Category Archives: Shop New York

NYC Self Guided/Self Directed Shopping Itineraries are the Perfect Solution for the Independent Traveler

August 1st, 2019

Guided Shopping Tours liked those provided by Shop Gotham are a unique way to explore specialty shopping when unfamiliar with a new place.

However, for those who prefer to Shop Independently at their own PACE, we have developed a program just for you: Self Directed/Self Guided Itineraries.

Self Directed/Self Guided Itineraries give you the freedom to shop and explore when YOU want while visiting NYC. Whether you are a “careful” shopper, moving thoroughly through each rack, a speed shopper, seeking to “get the job done”, or simply want to entertain your Teen, these itineraries will provide the direction needed for a fruitful day. In this city of too many options, we will lead you to the “good stuff” targeting boutiques which are worthwhile and which you likely do not have at home, so as to come back with a little NYC in your bag.

Self Guided/Self Directed Itineraries available:
and soon available

And.. check out our Downtown Independent Food Tasting Itinerary

Fall is coming and your closets need to be filled with fabulous new items.

To read further about Shop Gotham’s Self Directed/Self Guided Itineraries, check out our details here; Self Directed/Self Guided Itineraries

4 Outstanding Rooftop Bars/Lounges – NYC Spring 2019

April 9th, 2019

We may specialize in NYC Shopping programs, But we know WHAT”s What for all things NYC

Visiting NYC this spring? Lucky for visitors and locals alike, spring came early!

one of best rooftop lounges NYC with its retractable roof

So.. May we suggest these 4 Outstanding ROOFTOP or HIGH in the SKY BARS/LOUNGES for a fabulous NYC spring vibe and beautiful views. Cocktails wont be cheap, but after all, how often do you get to New York City?
(note: all of these locations get rented out for private events, so best to call ahead)

1) Refinery Rooftop (The Refinery Hotel/Garment District)
This elegant boutique hotel was once a hat factory and now boasts a popular after-work rooftop lounge and some of the best views in town. It has a retractable roof, so make sure to go on a Warm night and enjoy the outdoors. Cocktails, Lunch and Dinner served.

2)Rooftop Garden at Hotel Giraffe(/Midtown East).
Contemporary decor and a Calm vibe can be found on 12th floor outdoor rooftop visited by locals and visitors alike.

3) Bar 65(Rainbow Room/Midtown)
The highest terrace in NYC — floor 65, this is an opp to dress up a bit and have a “fancy” NYC cocktail experience. Spectacular views await as does a pricey drink. But hey, you are going to the legendary Rainbow Room!
In door and outdoor seating, cocktails and an interesting small bites menu.

4)The Ides(The Wyeth Hotel/Williamsburg,Brooklyn)
This is NOT outdoors, yet the 6th floor of the contemporary Wythe Hotel, can always boast a hip crowd in a beautiful industrial space, with magnificent views of Manhattan. Small plates and great cocktails.

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Prom and Graduation Dress Shopping – Spring 2019

February 12th, 2019

If you are planning to come to NYC to shop for one of these special occasion dresses, have we got the answer for you. No need to spend hours researching. Our Self Directed Shopping Itinerary for Prom, Graduation and other Special Occasion Dresses will tell you just where to go and what you will find there.

A written itinerary is accompanied by a map.

For $48 bucks, your daughter will thank you!

See link before or email: – subject: Prom and Graduation dresses.  And it will land in your inbox within 48 hours



What to Wear & Things to Do when Visiting New York City in October & November 2018

September 28th, 2018

Events are plentiful in NYC. And far beyond Broadway. Plan ahead for some of these or other fascinating things to do:

What to wear:
Simple Chic is always on tap in NYC.
Pictures are worth a thousand words

Men’s NYC Fall Street Style




Things to Do:
Cafe Wha?
this age old intimate music venue provides world class music every night for $10- $15 cover charge. Select a cover band you like and settle in to a fun NYC eve.

Join the Standby line for The Mile-Long Opera
: October 3- 8
Outdoor opera every night from 7- 9pm on these dates, all outdoors on the High Line, tickets are free but sold out.  We’ve been told lots of people on standby will get in.

Thursday night is art night in Chelsea, featuring the latest in New York city art. Galleries open up free to the public for viewing current collections and attending opening receptions. The Chelsea art district is concentrated mostly between West 19th and 28th streets, and 10th and 11th avenues.

NYC things to Do 2018. Liev Schreiber and Jon Voight of Ray Donovan at the Tribeca Film Fest, September 2018


NY Comedy Fest:  Nov 5- 11, 200 comedians from big names such as Conan and Marc Maron to up and comers.

