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Jennifer Portuhondo

Jennifer Portuhondo lives and breathes New York.

Navigator Biography

When she was just 11 years old, Jennifer visited New York City. Coming from a small town in the Dominican Republic, the scale and excitement of the place amazed her. Stood in Times Square with her aunt during that trip, she said to her “One day, I’ll live and work here”. Her aunt may have simply passed it off as a bit of youthful enthusiasm, a passing thought. Fast forward to the present: Jennifer’s living and working in New York City, and her enthusiasm hasn’t dampened yet. Jennifer relishes the role of Navigator and the freedom it gives her to be herself. With her work, she’s able to indulge her passion for New York food, continually finding new untapped spots. Being a generous soul, she’s doesn’t shy away from sharing her new discoveries with guests and friends, claiming she loves being the one people go to for recommendations and ideas. Although she’s crossed the doorway of some of NYCs most hip and sophisticated eateries and bars, her favorite places are the city’s rooftops, where she can take in the view that amazed her all those years ago. it’s nice to know that that 11 year old kid is still in there somewhere.

The Paley Center for Media - find
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The Paley Center for Media

Tracing media's trajectory, the nostalgic archive revisits iconic moments like President Kennedy’s assassination and The Simpsons' debut.
William S. Paley played a significant role in shaping radio and television broadcasting in the 20th Century. The Paley Center for Media is at the forefront of the ever-evolving global media and examines its effect on society. They are curators of over 150,000 television shows, radio productions and commercials, as well as key events in history like Neil Armstrong’s voice clip from the moon. Listen to radio programs from back in the day or watch re-runs of I Love Lucy, a feat that promises a nostalgic experience for entertainment history buffs and television junkies. Visitors can also glance through their collection on their online database.
Address: 25 West 52 Street, New York, 10019, United States
Phone: +1 212 621 6800
Opening hours: Wednesday to Sunday from 12:00 PM to 06:00 PM
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New York Vintage

Secondhand doesn't mean low-quality at one of New York's most exclusive 80s and 90s vintage boutiques, New York Vintage.
With innumerable boutiques lining up in Chelsea neighborhood, this upscale haunt is another feather in the cap of New York's fashion hub. If you prefer the classic 80's, you need not doubt your choice with New York Vintage. This popular store offers an exclusive collection of vintage clothing and accessories inspired from the 1980s and 90's style. If you have a few classic outfits or accessories from your mother's or granny's collection, get them here. If they are good enough, in-store buyers will appraise them for you. By merely watching the who's-who of tinsel town frequent this store, you can guess the price range of their stylish wear. But you're sure to forget the steep price after you are loaded with compliments! So step in and flaunt this luxurious look.
Address: 117 West 25th Street, New York, 10001, United States
Phone: +1 212 647 1107

International Center of Photography

See amazing historic and contemporary photographs at this inspiring center dedicated to educating the public.
The International Center of Photography works to educate the public through classes and exhibitions on photography. It was founded in 1974 by Cornell Capa, a photojournalist, and has since then hosted over 500 exhibitions relating to captured images. See images from the past and contemporary photographs as well. Classes relating to photography techniques and the history of the art take place at the School of the International Center of Photography.  
Address: 1133 Avenue of the Americas, #1A, New York, 10036, United States
Phone: +1 212 857 0000
Opening hours: Tuesday to Thursday from 10:00 AM to 06:00 PM,Friday from 10:00 AM to 08:00 PM,Saturday to Sunday from 10:00 AM to 06:00 PM
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The Tippler

