Crimson & Rye
Enjoy delicious after-work cocktails at Crimson & Rye, whose huge windows and leather chairs make it a stylish hangout.
Located in the Lipstick Building in the Midtown East neighborhood, Crimson & Rye has a prime location for attracting the after-work crowd. All their cocktails are made with fresh ingredients. Their signature drink, the Lipstick Fizz, is made with Gin, pomegranate, citrus, club soda, and house-made grenadine. There's nothing quite like sitting at one of the outdoor booths here enjoying a refreshing cocktail and nibbling on a cheese plate. The inside of the bar is stunning, with huge windows and elegant leather seats.
Address:198 East 54 Street, New York, 10022
phone:+1 212 687 6692
Modern Pinball NYC
With pinball machines from the 70s to today, this is the best rainy day activity in New York.
Before Candy Crush, Nintendo, Atari, or Pac Man, there was pinball. Modern Pinball NYC is a throwback the 70s, when trying to break the high score would make you miss your dinner curfew. With some new games (The Walking Dead) and some classics (Xenon, Kiss), you'll likely miss your dinner reservations. My favorite is Tommy, a tribute to The Who's Pinball Wizard. Also check out their museum.
Address:362 Third Avenue, New York
Ethos Gallery 51st
Best Greek restaurant in New York.
I've been to Greece and this place is as close as you can get to being there. The whitewashed decor makes you feel like you are in the midst of the Mediterranean. You even get to select your fresh fish from the display past the bar. From the lamb chops to the baklava, there isn't a dish that isn't amazing.
Address:905 First Avenue, 51st/52nd, New York, 10022
phone:+212 888 4060
Morrison Hotel Gallery
A collection of music's best and obscure art and photography.
If music is your passion, the Morrison Hotel Gallery is a must-see. Named after the iconic Doors album, the photography brings you backstage and behind the scenes with up-close and intimate art that only few ever get to see. With a focus on classic rock, from The Beatles to Nirvana, in the heart of Soho, you'll feel like an extension of the band. Check in for their exhibits and events.
Address:116 Prince Street, 2nd Floor, New York, 10012
With all of its gadgets, gizmos and unexpected items, this is a toy store for adults and kids.
For 168 Years, Hammacher Schlemmer has been known to offer the "unexpected." Walking through the store, you will see so many items that you never knew existed. This two-level store is like being a kid again, getting the chance to demo (aka 'PLAY") with the coolest gadgets including many that are exclusive to them. Go to window shop...and maybe spend a bit in their constantly changing display.
Address:147 E. 57th Street, Bet Lex/3rd, New York, 10022
phone:+800 492 9002
The High Line
An oasis in the middle energetic New York City.
Originally built as an above ground train track that remained abandoned for 30 years, the High Line was converted to a stunning nature walk and art display. Enjoy the weekend with organized tours that explores the history, art and nature of the area. Make sure to visit the Diller sundeck in the summer and dip your toes in the water feature.
Address:West Side/Meatpacking District, New York, 10011
Start off with some delicious vegetable dumplings before digging into your main dish of Tom Yum seafood fried rice for a spicy twist.
Lychee House in Midtown is the place to go when you are looking for a thoroughly modern take on classic Chinese cuisine. When you look at their huge menu, you won't know what to try first. They have dishes made from shrimp, scallops, lobster, chicken, duck, beef, pork, and vegetables. And let's not forget to mention the dumplings, soups, and dim sum. Come in for their lunch special and get an entree with steamed pork dumpling for one low price, or stop in in the evening for Chinese-style dinner. They also offer delivery, so you can enjoy their amazing food in the comfort of your own home.
Address:141 E 55th Street, New York, 10022
phone:+1 212 753 3900
This Irish bar offers a chic and ebullient ambiance to organize a party, where guests can sip hot toddys, draft beers and champagne.
It is easy to spot Bloom's Tavern from the street by its vivid, scarlet red doors. Inside, two dimly-lit floors, with alternating flat and arched ceilings, offer a cozy ambience, where one can enjoy a glass of Irish Whiskey. Their fireplace seating and the upstairs private dining room are their most coveted spaces. This place is always bustling with soccer fans, as numerous television screens broadcast major sporting events. Savor appetizers such as Buffalo Chicken Wings with Bleu Cheese, Chicken Liver Pâté, spread over home-baked Irish Brown Bread, and Mixed Mesclun Green Salad. Their entrées include Free Range Designers Cornish Hen, and Crusted Atlantic Salmon. Do not miss their specialty, Chicken Pot Pie. Your meal is complemented by a selection of premium, Irish-styled wine and liquor. This bar specializes in hosting cocktail parties and business functions, with catering facilities. Check their website for details on regular Happy Hours and events like Super Bowl and Olympic parties.
