new york city guide

by Courtney Fitzpatrick

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stay

Searching for a hotel in New York City can be quite tricky. You really don’t want to stay anywhere that is overloaded with tourists because this will often mean outrageous prices and a ton of tourists. But you also don’t want to stay in areas that are inaccessible to the main attractions. I instantly fell in love with the idea of Public Hotel: An Ian Schrager Hotel when I first saw the location and then saw the price. This very modern hotel in Bowery, close to Soho and surrounded by train stops is ideal if you’re looking for a trendy spot with a somewhat moderate budget. I loved the exclusive yet warm feeling of this hotel - the bar/lounge, rooftop patio overlooking the Empire State Building and then simple yet very chic rooms.

For the most 'instagrammable' hotel in New York City, check out our review on the Ludlow Hotel here. Even if you don't stay there, they have a killer nightlife. The lobby turns into a lounge when the sun goes down, serving cocktails inside or outside on the garden patio.

Other spots we highly recommend...

Arlo Nomad or Arlo Soho, you can't really go wrong with either, they both trendy.

Soho Grand

11 Howard

Beekman Hotel

and Gramercy Park Hotel for a more luxurious and chic stay.

 

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dine

Brunch

The Butcher’s Daughter - This spot is definitely a known spot but for a reason. I love the decor and delicious menu. My favorite location is Lafayette.

Freemans - If you can find it this spot is perfect for brunch before you start gallery hopping. Located very close to the New Museum and a bunch of other great galleries.

Eggshop - You've probably come across a picture on Instagram of their iconic white & black EGG SHOP sign, and while it's cute as ever, the food is out of this world! Be prepared to wait for a seat though, it's a tiny shop.

Epistrophy - Adorable gem in Nolita shopping area, they have everything you'd need to cure a hangover.

Broken Coconut - Who doesn't love a good smoothie bowl?

 

Lunch

Citizens of Chelsea  - Another popular spot that does not disappoint.

Jajaja Plantanas Mexico - Delicious mexican.

Le Turtle - Lunch on the weekends, dinner on the weekdays, Le Turtle's a great place to take a date.

 

Dinner

Shuka NYC - Amazing vibes, friendly staff, incredible food, inventive cocktails and all around good time at this hot spot restaurant in between Tribeca and Greenwich Village.

Gelso & Grand - This beautifully decorated italian restaurant in the heart of Little Italy serves pasta still in the pot...do I need to say any more?

Via Carota - Pasta, pasta and more pasta! There's really nothing else you'll need to order.

 

Cocktails

Peacock - This would also be a great place for dinner but I love coming here for drinks and delicious dessert.

Tinys - Such an adorable spot with a great cocktail list.

Sel Rose - Oysters and cocktails all day long!

 

Cafes

Maman NYC (any location) they all serve incredible pastries, cookies and sweets!

Little Cupcake Bakeshop - For mini red velvet cupcakes... or big ones!

Levian Upper West Side - always a big line of locals buying dozens of cookies for family/friends. I love grabbing a cookie and heading to Central Park to enjoy!

play

See a show! You’re in NYC so you must see at least one show. On broadway, off broadway who cares just see something good! I love waking up super early and getting in line for rush tickets or even standing room only tickets for very popular broadway productions. You can also buy online in advance if you feel like splurging or go to Times Square in the afternoon before the show to get discounted tickets.

Galleries & Museums - New York is full of art and not just at the large museums, which is are still wonderful to explore but finding smaller more niche galleries is a great way to spend an afternoon.

Our two favorite museums in NYC...

New York City Museum of Modern Art

Whitney Museum

Central Park - Of course you have to explore the park! I recommend renting bikes for an afternoon and strolling around!

Take heli tour through FlyNYON to get the best view of New York City at night!

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 shop

There are so many area's to shop in New York City. Upper East Side having the most luxurious shops, 5th Avenue & Soho as well. But with the trendy neighborhood, Nolita, being the spot to hang in New York City right now there's tons of adorable shops popping up.

The French brand Sezane has opened an apartment-meets-cafe-meets-retail shop and we are loving it! Immediately upon walking in you are greeted with coffee and some sweet treats! Relax on the sofa while your friends try clothes on, or admire the interior decor of this adorable shop.

For a similar concept store to Sezane, definitely pay a visit to the Apartment by the Line. At the very least for the Instagram, Barney's New York is beautiful!

We also paid a visit to a great mix of stores like Rachel Comey, Everlane and Allbirds.

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