Newish SoHo arrivals: Treasure and Bond and The Dutch: shop and eat the best

My tip for a pleasant morning: stroll down West Broadway… First, stop and shop at one of the best curated stores I’ve ever been to (except Merci in Paris, as my Italian friend points out). Meet Treasure & Bond, a boutique that displays the best picks in home décor, accessories, and apparel for all.

The staff is always helpfully standing by, and curiously, 80% of them are green eyed girls who wear abundant mascara (I asked: Dior). So, not only are the sales ladies nice on the eyes, also friendly, no fuss here. Besides, you can count this as philanthropical retail therapy: 100% of their quarterly profits are donated to New York City's non-profits that help children in the NYC area.

Don’t miss the light-flooded second floor.

Treasure & Bond, 350 West Broadway between Broome and Grand 646 669 9049

After the delightful experience of browsing through beautiful things, you might get hungry. But before I give you my second tip, take a peek at Lumas next door.

Great concept: art photography from professionals around the world for affordable prices. Nicely mounted on acrylic frames.

Second stop: The Dutch, just a block north. Very friendly staff here as well. The delicious pork sandwich is practically devoured in a few seconds by any customer who orders it. “Is this from the same owner as Batlhazar?” my italian friend legitimately asks. Nope, not Keith McNally, but you could think so from the Pastis like (and all others) décor: white tiles, French bistro vibe, old mirrors, vintage lighting. The Dutch is co-owned by Locanda Verde’s Andrew Carmellini. Now that I do a little bit of research, The New York Times defines the athmosphere of one of Sam Sifton’s (their food critic at the time) as: “A Balthazar for Generations X and Y, a “21” Club for post-Reagan youth”, So, good eye, amica!

131 Sullivan Street (Prince Street), (212) 677-6200

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