Address:208 East 58th Street, 2nd/3rd Ave, New York, 10022
phone:+1 212 308 9400
A legendary speakeasy, famous burger joint, and...what's in that drink?
Not often do you go to a Five Guys for some cocktails. Through the secret door past the counter of Five Guys is how to access the stairwell to this second-floor speakeasy with exposed brick and old wood charm. The menu offers a wide selection of beers you've probably never heard of and a drink menu with ingredients such a egg whites, balsamic vinegar, and pamplemousse.
Address:296 Bleeker Street, 2nd Floor, New York, 10014
phone:+212 675 6157
Enjoy the taste of authentic Cuban food.
Looking for a true 'find' where the locals go? Look no further than Havana Social. It may not look like much from the outside, but we assure you, the food if authentic and delicious. From the churrasco with maduros, to the plantains, and empanadas topped it off with the tres leches cake.
Address:688 10th Ave, New York, 10019
phone:+(212) 956 2155
Brooklyn Bridge Park
Revel in the great outdoors.
What are you in the mood for? A nature walk through luscious gardens? Check. Outdoor fitness equipment? Check. Basketball courts? Check. Kayaking? Beach? Ferry rides? Playgrounds? Children's museum? Check, check, check, check, check....and so much more. Oh, and did we mention the stunning views of New York City?
Address:1 Water Street, Brooklyn, 11201
phone:+(718) 222 9939
Argosy Book Store
Argosy's collection of rare and original books is so large they sell the extras by the foot, perfect for guests who want an instant library.
Argosy Book Store has long defied conventional knowledge about literary retail, operating from their Midtown location since 1925. A family run business since its inception, Argosy has curated a stunning collection of Americana including documents dating back to the late 1700s up to modern day. In this collection reside government documents, maps, antique prints and a huge collection of first edition books as well as autographs and art.
Address:116 E 59th Street, Park/Lex Ave, New York, 10022
phone:+1 212 753 4455
The Polo Bar
Sip a perfectly crafted Vesper Martini as you rub shoulders with New York's exclusive society at this polo-themed restaurant.
Ralph Lauren's first NYC restaurant, The Polo Bar exudes old school glamour and classic Manhattan charm. The lavish interior is perfect for romantic dinners over bottles of vintage wine and gourmet eats. A bevy of stars from Rihanna to Naomi Campbell have dined here, and the guest list is brimming with A-listers on any given night. Start your evening at the bar, sipping on classic cocktails like the Moscow Mule and White Negroni, or savoring a tumbler of top shelf single malt. The lucky few with reservations can continue their meal in the fashionable subterranean restaurant. The dress code is strict, so come dressed to impress.
Address:1 East 55th Street, New York, 10022
phone:+1 212 207 8562
Museum of Arts & Design
Get insight into the technology and processes used in creating contemporary works of art at the Museum of Arts & Design.
See exhibits that range across the spectrum of art and craft at the Museum of Arts & Design. Founded in 1952, it's newest incarnation is a boldly designed building that looks like it's made of interlocking pieces. When you visit, you'll get a sense of the workmanship that goes into interior design, fashion, sculpture, and various other art forms. Besides fascinating exhibits, the museum also offers film screenings, workshops, and talks - any of which are sure to make for an enriching outing.
Address:2 Columbus Circle, New York, 10019
phone:+1 212 299 7777
Prepare for your taste buds to be blown away by the popular Korean Fried Chicken, complete with an array of kim chi side dishes.
BarKogi is the place to go when you're looking for Korean flavors in Midtown Manhattan. Sip a cool soju cocktail or a frosty mug of beer from their tap as you peruse their menu of delicious offerings. Dishes made from fresh veggies, seafood and meats are sure to satisfy, but it's the Korean style fried chicken with soy, garlic and salt that's the real winner. All of this in an ultra-modern dining room, where onyx-black table tops and white furnishings create an exemplary decor.
Address:957 2nd Ave, New York, 10022
phone:+1 212 308 8810
Fresh, seasonal vegetables are used to prepare simple yet delicious American and Italian fare at this bistro.
Contemporary American cuisine prepared with Glatt Kosher and seasonal ingredients is on the menu at Mike's Bistro. Chef Michael Gershkovich was born in Rome and there are several Italian inspired dishes on the menu. The handmade gnocchi with duck, chicken, and mushrooms is absolutely mouthwatering. The chef's tasting menu offers seven courses, with the option to pair three of them with wine. It is recommended that you make reservations at least 24 hours in advance if you wish to try the tasting menus.
