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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)–
- 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.
- 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
- World Trade Centre
- Century 21 – 22 Cortlandt St (between Broadway & Trinity Pl)
- 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 Closet – 88 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
- The Gotham Girls derby league has a Manhattan Mayhem bout on my birthday in Coney Island. Does life get any better than this?