New York Is Los Angeles
New Yorkers have also adopted another habit of Los Angeles living: early dining.
Lauren Young, a spokeswoman for Resy, the reservation app owned by American Express, said that New Yorkers have “shifted a little toward earlier times, whereas LA historically already did dine earlier.” From 2019 to 2022, 5 pm reservations in New York City increased by 1.9 percent. “This might not seem like a big shift, but it amounts to thousands of reservations,” Ms. Young said.
“New York used to love to pretend it had a European-style, 9 or 10 pm dinner culture,” said Chris Black, a New York fashion consultant and a host of the “How Long Gone” podcast who now lives in West Hollywood. A recent return visit was less Marais, more Marina del Rey: Mercer Kitchen and Il Buco “wouldn’t seat me for dinner at 7 pm, because it was so busy,” he said.
Manhattan’s next big Los Angeles moment will be the opening of San Vicente Bungalows, the West Hollywood private clubhouse that is a favorite of Hollywood’s apex predators. Its owner, Jeff Klein, is opening a branch at the Jane Hotel, whose rooftop will be adorned with soil and trees to better replicate the verdant original. Gabé Doppelt, a former Condé Nast editor and gatekeeper of Tower Bar on Sunset Boulevard, another Klein property, is set to move to Manhattan to ensure the social caliber of the new establishment.
Avocado Green Mattress sells California-made “vegan mattresses” at its Fifth Avenue “experience center.” Detox Market, an Abbot Kinney favorite, has become part of the East Houston Street landscape. Nushama, a psychedelic wellness center featuring $4,500 ketamine treatments, opened in Midtown in 2021 and plans to expand to the Bay Ridge neighborhood of Brooklyn.
Steven Phillips-Horst, a host of the podcast “Celebrity Book Club with Steven & Lily,” said the collision of West Coast wellness culture with New York decadence has resulted in something he calls “responsible hedonism.”
“People definitely want their green juice and their matcha negronis,” he said. “There’s an element of indulgence to both cities that fuses a more traditional ’90s LA idea of green juice and health food and the New York, old-school brasserie vibe, putting that together in this incomprehensible TikTok slop.”