The 20/30-Something Guide to NYC's Reopening

While our 20/30-Something guides typically give you the inside scoop on where to eat, visit, and stay in our favorite destinations, today we’re focusing on how New York is reopening in the wake of coronavirus.
NYC entered phase three of the reopening process on July 6, so some restaurants, small businesses, and services are now open across the city. We asked Nikki and Pujah to give us the scoop on where to dine, where to grab a drink, and where to get your hair and nails done (and how to do so safely) in New York.

Nikki's 20-Something Guide

Daytime Spots

Berry Park Rooftop Beer Garden

4 Berry Street, Brooklyn

I’ve had my last two birthdays at Berry Park and definitely plan to go back for some fun (+safe) day drinking! I’ve never left and thought I didn’t have the best day ever.

The Commons Chelsea

128 7th Avenue

This is a favorite breakfast spot of mine. It’s a super tiny restaurant with 4 tables outside and I love going on a Saturday morning. Right now, they're open for coffee, tea, pastries, and breakfast sandwiches.

Photo via @berryparkbk

Nighttime Guide

Sevilla

62 Charles Street

Sevilla is my ultimate favorite restaurant in NYC. It’s delicious and authentic Spanish food with delicious sangria. I love going with Corey and we spend HOURS there. Right now, Sevilla is open for outdoor dining, take out, and delivery.

Photo via @sevilla_restaurant

Services to Support

Hair Color by Cass at Mark Ryan Salon

135 West 20th Street

I haven’t gotten highlights since November and I am still getting compliments on my hair! I can’t wait to get back to Cass at Mark Ryan Salon and add some summer glow. The salon recently reopened Covid-19 guidelines in place, so they can see clients now.

Massage Service

I’m not sure where I'll go for a massage as I don’t have a place I attend regularly, but after spending the amount of time in random spots in my apartment doing work, I cannot wait for a massage! Rescue Spa recently reopened for select services in NYC.

Photo via @markryansalon

Pujah's 30-Something Guide

Daytime Spots

Gitano NYC

23 Grand Street

One of my all-time favorite spots is finally open again, Gitano NYC! Gitano made its way to Soho a couple of years ago. It’s decked out with wooden dining tables, palm trees, a pond...even a meditation labyrinth! In terms of safety, here are a few precautions they’ve put in place to ensure guests feel as safe as possible:

Social Distancing: the space is about 24,000 square feet so they’ve created a ton of space in between tables and pockets of “private gardens.”

Contactless Ordering: all of the ordering and payments are done through smartphones and QR codes; there are no paper menus or servers!

Protective Gear: the staff is made up of a couple of hostesses, bartenders, and a few “table runners” who wear face masks, gloves, and visors.

Grand Banks

Pier 25 Hudson River Park

Grand Banks is another favorite of mine! It’s an oyster bar with an incredible waterfront view. They also raise money for sustainability and preservation initiatives. *Pro tip: order the lobster roll; it’s the BEST thing on the menu.

A few safety precautions they’ve set: all of the staffers are required to wear gloves and face masks, and they have limited seating so social distancing rules can be enforced. They also provide hand sanitizer pre and post meals, and have contactless payments. Photo via @grandbanksnyc

Nighttime Guide

Loulou NYC

176 8th Avenue

I’ve been excited about this cozy, new Chelsea speakeasy that opened up in March right before quarantine called, Loulou Petit Bistro & Speakeasy. They have an extensive cocktail list and live music every night! They recently opened up their outdoor dining!

RH Rooftop

9 Ninth Avenue

An all-time favorite of mine is finally open again, RH Rooftop in Meatpacking. It’s on the 5th level of the home decor store Restoration Hardware. Love their pristine marble surfaces, chandeliers, and a gorgeous skylight. *Pro tip: the RH burger is always a good choice!

Photo via @loulou.nyc

Services to Support

Haircut at Warren Tricomi

Locations in Flatiron, Madison Avenue, and the Plaza Hotel

After three months in quarantine, grooming is necessary. I love Warren Tricomi; the staff is extremely thorough and talented. It took me hundreds of trials in different hair salons across NYC to get the perfect cut, and now I only trust them when it comes to my hair!

Manicure & Pedicure

The great thing about NYC is that there are a ton of nail salons to get your mani/pedi fix. I recently had a great experience at U & Me Nails! In general, salons are taking precautions like operating at 50% capacity, only seeing clients by appointment, and customers are six feet apart from both other customers and salon employees. Plus, employees are wearing face masks and gloves.

Photo via @warrentricomi

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