BROOKFIELD PLACE – DOWNTOWN CITY GUIDE

Living in New York City, I am always on the hunt for a new hot spot to hang out, grab a drink, or bite to eat. When Matt was first out of law school, he worked for a big firm downtown in a large complex of several connected sky scrappers, known at the time as the World Financial Center. Back then, there were a few nice restaurants, but not really too much to see or do, so we always found ourselves hanging out further uptown.  Matt left this particular firm several years ago and so I really had no reason to check out this complex along the Hudson. But just recently, I headed down that way and was been blown away by the progress and how this area became this beautiful, trendy destination for locals and city-goers, known now as Brookfield Place.

You all know I love writing travel guides, especially ones that are about my own city, so I am going to lay out this post as I do those so it is simple and easy to navigate. Plus there is actually so much to see and do in Brookfield Place that it feels like a small city in and of itself! As always, let me know if you have any additional questions about NYC or this area in particular, I always love hearing from you guys!

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WHERE EXACTLY IS BROOKFIELD PLACE?

Located in Lower Manhattan’s Battery Park City and surrounded by several subway lines. With the new Fulton Street Subway Station now up and running, you don’t even have to go outside to get into Brookfield Place. For those of you coming from outside the city, the PATH train and ferry are right there as well.

If it is your first time visiting, I found this map to be extremely helpful with navigating the lay of the land. Keep in mind they have a street level and level 2.

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WHAT TO DO

Explore! – When you first arrive, you will be welcomed by the gorgeous Winter Garden with glass walls and ceilings filled with palm trees, overlooking the waterfront. It is sort of one of those moments where you have to remind yourself you are still in NYC. Whether you are checking things out on your own or meeting friends for  bite to eat make sure to allow yourself some extra time to walk around.

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Shopping – If you are in need of some retail therapy (aren’t we all?), Brookfield Place is known for the height of luxury shopping. From Club Monaco (my fav) to Burberry (and even some Lululemon), you will be able to find what you are looking for. A little fun fact about the Club Monaco and J.Crew in Brookfield Place is that they are both concept stores! This means that they get seasonal products a month or so before any other stores. You’re not only shopping at the best stores, you’re getting the best of their collection. I actually was blown away by the selection, they even have a Saks (am I the only one who thought the only Saks in NYC was on Fifth Ave?!) If retail therapy isn’t your thing, Drybar is also located right inside so you can grab a quick blow-out to-go! If only this was here when Matt worked down here, my wallet would be a little lighter, but I would have visited him all the time!

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Accessories I am wearing + where to find them inside:

Black cross-body bag + black poof bag: DVF

Both scarves: Paul Smith

Perfume: Hermes (another fun fact: the Hermes perfumery is the only one of its kind. It is the only Hermes perfumery in the world!)

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Enjoy coffee by the water – With endless coffee shops to choose from, I always enjoy grabbing a cup to go and heading outdoors, if at all possible. Throughout the day ships are coming in and out which makes for the perfect backdrop. You can even see Lady Liberty and Ellis Island off in the distance.

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WHERE TO EAT

Where to even begin?! I am confident I could spend an entire day eating my way through Brookfield Place (and may have just done that when shooting this post).

Hudson Eats (upstairs) – If looking for a quick grab and go, no waiter, type of meal, this area is for you. Located right up the escalator in the Winter Garden, you walk into a large space packed with familiar lunch spots (Mighty Quinn’s BBQ, Digg Inn, Chop’t and so much more) and really rustic/modern decor. If you grab a seat all the way in the rear, you almost feel as if you are in a tree house as you look out onto the tops of trees and the water in the distance. Make sure you stop at Sprinkle’s cupcakes on your way out for desert and if you have a dog don’t forget to pick up one of their pup-cakes!

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Le District – Located on the bottom floor of the Winter Garden you are invited to pick a seat right up at some of the counters or you can take your food to go and eat outside or back upstairs.

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Tartinery – Small bites and light fare, a tiny place to grab something to eat or a juice right along the water. Just be mindful of the time of year, as they close once the weather gets too chilly.

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Amada – A must! We actually had our rehearsal dinner here, but at the Philadelphia location. We are so excited to have one now in the city and it is on our docket as an option for our anniversary dinner. The food is incredible (tapas style) and I love the warm and inviting atmosphere of the one in Brookfield Place which offers both indoor and outdoor seating.

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Brasserie – Offers an indoor and outdoor option. Perfect place for a cocktail and small bite or a sit down meal.

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A big thanks to Brookfield Place for partnering on this post!