Lifestyle & Parenting

Made in Manhattan

June 4, 2009

Forget springtime abroad, Manhattan is where its at for warm weekend

The sleek and chic Thompson Lower East Side is
the place to retreat after pounding the NYC pavement. We love the Lee
Friedlander light boxes over the bed, the C.O. Bigelow toiletries and
the Fellini movies on re-run in the elevators. Be sure to ask for a room
with balcony and Empire State Building view (from $259). Thompson LES,
190 Allen, New York, 877-460-8888,

Pay some Canadian respect at Shang, Susur Lees
new Asian-fusion eatery at the Thompson.Order up his infamous Singapore
Slaw ($18), followed by Mongolian Lamb Chops served with glazed bananas
and cardamom chutney ($25). Wash it all down with a couple of glasses of
sparkly Syrah and bask in your own patriotic glow. Shang, 187 Orchard,
New York, 212-260-7900,

After dinner, trot yourself over to The Back
Room. Formerly an illegal speakeasy frequented by 1920s gangsters, this
on-the-down-low bar isnt easy to get into (no sign, huge bouncer). Get
inside and youll enjoy beer served in paper bags and Proletariat
cocktails (Absinthe, Cointreau and lime juice) ($14) poured into tea
cups. The Back Room, 102 Norfolk, New York, 212-228-5098.

Our favorite mecca of throw-away fashion has
finally crossed The Pond. Topshops stateside branch is filled to the
brim with edgy goodies like gold
leather brogues
($125), copper studded trenches ($460) and a
stunning beaded Kate Moss flapper dress ($260) that would make Meyer
Lansky cry. Topshop, 478 Broadway, New York,

The New Museum carries works by edgy young
artists that will leave you stimulated, and sometimes scratching your
head. Our fave?Chu Yuns live installation of a sleeping-pill induced
woman lying in a giant white bed. The New Museum, 235 Bowery, New York,

For more tales from our Manhattan trip, check out today’s Editors’



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