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Ever since moving to NYC, I’ve gotten countless requests for my favorite places; restaurants, shopping, nightlife, etc. While I can only say I’ve covered what seems like a fraction of this amazing city, here are some of my favorite places to eat, drink, shop, and explore.

(Be sure to check back as this page will be updated regularly!)

my tips.

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brunch.


44 and X
– American, Hell’s Kitchen (review)
Bubby’s - American/comfort, Tribeca
Cafe Cluny – French, West Village
Cafeteria – American (New), Chelsea
De Santos – American (New), West Village
Delicatessen, American (New), SoHo, (review)
Diablo Royale, Mexican, West Village (review)
Eatery, American (New), Hell’s Kitchen, (review)
Elmo – American (New), Chelsea, (review one, two)
Essex – American (New), Lower East Side
Extra Virgin – Mediterannean/American, West Village, (review)
The Fat Radish – Gastropub/English, Lower East Side (review)
Freemans – American (New) Lower East Side, (review)
Friend of a Farmer – American (traditional), Gramercy, (review)
Peels – American/comfort, NoHo,  (review)
Penelope – American (traditional), Midtown East (review)
Prune – American (New), East Village, (review)
The Smile, American (New), NoHo, (review)
The Smith, American (New), East Village
Spring Street Natural, American/healthy, Nolita (review)
Sunburnt Cow, American (boozy – not the best food), Alphabet City
Tapeo 29 – Spanish/American, Lower East Side, (review)

dinner.

121 Fulton Street – American (new)/Pub, Financial District
Abe and Arthur’s, American (new), Chelsea/Meatpacking
Acme, Noho, American (new)/modern European
Alta, Spanish/Mediterranean Tapas, Greenwich Village
Aroma, East Village, Italian
Baby Bo’s, Mexican, Murray Hill, (review)
Barbounia, Mediterranean, Flatiron, (review)
Barbuto Italian/American (new), West Village, (review)
Barraca, Spanish/Tapas, West Village
Beauty & Essex, American (new), Lower East Side
Bubby’s - American/comfort, Tribeca
Cabana, Cuban, South Street Seaport
Cafe Noir, Tapas, South Village
Candle 79 – vegetarian/vegan, Upper East Side, (review)
Candle Cafe – vegetarian/vegan, Upper East Side, (review)
Casellula – wine & cheese cafe, Hell’s Kitchen
Corner Bistro – best burger in the city, West Village, (review)
Corsino, Italian, Meatpacking District (review)
Cowgirl Seahorse, Tex Mex, Financial District/LES
David Burke Kitchen, American (New), South Village/Tribeca
DBGB, American/Gastropub, NoHo
Delicatessen, American (New), SoHo, (review)
Dos Caminos – Mexican, multiple locations, (review)
Earl’s Beer & Cheese, American/Bar, East Harlem
Eatery, American (New), Hell’s Kitchen, (review)
Empanada Mama, Columbian, Hell’s Kitchen *
Empellon Cocina, Mexican, East Village
The Fat Radish – Gastropub/English, Lower East Side
Feast – American (New), East Village, (review) *
Fig & Olive – Mediterranean, Meatpacking, (review)
The General – Asian Fusion, Lower East Side
Hardings, American (New), Flatiron
Haru, Japanese/Sushi, Financial District
Hudson Clearwater, American (New), West Village
Hurricane Club, Asian Fusion, Flatiron, restaurant/bar/trendy
Land Thai Kitchen, Thai, Upper West Side, (review)
Lievito Pizzeria, Italian, West Village, (review)
Los Americanos, Mexican, Tribeca
Lure Fishbar, Seafood, Soho
Mad Dog & Beans, Mexican, Financial District
Marble Lane, steakhouse, Chelsea
Matilda, Italian/Mexican fusion, East Village
Matsuri – Japanese, Chelsea, (review)
The Meatball Shop, Williamsburg/Lower East Side/West Village
Mercer Kitchen – American (New), SoHo
Momoya – Japanese/Sushi, Chelsea
Nizza – Italian (gluten free menu), Hell’s Kitchen
Oceana – American Seafood, Midtown, (review)
Otto – Italian, Greenwich Village, (review)
P.J. Clarke’s – American, one of the best burgers
Pure Food and Wine – vegan/raw, Union Square/Flatiron (review)
Red Farm, Asian Fusion, West Village, (review)
Room Service, Thai, Hell’s Kitchen, (review)
Rosa Mexicano, Mexican, Union Square (& various locations), (review)
Son Cubano, Cuban, Chelsea
Sons of Essex, American (new), Lower East Side, (review)
Southern Hospitality, BBQ, Hell’s Kitchen (review)
Spice Market, Asian Fusion, Meatpacking District, (review)
Spring Street Natural, American/healthy, Nolita (review)
Stanton Social, Tapas/Small Plates, Lower East Side, (review)
Stone Street Tavern, pub/bar food, Financial District
Tea and Sympathy, British/tea, West Village, (review)
Tiny’s, American (new) / bar, Tribeca

