A Little Challenge…What Do You Love in New York City?

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Blossoms and Chrysler Building 1I’m heading to New York City at the end of the month and I’m actually probably as thrilled to head to NYC as I am to the more exotic locales in Central America that I’ll visit in February.

I’ve been to NYC a grand total of once – for the three days surrounding my 18th birthday. And while I jam-packed in a Broadway show and a handful of the most popular sites…I’ve never really seen the city.

Which begs the question:

What’s your favorite place in New York City?

I’ll be staying with a friend for the week and he will certainly show me his favorite haunts. And yes, I realize there are hundreds of NYC-musts lists, but I’d really like to know your favorite spots.

Oh! And to make this more challenging, you only get one answer per question!

So, what’s your favorite:

  1. Ethnic/vegetarian restaurant (I’ve been craving great Indian in particular!)
  2. Spot to relax (be specific so I can find it!)
  3. Place for nightlife (pubs, clubs, and bars – I like a variety)
  4. Traditional “must” visit place
  5. Hidden gem (the secret spot you take all your visitors when they come visit!)

Leave your feedback and tips in the comments below and I’ll collect up the recommendations over the next couple of weeks, try them out once I get to NYC, and let you know how I fair!

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40 thoughts on “A Little Challenge…What Do You Love in New York City?”

  1. Oh man, that sounds excellent! Thank you so much for the tip Beth, I was
    really hoping someone would recommend some great Indian food in the city. I
    appreciate you taking the time to share your insider knowledge and look
    forward to trying out these places. :-)

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  2. I'm sure you have a ton of ideas – but as a native New Yorker I thought I MUST reply to this. Great vegetarian thai/indian — Pukk on 1st avenue and 7th street. Also amazing Indian is Agra, on 61st and Lexington. Must see spot: Chelsea Market, 15th and 10th avenue. Also, try the new HIghline park in the meatpacking district. Fabulousness.

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    • Oh man, that sounds excellent! Thank you so much for the tip Beth, I was
      really hoping someone would recommend some great Indian food in the city. I
      appreciate you taking the time to share your insider knowledge and look
      forward to trying out these places. :-)

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  3. I'm sure you have a ton of ideas – but as a native New Yorker I thought I MUST reply to this. Great vegetarian thai/indian — Pukk on 1st avenue and 7th street. Also amazing Indian is Agra, on 61st and Lexington. Must see spot: Chelsea Market, 15th and 10th avenue. Also, try the new HIghline park in the meatpacking district. Fabulousness.

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  4. Consider that advice taken – if you go there habitually then that's the
    place I want to viist (plus I am *all* about creamy tomato soup :-) sounds
    yummy!

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  5. As far as hidden gem, I don't know how hidden it is, as it's quite a popular spot. the first place I go when I arrive after taking a red eye is to get brunch at Sarabeth's. Love their creamy tomato soup and muffins… craving it right now, in fact.

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    • Consider that advice taken – if you go there habitually then that's the
      place I want to viist (plus I am *all* about creamy tomato soup :-) sounds
      yummy!

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  6. As far as hidden gem, I don't know how hidden it is, as it's quite a popular spot. the first place I go when I arrive after taking a red eye is to get brunch at Sarabeth's. Love their creamy tomato soup and muffins… craving it right now, in fact.

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  7. Thanks for these tips Adam! With both you and Steph both recommended The
    Strand, it is a must-stop for me…I really love bookstores so I'm psyched.
    Crif's Dogs sounds pretty unique – as a vegetarian I'll opt-out for me, but
    I'll make sure to include it in my round-up post so others can give it a
    try! :-)

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  8. With two votes for the Strand I am definitely going for a visit – it sounds
    amazing and I'm a book addict too – so I am all over it! :-) Thanks Steph!

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  9. Thanks for these tips Isa – I definitely look forward to taking some of the
    tips in your guide – and the bread restaurant sounds completely lovely –
    will have to do for breakfast one of the days! :-)

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  10. I agree with Steph. The Strand is a really impressive bookstore. Also, if you like art/museums, there's certainly plenty to choose from in NYC.

    You should check out Crif's Dogs on St. Mark's Place (in the lower east side) if you enjoy bacon-wrapped hot dogs (who doesn't, really?). There's a speakeasy bar hidden behind the phone booth in the corner, which I've heard good things about!

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    • Thanks for these tips Adam! With both you and Steph both recommended The
      Strand, it is a must-stop for me…I really love bookstores so I'm psyched.
      Crif's Dogs sounds pretty unique – as a vegetarian I'll opt-out for me, but
      I'll make sure to include it in my round-up post so others can give it a
      try! :-)

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  11. I agree with Steph. The Strand is a really impressive bookstore. Also, if you like art/museums, there's certainly plenty to choose from in NYC.

    You should check out Crif's Dogs on St. Mark's Place (in the lower east side) if you enjoy bacon-wrapped hot dogs (who doesn't, really?). There's a speakeasy bar hidden behind the phone booth in the corner, which I've heard good things about!

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    • Thank you so much for these tips! I will definitely check out Washington
      Square Park – and the Blues Club! I appreciate you leaving these tips and
      I'll be doing a followup of the places I try out – that Indian restaurant
      sounds fantastic! Cheers and thanks :-)

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  12. I'm no New York expert but my favorite must do in the city is a visit to the Strand book store in Greenwich Village. The place is absolutely huge and crammed full of used and discounted books. Perfect for an addict like me.

