ALEXANDRIA GEISLER is determined to make travel fashionable. Or at least, to learn about where to eat, shop, and stay from the most fashionable people around. As the founder of Citiphile—a website dedicated to creating city guides through the eyes of the accomplished tastemakers that live in them—Geisler has created a whole new way to travel.
The New York-native began her career in the fashion world, working at Alexander Wang, assisting Mary-Kate Steinmiller at Teen Vogue and reporting at WWD in Los Angeles, spending time with the industry’s most stylish individuals. However, on a quick 24-hour trip to London, she found herself at a loss when it came to finding the chicest, best spots to sip, dine, and stay. “I thought to myself, if I knew Stella McCartney’s favorite date spot, that’s where we’d go,” she explained. “Why? Because among leading voices in design— whether it be fashion, art or architecture—there is usually an implicit level of taste.” Fast-forward, and Geisler, who imbues a certain level of taste herself—she describes her style as “Santa Fe pottery teacher meets elderly Japanese woman. I’m drawn to airy, easy fabrics, tailored construction and minimalist design,” launched Citiphile. At two years old, the site covers a variety of destinations, and has featured Arthur Elgort, Prabal Gurung, Stefano Tonchi, Cass Bird, Inez & Vinoodh and Alexandra Richards (to name a few). Future plans include an international launch curating major cities like Milan, London and Paris, as well as vacation destinations as exotic as Patagonia and Vietnam. “The idea is to change the way people travel forever— providing up-to-date, extremely edited recommendations from the credible, leading voices who frequent any given place.” Here, she shares her newest favorite locales in her hometown, New York City.
From the owners of Smith & Mills and Navy, this new Tribeca spot has quickly become my neighborhood standby. It’s a charming little place with exposed brick, a tiny bar and a menu of seasonal sharing plates. It feels distinctly European in that cozy, let-us-linger kind of way which is exactly what I want for a date night come winter.
Yves, 385 Greenwich St, NY. PH: 212-431-3385
Dan Kluger is one of my favorite chefs in New York (he and Dan Barber are what I like to call “New York’s farm-to-table whisperers”), and I’ve been patiently waiting for him to open his own solo project ever since he left ABC Kitchen two years ago. Thankfully, the time has almost come: Loring Place should be opening on 8th Street in Greenwich Village within the next few weeks!
Loring Place, 21 W 8th St, New York.
One of my favorite plant and flower shops, Sprout Home just opened in a bigger space in Williamsburg and their assortment of hip, potted succulents and organically arranged bouquets make the perfect holiday hostess gifts around this time of year. I’m hoping to attend their centerpiece and wreath-making classes next month for a little DIY decorating— their stunning wreaths feature unique touches like succulents, autumn foliage and berries!
Sprout Home, 59 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY
The highly anticipated re-opening of this 1920’s watering hole (it was one of the very first speakeasies in NYC) didn’t disappoint when my fiancé and I dined there last week. It was one of Fitzgerald’s favorite hangouts so it didn’t really need to be great to attract a crowd (they’d come for the gimmick), but the food really impressed us. The steak tartare may be my favorite in the city and their grilled trout with roasted pumpkin and shishito peppers truly couldn’t have been better; we’re planning to return soon.
Chumley's, 86 Bedford St, New York.
A “New Age ’70s Mexican diner” from the former chef of LES favorite El Rey Coffee Bar has me very curious to say the least. Lalo just opened in Chinatown this week and its menu of roasted vegetables (think mole cucumber, braised pumpkin and vegan Caesar) mixed with its large-format carnitas looks very promising…
Lalo, 104 Bayard St, New York. PH: 646-998-3406