New York is full of secret shops and marketplaces and one of my favorite hobbies is looking for them. Turnstyle is an underground market in the 59th Columbus Circle subway stop, I know that sounds crazy but hear me out: Turnstyle is going to be the new Chelsea Market. As you enter Turnstyle on 8th Ave, you are greeted by stairs and and a set of doors and once you enter the doors, you find yourself in a literal underground market. Tables and chairs are set up and someone is usually playing some music. You are surrounded by small, quirky restaurant as well as some bigger brands and stands.
Here are a few notable places you need to check out:
Yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like. It’s a donut shop that sells tiny doughnuts in quantities of 6 or more and you can get covered in whatever your heart desires. They have a menu up front, so you and can pick choose the toppings. Personally I usually opt for their classic glazed and fruity-cereal themed donuts. There is also a doughnutery in Chelsea Market. Aren’t these the cutest doughnuts ever?!
I’m not normally a juice person. I think juices taste too green to me and I hate drinks that taste like vegetables which is why you don’t see a lot of green tea reviews on my blog. Pressed is currently doing a collaboration with Vogue! They are featuring lemonades right now. One is pink and the other is blue. I’ve tried both of them and the pink one has my heart. It’s like a rose -flavored lemonade which is amazing! They also have some sweeter juice options such as their Citrus 2 and their Strawberry Apple Lime, which are healthy af but don’t taste like vegetables! So it’s a win/win.
There is also a cute vegan place that sells something called a blossom bowl and guys it’s changed my life. I think it’s truly the first time that I’ve ever felt full from a vegan meal. I’m not saying all vegan are not filling. I’m saying my personal experience with them I personally don’t find them as satisfying as I would like. These bowls, you pick and choose the contents as well as a dressing. I highly recommend getting their rice. It’s the best rice I’ve had in a long time. P.S. The stuff that looks like chicken is a vegan substitute for chicken and it was delicious and had a very similar texture to chicken.
If you’re looking to shop around I suggest checking out their Lush store, ELF store and their Mulberry & Grand boutique. I also love all these small stands in Turnstyle. You can also pick yourself up some fresh flowers and even get your shoes polished down here.
Based off of it’s growing popularity, I think Turnstyle will replace Chelsea Market in popularity in the near future. They still have a ways to grow but I think Turnstyle makes an excellent stop and be sure to check it out next time you’re in Midtown(West).
What’s your favorite secret spot in NYC?