New York City Guide

My guide to my favourite places in my favourite city.

Le Sel Rrose

Le Sel Rrose

SoHo

SoHo

BROOKLYN

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DUMBO

DUMBO (stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) is the place to go for great views of Manhattan and New York's beautiful bridges, including the Brooklyn Bridge. From here walk to Brooklyn Heights.

Brooklyn, NY 11201
Dumbo

 

BROOKYLN HEIGHTS

This lovely neighbourhood, just a short walk from DUMBO, is home to elegant multi-million dollar brownstones. Walk down the charming streets named after fruit like Orange Street, Cranberry and Pineapple Street.

Brooklyn Heights

SMORGASBURG

Seasonal outdoor food market open on Saturdays (in Williamsburg) and Sundays (in Brooklyn Bridge Park). Try everything.

East River State Park
90 Kent Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Williamsburg - North Side

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BIRD

Beautiful store stocking high end men's and women's labels including Rachel Comey, Ulla Johnson, A.P.C, Isabel Marant Étoile and Dries Von Noten.

203 Grand Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Williamsburg & Various Locations

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PROSPECT PARK

One of my favourite parks in the city, take blissful strolls or mini hikes through this beautiful expanse. Visit the boathouse on the pond, it's gorgeous.

Brooklyn, NY 11225

Prospect Park

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CATBIRD

Discover fine handmade jewellery at this Brooklyn institution.

219 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211, USA

Williamsburg

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HEARTS CAFE

Owned by my close friends, Hearts is the perfect place to stop for a coffee and pastries to-go. They also have delicious vegan treats.

1207 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11221

Bushwick

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FIVE LEAVES

The vision of Heath Ledger made a reality by his business partner and family after his death. Come here at any time of the day - for brunch (order the hotcakes), an excellent burger, cocktails and great people watching.

18 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Greenpoint

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THE IDES BAR AT WYTHE HOTEL

Enjoy magnificent views of Manhattan from this rooftop bar. A place to go for one expensive drink to enjoy the view and then venture down the road to a dive bar to spend the rest of the night. Note: No need to tip here, this bar is gratuity free.

80 Wythe Ave. at N. 11th Brooklyn, NY 11249

Williamsburg

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THE WILLIAMSBURG HOTEL ROOFTOP BAR

Panoramic views of Manhattan.

96 Wythe Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11249

Williamsburg

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JULIETTE

Parisian style eatery with an open-air rooftop is the perfect spot for a bite to eat or cocktail.

Visit their sister restaurant Tartine in Greenwich Village.

135 North 5th Street,
Brooklyn, NY  11249

Williamsburg

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BAKERI

Delicious baked goods in this adorable little bakery.

150 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Williamsburg

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PIES N' THIGHS

Fried chicken, waffles, catfish sandwiches and pies for dessert. This place is always busy.

166 S. 4th Street (at Driggs)
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Williamsburg

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MAISON PREMIERE

Enjoy happy hour oysters in a sophisticated New Orleans style bar.

298 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11249

Williamsburg

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SUNDAY IN BROOKLYN

A neighbourhood restaurant offering brunch, lunch, dinner, cocktails and Sunday every day of the week. Try their handmade sweet buns.

348 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Williamsburg

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DINER

This is one of my favourites! Set in a retro railcar, the skilled waitstaff take you through their daily seasonal menu by writing on the table. It's charming and delicious. Just hope you go when their fried chicken sandwich is on their daily menu.

85 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Williamsburg

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FARO

A rustic Italian restaurant serving handmade pasta in a renovated warehouse. It was featured in the New York Magazine, given a Michelan star and now it's nearly impossible to get into. I hear it's worth the wait though.

436 Jefferson St, Brooklyn, NY 11237

Bushwick

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ROBERTA'S

Good vibes. Great pizza. Sweet Buns. Need I say anymore? Local tip: Arrive on the earlier side of brunch or dinner to avoid a long wait. Or opt to sit in the beer garden and order from Roberta's takeaway shop next door.

261 Moore St,

Brooklyn NY 11206

Bed-Stuy

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JOE'S PIZZA

Cozy corner of a longtime counter-serve pizza.

216 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Williamsburg

Rooftop drinks at the Wythe Hotel 

Rooftop drinks at the Wythe Hotel 

Russ & Daughters

Russ & Daughters

CHELSEA

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HIGHLINE PARK

A revitalised 1.45-mile-long elevated linear park created on a former New York Central Railroad on the west side of Manhattan. Walk early morning or dusk. 

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SLEEP NO MORE

Utterly unique and insane theatre experience in an abandoned five-storey hotel in Chelsea. 

