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.

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– American, Hell’s Kitchen (review)
Bubby’s – American/comfort, Tribeca & High Line
Cafe Cluny – French, West Village
Cafeteria – American (New), Chelsea
Cookshop – 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)
Egg Shop, American (New), Lower East Side
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)
Jack’s Wife Freda, Mediterranean, Soho
Jane Restaurant, American (traditional), West Village
Lafayette, French, Noho
Morandi – Italian, West Village
Penelope – American (traditional), Midtown East (review)
Prune – American (New), East Village, (review) *
Rosemary’s, Italian, West Village
Saxon + Parole, American (New), Noho
The Smile, American (New), NoHo, (review)
The Smith, American (New), East Village
Santina, Italian, Meatpacking District
Spring Street Natural, American/healthy, Nolita (review)
St. Balmain, Williamsburg
Tapeo 29 – Spanish/American, Lower East Side, (review)
Two Hands, Little Italy
Yerba Buena, Latin, West Village


121 Fulton Street – American (new)/Pub, Financial District
ABC Cocina, Small Plates/Latin American, Flatiron *
ABC Kitchen, American (New), Union Square *
Acme, Noho, American (new)/modern European
Alta, Spanish/Mediterranean Tapas, Greenwich Village
American Cut, steak house, Tribeca *
Aroma, East Village, Italian
Baby Bo’s, Mexican, Murray Hill, (review)
Banc Cafe, American (new), Murray Hill
Barbounia, Mediterranean, Flatiron, (review)
Barbuto Italian/American (new), West Village, (review)
Barraca, Spanish/Tapas, West Village
Beauty & Essex, American (new), Lower East Side
Black Ant, Mexican, East Village
Bubby’s – American/comfort, Tribeca
Burger and Barrel – American (new), Soho
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)
Cascabel Taqueria, Mexican (tacos), Upper East Side, (review)
Casellula – wine & cheese cafe, Hell’s Kitchen
The Clocktower, American (new), Flatiron *
Cookshop – American (New), Chelsea
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
Empellon Taqueria, Mexican West Village *
The Fat Radish – Gastropub/English, Lower East Side
Feast – American (New), East Village, (review) *
Fig & Olive – Mediterranean, Meatpacking, (review)
Gato – Mediterranean, Noho *
The General – Asian Fusion, Lower East Side
Gran Electrica – Mexican, Dumbo
Hardings, American (New), Flatiron
Haru, Japanese/Sushi, Financial District
Hudson Clearwater, American (New), West Village *
Lafayette, French, Noho
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
Mark Forgione, American (new), Tribeca *
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)
Quality Italian, Italian, Midtown
Red Farm, Asian Fusion, West Village, (review) *
Room Service, Thai, Hell’s Kitchen, (review)
Rosa Mexicano, Mexican, Union Square (& various locations), (review)
Rosemary’s, Italian, West Village
Santina, Italian, Meatpacking District *
Scalinatella, Italian, Upper East Side
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)
The Spotted Pig, modern European, West Village
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
Toro, Spanish Tapas, Meatpacking District
Tortilla Flats, Mexican, West Village
Umami Burger, multiple locations
Upland, American (New), Flatiron, (review) *

(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  *
Cascabel Taqueria, Mexican (tacos), Upper East Side, (review)
Digg Inn Seasonal Market
, American/healthy, various locations
Ellen’s Stardust Diner, American, Times Square, (review)
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)
St. Balmain, American/cafe, Williamsburg *
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)
One Lucky Duck
Organic Avenue
The Squeeze


Big Gay Ice Cream, ice cream, East Village and West Village *
Doughnut Plant
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
16 Handles, frozen yogurt, various locations
Little Cupcake Bakeshop, bakery, Nolita *
Snowdays, shaved ice cream, West Village + East Village

