When it snows in New York, a hush comes over the streets, and the glittery layer over the cars, awnings, and buildings makes everything sparkle. The intimate charm of the neighborhoods that surround 70 Charlton, with their unexpected tiny streets, mix of historic and modern architecture, and cozy restaurants, means an evening snowfall is the perfect time to get out and explore. Enjoying a late-night hot toddy by the window at the Ear Inn, sharing a delicious dessert at Dominique Ansel Bakery amid your neighbors, and warming up with pie at Bubby’s on a snowy evening provide the kinds of moments that make you think “this is why I live in New York.” Here are some highlights of the Winter Wonderland around 70 Charlton SoHo condos that will always be worth getting bundled up for on those chilly days.
People from all over the world flock to Dominique Ansel Bakery for some of the most exquisite pastries in the world and for the world-famous cronut. The block where the bakery sits is classic postcard-perfect SoHo, where the street life is as chic as the window-shopping, making it the right place to feast on a cronut or a cookie with a hot chocolate or coffee whether you sit inside or take your treat for a snow-flecked stroll.
Another famous dessert made for romantic snowy nights is the pie at Bubby’s. Listed first in Eater New York’s “12 Spectacular NYC Pie Shops,” Bubby’s pies strike the precise balance between the best of the old American classics and the adventurous tastes of Downtown New York in the here and now. The Double Crust Apple Pie is brightened with lemon zest and sea salt. The Banoffee is given a dose of sophistication with dulce de leche and espresso. The perfect pie for celebrating the holidays and the season might just be the Eggnog, which you can enjoy in full view of the falling flakes outside the massive windows overlooking Tribeca and Hudson Street. With Bubby’s open until midnight on the weekends, you can satisfy your sweet tooth late into the night and even indulge in the beloved New York pastime of eating comfort food long after the dinner hour.
Tiny’s and the Bar Upstairs is also open until midnight on Friday nights and may be the closest a New Yorker can get to entering the quaintest house in a snow-globe snow village. If you get a view near a window, don’t forget to keep your eyes on the clientele, who may include celebrities like Keegan-Michael Key, who just named Tiny’s as his go-to restaurant in an interview with Vanity Fair about the “Books, Movies, and Foods that Energize Him." Tiny’s has decadent winter treats like an Anjou Pear Crisp or Drunken Donuts—homemade donut holes doused in whiskey caramel and brown sugar.
On your way back to your home at 70 Charlton, stop by the Ear Inn, where ship captains, sailors, and the locals of this corner of the city have been gathering for two centuries to warm up inside while the snowflakes coat the streets and disappear into the river.