Itzhak Perlman in Conversation with Alan Alda  at the 92 Y, Nov 13

Take a Garment Center Shopping Tour, where we unlock the doors to Wholesale shopping in  Designer Showrooms!  Bring your daughter, mom, friends.  The most authentically fun activity you can find in NYC




What to WEAR in NYC (New York City) – EARLY- MID SEPT

August 25th, 2018

General Tips: Casual Chic is the New York Style. People no longer dress for the theater or museums, although looking smart is always in style. All black is common for a New Yorker,  but you need not comply with this.


YES – do bring your white jeans and comfortably wear them until mid September. Although its post Labor Day, the rules have changed and the temps can still be in the low 80’s.

Great outfit for warm September day in new york city



  • Pair your white, blue or black jeans with a non- white short sleeve top or off the shoulder to for the daytime shopping, lunching, meandering.
  • For dinner and/or theater, opt for a stylish top with a  light-weight jacket (jean, cloth, light leather, blazer.)  A simple dress with a light leather jacket is always a winner.
  • Feet: Post Labor Day, you may want to leave your very casual sandals and flop flops home. However, open toe boots, closed flats, closed low boots(booties) and cool sneakers are definitely “right” for this season.

NO NO’s:

  •  Stay away from white on white outfits.
  • Leave your summer florals home
  • No need for heavy wool sweaters
  • Do NOT wear fur trimmed or sequin items.
  • Do NOT bring a cocktail dress for dinner out , unless you are invited to a legitimate cocktail party which calls for this.

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June 14th, 2018

A GREAT LATE DAY INTO EVE on One Block of the the Lower East Side NYC. NORFOLK ST.

Lower East Side speakeasy

Once upon a time, the Lower East Side was the hub for pickles, Jewish deli, cheap clothes and poor immigrants. It’s Long been gentrified and the pace of building is astounding. The most interesting and least known streets are the most Eastern ones ( we are talking almost at the Williamsburg bridge) A couple of hours on Norfolk Street (between Delancey and Rivington)

LA CONTENTA: Great Mexican in this tiny outpost. like most of the area, a daily Happy Hour for reduced priced food and drinks draws many between 4 and 7pm

THE BACKROOM(SPEAKEASY): Dark and moody – good for snuggling – with a truly precarious entrance leading to 1930’s prohibition themed spot. All cocktails served in tea cups.

NURSE BETTIE: Go for happy hour, Stay for the free Burlesque shows.

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New York City Self Directed -Self Guided Tour Itineraries in NYC, Food, Shopping

April 25th, 2018

New  York City is an explorer’s  nirvana.  Sometimes you want some guidance, but dont want to be part of a guided tour. For those of you independent types who want to go at your own pace..

Shop Gotham has always offered Exclusively Several diverse exciting options for Self Directed – Self Guided Itineraries.

Commencing in May 2018, these new options are available

Tween Shopping (throughout Manhattan)
Food Sampling Day (Soho, Nolita, Little Italy, Chinatown)
Designer Consignment Shopping  (Upper East Side)
SoHo/NoLita Custom Shopping Itinerary

Each Itinerary comes via email and is comprised of:  A comprehensive Written Itinerary

Fees range from $40 to $75  – a pretty modest fee for a day’s entertainment for your family or group of friends. Or the solo guest. And invaluable for not wasting time getting lost in NYC.





NEW: 2 NYC Full Day Tour Itineraties – for those who want to get the MOST out of Their time in NYC

February 27th, 2018


An Urban Scavenger Hunt, Local Pizza and Shopping Tour
Get three big slices of the New York experience in under six hours: You’ll start with a Watson Adventures scavenger hunt revealing the secrets of Chinatown and Little Italy, then you’ll break for a pizza lunch in Little Italy, and finish with a shopping expedition in Soho/NoLita. Fill your eyes, your belly, and your shopping bag in one great downtown NYC adventure!

3 neighborhoods, 5.5- 6 Hours

For Groups of 15 to 20
(ages 14 and older)


NYC Fashion


Sometimes one program just isn’t enough. This ultimate treat will
take you on two fabulous private programs AND get you around town to see several NYC neighborhoods.

Part I. )3-Hour SOHO/NOLITA Chic Boutique Shopping Tour (Walking portion)

Part 2. )3-Hour GOSSIP GIRL sites program or SEX and THE CITY hotspots tour (Limousine portion

Luxuriate in your private limo on one of these fun and
fabulous programs.