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NYC Favorites

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Here is a list of some of my favorite places to eat in NYC…and also a bunch of other good stuff for New York  City visitors…

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Sightseeing: NY Water Taxi
Great way to get around the island of Manhattan, and over to Brooklyn too. Recommend the Hop On/ Hop Off all day pass in good weather.

Sightseeing: New York City Pass
If you are planning to do the full-on tourist thing, check out the City Pass. The best thing about it? It will let you skip the lines!

Broadway Shows/Theater/Major Events:TKTS
½ priced Broadway Shows and theater tickets.

Art/Out of Town: Storm King Art Center
If you are into massive sculpture, Storm King is not to be missed. One of the most impressive outdoor sculpture collections on the planet, about 1.5 hours drive North of NYC in the beautiful Hudson Valley, or you can take a bus from Penn station. Well worth a day trip out of the city to experience.

Art/Out of Town: Dia Beacon
Also a great day trip out of the city, the Dia Art Foundation is a huge private modern art collection located in an old Nabisco printing factory in the town of Beacon, on the East side of the Hudson River. You can take a train from Grand Central or 125th St in Harlem and be there in a little over an hour. Worth going just for Richard Serra’s Trio of Torqued Ellipses, which are breathtaking.

Maps/Food: NYC Food Map is awesome.

Maps/Site Seeing: Scouting NY has a fun map of quirky off-the-beaten-track NYC things to see…

————–Chelsea Area—————

Site Seeing/Art/Coffee: The High Line park
10th Ave around 14th – 25th St
Blue Bottle Coffee cart up top around 14th Ave (Best coffee in NYC!). Great hang out in good weather, nice sunset walk. Alternative views of the City.

Art/Wine: Chelsea Galleries
Around 21st and 24nd St. between 10 – 11th Ave there are lots of world-class art galleries. Thursday nights is opening nights for new shows and is a big scene.

Food/Atmosphere: Chelsea Market
9th Ave at 15th St.
Food market – used to be a big biscuit factory – really cool. Great for lunch: authentic Thai food, a fresh lobster place, Italian market, several bakeries, L’arte de Gelato and the second location for One Lucky Duck takeaway

Food/Atmosphere: Pier 66 Maritime
12th Ave at 26th Street (on the River)
Hang out on the Hudson River on a funky old pier overlooking New Jersey.  Perfect sunset spot in good weather! Outdoor seating and super casual in an overpriced-but-worth-it NYC way. Think bikers & buckets of beer + pitchers of white sangria & kale salad + fancy burgers on paper plates…).

Coffee: Cafe Grumpy
224 West 20th St between 7th and 8th
One of the best coffee places in NYC

Food: El Cocotero Venezulan Restaurant
228 W 18th St (between 7th and 8th)
Great atmosphere and delicious Venezuelan food. Awesome passion fruit-rum cocktail. Great calamari salad, sangria, cachapas, arepas and patecones.

Sports/Entertainment: Chelsea Piers
HUGE Sports/Entertainment Complex on the river… health club,  batting cages, 2 ice skating rinks, golf driving range, bowling….worth seeing, at least.

Food/Coffee/Atmosphere: Ace Hotel
20 W 29th Street
Cool public lobby/wifi space, great for handing out, people watching, taking a break.

——— Greenwich Village/ SoHo ————–

Hair/Atmosphere: Astor Place Hairstylists
Best $15 Haircut anywhere in hilarious old-timey NYC atmosphere.

Music/LPs: Donny RecordsOn street – at the corner of Astor place
Donny has been selling LPs out of his van on this corner for something like 30 years. If you Google “Astor Place” you can see the van in the photo!

Bookstore/Atmosphere: The Strand
18 miles of new and used books in a great atmosphere. A NYC landmark.
828 Broadway – a few blocks south of Union Sq – around 10th?)

Music: 55 Bar
Great little jazz/blues bar with live music every night. Look out for guitarist Mike Stern on Monday and Wednesday nights when he is in town.

Music: The Bitter End
147 Bleecker Street (between Thompson and LaGuardia)
Supposedly NY’s oldest rock club, but great jazz bar too. Look out for guitarist Oz Noy on Monday night when he is in town.

Music: Terra Blues149 Bleecker Street
Famous for blues guitarists and singers. A hidden blues gem on the second floor, overlooking Bleecker St.

Food: Mamoun’s Falafel
Best damn falafel you can get anywhere…for $3.00…at 4 in the morning…I love this place!

Food: Joe’s Dairy
Fresh, smoked mozzarella like you have never tasted it. This place is another NYC gem.

Music/Food: SOB’s
204 Varick St.
Live Latin and African music and supposedly very good food. (I have not been yet). Bossa Nova Brunch on Sundays, with open sangria bar… let me know how it is if you go!

Food/Atmosphere: La Esquina Taco Shop
Funky authentic tacos and other Mexican food

Food: Vosgues Haut Chocolat
132 Spring Street
Chocolate lovers – don’t miss this place.

———-East Village/Union Square———–

 Sightseeing/Food: Union Square Greenmarket
North and West sides of Union Square Park
Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday
8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Best farmer’s market in the city… lots of artisanal products. Great for lunch or a light snack – there are always good food carts here and its great for people watching!

Food: Pure Food and Wine
Amazing gourmet raw food restaurant, with incredibly innovative food and great desserts. A must-do if you are into great food and can drop $ 80 – 100 per person. Or… just go in for dessert and tea. This is a food experience you will never forget.

Food: One Lucky Duck Takeaway and Juice Bar
Pure Food and Wine’s little café and juice bar. Great if you want to try some of Pure’s amazing raw desserts or get lunch in an informal setting, but nothing like the restaurant experience (above).

Art/Music: Madison Square Park
Madison around East 23rd
Various art installations and live concerts throughout Spring and Summer.