lunch.

(also refer to above favorite brunch places for lunch!)

5 Napkin Burger, American, Hell’s Kitchen/Union Square (review)
Blossom Du Jour, vegetarian/vegan, Hell’s Kitchen
Digg Inn Seasonal Market
, American/healthy, various locations
Ellen’s Stardust Diner, American, Times Square, (review)
Hummus Place, Middle Eastern, various locations
Land Thai Kitchen, Thai, Upper West Side, (review)
The Meatball Shop, Williamsburg/Lower East Side/West Village
Nanoosh, Middle Eastern, various locations, (review)
Pinche Taqueria, Mexican, Nolita
Room Service, Thai, Hell’s Kitchen & Chelsea, (review)
Spice, Thai, various locations
Spring Street Natural, American/healthy, Nolita (review)
Terri – vegetarian/vegan, flatiron, (review one, two)
Uncle Nick’s Greek Cuisine, Greek, Midtown West
Westville, American (healthy), various locations

juice bars.

Blossom Du Jour
Juice Generation
Juice Press * (review)
Liquiteria
One Lucky Duck
Organic Avenue
The Squeeze
Terri

dessert.

Max Brenner, Dessert/American, Union Square, (review)
Crumbs Bakeshop, cupcakes, various locations, (review)
Babycakes, vegan/healthy desserts, Lower East Side, (review)
Magnolia Bakery, various locations
Tasti Dlite, frozen dessert, various locations
Pinkberry, frozen yogurt, various locations
16 Handles, frozen yogurt, various locations
Strawberry Fields, frozen yogurt, Financial District
Little Cupcake Bakeshop, bakery, Nolita

bars/nightlife.

