TIP: Our NYC Recs

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This list is for our friends & family visiting New York City who ask for recommendations on where to go & what to do!

First, check our New York City calendar to find out about any events during your visit!

Make sure you book your restaurant reservations in advance. Check their sites or OpenTable.com for bookings. Also, check if it's Restaurant Week during your visit (Three-course prix-fixe dining, featuring $25 lunches and $38 dinners at over 340 of the City’s finest restaurants).



BARS/COCKTAILS

Most of the restaurants listed below have bars. Also visit our List of NYC Rooftops and our list of Hidden Restaurants, Bars & Speakeasies.

RESTAURANTS

Lunch/Dinner


Vandal
Globally inspired street eats & cocktails in a splashy space with a lower-level lounge & DJs.

Tao Downtown
This enormous, clublike Pan-Asian eatery is known for a huge Buddha centerpiece & a trendy crowd.

STK Downtown
A chic clientele samples steak & scenery in this sleek Meatpacking District setup with a roof deck. (There's also an STK Midtown)

Buddakan
Huge, lavishly decorated restaurant offering a menu of Asian dishes & cocktails.

Stanton Social Eclectic gourmet small plates, high-end cocktails & music in a chic, upscale, 3-level space.

Beauty & Essex
Happening restaurant/lounge hidden behind a pawn shop, with American food & upscale cocktails. Included on our list of Hidden Restaurants, Bars & Speakeasies.

Catch
Slick, bi-level space known for celebrity sightings, creative seafood-focused food & a rooftop.

Eataly
Very popular - large Italian marketplace/food hall in Flatiron. 


Dos Caminos
Authentic Mexican dishes and amazing margaritas! Several locations.

Bodega Negra
Stylish, dark haunt with a clubby vibe serving Mexican fare in the Dream Downtown hotel.

Carbone
High-end takes on red-sauce fare await at this A-lister Italian restaurant in a retro-glam space.

La Esquina
Sceney Mexican spot with no-frills taqueria, cafe & exclusive basement brasserie/tequila bar. Included on our list of Hidden Restaurants, Bars & Speakeasies.

Cosme
Mexican share plates made with local ingredients & tequila & mezcal in sleek digs with a big bar.

Indian Accent
High-end Indian restaurant in Le Parker Meridien offering creative prix fixe menus & wine pairings.

Junoon
Michelin-starred sophisticated Indian fare & a notable wine selection in an elegant, ornate space.

Locanda Verde
TriBeCa hot spot showcasing rustic Italian cuisine in a lively atmosphere.

Robert @ MAD
New American fare & city views in an arty space on the top-floor of the Museum of Arts & Design.

Morimoto
Sleek, spaceshiplike restaurant & lounge serving Masaharu Morimoto's pricey Japanese cuisine.

Per Se
Chef Thomas Keller's New American restaurant offers luxe fixed-price menus, with Central Park views. *pricey

Le Bernardin
Elite French restaurant offers chef Eric Ripert's refined seafood, expert service & luxurious decor. *pricey

Eleven Madison Park
Upscale American tasting menus from chef Daniel Humm served in a high-ceilinged art deco space. (Closing temporarily for renovations) *pricey

The Clocktower
Michelin-starred high-end American fare in a posh, clubby setting with dining rooms & a lounge with a pool table.

Shake Shack
Modern day version of a roadside burger stand serving delicious burgers, chicken, hot dogs, shakes, frozen custard, beer, wine & more.

Momosan Ramen & Sake (by Morimoto)
Drop in for a lunch set, or feast on appetizers and noodles for dinner

Fred's at Barneys
Upscale cafe chain in Barneys department store for refined Italian-American plates & salads.

BG Restaurant
Bergdorf Goodman's 7th-floor cafe offers salads & sandwiches, afternoon tea & Central Park views.

The Todd English Food Hall
This expansive hotel eatery has 9 food stations preparing eclectic eats, from sushi to pizza. Located under The Plaza Hotel.

Pig & Khao
Filipino-Thai-accented SE Asian fare & specialty drinks served in modern, stylish digs with a patio.


Gramercy Tavern
Michelin-starred New American.

Carnegie Deli
Iconic delicatessen
closed

Katz's Deli
Legendary pastrami, corned beef & Jewish deli classics.

Brunch

Isabella's
Bustling Mediterranean-American bistro popular for its weekend brunch & sidewalk cafe. (No reservations during brunch hours)

Sarabeth's Posh chain serving American fare, including brunch & dessert. Some offer dinner & cocktails.

Cafeteria
A swanky take on a diner attracting people-watchers all day & post-clubbers late nights.

Maialino
Classic Roman-Italian soul food in an a casual but elegant setting.


Norma's at Le Parker Meridian
Breakfast & brunch are specialities at this high-end restaurant inside Le Parker Meridian Hotel.