Food: Madison Square Eats
May 4 through June 1 everyday from 11am to 9pm
Outdoor Food Market featuring many of NYC’s well-known eateries.

Food: Madison Square Park Shake Shack
Celebrity Chef Danny Meyer’s burger joint. GREAT ‘Shroom Burgers. Funds go to support the Park Conservatory.

Food/Shopping: Kalustyan’s
123 Lexington Ave at 28th
Amazing for spices, herbs and condiments – Indian and otherwise. Great gifts for cooks and foodies here.

Food: Ngam Thai
99 Third Ave (at East 13th)
I have not been here yet but it is on my “must go” list. Try the papaya pad Thai, also known for $0.99 raw oysters…

Food: Piccolo Strada
77 East 4th – between 2nd Ave and Cooper Sq
Supposedly great cheap Italian. Highly recommended to me but I have not yet been. Let me know.

Pizza/Atmosphere: Luzzos Coal Oven Pizza
211 1st Ave (between 12 – 13th)

Food: Num Pang
21 E 12th at University
Cambodian Ban Mi and other crazy, inventive sandwiches

Food: Pukk Thai
71 First Ave bet 4th and 5th St
Vegetarian Thai – tiny, green, Asian hipster atmosphere – fun!

Food: Sigiri Sri Lanka Restaurant
91 First Ave (between 5th and 6th Sts)
Spicy delicious Sri Lankan food – try the steamed noodle things with curry…

Food: Gandhi Indian Restaurant
345 East 6th Street (at First Ave.)
Unpretentious inexpensive Indian food. Not steller, but satisfying. If you find steller Indian in NYC, please let me know.

Food: ChikaLicous Dessert Bar
203 East 10th, between 1st and 2nd Ave
Amazing  dessert cafe with a Prix Fixe dessert menu. A don’t miss it NY experience for dessert lovers.

Food: Momofuku Milk Bar
LES, Midtown and UWS locations
Hipster dessert shop – famous for “crack pie” and “compost cookies”

———–     Lower East Side      ———————-

 All along Orchard St is good to explore. Old world NYC…

 Food/Atmosphere: 88 Orchard
88 Orchard St, New York, corner of Broome
My favorite little café in NYC – really good small bites, coffee and atmosphere. If they are featuring something with Salvatore ricotta in it, try it!

Museum/Atmosphere: Tenement Museum
103 Orchard St
Worth checking out for great NYC history

———    Harlem/Morningside ————

(West Harlem – Our Neighborhood)

Food: Cedric
New French Bistro, right across the street from our apartment. Have not been there yet, but had good reviews from our guests!

Food: Patisserie des Ambassades
119th on Frederick Douglass
Nice little French Bakery/African café, outdoor seating on nice days.

Food/Cafe: Cafe Amrita301 West 110th (on the north west side of Central Park)
Friendly neighborhood cafe with outdoor seating, just off the park. Nice for breakfasts or light lunch.

Food: Lee Lee’s Baked Goods.
118th, just off of Frederick Douglass
Harlem Bakery famous for handmade rugelach (cookies). Called “Rugelach by a Brother”

Food: Zoma
Frederick Douglass at 113th St
Good Ethiopian food.

Food: SettePani
Lenox Ave at 120th
Nice little Italian cafe and bakery, with outdoor seating. In the section of Harlem that really looks like “Old Amsterdam”

Food/Music: Red Rooster
Lenox Ave at 125th
Celebrity Chef Marcus Samuelsson’s new comfort food/soul food joint. R & B on Friday nights

Music/Entertainment: Apollo Theater
Sometimes live music at the Music Café

List of other Harlem Jazz Clubs

(East Harlem)

Pizza/Atmosphere: Patsy’s
2287 1st ave btwn 117th & 118th
Classic old-timey NYC vibe and one of the best pies in the city. ($12 for a large pie) Supposedly Frank Sinatra’s favorite pizza place.

(Washington Heights/Fort Tryon)

Food/Art/Music: New Leaf Restaurant
Fantastic  Non-profit restaurant which supports Bette Midler’s New York Restoration Project. Located in Ft Tryon park with outdoor seating, it’s a great brunch spot on a sunny day. You can walk to the Cloisters Museum from here. Live music on Friday Nights.

———Morningside Heights / Upper West Side  ——–

Food: Roti Roll – Bombay Franki
994 Amsterdam Avenue at 109th
Yummy stuffed Indian roti – great for cheap bite on the go.

Food: Thai Market
960 Amsterdam Avenue
Great great great Thai food in a noisy, boisterous setting.

Food: Gennaro
665 Amsterdam Ave
My favorite Italian in NYC. Really great food and desserts too. Can be very very crowded and noisy on Friday/Saturday nights so plan accordingly.

 ————-   Brooklyn ————–

(Dumbo)

Food: Almondine Bakery
85 Water Street
Classic French Pattisserie, but they do a great job.

(Park Slope)

Site-seeing/Art: Botanical Gardens, Prospect Park and the Brooklyn Museum
are all great and right next to each other. Then make sure to go to…

Pizza: Franny’s
295 Flatbush Ave Brookyln
Fantastic pizza and all their food is amazing.

Pizza/Atmosphere: Di Fara Pizza
1424 Avenue J
Check out the video. A classic Brooklyn institution.

(Red Hook)

Super industrial, funky and arty area… non-touristy. Lots of artist galleries on/around the Pier.
Take the water taxi there from Pier 11.

Art: Pier 1 Glass;
Hot glass studio and glass blowing classes

Van Brunt Street: great for little funky shops and wandering…

Food: The Good Fork
391 Van Brunt St
Great food – famous for dumplings.

That’s it for now… if you have any more recommendations of great places to go in NYC, please let me know!

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