MY NY: Richard Chai's 5 Chill-Out NYC Spots

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If you were in Tribeca last week, you might have heard a particularly loud scream right around our Leonard Street offices. No, we weren't bemoaning missing out on those Alaïa heels on the Outnet Sale—this was a shriek of pure OMG excitement. We just saw the samples from Richard Chai's k-k-killer collection with Alternative Apparel sold exclusively on Refinery29 Shops (starting today!), and Damn, is it a doozy! In honor of the CFDA-nominated designer's team-up with yours truly, we've got the skinny on his top NYC chill-out spots. From some charitable reads to major menswear, the dude who helped launch Marc by Marc Jacobs and revitalized TSE is giving you a chance to copy his itinerary. By following in his footsteps (literally), some of his sartorial magic might just rub off on you...

Here's the 5 NYC spots where Chai likes to chill:

1. Odin: "I may be biased, but I truly feel it's one of the best places to shop for menswear. Even with my family discount, I break the bank!" 199 Lafayette Street (between Broome and Kenmare streets); 212-966-0026

2. Bacaro: "It's the perfect place to have dinner and great wine with friends in a super cozy and intimate environment. Everything on the menu is amazing." 136 Division Street (between Canal and Orchard streets); 212-941-5060‎ 3. Matthew Marks Gallery: "It's one of my favorite galleries in NYC, and I find such inspiration from the works of Goldin to Gursky that are shown there. It's great to pop by on a weekday when it's more low-key." 523 West 24th Street (between 10th and 11th avenues); 212-243-0200

4. Great Jones Spa: "For a quick and relaxing getaway in NYC." 29 Great Jones Street (between Lafayette Street and Bowery);212-505-3185

5. Housing Works Bookstore: "A fantastic bookstore where the staff are all volunteers and 100% of the profits go to Housing Works, Inc." 126 Crosby Street (between East Houston and Prince streets); 2120334-3324

R29 GIVEAWAY:
One Chai lover will score in a big way. In celebration of our new partnership, you could win the entire Chai collection for Alternative Apparel available exclusively on Refinery29 Shops—three ridiculously comfy and fash-forward remixes of the classic T-shirt that you'll be living in all summer long. Just comment on this story with the most comfy item you own. The one that makes us want to snuggle up asap will grab the goods!

HEADS UP: Check our Twitter and Facebook Page; We'll announce the winner tomorrow at 12 p.m.!