Bees from New York, we have 2 days!

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Post # 2
445 posts
Helper bee

I never know what to do about guiding people in NYC however if you like Thai food I recommend Wayla, it’s a delicious Thai restaurant below street level on Forsyth with nice garden seating out back. I recommend making reservations for an outdoor table as it gets pretty packed, especially on weekends. Also the Morgan Library is fantastic since you mentioned you liked NYPL, and the Frick collection is a small but gorgeous museum (much more manageable in an afternoon than the Met or MoMA.) Angel’s Share is a cool Japanese bar if you want the speakeasy experience.

Post # 3
3376 posts
Sugar bee

Walking the high line is worth it. Just make sure you wear flats as it’s super easy to ruin even the shortest of heals.

Post # 4
670 posts
Busy bee

 I’ll second Angel’s Share as a cool spot for a cocktail. Also, if you’re into speakeasy-type lounges, check out Please Don’t Tell and be sure to get a Chang dog (bacon-wrapped kimchi hot dog). 

Post # 5
579 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

MoMA is closed through Oct. 21 and will be a madhouse for a few weeks (months?) after they reopen. If you’re looking to do one art thing, see the Kirchner exhibition at Neue Galerie, opens tomorrow but I just walked through and it’s spectacular.

Post # 6
8436 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Can l just say l have always wanted to go to NYC and this thread has sharpened that desire. 

It’s a long expensive way from Australia though…..

Post # 7
408 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

Depending on when in November you’ll be here, one of the coolest things is looking at the holiday window displays at Saks, Macy’s Herald Square, Barney’s, Bergdoff’s etc. They are absolutely breathtaking!

Post # 8
954 posts
Busy bee

If you’re there in early November, a walk through Central Park to admire the fall foliage. If it’s later November, a walk down 5th Avenue to admire all the beautiful holiday store windows & decorations at Rock Center.


I lived there for years but my favorite way to spend the day in nyc is to pick a downtown neighborhood and just stroll around and pick wherever you fancy to stop and eat along the way. West Village, Chelsea, SoHo/NoLita, Lower East Side, Tribeca – you can’t go wrong! 

Post # 9
839 posts
Busy bee

If you like oysters, Ten Bells on the lower east side is a must. Every day from 3-7 (including weekends! A rare find in the city) they do a $1 oyster happy hour and $15 carafes of organic wine, which is around 3 glasses. When Darling Husband and I go, he gets 36 oysters and I drink my own carafe of white and we leave happy.

On a more touristy note, definitely the High Line and Chelsea Market (and be sure to check out the bar in the basement of the Market – The Tippler. The drinks are great). If you’re a whiskey or moonshine fan, I also recommend Kings County Distillery in Brooklyn, as well as New York Distilling. NY Distilling does free tasting/tours of their gin and rye and it’s so worth it. If you do go to Brooklyn, be sure to walk the bridge (my suggestion is at night, when the crowds die down). The sights are amazing. 

Post # 10
137 posts
Blushing bee

Are you into history at all? My favorite museum is the tenement museum in the lower east side. So much history and tends to be less touristy than the natural history museum or the met. 

If you do the brooklyn bridge like a pp suggested (which I would second, it really is beautiful) I would recommend walking around the south street seaport. Its a cute area and theres always something going on. Its also very historic, its where Fraunces Tavern is, which I believe is the oldest building in nyc. 

Edit: in November there is a little holiday market in Bryant Park. Theres ice skating, a Christmas tree (its easier to get a tree pic here than rockefeller center), and a bunch of little kiosks for shopping and eating. Also, this isn’t really a “sight to see” but check out the bathroom in bryant park while you’re there. I guarantee you its the nicest public bathroom you have ever seen. You’re also steps away from the landmark nypl if you wanted to go back!

Post # 12
574 posts
Busy bee

Get a picnic (cheese at Murray’s!) and hang out in Washington Square park if the weather is nice. Walk along the Brooklyn Bridge promenade to see Manhattan from afar. Take Ferry to Staten Island for the views. Depending on what you like go out to Flushing and get Chinese, or Jackson Heights for Indian/Mexican/Central American. Go to Kalyustian’s for spices. 

If its a little chilly get hot chocolate or cider, spike it with a mini alcohol bottle if that is your thing and walk through central park or the west or east village (soho is mostly chain stores these days, and the west village is getting there but is still quite pretty)

The best undiscovered bar in the city is (the kind that won’t keep you waiting for hours) is without a doubt, Clover Club in Cobble Hill. Roberta’s has fantastic pizza if you want to explore far Brooklyn. 

If you want a kind of touristy but fun thing you can do one of the Smorgasburgs for food. Look for last minute tickets to totally random theater. Even back-ally shows are awesome. You can rent a citibike for the day if you want to tool around for a bit. 

Generally speaking get the heck out of midtown– New Yorkers avoid it like the plague .

Post # 13
670 posts
Busy bee

personaperson :  MURRAY’S!! Yes!! The cheese selection is phenomenal 👌

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