New York City Guide

TRANSPORTATION

Uber
If you’re not about the subway, then I definitely suggest you download the Uber app! The prices are the same as yellow cabs and you can get one to pick you up wherever you are within minutes. It’s so convenient because you can save your payment info in the app. I take Uber evverrryyyywhere. Here’s a link to get your first ride free!

RESTAURANTS BY AREA | EAST SIDE
As of February 2015, Nick and I are new residents of the east side of Manhattan! These are some of our favorite new places we’ve discovered since moving to our new neighborhood.

Assellina
Italian restaurant located within the Gansevoort Park Avenue hotel. Food is great and it’s the perfect place for a chic date night or if you’re looking to impress out-of-town friends. It’s right off the 6 so the location is convenient to meet a friend for a drink after work in the bar area. Don’t be surprised if you spot a celebrity who is staying at the hotel.
Best for: Date night, Groups

Sarabeth’s Park Avenue
Sarabeth’s is a New York institution! There are a bunch of location scattered throughout the city, but we already go to the Park Avenue location because it’s close to our apartment. The bloody mary is awesome!
Best for: Brunch

Whitman & Bloom
This is a new restaurant we found in our neighborhood. Fare is classic American with an upscale twist and the prices are very reasonable for Manhattan. Any time we are with a group we come here because you can get much more bang for your buck.
Best for: Dinner, Groups

Almond
French restaurant located right below Madison Square Park in the Flatiron District. It’s on the pricier side, but the food is well worth the cost. There is a beautiful outdoor front seating area.
Best for: Date Night, Dinner

Pink’s Bar & Grill
This is a bar I just discovered in the East Village. The vibe is very divey and grungy but I love it. They only play classic rock and punk – some night there’s even live music! There are great drink deals (if you check in on Yelp you get a free shot) and the food is actually really good. I suggest ordering the crispy nitro shrimp – delicious.
Best for: Drinking, Happy Hour

Shake Shack
It’s no secret on my Instagram how much I love Shack Shake. There are a few locations all over the city, but I frequent the Madison Square Park and 3rd Avenue locations. Literally the best cheeseburger, cheese friends and milk shakes I’ve ever had.
Best for: Burgers

ABC Kitchen
I’ve only been here for brunch but it’s one of the best I’ve ever had. The food is impeccable and the service on point, as expected from any Jean George-backed restaurant. Prices are expensive so it’s the type of place you come for a celebration or special occasion. Make sure you order the salted caramel popcorn ice-cream sundae! (Yes I got that at brunch)
Best for: Brunch, Special Occasion

B Bar & Grille
This is another great place to come with a group of friends. Fare is classic American with pizzas, burgers, etc. The prices are super reasonable and later in the night the restaurant transforms more into a bar (there are 3 within the restaurant). There’s also a retractable roof over a portion of the restaurant so when the weather is nice you feel like you’re outside.
Best for: Dinner with Groups, Drinking

Prune
If you love bloody marys then you need to go to Prune. They have a menu of just bloodys! Sounds like heaven right? Make sure you get the Dutch pancake if you love sweet brunch food. The restaurant is super tiny with just a few tables so be prepared for a possible wait!
Best for: Brunch

Rosie’s
This is the place to go for upscale Mexican in Manhattan. Nick and I recently discovered Rosie’s and it’s one of our new favorites. It’s on a really fun corner in the East Village and when the weather is nice all the walls retract so no matter where you sit you feel like you’re outdoors. Oh and the food and drinks are really, really good too.
Best for: Dinner

RESTAURANTS BY AREA  | WEST SIDE

Mermaid Oyster Bar
This is my favorite seafood restaurant in Manhattan! They have a few locations but we always go to the one in Greenwich Village. There is a daily happy hour with great appetizer and cocktail deals. The menu changes by season too. We love the lobster roll, calamari and of course: the oysters.
Best for: Dinner, Happy Hour

Hundred Acres
This is a great farm-to-table restaurant on a tree-lined street in Greenwich Village. The menu changes all the time and everything is fresh! The brunch drinks are lovely.
Best for: Brunch

