Healthy living guru Lady Dawn Russell shows us how she stays lovely in the West Village.
Lady Dawn Russell shares her fave West Village spots, including The Elk, where she orders the grapefruit brûlée.
Aristocrat, cancer survivor, and now entrepreneur, Dawn Russell has drawn on her life experiences to create 8Greens, a natural supplement sold on Bergdorf Goodman’s website. We caught up with Russell for a tour of her favorite West Village spots.
The day starts at her favorite coffee shop. “The Elk (128 Charles St.) has the best granola,” she says, “and they do these caramelized crème brûlée-style grapefruits. It takes you somewhere. It’s so good.”
From toys to groceries, Russell shops locally. “Teich Toys and Books (573 Hudson St.) would be your first child’s toy store. Everything is made of wood and gorgeous to look at,” she says. “At Mrs. Green’s Natural Market (585 Hudson St.), you can get your whole meal and that other stuff you don’t need but end up getting anyway.”
The Village holds plenty of memories for her and her husband, Lord James Russell. “The night before we got married, we took over Sant Ambroeus (259 W. 4th St.) and Extra Virgin (259 W. 4th St.), as well as the Paris Commune and a restaurant that has now become APC. People walked up and down the street and got to know each other. It was one of the highlights of my wedding.”
Russell usually turns in for the night with a find from Three Lives & Company (154 W. 10th St.) bookshop. “It’s one of those Village spirits that have been around forever,” she says, “and I just want to make sure it stays that way!”