NYC Here I Come!


Photo credit: Joshua Davis Photography

I’m going to New York City in June with my best friend and her mom for five days, for the first time. You know what looks like the best city in the world for someone who likes to DO ALL THE THINGS? New York does!

After talking to friends (special thanks to @Misty_Hamel), scouring the web for best of lists, and reading hundreds of reviews on yelp, urbanspoon and time out new york, I compiled a list of things I want to do in New York. Some things are cheesy tourist things (like the Loeb Boathouse and Dallas BBQ) while others are a little more off the beaten path. I might not get to all of it – but I’m sure as hell going to try.

Whaddya think – anything I missed? Anything you think is just way too overrated? I’ve left off seeing a Broadway show because they’re just not my thing, though we may see if there are any last minute tickets for cool sounding off-Broadway productions. And obviously we’ll just be doing a lot of wandering in the neighbourhoods, not just racing from restaurant to restaurant. Though if I want to eat at all the restaurants I listed I’m going to have to do a LOT of walking – there’s 3.8 a day to take in.

Midtown West / Hell’s Kitchen

  • Carnegie Deli for smoked meat sandwiches – sharing size! 854 7th Ave (between 54th St & 55th St).
  • Soup Nazi! The Original Soupman 259A W 55th St (between Broadway & 8th Ave)
  • Midtown South – Eataly 200 5th Ave Flatiron.
  • Midtown South – Union Square Farmers market on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
  • The Strand used bookstore – Union Square – 828 Broadway (between 12th St & 13th St)–

West Village

  • A Salt & Battery take out fish and chip joint 112 Greenwich Ave
  • Milk & Cookies, 19 Commerce St, cookie take out or Magnolia Bakery for cupcakes 401 Bleecker Street
  • Marie’s Crisis Piano Bar – 59 Grove St (between Bleecker St & S 7th Ave)


  • Chelsea – The High Line is a public park built on an historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side (The High Line can be reached via the following methods of public transportation: Subway L or the A / C / E to 14th Street & 8th Avenue, C / E to 23rd Street & 8th Avenue, 1 / 2 / 3 to 14th Street & 7th Avenue, 1 to 18th Street & 7th Avenue, 1 to 23rd Street & 7th Avenue
  • Splash Bar (nightclub) 50 W 17th St, (between Fifth and Sixth Aves).
  • Angel Street Thrift Shop 118 W 17th St


  • Bubby’s is casual, charming, and (almost always) packed. 120 Hudson St.
  • Takahachi Tribeca 145 Duane St for great sushi

Chinatown & Little Italy

  • Café Habana – 17 Prince St. Fire-roasted corn on the cob and Cuban sandwiches are a must, but take out instead of eat in.

Lower East Side

  • Kuma Inn – Thai. A clandestine second-floor location makes this dinner-only spot feel like a true find. 113 Ludlow St, (between Delancey and Rivington Sts).
  • Katz’s Deli, 205 East Houston Street and Ludlow Street, Manhattan. From When Harry Met Sally O scene.

Upper West Side

  • Shake Shack – Has a location on the Upper West Side at 366 Columbus Avenue. Long waits but apparently worth it.
  • Taïm — This Israeli spot with little seating — though there are benches and walls to perch on all around it in fine weather  – falafels and sabich sandwich is a citywide fave. 222 Waverly Place
  • Mary’s Fish Camp – Excellent fish tacos and lobster roll. The crowd is convivial in this oft-packed gem, so go very early, very late, or at lunch. 64 Charles Street.

Washington Heights/Harlem/Broadway

  • Dallas BBQ – 3956 Broadway
  • Apollo Theatre in Harlem – a big loud party where brave contestants might be cheered, jeered or boo-ed. Wednesday night only. 253 West 125th Street (Between Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Boulevard (7th Avenue) and Frederick Douglass Boulevard (8th Avenue).
  • Regular pie at Patsy’s Pizzeria (opened in 1933). 287-91 First Ave between 117th and 118th Sts
  • Finderz Keeperz Thrift/Vintage 121 W 116th St.
  • Harlem Goodwill 2196 5th Ave (just south of 135th st.)

