• The Cannibal

If you think that naming a butcher shop The Cannibal is macabre, well, you're right. But this NYC institution's no homage to human flesh, but rather a bicycle racer so fierce he devoured the competition: Belgian champ Eddy Merckx. The bike/beer/brat-themed restaurant is known for next-level cuts like half pig heads and 50-day dry-aged rib eyes, but the sausage is some of the most creative in the city, and thus the country: morcilla blood sausage topped with spaghetti squash, charred leek, & hazelnuts; a simpler smoked kielbasa with bacon & dill potatoes; a peanut-topped Thai sausage; and a lamb & feta number with Brussels, candied orange, and Chervil yogurt make the Cannibal very worthy of sinking your teeth into.

  • Fuku

When a new Star Wars flick comes out, sci-fi nerds have to show up. David Chang is the restaurant world's George Lucas, and people have been packing inside Fuku since it opened in June 2015 (there’s already a satellite location called Fuku+). The sandwich is the centerpiece of the tiny sliver of a restaurant we think is one of NYC's best -- chicken thighs are brined and marinated in a habanero puree that’s later coated in buttermilk and spices, and then fried crispy. Atop a Martin’s potato roll it goes before it’s garnished with pickles and house-made butter. Toss in wedge fries with Old Bay and a Ssäm Sauce michelada, and you have a food nerd’s wet dream.

  • The Commodore

Beyond the charms of this crowded, loud dive with strong tropical drinks and the glow of something like Gleaming the Cube on repeat behind the bar, there are some damn tasty dishes, and chief among them is the hot breast. This crispy, crusty, juicy chicken breast sandwich pays zero attention to the borders the bun tries to impose on it and delivers a significantly spicy flavor punch cooled and contrasted perfectly by the coleslaw and pickles topping it.

  • Motorino

As it keeps making this list, we’ll try and keep it short: it does the classic Neapolitan style with that charred crust with the black spots. It started in Brooklyn, and came to Manhattan in some sort of opposite-of-people-trying-to-have-kids move. It is now famous in Hong Kong and some other Asian places. And if you don’t get its soppressata picante or its addictive stracciatella, YOU ARE A DAMN FOOL.

  • Ess-a Bagel

New Yorkers still mourn the loss of the original Gramercy location of Ess-a, but the folks responsible for the city's thickest and fluffiest bagels are thankfully still pumping perfect bacon, egg, and cheeses out of their Midtown sequel. Perhaps the largest BEC in New York, this behemoth comes packed with a double layer of cheese (as all breakfast sandwiches should). Plus, you need not (and should not) toast the bagels -- they're always fresh out of the oven. Even if you go with sesame seed instead of everything, these bagels are everything.

  • Animals at The Wayland

In a city with more than its fair share of secrets, tucked-away restaurants, and almost-inaccessible eateries, Animals at The Wayland just might be the most clandestine of them all. Sitting inside The Wayland, an unassuming, cutting-edge Alphabet City cocktailery, Pink Floyd-homaging Animals is only open from 11am-5pm, and only on weekdays, plus to get there you've gotta trek over to Avenue C, which is, like, far. But when you do, a pulled bacon sandwich with red slaw, avocado, pickled jalapeños, refried beans, and chili mayo will be waiting to reward you for taking the afternoon off work strictly for a sandwich. Or maybe the Pernil "Don't Call Me George" Romero, whose pork shoulder is slow-cooked in garlic, fennel & rosemary. The pig on the wing shall be you.

  • Asiadog

For the most part, New York hot dogs fall into three categories: dirty, free-with-a-drink, and vessel-for-piling-a-ton-of-stuff-on-top-of. And since the latter tends to offer up the best variation (sorry, entire city of New York, but it's true), you better make sure that stuff is spot on. At Asiadog -- its booths and its brick-and-mortar -- said toppings include Japanese curry with homemade kimchi apples, BBQ pork belly, or a straight-up hot dog-version of bánh mì, complete with pate, cucumbers, pickled carrots & daikon, cilantro, and jalapeño.

  • Dough

You know you're doing something right when The New Yorker, which is typically more concerned with publishing jokes Frasier would love than anything about donuts, devotes an entire feature to your shop. Fany Gerson opened in Bed-Stuy five years ago and Dough utterly exploded. Now, it's got three additional Manhattan locations and a Smorgasburg residency. It's impossible to go wrong with any of its creative flavors (oh hey, chocolate with Earl Grey), but if you ever stumble across an available blood orange, get it immediately.

