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683 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238, USA
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The Way Station, on Washington Avenue, in Prospect Heights is every bit a Steampunk-lovers paradise. The bathroom is a portal, ala Doctor Who, and the guns hanging on the wall bring to mind an old western bar. Yet, The Way Station's real draw is...
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11 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010, USA
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New York City is America's culinary capital and of the numerous Michelin-starred restaurants, Eleven Madison Park ranks among the top. A meal here is guaranteed to be a memorable experience. From their unique dining format to the elegant...
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71 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019, USA
If you live in NYC and you like to drink, then you've probably come across our local tradition of drinking Picklebacks. Picklebacks are a shot of whiskey (usually Jameson) and a chaser of fresh pickle juice. While it sounds disgusting, the...
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200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010, USA
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If you couldn’t quite make it to Rome this year, this all-things-Italian food market (created by famed restaurateurs Mario Batali and Paul Bastianich) is the next best thing. There are six restaurants and a rooftop beer garden if you want to stop...
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210 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011, USA
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The High Line, a public park built on an elevated train track in NYC, should be on the top of any visitor's list. It is an outstanding example of a visionary, innovative urban park that has saved an important piece of NYC's history. Built in the...
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87 S Elliott Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11217, USA
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by Jason Lampkin “Here’s a barbecue spot that draws a diverse crowd. It’s run by two visionaries (one black, one white, I’m pleased to say) and staffed by locals. Order the beef short ribs, spicy French fries, and Boylan’s sodas.” 87 S. Elliott...
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57 Great Jones St, New York, NY 10012, USA
A delicious underground Japanese restaurant in the E. Village. Order Branzino and lots of sake.
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189 Spring St, New York, NY 10012, USA
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Pastry chef Dominique Ansel loves the classic croissant so much that he revived the lesser known Brittany pastry, the Kouign Amann, in his SoHo bakery. The Kouign Amann is made out of a croissant-like dough with the addition of sugar. One bite and...
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211 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10014, USA
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New York City has so many great Italian restaurants but Morandi's has to be in my top 3, the meatballs might make you cry, they were so delicious! It's a super vibrant atmosphere, reservations can be tough to secure, but it lives up to the hype....
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80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012, USA
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It's become tradition for me to go get a pastry at the Balthazaar bakery in SoHo and then sit on one of the benches outside the store to people watch. I find no greater joy than to sit still on a very busy street, in my own little world, while I...
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686 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217, USA
At this independent bookstore, sunlight streams onto industrial tables covered by books. They’ve got a range of titles about New York, Fort Greene, and photography.—Jason Lampkin
See all of Jason Lampkin’s favorite places in Fort...
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235 Bowery, New York, NY 10002, USA
Originally an immigrant neighborhood, the Lower East Side of Manhattan has rapidly transformed in to an area filled with trendy restaurants, galleries, and new high-end apartments and hotels. During a trip, artists were repainting a mural at a...
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78 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002, USA
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SAUCE Restaurant claims to use a tomato sauce recipe from owner Frank Prisinzano's grandmother. I believe it because their red sauce tastes finger-licking-good and that's usually a sign of an Italian mama's recipe. However, this is where the...
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Financial District, New York, NY, USA
Governor's Island in the East River, just 1 km from Manhattan, is an oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Catch the free ferry from downtown near Battery Park and enjoy gorgeous views of the city, car-free bike roads, picnics and...
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228 Mott St, New York, NY 10012, USA
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Among caffeine addicts, coffee is a hotly debated beverage. Gimme! Coffee is a no-nonsense artisanal coffee outlet that brews the freshest beans and only serves coffee the way it's meant to be enjoyed. You won't need to sweeten it with sugar & on...
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New York, NY 10002, USA
When I think about Chinatown, I think about the noodle cart on Grand Street. I swear to God! Every time I hit up that cart I become the happiest person. This small order of noodles with peanut and soy sauce cost me an insignificant $1.50. Noodle...
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86 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10013, USA
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Like many of us, I love pho soup. A Vietnamese staple, it is hearty and light all at once, a beautiful balance of rich broth and springy rice noodles. But I've abandoned my pho excursions for a newer discovery: Canh Chua, a sweet-and-soup...
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195 Dekalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205, USA
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Grab dinner at a funkyCheers-type South African restaurant that celebrates Nelson Mandela. This is one of the top hip spots—and I don’t ordinarily like using the wordhip. —Jason Lampkin As told to Linda Dyett. See all ofJason Lampkin’s favorite...
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188 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002, USA
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'They' say Rome has the best gelato in Italy. Since I haven't been to every town in Italy, I can't confirm that. Neither, though, can I deny it because when I tasted the gelato at Gelateria del Teatro while in Roma I definitely experienced...
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13 Doyers St, New York, NY 10013, USA
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Manhattan’s oldest dim sum parlor plays the part to the hilt, from faded storefront to checklist ordering. For kids, there’s a time-warpy thrill to seeing what Chinese restaurants used to look like. Lure them in with the scallion pancakes; seal...
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131 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012, USA
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One important piece of advice if you find yourself at the Dutch, the excellent restaurant from NYC's star chef Andrew Carmellini: Save room for dessert. Carmellini describes the food at his SoHo restaurant simply as "American." What does that mean...
