We got to live in the greatest city in the world for about 2 1/2 years. There are no words to describe the energy in NYC. Here are some of our favorite spots!
Jacobs Pickle – Upper West Side
Southern food with modern flair, great atmosphere and drinks
Toro – Meatpacking District
Tapas restaurant with a cool vibe. Be sure to get the Maiz Asado con Alioli y Queso Cotilja….or as I call it, “crack corn”.
Republic – Union Square
Great Thai restaurant
Gramercy Tavern – Flatiron District
You can sit in bar area and have an excellent meal (vs restaurant section which is a pretty penny)
The Standard Biergarten – Meatpacking District
Even though this is in the middle of Meatpacking, it’s not pretentious. Good German beers and food.
Patsy’s – Multiple locations throughout the city
Best pizza in NYC
Ilili – Flatiron District
Fun restaurant with Mediterranean food with a Lebanese flare
Russian Vodka Room – Hell’s Kitchen
Like the name sounds, great place pre-dinner or late night for flavored Russian vodka. Lounge-feel with live jazz.
Levain Bakery – Upper West Side
Best cookies in the world; the 3300+ reviews and 4 1/2 stars on yelp say so. Super small place and be prepared for a line down the street, but totally worth it. They are hot, soft and thick piles of doughy goodness.
Tartine – West Village
Very small, no reservations. Good for brunch or dinner and it’s BYOB.
Kefi – Upper West Side
Greek/Mediterranean nice restaurant. Great food, good for large parties.
Osteria Cotta – Upper West Side
Good Italian with a chill vibe. Nice to sit outside when it’s nice.
Converted old Nabisco Factory that is now an indoor market that has anywhere from restaurants to shops. Great food within, especially The Lobster Place. Little secret: they also hold great sample sales here. Also, famed chef Morimoto has a restaurant at the end of the market on 10th Avenue.
The Highline – 10th Avenue between Gansevoort St & W 34th St
The Highline is an old elevated railroad that has been converted to a public park. Great to walk the entire length, you never know what you will see! There’s also great street art along the way.
Aire Ancient Baths – TriBeCa
One of the most beautiful and unique spas I’ve ever been to. The Aire Group is a Spanish company that is bringing back the ancient Greek and Roman bath tradition. The only location in the US is in an old textile factory from the 1800’s in TriBeCa. You have to book 2-hour sessions to use the facilities; you can also book spa services that will take place during your session. The facilities include six thermal baths at different temperatures and a eucalyptus steam room.
Eataly – Flatiron District
Huge indoor Italian Market that includes a variety of restaurants, coffee and galeto bar, a bakery, retail store and cooking school! Be sure to check out La Birreria, the rooftop restaurant and microbrewery that collaborated with Dogfish Head.