I have the luxury of living 20 minutes outside of Manhattan and I plan on living there sometime in the near future. So I thought I would dedicate a post on my favorite restaurants/things to do in The Big Apple.
253 West 11th Street
I have been coming to Tartine with my family for at least 10 years and it is just as good as day one, if not better. The food is great and the service is consistently friendly and upbeat. The best part: Tartine is a BYO with NO CORKING FEE. That’s almost unheard of in NYC!
186 Avenue B
The food at Barbone is incredible. They serve an Italian cuisine with a new American twist. My favorite part of this place is the back garden eating area. I’m usually against eating outside but this outside area was so serene and beautiful that I didn’t care. If you go here and the weather is nice, sitting in the back is key!
113 Ludlow Street, 2nd Floor
From the outside, Kuma Inn is very deceiving. It’s a little hole in the wall, but once you walk up the stairs to the restaurant, it is a cute little place. The food is mouth-watering. The cuisine is Filipino (It’s a lot like Japanese) and I come here often for the amazing food. Enjoy!
Other Restaurants to try:
Tortilla Flats – 767 Washington Street
Vero – 1004 2nd Avenue
Magnolia Bakery – 401 Bleecker Street
Things to Do:
Shopping in the Village
Whether it’s the East or the West Village, the shopping is amazing, a little pricy, but amazing. If you find yourself with some extra cash and need a place to spend it, The Village is the best. Even if you are short on cash and just want to have fun, this place is great for that too. They have high end stores like Marc Jacobs, Cynthia Rowley, and Juicy Couture. But they have cheaper stores as well.
Go to a Mets Game
Unfortunately, I am the daughter of a DIE HARD Mets fan. It wouldn’t be so bad if the Mets were actually good, but we all know they suck. The bright side? Tickets are super cheap to the games. Towards the end of the season (when there is no hop whatsoever for the Mets to make the playoffs) tickets on Stubhub drop down to mere pennies, literally. I’ve gotten tickets for $.25 each in the past. You read that right, TWENTY-FIVE CENTS.
Walk the Highline
519 West 23rd Street
The Highline walkway was just finished and it is beautiful. It is a mile and a half of amazing views and sights. It is hard to explain without seeing it with your own eyes. Go for a stroll and see for yourself.
Bar hopping – you can bar hop anywhere in NYC
Museum Row – MoMA, The Met, Museum of Natural History
There are so many more amazing things in NYC but these were the ones that come to mind right now. If I think of anymore, I will keep you posted!