Without a doubt, one of the things I get asked for most living in New York are my recommendations for things to do and places to eat and drink. I’ve been replying individually for the longest time, but like with any question I’m asked – I always think if one person wants to know something, someone else may be interested in it too.
I’ve done a few of my favourite posts in the past (my favourite things to do for free in New York, favourite coffee spots, favourite secret bars, favourite places for brunch), but I think the time has come to create one all inclusive post that covers everything! I also have some new places to add to those lists too.
There are so many things to do in New York, places to eat and drink but when you’re not from here, it can be hard to know where to go. So I hope this list will provide some inspiration and tips for some of you who plan on visiting in the future.
Here is a list of my absolute fav places and some places that are on my need to try list too. Let’s kick off with food…
My favourite food spots:
Brunch – FYI, there’ll probably be a wait!
The Smith – I absolutely love The Smith for brunch because they have a huge menu. Sometimes brunch menus can be kinda small, so I find this amazing. I find super handy when I have visitors in town, because you’re guaranteed that they’ll have something to keep everyone happy. In fact, I’ve brought most of my recent visitors to one of their locations (there’s 4 in Manhattan – Midtown East, Lincoln Center, Nomad and The East Village). It won’t disappoint.
Cafe Mogador – Williamsburg (where you’ll find this place – there’s also one in St. Mark’s place in Manhattan) has the best brunch spots! The food is amazing and the brunch at Cafe Magador is honestly one of the best brunches I’ve had. The views of Manhattan from Williamsburg are pretty unreal too.
Location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn at 133 Wythe Avenue between N 8th and N 7th streets.
For Boozy Brunch
Where you pay a set price and get endless drinks for 2 hours. Advance warning – you will not stop drink after the 2 hours!!
So I haven’t done many, but here are the one’s I’d recommend:
FYI – All the dinner and brunch places above are good for lunch too.
Le Pain Quotidien – A place you will probably see a lot throughout the city. The food is fab. I’d recommend it for like breakfast or lunch and they have great options for every type of diet. If you are looking for something slightly sweeter, go with the breads and spreads! SO GOOD!
Locations: See here
On my list: By Chloe.
Happy Hour and Drinks
Who doesn’t love a good happy hour?
Word of warning – Rooftop bars are not cheap! Don’t expect much change out of $20 for one drink. But they are definitely worth it for the experience.