Party Brunches

Bagatelle
Fine French bistro known for a lively brunch scene, with an opulent space accented by graffiti art.

Lavo
Upscale, industrial-chic Italian eatery with a downstairs nightclub featuring DJs & bottle service.

Snacks/Tea


Cookie DŌ NYC
Cookie Dough ice cream - the latest NYC trend.

Black and White Cookie
The cookie made even more famous by Seinfeld Episode 77. A black-and-white cookie, or half-and-half cookie, is a soft, sponge-cake-like shortbread which is iced on one half with vanilla fondant, and on the other half by chocolate fondant. Find it in any deli or bakery.

NYC Pizza
All over NYC

NYC Hot Dogs
All over NYC

Magnolia's Cupcakes
Made famous by SATC

Baked by Melissa
Bite sized cupcakes

Cupcake ATM (Sprinkles)
A cupcake ATM on 780 Lexington Avenue

Domenique Ansel Bakery
Home of the Cronut. Also try the cookie shot.

Serendipity 
Made famous by the movie. The popular item is the frozen hot chocolate.

Dylan's Candy Bar
Ralph Lauren's daughter, Dylan, created what claims to be the largest candy store in the world.

Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer 
Their milkshakes were a recent NYC craze.

Asiate in Mandarin Oriental Hotel
Nice views of the park. I would go here for tea. You can also go for lunch/dinner.

Lady Mendl's Tea Salon
Whimsical tea salon on a brownstone.

Ladurée
Tea salon & garden. Macarons

Milk Bar
Award-winning bakery from chef & owner Christina Tosi.


Sugar Factory (Meatpacking or Upper West Side)
With locations in some of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities, including Las Vegas, New York City, Bahrain, Chicago, Miami and Orlando, Sugar Factory is known the world over for its celebrity-endorsed Couture Pops, which have turned sweets into the latest designer accessory. Iconic superstars including Kylie Jenner, Kendall Jenner, Britney Spears, Drake, Nicole Scherzinger, Kim Kardashian, Eva Longoria and Rupert Grint are just a few of the celebrities who have either endorsed or have been spotted with the sparkly lollipops. Sugar Factory’s loyal celebrity following has received widespread media attention from People Magazine, the Daily Mail, US Weekly, Entertainment Tonight, Extra and more.

The food at Sugar Factory American Brasserie is a treat for all, offering guests a one-of-a-kind dining experience, serving decadent and tasty fare to satisfy any craving. Created by a team of world-class chefs, the signature menu offers everything from pancakes and sweet and savory crepes to salads, burgers and pizzas, all available throughout the day. Sugar Factory also offers spiked adult beverages made with premium spirits, including Sugar Factory’s signature 36-ounce alcohol-infused smoking candy goblets, all of which are available without alcohol for the kids.


SIGHTSEEING

One World Observatory
Statue of Liberty
Empire State Building
Broadway
Metropolitan Museum of Art (There is a Met Gala Exhibition every May - September)
Guggenheim
Central Park
Top of the Rock
The Highline
Grand Central

Catch a Broadway show (Hamilton or check our list of openings)


FAMILY FRIENDLY

Dylan's Candy (above)
Alice's Tea Cup (above)

Sugar Factory (above)
M&M Store
Hershey's Store
American Doll

Central Park Zoo
American Museum of Natural History
NY Botanical Garden

Broadway Shows (Wicked, Hamilton)


SHOPPING

Chelsea Market
Food Hall & Shopping Mall in Meatpacking District

The Shops at Colombus Circle

Greenwich Village


Century 21

Inexpensive stores you may not have at home:

Banana Republic
Abercrombie & Fitch
J.Crew
Uniqlo
TopShop

American Apparel
Urban Outfitters
Zara

H&M
Ricky's

LuluLemon

Department Stores

Bloomingdales
Saks Fifth Avenue
Bergdorf Goodman
Macy's

Lord & Taylor
Barney's
Henri Bendel
The Apple Store

Tiffany & Co.


PRIVATE/MEMBERS ONLY CLUBS

Parlor
Norwood
The Soho House



HOTELS


The Soho House
Booking a room here will give you access to the Members Only spaces/restaurants.

Dream Downtown
The Standard Hotel
The W Hotel


ROOFTOP POOLS

Soho House (see above)
Beach at Dream Downtown ($65 day pass, M-F 11AM-5PM)
La Piscine at Hotel Americano ($40 day pass, 9AM-5PM)
Le Parker Meridian ($150 day pass)
Mr. Purple (day pass available)
Hotels you can book that will grant you access to their pool: Hotel Gansevoort, The James Hotel, Soho House, Mr. Purple, Hotel Americano, Le Parker Meridian 


BLOWOUTS/HAIR


Drybar
DreamDry


MAKE-UP

Blushington
Sephora

*Hair/Make-up that Travel to You
Priv
Glam Squad