Central Park – June 14

  • Walking around the park (obviously).
  • Biking around the park. Rent a bike for $9/hour at the Boathouse. Bikes are first come, first served. Rent one at 10am and have lunch after the ride?
  • Loeb Boathouse Restaurant reservation for Friday.
  • Strawberry Fields is a 2.5-acre landscaped section in Central Park that is dedicated to the memory of Beatles member John Lennon. The entrance to the memorial is located on Central Park West at West 72nd Street, directly across from the Dakota Apartments, where Lennon had lived for the later part of his life, and where he was murdered.
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Central Park Zoo

Financial District

  • World Trade Centre
  • Century 21 – 22 Cortlandt St (between Broadway & Trinity Pl)

Southern Tip

  • Staten Island Ferry to see the Statue of Liberty
  • Battery Park


  • Walk over the Brooklyn Bridge on the weekend. Better to drive over to Brooklyn and walk back – the ped walkway is prettier on the walk back. The walk takes about an hour. The South Side Terminal area is really fun over there as well and Williamsburg on the Brooklyn side is pretty cool.
  • Junior’s Cheesecake – Tops the lists of best cheesecake in NYC. Ideal location is 386 Flatbush Avenue EXT. There’s one on 1515 Broadway #1 but this location is the original.
  • Pie (pizza) with basil at Lucali, 575 Henry St between Carroll St and 1st Pl, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. Time Out voted best pie in NYC.
  • Beacon’s Closet88 N 11th St (between Berry St & Wythe Ave) and 92 5th Ave.
  • Junk – 500 Driggs Avenue, Brooklyn (Buffalo Exchange is down the street at 504 Driggs Avenue)
  • Brooklyn Flea Market Saturdays and Sundays Skylight One Hanson

Coney Island

  • The Gotham Girls derby league has a Manhattan Mayhem bout on my birthday in Coney Island. Does life get any better than this?

10 Comment

  1. Kath says: Reply

    Sarah, one thing I regret not doing when I was in New York ages ago is to try to get in to a taping of SNL. But at this point I don’t know how you’re going to pack in everything you’ve got on this list, never mind adding to it. Have a great time!

    1. Sarah says: Reply

      I looked into it the minute I booked our flight. But you have to sign up for their lottery in July each year for the next season!

      1. Elizabeth says: Reply

        They do do rush seats for SNL, but the season ended this week 🙁

        1. Sarah says: Reply

          I know! So bummed. Am looking into getting media passes for Jimmy or Jon.

  2. Elizabeth says: Reply

    Do you know about the Burger Joint in the Parker Meridian Hotel? It’s a secret hole-in-the wall burger restaurant in a fancy hotel, really close to the MOMA. You walk up to the reception desk and basically go behind a curtain to find it. I’m also a fan of the Tenement Museum in the lower east side (maybe?), Screaming Mimi’s in SoHo for overpriced vintage, and the Holiday Cocktail Lounge near St. Mark’s Place for a down ‘n’ dirty drink.

    1. Sarah says: Reply

      You’re the second to mention the Tenement Museum so it’s officially on the list. Will look into the others too!

  3. JodyR says: Reply

    Wowza! Are you seriously going to try and take that all in? Impressive. I loved reading Amy Thomas’ Paris, My Sweet. She wrote a column for NYC’s Metro called Sweet Freak, where she dished on the best bakeries and dessert bars in NYC. The book compares where to get the best cakes, muffins, macarons, etc… in Paris and NYC. If you like your sugar (as I do), I’d give that a quick read and factor those spots in. Please lavishly describe all your experiences in future posts!!!

  4. Erin says: Reply

    When we were in New York several years ago we did a lot of wandering. The Met was closed the day we’d planned to go so we ended up at The Guggenheim instead, which was neat for the architecture. Right now I’m pretty insanely jealous of you and can’t wait to hear all it when you get back!

  5. Have an awesome time Sarah!

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