Go and have a drink at Gallow Green Rooftop bar and restaurant afterwards and chat about your experience.

530 W 27th St, New York, NY 10001, USA

Chelsea

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    CHELSEA MARKET

    Rustic food and shopping mall in Chelsea next to the Highline.

    75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011
    Chelsea

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    CHELSEA GALLERIES

    Just a stone throw away from the Highline, the best of New York galleries line Chelsea streets. Make an effort and dress up to visit these swanky galleries.

    Chelsea

     

    THE WHITNEY MUSEUM

    Newly reopened museum with a focus on 20th- and 21st-century American art. Situated between the High Line and the Hudson River.

    10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10023
    Meatpacking District

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    MARIE'S CRISIS

    This landmark piano bar makes for some of the most unexpectedly fun nights. It draws the gays and the musical-theatre lovers with its show tunes.

    59 Grove St, New York, NY 10014

    West Village

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    UNTITLED AT THE WHITNEY

    Everyone raves about this restaurant on the highline.

    99 Gansevoort St, New York, NY 10014
    Meatpacking District

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    BUDDAKAN

    Lavish restaurant offering a menu of Asian dishes & cocktails.

    75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

    Chelsea

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    CITIZENS OF CHELSEA

    Great coffee, delicious food and chill vibes sums up this cafe owned by an Aussie friend of mine. Make sure you check this out!

    401 W 25th St, New York, NY 10001

    Chelsea

     

    PEPE GIALLO

    I stumbled across this charming Italian budget-priced eatery and was pleased that I did.

    195 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10001

    Chelsea

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    BAR B

    A small standing bar inspired by tapas in Spain and Italy. A must-try. Also try their pasta place Basta Pasta.

    84 7th Ave, New York, NY 10011

    Chelsea

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    UNION SQUARE - FLATIRON

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    ABC CARPET & HOME

    Six floors of beautiful and unique home decor. Also check out ABC Kitchen and ABC Cocina.

    888 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
    Union Square, Flatiron

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    UNION SQ GREEN MARKET

    Visit this farmers market for fresh food, bread, vegetables and flowers. Open Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat.

    1 Union Sq West, New York, NY 10003
    Union Square

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    EATALY

    The largest Italian marketplace in the world, comprising a variety of restaurants, food and beverage counters, bakery, retail items, and a cooking school. Stop by to pick up some gelato or focaccia.

    200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010
    Flatiron

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    SHAKE SHACK

    Quality fast-food burger joint.

    Madison Square Park
    E 23rd St & Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010
    Flatiron - Multiple Locations

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    Upper East Side

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    BEMELMANS BAR

    Named after Ludwig Bemelmans, the creator of the classic Madeline children’s books. Bemelman painted the walls of the bar and rather than be paid for his art, he exchanged his work for a year and a half of accommodation at The Carlyle for himself and his family. Enjoy a jazz band here every night of the week except Monday. Come here for a true experience.

    35 E 76th St, New York, NY 10075

    Upper East Side

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    GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL

    Beautiful ornate train station. Worth the visit.

    89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017
    Midtown East

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    TOP OF THE ROCK

    Observatory on top of Rockefeller Center offering city views. Much better views than Empire State Building - must see for NYC’s skyline.

    30 Rockefeller Center, New York, NY 10112
    Midtown West

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    THE PLAZA HOTEL FOODCOURT

    Delight your senses with this upmarket food court offering everything you could want.

    1 W 59th St, New York, NY 10019

    Upper East Side

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    CENTRAL PARK

    A 843 acre urban park in the central Manhattan. Go for a picnic out on the Great Lawn, as well as enjoy events and concerts during the summer.

    Central Park Conservancy
    14 E 60th St, New York, NY 10022

    Upper East Side

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    BERGDORF GOODMAN

    High-end designer department store. The Shoe Salon is a must-see.

    754 5th Ave, New York, NY 10019, USA

    Upper East Side

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    DUMBO

    DUMBO

    SoHo

    SoHo

    LOWER MANHATTAN

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    SOHO

    Standing for "South of Houston Street," SoHo is a hip and fashionable neighbourhood. Walk the cobblestone streets to shop and people watch. Hectic on weekends.

    New York, NY 10012
    SoHo

    GLOSSIER

    The newly opened showroom is the best way to try and buy the much-loved cosmetic brand. 

    123 Lafayette St., Penthouse, New York, NY 10013

    Nolita / Chinatown

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    STRALA YOGA

    Sign up for a casual class with well- known yoga instructor Tara Stiles.

