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My Perfect Saturday

Blogger and street style star Charlotte Groeneveld on where to eat, drink, and relax in NYC

Scroll through Charlotte Groeneveld’s style site, The Fashion Guitar by Charlotte, and it’s easy to see why she’s attracted such a huge following. Her cleverly assembled looks incorporate high-fashion pieces in ways that feel truly wearable, while her style and beauty writing has enough candor to humanize an otherwise velvet-rope scene. Her unstudied approach has garnered coverage in magazines like W and Vogue Paris and collaborations with top fashion brands around the world.

Originally from the Netherlands, Groeneveld moved to Manhattan two years ago, and while she follows the fashion cycle around the globe, it’s New York she loves best—not least because her family is there. She lives in the West Village with her husband, Thomas, and toddlers James and Stella, and remains in thrall of the city’s mythic energy. “Before moving here, I’d never traveled to New York. I only knew it from television and photos, and every feeling I thought I would have, I’ve had,” she says. “It’s the architecture and the high buildings, and it’s also the West Village, which is really more like a small town, and it’s SoHo, with fire escapes outside every window. It gives me so much energy and motivation.”

Below, Groeneveld outlines a perfect Saturday in her adopted home.

MORNING

The heaping-avocado toast at Bluestone Lane
The heaping-avocado toast at Bluestone Lane

Bluestone Lane Collective Café
For breakfast, I love to go to Bluestone Lane on Greenwich Avenue because of their food and their coffee. It’s an Australian place with a lot of Australian staff, and they’re just very chill. They have a really good avocado and toast (so cliché but delicious), and they have something called “Green Baked Eggs” with spinach and tomatoes, which is super healthy. It’s kid-friendly, their flat white coffee is great, and it’s good for Instagram, so it ticks all the boxes for me.

Bluestone Lane Collective Café, 55 Greenwich Ave., 646-368-1988
The dinosaurs at the American Museum of Natural History get rave reviews from Groeneveld’s son, James
The dinosaurs at the American Museum of Natural History get rave reviews from Groeneveld’s son, James

American Museum of Natural History
We try to get here with the kids before the big crowds, but it always takes a little longer than planned to leave the house with two toddlers. The earlier I get there the better, but the museum is big enough that even with lots of people there, the kids have the time of their lives! James is obsessed with the dinosaurs, so that’s where we spend most of our time.

American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th St., 212-769-5100
A selection of pieces courtesy of the Robin Rice Gallery (left to right): SideNude by Barnaby Hall; Billy by Jose Picayo; Polo Field, Cheshire, UK by Pete Kelly; Brooklyn View of Williamsburg Bridge by Kim Reierson; and Untitled #14 by Bill Phelps
A selection of pieces courtesy of the Robin Rice Gallery (left to right): SideNude by Barnaby Hall; Billy by Jose Picayo; Polo Field, Cheshire, UK by Pete Kelly; Brooklyn View of Williamsburg Bridge by Kim Reierson; and Untitled #14 by Bill Phelps

Robin Rice Gallery
Then it’s time for a downtown stroll in SoHo, where we pop in and out of photo galleries. I am a big fan of photography and always on the lookout for a new piece for the house. The Robin Rice Gallery on West 11th is small, but it has a very diverse collection. I really like the style of Slim Aarons—those ’60s Nevada, Palm Springs kind of pool photos—but I’m also into more of modern photography. We’ll just walk in there and have a look now and then. When you stroll around with kids, it’s good to try these little things because it’s not too crowded in that area—the kids can walk around a bit and nobody’s bothered.

Robin Rice Gallery, 325 W. 11th St., 212-366-6660

noon

The Soho House drawing room—the site of Groeneveld’s favorite Saturday brunch
The Soho House drawing room—the site of Groeneveld’s favorite Saturday brunch

Soho House New York
Lunchtime we spend at Soho House. On Saturdays they do an insane brunch where they have everything you can think of, and the food is really good quality. For example, they do fried chicken—I’d never, ever eat it anywhere except for there because there it sort of feels OK to eat it. Or you can get oysters, superfood salads, bagels with salmon… For the kids, there are little jars of candy for them to eat after lunch. And it feels healthy. I usually eat so much during this brunch I end up thinking I’ll have to skip dinner.

Soho House New York, 29-35 Ninth Ave., 212-627-9800

Hudson River Greenway
Thomas and I take the kids to a playground on Bleecker Street, then switch off on runs. Living downtown, we usually end up running along the Hudson River. I cross Bank Street (the most beautiful street in the Village, especially in the spring) until I get to the water, then run down to the Freedom Tower. I actually hate running, but it’s just something you need to do, I guess. The view is beautiful—when you’re not from New York, it’s always incredible to see the cityscape. It’s the best place to run—I prefer that over a park.

But I won’t pretend I can make it back running. I Uber back.
The south-facing skyline along the Hudson River
The south-facing skyline along the Hudson River

night

At the Waverly Inn, cozy banquettes and Manhattan-inspired murals by Edward Sorel
At the Waverly Inn, cozy banquettes and Manhattan-inspired murals by Edward Sorel

Waverly Inn
Dinner is 100 percent at the Waverly Inn. We live a minute from this amazing place, and we are there every weekend, so it’s sort of a second living room. Hands down, it has the best food, the oysters and burgers especially, and since we are there a lot, we’ve grown quite fond of the people who work there, too. The bar area is small but great for drinks, and the bartenders make the best Aperol Spritz—that’s my favorite, winter or summer. It’s intimate, but still you’re always around other people. For drinks after dinner, we meet with friends there, and it’s nice for a date as well. It just suits so many purposes.

Waverly Inn, 16 Bank St., 917-828-1154
  • The multicolored, backlit bottles at the Lobby Bar
  • The Clocktower restaurant at the New York EDITION hotel
  • A fireside nook by the lobby
  • From the lobby, guests ascend up a sculptural staircase
  • A Deluxe room at the New York EDITION offers Empire State views

New York EDITION
We have a guest room, so I like to have friends and family stay at our apartment, but if we can’t, I definitely send people to the EDITION hotel—they have a really friendly staff and amazing decorations. It’s very minimalist, and they have a beautiful bar. In London and Miami and New York, they all have these walls of liquor bottles. In the rooms, everything is white, but there’s a nice fur bedspread, and they have the exact snacks you want, you know? It’s all very well thought out, and it pushes the right buttons for me.

New York EDITION, 5 Madison Ave., 212-413-4200
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CHARLOTTE GROENEVELD is a New York–based fashion blogger and entrepreneur. See her work at The Fashion Guitar by Charlotte.
  • Photograph by Weston Wells
  • Photograph by Weston Wells
  • Photograph by Ben Hider; Courtesy of Bluestone Lane
  • Courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons
  • Courtesy of the Robin Rice Gallery
  • Courtesy of Soho House New York
  • Courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons
  • Photograph by Daniel Krieger
  • Slideshow photographs by Nikolas Koenig; Courtesy of the New York EDITION hotel
  • Photograph by Weston Wells