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 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.
Certainly my pleasure. Make sure you go to Joe's Shanghai - those soup dumplings are truly ethereal.

Balthazar has an epic fruits de mer offering and of course their on-site bakery is great.

I would also suggest you visit Chelsea Market, there are a number of different restaurants and shops that have all sorts of good stuff.

Ronnybrook Dairt in particular has some outrageously good milk and ice cream if that floats your boat.


Chelsea Market looks great, thanks!
A couple more things worth seeing...

Union Square Greenmarket | GrowNYC

South Street Seaport - Premier Shopping, Dining, Entertainment in Manhattan, New York

Charming locale...

Stone Street Tavern

Good ice cream...

Chinatown Ice Cream Factory

I'd be curious what you thought of these chip shops...

Pommes Frites Inc./Menu

A Salt & Battery Home

Very good hot chocolate (in small doses):

Jacques Torres Chocolate

And of course the constant battle of the "original" pizza...

Grimaldi's Pizzeria

Lombardi's Pizza

John's Pizzeria

I've had all three and Keste eclipses them all, in my humble opinion.


The wife may or may not have seen this movie - they had a few health violations a while back, but the frozen hot chocolate is famous and actually pretty good...


These waffles are pretty outrageous if you can find the truck.

Wafels & Dinges

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i think everyone had everything covered, though i didnt see anyone mention a late night eating @ the chicken and rice halal cart on 53rd and 6th (or was it 56th and 3rd?). i always make it a routine to eat at that cart whenever im in town. i love walking around soho and central park. museum of modern art is always a good stop as well.
That cart on 53rd and 6th is pretty good, but the line can be frustrating.

53rd & 6th | are you living the lifestyle? //

For street meat, I prefer the carne asada from here...

And if falafel is your game, this is all you'll need...

:: Mamouns Falafel Restaurant ::

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For street meat, I prefer the carne asada from here...
Yum! :D
The carts are on the corner of Wooster and Prince and Crosby and Broome.
Two days til the wedding!

Any more recommendations guys?

Anyone want to hang out one evening and show us around?
If you head into Brooklyn, definitely Spumoni's Pizza, Mesa Coyocan is a good mexican joint in Williamsburg, Motorino's for brick oven pizza, River Cafe (under the Brooklyn Bridge) if you're looking for a fancy night out.
As far as the city, there is a nice Asian restaurant on the 40th floor on Columbus circle with views of Central Park, I believe it was part of the Mandarin Hotel, I remember there was a nice bar with stadium seating facing the all glass walls down at Columbus circle/central park. Hit up K-town, there is a really good chicken wing place on the corner of 5th and 32nd. Def try to catch a Yankee game, the new stadium is awesome.
Oh, and shake shack burgers are good.
Stop by and have one of the best burgers and p soup in new york!!!!
The Famous Cozy Soup 'n' Burger

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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