There’s no sign on the door of this pizzeria. The artfully unassuming, urban-rustic interior features plain wood communal tables, white-painted walls and floors, and seashell mobiles hanging from the rafters. And there are no fancy wood-fire or brick ovens. But with its commitment to “100-percent certified organically grown ingredients,” which it combines in imaginative ways, Story Deli takes the thin-crust pizza to mouth- wateringly healthy heights. Each wafer-thin Italian-flour base is piled high with inventive toppings: The Fico (goat cheese, Parma ham, salad leaves, fig- and-olive tapenade, red onion, capers, and thyme) and the Mushroom (garlic-and-thyme–roasted mushrooms, mascarpone, roasted sweet red onion, garlic, salad leaves, buffalo mozzarella, and basil pesto) were two of our favorites from the extensive menu. Most of the pizzas are $26, and wine is $39 a bottle. Save room for the mixed-berry cheesecake—it’s surprisingly light.
Hostem’s exterior is so nondescript it’s easy to overlook. Once inside, you’ll soon discover why London’s fashion-forward brigade has been raving about this temple of menswear ever since British style guru James Brown opened it in 2010. Hostem’s modern-meets-heritage interior features reclaimed Victorian-era pine floors, burlap-covered walls, and squirrel-cage lightbulbs hanging on black cables. However, the clothes take center stage. The lower level showcases street and work-wear collections, such as Adam Kimmel and Visvim, along with several Japanese brands previously unavailable internationally and exclusive to Hostem; the main floor focuses on high-fashion labels like Geoffrey B. Small, S.N.S. Herning, and MA+; the third room is an ever-evolving space for the dis- play of up-and-coming designers. Even checkout is a special: Receipts are artfully handwritten by the store staff. The bill will run you a pretty penny, but the intimate shopping experience makes it worth- while. And don’t forget to pick up the in-house magazine, Sebastian, on your way out.