If there's one thing we're over (other than bad hair days), it's relying on Google and Yelp to show us around a new town. Tourist, please. To help you (and ourselves) stay in the know about every hotspot in major cities—from salons to bars and everywhere in between—we're consulting our crushes for the 411. Up first: New York à la Julie Schott, OUAI Crush alumna and ELLE.com's Beauty Director. The Chicago-born bb was raised between London and Paris, but with over a decade of big city living under her belt, she knows what's up when it comes to the crème de la crème corners of New York. Scroll ahead for Julie's guide to navigating NY.
Where in NY do you live? What’s the vibe like there?
I live above the Whole Foods on Bowery, next to the Public Hotel. It's one of the most congested corners of the city, which I love.
What’s your rose (favorite part) and thorn (least favorite part) of living in NY?
Rose: It's the ultimate walking city, and walking is one of my favorite things to do. That probably sounds lame, but it works for me. I'll save new music or podcasts and walk for hours if there's time. So that's a New York rose. Also bodegas! I really hope those ex-Google execs don't rob NYC of bodegas. They're a New York city treasure.
Thorn...well...Joan Didion said, "New York is a city for only the very rich and the very poor. It is less often said that New York is also, at least for those of us who came there from somewhere else, a city for only the very young.”
Your friend’s in town for NYFW (or just for fun), where do you tell them to go for:
The best bougie hotel- The Bowery Hotel is so bougie you can't even sit in the lobby without a room number. Expect an Olsen sighting.
The best budget hotel- The Public keeps costs down by cutting out room service and amenities.
A bomb blowout- MB45 where you can get a blowout and a manicure in 45 minutes - GENIUS.
A cute AF haircut- Melissa at Cutler Soho who also cuts Hailey Baldwin's hair NBD.
Haute hair color revamp- Ryan at Cutler Soho, the blonde god.
Deep hair treatment or hair gloss- When I need a glaze I go to Bumble and Bumble in Meatpacking. There's a cafe, a killer view, and fast wifi. Make a day of it.
Spa/massage- Daphne Spa is this hole in the wall on Broome street that will seriously transform your face with one facial. I get the Oxygen Micro Current.
Nail salon- Jin Soon Tribecca looks more like an art gallery than a nail salon. It's so chic! They have the best polish selection. And they serve delicious citrus tea.
Shopping- Feed your 90s label obsession at Procell and check out Brooklyn flea for old Levis and concert tees.
Best flea market- Brooklyn flea
Breakfast/brunch- AbC V. Get the pancakes—trust me.
Lunch- Baohaus. I order an Uncle Jesse (tofu bao) and taro fries, but if you're into pork don't miss the Chairman bao (served with relish, crushed peanuts, Taiwanese red sugar, and cilantro).
Dinner- Tomoe Sushi is my favorite no-frills sushi spot in soho. They don't take reservations so prepare to wait a bit. You won't regret it.
Dessert- Cereal is crack to me. I can't keep it in my apartment. When I need a fix I go to Milk & Cream Cereal Bar on Mott street and get the cereal bowl--3 cereals, 3 toppings and a milk.
Drinks- I had my last birthday at Dallas BBQs mostly for their insane drinks menu. I'm not a refined cocktail person. And I barely drink, so when I do it needs to be a margarita glass the size of my face with three mini coronas poking out.
Dank vegan dining- Most of my dining is vegan! Souen East Village serves really hearty, well-priced vegetables and fish. I usually split the yuba with a friend to start and get the black cod with steamed vegetables. By Chloe is good for a quick salad to go. The kale caesar and the Greek are my favorites.
Favorite lounge- Rose Bar
Late night drunk food- Baohaus again, it's open until 3am on Fridays and Saturdays.
Late night dancing- Paul's Baby Grand, Casablanca, Boho Karaoke (personal favorite).
Where you’ll always run into celebs- If you're looking for Jenners and Hadid go to the Mercer Hotel lobby.
The best city views- Walk the Brooklyn Bridge and back (or uber if that's not your jam).
Hole-in-the-wall anythings/anywheres- Downstairs at Alchemist kitchen you can extreme detox your entire body with a 30 minute infrared sauna sesh at HigherDose followed by Cryosphere cryotherpy.