  • Williamsburg

New York City's incredible number of bars makes this a tough choice, but as much as we loved the glory days of the East Village, and look forward to Greenpoint reaching critical mass, our NYC nod has to go to the best 20-something playground in the world: Williamsburg. Whine if you will that it's sold out and bro'd out, but few places in the country can compare to the staggering density of truly amazing imbibing establishments. Union Pool is the place for a regrettable make-out session with one of those beautiful young "creatives," Radegast has your outdoor day-drinking sessions covered, and Baby's All Right actually offers decent drinks in addition to a chance to rub elbows with the Pitchfork crowd. If you like your absinthe paired with oysters (we do!) Maison Premiere is the move (especially on dollar shell Sundays), and even the most high-nosed dark spirit snob will be impressed by the 400 whiskeys on the shelves at Noorman's Kil. For those looking for the cheap seats, The Drink's $5 punches are solid, as are just about anything paired with the honky-tonk vibes of Skinny Dennis. And since NY is the best place to see DJs in the country, we'd be remiss not to mention the monstrous Funktion-One sound system at Output (escape to the rooftop if it's too loud), or Questlove's now-legendary residency at Brooklyn Bowl.

  • Keens Steakhouse

It’s a tough call between this storied Midtown steakhouse that’s been serving beef since the Cleveland administration and Peter Luger. But the last time I went to Peter Luger, they refused to cook my steak how I ordered it, and anybody who tells you how (and not what) to eat really ain’t all that great. So the win goes to Keens out of both spite and merit. Not only does the place serve steak as good as any in the city, but it might be the only steakhouse in America that’s also world renowned for its mutton.

  • Lupulo

Lupulo is a gorgeous restaurant -- blue tile-lined walls, hardwood floors, and a huge U-shaped bar in the center of the dining room, where you'll catch people drinking beer until close. Chef George Mendes' new rustic Portuguese spot is inspired by Lisbon's cervejarias (breweries), and the beer list is obviously excellent, but the food is something else. Mendes is, of course, the chef behind Aldea, so he knows modern Portuguese cooking, but Lupulo is different. It feels more casual, younger, more fun -- and that's reflected in the menu as much as the atmosphere. It’s seafood-heavy, featuring understated but seriously impressive dishes like chicken with piri-piri sauce, Manila clams in vinho verde with garlic and cilantro, and salt cod casserole with potato, olive, and egg (for two). And, of course, it all pairs perfectly with a Portuguese beer. -- Lucy Meilus, New York Editor

  • Wildair

I don’t usually get to review the New York restaurants, because our entire office lives there, and eyes me suspiciously whenever I start talking about foods I like in New York. But I did have the pleasure of eating at Wildair, the younger, more casual sibling to Contra from Chefs Jeremiah Stone and Fabian von Hauske. And, as per the theme we’ve seen this year, the more relaxed of the two restaurants might also be the best. The day I ate there, basically everyone in the restaurant was from the food/drink media. I didn’t know this, of course, because I live in San Francisco and refuse to make eye contact in public, but my dinner companion is part of that circle and spent half the meal walking off to make small talk as I sat, ignoring everyone, and eating everything. My favorite part, after eating Chef von Hauske’s mind-meltingly delicious bread, was the beef tartare. The smoked cheddar (does anyone else do this?) and eye-watering fresh horseradish combined to make it utterly addicting, and a great balance for the little gem salad. But I nearly forgot all of this because during this entire fantastic meal, the wine director kept offering up strange and fantastical wines from random parts of the world, and I may have had six to 11 glasses, each somehow (or perhaps obviously) better than the next. -- KA

  • The Staten Island Ferry

This one is a no-brainer. Who doesn't like a free cruise across New York's harbor? (Just make sure you get on a return ferry back to Manhattan.) Good for day or night, though not inclement weather. You can see Brooklyn, the Statue of Liberty, and all of lower Manhattan spread out before you when you ride the Staten Island Ferry.

  • Pay-What-You-Will Museum Fare

Museum admission can really add up in New York, with many institutions charging more than $20 per adult; however, many of New York's most beloved museums show prices that are merely a suggested donation. Gain entrance to Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History for as much—or as little—as you'd like to pay.

