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377 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024, USA
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If you need a sugar fix after hours in Central Park or the Museum of Natural History with the kids, try Sugar & Plumm, a sweets store and bistro on the Upper West Side. Outside, the store beckons with its sweet colors and whimsical decor. Inside,...
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347 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10010, USA
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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...
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271 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014, USA
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I have eaten a lot of pizza in my time, but Kesté Pizza in NYC is different. It's serious, foodie-level delicious pizza. Owner Roberto Caporuscio was born and raised outside Naples, Italy where he studied the art of pizza making with the masters....
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31 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222, USA
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It is really hard for me to walk past a cute bakery without going in. Pretty decor plus shelves and glass jars filled with homemade treats just catches my curiosity everytime. Plus, there is something very comforting about biting into a scone with...
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2245 Broadway, New York, NY 10024, USA
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Every New Yorker knows Zabar's, an Upper West Side institution. A specialty food market founded in the 1930s by Louis and Lillian Zabar, today's store is nearly a block long and serves 35,000 customers weekly. Bagels, lox, smoked fish, gourmet...
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New York, NY 10018, USA
Looking up from the lawn at Bryant Park, you get the feeling of being in canyons. I sometimes call the city, especially Midtown, a canyon because everything towers above you. I love spending time in Bryant Park, which is well known for being a...
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201 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10003, USA
Union Square Park in NYC is usually bustling with markets, street performers, skateboarders, sidewalk chess, food trucks, and not a moment of silence or peace... until you take a quiet walk with Gandhi through the magnolia trees.
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New York, NY 10012, USA
No matter when you visit Washington Square Park, and especially in the spring and summer months, live musicians and performers are there to entertain. Location-wise, the park couldn't be in a better spot. Surrounded by the New York University...
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848 Washington St, New York, NY 10014, USA
The Meatpacking District is a mecca of design-forward restaurants, bars, clothing boutiques, galleries, and artists' residences in a neighborhood formerly known for its meat warehouses. Today glitter and guts live side by side on the West Side of...
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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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42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003, USA
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Chef Sean Rembold of Diner, Marlow & Sons, and Reynard says: "Gramercy Tavern has been a favorite of mine since I began eating out in the mid 90s. There's a certain uptown-downtown magic that comes over you while catching a late lunch at the...
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New York, NY 10011, USA
Tom Otterness and his playful Life Underground series at the 14th Street A,C train station make it into The Art Underground art crawl. The station is filled with around 100 bronze sculptures that represent the "the impossibility of understanding...
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Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA
Of the various abbreviations for different neighborhoods in New York, DUMBO wins the prize for cutest: It stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. It is a little off the beaten path, though you may find yourself here if you have...
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2 E 55th St, New York, NY 10022, USA
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The King Cole Bar is about as legendary as any bar in New York. Located in the St. Regis Hotel at Fifth Avenue and 55th Street, it has been the place to go for a cocktail since it opened in 1932—Salvador Dalí, John Lennon, and Marilyn...
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New York, NY, USA
Just a block and a half from Loews Regency sits New York's landscaped wonder and one of the greatest urban parks in the world, Central Park. Stretching between 59th and 110th Streets and Fifth and Eighth Avenues, the park covers a total of 843...
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299 Broadway, Suite 620, New York, NY 10007, USA
If you are looking for a fun, buzzing eating scene in the Wall Street area, this is it. Stone Street is a narrow, cobblestone street lined with restaurants and bars and filled with outdoor, communal tables. During lunch on nice days, an energetic...
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62 Charles St, New York, NY 10014, USA
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In an age where chefs boast of their whimsical, hyper-seasonal menus, Sevilla is the odd restaurant out, an eatery that is seemingly frozen in time. The only thing that has changed about the menu in recent memory at this Spanish restaurant is the...
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264 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014, USA
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Murray’s cheese shop, which has been open since 1940, is a Village institution and is now in every guide book and food tour. So when they opened their cheese-focused restaurant a few doors down in 2012, locals were excited. It quickly became...
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137 7th Ave S, New York, NY 10014, USA
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There was a lot of buzz when Cronut inventor Dominique Ansel opened up an outpost in the West Village this past spring, and the crowds have yet to thin out. You’ll find no gimmicky treats here though, simply classic pastries reimagined as their...
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29 Cornelia St, New York, NY 10014, USA
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Opened by three artists in 1977, this restaurant has maintained its bohemian vibe despite the rapidly changing neighborhood. It’s one of those places that’s a good bet no matter the time of day, that's popular yet usually with a table available,...
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334 Furman St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA
Completed in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge is an engineering wonder and an architectural one as well, a masterpiece of design that has inspired acclaimed poets (Hart Crane, Marianne Moore), writers (Jack Kerouac), and painters (Joseph Stella). While...
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6 Delancey St, New York, NY 10002, USA
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Nothing beats the Bowery. We’ve probably played here more than anywhere else in the world. It’s a nostalgic concert hall for us, and one of the better places to see live music in New York. I often opt out of bigger venues in the city, but if a...
