Neighborhood Guide: Grand

GLCO Neighborhood Guides


WORDS & PHOTOS: Christine Yoo

Nestled right by SoHo and Nolita, Grand Street is at the intersection of New York creativity, commerce, and gastronomy. Downtown Manhattan energy comes face to face with an art scene here, without all the noise. Inside seemingly normal buildings, you’ll find studios, art galleries, and shops to browse for days, amongst one too many cafes to lounge in and restaurants to dine at. Booming with unique boutiques and famed eateries, Grand is the place to be.

Baz Bagel

Miami and Lower East Side hang out together in this palm-lined diner café. Walk into this movie set in the 70s and enjoy the music and décor. Sit by the counter and admire the 50s style soda fountain, order a milkshake, and get ready for some excellent Jewish fare.

Bari knows how to do breakfast, and hand-rolled, kettle-boiled bagels. It doesn’t seem like there could be a wrong choice off the menu, but whatever bagel sandwich you choose, make sure to get some latkes and consume while hot.

Saturdays NYC

Surf shop meets menswear meets art meets coffee – welcome to Saturdays, the perfect spot to pick up a gift for that rugged, not-so- city-centric guy in your life.

Colin Tunstall, Josh Rosen, and Morgan Collett originally founded this shop in 2009 centered around their passion for surf culture.

Since then, the brand has been evolving as the cofounders bring their diverse interests and backgrounds to the table. So far, they’ve added on an in-house coffeeshop, continues to design its own clothing, and publishes an in-house magazine.

Now known for its clean and minimalistic aesthetic, Saturdays is internationally recognized as a leader in men’s fashion. Retail locations span across 9 different shops, only 2 of which are actually in NYC while the rest hang out abroad in Japan and Australia.

Le Labo

The famed Le Labo – scents and aromatics galore. But also, a lab. Welcome to the science of smell., and luxurious personal hygiene. Olfactory experts here will guide you through the gallery, so you can easily find what you’re looking for. Whether it’s candles or perfumes, they’ve got everything to do with making you smell amazing.

To complement the fragrance, check out the plant-based and cruelty-free personal care products. Come in curious, and leave feeling refreshed and ready for your next appointment.

Canal Street Market

This is not your typical food court consisting of subpar quality and lightning fast service. This food hall has got it all—from chef-crafted Peruvian seafood at Mission Ceviche to next level milk tea from Boba Guys, to homey Japanese cuisine (pour-over miso soup, how about that?) at The Izakaya x Samurice. Did we mention NYC’s first ever dim sum restaurant Nom Wah has an outpost here? Taste the world in a matter of hours, in full-on glutton mode.

The other side of the market has art booths with plenty of gifts and gadgets to browse and shop, because, let’s face it: after all that food, you definitely need a walk.

Fellow Barber

Welcome to the forerunner of contemporary barber culture. Fellow opened in 2007 with a mission to create a space for high quality men’s grooming experience with a reasonable price tag. Twelve years later it’s safe to say that Fellow Barber is the father of modern barbershop culture, having elevated the craft and hobby of an entire lifestyle. To them it’s “not a trend but a tradition, and one we hope to preserve and expand, one service at a time.”

Not in town? Grab Fellow Barber’s expertly produced grooming products (which contain 0 parabens or sulfates) in various retailers worldwide.

Prince St. Pizza

Home to NYC’s most famous Sicilian pepperoni slice, Prince Street is the place to go for that gooey, greasy late night craving. Or lunch. Get ready to wait in a semi-long line. But fear not–this legendary slice is totally worth it. Grab a spot by the counter and devour away like a true New Yorker.