  • The Cloisters

Located within Fort Tryon Park, itself perched on a cliff that overlooks the Hudson River and the George Washington Bridge, the Cloisters is assuredly one of the most beautiful places in New York. Located at the top of the island of Manhattan, the Cloisters is a part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, so fare at one museum pays for entry to the other, provided the visit is the same day. Built by John D. Rockefeller Jr. in 1917, the Cloisters is a franken-museum, made up of pieces of disparate medieval European monasteries threatened by demolition. The result, however, is strikingly lovely and peaceful.

  • Brooklyn Museum

Housed within a beautiful Beaux-Arts building, the Brooklyn Museum is just down the road from the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, Prospect Park, and Grand Army Plaza. With recent blockbuster exhibits of Basquiat and Kehinde Wiley, this institution is a must-see.

  • Brooklyn Flea

There are few places in Brooklyn that better concentrate all the new stereotypes—good and bad—about the borough than the Brooklyn Flea. All artisanal everything is available here, from ramen burgers to borough-made crafts and upcycled clothing.

  • Midnight Movies at IFC

Grab a pie at Keste or John's, and then head to the IFC Center in the West Village for one of their eclectic and rotating late night shows. They show everything from cult classics like The Warriors to beloved nostalgia-trips like Jurassic Park, with a lot more in between.

  • Coney Island

Since the opening of Luna Park in 2010 (named after a historic amusement park), Coney Island has had a new lease on life. All the old gems are still there: Nathan's, the Cyclone, the Wonder Wheel, but now a lot more else besides. Plus, there's the beach.

  • Flushing's Chinatown

There are multiple Chinatowns throughout New York City, but Flushing's stands out for its particularly delicious, diverse, and cheap food. Deep within Queens, it's still a bustling intersection of people and culture and commerce. Check out the New World Mall food court to build your own buffet.

  • The Entire Bronx

Since Robert Moses sliced up the borough with his Cross Bronx Expressway in 1948, the Bronx has had a bad rap. But, home to the Yankees, the New York City Botanical Gardens, the Bronx Zoo, and several historic mansions, it's a place ripe for exploration. As usual, we've got you covered.

  • Rediscover the South Street Seaport

Free Financial District Ever since Hurricane Sandy ravaged lower Manhattan, the South Street Seaport has been undergoing a complete renovation. Three years later, the Seaport isn’t just a great tourist attraction, it’s a place you actually want to hang out. Grab lunch at Fresh Salt or browse the Sunday farmers market before waking to the East River and ‘gramming the unobstructed Brooklyn Bridge views.

  • Explore the Whitney

$ Meatpacking District The perpetually packed Whitney Museum of American Art might not sound ideal for out-of-towners, but with its High Line-adjacent location and bounty of innovative and provocative exhibitions (plus a slew of bars and restaurants all within a stone's throw), a day planned around the Whitney is actually multitasking at its finest.

  • Listen to live music at Baby’s All Right

$ Williamsburg By day, Baby’s All Right is a great brunch spot with lots of boozy specials. By night, it turns into a live-music hotbed, with new performers every night and tickets starting at just $10 a show. Also, the floor is etched with a replica of the maze from The Shining. Weird, but also amazing.

  • Discover Grand Central Station

$ Midtown East From epic people-watching to a huge selection of shopping and dining, there’s nothing boring about spending a day at Grand Central. Take a tour of the history-rich terminal, peruse the GC Market for artisanal everything, and end with a drink at the speakeasy-inspired Campbell Apartment.

  • See Forever at One World Trade Center Observatory

$ - $$ Financial District Crowds, lines, and selfie-sticks are to be expected when visiting One WTC, but these minor annoyances will be worth every minute spent atop the highest building in the Western Hemisphere. The observatory isn’t just a view, it’s an all-out experience -- one that’ll leave your guests (and even you, no matter how jaded you may be) practically speechless.

  • Groove to jazz

$ - $$ Multiple locations The city is littered with amazing venues to catch live jazz -- among them, Jazz Standard, Arthur’s Tavern, and the Metropolitan Room. But our favorite has got to be newcomer The Django. Nestled into Tribeca’s Roxy Hotel, its vaulted ceilings, vintage lighting, and top-notch craft cocktails make for a sensory experience everyone will love.

