(Closed) NYC Bees!

posted 7 years ago in New York City
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

As fr as number two, it would be helpful to know what you define as “nice” and “break the bank.”  Sticker shock for NY restaurants can be intense.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

For pizza, you HAVE to go to Di Fara in Brooklyn. It’s a bit out of the way in Midwood but it is seriously the best pizza I’ve ever had. Better than Grimaldi’s (another pizza place, under the Brooklyn bridge). All the pies are made by this one old guy who’s been there for decades, and he personally snips basil over each pie by hand. AMAZING! If you want different pizza, try Artichoke Basille, on 14th St. and 2nd Ave. It’s super rich and creamy and deelish.

I would check out the highline, if you get a chance (very cool park made on what used to be railroad tracks–not the best description, but take my word, it’s cool) and walk over the Brooklyn Bridge (after you get di Fara’s of course!).

For restaurants…oh man, I love so many. For Spanish food, I love Mercadito (teeny tiny restaurant with awesome fish tacos and hibiscus margaritas) and Boqueria (loud, kind of trendy tapas style place). For Italian, In vino (amazing wine bar/restaurant iin the LES) and Salumeria Rossi (small plates Italian food on the UWS). For sushi, it’s a bit of a splurge but Sushi of Gari is some of the best sushi I’ve ever had. You have to go for the omakase (it’s expensive but worth it!). For a nicer restaurant, Mercer Kitchen, David Burke townhouse, Park Avenue Winter, and Gramercy Tavern are all amazing in terms of food and ambiance.

In terms of stuff being nearby, the subway system is so awesome you can pretty much go anywhere for just the price of a metro card. Just make sure to check for service changes due to track work! Or, just grab a cab πŸ™‚

 

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@hilsy85: I live right around the corner from Artichoke… their pizza is DIVINE.

If you want to do something different/fun, there’s a lot of really good Korean bbq in K-Town (32nd btw Broadway and 5th).

My favorite restaurant is a little place called “The Redhead” on 13th st near 1st ave. They do local & seasonal cooking and were actually featured in the NYTs article on places where two can eat and drink for under $100. Really yummy cocktails and delicious food.

You should also at least walk down 5th ave from central park and take in all the store windows. Barney’s Christmas windows are great this year!

And don’t be afraid of the subway. Usually the cheapest and easiest way to get from point A to point B. Also, use your hotel concierge for recommendations, they know what they are doing and can usually get you in places you couldn’t get in on your own.

Also, 230 5th Avenue is a nice bar with a roof deck open year round. They have heaters up there and snuggies for your use. Fabulous views from the roof (and inside).

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

For pizza – try Artichoke.  They just opened a new outpost right by the highline, so it’s one stop shopping.  So tasty.

Peasant is tasty Italian, and Dos Caminos has yummy margaritas and creative Mexican.  Both of those should be in the approx. $150.00 to $200 for two including alcohol, appetizers and desserts.

Check out nymag.com for more recommendations and photos of restaurants.  If you do decide to try somewhere currently in demand (Grammercy Tavern, Minetta Tavern, etc.) book a reservation now.  It sucks to get excited about a place only to discover that the next available table is in May… of next year.

Avoid, at all costs, the tourist-y “must do” restaurants (Rainbow Room, Russian Tea Room, etc.)  You’ll pay an arm and a leg for subpar food

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@KatNYC2011: I”ve also heard great things about The Redhead; I’ll have to try it one of these days.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

To add to all the great recs, Quality Meats is my fave steakhouse in the city. I also enjoy STK if you are looking to have the Sex and the City experience πŸ™‚

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@hilsy85: It is SO good. I highly recommend it. I’ve been there 4 or 5 times and it never disappoints. It’s a very small space though, so if you go on a weekend, be sure to get there early!

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@plantains: Quality Meats is DELICIOUS!

TAO is really good too, and an amazing space.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@KatNYC2011: aww Darling Husband took me to Tao for our first date πŸ™‚ I have such a soft spot for it.

I also second the recommendation to make reservations now, lest you be stuck with a 5:45pm dinner res on Friday/Saturday night.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

To add to KatNYC2011’s comment about roof top bars, Rare View in chelsea is another roof top bar that’s open year round and has great views – it is enclosed so it’s not freezing, and they have a million different kinds of burgers (and steak burgers, yum!)  Not too expensive.

For another inexpensive delicious meal, check out Otto (5th Ave at 8th Street).  Yummy pasta and pizza and great wine.  The liquor is a bit pricey but the food is WAY cheap for NY prices.

I’ll try to think of more…

Post # 16
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@tarheelgrad98: If you like good Belgian beer and Belgian food, there’s a great little Belgian Bar near times square. It’s sandwiched between a theater and a big ol’ BBQ joint with neon lights, but the place is super down to earth and not touristy.

It’s called BXL and it’s on 42nd btw Broadway & 6th.  They have really good fries there and I’ve heard their mussels are delicious.

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