This October, R+Co’s ELECTRIC HOUSE will bring you enough high-voltage theatrics and education to last a lifetime. But while you’re not being transported into the future of hair at ELECTRIC HOUSE, you’ll likely be roaming the streets of Manhattan in search of food, shopping and culture. We asked R+Co co-founders Howard McLaren, Garren and Thom Priano to share their favorite under-the-radar NYC haunts so you can enjoy some of what makes this city electric.
Howard’s favorite NYC spots:
LES COLEMAN SKATEPARK
A local spot for New Yorkers who like their kickflips served with a side of grinding, this Chinatown skatepark plays host to an eclectic crowd—you might even spot Howard’s kids “thrashing the ledges”!
THE FRICK COLLECTION
Housed in one of the last remaining Gilded Age mansions on Fifth Avenue, this art collection boasts masterpieces from such greats as Rembrandt, Vermeer and Whistler in a one-of-a-kind intimate setting.
MISSION CHINESE FOOD
Come for the beyond tasty food and theatrics: When servers deliver the Beggar’s Duck dish, baked in clay and lotus leaves, they crack it open right before your eyes using a large mallet.
WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND
Taking high-end luxury consignment to another level, this arm of the wildly popular vintage store doles out New York City’s finest cast-offs in a bougie townhouse.
Perfect for inspiration seekers, this East Village bookstore deals in used and rare art and photography books placed at random throughout the space, forcing visitors to thumb through books they might never have sought out.
Thom + Garren’s favorite NYC spots:
Suspended above Manhattan’s concrete jungle, this former New York Central Railroad has been remade into a 1.45-mile walking trail that offers wild greenery and revolving art exhibits to peruse.
Walk this iconic bridge and savor one of the best views of the Manhattan skyline around.
JOE’S PIZZA ON 7 CARMINE STREET
Considered a Greenwich Village institution, this pizzeria promises to skip the “fancy pants pies” in favor of tried-and-true slices inspired by owner Pino “Joe” Pozzuoli’s Naples, Italy, upbringing.
Perpetually busy, this tiny Cuban eatery will convert anyone into a lover of Mexican-style corn—trust.
Enjoy an Aussie-style hamburger—ground beef mixed with finely chopped peppers and onions, topped with a fried egg, beet slivers and roasted pineapple—or any one of its scrumptious “brekkie” (read: breakfast) plates at this all-day Soho spot.
HIGH TEA AT THE PLAZA HOTEL
You’ll never feel more fabulous than when sipping tea (and champagne, should you choose!) and munching on petite pastries in the Plaza Hotel’s storied The Palm Court. The stained-glass ceiling alone is worth the visit.
HEALTH TRAIL @ 23 PELL STREET
Run by Dr. Simon, this no-frills acupuncture and massage spot in Chinatown delivers the type of rubdowns that are not for the faint of heart (read: painful) yet leave customers feeling like new for weeks on end.
Sure, you can stop by this Chinatown shop for tea service, but it’s the tea-infused libations (think: cinnamon apple tea-infused whiskey + ginger honey + lemon juice + flamed lemon) that are the true draw.
DEATH AND CO
Considered one of the most influential bars in today’s modern cocktail scene, this mixology-focused bar is a must for diehard cocktail enthusiasts. Plus, it stocks super rare, aged brown liquors for discerning drinkers.
PDT, short for Please Don’t Tell, plays to the speakeasy idea in the best way: You must enter the hidden gem through a vintage phone booth within East Village’s famed Crif Dogs hotdog joint. Naturally, you can sip libations while ordering from Crif’s—and the combo (deep-friend dogs + tequila?) is especially tasty after midnight.
Inspired by 19th century Parisian absinthe dens, this stunning cocktail bar acts as chemist, serving up libations as though they’re prescriptions to your ailments.
Find secondhand treasures of the sartorial kind at this affordable consignment store.
NYC’s answer to a shopping mall, this beyond-hip indoor marketplace in the Meatpacking District pulls together food stalls, home goods and fashion for those who are looking to burn a little cash.
Where to stay (we have an R+Co room block!):
THE REFINERY HOTEL
If the hotel’s 1920s vibe (it was a former millinery factory) doesn’t instantly charm you, its various watering holes will. Intimate Winnie’s Jazz Bar serves up prohibition-style cocktails to sip while you take in nightly jazz performances while the open-air Refinery Rooftop bar and restaurant offers unsurpassed views of the Empire State Building and Midtown Manhattan.
Still haven't purchased your tickets to ELECTRIC HOUSE? Get the details below—and see you soon in New York City.
When: October 6th, 2019
Where: Stage 48, 605 W 48th St, New York, NY 10036
Tickets: $300 and up
Tickets available HERE