With a huge selection of books, Strand is a staple for artists, poets, and writers in the heart of Union Square.
Just shy of a century old, Strand in the largest independent bookstore in New York City. The bookstore boasts a massive collection of books, and its slogan "18 Miles of Books" plays into this huge collection. The store was built in 1927 by Benjamin Bass on a road that once housed 48 bookstores and was known as "Book Row."
Address:828 Broadway, New York, 10003
phone:+(212) 473 1452
Gotham West Market
This dining market is a destination spot for the foodie with a bohemian heart.
This one of a kind venue is home to a band of food artisans, vendors and a bike shop! Its Hells Kitchen at its coolest. Fresh, organic and artisinal ingredients are on the menu. Ahi tacos (Genuine Roadside)a Cuban Gruyere sandwich (Cannibal) ramen (Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop), ice cream, a huge beer cooler and plenty of friendly communal seating make this a must for the adventurer.
Address:600 11th Avenue & 44th Street, New York City, 10036
Located in the center of the Garment District, this boutique coffee shop has just about everything.
Madman Espresso is one of those places that locals and visitors alike return to time and time again. It's cozy, peaceful ambiance and delicious, high-end coffee has made it a hotspot that should not be missed.
Address:234 W 35th St, New York, 10001
Morgan Library & Museum
This library holds J.P. Morgan's collection of books and periodicals.
Originally built to house J.P. Morgan's private collection of books, drawings and collections, the Morgan Library & Museum is now a National Landmark and museum. Visitors can peruse the library's breathtaking collection and view touring exhibits that are hosted by the museum.
Address:225 Madison Ave, New York, 10016
phone:+(212) 685 0008
Shop for eco-friendly decor and more. Make sure to stop by the cafe for vegan ice cream!
Spend an afternoon browsing through an amazing selection of home decor and gifts at Sustainable NYC. Sniff the soy candles, shop for scarves made locally, and check out their all natural hair care products. Add some environmentally friendly flair to your wardrobe with handcrafted bracelets, recycled wallets, and fair trade scarves.
Address:139 Avenue A, New York, 10009
phone:+1 212 254 5400
Running through one of the trendiest sections of Manhattan, the Highline offers amazing views of Midtown and Chelsea.
The Highline is an elevated park that stretches across Hudson Yards to Chelsea. The walkway was once an abandoned railroad that was formerly the West Side Line. Today, visitors can walk along this linear park while enjoying the views of the surrounding neighborhoods.
Address:30th Street and 11th Avenue, New York, 10001
A homey Italian venue supplying housemade pastas and other traditional fare near the Port Authority.
An authentic trattoria bar located on spirited 39th Street, Mercato serves a blend of locals and tourists alike. The Michelin-rated gem is easy to walk by without noticing, but it is a treat for those who do find it.
Address:352 W 39th St,, New York, 10001
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Adventurous sake drinkers should check out this hidden Japanese izakaya.
This hidden (literally) izakaya (Japanese gastropub) is well worth the hunt. Through the lobby of a nondescript office building and to the basement you go. What you find is a sake bar with no rival. Small exquisite plates, 250 kinds of sake, and an authentic Japanese décor make this a truly one of a kind find.
Address:211 East 43rd Street, New York City, 10017
This is a flashy, fun and completely original sushi restaurant and entertainment explosion.
This "Tokyo nightlife inspired" restaurant is a dazzling spectacle of lights, dancers, singers and of course awesome food and festive cocktails! You will have the time of your life at this hip and delightfully over the top venue. The energetic performances mixed with the eye popping décor and top notch Japanese cuisine make for a night you won't forget!
Address:120 East 39th Street, New York City, 10016
Be sure to grab a drink at this upscale sport and whiskey bar in the heart of Midtown.
An elegant sports bar? You bet. Chandeliers and buffalo heads decorate this home to all things whiskey. With 375 bottles to choose from and delicious, small inventive plates, this unexpectedly large space will be your new go to in Midtown. Make sure to order a whiskey flight or one of their classic whiskey cocktails with a twist.
