I lived in Tribeca & Chinatown for 10 years! Thankfully, in that time, the coffee game picked up, so now you can enjoy flat white to your heart's content!
If you're not already super-excited about an upcoming New York adventure, download 'Empire State of Mind' by Jay Z and Alicia Keys and rock out! PLAY IT LOUD! It's the most exciting, energy-filled city in the world.
These are my rules for shopping/exploring New York City:
1. I detest backtracking in NYC. This is a habit I picked up while styling, so I created 'loops of interest' from start to finish. These allow you to pick up where you left off or, if you are fast-paced like me, complete in one day,
2. Food for me is fuel and part of the NYC experience. Fuel stops must be included in loop of NYC (slash every long-form international shopping destination) as shopping can become exhausting.
3. Every day must begin with a coffee and snack for me. After years of the worst coffee in the world, NYC has picked up its game and has a few fabulous baristas in town, thank God!
4. Take notes on the architecture, manholes, graffiti, shop signage and general street life and personalities. It is all part of the process and there are endless NYC experiences.
P.S. There is nothing wrong with a long, boozy lunch...