Honeymoon in New York... calling New Yorkers...

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We're coming to New York next month for 6 nights. We fly in on Monday 20th and leave the following Sunday evening.

It's a while since I've been (5 years maybe), and the missus has never been, so we're both really excited about it.

I'm wondering what you locals can recommend we must see or do, places we must eat or drink, areas that are great to hang out in these days, not just in Manhattan, anywhere we can get to easily on the Subway, anywhere to get a real taste of New York and take some great photos.

I'm building a list of bars and restaurants I want to see/drink/eat in as that's what I design for a living over here and there's a lot of NY influence here right now, but you can't beat some hot off the press local knowledge. :D

For an idea of us to help your recommendations... We're mid-late 30's, we're designers not corporate high fliers, we're not 'fancy', we're up for getting dressed up to go out, but happy hanging out and relaxing in jeans and sneakers.

Any L4P cars & drinks meets happening while we're in town?

What do we need to know guys? :D
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Thanks guys.

Nobu's not really my bag as far the food goes, I'm not a big japanese fan

Minetta Tavern looks great though.. Schillers, Pastis and Balthazar are on my list already. I like Keith McNally's restaurants looks. That style's getting popular here.
Kesté too, gotta have some NY Pizza!

Want to check out La Esquina too.

What about bars?
I know the guy behind Milk & Honey, White Star & Dutch Kills, so we'll hopefully hook up with him while we're there and get the lowdown.

Going to pay a visit to the High Line park and stop by The Standard. What else is good in the Meat Packing District?

Hopefully staying down Greenwich Village way.
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Thanks, we'll definitely be heading over to Brooklyn.

Just booked the hotel.. staying in Chelsea :)
Good recomendations so far guys...... L&B Spumoni Gardens, Balthazar & Minetta Tavern are all in Eater NY's Essential 38 NY Restaurants

Any opinions on any of the others in that list?
What about more bars?

Nightclubs? Gotta go clubbing one night while we're there!

edit, oops, that was meant to be an edit of the previous post
Thanks PJ!

I love Asian food in general, just not Japanese, or more specifically Sushi, which over here at least is what Nobu is famous for.
Thanks Delco, sounds good.
Chelsea Market looks great, thanks!
For street meat, I prefer the carne asada from here...
Yum! :D
Two days til the wedding!

Any more recommendations guys?

Anyone want to hang out one evening and show us around?

It was awesome. We had an amazing time thanks. It was all over far too quickly though, it absolutely flew by. The weather was fantastic.. mid to high 80's pretty much every day we were there. Perfect weather for walking all over Manhattan all day every day!

We explored everywhere from the tip of Manhattan all the way up to ~90th Street and the Guggenheim/Museum of Natural History, I found a great guide book that told the history of New York and had walking tours based on different eras in the development, so we got off the regular tourist trail and saw more of the New York that we really wanted to see. We explored a different area each day which made being based on 29th street absolutely perfect. Still did some touristy things.. went up to the Top of The Rock, walked through Times Square (and kept walking!), paid our respects at Ground Zero, didn't take a carriage ride through Central Park though, didn't bother with going over to the Statue of Liberty, we preferred to see the things that really interested us rather than tick boxes.

We had dinners at The Breslin, La Esquina, Cafe Select, The Antique Garage and Kesté Pizzeria. Stopped by a whole load of other places for drinks and looked in loads of places I wanted to see and that we'll try to eat at when we go back, there are simply too many bars and restaurants I wanted to see!

The missus absolutely loved New York, she's dying to go back asap! Wants to hang out some more in The West Village and Meatpacking District rather than trying to see everything in one trip again.

Walked over the Brooklyn bridge and had a wander around Dumbo one afternoon, went back over there on the Saturday for the Dumbo Art Festival. Really want to see more of Brooklyn and Williamsburg.

Enjoyed every minute of it, we had to drag ourselves out of the Meatpacking District to get to the airport on the Sunday. Sad to leave, and can't wait to get back there.

Thanks to all of you for your input into this thread, I'll be coming back to it before the next trip. :D

The wedding day was awesome too and the wife looked amazing!! :D
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