    632 Broadway, New York, NY 10012, USA

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    EGG SHOP

    An egg specialist, although the french toast is damn fine. 

    151 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012
    Nolita

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    MOMOFUKU KO

    8 Extra Pl, New York, NY 10003
    East Village

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    CAFE HABANA

    Great little spot for excellent corn and cuban sandwich.

    17 Prince St, New York, NY 10012

    Nolita

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    LE SEL RROSE

    Oyster happy hour and lobster rolls in this rustic-chic bar.

    1 Delancey St, New York, NY 10002

    Lower East Side

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    JACKS WIFE FREDA

    Adorable brunch spot.

    Multiple Locations

    224 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012
    SoHo

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    LOCANDA VERDE

    Lively Italian.

    377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013
    b/t Moore St & Franklin St
    TriBeCa

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    RUSS & DAUGHTERS

    This is the new cafe from the legendary deli Russ & Daughters located around the corner on Houston. This retro, full-service restaurant serves delicious Jewish comfort food. One of the best meals I have had in NYC.

    127 Orchard Street, New York, New York 10002

    Lower East Side

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    ESTELA

    One of my favourite restaurants in New York City. The place to come for a special occasion or just for really really good food. It's a sharing place, try everything. Bookings recommended.

    47 E Houston St, New York, NY 10012
    NoHo

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    IPPUDO

    Delicious japanese.

    Multiple Locations

    65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003
    East Village

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    MIMI CHENG'S DUMPLINGS

    Taiwanese dumpling house. 

    380 Broome St.

    (between Mott and Mulberry)
    New York, NY 10013

    Nolita. Also an East Village location

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    VINTAGE / CONSIGNMENT STORES

    NY VINTAGE

    Lots of older gems from blue chip designers, a bit pricey but they have a sale section.

    117 W 25th St, New York, NY 10001

    Chelsea

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    COBBLESTONES

    Supposedly the ultimate goldmine for vintage.

    314 E 9th St, New York, NY 10003

    East Village 

     

    TOKIO 7

    Interesting selection of labels including good Japanese designers as well as Antwerp six, lots of Dries. I found a pristine Christine Dior tuxedo vest here on my last trip.

    83 East 7th Street, New York, NY 10003

    East Village

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    LOCAL CLOTHING

    A tiny curated gem offering true vintage and random labels. The owner has a keen eye.

    328 E 9th St, New York, NY 10003

    East Village 

    WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND

    A well-known store as stylists pull from them for shoots.A range from designer vintage to historical vintage.

    351 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013

    SoHo

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    DIAMONDS AND COLE

    Designer consignment store representing brands such as Hermes, Celine, Fendi, Dior, Marni, Prada, Rick Owens, J. Mendel and Saint Laurent. 

    22 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10011

    West Village

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    10 FT. SINGLE BY STELLA DALLAS

    Beautifully curated extensive range of vintage from original rock tees to leather boots and Levis jeans.

    Pop next door to Stella Dallas Living store for an impeccable selection of clothing, homeware and antiques.

    285 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

    Williamsburg

    BEACONS CLOSET

    Huge warehouse-style space full of stock from people's wardrobes. Hit and miss here whether you come across gold or not.

    Various locations

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    INA CONSIGNMENT

    Extensive designer consignment store offering more current pieces. Three locations, all worth checking out as they will have a different selection.

    110 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003

    Union Square, Chelsea, Nolita

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    AWOKE VINTAGE

    Starting as a little vintage market stall in Perth in 2006. Owner, Elizabeth Power moved from Australia and opened store in Williamsburg, followed by a second location in Greenpoint. Come here to find vintage gems.

    132 North 5th Street,
    Brooklyn, New York, 11249

    Williamsburg

    688 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn,
    NY, 11222

    Greenpoint

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    OTHER

    THE CLOISTERS

    Spend an afternoon exploring the museum and gardens located in Fort Tryon Park in the Washington Heights section of Upper Manhattan. Owned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

    Fort Tryon Park
    99 Margaret Corbin Dr, New York, NY 10040
    Washington Heights

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    STORM KING

    One of the world’s leading sculpture parks.

    1 Museum Rd, New Windsor, NY 12553,

    Mountainville, New York

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    DIA: BEACON

    This museum features collection of art from the 1960s to the present. It is situated on the banks of the Hudson River in Beacon, New York. The hour long train ride up to Beacon is a beautiful away to see upstate New York.

    3 Beekman St, Beacon, NY 12508

    Beacon, New York

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    Empire State of mind

    Empire State of mind

    Brooklyn Bridge

    These are just a few of my favourites in New York City! Let me know yours.

    Lei xx