#1 - Obviously, to shop the lovely Mint Julep for all your summer must-haves: a special occasion dress, flouncy frocks for the warm weather, the perfect handbag, a fabulous San Diego hat to keep the sun off your face while you're strolling in Central Park, or whatever other accessories your heart desires this season.
#2 - The food! Everyone knows that the Mint Julep girls love to eat. Visit the Lower East Side to visit some famous haunts. Get a pastrami sandwich at Katz's Deli on Ludlow (while you're there you can re-enact the famous scene from Harry Met Sally), then turn onto Houston and head to Russ & Daughters for the best pickle from a barrel in the city. For a star-studded meal, head over to Inoteca, a celeb hot spot, for some cheese plates and wine. Or stroll down to Moby's Teany for a scone and a "cowboy cookie."
#3 - The candy store!!! Anyone who has a sweet tooth must get themselves to the Economy Candy store on Rivington, where you will find all your favorite old fashioned candies. We stock up regularly on our favorite, Mint Juleps!
#4 - Get some culture at the Tenement Museum. Connect with your roots during one of their tours and buy yourself a souvenir at their gift shop.
#5 - The music scene. Ludlow Street loves musicians! Any night of the week you can listen to a live band down here on the Lower East Side. Stop by our favorite places - The Cake Shop or Piano's. While you're at the Cake Shop, snack on a vegan cupcake, or sit at the bar at Piano's and feast on a burger and fries.
#6 - Sangria Mondays at Tre! A Mintz & Sam tradition. Bring a friend and have a spaghetti-eatting contest next door to Mint Julep any Monday night. For $19, eat as much spaghetti as you can while drinking as much sangria as you can get down. YUM!!!
#7 - A cool haircut. Check out Tommy Guns, Pimps & Pinups (where our Christina Salerno often gets her bangs trimmed), Kropps & Bobbers, or any of the other salons on Ludlow. You'll be sure to leave with a super-cool do.
#8 - Happy Hour! The night goes late on the Lower East Side, but it sure starts out early! Check out some of our favorite places to get an evening cocktail for half the price. Try Verlaine for a lychee martini or Spitzer's for a beer and some delicious appetizers. You may run into Mintz and Sam at Schiller's sitting at the old-fashioned bar.
#9 - Sunday brunch! Head back to Tre for their unlimited champagne brunch or take your friends to Stanton Social to share some small plates. Try the Clinton Bakery when you want to leave the restaurant stuffed, or go to Spitzer's for some blackberry pancakes.
#10 - To find your own favorite places! Stop into the Julep and let us know if you have stumbled upon any hidden gems!