Eat and Shop: Combine Retail Therapy with Tasty Meals

Once only found in large departments stores, combining shopping with dining options is increasing in popularity, and giving a whole new kind of experience to both avid cafe goers, and serious shoppers. We’re excited to share with you some of the most intriguing restaurant/dining combinations in NYC, ranging from beach wear to evening wear to books!

Tommy Bahama Restaurant
Tommy Bahama Restaurant and Bar

For A Bit Of Island Life, Head To: Tommy Bahama Restaurant and Bar

Located in Midtown Manhattan, Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar is located above their NYC store, which is filled with men and women’s clothing, perfect for refined island life. Or, since you most likely live on the island of Manhattan if you’re reading this, the clothes are perfect for NYC summer weekends spent out east in the Hamptons, or lounging around Central Park or a rooftop pool. Along with housing beautiful, beachy items, the location shines in that it is close to Broadway theaters, Grand Central Terminal, and simply perfect for Midtown East Glenwood residents who want to grab a great bite to eat. Folks living at The Belmont will love the close proximity of this store and restaurant.

Can’t miss menu items include their World Famous Coconut Shrimp, consisting of papaya-mango chutney for $18.50, Cilantro and Ginger Crusted Mahi Mahi with Crispy Furikake Rice Cake, shrimp broth, sautéed squash and carrots, and chile oil for $32, and Pina Colada Cake, with vanilla cake, Myers Dark Rum, diced pineapple, white chocolate mousse, and toasted coconut for $12. If you can’t make it to Key West this season, this is the next best place!

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For A Bit Of The Luxe Life, Head To: BG at Bergdorf Goodman

If you’re craving a shopping and dining experience that errs on the side of luxury, look no further than BG at Bergdorf Goodman in Midtown Manhattan. Situated on 5th Avenue and 58th Street, the 7th floor restaurant has fabulous views of Central Park, which you can enjoy over a leisurely lunch, afternoon tea, or dinner. The crowd here tends to be very New York-y, falling into two camps: the “ladies who lunch” scene, and the fashionistas. It makes for a meal that’s as great for people-watching as it is for eating.

Staple dishes include: the Gotham Salad (which is a legendary dish at the restaurant), including diced chicken breast, ham, gruyère, tomato, bacon, beets, hard-boiled egg, crisp lettuce, thousand island or dijon vinaigrette dressing for $28, the Truffle Chicken Salad, which is sliced tomato, butter lettuce, pecorino cheese, on a brioche bun with kettle chips for $30, and the full-on Afternoon Tea, consisting of pastries, tea sandwiches, and dammann teas, which is served daily 3:00pm – 5:00pm, making for the perfect way to break up your shopping spree.

Bergdorf Goodman is one of New York City’s most fashion forward and luxurious department stores. It first opened in 1928 (making it a true NYC mainstay), and in 1990 the men’s store opened directly across the street. Famous designers and brands such as Chanel, Gucchi, Versace, and Tom Ford are sold in the multi-level luxury department store.  Westside residents living at The Encore, as well as Upper East Side residents living at The Fairmont are sure to flock here for both fashion and food.

Freds Downtown
Freds at Barneys New York

For Non-typical Department-Store Food, Head To: Fred’s at Barneys New York

Barney’s has always had a more downtown vibe, given its origins. That extends to Fred’s, which you can visit at both their Midtown East Madison Avenue location, as well as their 7th Avenue location in Chelsea.

The menu is a mix of Italian dishes (including artisan pizzas), deli food, and of course, salads (it must be a law that department store restaurants serve salads!). And in this area. Fred’s excels, featuring their well-known chopped salads (each location has their own unique version, along with the famous Chicken Chopped Salad).

But they perhaps are best known for their Belgian Pommes Frites (although rumor has it that the aforementioned Chicken Chopped Salad is their bestseller). Double-fried, served in a paper cone, and with aioli for dipping, they are a perfect snack to go along with a drink, or accompaniment to your meal.

Housing Works Bookstore
Housing Works Bookstore

For Books Galore, Head To: Housing Works Bookstore

If bookstores rank high on your list of favorite places to while away a Sunday afternoon, look no further than Housing Works Bookstore and Cafe. Located in Downtown Manhattan in Soho, this adorable bookstore doubles as a nonprofit, dedicated to combating NYC homelessness. With every purchase you make at both the used bookstore and cafe, you can feel proud that you’re doing your part to support NYC’s most vulnerable population.

In addition to books, there’ss also a fabulous used record section, so music aficionados can rejoice in that! The cafe is nestled at the back of the two-story bookstore (strewn in twinkle lights, mind you), and offers coffee, soup, salads, donuts, and more at super fair prices… all served by their friendly volunteers.

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