Daniel Garcia | Discover Renaissance Hotels

Daniel Garcia

As a writer, a trained actor, and a lover of music, Daniel is always on the look out for the latest cultural happenings in the city.

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A native Texan (Austin!), Daniel has always marched to the beat of his own drum. He has lived in NYC , his chosen home, for 14 years. “There is nothing like the energy of New York. Its palpable!” Always curious and adept at finding the next best thing, Daniel has always had a passion for the offbeat. From finding the best red bean buns in Chinatown (Lung Moon Bakery) to the quirkiest downtown speakeasy (Cienfuegos) he is happiest when on the hunt for that one spot that maybe has been overlooked by everyone else. "New York is for discoverers. I don’t know if I can uncover all New York's hidden gems, but it's fun trying. There’s nothing like finding a unique spot and feeling as if no one else knows about it.” The Fashion Walk of Fame , FIT Museum, and dozens of clothing workshops for the worlds most renowned designers make the garment district of Manhattan a must see! Daniel is thrilled to be a part of this thriving area and relishes sharing his favorite places with coworkers and guests. When not on the clock , Daniel enjoys going to see live music and attending whatever eclectic film festival the city has to offer.


Sakagura

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, USA
Phone: +2129537253
Opening hours: Lunch Mon-Sat 11:30am-1pm / Dinner 6pm-1am / Sun 6pm-11pm

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, USA
Phone: +2125827940
Opening hours: 7am -11pm
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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, USA
Phone: +(718) 777 6800
Opening hours: Wed - Sunday 11am -6pm

Dianne & Elisabeth

Seasonal and local is the focus at this homey eatery.
This cozy spot is a local favorite. Their rustic-chic décor and inventive menu will draw you in. The unique flavors ( try the caprese ) and carefully curated local wine options will keep you coming back.
Address: 644 10th ave b/t 45 & 46, New York City, 10036
Phone: +2122473039
Opening hours: 5pm - 12 am

Collier & West

Eclectic boutique in Brooklyn with cultivated items from worldwide artisans.
This Brooklyn shop was “ built on passion” and it shows! You can see the thoughtfulness that went into the pieces here. Antique lighting, unique home décor, handmade local designed jewelry, candles, you name it. Whimsical and comfy with more than a touch of casual elegance, this place is special.
Address: 377a Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, 11217, USA
Phone: +7182549378
Opening hours: 11am -7pm
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Story

A retail store that changes every 6 weeks
this innovative store looks at retail in a unique way. After a few weeks, everything changes here. The décor, the products they sell, the ideas and the theme. You can shop for unique items and work in the same space! Always exciting and unusual, patrons can hardly wait for the next chapter of this story.
Address: 144 10th Avenue, New York City, 10011, USA
Phone: +2122424853
Opening hours: 11AM - 7PM

Evolution NYC

A shop for unusual and authentic gifts
This one of a kind store is most unusual and hugely popular. It houses all kinds of curiosities ranging from the world of flora and fauna. Fossils, semi-precious stones, jewelry, furnishings, and other oddities. A New York gem, the place also has meteorites as a part of its collection.
Address: 687 Broadway, New York City, 10012
Phone: +2123431114
Opening hours: 11am - 8pm

District Tap House

A local tap house with a foodie heart
An elevated sports pub with craft beers both bottled and on tap. With mainly locally sourced food and a surprising and thoughtful menu, this neighborhood spot will delight sports fans and foodies alike. The parmesan fries are fantastic!
Address: 246 w38th Street b/t 7 & 8avenue, New York City, 10018, USA
Phone: +2122211822
Opening hours: 11:30AM - 3 AM

Canal Street Market

A modern Chinatown market with hip food vendors and artsy retailers.
A food hall / retail market is thriving in the heart of Chinatown. Some vendors are established, some are new to the scene, but all are independent and local. They join forces for a flavorful and hip experience. From Ramen (Kuro–obi) to sweets (Bills Bakery) to handmade jewelry (Muji) With a nod to the past but eyes on the future, CSM is a welcome addition to this bustling neighborhood
Address: 265 Canal Street, New York City, 10013, USA
Opening hours: 11am - 7pm
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The New Museum

A contemporary art museum with edgy rotating exhibits .
The New Museum boasts of edgy, avant-garde, and thought-provoking displays of art. This museum is established on the motto of New Art, New Ideas. Prepare to be challenged.
Address: 235 Bowery, New York City, 10002, USA
Phone: +2122191222
Opening hours: 11am -6pm /closed Mondays

Chelsea Market

The original super marketplace
The number one food hall in NYC is top dog for a reason. A block long, with NY-centric food and shopping options, its legendary status is well earned. A few must-eats here at the crab roll at the Lobster Place, the Carne tacos at Los Tacos No. 1, and the siracha maple donut at the Doughnuttery). Lastly, stop by Artist & Flea for a handmade NY souvenir that you won't find at the airport!
Address: 75 9th avenue b/t 15 &16, New York City, 10011, USA
Phone: +2126522121
Opening hours: 7am - 10pm

Dear Irving

This stunning bar is a must for the discerning drinker
A luxe one of a kind lounge with the heart of a time traveler. Each parlor replicates a bygone era. The attention to detail, from the décor to the drink and food menu (order the Whiskey Business) is appreciated by the savvy patrons looking for a story to tell.
Address: 55 Irving Place, New York City, 10003, USA
Phone: +NO PHONE
Opening hours: 5PM - 2AM