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Welcome to Drunk Shopping, our feature celebrating the time-honored tradition of getting totally wasted while the sun's still shining before buying a bunch of debatably useful stuff that the sober you would be too timid or too restrained to take home. Each Friday we'll cobble together a new itinerary starting you off with a boozy Saturday or Sunday brunch before meandering through a few neighboring retailers and happy hours notable for seasonal specials, limited time availability, fantastic deals, recent openings, or new shipments.
Brunch is on the horizon, people! Another week down! But this time around let's trade in the ham and egg platters we've grown so accustomed to and get a little adventurous. Drunk Shopping is going to dim sum. Now, we're crawling the Lower East Side for any and all post-brunch festivities this weekend—but for serious dim sum you're going to start out very slightly south in—where else?—Chinatown.
88 Palace is the place to go: Cavernous and cacophonous, just point at whatever you want to try at whatever rolling cart happens by and share. Soups and dumplings, odd sides you've never seen before, fried things, steamed things, noodles, even tripe—there's something for everyone and we can almost guarantee no one is going to end up spending more than $10 or $15 on food. The tea is gratis, the beer and wine is not. But you'd better flag someone down and order up so you can get your buzz going!
Now on your way north you'll roll right past Seward Park, home of the Hester Street Fair. This is the fair's closing weekend for the season and they've invited a slew of special vendors—so it'll certainly be worth a stop. And—on Sunday, Halloween—the fair is participating in the Seward Park Cooperative's Halloween festival. It opens up with a an East Broadway Halloween Parade at 2pm and will include a haunted graveyard, a bouncy house, face-painting, a pumpkin patch and more. Tickets are $9.
Overdosing on Halloween? There's a lot to shop. We suggest you start by traveling north up Orchard Street. Just above Canal hit Gargyle—it's a real shop now with real hours! No appointments! Just walk right in! We love having fewer barriers between us and Y.M.C. and Karen Walker and we think you will, too. A few blocks north visit Monkey, the resident Boston terrier at Anglo-centric boutique Any Old Iron. And, two doors down you'll see the Reed Space—currently featuring Epaulet's in-the-City pop-up (but only through Saturday).
Now take a right on Stanton and another quick right on Ludlow. Pop in the J.D. Fisk flagship for their line of well-priced men's footwear (it's Dolce Vita, but for boys!) plus classic casual and streetwear from harder-to-find, international brands. Further south, you'll find TG170 in their new, more spacious storefront. The space is a work in progress but their edgy, indie sportswear is still ripe for the shopping. Oh, and TG107's old space? Well, that's now Assembly New York's brand new home—hey, you're already right there.
If you're up for more, a new shop/gallery has opened on Rivington. Called End of the Century, look for indie designer goods and accessories plus one-off decorative objects, all with a vaguely-goth sensibility. Hey, when in Rome.
Well, we are parched. We're also within spitting distance of the Magician—a Drunk Shopping favorite. Their specials vary but they're almost beyond the point—the drinks are that cheap. So rehydrate, and Happy Halloween!
Enjoy! And please do share your Drunk Shopping tips, tales, and war stories in the comments.
· Hester Street Fair [Official Site]
· Orchard Street's Gargyle Showroom Morphs Into Full-Time Store [Racked NY]
· Monkey the Boston Terrier at Any Old Iron [Racked NY]
· Brooklyn's Epaulet to Set Up Shop on the LES for October [Racked NY]
· Classic Menswear with a Dash of Bourbon at J.D. Fisk [Racked NY]
· TG170 Settles Into Its New Home, Also On Ludlow Street [Racked NY]
· Assembly New York Moving Just A Stone's Throw Away [Racked NY]
· Storecasting: End of the Century [Racked NY]
· Drunk Shopping [Racked NY]