The Wonderful City of New York: My Top 5 Restaurants and Shops Near FIT

Do you ever explore the city before or after class? I know I do. Another great feature about Precollege Programs is that the location is in a great part of the city, Chelsea. There is so much for anyone and everyone to do around here and I am happy to share with you some of my favorite food and shopping spots!

My Top 5 Restaurants:

  • The Greek Corner (322 7th Ave)
  • Chipotle (501 7th Ave)
  • Brgr (287 7th Ave)
  • Panera (330 7th Avenue)
  • Rub BBQ (208 West 23rd Street)

My Top 5 Shopping Spots:

  • Mood Fabrics (225 W 37th St 3rd Floor)
  • H & M (435 7th Avenue)
  • Fashion Design Books (250 W. 27th street)
  • Zara (580 Broadway)
  • LUSH (1052 6th Avenue)

I hope you all check these places out next time you get free time before or after class!
Until next time,

xoxoxo Tori


The Best of the Rest: My Top 16 Places to Shop, Eat, and Hang-out

New York City is home to some of the best restaurants, and lets not forget: it is one of the top fashion capitals in the world. That being said, myself, along with all of the other Precollege students, are unbelievably fortunate to have the opportunity to take classes at FIT and be able to experience the hectic streets of NYC weekly. So, where do you guys shop, eat and go on breaks? I know where I go so here are just some places I highly recommend!

Due to the fact that Saturday/Sunday Live students get a 15-30 minute break time is limited! So, that means where we go on break is limited also. Here are just a few places to get coffee, a snack, or shop in a very close proximity to FIT (some in which you’ll probably be very familiar with):

  • Buffalo Exchange: 114 W. 26th street
  • Fashion Design Books: 250 W. 27th street (practically on FIT’s campus)
  • Barnes and Noble at FIT: between the A and B buildings
  • The Style Shop (if it’s opened): located in the A building
  • (The infamous) Starbucks: 315 7th ave
  • Argo tea: 275 7th ave (right across from the museum at FIT)
  • Cafe 27: 250 W. 27th street (between FIT’s campus)
  • Moda: 234 W. 27th street (also between FIT’s campus)
  • Trailer Park Lounge: 271 W. 23rd street (Okay, so this place is not the most attractive looking, just see the picture I posted, but it’s actually a really cool place with great food!)

Now, after class if the weather is nice and you feel like going shopping here are some places to shop (only if you are willing to take the subway or have someone to drive you because some of these stores are kind of far from FIT)

  • Beacon’s Closet: 10 W. 13th street (I mentioned this store in another post but definitely try it out!)
  • The Market: 328 W. 14th street (this place is really cool, it’s only open certain days of the week and tons of emerging designers are there with really unique things)
  • Buffalo eExchange: this one is in the East Village (332 E. 11th street) I’d recommend stopping at this store also if you are a big thrift store person because every Buffalo Exchange carries totally different things!
  • Forever 21: 50 W. 34th street
  • Zara: 580 Broadway
  • Brandy Mellville: 518 Broadway
  • And basically any store on Broadway…


Favorite Places to Shop/Eat!

One of my favorite things to do on Saturday mornings is to explore Chelsea with my friends from FIT. We go to a bunch of different places after class or on break. Here are a few of my favorites:


  • Starbucks-7th Ave between 28th and 27th
  • Argo Tea-on the corner of 7th ave and 26th
  • Brown Cup-334 8th Ave
  • Chipotle-283 7th Ave
  • Room Service-166 8th Ave (really good Thai food)
  • La Maison du Macaron-132 West 23rd Street (French bakery with amazing macarons and croissants)
  • Momoya-185 7th Ave (sushi!)
  • Ajisen Ramen-136 West 28th Street (you will never eat the packaged ramen again)
  • Brooklyn Bagel-286 8th Ave
  • The Grey Dog Cafe-242 West 16th Street

(It’s pretty obvious I love finding new places to eat c: )


  • Buffalo Exchange-114 W. 26th Street
  • Goodwill-103 West 25th Street
  • Urban Outfitters-526 Avenue of the Americas
  • ‘Antiques Garage’ Flea Market-112 West 25th Street
  • H&M-435 7th Avenue
  • Salvation Army-208 8th Avenue
  • Chelsea Market-75 9th Ave (this should technically be under food but there is a really nice Anthropologie)
  • American Apparel-345 7th Ave between 29th and 30th st
  • Angel Street Thrift-118 W. 17th St.



Inspiration. Education. Diversity. – My FIT Routine.

Whats NOT to do in NYC? From restaurants, to shopping, to cafes, your options are limitless. Not only are their places for inspiration for your artwork, but you get to absorb so much culture in NYC just by walking the streets.

During my breaks at FIT, I usually get coffee at FIT’s cafe, right next to the art supply store (THEY HAVE EVERYTHING IN THERE, CHECK IT OUT!). Their caramel macchiato’s are to DIE for, and the variety of muffins are endless.

For lunch, I like to eat at FIT’s cafeteria, or I like to wander off and go to whole foods or even subway which is just a block away from the FIT campus. The prices at FIT’s cafeteria are unbelievably cheap, you get a ton of food for under 5 dollars. Also, you get to be around college students, and you really get the feeling like your in college with them. Although, being up and about in NYC and trying different cafes and restaurants really helps you absorb the NYC atmosphere; the cafeteria just gives you a different atmosphere to absorb. It really depends on what “feeling” you want to get throughout your travels.

Once class is over, I usually stop at the closest H&M store and buy something, or just to see whats new in their stores. I get a sense of whats in and out in the ready to wear industry by visiting H&M, and I get to see what the consumers are wearing. Its hard to just go to H&M without buying anything though. So my trips there have been cut down a bit, as I don’t want to be broke.

Inspiration. Education. Diversity. The three words that describe NYC, and my routine as a FIT Precollege student.


Manhattan As My Playground

Manhattan as my play ground.

Okay, so if you’ve been reading my blogs, by now you probably get that when I’m not at FIT, I’m constantly doing art projects, working, sewing, and trying to keep up with my high school classes. There’s a lot of overwhelming aspects to senior year, but my afternoons in downtown Manhattan aren’t one of them.  Even if I’m going solo, I always love to wander around and relax.

As far as hangouts go, it’s hard to carry all my supplies around the city, so I tend to stay close. My all-time favorite place to eat is Rosa’s Pizza across the street, but there are so many good places. I usually grab whoever I can from my classes to go with me to Starbucks, too. It sounds strange, but I go to Dunkin’ for coffee before class, and Starbucks on our break for tea. I have yet to check out the school’s cafeteria, but it’s on my to-do list for this semester.

As for fun, I could spend hours in the art supply/book store across the street. However, being an art student, this applies to all art stores and fabric stores. I also love the FIT museum. I’ve seen several exhibits throughout the years, and although eclectic and different from one another, they are always inspiring. I’m almost positive the current Daphne Guinness exhibit is my favorite so far.

When I take two classes at FIT which have an hour in between, I love to walk around. I always go to Buffalo Exchange or the Goodwill, which i’ve found amazing deals at. Besides, I love shopping and having to hunt around for things is a good way to keep from spending too much. I found a Guess denim vest for $4 last Spring, a Zara sweater for $7, and a Diane Von Furstenburg shirt for $22! Since FIT, I’ve become an expert thrifter.