(Closed) Best places to eat and see in NYC

posted 6 years ago in New York City
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

My favorite restaurant is Pearl Oyster Bar for fresh amazing seafood. They don’t take reservations but it’s fine (and worth the wait) for two people.

There are a million fancy places, there is a french place called Raoul’s that has a really great energy, Blue Hill is nice (their food comes from their farm in upstate…there is a restaurant up there too but it’s a much bigger production) but you definitely need to make a reservation a month in advance (it’s really nice but not pretentious and you don’t have to get all dressed up…unless that’s what you want to do!)

For bunch – Hundred Acres – local produce, nice area but there are seriously sooo many brunch places. Look on Yelp.com – that is THE best source for food places.

My favorite touristy food stops are Katz’s Deli (unreal pastrami) and Russ & Daughters (smoked salmon bagel sandwiches) – the waits for both can be annoying, especially on weekends, but as someone who lived in NY for a long time — they never get old! SO GOOD.

 

I miss NY now 🙁

 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My favorite pizza is at Numero 28 – they have 3 locations, I think. It’s pretty casual.

A nice fancy place is Porter House in Columbus Circle.

Almond in Flatiron has the best mac and cheese I’ve ever had (it’s closer to fancy than casual).

Euzkadi in the East Village has delish tapas and sangria.

Those are some of my favorites!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Soon2BD-CBee:  I’m in Singapore now and probably won’t be back home in NY more than once a year unless we move to Europe next.

I haven’t been to the River Cafe but I think it’s also a wedding venue which may be why it’s hard to book but don’t take my word for it. I wouldn’t focus too much on restaurants with views because you can always head to one of the rooftop bars for a drink with a view. For food.. focus on food!! So many great restaurants there, so little time so definitely take advantage of it.

If you’re walking around in the East or West Village (which I’m sure you will be) definitely have a snack at Birdbath Bakery — best chocolate chip cookies ever!

Also, Frank restaurant on 1st Avenue might be worth a visit. No reservations there either but it’s definitely a SCENE. The Italian is pretty good but it’s more about the atmosphere. Quite the crowd! Cash only though!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Oh and if you’re in the East Village and want to grab a bite, stop by Luke’s Lobster on 7th St (I think between 1st Avenue and Avenue A) for a lobster roll. They bring in fresh Maine lobster every day and it’s soo tasty.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

As far as things to do, tourist-wise:

I always take people to 30 Rock – top of the Rock (also, there’s a Bouchon Bakery right there, they make an amazing grilled cheese and tomato soup. It makes a yummy lunch.)

The 9/11 memorial is best seen at dusk. There is also Merchants cafe on the water in Battery Park that has pretty good food, the view is the star.

Stop by Washington Sq. Park, it’s really lovely and there’s amazing food around. (Mamoun’s Falafel, Kati Roll Company, PB&J Co.) I would also take time to walk around Greenwich Village and the West Village.

Go to central park with a picnic lunch and take a nap. It’s a very NY thing to do. Or, hit up Chealsea Market, or EATILY and but together a picnic and take it to the High Line. 

If you are interested Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty are pretty awesome.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Oh, one more thing! When using taxis, give the driver intersections instead of address numbers. For example, 6th Ave between 44th and 45th, or 6th Ave at 44th, instead of 1155 6th Avenue.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Mrs.McMac:  Taxi advice is perfect. I second that!

Post # 13
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587 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Soon2BD-CBee:  Feel free to take Singapore right off your bucket list. It’s so expensive and there’s very little to do here. And it’s also SUPER HOT ALL THE TIME. It’s been great for us because we’ve gotten to travel around Asia quite a bit but this is really not the place to visit on its own.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee

My fave brunch spot is Essex on the LES. Free mimosas & bloody Mary’s!

Also, Beauty & Essex is one of the best meals I’ve ever had!

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