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Irina Shayk’s New York Address Book

 

The Russian top model and cover star of this month’s Numéro shares her favorite hang-outs.

Photo: Nagi Sakai from De Facto Inc.

 

Numéro: Why did you decide to live in New York? 

Irina Shayk: Just because this city the world capital of culture and fashion! Wherever you come from, New York adopts you and nourishes you with its energy. My mother is from a small town in Russia, speaks barely any English, and yet whenever she comes to visit me she always says she feels so at home here because New Yorkers are just so welcoming.

 

Where did you first take up residence on arriving here from your native Russia?

My manager found me an apartment to rent on Jane Street, on the corner of Washington Street in the West Village. It was a tiny but gorgeous apartment with a window over a garden. I felt so privileged to live there after leaving Russia. Today I still live in the West Village.

 

Are you like a typical New Yorker now, who goes straight from a club to an early Pilate’s class without sleeping?

I'm not really into nightclubs. I prefer going out to dinner with my Russian friends or watching matches at their place. I also like listening to live music in little clubs. But like a typical New Yorker I do multiple sporting activities: I have an excellent Pilate’s teacher in the East Village, Andrea Mitchell. I cross the city to go to her class, which is such great exercise. I also do Brazilian ju-jitsu, and often run along the Hudson, because I live just a block away.

 

What do you do when you're tired?

I stay in bed watching films… eating Russian food, always! My favourite dishes are meatballs and borsch. I highly recommended that everyone tries them.

 

 

 

 

Balthazar restaurant

 

It might seem strange but I love crowded places! The Balthazar restaurant in SoHo is one of my favourites. It's like a sort of chic American style Coupole: you go there to see and be seen. The crowd is a mix of regulars and tourists… There's always a queue but that's part of the experience… It's the perfect opportunity to people watch and have unexpected encounters.

 

80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hudson Clearwater

 

When I crave a more intimate ambiance I like Hudson Clearwater in the West Village, where I can see a friend in complete peace and just have lunch in a quiet corner gossiping. I recommend it for the imaginative cocktails and its cosy vibe.

 

447 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014.

 

 

 

 

 

Roberta’s pizza à Bushwick

 

Totally overcrowded, Roberta’s is the meeting spot for artists and people in the neighbourhood. And they serve the best pizzas around. Everyone is squashed in together, conversations get all mixed up, and it’s friendly with no fuss.

 

261 Moore St, New York, ny 11206.

 

 

 

 

Mari Vanna

 

For me the best restaurant in the world is Mari Vanna in Manhattan. Everything is just perfect. The décor is sophisticated and typical of Russian apartments with a sublime wallpaper, Matryoshkas, chandeliers and old black and white photos. They serve borsch (traditional beetroot soup, with vegetables and meat) and I love it! E 20th St, New York, NY 10003.

 

41 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003.

 

 

 

Tatiana (restaurant and Russian nightclub)

 

I like taking my American friends to the Russian restaurant/night-club, Tatiana with its traditional dance shows. It's on the promenade in Brooklyn. Its décor is very glamourous and colourful. 

 

3152 Brighton 6th St, New York, nY 11235.

 

 

 

 

Nobu Next Door (TriBeCa)

 

I never get tired of the restaurant Nobu Next Door in TriBeCa, the second Nobu in New York. The cooking is always delicate and refined, and the service is excellent. I really love the electric and energetic ambiance of the place. 

 

105 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013.

 

 

By Delphine Roche and Léa Zetlaoui

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