I need your New York recommendations

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I’m off to the Big Apple on May 19. Hubby has a conference going on and we’ll also be spending a lot of time with my sister, brother-in-law and our adorable little niece who is 8 months old.

We’re staying here. My sister lives in Tribeca. I’m perfectly happy taking the subway anywhere though, even other boroughs. 

What I need from all of you is recommendations on great restaurants, bars, parks, museums, stores, etc.

I’ve been to New York before and done most of the touristy stuff. I’m looking for things off the beaten path. That said, if there’s something really cool going on at a touristy spot, I’d consider checking it out.

Please help me out by posting your suggestions in the comments. I’ll be more than happy to return the favor when one of you visits Chicago.

4 Comments

  1. Anonymous May 14, 2010

    Anna – I am a New Yorker; lived in the Village for 20 years.

    Restaurants – W. Village: Little Owl (Continental), I Sodi (Italian), White Horse Tavern (burger)

    Hell’s Kitchen – Middle Eastern, Taboon

    Fun lunch spots/shops – Chelsea Market – 9th Avenue

    Great views – High Line NYC (definite)

    Art – DIA chelsea, NY Dirt Room – Soho.

  2. Anonymous May 14, 2010

    You should check out Roosevelt Island! :)

  3. Anonymous May 15, 2010

    I ditto Roosevelt Island. Also, the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, if you want to venture to the outer boroughs. For museums, I love the Frick Collection, which is set in a European-style mansion. It’s an exquisite jewel of a place. Since you’re staying in midtown, for restaurants I recommend Cafe Un Deux Trois — also good for after a Broadway show.

  4. Anonymous May 16, 2010

    Explore the East Village and Lower East Side. Maybe find a good walking tour of these hoods? Great people watching, culture, and quirk you just won’t find anywhere else. Some faves in this area include:

    * Tompkins Square Park. Get a latte (best I’ve ever had) at 9th Street Espresso (actually on 10th b/w Ave A & B) & sit in the park and people watch. Also a great dog run if you like to dog-watch :)

    * Life Cafe (featured in Rent) is right at 10th and B – food is good, not great, but worth going if you like Rent and want a slice of East Village life. $14.95 brunch on weekends includes hearty food portion, mimosa or bloody + coffee or tea.

    * Walk on side streets between 10th and 2nd, between 1st Ave and Ave A or B…quirky little boutiques, cafes, just good to soak in.

    * I adore Barbone on Ave B btwn 11 & 12 for Italian food/wine. Small little neighborhood place w/ great service.

    * The Tenement Museum in the LES is excellent – you explore actual tenement bldgs and learn the specific life stories of people who lived there

    * Sugar Sweet Sunshine bakery in LES for cupcakes & styrofoam cups of amazing pudding. :)

    Also:
    -Food: John’s Pizzeria on Bleecker St in W Village, a MUST.

    -Soho has beautifully designed window displays, gorgeous architecture — just great eye candy. Start around Spring St and Prince St (subway stop) and wander/explore. If you’re in the area and want to rest a bit, check out Ground Support at West Broadway and Spring – very chill coffee house w/ great coffee or tea & tasty sandwiches, snacks

    -Agree that Chelsea Market + High Line is a fun outing. We were there the other day and got really yummy (pricey, “artisanal,” but yummy) cocktails at the bar at the Standard Grill nearby (Washington b/w 12 and 13)

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