Guidebook for New York

Jacqui
Guidebook for New York

Food Scene

Double chocolate chip cookies. Get there early as there's always a line.
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Levain Bakery - 74th Street
167 W 74th St
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Double chocolate chip cookies. Get there early as there's always a line.
Great little Italian spot, very cosy. Great for an intimate dinner or brunch.
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Piccolo Cafe
313 Amsterdam Avenue
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Great little Italian spot, very cosy. Great for an intimate dinner or brunch.
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Robert
2 Columbus Circle
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Service is terrible at the best of times, but the setting more than makes up for it. Go there for brunch (and make sure you've visited the bathroom beforehand, as the cafe shares with the rest of the park). This spot is outdoors and closes when it gets too cold.
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Le Pain Quotidien
2 West 69th Street
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Service is terrible at the best of times, but the setting more than makes up for it. Go there for brunch (and make sure you've visited the bathroom beforehand, as the cafe shares with the rest of the park). This spot is outdoors and closes when it gets too cold.
I'm addicted to their ramen noodles. Say no more.
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Ippudo Westside
321 West 51st Street
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I'm addicted to their ramen noodles. Say no more.
Starbucks has gone ... but this place is WAY better!
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Joe Coffee Company
187 Columbus Avenue
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Starbucks has gone ... but this place is WAY better!
... if you must!
Starbucks
141 Amsterdam Ave
... if you must!
Loud, brash, all around American favourite. Tip - download the Opentable app to book a table. There's always one available within 15 - 20 mins ... however, if you walk-in they'll make you wait half an hour at least (while running up a huge bill at the bar)!
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The Smith
1900 Broadway
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Loud, brash, all around American favourite. Tip - download the Opentable app to book a table. There's always one available within 15 - 20 mins ... however, if you walk-in they'll make you wait half an hour at least (while running up a huge bill at the bar)!
Very fine dining for that special occasion ... or just a bit of indulgence.
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Dovetail
103 West 77th Street
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Very fine dining for that special occasion ... or just a bit of indulgence.
Personally, not a favourite of mine. But there are many other who believe the hype.
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Shake Shack
366 Columbus Avenue
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Personally, not a favourite of mine. But there are many other who believe the hype.
Not good to have this on the doorstep ... not good!
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Magnolia Bakery
200 Columbus Avenue
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Not good to have this on the doorstep ... not good!
The tagine is a MUST!
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Boulud Sud
20 W 64th St
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The tagine is a MUST!
I'm from London. In London they do Thai food well. In New York they generally don't. At Land Thai, they do Thai food as well as London. Don't be put off by the B rating! (Also try Pure Thai Chopshop in Hell's Kitchen, it's the same owner).
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Land Thai Kitchen
450 Amsterdam Avenue
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I'm from London. In London they do Thai food well. In New York they generally don't. At Land Thai, they do Thai food as well as London. Don't be put off by the B rating! (Also try Pure Thai Chopshop in Hell's Kitchen, it's the same owner).
Italian restaurant. Great for dinner, even better for brunch and excellent wines.
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Tarallucci e Vino - Upper West Side
475 Columbus Avenue
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Italian restaurant. Great for dinner, even better for brunch and excellent wines.

Parks & Nature

No explanation needed. Tell me what you want from the park and I'll tell you where to go. I ran the NY Marathon in 2015 to raise funds for this amazing space. I hope you fall in love with it the way that I have.
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Central Park
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No explanation needed. Tell me what you want from the park and I'll tell you where to go. I ran the NY Marathon in 2015 to raise funds for this amazing space. I hope you fall in love with it the way that I have.
Nice place to hang out for a coffee, light lunch or evening drink while watching the sun set over the Hudson River.
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PIER i CAFE
500 West 70th Street
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Nice place to hang out for a coffee, light lunch or evening drink while watching the sun set over the Hudson River.

Entertainment & Activities

Standby tickets are often available on the day. In the summer months shows are live-streamed from outside of the opera house.
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Metropolitan Opera House
30 Lincoln Center Plaza
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Standby tickets are often available on the day. In the summer months shows are live-streamed from outside of the opera house.
Excellent adult dance classes catering from all levels - from ballet to zumba. Gorgeous studios.
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The Ailey Studios
405 West 55th Street
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Excellent adult dance classes catering from all levels - from ballet to zumba. Gorgeous studios.
Free exercise classes with Jack Rabbit running store. Check in store for details.
JackRabbit - West Side
140 W 72nd St
Free exercise classes with Jack Rabbit running store. Check in store for details.

