Grace Chang is the quintessential Manhattan mama in many senses, with an adorable 9 year old son, an enviable wardrobe and an arsenal of girlfriends she paints the town with. But she also spends more time abroad then she does at home, travelling the world with endless curiosity, seeking adventure, style and food, which she shares on her blog, MAMA IS HAUTE. She’s lived in Lower Manhattan for over 15 years and here she shares her faves for FIDI, Battery Park and Tribeca.
What do you love about living in Lower Manhattan?
I have lived in Lower Manhattan for the past 15+ years and it just has this amazing energy and tons of hidden gems.
What is your favorite restaurant? What is your favorite dish there?
Some of my faves:
Odeon – Oysters, Steak Frite and the bread pudding as dessert
Fowler and Wells – Cheese plate
Tiny’s – Kale Salad and Meatballs
Takahashi – Nabiyaki Udon
Locanda Verde – Any of their pastas!
Mulberry + Vine – great lunch
Sweet Greens – for the freshest salad
Your favorite coffee shop or bar?
Coffee Shop: Kiva, Laughing Man
Bars: Smith and Mills, Fowler + Wells Bar Room, Weather Up, Terra, Dead Rabbit
What would you like to see in the neighborhood?
I would love more boutiques with cool emerging designers, so I’m really excited for the opening of 10 Corso Como!
What do you love in the Seaport?
Among many reasons, the Brother Vellies store
My favorite song is…
Currently “Howling at the Moon” – the French version is better.
Last meal on earth?
Korean food + Foie Fresco from San Sebastian in Spain
Your favorite piece of clothing?
Can’t leave home without…
My major 3 – Phone, wallet, and keys
Check out Grace’s blog for more of her amazing style and her mind blowing travels – www.mamaishaute.com