Cookshop
Me and all my blogger pals love Cookshop! The restaurant has a lot of space and great sidewalk patio with outdoor seating. The menu is farm-to-table and the service is perfect. I’ve never had a bad meal there!
Best for: Brunch, Dinner

Jeffrey’s Grocery
This place is located on the cutest West Village corner. Seriously, I’d go just for a photo-opp. They specialize in seafood and brunch – so yummy!
Best for: Brunch

Jack’s Wife Freda
I’m sure you’ve seen a photo from a meal at Jack’s Wife Freda pop across your Instagram feed at some point. It’s a very popular restaurant on social media and for good reason! The brunch menu has your standard fare but with a Middle Eastern/Greek twist. I highlllllyyyy suggest the duck bacon, orange blossom pancakes, French fries with green shakshuka sauce and the nana tea.
Best for: Brunch

Rosemary’s
This is an other Instagram-worthy West Village restaurant. The décor is very and fare is very rustic Italian. If you’re going for brunch get the eggs benedict and for dinner you can’t go wrong with one of the pastas.
Best for: Brunch, Dinner

Aria
If you love wine, cheese and Italian food then Aria is a must! Nick and I have enjoyed many a candlelit date night here over a bottle of wine. The menu is comprised of yummy appetizer-sized dishes including oysters, pastas, burrata and bruscetta. It’s a very romantic restaurant however I’ve totally come here with a group of girlfriends. Just be prepared to possibly wait – they don’t take reservations.
Best for: Dinner, Date Night

Catch
Looking for a fun night out in the Meatpacking District? Then you need to go to Catch. It’s one of those celeb hotspots right across the street from the Gansevoort Hotel. There’s a restaurant that serves a mix of seafood and sushi and then on the top floor there’s a nightclub. What sets Catch apart from other similar restaurants? The food is actually really, really good. I still daydream about the sushi and I normally don’t even like sushi. It is on the pricier side (it is Meatpacking after all) so be prepared to spend.
Best for: Going Out, Groups

ATTRACTIONS

The Highline
This is a west-side must do. The Highline is train-track turned elevated walking path running from Hell’s Kitchen down to the West Village. It’s completely free and there’s no shortage of photo worthy moments. Just be prepared for crowds as it is a tourist destination.

Chelsea Market
Located right on the border of Chelsea and the Meatpacking District, the Chelsea Market is filled with artisan shops and upscale food stalls and restaurants. The Anthropologie store in it is one of the best locations in the city. It’s just a really funny place to walk around and browse.

Citi Bikes
When I lived in the West Village I was constantly riding the Citi bikes. It’s a perfect way to get around the city without spending a ton of money. You can rent one for the day, week or even get a yearly membership. It’s also fun to just do as an outdoor activity.

Washington Square Park
We used to always visit Washington Square Park when we lived downtown. The arch is the perfect spot to take photos and there are always live performers. It’s so pretty in the spring when the flowers are blooming and then in the summer it’s a great place to lay out on the grass.

Central Park
This really doesn’t need an explanation. My favorite places in Central Park are the boat pond, lake and great lawn. It’s such a photogenic New York landmark. I suggest spending an afternoon people-watching over a picnic and bottle of champagne.

Upper West Side & Museum of Natural History
My first month in the city was spent living in a subletted Upper West Side apartment right near the Museum of Natural History. It’s one of the cleanest, quietest and safest neighborhoods in the city. Everywhere you go you’ll see lots of little kids and people walking their dogs. It’s kind of amazing. There’s no shortage of delicious restaurants, shopping and then of course the museum.

Smorgasburg
I don’t venture over to Brooklyn often, but Smorgasburg is totally worth the trek. It’s basically an outdoor food fair with tons of vendors and stalls. We did a food crawl one weekend and it was by fair one of my favorite days ever since moving to the city. I recommend Ramen Burger, Red Hook Lobster Pound, goataco and Dough.

Shopping in Soho
If you can brave the crowds, I definitely recommend you check out Soho for some shopping. The Topshop on Broadway is amazing and Mercer, Wooster and Prince streets have no shortage of great stores and restaurants. I suggest blocking off an entire morning or afternoon to wander around!