Collected by Joyce Wan
103 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002, USA
A must visit, must do for any visitor or resident of NYC. Not your typical museum experience, the Tenement Museum walks you through history and explores subject such as immigration, discrimination, housing and the history of the neighborhood...
408 Broome St, New York, NY 10013, USA
Without a doubt, one of the most scrumptious—yet subtle—cheesecakes ever created. Homemade with Afuega L’Pitu cow’s milk cheese, an artisan cheese similar in consistency to a firm cream cheese, with a tangy, aromatic flavor.
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...
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...
9 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003, USA
I always enjoy reading the sandwich board outside of my local coffee house in New York's West Village. It's usually scrawled not with the day's offerings but some witty phrase or dictum. On a recent evening, walking to the subway to meet friends...
334 Furman St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA
On our last trip to New York City, we ventured over to Brooklyn by subway, but decided to enjoy the unseasonably warm December day and walk back to Manhattan over the Brooklyn Bridge. It was the first time we had walked the bridge and the sight of...
Old Dock St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA
You know a carousel must be quite special if it is the first to make the National Register of Historic Places. Jane's Carousel, located in Brooklyn Bridge Park in the DUMBO section of Brooklyn, is truly unique. The fully-restored antique carousel...
123 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009, USA
It often seems there are as many cupcake shops in NYC, as there are hipsters. Everyone has a favorite. Butter Lane on East 7th (and now in Park Slope also on Seventh) is one of mine. They don't have the most inventive flavors in the world, though...
80 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012, USA
Handmade daily on the premises, using ingredients that you wouldn’t normally expect to find matched with chocolate—like balsamic vinegar or black sesame. You won’t believe how perfectly they mix once they’re melting in your mouth. Treat yourself....
11 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010, USA
If you are looking for an unforgettable meal in the city that never sleeps, then a stop at Eleven Madison Park is a must. EMP has gathered many accolades this past year, including 3 Michelin stars and a James Beard award. The food is outstanding...
10 Morton St, New York, NY 10014, USA
Bosie's Tea Parlor is something of an unexpected find. Located on charming brownstone-studded Morton Street in the West Village, it's one part curated tea oasis, one part wild child in its dessert experiments. Skeptics may feel the title of the...
176 Perry St, New York, NY 10014, USA
One of the best and reasonably priced tasting menu's I've had in NYC. Jean George always gets it right and ended the 6 course culinary delight with an explosion of chocolate. Chocolate ice-cream, chocolate covered almonds, chocolate mousse all...
99 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10003, USA
The first thing you notice, even before Ngam’s inviting interior of exposed bricks and naked bulbs, are the fragrant smells coming from chef Hong Thaimee’s open kitchen—which is also the best place to park yourself for some of Hong’s modern...
21 9th Ave, New York, NY 10014, USA
The rule of three suggests that things that come in threes are inherently more satisfying, I agree! This Catch dessert consists of three divine piles of deliciousness. We walked through the cobblestone roads, joined the bankers and tourists to...
403 W 13th St, New York, NY 10014, USA
While I am not usually one to go for the see-and-be-seen kind of places, the Spice Market was definitely the highlight of my last trip to New York City. And it's the kind of place where Kim Kardashian or Jennifer Lopez eat from time to time. Not...
210 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011, USA
I love living in New York for many reasons. The High Line Park is one of them. As some random 'free things in NYC list' put it, 'How did they manage to squeeze so much awesomeness in such a small space?' In New York city no less! The elevated park...
347 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10010, USA
The Bee's Knees Baking Company has, in a stroke of why-didn't-I-think-of-this genius, created a "cake cup". Designed to be both portable and decadent, it's basically homemade cake and frosting served in a petite cup. It allows you to savor each...
New York, NY, USA
Ellis Island Immigration Museum is a unique and thought-provoking place to visit for locals and visitors alike. While this spot is significant to American history in general, for many it is a special experience to visit an important piece in their...
119 8th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215, USA
At Makeville Studio in Gowanus, Brooklyn, you need to BYOW (Bring Your Own Wood). That, and a creative mindset. Everything else--from classes, tips to tools--the studio provides. Started by creatrix Robin Mierzwa, Makeville is one of those place...
88 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011, USA
We were a party of four seated in the main dining room. The restaurant is modern with a lot of white and glass but doesn't have a cold feeling. The four of us opted for the Omakase (tasting menu). Each course was presently beautifully, had a...
3 E 53rd St, New York, NY 10022, USA
I don't care what city you're from, how many marathons you run or how great your calf's are: nothing prepares you for the pace of New York City streets. Take a break and a load off at this wonderful little enclave and people watch. Also, if you...
2167 Broadway, New York, NY 10024, USA
Owned by a Japanese company, Mugino, Inc., Beard Papa's was not a place I would have gone to willingly. For starters, cream puffs are not my thing, and secondly, what's a Japanese pastry shop doing selling these? Touted as "the best cream puff" in...
35 E 18th St, New York, NY 10003, USA
It's easy to be a locavore when Union Square Farmers Market is a mere 6 blocks away, what's harder is excavate the unique, fresh flavors from such great raw materials. ABC Kitchen does that and then goes one step better by serving all dishes in...
132 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011, USA
I thought twice about posting this highlight, as the selfish part of me doesn't want more people to know about this neighborhood favorite, but it's just too good not to share. Hidden behind the Stone Street Coffee Shop lies one of the best places...
New York, NY 10004, USA
An excerpt from a poem to commemorate the city in which I live: 'Like a divine answer to a selfish prayer, the moving vessel slams to a halting, screeching, shaking, screaming stop and you are swept up in an exiting flow of sheep or salmon or city...
10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019, USA
Thomas Keller's famous "The French Laundry" in Yountville, CA is famous for its fine cuisine and elegant dining setting. So much so that Per Se, Keller's East Coast counterpart, drew the attention of several gourmets when it set up shop in New...
10 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023, USA
Lincoln Center's Revson Fountain is probably the most recognizable destinations for visitors and locals. If you're unfamiliar with Lincoln Center, you might have seen the fountain in the movies Moonstruck and Ghostbusters, or in Season 6 of Sex...
123-01 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11368, USA
Even with a prolonged 2012 losing streak, it is still nice to purchase cheap tickets, hop on the 7 train and root, root, root for the (other) home team. Also, truth be told, I enjoy my seat in Citi Field a lot more than the view from Yankees...
620 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217, USA
Since the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles in 1957, Brooklyn hasn't had a sports team in decades....until now. With the construction of the new Barclays Center, basketball is back home to its roots. The new arena fits almost 18,000 fans and there is...
Main St, Roosevelt Island, NY 10044, USA
A little known gem in NYC is the Roosevelt Island Tram. Swipe your metrocard and hop onto this lovely basket to cross the east river. Enjoy stunning views of midtown, and chat with the tram conductors :) Follows the same path as the f train, but...
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