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
Arlene’s Grocery, LES, (dive) bar
Art Bar, West Village, bar/lounge
Avenue, Chelsea/Meatpacking, nightclub
Banc Cafe, Murray Hill
Beekman Beer Garden, Financial District, outdoor bar/happy hour
Berry Park, North Williamsburg, bar
Blind Tiger Ale House, West Village, pub
Boom Boom Room, Meatpacking, lounge
Bounce, Flatiron, sports bar
Brinkley’s, pub/happy hour
Brooklyn Bowl, Williamsburg, bowling/bar
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
Crown Victoria, Williamsburg BK, bar
Dear Irving, Union Square, cocktail bar
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
Galway Hooker, dive bar, West Village
Gansevoort, Meatpacking/Park Ave, rooftop/lounge
GoldBar, Soho/Little Italy, lounge/nightclub
Gordon Bar (at Sixty Soho), bar/lounge, Soho
The Gramercy Park Hotel (Rose Bar), Gramercy, bar/lounge
Grand Banks, Pier 25 (boat – great for daytime), bar/seafood
Grey Lady, Lower East Side, bar
Hardings, Flatiron, cocktails/happy hour
Hotel Americano (roof), Chelsea, rooftop
Hotel Chantelle, Lower East Side, lounge/nightclub
Hotel Hugo Rooftop, Tribeca, rooftop
Hudson Terrace, Hell’s Kitchen, bar/lounge/happy hour
Jazz Room, Lower East Side, lounge
The Jane, Chelsea/West Village, lounge
Kinfolk 94, Williamsburg
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
Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar (at Conrad Hotel), Financial District, rooftop/happy hour
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
Output, Williamsburg, nightclub
The Park, Chelsea, bar/lounge
Park Avenue Tavern, Midtown East, bar/happy hour
Penrose, Upper East Side, bar
Pianos, Lower East Side, bar/music venue
PH-D, Chelsea, lounge
Pony Bar, Hell’s Kitchen and UES, bar
Provocateur, Meatpacking, nightclub
The Raine’s Law Room, Flatiron, cocktail bar
RiFF RaFFs, Flatiron, nightclub
Refinery Hotel Rooftop, Midtown, roof top/happy hour
Rochelle’s, LES, bar
The Rusty Knot, West Village, bar
The Ship, Soho, cocktail bar
Sonny’s Soda Shoppe (Mondrian Rooftop), Soho, cocktail bar/rooftop
STK (rooftop), Meatpacking, happy hour/brunch
SoHo Grand (Yard and Club Room), SoHo, bar/lounge
Southside, SoHo, nightclub
Spring Lounge, Nolita, dive bar
Standard Biergarten, Meatpacking
The Standard East Village, East Village, bar/happy hour spot
Tao Downtown, Meatpacking, lounge/nightclub
The Tippler, Chelsea, bar
Top of The Standard, Meatpacking, rooftop
Tribeca Grand (Church Lounge), Tribeca, bar/lounge
Up and Down, Chelsea, nightclub
Viceroy (roof), Midtown East, bar/happy hour spot
The Westway, West Village, nightclub
The Windsor, West Village, bar
Wilfie & Nell, West Village, pub
The Woods, Williamsburg BK, bar


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
Two Hands, Little Italy
V Bar, SoHo & East Village (review)

other attractions.
– 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)

beauty & wellness.

Arrojo Studio, South Village, salon (review) *
Caudalie Spa (in The Plaza Hotel), Midtown
City Row, Union Square, indoor rowing studio
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)
Paintbox, nail salon *
Solar Salon, Chelsea/Upper East Side, tanning salon
SoulCycle, various locations, indoor cycling studios (review) *
Rizza Salon, West Village, salon
Valley Nails, nail salon


Ace Hotel
Crosby Street Hotel
Edition Hotel
Hudson Hotel
James Hotel
The London
Marriott Hotel Financial District (review)
Mondrian (review)
Renaissance Hotel Times Square (review)
Sixty Soho
Soho Grand
The Standard 
Thompson Hotel
Tribeca Grand
Trump Soho


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
Scarpetta Beach (at Gurney’s), Montauk
Harbor, Montauk

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