Say hello to Empire Biscuit.
A small storefront in the East Village, it's got the familiar all-wood vibe of neighboring Momofuku Noodle Bar and, at certain peak times (weekend mornings and late nights), already has lines out the door. Why? Well, because it serves a simple menu of good old-fashioned biscuit sandwiches with homemade butters, jams and gravies.
Check out The Uncommons
Located in the former Village Chess Shop (where Woody Allen filmed and Heath Ledger frequented), The Uncommons is keeping the neighborhood gaming spirit alive but with a decidedly modern twist. For starters, the space has been completely renovated. No more cluttered windows and dingy interiors. Now you can pull up a vintage steel chair to a sprawling farm table for an impromptu round of Jenga.
Skip the laundromat.
Finally, an around-the-clock laundry service, DashLocker, has arrived. Here's how it works: First, visit one of the 24-hour DashLocker storefronts around Manhattan. (It's coming for you next, Brooklyn.) Find an open locker, load it up with your laundry/dry cleaning/even scuffed-up heels, lock and leave. Then, place an order on DashLocker's website or app; you can even get your cashmere fluffed by sending a text. Once the request is sent, DashLocker will pick up your laundry and return your freshly cleaned clothes to the same locker the next day.
Want to get out of the city? Visit Crystal Springs Resort.
Only an hour-and-a-half drive from the city (down a gorgeous winding road, mind you), it's seriously a slice of Burlington in the Garden State. Think: mountains, trees, fire pits, the usual lodge suspects. Except here, you're definitely not roughing it. There are three hotels to choose from, two extensive spas, seven golf courses (if that's your thing), food at every turn and even a glass-encased, heated pool complex. (Did we mention it's in Jersey?)