Address:247 West 30th Street, New York City, 10001
Check out this local gallery celebrating contemporary local artists and collections.
Anyone could easily walk past Lanyon 36 without noticing think funky art space, which is what makes this gallery so great. For those who do happen to discover this gem of a gallery, they are sure to enjoy the contemporary work on display in this space two blocks north of the end of the Highline.
Address:365 W 36th St., New York, 10018
The Dressing Room
Shop for chic vintage finds while you sip on a drink from the bar at this unique boutique.
The Dressing Room is a shopping experience unlike anything you've ever encountered. It is really three establishments in one: a place for up-and-coming designers to showcase and sell their creations, a vintage clothing shop, and a cocktail bar. That's right, you can sip on a drink while you listen to a DJ set and browse a trendy selection of clothing and accessories.
Address:75a Orchard Street, New York, 10002
phone:+1 212 966 7330
PDT (Please Don't Tell)
Enter PDT through a phone booth and enjoy quality cocktails in a quiet ambiance.
Please Don't Tell (or PDT for short) is one of the city's best secrets. The address will lead you to Crif Dogs, a hot dog place, which contains an interestingly placed phone booth. Place a call at the phone booth, and a hostess from PDT will open the door to reveal the secret entrance to the bar. PDT has a few rules: no talking on cell phones, don't hit on strangers, among others.
Address:113 St. Mark's Place, New York, 10009
phone:+1 212 614 0386
Fort Tryon Park
No matter the season, Fort Tryon Park has some of the most scenic views in the city.
The history of Fort Tryon Park dates back to the Great Depression, when the construction project created much-needed jobs. Today, the park boasts some of the most beautiful views of the natural world in New York. The Cloisters (a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art) is among the main attractions here. Take a walk along cobblestone paths and enjoy views of the George Washington Bridge.
Address:Margaret Corbin Drive, New York, 10040
phone:+1 212 795 1388
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See the famous Unicorn Tapestries and other works of medieval art at these reconstructed European abbeys.
The Cloisters brings a bit of medieval Europe to New York. This branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art is composed of five abbeys from Europe that were disassembled and rebuilt in Fort Tryon Park. See distinctive architecture, a medieval herb garden, and art from the era. Some of the most famous works here are the Unicorn Tapestries, a series of woven tapestries depicting a unicorn being hunted.
Address:99 Margaret Corbin Drive, Fort Tyron Park, New York, 10040
phone:+1 212 923 3700
Collect toys from Japan and Hong Kong at this shop. Be sure to explore the gallery space displaying designer toys.
Toy Tokyo's well-curated selection of vintage toys, designer toys, and toys from Japan and Hong Kong will give you quite a bit to browse. Shop for action figures, blind boxes, plush toys, and more. Kids aren't the only ones who will enjoy a visit here. The gallery space in the store displays designer toys that could be called works of art for the more analytically minded.
Address:91 Second Avenue, 91 2nd Ave, New York, 10003
phone:+1 212 673 5424
Hester Street Fair
From hand made jewelry and rare vintage items, to lobster rolls and ice cream sandwiches, this street fair has it all.
Quickly becoming one of the New York's hottest weekend adventures, the Hester Street fair features booths offering jewelry, clothing and crafts. If you get hungry while wandering along this reoccurring fair's many stalls, be sure to check out one of the booths selling tasty treats like lobster rolls or ice cream.
Address:Hester Street Fair, Essex St, New York, 10002
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This charming trattoria is a hidden gem near Flatiron that's serves handmade pastas, Italian wines, and cocktails.
Ulivo is the second establishment opened up by famed chef Emanuel Concas, who earned a Michelin rating with his restaurant Mercato. Diners at Ulivo will be treated to inspired pasta dishes and unique craft cocktails, as well as an extensive wine list.
Address:4 W 28th St, New York, 10001
phone:+212 684 8000
Try this contemporary Mexican spot that puts a creative spin on traditional eats & drinks in a dark, chic interior.
Chef Mario Hernandez is doing new Mexican the right way. His progressive menu is anything but boring. Shrimp tacos coated with a grasshopper crust, duck dumplings, and the most delicious and inventive guacamole - topped with black ant salt - round out this intriguing menu. This critically acclaimed restaurant is a NYC estrella.