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205 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002, USA
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Despite multiple trips over countless years going to New York City, it wasn't until a year ago today that I encountered this sandwich — the one that left me drooling until I could enjoy it again. Katz's quickly went from a one-stop place for...
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Quietly nestled in the heart of Tribeca, shoe designer Matt Bernson sets up shop. Before opening his own boutique, Bernson used to design footwear for Urban Outfitters, Scoop and Madewell so expect similar styles from his solo line. The store's...
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75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011, USA
This huge indoor market and food hall, which occupies an entire city block of the Meatpacking District, has been one of the best downtown places to get lunch since it opened in 1997. The dining options here are dizzying—from sushi to crepes to...
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115 South St, New York, NY 10038, USA
A curated collection of over 450 artisinal wines and spirits. Rustic chic decor created by a former interior designer with his wife, a former Martha Stewart Living editor. A Hurricane Sandy survivor in the South Street Seaport neighborhood....
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36-01 35th Ave, Queens, NY 11106, USA
Between 1920 and 1933, some of the most successful films of the early 20th century were shot at the Kaufman Astoria Studios in Queens, including The Sheik, starring Rudolph Valentino; several Marx Brothers movies; and the first Sherlock Holmes...
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355 W 16th St, New York, NY 10011, USA
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PH-D is one of my favorite upscale clubs in New York. The rooftop lounge offers stunning views of Midtown Manhattan and its celebrity clientele makes it a place to see and be seen. The bar is chic and plays thumping pop music throughout the night....
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151 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019, USA
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Le Bernardin's award-winning wine director Aldo Sohm and acclaimed Chef Eric Ripert opened a wine bar with a downtown feel in a Midtown location. Aldo Sohm offers a small lunch and dinner menu of light fare, but of course the main focus is wine....
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144 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011, USA
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For a modern-day shopping experience, look no further than Story, a boutique that rotates themes and products every four to eight weeks. Founder Rachel Shechtman said rotating editorial features in magazines inspired her to start the store, which...
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178 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002, USA
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Believe it or not, New York City has amazing fried chicken spots, and Sweet Chick on the Lower East Side and in Williamsburg is a gem among them. One of my favorite dishes is their weekend-only special chicken and “foieffles”—fried chicken, duck...
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36 W 40th St, New York, NY 10018, USA
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Lady M supplies cakes to some of the most exclusive restaurants in New York and offers high-end, superb pastries and cakes to a discerning clientele. The minimalist décor of their Bryant Park Boutique is a chic respite from the grind of midtown....
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3, 225 W 37th St, New York, NY 10018, USA
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If you have a sewing or quilting project, Mood Fabric in Manhattan should be your first stop. It’s one of the last big names in the city's Garment District. Project Runway fans will recognize the store because the contestants gather their supplies...
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476 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018, USA
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The main branch of the New York Public Library is one of the country’s grandest Beaux Arts buildings, a temple to learning on Fifth Avenue between 40th and 42nd streets. At the end of the 19th century, John Bigelow, who oversaw the Tilden...
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8 W 36th St, New York, NY 10018, USA
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Kristalbelli is a chic Korean restaurant just next to Langham Place, Fifth Avenue. The hidden gem of a restaurant personifies Asian luxury and is one of the highlights of nearby Korea Town. The menu features meat for cooking on each table’s...
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6 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001, USA
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Paris Baguette creates amazing cakes and pastries, both sweet and savory, and is a go-to stop in Korea Town. The shop is always busy and Langham Place, Fifth Avenue sometimes orders cakes for guests from there. There are a few locations around...
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45 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10111, USA
Rockefeller Center was one of the great construction projects of the Great Depression, a complex of 14 buildings between Fifth and Sixth avenues and 48th and 51st streets built over the 1930s. It's also one of America's grandest examples of Art...
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350 5th Ave, New York, NY 10118, USA
If walking through New York’s streets seems chaotic, try getting above it all—with a panoramic view from the top of the city’s most famous skyscraper. From above, the beautifully engineered order of the buildings, parks and thoroughfares below is...
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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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One 5th Ave, New York, NY 10003, USA
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Would you like some pizza with your egg? In a city known for its pizzas, Otto is well-known for it's interesting (but delicious), and flavorful combinations. Although I haven't been, their happy hour specials draw large crowds...book early! This...
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E 72nd St & Park Drive North, New York, NY 10021, USA
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The famous boathouse in Central Park is known for its fancy lunches for the ladies who lunch. But you can also get takeout and enjoy the same view for under 10 bucks.
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922 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11238, USA
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Unlike Los Angeles (duh) and Chicago (surprising!), New York City doesn't have too much in the way of "authentic" Mexican food outside of Red Hook Ball Fields' local street vendors. Yes, the city is filled with tons of Latino flavor, but when it...
