by: Lisa Crawford

New York City is the city of reinvention. It seems that every week a new restaurant, spa, gym or store is opening. And summer is a perfect time to use those extra vacation days playing tourist and trying out some good ole’ hometown fun. Here are the ten best new attractions opened in NYC.

Little Tong Noodle Shop  Noodle and Ramen restaurants are always a good addition to any city, and Little Tong Noodle Shop does not disappoint. The ambiance is small, yet cozy and makes you want to open up that belly for some yummy goodness. Some of the best menu items include the Beef Tartare and Wontons and the Little Pot Mixian. Both are sure to hit the spot and make you happy that you tried this new little gem.

177 1st Ave New York, NY


North Sails Collection 

This new sailing-inspired store on 5th Avenue will be the perfect one stop shop for everything sailing. Summertime is a time of being out on the water, so why not look the part. From outerwear like the “Sailor” and “Typhoon” Jackets to swimwear, bags and accessories, there will be something nautical for you at North Sails. Our favorite is the women’s “Escape Bag” ($299). You will be ready to hit the road after shopping at North Sails.

108 5th Ave, New York, NY

North Sails Collection

Haven Spa

It seems that all New Yorkers need a place to relax and the new Haven Spa in Greenwich Village will be just the place to spend your stay-cation. The beautiful and serene facility has so many amenities that you are sure to find something to calm your senses. Body therapies, massages, waxing, hair removal and facials are just some of the offerings at Haven Spa. So curl up in a plush robe and get ready for a day of tranquility.

250 Mercer St New York, NY 


Life Time Athletic at Sky 

In Hell’s Kitchen you will find a new athletic club to keep your summer body healthy and tight. The luxury health club offers training, coaching and all of the lavish amenities you would hope to find in a health club. Group classes like Pilates and Yoga will get your muscles long and lean. In addition to fitness services, Life Time Athletic at Sky also houses estheticians, massage therapists, nutrition coaches and even a chef. You will feel like you’ve taken a vacation right here in the city.

605 W 42nd St New York, NY 



The new Soho store is the best place to find Thai-American relaxed womenswear. During the summer, taking your apparel down a notch is always a nice change of pace. But just because you are more relaxed, doesn’t mean you have to forgo style. Thakoon has been featured on the New York runway, so you know you will be getting the best in fashion trends. From flowy skirts to flowered sleeveless tops, you will look chic and ready for the season. Head into their new location on Lafayette Street to get your wardrobe ready for summertime.

270 Lafayette St

Ste 810 New York, NY 


Sushi Katsuei

Park Slope’s Sushi Katsuei is one of the neighborhoods new hot spots. A great place to stop in for lunch, Sushi Katsuei has all of the delectable tastings you would hope for. The Blue Fin Fatty Tuna and Japanese Red Snapper are among our top favorites. Check out their online gallery for a seriously delicious sushi experience.

210 7th Ave Brooklyn, NY

 Sushi Katsuei2

Namastuy Healing Collective

Another important part of summer is giving yourself permission to chill. At the new Namastuy in Brooklyn, you will have plenty of opportunity to do just that. Acupuncture, Massage therapy and Yoga are just a few of the services offered at Namastuy.  Since healing is the name of their game, you will find a variety of ways to make your body smile again. From Swedish and Shiatsu massage to Vinyasa Yoga, your body will be restored and healthy after a day at Namastuy.

325 Lewis Ave Brooklyn, NY 

Namastuy Healing Collective

Pig Bleecker 

This popular spot has been keeping Villagers salivating as they awaited the much anticipated opening. And so far, Pig Bleecker has yet to disappoint. With a lovely and attentive staff and a fun, lively atmosphere, you won’t even need to taste the food to approve. Although, we are sure your tastebuds are going to love what they have to offer. Brisket Ravioli, Grilled Oyster and Cod Cheeks and Lasagna with Smoked Duck Ragu are among a few of the dinner offerings. Make sure you leave room for dessert. The Brownie Hot Fudge Sundae is to die for.

155 Bleecker St New York, NY 



Good Indian cuisine is always welcomed and the West Village’s Rahi has just what the doctor ordered. Opened only for a few weeks, this spot is sure to gain in popularity quickly. Menu items like Lamb Shepherd’s pie, Charcoal Smoked Salmon and Chili Cheese Bread are just a few of the mouthwatering offerings at Rahi. The “Artisanal” Indian fare is authentic, but set in a modern atmosphere.

60 Greenwich Ave New York, NY


Smith & Brit Boutique and Spa 

Keeping your skin clear and ageless is always important, but add the heat of summer and your face is sure to need a hydrating facial. At the new Smith & Brit Boutique and Spa you will find the best of the best in skincare products. Age defying creams for your face, soothing bath salts and sensual candles and incense will give your mind and body a much needed vacation this summer. Reflexology, make up and eye brow shaping and facial treatments are offered in house and are second to none. Give yourself the gift of relaxation and head over to Smith & Brit this summer.

233 W 19th St New York, NY

 Smith & Brit Boutique and Spa