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COS and & Other Stories are in their former sister’s H&M space at 42nd St and Fifth Avenue and opened in late October 2015. I was crossing Midtown one evening and conveniently ended up at 43rd and Fifth. How could I resist the new COS? COS occupies most of the ground floor and is laid out like any other COS store. It has women’s and men’s. My guess is that this location is larger than the Soho location (not that I have any inclination to visit).

I quickly skimming the store. I saw iterations of a prior season item, like this a-line wool coat in two new colors (I have it in black, it runs big) and the dotted wool dress (substantial weight). Also saw a men’s mac jacket that was half price online two weeks ago now being sold at full price. No sale in progress here or online. The dressing room corridor looked spacious.


505 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10017
NE corner of 42nd St and Fifth Ave
Mon-Sat 10:00-21:00 / Sun 11:00-20:00
212-271-9999
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French-influenced Japanese cake boutique, Lady M, recently opened on the south side of Bryant Park. Close enough to hop to on a work day.

Simply put, I adore cake. Especially the light, fluffy, not super sweet kind. I’m partial to the elegant Gâteau aux Marrons (with almond cake and chestnut cream) but will pretty much eat anything from Lady M.

Bryant Park Boutique
36 West 40th Street
New York, NY 10018
+1 212-452-2222
Monday to Friday: 8am-7pm, Saturday: 11am-7pm, Sunday: 11am-6pm

If you like creamy chocolate, check out Japanese Hokkaido brand, Royce, which is a few steps east of Lady M. It’s no surprise they are neighbors – they share an owner, Ken Romaniszyn.

I haven’t posted any food in a while… not because I haven’t been eating.

A friend and I fetched lunch at Sakagura the other day. Sakagura is located in the basement of a non-descript office building. Lunch is a busy time so reservations are recommended – and easily made through OpenTable. They have limited bar seating, where I think all of those without reservations go and those seats fill up very quickly. They had a special uni noodle dish and though I LOVE uni, it looked a bit too rich. I love variety and Sakagura has a ton of sets and bentos. We opted for the $20 jewel oke bento which had sashimi, fried tidbits, mini rice balls, miso soup, broiled eel, egg, preserved vegetables, and a semi sweet gelatin mound. I was starving from a coffee breakfast so this really hit the spot. Yum!

And best yet, my friend brought me my Baukjen Maryna blazer, which I stupidly left in my hotel in Amsterdam. The hotel wanted 200 euros to ship it back to the US via FedEx!

I have an illness. Even though I think that cupcakes are totally over, I can’t help but walk an few, extra blocks to visit the “new” Sprinkles, and spend some hard earned dollars to consume unnecessary calories — just so I can cross it off my mental list. And no, I couldn’t just buy 1. I had to get 4.

I was a huge fan of the strawberry cupcake. I’ve always been a fan of strawberry cake, so anything with strawberry cake gets at least one thumb up from me. Since it was right before St. Patrick’s Day, I also got the Irish Chocolate which is chocolate cake with Baileys frosting.


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Zac Young from Top Chef Just Desserts opened a pop up doughnut shop, Flex Donuts, in Grand Central Terminal over an year ago. I waited too long to post this because the pop up is now gone. If any of this whets your appetite, head over to Flex Mussels.

If you visited in the evening, it is buy one, get one free. Despite it’s cakey appearance, they were moist and light. Perfect for sharing with coworkers on a long night!

Triple Chocolate and Salted Caramel:

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