Whenever friends and family come to visit us in NYC, they often ask us for advice on what to do, where to go, and especially what to eat. So we thought we would start this post (and update it every so often) as a reference for visitors (and a reminder for us). There's so much to do in NYC and we know we have not captured everything (feel free to comment away on what else we should add!), but here's a starting primer on what to do (food-wise) in NYC.
Nougatine at Jean Georges ($26 for 3 courses), Mario Batali's Del Posto ($29 for 3 courses), Sushi Yasuda (under $25), and Eleven Madison Park ($28 for 2 courses) all feature exquisite meals at a fraction of the a la carte and dinner costs.
Walking Tours: When the weather is nice, we forgo the subway and taxis and make up our own neighborhood walking tours in the city. Here are some ideas (more to come!).
Chelsea: You can wander around Chelsea Market, check out the nearby High Line, grab a burger at Bill's Bar and Burger in the Meatpacking District, and/or check out the small stretch of Little Britain (Fish n Chips at A Salt and Battery, Afternoon tea at Tea and Sympathy, and all sorts of grocery products at Myers of Keswick)
Lower East Side: This historic area has been home to a constantly changing immigration population as seen by the various shops in the local Essex Street Market (say "Hi" to Jeffrey the butcher). Then head down a couple of blocks to Doughnut Plant for inventive donuts, grab coffee at Roasting Plant, try some interesting gelato from il Laboratorio del Gelato, check out Russ and Daughters and Katz Deli.
Or you can design your own macaron tour like we did!
Greenmarket at Union Square (Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat, open year-round) where locals shop for groceries and tourists shop for snacks. There's also the newly re-opened Hester Street Fair (Sat/Sun, open until end of Dec) with its changing rotation of different vendors and restaurant stands. The New Amsterdam Market returns on June 27th (running monthly in the summer and then weekly in the fall until Dec 19). We went last year in Oct and Nov and loved it!
before a Yankees game). From North America's only dosa street vendor (weekdays only) to any number of gourmet food trucks, there's something for everyone...BBQ, Soul Food, Tacos, Dumplings, Waffles, Ice cream (artisanal and creative), Cupcakes, Baked goods, etc. Follow them on twitter for location updates (check our growing NY/NJ mobile truck twitter list and this dynamic map).
Dirt Candy (East Village), casual Peacefood Cafe (UWS), Blossom/Cafe Blossom, relaxing HanGawi (midtown), or splurge on the vegetable tasting menu at Per Se.
Beer Tour: My husband loves craft beers, so if you're in town looking for a good beer bar, check out his favorites: Pony Bar (Hell's Kitchen) features domestic craft beers, Rattle n Hum and the Ginger Man (both in Midtown), Blind Tiger Ale House (Village), Spitzer's Corner (LES), George Keeley's (UWS), d.b.a., Mugs Alehouse, Spuyten Duyvil and Brooklyn Brewery (all in Williamsburg, Brooklyn), Beer Table and Pacific Standard (Park Slope, Brooklyn). If you're looking to buy a few bottles, or just want to check out the local selection, visit New Beer Distributors, Whole Foods Bowery Beer Room (LES), and Bierkraft (Park Slope).