  • Eat everything at Gotham West Market

$ - $$ Hell’s Kitchen This self-proclaimed “day-and-night dining destination” is ushering in a new chapter of food halls, and we like what we see. Slurp noodles at Ivan Ramen, down burgers at Genuine Roadside, or enjoy some tapas from El Colmado -- the choice is yours, and you can have them all. And while it’s a hundred blocks away from the nearest subway, Gotham is still light-years easier to navigate (and enjoy!) than tourist-packed Eataly or Chelsea Market.

  • Grab a drink on a rooftop

$ - $$ Multiple locations New York is known for its sky-high views, so why not take advantage of them? Grab a cocktail (or 12) at one of these 98 NYC rooftops, many of which are open year-round.

  • Drink all the beer at Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden

$$ Astoria This beast of the New York beer halls doesn’t just offer a great excuse to check out Astoria, it’s also a certified beer mecca that really celebrates its founders' Czech and Slovak heritage. Enjoy a huge variety of brews for $16 a pitcher, and be sure to order some authentic brats and kielbasa off the perpetually fired-up grill.

  • Drink your weight in whiskey at The Flatiron Room

$$ Flatiron Boasting one of the most extensive whiskey selections on the East Coast, The Flatiron Room is THE place to get your brown booze on, one shot at a time. Finally learn the difference between whiskey and rye from educated bartenders and their guide-like menus, then dive in with one of the half-dozen tasting flights. HAMILTON THE MUSICAL

  • Get fancy with a super-posh high tea

$$ - $$$ Multiple locations You’re classy, right? Right. So why not show off your sophistication with a classic high tea? There are options to suit any number of budgets (Tea & Sympathy and Bosie Tea Parlor in the West Village are among the most affordable) but if you really want to impress your guests, go big with splurge-worthy teas at The Plaza, The Pierre, or The Ritz-Carlton.

  • Enjoy a tasting menu for < $100/person

$$ - $$$ Multiple locations Eating out is one of the best things about visiting NYC, which is why a diverse tasting menu should definitely be on your to-do list. Sister restaurants The Eddy and The Wallflower both offer affordable five-course options at $65/person, while the vegetarian-leaning (and Michelin-starred) Semilla offers eight courses for $75, and farm-to-table hotspot Mas offers a hearty four-course tasting menu for $88.

  • Get stimulated at Queen of the Night

$$$ Midtown West This insanely popular circus/theater/nightclub extravaganza is exactly the type of outrageous experience your guests will be expecting, so go ahead and splurge on this pricey show. Tickets get you access to the performance and a dinner of lobster, whole-roasted pig, and giant racks of ribs.

  • Good Night Sonny

Plenty of new bars that people get hyped about, and put on lists like this, are BIG, EXCITING, UNIQUE, POSSIBLY SUBTERRANEAN places that don't even really deserve caps for the last three of those words. But sometimes, a drinker needs fewer passwords and handcrafted ladders to reach the 4.5ft top shelf, and just needs a bar-bar. And maybe that's a bar with a fried fish sandwich you wouldn't ever expect to be quite so perfect. Or a bar with legitimately unique $12 cocktails as good as any in a city that's horrifyingly OK with the $17 versions. Or a bar that commandeered a long-misused corner location on the crucial East Village boozer's thoroughfare of St. Mark's, and made it right again. But in the end, just a bar. That's this place. Say hi to Pete. Seriously, say hi, he loves that!! -- Ben Robinson, editorial director

  • Seamstress

How often can you go into a bar and purchase a great cocktail and a quality leather bag? This year, the people behind The Gilroy teamed up with former Dead Rabbit bartender Pamela Wiznitzer and Ducks Eatery chef Will Horowitz to open Seamstress, which embraces the clothing-making theme without being tacky, and manages to bring Serena van der Woodsen-level sexiness back to the Upper East Side. Speakeasy-ish without actually being a speakeasy, this cocktail den is decked out with red banquettes, sewing machines, and a fully functional on-site leather goods shop (go ahead and get yourself a bag!). The menu features an impressive list of 50 classic American cocktails, plus a number of excellent originals, like the Wiz Fizz with gin, Cynar, egg white, and root beer. It also has one of the best new burgers in NYC, made with smoked mutton, which you've probably never had but need to immediately. -- Lucy Meilus, New York editor

  • Amazing TRIPLEX 5BR w/Private Patio

Williamsburg Rate: $399/night What you get: Entire apartment (accommodates 10): five bedrooms; three bathrooms Not only is this apartment in one of the hottest New York City neighborhoods, but it’s got more space than most New Yorkers will see in their entire existences living there. Plus, all the touches that will make any locals you might meet out at a bar and invite over to party in your sweet Airbnb squeal with glee, like exposed brick and stone everywhere (including in the shower), an open kitchen, and a sprawling private patio.

