IAN BRADLEY'S ULTIMATE NYC GUIDE

Posted on 05.08.2013

by Ian Bradley

By day, Ian Bradley has outfitted the likes of Azealia Banks and directs editorials for a range of brands, all while spending nights manning the door at The Standard’s rooftop party den, Le Bain. After teaming up with NYLON + DKNY Jeans for a peek into his New York life, Bradley—a stylist and East Village resident--sat down with us and spilled the deets on his go-to neighborhood spots. Read on for both his daytime and nighttime haunts, and that undiscovered neighborhood gem he’s willing to share.
-COLLEEN KELSEY

Best Place To Chow Down: Supper (156 E 2nd St)
“It’s right below my apartment. I eat there way too much. Lots of pasta and carbs, but it’s really good and super fresh.”

Best Spot To Meet Up For A Drink: Ten Degrees (121 St Marks Pl)
“Usually I drink at home, but bar-wise for something more low-key I go to Ten Degrees. It’s two-for-one wine up until 8 p.m. and they are very generous with their servings. It’s a good place to catch up and have a drink.”

Best Spot For Inspiration: The Chelsea Galleries
“I like to go to Chelsea in the 20s; basically from 19th to 25th Streets, between 9th Avenue and the West Side Highway, there are a bunch of galleries. Gagosian is my favorite. I can spend a whole day popping through and seeing a bunch of artists in a short amount of time. It’s the best part of going to Chelsea. After I go over there, I like to stop at Cook Shop for lunch.”

Best Place To Party: Zigzag Le Bain at The Standard (444 W. 13th Street)
“It’s our Thursday night party. I work it, and it’s really fun. Nicola Formichetti and Zana Bayne just DJed. It’s never really consistent, but it’s always just good music to dance to.”

Best Place To Indulge Your Taco Cravings: Tacos Morelos Cart (2nd Street and Avenue A)
“I basically eat there four times a week!”

Best Indie Boutiques: ODD NYC and Assembly New York (164 Ludlow Street and 170 Ludlow Street)
“ODD NYC is a little more fashion-forward stuff, but they have really cool pieces, and you feel really unique. Same with Assembly New York. Assembly is more casual, but they mix vintage, their private label, and outside vendors really well, and it’s a great aesthetic and it’s really cohesive. ODD is a little more fashion-forward, which is different for me, but piece by piece, you can really work it into your wardrobe.”

New York’s Best Undiscovered Gem: Mast Books (66 Avenue A)
“They resell pre-owned art books and all types of books, but they have really good books on photography, fashion, art, and poetry. They’re usually very rare books and very good books, and whereas other shops in the city would charge a ton, they’re relatively inexpensive. I want them to survive. It’s a really cool store. I go to this magazine store next door all the time, and I’m always like, ‘Do I want to buy a $20 magazine or a $20 coffee table book,’ which is a really crazy debate.”