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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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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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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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121 E 17th St, New York, NY 10003, USA
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The House is possibly the most aptly named restaurant in New York seeing as its a refurbished 1854 carriage house. It's a welcome step back in time, which fits just too perfectly with a lazy Sunday morning. Brunch is my favorite meal—my very...
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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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15 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003, USA
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Established in 1854, McSorley's is the oldest tavern in NYC, and a great place to venture for an afternoon beer (or two...as they're served by the pair). Oh, and don't expect a fruit-infused heferweizen or an organically-hopped Imperial; Light or...
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225 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009, USA
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The East Village bar’s menu ranks drinks on a scale from refreshing to spirituous, and comforting to adventurous. This appeared in the August/September 2013 issue. Image courtesy of Alice Gao
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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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150 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211, USA
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One of my favorite coffee places in Williamsburg, Brooklyn is Bakeri. Well, it is not a spelling mistake. This is the name of the an artisanal bakery in the neighborhood, with a French feel in it.
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Momofuko Noodle Bar is the creation of the sometimes controversial Korean chef David Chang. This restauranteur has taken hold of several blocks in the East Village where you'll find a handful of his enterprises including the noodle bar and milk...
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9 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003, USA
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Joe Coffee is a great go-to coffee shop where the product is excellent, and—wait for it—the service isn't snooty! The company prides itself on hospitality, is family-owned, and provides a well needed dose of caffeine after a long day wandering...
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Union Square, New York, NY 10003, USA
Union Square can be a tricky place to navigate. On any given day the square and surrounding streets are crowded with locals, tourists, market vendors and just about everything in between. Yet, on a rainy day you can see the square without the...
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They have two different kinds of milkshake: Bacon and Guinness. Guinness milkshake is amazing. Bacon milkshake worth the strange experience.
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529 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014, USA
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This relatively new contemporary Chinese restaurant in Greenwich Village is as charming as it is delicious. The organic fare is a mixture of Eastern and Western ingredients. I especially recommend the incredible pork dumplings—such a simple dish,...
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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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Little Italy, New York, NY 10013, USA
Held yearly in the month of September, the San Gennaro Festival is New York City's oldest religious street festival. Little Italy was the first location in America for several hundred thousand Italian immigrants who came to the U.S. in the early...
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5 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003, USA
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If you request a mocha at L.A. Burdick Chocolate, be prepared to eat it with a spoon. When I ordered my hot chocolate, I was expecting a thick consistency but wasn't prepared for the partially edible gooey beverage --basically melted chocolate in...
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18 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002, USA
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On weekends this place is dim sum heaven. I’m not talking about the “trendy” dim sum places that look pretty, but drill a hole in your pocket. Golden Unicorn is a family establishment! Go there on any given weekend and what you will find are...
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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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270 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012, USA
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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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30 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003, USA
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You don’t have to go to the Middle East to get your hands on some delicious Arab street food, especially if you live in the Big Apple. As one of the oldest falafel joints in New York City, and one of the first Middle Eastern establishments...
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220 E 9th St, New York, NY 10003, USA
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Delicious takoyaki.
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79 N 11th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249, USA
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A five-year restoration and renovation project transformed a factory on the Williamsburg waterfront, originally built in 1901, into the stylish but laid-back Wythe Hotel. This property has a distinct Brooklyn stamp, from the Brooklyn-made...
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The Standard, High Line, 848 Washington St, New York, NY 10014, United States
Panoramic views of the New York skyline, classic cocktails, live jazz and an interior that would make even Marie Antoinette blush. Formerly known as the Boom Boom Room, this top floor bar and lounge offers the best that New York has to offer. Try...
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1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028, USA
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End a day of art, culture and sightseeing at the Metropolitan Museum Roof Garden Cafe. The rooftop terrace, open from May to late fall, is a refreshing breath of fresh air. Museum visitors are treated to unobstructed panoramic views of NYC's...
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267 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012, USA
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This restaurant feels like you stepped back in time - think Mexico in the 70s. The story goes - it all began in the VW van in Playa del Carmen. Tacombi used to sell tacos out of the van, and now he has a nice, cozy spot in Soho where the van is...
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114 Kenmare St, New York, NY 10012, USA
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New York is definitely one of the food meccas of the world, every restaurant, a living proof of the fusion of cultures that make up this amazing city. One thing you will find here is that some of the best restaurants are not obvious to the eye....
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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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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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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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225 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016, USA
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The Morgan Library is an endowment from Pierpont Morgan and his son J.P. and hosts one of the finest collections of European manuscripts and rare documents in the country. The library hosts revolving exhibitions on literary classics, like recent...
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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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90 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211, USA
“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 ’...