In recent years, Black Friday has become a sometimes controversial and often hectic post-Thanksgiving tradition. To counter the mayhem of the day in one of the busiest cities on Earth, we've enlisted an all-star cast of some of our NYC-based friends to give us their alternative suggestions for Friday (and some suggestions that fit perfectly with Small Business Saturday). If you're in New York City, check out some of the recommendations below:
Eats and Treats
Bacchus - An amazing neighborhood gem with delicious French fare. Walk all the way to the back to find the secret courtyard. It feels like a village square from the Tour de France, says Bike New York.
Ippudo - Nothing soothes a winter soul like a warm bowl of ramen, and the noodles here are some of the best in the city. The lines can be long, but it's oh so worth it, says Bfold.
Four & Twenty Blackbirds - Treat yourself AND the sweet tooth on your list to a slice of their incredible pie, from the Bourbon Pear Crumble to the Salty Honey Pie. The best gift you can give is a delicious pie, says Redbeard Bikes!
The Cannibal - The nickname of the greatest cyclist of all time, The Cannibal is also the cheeky name of this Belgian butcher and beer shop dedicated to none other than Mr. Merckx. There are two locations in the city, and each has bike parking. Keep an eye out for the hidden courtyard at the 29th and Park location, says Rapha.
Snowdays Shaved Cream Co. - Oh! The weather outside is...actually pretty great for riding your Brompton around town, but for those of us seeking a bit more frost in our lives, Bfold recommends Snowdays Shaved Cream Co. Their version of Taiwanese and Korean shaved ices will put winter right into the palm of your hand.
Beacon's Closet - For an adventure through fashion, NYCeWheels suggests a trip to Beacon's Closet. With locations throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn, the talented team curates a whole host of vintage and designer finds, keeping locals well-dressed without breaking the bank.
Newton Creek Nature Walk - Having traveled the world by Brompton, our friends Our Life Unfolded let us into their little version of an escape within the city. The quarter-mile public walkway in Greenpoint offers unique views of Brooklyn and Manhattan that will impress even the most jaded city dweller.
Grove Alley - Once thought to be one of the city's least attractive hidden corners, local residents are breathing new life into this tiny street, which has played host to night markets, silent discos, and game nights in recent months.
Alternative Gift Ideas
Brooklyn General - Bike New York suggests that you head to the vintage inspired shop located between Carroll Gardens and Red Hook for the craftiest person on your gift list.
BIG Reuse Brooklyn - For a gift with a history, Redbeard Bikes suggests a trip to this warehouse in Gowanus that is always full of the unexpected. Stop in to Redbeard and you might even spot some BIG Reuse hardware at home in their shop - it's where they purchased their first mechanics' work bench.
STORY - This Manhattan concept store comes recommended by our pals at Bike New York. A highly curated approach to approach to retail, STORY "takes the point of view of a magazine, changes like a gallery, and sells things like a store."