NYC Guide

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Occasionally, people ask me for NYC recommendations. This is something that I’ve been meaning to put together for a while and now that I’ve lived here for over five years, I feel more comfortable doing so! I hope you find this helpful and get at least one good suggestion from my list (I’ll update this page as I discover new places):

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Dough | Light, fluffy, and delicious donuts.

Dear Irving | My favorite bar in the city. Perfect decor and great drinks (best for smaller groups of 6 or less).

Shake Shack | Calling all burger fans! Also, crinkle fries.

Momofuku Noodle Bar | You probably haven’t had ramen like this. So good.

Barn Joo | Good happy hour for weekday drinks and really tasty Korean food.

Butter Lane Cupcakes | My former neighborhood cupcake joint.

L.A. Burdick | Great coffee, tea, pastries, and chocolate! One of my favorite spots to peacefully kill time if I’m in the area.

Boqueria and Sala One Nine | Two wonderful tapas places that are only a few doors apart from each other on 19th (Boqueria also has other locations in the city).

The Wayland | A bit of a trek if you’re not in the neighborhood, but I love the vibes in this bar. The drinks are great and decently priced too (for Manhattan).

Piccola Cucina | Delicious Italian food in an intimate setting.

Galli | Yummy Italian food and a great ambiance.

Magnolia Bakery | There are lots of cupcakes in the city, but Magnolia has some of the best ones.

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Chelsea Market | I love browsing through the shops here and there are lots of great places to grab a bite to eat.

The High Line | The park in the sky is one of my favorite spots in the city. Great for strolling, relaxing and people-watching.

Broadway Show | If you can swing it money-wise, this is a must. The last show I saw A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and it was hilarious! Check out the TKTS booths (the one at South Street Seaport is usually much less crowded) for discount tickets.

Central Park | I’ll never get tired of Central Park. Stroll around aimlessly, pick a spot for a picnic, check out the Conservatory Garden… there are so many options.

The Met | You could spend hours at the Met and you’d only scratch the surface of all the amazing art in there. I love to visit the Temple of Dendur. You can also find out if there are any special exhibits while you’re visiting.

Brooklyn Flea | Spend an afternoon browsing vintage treasures and pieces by local artists here.

Smorgasburg | This the culinary cousin of the Brooklyn Flea. So many booths with a wide variety of food. My friend called this the “Brooklyn Food Festival.”

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Paper Presentation | The biggest paper store I have ever been to and heaven for stationery lovers.

Strand Book Store | My favorite book store in NYC. 18 miles of books. Need I say more?

McNally Jackson | Located in Soho, this is another great book store. They also have a cute café inside the store; you can sit down with a cup of coffee while you flip through the book you just bought.

& Other Stories | A European import with great clothes and beauty products on offer.

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