By Stacey Cervellino
Caracas Arepa Bar
Venezuelan Homemade Arepas
91 E7th Street
Caracas is a tiny café with a laid back vibe, festive music playing in the background and brightly colored table cloths covering the tables. The most expensive dish on the menu is the lunch special which includes a natural juice for $13.95. Other Venezuelan delights include Coconut Milk Shakes, a Dulce de Leche dessert, and a menu full of traditional foods: empanadas, rice and beans, and arepas, a corn based wheat free bread substitute filled with anything from olives to eggplant. The menu is both vegetarian and vegan friendly.
Eat in or take out and enjoy.
96 E7th Street
Born in South Africa, Angelo Lambrou studied design in Johnnesberg and London, won fame as the designer for Miss South Africa’s Miss Universe winning gown, and subsequently opened a small boutique on east 7th Street.
His designs are sexy and fluid with layering, beading, asymmetrical hems, and body conscious silhouettes the drape the body in fabric. Full of detail and drama, Angelo’s dresses give women a sense of confidence and sensuality. The colors are bright and bold in silk or stretch fabric with detailing like asymetical hemlines, beading, built in bras, and layered fabric in different colors. There’s something a bit tribal in all his designs and he clearly loves the female figure. Even better: sale items are now 10-50 percent off.
Pa (personal affairs)
102 East 7th Street
Pa features German designers and classic lines to create beautifully tailored clothing for professionals. A great place to get the perfect pair of black pants or a sharp blazer with simple detailing that takes you out of the Ann Taylor realm and into something with a bit of an edge. Pants are about $100 and up. The cowl neck sweaters once $69 are now 40% off and down vests are on sale for $53.
110 E7th Street
Mon-Fri 1pm-8pm (Wed is 3pm-8pm)
With designs by Ruth, Hazel, and Prudence, cute tees and warm bright sweaters, Sugar will satisfy your sweet tooth for shopping. Check out the summer sale rack and stock up for next year. The sweetest deal: Ruth’s Teal velvet and silk cocktail dress for $212.
11 E7th Street
So many boots and so little time. Vintage style has one of the best selections of affordable vintage boots and faux furs in Manhattan. I tried on a perfect pair of slate blue Capezio cowboy boots, while the girl next to me modeled a pair of black riding boots, both for only $30. Behind us was a wall of rabbit fur and other unidentified furry jackets-all $30-$75. Most boots are between $30 and $50. Rid’em cowboy.
122 E7th Street
A tiny salon decorated in yellow and red, Cutting Image is a new addition to the East Village. Lisa, the owner worked for Tony and Guy before opening her own salon in May. Cuts start at $80 for her 20-30 something clientele. Stop by to pick up some Bed Head hair product and talk to Lisa. Like my beloved L’atelier on Christopher Street, Cutting Image could become your favorite neighborhood salon, small enough and friendly enough for that personal touch we’re all looking for.
125 E7th Street
I took one look at Tiny Living and thought-this is it, the east village has gone corporate, with K-Mart at Astor Place, what’s next: a Wal-Mart on Avenue A? But, in it’s own, small way, Tiny won me over with it’s array of inventive pieces for small spaces: the wall wine rack, the photo coaster set ($20), the What’s cooking Recipe Ready file box complete with recipes for old favorites like brownies and lasagna, the Simple Human dish drain set, a beautiful white porcelain sponge and soap caddy for $15, and the best idea to date: carpet tiles. The tiles come in modern patterns and are 20″ x 20″ between $8 and $30 per tile. You can essentially build your own carpet, sized to the proportions you need for your tiny living space. Tiny is full of ingenious products to help you organize and beautify your home.
127 E7th Street
Sophie Pujebet calls Bijoux her caravan, filled with costume like pieces from New York designers, all friends of the owner. It’s an arts and crafts gallery with handmade masks on the walls and those feminine dresses detailed with ribbons, lace, flowers, and other decorative appliqués. These dresses, ranging from $250-$700 require a bit of imagination and a great deal of confidence to pull off, in a Bjork-esque sort of way, and are perfectly festive and bold for New Years Eve or a downtown black-tie event.
Join the caravan and pay Sophie a visit.