1. Casa Mezcal: This brand spankin' new restaurant and creative space could easily be a 19th century Governor's mansion in a far-flung outpost of the Spanish empire. There's three exotic bars, a movie screen and performance stage, plus crazy good food.
86 Orchard Street(at Broome Street); 212-777-2600
2. The Sweet Life: Everytime we step inside (and it's kinda become a Sunday ritual), it's like stepping into something out of a Roald Dahl novel. The sweet brown-and-white striped awning and picture windows wouldn't be out of place in the English countryside, while the inside is chock-a-block full with enough goodies to make even Willy Wonka happy. They've got their own chocolate machines, and a selection of hard-to-find candies that will satisfy your sweet-tooth.
63 Hester Street (at Ludlow Street); 212-598-0092
3. Miss Lonelyhearts: With designer Jenny Yuen cranking out must-have bags by the minute, it's no wonder this sweet lil' spot has become somewhat of a mecca for it-girls wanting something different. We also rec scooping up a handful of the super-soft t-shirts with some quirky, love-related messages.
250 Broome Street (between Orchard and Ludlow streets); 212-253-0560
4. One Essex: We're not sure what the actual name is of this crazy-fresh juice bar, but we do know the shop girls try to teach us Chinese on each visit! For $3, you can get huge-ass smoothies made from the fruit market next door. There's some exotic options (Taro), but they're all healthy thirst quenchers.
1 Essex Street (near Canal Street)
5. Canal Lounge: Again, we're a lil' hazy on the real name of this Chinese karaoke joint, but we're gonna go by the graffiti-ed title over the unmarked door. There's no set hours here—sometimes the party will rage until the sunrise, other times the door is securely locked—but try your luck on a Saturday night. It's equal parts Chinese and hipster, with free karaoke, cheap drinks, and a lax smoking policy.
59 Canal Street, 2nd Floor (between Orchard and Allen streets)
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