Lee Broom’s New York bar and restaurant highlights

The celebrated product and lighting designer chooses the city’s coolest hotspots

Designer Lee Broom at home
Designer Lee Broom at home

The Lower East Side’s bars and restaurants are brilliant. Russ & Daughters Café has a beautiful interior that takes the style of the original deli around the corner and creates something modern from it. They do a great cocktail called a Smoked Martini with vodka, gin, a spray of Laphroaig, some Lillet and a little vermouth. Russ & Daughters Café, 127 Orchard St, NY 10002 (+1212-475 4800; russanddaughterscafe.com).

The Back Room’s speakeasy-style bar in the Lower East Side
The Back Room’s speakeasy-style bar in the Lower East Side | Image: Tony Hahn

For drinks I also like The Back Room, which has the novelty of a toyshop at the front and a speakeasy-style bar behind it. The Back Room, 102 Norfolk St, NY 10002 (+1212-228 5098; backroomnyc.com).

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Another favourite is Wildair, a little place that serves contemporary American small plates at the counter. Wildair, 142 Orchard St, NY 10002 (+1646-964 5624; wildair.nyc).

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I sometimes go as far as Shelter Island. It’s a little more laidback than that classic Hamptons experience, and a lot quieter. I stayed at The Chequit, which used to be very famous, then fell out of fashion until it was refurbished in 2015. I loved it. The Chequit, 23 Grand Ave, ShelterIsland Heights, NY 11965 (+1631-749 0018; thechequit.com).

André Balazs’ Sunset Beach hotel is a great place for a glass of wine while you watch the sun go down; it’s boho, relaxed and quite European in feel. Sunset Beach, 35 Shore Rd, Shelter Island Heights, NY 11965 (+1631-749 2001; sunsetbeachli.com).

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