  • Wander through Central Park

In my opinion, Central Park is the greatest thing about New York City: it really makes the city so much more enjoyable and livable. It’s a lifesaver if you actually live in the city, but it’s highly worth visiting even if you don’t–it’s gorgeous in every single season. Most of the “touristy things” are clustered between 59th and 72nd Streets, but it’s really fun to rent a bike to go around the loop and see the beautiful and much quieter upper park (the Pool is one of my favorite places to go in the fall). There are lots of CitiBike stations to make it easy. A few of my favorite spots in the park: the stretch of towering American elms on the Mall, Bow Bridge, Bethesda Terrace, the Alice in Wonderland statue, and the Ramble. It’s also super fun to have a drink at the Loeb Boathouse or row around the Lake!

  • See a show

There’s pretty much something to please everyone, from musicals on Broadway to stand-up comedy to ballet. It’s all world-class talent in some of the best venues in the world, and it’s generally worth splurging to see something while you’re here. I especially love a jazz show at Dizzy’s, a late-night show at Comedy Cellar, or a matinee at the New York City Ballet. A few ways to save: try TodayTix for same-day Broadway shows, and see what Juilliard music or dance students are showing.

  • See the skyline and the Statue of Liberty from the water

Being out on the water in New York City is just such a pleasant experience, especially as a break from the chaotic streets or noisy subway. I highly recommend figuring out a way to see the skyline and the Statue of Liberty from the water, especially at sunset. Personally, I think it’s not worth actually going to the Statue of Liberty if you’re here for a short amount of time: there’s a ton of security to get through and lots of lines, and it’s really prettiest from the water as opposed to up close. Bonus: there is a way to be on a boat in the Hudson and East Rivers at every budget level! Splurge: sail with Harbor Line. Middle ground: Circle Line Cruise. Cheap: NYC Ferry. Free: Staten Island Ferry.

  • Eat pizza and a bagel

My best tip for New York City: come hungry. You can eat well at every budget level, from extremely cheap to crazy expensive, and indulge in just about any type of international cuisine. But the two things you shouldn’t leave without eating: a slice of pizza and a bagel (low-carb diets be damned, and there are GF options for celiacs!). My favorite spots for pizza: Speedy Romeo, Lucali and Joe’s. For bagels, I think it’s usually OK to rely on Yelp to find a good spot close to wherever you’re staying–but if you’re up for a trek, my personal favorite bagels are at Absolute and Ess-a-Bagel.

  • See the city from above

One of the things that I think is worth splurging on: seeing the city from above! I highly prefer Top of the Rock: you can see Central Park AND the Empire State Building from above. The Empire State Building is great to see more of downtown, but it does feel like you’re missing out on the most iconic part of the skyline because you’re ON it. (Very similar to why I always recommend going up the Arc de Triomphe instead of the Eiffel Tower in Paris!) Although it’s amazing to see the sunset from above, note that it is certainly busiest around this time–it can be a much more relaxing and enjoyable experience earlier in the day and in the off-season. A hack to get the same views, but save on ticket price: go to a rooftop bar! The drinks will be expensive, but it’s quite the experience. I love Bar SixtyFive and 230 Fifth.

  • Get lost in West Village

It’s surprisingly easy to navigate most of Manhattan: almost all of the island is built on a numbered grid. But then you go into West Village, and all reason falls away. It’s a cluster of tiny, winding streets lined with trees and impeccable brownstones, and it’s almost impossible to keep your bearings. That’s part of its charm! You can spot the Friends apartment building and Carrie’s front steps from Sex and the City, along with plenty of other gorgeous homes and gardens. And there are so many bars, restaurants and cafes to choose from. A few of my personal favorites: Buvette, Toby’s Estate, Barbuto, Aria, The Spotted Pig, Hudson Clearwater.