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    • With two votes for the Strand I am definitely going for a visit – it sounds
      amazing and I'm a book addict too – so I am all over it! :-) Thanks Steph!

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  13. If you want to have a nice view over the city, I would suggest going to Top of the Rock, instead of the Empire State Building. For the reason, if you`re on the Top you can see Central Park AND Empire SB too :) I have more tips in my NY Guide:

    As well as some eating places I checked out while I was there a few weeks ago: . I`m a sweet tooth, so there are a few dessert places on there ;-)

    You`ll have so much fun! NY is great!!

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    • Thanks for these tips Isa – I definitely look forward to taking some of the
      tips in your guide – and the bread restaurant sounds completely lovely –
      will have to do for breakfast one of the days! :-)

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  14. If you want to have a nice view over the city, I would suggest going to Top of the Rock, instead of the Empire State Building. For the reason, if you`re on the Top you can see Central Park AND Empire SB too :) I have more tips in my NY Guide:

    As well as some eating places I checked out while I was there a few weeks ago: . I`m a sweet tooth, so there are a few dessert places on there ;-)

    You`ll have so much fun! NY is great!!

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  15. I really enjoyed BB King's Blues Club. I'm a big fan of live music, especially blues. Washington Square Park used to have a great vibe; it's a park in Greenwich Village where everyone hangs out on summer days; I haven't been there in many years, but I was thinking of checking it out again if I have time at TBEX. It's not like Central Park, it's more like a plaza. Lots of cement, a fountain, a huge arch.
    Central Park is great. You must visit Times Square at night, if only because it's so over-the-top.
    I definitely want to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge.
    The Bay Leaf (Indian restaurant) has many vegetarian options. It was a little too spicey for me (but good); your mileage may vary.

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    • Thank you so much for these tips! I will definitely check out Washington
      Square Park – and the Blues Club! I appreciate you leaving these tips and
      I'll be doing a followup of the places I try out – that Indian restaurant
      sounds fantastic! Cheers and thanks :-)

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  16. It strikes me that the Brooklyn Nomad needs to step in here. My last adventure to NYC was age 10. The clearest memory I have was visiting the Towers. :(

    In other words, I have zero to contribute. Thus, I'll anticipate your answers on this!

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    • That's a good idea, I'll send him a tweet asking for some tips! 10 is
      awfully young for sure to have any solid memories – are you heading to NYC
      anytime soon? :-)

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  17. I really enjoyed BB King's Blues Club. I'm a big fan of live music, especially blues. Washington Square Park used to have a great vibe; it's a park in Greenwich Village where everyone hangs out on summer days; I haven't been there in many years, but I was thinking of checking it out again if I have time at TBEX. It's not like Central Park, it's more like a plaza. Lots of cement, a fountain, a huge arch.
    Central Park is great. You must visit Times Square at night, if only because it's so over-the-top.
    I definitely want to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge.
    The Bay Leaf (Indian restaurant) has many vegetarian options. It was a little too spicey for me (but good); your mileage may vary.

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  18. That's a good idea, I'll send him a tweet asking for some tips! 10 is
    awfully young for sure to have any solid memories – are you heading to NYC
    anytime soon? :-)

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  19. It's looking sparse on the tips though, hoping I can get some of the NY
    tweeters to pop in next week and leave us all some tips!

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  20. I am heading to TBEX – it's like 90 percent for sure (I have a wedding the
    week before in the States :-) I'm also hoping that we get some good
    feedback here – it's been sparse so far, so make sure to tweet it so that we
    have some NY tips for this summer! :-)

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  21. It strikes me that the Brooklyn Nomad needs to step in here. My last adventure to NYC was age 10. The clearest memory I have was visiting the Towers. :(

    In other words, I have zero to contribute. Thus, I'll anticipate your answers on this!

    Reply
    • It's looking sparse on the tips though, hoping I can get some of the NY
      tweeters to pop in next week and leave us all some tips!

      Reply
  22. You definitely have to share your results to this column because I'm headed to NYC too and have no idea how to narrow down all the things to do! Can't wait to read more! Are you going to TBEX?

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    • I am heading to TBEX – it's like 90 percent for sure (I have a wedding the
      week before in the States :-) I'm also hoping that we get some good
      feedback here – it's been sparse so far, so make sure to tweet it so that we
      have some NY tips for this summer! :-)

      Reply
  23. Spot to relax: Well, anywhere in Central Park of Course, but a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge is good to clear the head.

    Traditional “must” visit place Shopping at Century 21 at World Trade Centre :-)

    Hidden gem Roosevelt Island (not that hidden but hey…)

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    • Thanks for the tips Andy, I've actually never really done Central Park, so
      that should be really nice :-) Will try the others too!

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  24. You definitely have to share your results to this column because I'm headed to NYC too and have no idea how to narrow down all the things to do! Can't wait to read more! Are you going to TBEX?

    Reply
  25. Thanks for the tips Andy, I've actually never really done Central Park, so
    that should be really nice :-) Will try the others too!

    Reply
  26. Spot to relax: Well, anywhere in Central Park of Course, but a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge is good to clear the head.

    Traditional “must” visit place Shopping at Century 21 at World Trade Centre :-)

    Hidden gem Roosevelt Island (not that hidden but hey…)

    Reply

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