(Closed) NYC Hot Spots

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Post # 3
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Helper bee

I always recommend Cara Mia in the Theater District for dinner before or after a show. It’s a tiny warm Italian place with home made pasta and an excellent wine list. It’s super reasonably priced too.

http://caramianyc.com/media/caramia.html

Def make reservations.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

1) one of my favorite tourist things to do is walking over to the brooklyn bridge for lunch/dinner at Grimaldis pizza.  The walk back is more scenic so if you only go one way, that is the one I prefer!

2) SO many great ones to choose from! For fancy/upscale I love Gramercy Tavern, Babbo, Eleven Madison Park, Craftsteak, Nobu is great if you want more trendy; for great local eats Frank on the lower east side has amazing italian,Saigon Grill for vietnamese, the many Le Pain de Quotidens are great for a lunch or snack while on the go; for great quick bites, Joes Pizza in the village, dumplings at The Dumping House in China town, Gray’s Papaya hot dogs, Magnolia or Crumb cupcakes

3) I love the part of Soho East of the main Broadway drag.  So many cute little shops

The least amount of Times Square the better all around! 

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

1.) I always take my visitors to the Humanities Research branch of the New York Public Library. I’m an uber nerd, but I haven’t had anyone yet who’s hated it — or at least no one who has been brave enough to tell me so! My own favorite thing to do is stroll through the East Village, stop for a coffee and a snack, and progress on down to the Lower East Side. I love to go to movies at the Angelika (best popcorn on earth) or the Sunshine. In summer, a visit to Shakespeare in the Park is a must. Worst tourist activity: anything involving Times Square. Oh, and the time I took the Circle Line cruise with two friends who wanted to do it even though it was POURING rain and we literally couldn’t see beyond the shore!

 2.) We love small, casual restaurants. Favorites: Caracas on East 7th (just east of 1st Ave.) for Venezuelan, Cacio e Pepe on 2nd Ave. for Italian, 71 Irving on Irving Place for coffee and pastries, Balthazar for eggs benedict, and The Smith on 3rd Ave. 

3.) For shopping, thrift stores and consignment shops in the East Village, and Russ and Daughters on Houston for all things delicious! The wasabi-infused flying fish roe are amazing, and the dried pears are to die for.

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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2010

1) Well, I think the museums are really worth it. Love the American Museum of Natural History and the Met. We just bought a membership to the MOMA too and went to Long Island City to check out PS 1. It’s definitely worth a trip over the bridge. Central Park is always interesting. Even Times Square, despite its frenzy, is cool. There’s lot of little secrets around there, like little artworks that people just pass by and don’t even know it’s there.

 2) We love Katz’s deli on Houston St., the Farm on Adderly (in Ditmas Park, I think), Land Thai on W. 81st, Dinosaur BBQ, Centro Espanol (in Chelsea, it’s a Spanish social club), Community (over by Columbia University), Joe’s Shanghai. We used to go to Saigon Grill, but they’ve been accused of abusing their staff so we haven’t been back. There’s also this awesome, absolutely authentic Vietnamese place in the Bronx called World of Taste, on Jerome Ave. Sripriphai has the best Thai, and that’s in Woodside, Queens.

3) Don’t do much shopping these days. There is this little overstock Laila Rowe jewelry store on 14th between 5th and 6th avenue that has cheap and interesting costume jewelry. Always fun to pick up a pretty bauble for $5.

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I love the Union Square Farmers market. It is beautiful and bountiful in the summer but close to Christmas, there is an outdoor crafts fair that sells beautiful homemade everything made by mostly locals. Back to the summer or fall; if you stroll through the farmers market, your bound to find local wines being tasted, rare but delicious heirloom tomatoes, purple potatos, and tons of friendly farmers willing to speak to you about their growing methods, preferred cooking methods, etc. One of my fave restaurants is Otto on W 8 and Broadway (i think!). It is Mario Batali’s lower end ‘pizza joint’. It is beautiful and so much fun. The whole place is modeled after an Italian train stations. They have beautiful and affordable food and wine! Enjoy! xo

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I have a city guide I made up years ago. PM me if you’d like me to send it to you 🙂

The short list:

1) Grand Central is one of the most underrated NYC historic buildings.  Go to the web site and see if they have any happenings.  They have *amazing* public art shows. The Brooklyn Promenade is gorgeous.  The Met and the MOMA top off my favorite large art museums.

2) Where to begin? For groups, Dos Caminos (Soho), Sushi Samba (West Village/7th Ave South).  For the wow ambience factor, Suba (Lower East Side). Pricey but worth it, Bond Street (Bway/Lafayette -sushi), Blue Ribbon Sushi (Soho).  Hands down best slice: the pizza a la vodka slice at Pomadoro’s (Little Italy).  Touristy but worth the line, Serendipity (Midtown East).  Brunch, Bubby’s (DUMBO or Tribeca). 3am still great restaurant with amazing old H’wood ambience, Odeon.  Good restaurant diner food with great people watching, The Coffee Shop (Union Square).

3) Pearl River Mart, Daffy’s (NYC equivalent to Loehmanns), Bloomie’s in Soho, vintage shops in the East Village (Love Saves The Day..), 8th street between 5th and University, Patricia Field (on the same street). 

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

What a good list to spy on!

 Sadly, pinwheelspoprocks, I believe Love Saves the Day is closing/has recently closed 🙁

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

No more Love Saves the Day???

I also love So Good (on B’way in Soho near the baby Bloomingdale’s) for cheap and cheerful jewelry.

Post # 11
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Worker bee

Some things that I love doing are visiting all of the parks.  My favorites are Fort Tryon and Prospect Park, and of course Central Park. 

I also love visiting the Botanical Gardens.  I highly recommend the Brooklyn Botanical Garden and the New York Botanical garden.  The NYBG is huge!!!!!!! I was there for a whole day and still didn’t see everything! I have not yet visited the Queens Botanical Garden.  

I also can’t get enough of the ferry boats.  In summer I like to go out to Governor’s Island and picnic and check out the free concert series they have.  I also will sometimes hop on the free water taxi to IKEA  and back just to be out on the water…….

I like to check out the various markets at Union square throughout the year.  

Now I realize some ppl have an adversion to the Hudson River, but since I’m not from here I was very excited to learn that the New York City Downtown Boathouse has free kayaking!

I also bring guests to go see the Blue Man Group! I learned when I was in Chicago for a couple of summers that if you call and volunteer to be an usher you get a free seat, and can sometimes meet some of the Blue Men!  To usher you need to show up early, hand out playbills, help ppl find their seats and then help clean up after the show, which only take about 30 mins!

 As far as restaurants go my favorite place is a hole in the wall indian restaurant called Ghandi Cafe at 283 Bleeker.  They are very friendly, very affordable and give you free dessert and tea after your meal! 

 

 

Post # 12
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Helper bee

I love this thread!

here’s another for the shopping list

Pippin at West 17th Street, between 6th and 7th

It’s a great vintage jewelry store – they have costume stuff all the way to engagement rings.

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