Address:60 Second Avenue, New York City, 10003
Museum of the Moving Image
Don't miss this fun, interactive museum that focuses on movies and video arts.
The Museum of the Moving Image is for anyone who loves movies, television, and the visual arts. The museum is filled with amazingly preserved scripts, props, and costumes from classic films. Visitors will also find a video arcade with the first video game ever made! A snack bar and a movie theatre round out this awesome museum.
Address:36-01 35th Street, Queens, 11106
phone:+(718) 777 6800
A neighborhood gift / jewelry /art shop with handmade sustainable items from all over the world.
Nicki and Luisa have carefully curated these eclectic items that are both functional and pleasing to the eye. Quirky, unique, and with a story, this lovely shop adds flavor and a homey feel to Hell's Kitchen. They also use a portion of sales to support a school in Haiti. Take a short stroll to this fabulous store and experience the world.
Address:413 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036, New York, 10001
Get your dose of caffeine in the morning at this local cafe. Try one of their delicious pastries too!
Café Grumpy's emphasis on socially responsible coffee makes it a great place to go for your morning pick-me-up. Using responsibly sourced beans from around the world, they make a delicious coffee in a broad variety of flavors. Additionally, their pastry selection is quite tempting. Try the banana bread, brownies, or corn muffins with your beverage.
Address:13 Essex Street, New York, 10011
phone:+1 212 260 3454
Since 1897, Lombardi's has been serving pizza in New York, putting it among the oldest pizzerias in the country!
Serving up freshly baked pizza from a coal oven, its easy to see why Lombardi's has been around for so long. Founded in 1894, it is one of the first pizza places in the city. Today, the legacy continues and you can come by and taste traditionally prepared Margharita pizza, white pizza, and more. For those why wish to try something unusual, the clam pizza's unique flavor is sure to please.
Address:32 Spring Street, New York, 10012
phone:+1 212 941 7994
Although Comedy Cellar doesn't have much room, it hosts some of the biggest names in comedy today. Stop by for a laugh!
See your favorite comedy acts up close and personal at Comedy Cellar. This intimate venue regularly hosts famous comedians such as Louis C.K., Ray Romano, Colin Quinn, Jim Norton, and more. If you're lucky, you'll nab a seat on the front row (beware though, patrons sitting here tend to get heckled by the comedians). Enjoy some drinks and have some laughs, just remember that there's no talking.
Address:117 MacDougal Street, New York, 10012
phone:+1 212 254 3480
For American cuisine done right, this bistro is a great choice. Try their scrumptious pumpkin waffles for breakfast.
Penelope Cafe is a well-known spot in the city for brunch. Although there's usually a line on the weekends, the wait is worth it. Grab a seat, order a fresh-squeezed orange juice and peruse their menu of American favorites. Waffles, egg sandwiches, burgers, and French toast are just some of the options. If you're in the mood for something sweet, definitely opt for the pumpkin waffles.
Address:159 Lexington Avenue, New York, 10016
phone:+1 212 481 3800
Dance the night away at this hip club, complete with one of the best-quality sound systems around and great DJs.
Work up a sweat at Cielo, known for being one of the best places in the neighborhood for dancing. The club is usually packed on weekends, and they bring in incredible DJs to keep the crowd dancing. The sound system is great, and there are plenty of lights, lasers, and disco balls around. If you want a break from dancing, take your drink out to the back deck where you can enjoy some fresh air.
Address:18 Little West 12th Street, New York, 10014
phone:+1 212 645 5700
Veniero's Pasticceria & Caffé
Enjoy decadent cakes and other desserts at this bakery with history in the East Village.
Veniero's Pasticceria & Caffé has been run by the same family for generations. It has earned a great reputation locally for producing some of the best desserts in the city. Cakes, tiramisu, tarts, and more are prepared using traditional recipes. You can buy cakes by the slice, or choose a whole cake to bring to a special celebration.
Address:342 East 11th Street, New York, 10003
phone:+1 212 674 7070