Address:127 East 54th Street, New York, 10022
phone:+1 212 799 3911
Shop among a carefully curated selection of sweets for every occasion at CuRious Candy.
A trip to CuRious Candy is as much fun for adults as for kids. Inside shelves are lined with candies you can purchase by the pound, including chocolate covered mini Oreos, rainbow licorice laces, gummy starfish, birthday cake jelly beans, and more. The collection of sweets is curated by Cynthia Rowley, and accentuated by fantastical and natural decor elements, so it's as much of a treat to look at as it is to taste.
Address:43 East 78th Street, New York, 10075
phone:+1 212 288 1163
Grand Central Terminal
Every year over 21 million visitors flock to Grand Central Terminal, a New York icon and the highest capacity train station in the world.
Built in 1913, Grand Central Terminal remains impressive even to New Yorkers, particularly for its massive main hall with cathedral-like vaulted ceilings. The building itself is beautiful with chic shops and a food court lending an air of urban charm; a not so easy feat for a railway station that is filled with half a million commuters each week. If hungry, head to the bar at Michael Jordan's The Steak House N.Y.C. which overlooks the busy terminal, but if you crave shellfish, dine at the legendary Oyster Bar. Vanderbilt Hall within the station also forms the venue for numerous cultural events. Along with regular routes, the station services outlying suburbs via the Metro-North Commuter Railroad.
Address:89 East 42nd Street, New York, 10017
phone:+1 212 340 2583
Chinese Porcelain Company
Ceramics are displayed alongside treasured relics from the Chinese Han to Qing dynasties at this retail gallery.
Lustrous Chinese porcelain by artists from the Han to the Qing dynasties are on display at Chinese Porcelain Company, as well as works from other Asian regions. There is European art for sale as well, which includes many pieces of furniture featuring Chinese decorative trim or in typical 17th Century Chinoiserie style. The gallery's ceramics include armorial, blue and white, famile verte and famile rose pieces, stone and glass sculptures, and China's famed jade craftsmanship.
Address:475 Park Avenue, At 58th Street, New York, 10022
phone:+1 212 838 7744
Tao Downtown Nightclub
A must visit on the NYC nightlife scene.
We all know of the places where you can 'see and be seen.' TAO Downtown Nightclub is on top of that list. A place where celebrities and VIPs hang with music and dancing until right before the sun comes up. This place never disappoints - their crafted drink menu is one of the best in New York, so be sure to try one of their cocktails.
Address:92 9th Avenue, New York, 10011
Make your own ice cream at this delicious dessert spot.
We've all wanted to try making ice cream at home but none of us ever do, so Cool Mess makes it easy for us. Visitors start with base flavors, then make their dessert masterpieces with the help of 20 toppings before throwing everything in a mixer and 8 minutes later, voila, the custom, personally made ice cream is ready. Visitors can also choose from ready-made "messapies" like The Bomb.com.
Address:137 East 62nd Street, New York, 10065
phone:+(212) 355 9834
Russ & Daughters Café
Check out one of NYC's 10 best restaurants.
After a century of having to waiting in line to get a taste of the world-famous delicacies sold at Russ & Daughters, the establishment finally granted our wishes and opened the cafe in 2014 which immediately became knows as one of NYC"s top spots. With an all-day menu that includes blintzes, caviar, herring, Matzo Ball soup and chopped liver, the challah bread pudding alone is worth the trip.
Address:127 Orchard St, New York, 10002
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Rarely talked about steakhouse among the elite of NYC
Everything at this restaurant is perfectly prepared, from the cheesy and delicious French Onion soup, to the roasted bone marrow topped off with the crown jewel, one of the best porterhouse steaks in New York. With rave write-ups from the Wall St. Journal to 4+ star ratings on Yelp, Angus Steakhouse will not disappoint.
Address:135 E 55th Street, New York, 10020
phone:+(212) 588 1585
St. Bartholomew's Church
Check out this beautiful church that is lesser known than St. Patrick's but stunning in its own right.
St. Barts, as its known, is another beautiful NYC landmark church that opened back in 1916. It shares the same architect as the famed St. Patrick's Cathedral, and is famous for its music program. Come and see the domed ceiling, with its polychrome Hispano-Moresque interior and stained glass windows.
Address:325 Park Ave,, New York, 10022
phone:+(212) 378 0222
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