NY – We recently discovered the Ayers Buddha, a chic, home decorative piece from the newly founded Ayers Home Collection and thought he was so fab, we asked him to share some of his favorite spots in The Big Apple.
1. Morning is a lovely time of day to visit the 911 Memorial, a magical place that ties the city together. As the sun reflects off One World Trade Center, it evokes a sense of pride and protection and is truly a symbolic beam of hope.
2. After a meditative morning, Buddha’s found the perfect place for a delicious lunch, La Villette – a French Brasserie and Café in the West Village. Be sure to try the perfectly seasoned Tiger Shrimp, the to-die–for Tomato Tart and even if you think you’ve had the best French fries this side of the Atlantic, tasting these are absolutely mandatory. And with la Villette’s spicy mayonnaise, you may think you have died and gone to french fry heaven.
3. New York City Parks are an amazing and much appreciated element of the cityscape and Battery Park City is full of gorgeous outdoor space. Buddha points out the amazing Tony Cragg bronze sculptures resembling giant musical instruments. Just north of Historic Battery Park,off Battery Place, is Washington Square Park, a landmark in Greenwich Village where artists and musicians gather to share their talents beneath the Washington Arch, built to honor George Washington.
4. All that park activity may make you a bit peckish, so Buddha suggests Dorado Tacos and Quesadillas. A relatively new Greenwich Village staple, it’s consistently packed, and for good reason. Even their simple plates have a decadent combination of flavors that combine traditional Mexican street food with the precision flavor combinations of a gourmet chef.
5.Buddha heads back to the west side and takes a leisurely walk along The High Line, a formerly-abandoned-railroad-track, which has become Manhattan’s favorite urban arboretum, full of interesting art and sculpture. Find the beautiful and sophisticated Kim Foster Gallery off the West 20th Street stairway, filled with rotating exhibits of some of the areas most talented and progressive artists. Attend a Thursday night opening and talk directly with the artists to get a little hint of what has inspired their creations.
6. Join Buddha for his favorite cocktail (The Dutch Gin Fix) at Bathtub Gin, a speakeasy, behind the walls of Stone Street Coffee Shop. The environment is reminiscent of the prohibition-era, complete with jazz lingering through the dining room and enough gin cocktails to fill a bathtub.
7. Dinner is only a few blocks south at the fabulously designed Buddakan – after all, where else would Buddha end up? The beautiful and grand 16,000 sq. foot modern restaurant is filled with stunning Asian decor and the ambiance and the food is out of this world. A glass of Sancerre and the chili rock shrimp is the perfect starter and don’t leave without tasting the edamame dumpling.
A little bit NYC hometown, a little bit rock ‘n roll, the Ayers Collection has graciously offered our readers a 20% discount when you use “TheDowntownProject” promo code, good through August 2013.
Check out this cool video to see the Buddha in action!