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November 5th, 2015

What’s hot in New York City right now!

Sometimes we like to step away from the stresses of a busy business and have some fun. Our team in New York has given us a down-low on what’s buzzing right now in the city! From Shopping to Eating, check out the full report.

The Festive Season is upon us, gifts for him; presents for her; treats for you! One of the best cities in the world for holiday shopping is New York City, where you can find absolutely everything you need, from exclusive designer lines to unique quirky gifts. And, of course, you’ll want to take a break now and then, to have lunch in a rooftop restaurant or enjoy a modern cocktail in a slick city bar.

Quintessentially People has an office in New York and we’re always on the lookout for new shops, bars, eateries and experiences, as well as enjoying the classics. So here are our top tips for this year’s New York City holiday shopping:

Designer stores

Tom Ford

No-one seems to go to New York without heading to Madison Avenue and checking out Tom Ford. Winning countless fans during his time at Gucci, his signature own-label store has been open here since 2007, selling men’s and women’s lines, accessories and cosmetics. It’s a deliciously-designed store and, with three appointment-only suit salons, you should book ahead if you want to take advantage of his bespoke service.

841 Madison Avenue.

Tory Burch

If you’re on Madison, you’re probably checking into a range of fabulous designer stores, and you shouldn’t miss Tory Burch. Still as popular as ever, after almost selling out all her stock on the first day her store opened, she has famous fans, including Oprah Winfrey, and walking into her bold, chic store is a breath of fresh air.

797 Madison Avenue.

Department stores

Saks Fifth Avenue

If this is your first time in New York, you need to head for Saks Fifth Avenue, just to say you’ve been. And if you’re returning for another bout of holiday shopping, where better to go than one of New York’s classic department stores? Saks holds a wide range of domestic and European designer lines, alongside everything else you need, and just wandering around the beautifully-designed and decorated floors just before the holidays is sure to get you in the spirit.

611 Fifth Avenue.


An American shopping legend, Macy’s is where you head for high street labels and affordable designer brands. If you’re lucky, you may find a bargain or three, and you might also find some new USA-grown brands that suit your style.

151 W. 34th Street.



Can anyone really come back from a holiday shopping trip to New York City without a Tiffany box? The simple answer to that is ‘No!’ – And because Tiffany has a wide range of jewellery and collectibles, you don’t necessarily have to break the bank either. The store is welcoming to all shoppers and there is plenty of choice, so if you know someone who would love to open a little blue box this holiday season, this is the place for you.

727 Fifth Avenue.


We could point you in the direction of several cool, contemporary jewellery stores, but if we have to pick one, it’s Catbird, which is in the trendy Williamsburg district of Brooklyn. It has a bit of a cult following and stocks pieces by a range of contemporary jewellery and accessory designers as well as its own brand. Well worth a visit.

219 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn.



If you’re going to visit an Apple store, this is the one to choose – for lots of reasons. First, it’s cool. Very cool. With a huge glass cube on the plaza outside the door, this huge underground temple of tech is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In the city that never sleeps, it’s the store that never closes. Its Genius bar is where you can take your Apple issues and speak to an in-store genius who can help, and you’ll be right at home amongst the tech fans.

767 Fifth Avenue

B&H Photo-Video

Regularly making New York’s ‘Best of…’ lists, B&H Photo-Video is one of those giant tech stores where you can buy pretty much everything. So whether you just need a new camera bag, or you’re looking for hard-to-find film or the latest in accessories, this is the place to go.

420 9th Avenue.


Weighed down with bags? Need a break? Head for the Holiday Cocktail Lounge, a bar that’s been around for a while, but has just had a fantastic face-lift. Chesterfield-style banquettes line the panelled room, the front of which is reserved for live music, and the updated cocktail list will keep you busy for a long time.

75 St. Marks Place.

And if you need to eat, there are a couple of places we’d recommend. Eataly is a market-style collection of restaurants and also has a café and beer garden. Choose where you’d like to eat and make a night of it!

200 5th Avenue.

If you’re thinking of splashing out on fine dining, try The 21 Club. It has a fantastic reputation for its food and has recently relaxed its dress code – you still won’t get in with jeans or trainers, but you don’t have to wear a tie. A favourite with New York foodies – book well ahead to make sure you get a table.

21 West 52nd Street.