New York City Musts

I loved NYC before Sex & the City and well before Gossip Girl. My love for the city started in middle school. I was exceptionally lucky to visit my father’s dear friend and surrogate uncle there once or twice a year. I did all of my school clothes shopping in the city and even spent the 1999 New Years Eve in Times Square with my family and best friend. New York is a city like no other. If you visit, I highly recommend the following:

Some of my most favorite places to eat are:

  • Russ and Daughters (179 E Houston St  New York, NY 10002) THE place to get bagels and lox.
    Russ & Daughters NYC Russ & Daughters
  • Gray’s Papaya for a hot dog (2090 Broadway New York) There are TONS of locations and all of them are good.
    Gray's Papaya
  • Another NYC institution is the famous Katz’s Delicatessen on East Houston Street.

    Katz's Delicatessen pastrami

  • One of my most favorite places to eat in the entire city is Union Square Cafe. It where I first had tuna tartare and beef carpaccio. Amazing!
  • The Jordan Lobster Farms (1 Pettit Pl, Island Park, NY 11558) in Island Park is really good
    Jordan Lobster Farm
    Jordan Lobster Farm Menu

There are often other places I love like Prosperity Dumplings (now closed) and Izakaya Ten (also now closed), but like lots of great things in NYC change happens. I always like finding new places every time we visit.

Places to see/visit

  • The High Line (West 29th Street near 10th Ave)  This is getting more and more built up and it’s amazing. I had some of the best street popsicles I’ve ever had there.
    NYC The High Line
  • Museum of Natural History (81st Street and Central Park West)
  • The NYC Public Library. I’m a sucker for Old Winnie the Pooh and the originals are there!
    NYC Public Library Winnie the Pooh Originals NYC Public Library Winnie the Pooh
  • No trip to NYC is complete without a walk through Times Square (it’s super overwhelming regardless of time or day)
  • The Post Office by Penn Station is a great place to sit and people watch for a bit.
  • The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is a lot of fun and worth the price of admission. (J and I trade museums. I like art and history and he likes military and history so it works out = )
  • Of course the Shopping in SOHO is amazing.
If you’re looking for a day trip, I cannot recommend Fire Island enough. It was pretty heavily damaged by Hurricane Sandy, but they’ve done a lot of rebuilding. It’s one of my favorite places in the continental United States. While there the fish tacos at Castaway are really good. There’s a pasta place Dinner at Michael’s Ristorante & Pizzeria which has delicious Spaghetti Militare.
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Have fun!
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