1OAK, Chelsea/Meatpacking, nightclub
Acme, Noho, lounge (downstairs)
The Ainsworth, Chelsea, sports bar
Ainsworth Park, Gramercy, sports bar
Anchor Bar, SoHo, bar/lounge
Apotheke, Chinatown, cocktail lounge/speakeasy
Art Bar, West Village, bar/lounge
Avenue, Chelsea/Meatpacking, nightclub
Beekman Beer Garden, Financial District, outdoor bar/happy hour
Blind Tiger Ale House, West Village, pub
Boom Boom Room, Meatpacking, lounge
Bounce, Flatiron, sports bar
Brinkley’s, pub/happy hour
Broome Street Bar, SoHo, pub
Butterfield 8, Midtown East, bar/happy hour
Cafe Wha, Greenwich Village, live music
Catch, Meatpacking, lounge
Comedy Cellar, Greenwich Village, comedy club
Dorrian’s, Upper East Side, pub
Electric Room, Chelsea, lounge/nightclub
Epstein’s, Lower East Side, dive bar/happy hour
Fat Cat, West Village, bar/pool hall
Finale, Lower East Side, lounge/nightclub
Frying Pan, Chelsea (pier 66), outdoor bar/happy hour
Gallow Green (McKittrick Hotel rooftop), Chelsea, restaurant/bar/rooftop
Gansevoort, Meatpacking/Park Ave, rooftop/lounge
GoldBar, Soho/Little Italy, lounge/nightclub
The Gramercy Park Hotel (Rose Bar), Gramercy, bar/lounge
Grey Lady, Lower East Side, bar
Hardings, Flatiron, cocktails/happy hour
Hotel Chantelle, Lower East Side, lounge/nightclub
Hudson Terrace, Hell’s Kitchen, bar/lounge/happy hour
Jazz Room, Lower East Side, lounge
The Jane, Chelsea/West Village, lounge
Kingswood, West Village, restaurant/bar/happy hour
La Esquina, Soho, cocktail lounge/speakeasy
Lavo, Midtown East, nightclub
Le Bain, Meatpacking, nightclub
Le Baron, Chinatown, nightclub
The Leadbelly – Chinatown/LES, cocktail and oyster bar, live music
Loreley, Lower East Side, restaurant/bar/happy hour
Marquee, Chelsea, nightclub
Mister H, SoHo, lounge/nightclub
Mulberry Project, Little Italy, mixology, outdoor bar/lounge
No. 8, Chelsea, lounge/nightclub
The Otheroom, West Village, bar/lounge
The Park, Chelsea, bar/lounge
Park Avenue Tavern, Midtown East, bar/happy hour
Pianos, Lower East Side, bar/music venue
PH-D, Chelsea, lounge
Pony Bar, Hell’s Kitchen and UES, bar
Provocateur, Meatpacking, nightclub
RiFF RaFFs, Flatiron, nightclub
The Rusty Knot, West Village, bar
Simyone Lounge (SL), Meatpacking, nightclub
Soaked (Mondrian rooftop), SoHo, happy hour
SoHo Grand (Yard and Club Room), SoHo, bar/lounge
Southside, SoHo, nightclub
Spring Lounge, Nolita, dive bar
Standard Biergarten, Meatpacking, happy hour
The Tippler, Chelsea, bar
Tribeca Grand (Church Lounge), Tribeca, bar/lounge
The Westway, West Village, nightclub
The Windsor, West Village, bar
Wilfie & Nell, West Village, pub

coffee/cafes.

ACE Hotel/Stumptown Coffee, Flatiron
Birch Coffee, Midtown East
Culture Espresso Bar, Midtown West
Grey Dog, various locations
Ground Support, SoHo
Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee, West Village & Seaport
La Colombe, various locations
Lost Weekend, LES
Mudspot, East Village (review)
Roasting Plant Coffee, various locations
Saturdays NYC, SoHo
V Bar, SoHo & East Village (review)

other attractions.


CouCou Brooklyn – French language classes and cultural events, Williamsburg
Eataly
– Flatiron, combination of an authentic Italian market, restaurant, and cafe. (review)
South Street Seaport – Financial District, beautiful spot on the water with restaurants/bars/shops
Smorgasburg, Food Market, Williamsburg
Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market
Union Square Greenmarket
Chelsea Market
The Highline
City Sights Bus Tour (review)

***shopping to come!***

beauty & wellness.

Arrojo Studio, South Village, salon
Caudalie Spa (in The Plaza Hotel), Midtown
L’Atelier Morgan and Paul, West Village, salon
Eden Day Spa, Tribeca, spa (review)
Equinox, Greenwich Ave location, gym
John Barrett Salon, Midtown, salon, (review)
Solar Salon, Chelsea/Upper East Side, tanning salon
Rizza Salon, West Village, salon

hotels.

Ace Hotel, Flatiron
Mondrian, Soho (review)
Yotel, Midtown West

hamptons.

Surf Lodge, Montauk
Ruschmeyer’s, Montauk
Sloppy Tuna, Montauk
Drift Inn, Westhampton
Saltwater Grill, Westhampton
Montauk Beach House, Mountauk (review)
Navy Beach, Montauk
668 The GigShack, Montauk
La Brisa, Montauk

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I'm the girl, Gracie Gordon. Here at GML you can follow my journey of dreaming, working, eating, loving, and blogging my way through life in NYC.

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