The Tippler's architectural accents and traditional cocktails create a trendy speakeasy vibe that's a hard secret to keep.
The Tippler is ensconced underneath Chelsea Market in a space that has been out of use for over 100 years. The bar, probably because of its basement location, has a real speakeasy feel, while still providing a warm and comfortable atmosphere with exposed beams, wrought iron work and marble table and bar tops. The cocktail menu is impressive, featuring libations they have borrowed from various other establishments around the country, as well as their own originals and of course, the classics. There is also a good selection of wines and craft beers, as well as light bar dishes like toasts, sandwiches, jars and salads.
Address: 425 West 15th Street, Chelsea Market Basement Level, New York, 10011, United States
Phone: +1 212 206 0000
Opening hours: Sunday to Thursday from 05:00 PM to 02:00 AM,Friday to Saturday from 05:00 PM to 04:00 AM
Hanjan - find
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Old and new entwine on Hanjan's menu, offering a taste of the traditional or something marvelously modern.
Right in the heart of the Flatiron District, Chef Hooni Kim's second venture, Hanjan, is already causing something of a sensation. Modeled after the Korean joomak, a low-cost destination for travelers to eat and relax, the cuisine revolves around street-style small plates, some old-fashioned and some dreamed up by Chef Kim himself. The menu is split right down the middle, allowing guests to choose between these dichotomous styles, although a third column of savory skewers lets diners chow down on something a little more timeless. Of course, such delicate cuisine would not be possible without quality ingredients, another area in which Hanjan outdoes themselves. Antibiotic and hormone free meat, wild-caught fish and organic vegetables are the exclusive inventory of the kitchen. For a masterful melding of Korea's culinary traditions, Hanjan is the perfect destination.
Address: 36 West 26th Street, New York, 10010, United States
Phone: +1 212 206 7226
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 12:00 PM to 02:30 PM,Monday to Wednesday from 05:00 PM to 11:00 PM,,Thursday to Saturday from 05:00 PM to 12:00 AM
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It may not have the ambiance of a traditional cookshop, but warm, friendly service and simple food will make you feel like you're in one.
In keeping with the typical cookshop concept of all-things-fresh, co-owners of Tenth Avenue Cookshop, Chef Marc Meyer and Chef Vicki Freeman, source local ingredients and produce for their food preparation. To bring out the best taste from the natural food, traditional methods such as wood-fired ovens are used. The Virginia farmers’ cross center cut pork chop and the wilted spinach, red onion and Sarvecchio cheese pizza are favorites here. The cocktails are innovative concoctions with a twist that change with available seasonal flavors. Try the tea prepared using Bergamot and oranges that comes highly recommended. The ambiance is nothing like what a traditional restaurant would be and has soft lighting that reflects the warm tone of the wooden ceiling, creating a beautiful glow. The tables are closely laid out in the L-shaped dining section. The dessert list has tempting offerings that make for perfect endings.
Address: 156 10th Avenue, New York, 10011, United States
Phone: +1 212 924 4440
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 08:00 AM to 11:00 AM,Monday to Friday from 11:30 AM to 04:00 PM,Monday to Friday from 05:30 PM to 11:30 PM,Saturday to Sunday from 10:30 AM to 04:00 PM,Saturday to Sunday from 05:30 PM to 11:30 PM
Sarabeth's - find
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Follow a visit to Central Park with a legendary brunch of eggs benedict and a muffin basket at this restaurant's park-facing dining area.
Renowned pastry chef Sarabeth Levine expands her eponymous restaurant chain with this Central Park location. Their menu is a contemporary take on American comfort food. Signature dishes include pumpkin waffles, farmer's omelets, cream of tomato soup, strawberry shortcake, club sandwiches and muscovy duck breast. Complement your meal with a selection from coffee, wine, craft beer or specialty cocktails. Stylish interiors and a charming atmosphere convey a home-style ambiance.
Address: 40 Central Park South, New York, 10019, United States
Phone: +1 212 826 5959
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 08:00 AM to 11:00 PM,Sunday from 08:00 AM to 10:00 PM
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La Pulperia

Oyster shooters at the raw bar are followed by Latin-inspired cuisine and cocktails. Their rustic ambiance is created by handmade decor.
La Pulperia is a great addition to Hell’s Kitchen’s dining scene. This charming restaurant is named after the Spanish word for grocery store, and recreates a vibe akin to traditional pulperias in South America. Owner and chef Carlos Barroz designs a menu around Latin American and Mediterranean flavors. Enjoy their seafood tower, sangria-braised short ribs, beef empanadas and taquitos with impressive cocktails. A classic margarita, cachaça-based Samba Brazil or Coquito Passion of coconut rum and passion fruit are excellent choices. Exposed brick walls, handcrafted brass lamps and Mexican floor tiles contribute to a rustic ambiance.
Address: 371 West 46th Street, New York, 10036, United States
Phone: +1 212 956 3055
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 11:00 AM to 02:00 AM
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Forbidden Planet

Take a trip to a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away to Forbidden Planet for science fiction and pop culture collectibles.
Forbidden Planet is a science fiction mega store, with everything from esoteric comics to manga models for the nerd in all of us. You will of course find vintage Star Trek paraphernalia in addition to other hit shows over the years from Land of the Lost to Star Wars. Trivia lovers will also go wild for the other classics like KISS and Batman dolls, they even have one for Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans. There are plenty of other eclectic items to discover within this shop on 12th St and Broadway.
Address: 840 Broadway, New York, 10003, United States
Phone: +1 212 473 1576
Opening hours: Sunday to Tuesday from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM,Wednesday from 09:00 AM to 12:00 PM,Thursday to Saturday from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
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Isabel Marant

Cutting-edge fashions from Isabel Marant combine tomboy tailoring with effortless bohemian chic at this internationally renowned boutique.
Isabel Marant has slowly added bits and pieces to her repertoire since founding her first self-titled boutique in 1994. Starting with accessories and moving to knitwear, Ms. Marant's fashion sensibilities have evolved to a mixture of bohemian easiness with a decidedly urban attitude. The cuts tend to be masculine offering women an option right in the middle of elegance and comfortability. Marant's collections continue to develop over time, meaning that even repeat shoppers will be delighted with the fresh new fashions brought in with each season.
Address: 469 Broome Street, New York, 10013, United States
Phone: +1 212 219 2284
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 11:00 AM to 07:00 PM,Saturday from 11:00 AM to 08:00 PM,Sunday from 12:00 PM to 06:00 PM

Fine And Dandy

Accessories for dapper guys.
This tiny shop will transport you to a different era. Fantastic assortment of dandy accessories, trinkets, books. old school hair products and more. I loved the old collegiate pennants that adorned the walls. Accommodating service makes this one of a kind store a must visit while in NYC.
Address: 445 West 49th St, Between 9th & 10th Ave, New York, 10036, United States
Phone: +2122474847
Opening hours: 12 noon

Azuri Cafe

Cafe serving Israeli and Kosher cuisine.
On this non-descript street you might not even notice this tiny hidden gem in Hell's Kitchen. The vegetarian (salad) plate with their legendary falafels has an amazing array of flavors and nutrition - it more than makes up for the lack of ambiance.
Address: 465 West 51st, 9th & 10th, New York, 10970, United States
Phone: +2122622920
Opening hours: 10:30 closed Fridays Evening and Saturday