Spending almost a month in New York I got to know the city quite a bit. Of course I have only seen a tiny part of the whole but I like to walk around a lot and try out many different places so I feel like I am able to give you a list of my personal hotspots, places you might like as well. So here we go, enjoy your trip to this amazing, amazing city (or if you're still dreaming about going - or returning -enjoy the thought of you being there one day!) Xx
As mentioned in one of my first NY posts Tacombi is THE place to have Mexican food: the design is simply great, the ambience is lively and fun and the tacos are sooo delicioso. They have various locations over the city (one of their cool vans is located in the great Gansevoort Market in Chelsea!) but I have only been to the two below, which I can both highly recommend, though.
Tacombi at Fonda Nolita // 30 West 24th Street, SoHo
Gansevoort Market // 52 Gansevoort Street, Chelsea
Lunch and Bakery
A cute french bakery serving everything from clean and veggie lunch options to reeeally good coffee, brownies and quiches. I loved the interior and it's a very cosy place especially on a rainy day. Kind of the place to be for hip asians taking selfies with their lattes though. ;)
Maman // 239 Centre Street, SoHo
Cafe, Bar, Restaurant
Also mentioned in a special post before this is the place to be in the up and coming polish neighbourhood Greenpoint. They have delicious, (kind of) affordable and really extraordinary dishes and also serve great coffee, cocktails etc. Best around early evenings but always expect to wait 10 to 30 minutes. It's worth the walk to the park nearby and back!
Five Leaves // 18 Bedford Avenue, Greenpoint, Brooklyn
In a typical old diner this "Diner" is almost a bit too hip and cool but still a great place to have lunch. It's super crowded and lively, packed with stylish looking people eating amazing pancakes for lunch, or burger, or something super clean and healthy, kale, poached eggs. The tiles are broken and the tables look like they are 50 years old but I guess that's what we all want right?
Diner // 85 Broadway, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
TARALLUCCI E VINO
Italian Brunch spot and wine bar
Ok yes they had marble tables. And super fancy Italian ladies sipping prosecco along with their french toasts. And cinnamon rolls that cost more than a whole breakfast anywhere else. But one thing is for sure: we had the BEST BRUNCH EVER and it was worth every cent. The atmosphere was perfect, lively, cosy and just what you expect a saturday morning to be like. The staff was excellent and the hot chocolate molto delizioso! This is for sure one of the best places to go for an amazing brunch (haven't tried the wine but I guess the place is as crowded in the evenings as it is around 11 am!)
Tarallucci E Vino // 475 Columbus Ave, Upper West Side (and more locations)
JACKS STIR BREW COFFEE
Coffee and Bakery
It's not that I have testes every single coffee shop in the city but I did have tried a few and this one is my favourite one (in it's location in Greenwich Village). Neighbours popping in for a coffee, chatting, working, reading... and really nice staff. It's tiny but super cosy, a hip brick wall on the one, a huge window front on the other side. Serving delicious iced cafe latte and even more delicious oatmeal cookies this place was where I spent quite a bit time.
Jacks Stir Brew // 138 West 10th Street, Greenwich Village (they have more locations but I have only been to this one),
THE BUTCHERS DAUGHTER
Juice Bar and Cafe
Another place I have posted about before (click here). A super stylish cafe and lunch place with delicios smoothies, sandwiches and vegan/gluten free etc. stuff, a bit too pricey though. But still, if it's within your budget it's worth a visit, I mean, think about all the perfect instagram photos you'll be able to post. ;)
The Butchers Daughter / 19, Kenmare Street
Cafe and Greek Yogurt Lab
A very clean and minimalistic cafe in SoHo, featuring super organic and natural greek Yogurt with all sorts of toppings and (even better) a nice shady backyard with a huge table and enough space to work, read, sketch... Also a pricey one, but then again, what isn't pricey in New York?
Greecologies // 379, Broome Street, SoHO
RUSS AND DAUGHTERS
Deli and Cafe
One of the reaaaally good delis (gourmet food stores) in the city and apparently they also have a cafe, which I haven't been to. It's a whole century old and super chic and the visit itself is a nice experience. The dried fruit are probably one of the best takeaway snacks you'll get in Downtown.
Russ and Daughters // 179 East Houston Street, SoHo
There is not a lot I can say about the Guggenheim. It's a must (next to the Met and Moma). And it's worth it. (Even though I liked the design/building better than the exhibitionss but still, so so cool!) Try to come as early as possible to avoid queueing for hours. Best is probably around 9:45, it opens at 10 and then the crowds are arriving.
Guggenheim Museum // 1071 Fifth Avenue (at 89th Street), Upper East Side
Gallery hopping in Chelsea is a great thing to do if you feel like you need some more art and culture and have already visited the classics (Met, Moma, Guggenheim...) It's also a great thing if you tend to wear all black, look a bit artsy and like to meet more of your kind. ;) There are soooo many galleries but luckily they have a map with all of them listed (see link below). I have only been to a few but I really liked the David Zwirner Gallery at 19th street.
BROOKLYN BOTANICAL GARDEN
Seriously, this was one of my absolute FAVOURITE places in New York. Especially around Spring time it is soooo idyllic and beautiful it's almost unreal and you can spend hours wandering through the park, relaxing on one of the big meadows or do it like all the Japanese taking selfies in front of the cherry blossom trees. Save money and come on a Tuesday when it's free admission (and more crowded but that's not a big deal, still such a peaceful place!).
Brooklyn Botanical Garden // Prospect Heights, Brooklyn
Another one of those must do's and another one of those places I have posted about before (click here). On a sunny day it's probably one of the best places to go if you want to soak up some sun, go for a walk but can't get out of Downtown. That's probably why EVERYONE is there, going for a run is probably not a good idea after 10 am in the morning. But still a great place to go and you can see a lot of the city looking down on Chelsea's streets.
Highline // Chelsea