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Chinatown, New York, NY, USA
New York's Chinatown is the largest enclave of Chinese people in the Western hemisphere; it is also one of the oldest outside of Asia. Unlike many urban Chinatowns, New York's is both residential and commercial. When visiting Chinatown, step away...
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9 Pell St, New York, NY 10013, USA
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When I was introduced to soup dumplings by a NYC friend in Chinatown, I was immediately intrigued. They're a strange experience the first time, the sort of food that has to be played with a little before it can be eaten. Even while I was eating, a...
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334 Furman St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA
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81 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003, USA
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Food is a highly subjective love, of course, but my vote for the best bowl of Asian noodles in New York City goes to Xi'an Famous Foods. Most of their locations are small—you will likely wait, and in the summer it won't feel worth it. However,...
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100 Stanton St, New York, NY 10002, USA
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Gooey, crispy, cheesy, buttery: The list of adjectives goes on for this Lower East Side grilled cheese purveyor. Don't expect the sammies Mom made for your after-school snack; no Wonderbread or Kraft singles here. Billed as "Super Fancy Grilled...
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137 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012, USA
Add the Palmer Trading Company to your when-I-go-to-New-York-I-always-have-to-stop-at list. Boston natives David and Willy have pulled off Americana just right with their Soho store. I would have walked out with more than just a tie had I not been...
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334 Furman St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA
Even in as city known as the concrete jungle, Manhattan offers a surprising number of opportunities to find a little peace and quiet and New Yorkers are masters at creating their own oases. Position yourself correctly, pop in your headphones and...
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103 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002, USA
Whoever invented the living history museum deserves, well, a place in a living history museum. Instead of reading dry text, visitors get to meet an early 20th-century immigrant, hang out in her shoebox apartment, and join a family at its Sabbath...
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125 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009, USA
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There are a lot of ice cream trucks in NYC. Only one started out as the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck but became a brick-and-mortar Big Gay Ice Cream shop. Whether you flag down the truck somewhere in Midtown or wait in line at the shop on E 7th in the...
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541 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024, USA
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Barney Greengrass is my first stop in New York City for the lox platter and a couple of Heinekens. Breakfast of champions.
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399 W Broadway, New York, NY 10012, USA
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Weekend people watching in SoHo would not be the same without the little coffee shop gem that is Ground Support. Grab a cappuccino and a pastry, then sit back to enjoy all of the fashionable New Yorker’s that walk on West Broadway. Amazing ginger...
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Breezy Point, NY 11697, USA
There’s no better way to spend a balmy, summer Saturday in NYC than to bike to one of the city’s most up-and-coming beaches— Ft. Tilden. Equipped with a trusty Google Map and a book bag filled with the day’s ration of food and beverage, I began...
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Madison Ave & E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010, USA
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The baby of food brainchild Danny Meyer, Shake Shack has become a staple for New Yorkers and tourists alike. What makes it so special? The food is scrumptious, the shakes are heavenly, and the location is perfect. Shake Shack sits smack in the...
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New York, NY, USA
My favorite island in the whole world.
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251 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003, USA
Momofuku Milk Bar is one of those places in NYC that's always being raved about. Its desserts are incredible, it's worth the wait in line, best place to get your sugar fix...... It's all true! Ok, maybe not the 'best' part because I still haven't...
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179 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002, USA
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Opened in 1914, this is a New York institution. Its been owned and operated by four generations of the same family. You really feel like you're stepping into a NY deli 50 years ago.
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1515 Teaneck Rd, Teaneck, NJ 07666, USA
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My last three trips to NYC I’ve found myself at Elsa in the East Village. It’s one of those places you just always end up. Good cocktails and a really nice atmosphere makes it an easy stop. Thanks to my friend and NYC PR powerhouse Michelle Aselta...
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65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003, USA
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The melodious invitations of “irasshaimase” (“welcome”) from all the staff at Ippudo NY as I walked into the restaurant quickly transported me back to Japan although I must admit it seemed to me slightly dissonant, almost...
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110 E 7th St # B, New York, NY 10009, USA
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Porchetta is fast and simple food. Noticed I separated the words “fast” and “food”, I don’t want you to get the wrong idea. This tiny Lower East Side pork sandwich spot has an even smaller menu and I like it that way. Recommend by my friend and...
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28 Frost St, Brooklyn, NY 11211, USA
The Sketchbook Project lives within the Brooklyn Art Library, filling their entire left wall from floor to ceiling. Yes, leave it to a place as cool as Brooklyn to have an art library. Anyway, my friend and I stumbled onto this fascinating place...
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240 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012, USA
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Third Rail Coffee. A simple black coffee never tasted so good. Literally stumbled into it after I got caught in a sudden thunderstorm and ran for cover. The tiny space encourages eavesdropping and the glass front invites people watching, but I...
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1201, 248 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215, USA
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I have to thank AFARer Barry Brown for a recommendation to al di là, a little Italian find in Park Slope. The food was exquisite. Certainly among my top American restaurant meals. Even the bread and butter exceeded expectation. The place has a...