeling epic afterwards. I went to the location in the Financial District, but they have locations throughout the city (I use Classpass for my workouts – use my code here for a free trial). You’ll have to rent gloves and buy wraps if you don’t have them FYI!
Kyma brings the vibe of a traditional Greek taverna to NYC. The menu is inspired by the sun-drenched islands of Greece, with decor inspired by Mykonos and the best produce from Greece, including fresh fish is flown in daily from the Mediterranean. The food is out-of-this-world, it’s really very special and has a great atmosphere if you’re looking for a vibrant night out in the city. Sit at the bar and enjoy a Lychee Martini, before devouring a selection of Crudo, appetisers (the Shrimp Santorini is so good) and don’t leave without trying their Lobster Pasta, it’s famous for a reason.
One for luck…
I went to stand-up comedy on my own. Isn’t that the most grown-up thing you’ve ever heard?! But honestly it was so great and I forgot I was alone about 3 minutes in. It was bloody hilarious and I saw a great range of comedians. A very New Yorker thing to do and I highly recommend the experience – you can book tickets to Comedy Cellar here.