cristina villegas' nyc food and shopping picks

cristina villegas is the proud owner of yoya, a children's clothing boutique in nyc's west village that offers colorful, trendy and unique pieces for a range of ages. she also happens to be a good friend of jasmine's. as fellow women in business and "mompreneurs," they have quite the camaraderie and support one another in their pursuits to up the ante in the world of children's fashion. 

we asked cristina to give us the lowdown on some of her favorite places to eat and shop in nyc, particularly around the west village. so next time you happen to be in manhattan, be sure to stop by her store and make a day of it! grab some lunch or dinner, shop around, and enjoy all that this amazing neighborhood has to offer.

where to eat 


check out this french-style bistro for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. current menu highlights inclde rillettes de saumon (potted salmon with butter lettuce and radishes), moules au curry (mussels steamed with curry and fries) and coq au vin (chicken stewed in red wine, lardons and mushrooms).

via carota

grab a seat outside and enjoy delicious creations from chefs jody williams and rita sodi. this italy-inspired gastroteca offers a wide selection of meat, fish and pastas for your tasting delight!

extra virgin

craving mediterranean food? try a chopped falafel salad or lamb three ways at this local favorite. bonus points for offering different varieties of extra virgin olive oil every night! 

cafe cluny

having been named "best brunch spot in nyc," cafe cluny offers mouthwatering options like corn bread, niman ranch sirloin steak frites, and of course, brioche french toast. 

the butcher's daughter

if you're a vegetarian, look no further than the butcher's daughter! with a plethora of juices, smoothies, and vegan / gluten-free options, a visit here will leave you feeling healthier than ever. if you can't make it to the west village location, check out their nolita and brooklyn locations! 

where to shop

apiece apart

for sweaters and high waisted jeans

nili lotan

for chic blouses and slip dresses

the line

for super cool, luxurious outerwear 


for feminine, elegant dresses

golden goose

for gorgeous leather boots


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