  • A perfect day would be taking the ferry to DUMBO, grabbing a pizza at Grimaldi’s, and then hanging out on the lawn under the Brooklyn bridge. We’d grab ice cream sandwiches from Jacques Torres (the chocolate chip cookies are heavenly!). As we make our way to Brooklyn Brewing Co, we’d snap a few photos with the Manahattan skyline. The best view of the city is from DUMBO… in my opinion.
  • Gemma at the Bowery Hotel
  • Take a leisurely stroll in Prospect Park

Although most people tend to think Central Park serves as the green lungs of the city, very few are aware of the serenity that awaits at Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. While this park is technically smaller than Central Park by around 300 acres, it’s the perfect example that bigger is not always better. With a gracious meadow that stretches for a full mile, an immense lake, and a lush forest, there’s no question you’ll find peace and quiet within these 526 acres. If you head this way, be sure to also swing by the breathtaking Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. Home to 52 acres of wild and exotic vegetation, this Garden encompasses marvelous beauty year-round.

  • Sip on local wines at Red Hook Winery

Craving wine and a spectacular view? That’s exactly what you’ll find at the Red Hook Winery. Located right on the water in the trendy industrial district of Red Hook, this winery is surely one of Brooklyn’s most beloved hidden gems. Once you follow the cobblestone road, you will be greeted by a menu full of perfectly-blended reds and whites. But what makes this place even more special are the panoramic views of the Hudson River awaiting your attention. With Lady Liberty in the distance, you can clink your glasses to celebrate the moment, knowing this will be one unforgettable experience. And if wine isn’t exactly your cup of tea, that’s okay. Head to

  • Brooklyn Brewery

In the ever-so-popular Williamsburg neighborhood for a refreshingly frothy pint of locally brewed beer.

  • The Met

It is no surprise why the Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the most beloved museums in the entire country. I mean, it is home to over two million works of art! But what many people don’t realize is that this cherished institution also has a spacious rooftop that is open to the public. So if you’re seeking stunning views of Central Park and the city skyline, come here! And if you also happen to be in a museum-hopping mood, both the Tenement Museum and the Whitney are phenomenal, less-crowded choices. Check out the Asian Wing, specifically the Astor Chinese Garden Court.

  • Relish in the fresh tastes at the Union Square Greenmarket

If you’re as much of a farmers-market fanatic as I am, you’ll fall head-over-heels in love with the Union Square Greenmarket. Anchored by the central plaza of Union Square, this lively outdoor market houses rows upon rows of vendors selling everything from homegrown produce, meats, and cheeses to homemade breads, pretzels, and baked goods. It’s not only a great place to relish in the fresh tastes of New York State, but it’s also a wonderful way to meet the local farmers, bakers, and harvesters behind the delicious goodness. Plus, Union Square is nestled among tons of shops, galleries, and boutiques, so after you indulge in a little sampling, you can partake in some much-anticipated window shopping.

  • Travel back in time in Ditmas Park

Tucked away in the borough of Brooklyn is where you’ll find the enchanting Historic District of Ditmas Park. Home to some of New York’s most beautiful buildings, this neighborhood is mostly adored for its magnificently renovated Victorian mansions. Once you stroll down a few streets, you’ll probably start to wonder if you’re still in the city, as this area provides a (very cool) taste of suburbia. After fantasizing over these historic free-standing homes, be sure to make your way over to the main drag, Cortelyou Road, where you’ll be greeted by an abundance of eccentric pubs, bars, restaurants, and cafes.

  • Eat your way around the world by sampling deliciously diverse cuisines at Smorgasburg

With over 100 vendors whipping up deliciously diverse cuisine, your taste buds will forever thank you for partaking in the fun at Smorgasburg. Serving as the largest weekly open-air food market in all of America, a visit here is a must when exploring New York City. Whether you’re looking to eat by the waterfront on Saturdays in Williamsburg or chow down in the beautiful Prospect Park on Sundays, one thing is for certain: you’ll have an amazing gastronomical experience!

  • The Morgan Library
  • Museum of Food and Drink
  • The Standard Biergarten

This is one of my favorite places in the city, thanks to the carnival-like environment, communal picnic tables and aforementioned ping pong tables. If you’re not a beer drinker, fear not — the bartenders dressed in lederhosen t-shirts pour a menu of specialty cocktails ensuring there’s something for everyone. The Standard Biergarten is always teeming with people, and with its lively atmosphere, it’s a great place to start (or end) a night, and for a moment, you might even forget you’re hanging out in Manhattan.

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  • Radegast Hall & Biergarten

If you’re on the prowl for more than a beer and a brat this Williamsburg Biergarten offers live music every single day. You can also enjoy daily specials with beer pairings, or stick with classic German offerings like bratwurst and schnitzel. There’s a rotating list of beers on draft, mostly German, Czech, Dutch and Belgian to really round out the Bavarian experience. Prost!

