Travel Guide: New York City

Taking on NYC for the first time can be super overwhelming. So many amazing bars, restaurants and local hot spots that you might not even know exist. So to help with the tough decisions, I have put together a list of some of my favourite spots.. Let me know if you have any additional suggestions to share…

COFFEE

INTELLIGENTSIA COFFEE – The High Line Hotel, 180 10th Ave

High-end coffee bar chain serving daily roasted brews in an industrial-chic setting.

BLUE BOTTLE COFFEE – 1 Rockefeller Plaza Concourse Level Suite D

Trendy cafe chain offering upscale coffee drinks & pastries, plus beans & brewing equipment.

STUMPTOWN COFFEE ROASTERS – Ace Hotel New York, 18 W 29th St

Coffee bar chain offering house-roasted direct-trade coffee, along with brewing gear & whole beans

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BLUESTONE LANE –  55 Greenwich Ave

Melbourne inspired coffee place, offering Australian-style espresso & cafe style food all day.

BRUNCH

JACKS WIFE FREDA – 224 Lafayette St

Lively bistro executing American-Mediterranean cooking & classic cocktails in understated digs.

PRUNE– 54 E 1st St # 1

Chef Gabrielle Hamilton’s New American fare draws long lines at this tiny eatery known for brunch.

THE BUTCHERS DAUGHTER– 581 Hudson St

Bright, bleached-wood outpost offering vegetarian (mostly vegan) fare & juices in a relaxed space.

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ISOLA TRATTORIA & CRUDO BAR – NOMO SOHO, 9 Crosby St

Airy greenhouse space inside the Mondrian executing reimagined coastal Italian cooking & cocktails.

SADELLE – 463 W Broadway

 Smoked fish, housemade bagels & other Jewish appetizing fare offered in a buzzy, vintage-style spot

RUSS & DAUGHTERS – 127 Orchard St

One of NYC’s classic cured-fish stores. The menu features the smoked fish that made the shop famous alongside other Jewish deli classics like matzoh ball soup, knishes, and potato latkes. The halvah ice cream, laced with salted caramel and topped with sesame seeds is a must-try.

GET CULTURED

THE WHITNEY MUSEUM – 99 Gansevoort St, New York, NY 10014

Downtown’s newest place to get your culture fix. Go for the art, stay for the sunset view from the rooftop bar.

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EVA SCRIVO – 903 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10014

The best in the business. I get my cut, blowouts and eyebrow waxing done here each time I go to NYC.  Eva not only teaches her employees like an absolute superstar, but she would with some of the most known individuals in NYX. Make your appointment now. 

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ROCKEFELLER CENTRE- 45 Rockefeller Plaza

The Top of the Rock observation deck at Rockefeller Center offers 70th floor views of Manhattan’s twinkling skyline until midnight (last elevator up is at 11 p.m.), and the Empire State Building’s observation deck is open even later, with a 2 a.m. closing time (last elevator at 1:15 a.m.).

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GANSEVOORT MARKET- 353 W 14th St

Rustic-industrial food hall with a variety of popular counter-serve eateries, produce stalls & more.

CHELSEA MARKET- 75 9th Ave

Indoor marketplace renowned for its wide range of grocers (fish, produce, etc.), shops & eateries.

THE HIGHLINE- NYC 10011

Popular park 30 feet above street level on an old rail line, with river & city views.

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BEER AND WINE

THE STANDARD BEER GARDEN- The Standard, High Line, 848 Washington St

Beer, sausages, pretzels & Ping-Pong offered in an outdoor setting under the High Line.

VYNL– 100 3rd Ave.

Plush, multiroom nightclub with a 1970s theme, plus a coffee bar & record shop at the entrance.

ACME – 9 Great Jones St

upscale French & Italian bistro fare, wines & cocktails.

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DINNER

TOTTO RAMEN – 366 W 52nd St

Quite simply… THE BEST RAMEN EVER!

MAREA– 240 Central Park S

High-end Italian seafood & housemade pasta from Michael White located right on Central Park. Also serving delicious and fresh oysters from numerous locations throughout the USA.

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