Tuesday, September 30, 2008

New York, New York, It's a wonderful town

As most of you know, I am a recently transplanted New Yorker. My heart still yearns for the Big Apple. I have a friend who is taking a trip to the city for The New Yorker Festival (very cool) and she asked me to put together some ideas of things to do. It made me so homesick and nostalgic! I wanted to share with everyone, in no particular order, some of my favorite pieces of New York.

To Do

Pearl River (Chinese everything store...like an Asian Target?)

Frick collection

The Met (I prefer the Met over MOMA, but up to you)

New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre or Met Opera

Go through the Ralph Lauren mansion. Walk up and down Madison, window shopping.

Explore the flea market on 6th and 24th (weekend only).

Lion King (amaaaazing), Jersey boys, Wicked, or anything really on Broadway. If you're going to do tkts for the shows, go to the south street seaport location. it's so much less crowded

A photo in front of the Flatiron Building at 23rd Street & 5th Ave is fun, especially when standing in Madison Park on 23rd Street!

One of my favorite views of Central Park is standing on the 2nd floor of the Time Warner Building at Columbus Circle. Take the escalators to the 2nd floor and look out and see the southwest corner of Central Park and along the east corridor of Central Park South toward the Plaza Hotel.

Bethesda Fountain in Central Park
Riding the carousel in Central Park

Bergdorf Goodman—the window displays are always amazing

Browse through Tiffany's—especially the diamond engagement rings

Grand Central Terminal, a gorgeous main hall and just down the block from Bryant Park and The New York Public Library

ABC Carpet and Home—a great home store with an amazing chocolate store (see below). Go here at least for the hot chocolate.

To Eat
A toasted everything bagel with cream cheese and tomato (made at any deli with fresh bagels)

Jane Restaurant—brunch (French toast to DIE for!!)

Campy but superfun Ellen’s Stardust Diner where the waiters sing AND serve yummy comfort food

If you like Middle Eastern food, Mamoun's Falafel Restaurant in Greenwich Village is amazing. It kind of looks like a little hole in the wall but BEST falafels

Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge if you have the time. When you get to the other side, go to Grimaldi's Pizza (19 Old Fulton St - just under the bridge).

The hidden Burger Joint inside the fancy le Parker Meridian Hotel (their burgers are a bit spicy and deliciously affordable, order fries as well and a chocolate shake; a hole in the wall nyc version of in & out)

For Indian food, go to Baluchi’s (it’s a chain, but the best Indian in the city, there are several locations). Order the samosas to start, chicken tikka masala with nan bread and a mango lassi to drink.

Cupcakes—Magnolia Bakery. If you go to Magnolia, go on a weekday, NOT Saturday, because the tourists gets crazy there (it’s on the Sex and the City tour). Order vanilla cupcakes with pink icing. Walking around the West Village is really fun, so order your cupcakes and then wander around the neighborhood. (Although, I must say will all the polite modesty in the world, that my homemade cupcakes are even better.)

Sea Thai in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. (Delicious pad thai)

Michel Cluizel, chocolate shop in ABC - the Hot Chocolate is to die for!!

Pizza. My favorite little New York pizza place is on 14th Street and Irving Place (between 3rd and 4th Ave). So delicious. But really, all the New York pizza joints are really good.

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