Things to do in New York

(from the below you can guess what my most pronounced hobby has been in the last year since I moved to New York, as well as how many times I leave our immediate vicinities snuggled between the east and west villages)


  • Amazing Japanese food presented like you won't find anywhere else - En Brasserie [Hudson and Leroy]
  • Another fancy (and expensive) Japanese with a great Omakase option - Soto [pretty much unmarked white storefront at 357 6th ave and Washington Pl.]
  • Mediterranean/Italian and the restaurant where we got married - Tempo (yes, you'd be surprised how close Brooklyn is to Manhattan, and this place is definitely worth the subway trip!) [5th Ave, Park Slope, Brooklyn - CLOSED]
  • Italian - Bellavitae [Minetta Lane (which is the shortest street in Manhattan!) and 6th Ave]
  • Scandinavian - Aquavit (this is the best part about Manhattan - you can not only find Scandinavian food, but you can find enough to decide on a favorite! Aquavit has a cafe and a restaurant; I have never tried the restaurant as the cafe is cheaper and the Smorgesbord is really all I need...) [65 east 55th at Park Ave]
  • Chinese - Chinatown Brasserie (really nice dimsum too) [3rd street and Lafayette]
  • Thai - Beyond [3rd street and 6th Ave]
  • Tasting menu - Knife + Fork [108 east 4th st]
  • Neighborhood restaurant you wish was in your neighborhood - Seymour Burton [5th st between Ave A and B - GONE]
  • Great restaurant that is in our neighborhood, but just too expensive to actually be a neighborhood restaurant; perfect for birthdays... - Blue Hill [75 Washington Place near 6th Ave]
  • Pizza - John's Pizzeria (this is NOT pizza by the slice) [Bleecker]
  • Oysters and clam chowder - Oyster Bar [Grand Central station]
  • Brasserie - Les Halles [there are several, I am thinking of the one at 15 John Street]
  • Fancy - Craft [43 east 19th st.] or The Mercer Kitchen [99 Prince st]
  • Fancy but affordable and close to home - Five Points [31 Great Jones st]
  • Restaurant and bar in a museum - The Modern [right near the MOMA]
  • Israeli - Hummus Place [Sullivan between 3rd and Bleecker]
  • Brunch - Jane [La Guardia and Houston]
  • Even better brunch (and more!) - Market Table [Carmine and Bedford, West Village]
  • Nathaniel's favorite restaurant - Momofuku (also, fancy, expensivem hard to get reservation, but totally worth it, from the same owners - Ko) [both at 1st Ave between 10th & 11th st]
  • Nathaniel's all-time favorite takeaway (not my favorite, though) - Grand Sichuan [23 St Mark's Place]
  • Great Neapolitan pizzas - Lil' Frankies [1st ave and 1st st.]
  • Fun wine bar and nibbles - Terroir [413 E. 12th st]

Where to go

  • the HighLine - the best walk in Manhattan any time
  • the MOMA (Museum of Modern Art)
  • the Transport Museum in Brooklyn - really really awesome museum where you can easily spend 4 hours and not yet have seen everything!
  • central park (not that I've been there more than twice, but they say..)
  • Storm King - this is a perfectly magical place one hour or so north of Manhattan, up the Hudson - you can rent a car, or take the daily bus from Manhattan; closed in winter

Shopping (yes, in a shopping city such as Manhattan, even a shopping-loather like myself can not resist the temptation)

  • cool stuff - the MOMA store(s) (there are quite a few of these, although only one museum)
  • more cool stuff (and cute presents) - Pilones (also quite a few around) and Muji
  • All things for the home (beautiful and reasonably priced) - CB2
  • kitchen things - Sur la Table
  • cameras etc - B&H
Last modified: Yael Niv - 7.2.2010