  • Raines Law Room

Secrets are hard to keep in NYC, and Raines Law Room is a secret bar you’re going to want to tell all your friends about. Ring the bell for entry into the ultra-luxe lounge and don't forget to don your classiest garb.

  • Please Don’t Tell

The name says it all at this secret NYC bar. Please Don’t Tell may be trying to keep themselves on the down low, but this hotspot is anything but unknown.

  • Pietro NoLita

Pietro NoLita’s interior is covered in floor-to-ceiling pink. It’s like a Barbie dream house for grown-ups, but with cocktails. Its tasty Italian cuisine makes it as much fun for your tastebuds as it is for your Insta feed.

  • The Flower District

The majority of New York’s flower district spans just one (long) block, but it doesn’t disappoint. Passing through is like walking through an urban jungle as leafy greens and flowers line each side of the street. The fragrance is to die for. Be sure to get there early in the morning for your best pick of florals if you have some specific blooms in mind.

  • Minetta Street

Minetta Street is easily one of the most beautiful blocks of Greenwich Village — and for a neighborhood known for its brownstones, that’s saying something. The bended street is home to gorgeous 19th-century building facades, lots of greenery, and some much-needed peace and quiet.

  • Washington Street in DUMBO

The intersection of Washington Street and Water Street is easily one of most photogenic spots in New York City. DUMBO, a neighborhood known for its cobblestone streets and chic lofts, got its nickname for being “Down Under The Manhattan Bridge.” Travelers who stop in the middle of the intersection (watch for cars first!) and gaze up will see the Manhattan Bridge perfectly frame the Empire State Building beneath its arches. Nearby Front Street Pizza is a perfect place to refuel after a photo shoot.

  • The Standard High Line

The Standard boasts room views of the Hudson River, a seriously chic rooftop bar, and some seriously out there design choices. It towers over the High Line, a park built on an abandoned elevated railway, and is a popular hangout for vacationing it-girls. The view from the roof alone is worth the visit.

  • Habana Outpost

This casual outdoor eatery is a spinoff of Manhattan’s Cafe Habana, and it serves up tasty Mexican-Cuban cuisine. (The Mexican-style corn just might become your favorite thing you’ve ever eaten.) Located in brownstone-lined Fort Greene, Brooklyn, the colorful seating area feels like a tropical urban oasis.

  • The Flatiron Building

Constructed in 1902, this mesmerizing building is wedged between Fifth Avenue and Broadway. A hip neighborhood has sprung up around the building, with tech start-ups and great shopping popping up in droves. The pedestrian-friendly paths in front of the building as well as nearby Madison Square Park provide great vantage points.

  • Sweet Moment

This trendy SoHo haunt is home to an array of colorful desserts, lattes, and blended drinks that are just begging to be photographed. Better yet? Your latte art just might come in the shape of a teddy bear face. The airy space is chock full of neon, potted plants, and natural light — in short, all we could ever ask for.

  • The Bushwick Collective

For photographers looking to venture a bit farther out, this Brooklyn mural series is a great destination. Bushwick is a bit grittier than its more well-known neighbor, Williamsburg, but it offers up some of the most vibrant street art in the city. The surrounding neighborhood is known as something of a hipster haven, so it also provides the perfect opportunity to do a little people-watching.

  • Ladurée SoHo

This New York location of the French favorite offers macarons to die for and more beautiful pastry options than you can count. (They also serve full meals for those of us who aren’t so overcome by our sweet tooths.) Both its indoor and outdoor seating areas are full of stunning Parisian detail.

  • Nom Wah Tea Parlor

Dumplings!

  • The Polynesian

What: A sprawling tiki bar from Major Food Group and the man behind Tiki Mondays. Why it’s important: Since the closing of Lani Kai and PKNY more than five years ago, there’s been a dearth of tiki bars in New York. Now, the team behind some of the city’s hardest-hitting restaurants (Carbone, The Grill, Dirty French, ZZ’s Clam Bar) are partnering with Brian Miller, the host of Tiki Mondays, for a Polynesian-inspired bar whose explicit aim is to be the best tiki bar in the world.

  • Existing Conditions

What: A forthcoming bar from two of the industry’s most creative drink-makers. Why it’s important: Mad geniuses of the cocktail world, Lee and Arnold will team up for a highly anticipated opening meant to showcase a scientific approach to classics.