Essentials

The lines can be infuriating, so the best time to go is early in the morning OR 9pm on a Saturday evening.
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Trader Joe's
2073 Broadway
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The lines can be infuriating, so the best time to go is early in the morning OR 9pm on a Saturday evening.
Great range, plus lots of international products.
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Fairway Market 74th Street
2131 Broadway
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Great range, plus lots of international products.
Gourmet groceries with gourmet prices. Nice for those special occasions or the occasional splurge on top quality produce and ingredients.
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Citarella Gourmet Market - Upper West Side
2135 Broadway
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Gourmet groceries with gourmet prices. Nice for those special occasions or the occasional splurge on top quality produce and ingredients.
100,000 square feet of fitness. Lap pool, outdoor elevated running track, classes galore, spa, Kiehl's on tap, indoor basketball courts, barre studio, boxing studio, cycling studio and cafe. This is a 'destinations' club - which basically means they can get away with robbing you on a daily basis with the inflated monthly membership dues!
Equinox Sports Club New York
160 Columbus Avenue
100,000 square feet of fitness. Lap pool, outdoor elevated running track, classes galore, spa, Kiehl's on tap, indoor basketball courts, barre studio, boxing studio, cycling studio and cafe. This is a 'destinations' club - which basically means they can get away with robbing you on a daily basis with the inflated monthly membership dues!
Space is a little crowded, but some great instructors and reasonably priced membership.
YogaWorks Westside
37 West 65th Street
Space is a little crowded, but some great instructors and reasonably priced membership.
The most unpretentious Equinox I've been to thus far!
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Equinox West 76th Street
344 Amsterdam Avenue
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The most unpretentious Equinox I've been to thus far!

Drinks & Nightlife

Nice cocktails!
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The Dakota Bar
53 West 72nd Street
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Nice cocktails!
With this view, it's hard not to impress.
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Mandarin Oriental, New York
80 Columbus Circle
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With this view, it's hard not to impress.
Service isn't great, but a perfect spot for a date. If the weather is mild sit outside. A good option for drinks, never been impressed with the food.
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Tavern On the Green
Central Park West
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Service isn't great, but a perfect spot for a date. If the weather is mild sit outside. A good option for drinks, never been impressed with the food.
Wine bar, that seems to always be open for that 'one more for the road'.
Lilly's Cocktail and Wine
50 West 72nd Street
Wine bar, that seems to always be open for that 'one more for the road'.

Arts & Culture

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Američki prirodoslovni muzej
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Muzej umjetnosti Metropolitan
1000 5th Ave
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Museum of Arts and Design
2 Columbus Cir
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New York City Ballet
20 Lincoln Center Plaza
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Probably one of my favourite work spaces in NYC. Enter at the Lincoln Center Plaza entrance and settle in on the 2nd floor. (The top floor does not allow bags, so be prepared to leave them with security).
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
40 Lincoln Center Plaza
Probably one of my favourite work spaces in NYC. Enter at the Lincoln Center Plaza entrance and settle in on the 2nd floor. (The top floor does not allow bags, so be prepared to leave them with security).

Shopping

Anything you could possible need, plus stuff you didn't even realise you needed!
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Bed Bath & Beyond
1932 Broadway
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Anything you could possible need, plus stuff you didn't even realise you needed!
rag & bone
182A Columbus Avenue
Maje Columbus
211 Columbus Ave
Never crazy lines like you see elsewhere in NYC!
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Apple Upper West Side
1981 Broadway
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Never crazy lines like you see elsewhere in NYC!
Believe the hype, this gear is good ... but you'll pay for it. They offer free exercise classes. Check in store for details.
lululemon
1928 Broadway
Believe the hype, this gear is good ... but you'll pay for it. They offer free exercise classes. Check in store for details.
Kiehl's Since 1851
154 Columbus Avenue
MAC Cosmetics
148 Columbus Ave
UGG
160 Columbus Avenue
Not as crazy as downtown, but also not as huge a selection. Good for those last minute items that you you need ... and forgot to bring with you.
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Century 21
1972 Broadway
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Not as crazy as downtown, but also not as huge a selection. Good for those last minute items that you you need ... and forgot to bring with you.
A mixed bag, but there are bargains to be had ... especially around holiday time, when further discounts are available.
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Bloomingdale's Outlet
2085 Broadway
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A mixed bag, but there are bargains to be had ... especially around holiday time, when further discounts are available.