New York 

N E W  Y O R K

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New York City has been described as the cultural, financial, and media capital of the world, and has a significant impact in commerce, entertainment, research, technology, education, politics, tourism, art, fashion, and sports. 

New York City consists of five boroughs – Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, The Bronx, and Staten Island.

 

I've lived in Manhattan for 7 years and honestly I don’t venture out too much. However, I’ve been to Brooklyn multiple times and have a couple favorite spots there. Here I've compiled a list of things to do in NYC. (As you may expect most are in Manhattan).

 

THINGS TO DO IN NYC:

 

  • Grand Central: a very iconic subway/metro station worth visiting

  • Washington Square Park: a beautiful park where you’ll see musicians playing, nice to walk around

  • Dumbo: the best view of Manhattan, this is a must

  • Central Park: biggest park in Manhattan, great for exercising, walking around, and picnicking

  • MET museum

  • 5av: walk around this famous street where you'll find the best shops to pick up something new or just window shop

  • Plaza Hotel: a beautiful iconic hotel, perfect to grab a bite at their food court

  • Rockefeller Center: go ice skating in the rink, a quintessential winter activity

  • High Line: have a beautiful walk around Chelsea and Meatpacking, ideal for the summertime

  • Chelsea: the perfect neighborhood for any art lover, they have the best galleries

  • Moma museum

  • Eataly: a very fun Italian market/ restaurant

  • West village: a picturesque neighborhood filled with boutiques, restaurants, and classic townhouses

  • Brooklyn brewery: spend some time with a great beer tasting or tour

  • Botanical garden: enjoy luscious gardens in the spring

  • Hudson yards: Enjoy looking at the Vessel or go up if you are in the mood to climb stairs. Have some fun shopping luxury at the mall.

  • The little Island: A new park in the city, full of activities.

  • Soho: Shop and experience a fun NYC scene, cool place for pictures.

RESTAURANTS & BARS:

  • Buvette: a French restaurant, amazing for brunch

  • Gran electrica dumbo: Best Mexican I have tried in Dumbo, a must.

  • Mokyo: a Korean restaurant, so fun! a must.

  • Pastis: a French restaurant, perfect for dinner

  • MAMO: an Italian restaurant

  • Mercado Little Spain: a Spanish food market, located inside the mall at Hudson Yards, a great lunch spot

  • Bar Pitti: an Italian restaurant

  • La esquina: a fantastic Mexican spot in Soho, perfect for dinner.

  • Tacombi: a Mexican restaurant in Soho

  • Broken coconut: a casual spot for a healthy lunch

  • Charlie Bird: an Italian-American restaurant, perfect for lunch

  • Pasquale Jones: an Italian pizzeria, great for lunch

  • Tao: an excellent Asian restaurant, perfect for a fun dinner

  • Miss Lily’s: a Jamaican restaurant with a super fun vibe, great for dinner

  • Café gitane: a cozy French restaurant in Soho, perfect for a casual dinner

  • Piccola cucina: the best Italian restaurant! Great for a fun dinner

  • Kiki’s: a casual greek spot in the lower east side, a good dinner spot

  • Thursday Kitchen: a delicious Korean restaurant in the East village, fun for dinner

  • Café wha: a live Music spot, great for entertainment

  • Cecconis: an Italian restaurant in Dumbo with fantastic views of Manhattan! Recommended for lunch

  • Pylos: a Greek restaurant in the east village, nice for a casual dinner

  • Niche Niche: a jazz club with food/ wine tasting, super fun for dinner

  • Her Name Was Carmen: a Latin fusion restaurant with a lively bar downstairs

  • Cote: a Korean Steakhouse, fun for dinner

  • Via Carota: an Italian restaurant, nice for dinner

  • Sant Ambroeus: an Italian restaurant, great for brunch, lunch or dinner

  • Frankies 457 Spuntino: a fantastic casual Italian spot, nice for dinner

  • Tavern on the green: a famous restaurant in Central Park

  • L’artusi: an Italian restaurant great for dinner

  • Coffee shop: a Brazilian restaurant in Union Square

I haven't try the following but definitely on my list:

  • Llama Sam: Peruvian restaurant, you should go for dinner over the weekend.

  • The tyger: Asian Fusion, perfect spot for a weekend dinner. Industrial-chic place with a patio.

  • Atla: Mexican restaurant, is on the list of best restaurants in the city.

  • Wayan: Indonesian restaurant, sleek seating.

  • Crown Shy: American restaurant, spacious room with high ceilings.

  • Shuko: If you are in the mood for sushi this is the place.

  • Don Angie: Italian restaurant, marble accented space. 

  • Frenchette: French restaurant.

  • Sadelles: American casual brunch.

  • Raouls: French restaurant, Parisian atmosphere and classic bistro.

  • Lola taverna: Greek restaurant, cozy space.

  • The polo bar: American classic restaurant in the Upper East Side.

  • I Sodi: Italian restaurant, romantic space. 

  • Aime Leon Dore: coffee, cool store.

  • Maman Soho: cool coffee shop.