Collecteurs' NYC Guide \ Frieze Week


Jessica & Evrim's


New York

Ahead of Frieze week, the founders of Collecteurs, Jessica and Evrim Oralkan, have put together a list of their favorite things to do in the city they call home.



28 Grand St, Manhattan 10013

Selecting fresh, quality ingredients and delivering it in its most natural form, Ato's team creates dishes that are more than just food but also an artistic practice; therefore, the restaurant named itself after the Japanese pronunciation of "art." The restaurant houses a raw and minimal space, like a blank canvas highlighting the food.




253 E Houston St 1, Manhattan, 10002

Narcissister: Studies for Participatory Sculptures. Known for working with the live body, Narcissister has created over two hundred collages that constitute research for unrealized (or unrealizable) sculptures. The artist pays homage to porn performers, Martha Rosler’s photomontage series, House Beautiful: Bringing the War Home, the early sculptures of Charles Ray, and Louise Bourgeois’ Totems, and cites references ranging from Kembra Pfahler’s Wall of Vagina to Pope. L’s Sweet Desire, among others.


De Maria

19 Kenmare St, Manhattan 10012

Great spot in Nolita to grab a quick and healthy lunch.




Hiwa K @ The New Museum

235 Bowery, Manhattan, 10002

Iraqi-Kurdish artist Hiwa K makes work inspired by political events, chance encounters, oral histories, and his own experiences, including fleeing Iraq on foot in the late 1990s. Blind as the Mother Tongue, his first solo exhibition in the US, gathers a selection of works that address experiences of estrangement and alternative modes of seeing, learning, and remembering. 


The Broken Kilometer

393 West Broadway, Manhattan 10012

Walter De Maria's The Broken Kilometer has been on long-term view to the public since 1979. The work, which consists of 500 solid brass rods, is placed in five parallel rows of 100 rods each, spanning an entire 1970's Soho loft. Commissioned by Dia Foundation, it is the companion piece toVertical Earth Kilometer in Kassel, Germany, which is a one kilometer long, 2 inch diameter brass rod that De Maria placed into the earth, with the top end flush with the surface of the ground.


Donald Judd's House


101 Spring Street, Manhattan 10012

In 1968, Judd purchased 101 Spring Street, a five story cast-iron building located on the corner of Spring Street and Mercer Street in New York City. Designed by Nicholas Whyte and constructed in 1870, it was the first building Judd owned and served as his New York residence and studio. Appointment is a must.


The Apartment by The Line

76 Greene Street, 3rd Fl, Manhattan 10012

Imagine walking into your dream apartment where everything is for sale. From the pictures hanging on the walls, to the smallest kitchen gadget. The Apartment by The Line is a precise edit of things you’ll wear, use, and treasure for years to come. 


Mast Books

66 Avenue A, Manhattan, 10009

A pleasant mix of rare and new books on art, design, and countless curiosities sure to make you lose track of time in a way only a good bookstore can.


The Metrograph

7 Ludlow St, Manhattan

A selective and highly curated world of cinema awaits you at The Metrograph in the Lower East Side. From art films to critically-acclaimed film festival winners, there's something for everyone with a trained eye for cinema.


Floating Mountain Tea Room

239 West 72nd St, 2F, Manhattan 10023

Located in a tiny, sun-filled spot in the Upper West Side, this new tea house offers a much-needed respite from the urban clamor and a wide offering of excellent and hard-to-find teas.


The Primary Essentials

3 Centre Market Place, Manhattan 10013

On a quiet street between the bustling neighborhoods of Little Italy and Soho lies one of the best-kept secrets in modern-day gift giving: The Primary Essentials.


Ippodo Tea

125 E 39th St, Manhattan, 10016

The New York outpost of the centuries-old Kyoto-based Ippodo. Expect the highest quality green tea outside of Japan with a wonderful to-go menu.


Boris Bidjan Saberi

494 Greenwich St, Manhattan 10013

The German-Persian designer Boris Bidjan Saberi is hailed as one of the leading avant-garde designers in contemporary ready-to-wear. His TriBeCa flagship store is the first retail concept for the designer outside of Europe. Precisely cut (and expertly broken-in) leatherwear line the racks of this downtown staple.

Photo: Donald Gjoka


Alex Ayed @ Institute of Arab & Islamic Art


3 Howard St, Manhattan 10012

IAIA presents the first solo exhibition by Brussels and Tunisia-based artist Alex Ayed. Ayed's wall installations take shape organically and unfold into their final forms as they are installed. The artist has gathered sand from the Sahara desert and layered it onto the wall, as if unveiling the geological formations of a desert. A mound of sand forms below from the residue falling from the wall.


The Noguchi Museum

9-01 33rd Rd, Queens, 11106

A breath of fresh air amidst a bustling city, the Noguchi Museum was created to advance the understanding and appreciation of Japanese artist Isamu Noguchi's art and legacy. Complete with a Japanese garden, book shop, cafe, and alternating exhibitions, this hidden gem is well worth a visit.

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