New York is crawling with trendy restaurants, cheap eateries, dive bars, historical landmarks, and well known music venues. Check out our staff picks, below!
Alan - Zee boss with an exquisite taste
Best German Sausage and decor in Manhattan: Rolfs.
Ashley - Queen B from the LBC
A trip to the New Museum. Cheap eats: Vanessa's Dumplings, you can literally have a feast for $5. Le Poisson Rouge for the best shows. I saw Patti Smith, Michael Stipe, Thurston Moore & Steve Shelley do a last minute $20 show there with like 300 other people. Magic.
John - TOOL's biggest fan
Jekyll & Hyde Club
The Slaughtered Lamb Pub
Down the Hatch
Tristen - Professional handstander, now yoga enthusiast
If your tummy is grumbling in Manhattan, make your way to the East Village for some delicious Filipino food. Both Maharlika and Jeepney will hit the spot with traditional filipino flavors with elevated ingredients and little modern touches. Don't be intimidated by the words you can't pronounce! All Filipinos wanna do is feed you and ask if you if you want more food. Pro-tip: if you see Halo-Halo on the menu, ORDER IT.
Wes - COLLiDE's token savvy Brooklynite
So you're leaving Brooklyn for once and heading into the city. Great job! I can assure you that it won't be as scary as you think, so long as you stay below 14th St (Kidding. Mostly). Here's your guide to the perfect Manhattan day, according to me. Hop on the L train and take it allllll the way to 8th ave and start the day at the Corner Bistro. Best burger in the city, cheap beers, and windows that are perfect for snowy days, rainy days, and sunny days. They have perfect windows. This place has been a village mainstay for ages, and is still cash only. Also, the Wilco CD in the jukebox is mislabeled, just a warning. Say hi to Greg or Johnny Boy behind the bar and talk a little music, they'll love you forever. After that, walk down W 4th st and grab a cocktail or 2 at Wilfie and Nell. It's a well appointed Irish bar with a killer Scotch Egg, which is something that you must try at some point in your life, then cruise into Greenwich Village proper and hit up Generation Records for your weekly vinyl fix, and don't forget that there's a massive downstairs there too! (RIP Other Music and Bleecker Bob's). More cocktails at The Wren, then dinner, well, basically anywhere in the neighborhood. ACME, DBGB, Esetela, any pizza joint (Ben's), you won't have a problem with that. Milano's Bar for a few more beers and a shot, then head down Bowery for a show at the Bowery Ballroom, the best venue on the planet, every night of the week. Spring Lounge after the show for some late night, then J train it back to the safety of the BK, you have work again tomorrow.
Megan - Closet showtunes nerd
2 nights/1 day in the city:
First stop in NY is to grab a Grandma’s square slice of pizza at Nonna’s L.E.S Pizzeria. You’ll immediately be in a state of pure bliss. Next up, dessert (duh). Fall into a sugar high after eating a combo of Salted Pretzel and Malted Chocolate ice cream at Morganstern's (cash only). Jaunt a couple blocks down and warm yourself up and sip on the best hot toddy in the city at Mother’s Ruin. If you’re looking for the next place to go, you can either check out a comedy show at the Comedy Cellar, catch a concert at Bowery Ballroom, or have a night cap at The Back Door (which was an actual speakeasy during the Prohibition era).
Next day, if you feel inclined to exercise, run on the East River where you’ll find some picturesque views of the city. Then grab a breakfast sandwich at Dimes (but get there early). Find style inspiration at Dover Street Market, and Opening Ceremony (don’t even bother looking at the price tags). Stop for a photo opp at Washington Square Park (where you can reenact the opening sequence of “Friends” in front of the fountain). If you’re already sick of the sirens - buy a book at Strand Bookstore, and sit down for some tea and crumpets at an East Village staple, Podunk. Get lunch at the best bargain in the city, Cafe Himalaya. For dinner, splurge a little on a delicious meal at Fat Radish, then get sloppy at West Way (where you can dance + smoke inside, #party). Or, if you’re looking for a post-collegiate frat party and want to dance/trample on top of high-end couches, hit up The Jane. If neither options do not fit your fancy, brush up on your show tunes at a unique and classic dive (one of my all time favorite NY establishment), Marie’s Crisis. At the end of the night, if you’re battling the war with the late night munchies, just give in and head to Artichoke Pizza. Heads up, be ready to wait in line with a slew of drunk and ravenous underaged NYU students.
My most important tip to all locals and visitors is, to look up. Be sure look up at all the inspiring sights, beautiful architecture, the wardrobes of fashionistas, interactions amongst others, and embrace the rawness and beauty which makes this city truly remarkable. Having that precious moment where you realize that you’re in one of the greatest cities of the world is completely fulfilling. So enjoy your time there….and avoid eating street meat!