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299 Broadway, Suite 620, New York, NY 10007, USA
Even if you are not a Francophile, it's fun to celebrate Bastille Day (July 14). In New York, where there is a sizable French ex-pat community, Bastille Day brings French flavor to the city. Bastille Day on 60th Street (between Fifth and Lexington...
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44 Eagle St, Brooklyn, NY 11222, USA
Wandering through rows of basil and tomatoes, with the Manhattan skyline in the background and volunteers weeding and chatting away, I am struck by an intense 'I (heart) NY' moment. The sunny Eagle Street Rooftop Farm is a large urban garden with...
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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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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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68 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10011, USA
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This isn’t a restaurant that shows up in tour books or on the pages of glossy food magazines, but that’s exactly what has kept locals coming back since 1973. It has a cozy and welcoming dining room and a menu that is a pleasant mix of seasonal...
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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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1 Margaret Corbin Dr, New York, NY 10040, USA
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New Leaf Restaurant & Bar is an upscale eatery located in NYC's Fort Tryon Park. Perched on one of the highest points in Manhattan, the 67-acre park features pristine views over the Hudson River. New Leaf is a wonderful dining option if you are...
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712 5th Ave, New York, NY 10019, USA
Henri Bendel is a small luxury department store located in what was originally three townhouses on Fifth Avenue. The building - which features Lalique windows, a grand circular staircase, high ceilings and marble floors - inspired Jacqueline...
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32-01 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, NY 11106, USA
Don't limit your art experiences to just Manhattan. There's plenty of new and innovating exhibits to see in Queens, too. Not only will you have a great view of the New York City skyline from the Socrates Sculpture Park in Astoria, but you'll get...
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155 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019, USA
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There is not much more to say about Le Bernardin that hasn’t already been said. Three Michelin stars; a four star review in the New York Times; a top twenty ranking on S. Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants; an almost perfect rating...
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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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Peter Cooper Village, New York, NY, USA
Food trucks are a common sight in Manhattan these days, and I love it because I'm usually rushing from one place to another, eating on the go. Never has it been so easy to find a great meal while I'm doing so. I have quite a few trucks that I...
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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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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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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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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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126 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002, USA
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There are no lines wrapping around the corner of Rivington Street waiting for entrance to this Lower East Side Gem. It doesn't have the hype of Carlos' Bake Shop in Hoboken, featured on TLC's Cake Boss, and it didn't get fame as the neighborhood...
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146 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302, USA
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Skinner's Loft has a classic North American feel as well as local flavor. Committed to farm-to-table eats and crafted drinks, everything here is well worth the visit. From the gourmet dishes to a unique beverage selection, you'll find seasonal...
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96 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003, USA
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It's only a stone's throw from my apartment...but even if it wasn't, something tells me I still wouldn't miss very many of their happy hours. So many oysters, so many drinks, such a great patio. Go, go, go!
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The cafe counterpart to Candle 79, Candle Café is quick, casual and equally fabulous. This Upper East Side cafe serves simply prepared vegan, organic farm to table fare—perfect for a feel-good meal with the family. It's so good in fact, I suspect...
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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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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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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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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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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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63 Delancey St, New York, NY 10002, USA
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In the heart of the Lower East Side is Berkli Parc, an unassuming cafe with some fantastic java. This is a great place to meet a friend or get some work done. Plus, I got a new recommendation that's now on my regular espresso rotation: the Dirty...
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240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001, USA
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Txikito is a Basque restaurant in Chelsea, a great spot after checking out the High Line. A bottle of Txakolina wine was poured in the authentic Basque fashion: from on high, to aerate the light wine and give it a little fizz. Our meal was...
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283 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10023, USA
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At Salumeria Rosi, the seating is cramped and the conversations from people around you can spill into your own whether you will then to or not. It matters little because the wine list is exceptional, the servers are all knowledgeable even if you...
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191 Chrystie St, New York, NY 10002, USA
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Walk quickly and you'll miss the unassuming black and glass decor of the ECC. That said, it's very busy with those in-the-know cocktail connoisseurs. Mixologists will custom make your drink, if you ask nicely. There is a secret here. I can't tell...
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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...