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115 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009, USA
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I stumbled into a brilliant Aussie pie shop called Tuck Shop at 68 East 1st & 2nd Avenues. All the pies were of course homemade & they were only $6.00. A barging for sure. Ah, the pie shop brought back humble memories of Australia. I had a lovely...
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25 W 8th St, New York, NY 10011, USA
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Chef Tommy Lai, the first-ever Malaysian chef to receive a Michelin star in New York, recently opened Rasa on 8th Street not far from Washington Square Park with his sister, Camie. One slurp into my Chicken Curry Mee soup and I knew my first visit...
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99 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10003, USA
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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...
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649 Washington St, New York, NY 10014, USA
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Malatesta is one of the best Italian restaurants in New York: when it comes to the quality of the food and the value, it cannot be beat. It sits on the corner of Washington and Christopher Streets in the West Village, and during but winter months,...
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345 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10010, USA
Manzanilla is a beautiful space with a great wine list and super fun cocktails. The food is divine and original, don't leave without experiencing the decadent oxtail brioche, they are delicious, rich and unique.
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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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903 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11238, USA
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Just next door to Olivino Wines, where you can indulge your French-wine-loving heart (because their selection is outstanding), you can also indulge your love of French pastries at Beny's. Small and vaguely hipster it has just enough room to sit...
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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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123 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009, USA
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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...
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111 N 3rd St, Brooklyn, NY 11249, USA
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OK, OK - we all know by now that Brooklyn is ground zero for New York's artisanal food movement. But a chocolate factory in the middle of so-hip-it-hurts Williamsburg is still a pretty cool prospect. Created by real-life brothers Rick and Michael...
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10 Morton St, New York, NY 10014, USA
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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...
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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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120 Essex St, New York, NY 10002, USA
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Psychotically extensive menu with more items than you can shake a stick at. Come for the giant plates of breakfast food, (try to) stay for the staff who refuse to censor their expletive-laden rants and will serve you or kick you out depending on...
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224 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012, USA
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It can be extremely difficult to keep up with new or cool restaurant openings in NYC. My trick? I look for the lineups. On Soho's edge, Jack's Wife Freda, had a relaxed buzz about it. When I returned I was able to get a table solo at this packed...
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4 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002, USA
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Even in the dead of winter, Clinton Street Baking Company has a line out the door. The small joint is hugely popular among locals and the occasional celebrity. Located in Manhattan's Lower East Side, most people come here for their legendary...
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95 Delancey St, New York, NY 10002, USA
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If you're looking for a great brunch spot in the LES, Dinner on Ludlow certainly delivers. The vibe inside is a cozy chic, with gothic fixtures and several chandeliers hanging above. The giant floor to ceiling windows along two of the walls allow...
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104 S 4th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249, USA
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There are, of course, a number of Spanish tapas places within the five boroughs of New York City but Bar Celona in Williamsburg deserves high marks and holds up well to places far more well known in Manhattan. Before 9 PM, it's quiet enough to...
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102 North End Ave, New York, NY 10282, USA
Prosecco on tap is not terribly easy to find in the Big Apple, but there’s one new hotel in town that is doing everything exceptionally well including providing bubbly on tap. The Conrad New York's Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar sounds like something out...
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510 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014, USA
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Employees Only is a gem in New York City. Located in one of New York’s hippest neighborhoods on Hudson Street, it looks unassuming from the outside. You’ll find a forest green awning outside with white block letters that read “EO” and a statue of...
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The line extending from the entrance to Crif Dogs and spilling onto St. Marks Place on Saturday nights can be a bit misleading. Sure, their bacon-wrapped, chili and coleslaw drenched, "spicy redneck" hot dog is horribly delicious (and the arcade...
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228 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11206, USA
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If the whole-Prohibition-era cocktail trend is starting to tire you out, well, you've got to perk up: The Drink, an East Williamsburg watering hole, serves up not shaken or stirred cocktails, but instead, big ol' bowls of punch. Mind you, these...
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102 Franklin St, New York, NY 10013, USA
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In-the-know New Yorkers do all their gourmet food shopping at Tribeca’s one year old European-style market, All Good Things. As its name suggests, you’ll only find the very best goods procured by the city’s top vendors here – lovely monochrome...
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Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY, USA
This is one of my favorite flea markets in New York, mostly because of its location. Overlooking the East River, Williamsburg Flea Market is every Sunday from 10am-5pm. You can find some really great old furniture from old New York Theaters,...
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90 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211, USA
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“This weekend flea market is off the hook. You’ll see a lot of Brooklyn-made items and rare 12-inch records. Its winter location is the former Williamsburgh Savings Bank, with chandeliers, marble floors, and high ceilings that remind me of a ’...
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39 W 25th St, New York, NY 10010, USA
“On weekends the parking lot on West 25th Street near Sixth Avenue is full of squillions of dealers.” —Jonathan Adler This appeared in the October 2013 issue.