  • Frenchette

What: A French restaurant from Keith McNally alums, Lee Hanson and Riad Nasr, with a drinks program run by two innovators from the cocktail and wine worlds. Why it’s important: One of the most anticipated restaurant openings this season, Frenchette is clearly aiming to have a complete, ambitious beverage program to match Hanson and Nasr’s food. Natural wine, aperitifs and upgraded classic cocktails will take center stage.

  • Straylight

What: An art-world fever dream of a speakeasy beneath an izakaya, serving avant-garde cocktails with a sense of humor. Why it’s important: Elizabeth aims to mix her brand of modernist drink-making with Japanese ingredients for what promises to be a thoroughly unique addition to the growing crop of Japanese-style cocktail bars.

  • Broken Shaker NYC

What: The latest outpost of the Miami original located on the roof of the newly opened Freehand Hotel. Why it’s important: Few bars have been able to establish such a uniform identity across so many locations, but following openings in LA and Chicago, Broken Shaker New York will bring its beloved brand of beach vibes to Manhattan.

  • Claudette

If you find yourself in Greenwich Village, please seek out this charming restaurant. Chef Ari Bokovza is of Tunisian descent, making for a mouthwatering menu of flavors from Provence, the Mediterranean, and North Africa. To accompany your meal, choose from a selection of wines from southern France. Do be sure to ask how the restaurant got its name. Also, there’s rosé on tap (enough said).

  • Sézane

Your go-to for a hit of Parisian pleasure that is easy on the eyes. This French boutique, which has had enormous success in Paris, was the first French fashion brand to sell all of its collections 100% online. Once you’ve admired the designs, go wild at the lip bar, reserve a spot in one of the monthly flower workshops, or play around in the French photo booth.

  • Albertine

This bookstore is a well-kept secret just a stone’s throw away from the Met Museum. Nestled away in the historic Payne Whitney mansion, it is the only New York bookstore that stocks French books and their English translations (14,000 titles and counting). My advice is to look up — Albertine’s ceiling is a hand-painted mural of constellations, stars, and planets that is not to be missed!

  • La Mercerie

This recently opened spot — the latest offering from the team behind French bistro Le Coucou — is located in the oh-so-trendy Soho neighbourhood. It looks beautiful and contains both a café and restaurant, with French chef Marie-Aude Rose focusing on the satisfaction of classic French cooking. Grab your fresh pastries and coffee to go from the café or drop by for an after-work cocktail and catch up with friends. Make a reservation for the restaurant if you’re feeling fancy!

  • Racines

Racines is the French word for “roots,” which is spot-on for this neo-bistro that has two locations in Paris. The New York team offers impeccable French traditions (evident from one glance at the wine list and food menu) in a thoroughly modern setting (inconspicuous location, attentive service, exposed brick walls inside). French chef Frédéric Duca previously worked at the Michelin starred L’Instant d’Or in Paris, so when it comes to food choices, there is no wrong choice.

  • Lafayette

The interiors of this grand café and bakery are worth writing home about. A traditional French brasserie meets modern (and natural) touches such as mahogany floors and high arched windows. Products are sourced from local markets, and the menu is inspired by a range of French regions from Normandy to Provence. The bakery is open late, so if you skipped dessert but decide you fancy something sweet, you’re in luck!

  • Marché Maman

This delightful bakery — with several locations throughout the city — is the love child between France and America. French native Benjamin Sormonte opened the first space in 2014 with his partner, Elisha Marshall. The winning combination of cute bunny-printed (take-out) cups, the smell of pastries fresh out of the oven, and rustic interiors make you feel like you’re popping home for a catch-up with mom. A recent addition to the Soho space is Marché Maman, where you can scoop up some of Marshall and Sormonte’s favorite French items that evoke the spirit of the cafe, including textiles by Jamini, children’s clothes by Merci Bisous, gorgeous skincare from Bastide, and of course the same Maman cups from the café.

  • Le Coucou

Chicago-born chef Daniel Rose is quite the Francophile: he trained at the prestigious Institut Bocuse in Lyon before opening three restaurants in Paris. Le Coucou is his first stateside venture and it’s a beautiful space — original features of the building have been kept, and it strikes the perfect balance of cool and classic, as well as welcoming. The menu is obviously French-inspired, so go as wild as your tastebuds will allow and wash everything down with French wine. Santé!

nov 17 2015 ∞
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