New York

Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.  -Empire State of Mind (Part II), Alicia Keys


Great Rooftop Bars & Views

JIMMY - at the James Hotel. West Village
Boom Boom Room at the Standard Hotel - Stunning. Simply stunning

Great Draft Beer Selections

Brooklyneer - West Village/ Soho
The Growler - Financial District
Bierhaus - Midtown
Clinton Hall - Financial district
BXL Cafe - Theater District

Best Places to Host a Party

Hudson Hotel's Library Bar
Hill & Dale's Back Room
Back Forty West Upstairs
Public's Private Room

Farm to Table

Blue Hill
Blue Hill at Stone Barns
ABC Kitchen
ABC Cocina
Back Forty West

Best Restaurants for Specialty Diets

Hu Kitchen

Vegan & Vegetarian
Candle Cafe West - Upper West Side
Candle Cafe East - Upper East Side
Candle 79 - Upper East Side
Caravan of Dreams - East Village
Butcher's Daughter - Nolita / Chinatown/ Little Italy
Peacefood Downtown - East Village/ Union Square South
Peacefood Uptown - Upper West Side
Meatball Shop - Multiple locations

Gluten Free
Pala Pizza - great gluten free dough
Bistango - Not exclusively GF, but accommodating to those with dietary restrictions

Best Green Smoothies & Juices

Butcher's Daughter - Nolita/ Chinatown

Best Coffee Shops

La Colombe - Multiple
Ground Support - Soho
Gimme! Coffee - Nolita
Kaffe 1668 -Tribeca
Balthazar Bakery - Soho
Le Pain Quotidian - Multiple locations
Harney & Sons - Tea house and boutique



Places we always go back to

Leigh Favs
Cafe Gitane {Food}
Barney's {Shopping}
Intermix {Shopping}
La Esquina {Food} Try to figure out how to get into the "secret" underground bar.

Mary Favs
Tiny's {Food}
Golden Bridge Kundalini {Yoga & Meditation}
The Highline {Sightseeing and Exercise}
Dean & Deluca at Spring & Broadway {Epicurean grocery}

All Around Awesome Restaurants

The Frying Pan - It's a boat. It's a bar. It's on the water.
Rosemary's - Check out the roof garden overlooking the West Village
Landmarc at Columbus Circle - Great view with menu options that work for most budgets
Stanton Social - Lower East Side. Inventive tapas; don't miss the French Onion Soup Dumplings.
OTTO - Budget-friendly pizzeria by Mario Batali near Washington Square Park. Great for groups.
McSorley's Old Ale House - East Village
Corner Bistro - West Village
BalthazarSchiller's, and other Keith McNally restaurants

Best Brunch

Barbounia {Bottomless mimosas}
Bubby's Tribeca
Back Forty West

Best Upscale Restaurants

Le Bernardin
Marc Forgione
Locanda Verde
Four Seasons {Not the hotel}
Per Se
Jean Georges
Gramercy Tavern

Best Pizza 

Lombardi's - Nolita/Soho
Grimalidi's - Under the Brooklyn Bridge. Be prepared to wait up to 2 hrs....but worth it!
Joe's - West Village & 14th Street

Best Sushi

Bond Street
Blue Ribbon
Nobu Next Door

Go Out

The Box - Part cabaret, part performance art.


Where to shop

Bergdorf Goodman - Go, if only for the windows.
Saks 5th Avenue
Bloomingdales - We love the smaller, downtown location for most things, but when shopping for cocktail dresses, the uptown location has a better selection.
Henri Bendel - Accessories, Accessories Accessories!

Consistently Amazing Boutiques
Maiyet -Sustainable Couture

Take a Stroll and Shop these Streets
Nolita: Elizabeth Street
Soho: Mercer Street
West Village: far west Bleeker Street

Kiki Montpanarsse
Agent Provocateur
Journelle Boutiques


Treat Yourself- Best Spas

The Setai Spa Downtown
Soho Sanctuary
Great Jones Spa

Where to Stay

The Carlyle - Upper East Side. Expensive.
SoLita- SoHo/ Nolita. Not fancy, but usually great rates
6 Columbus - Upper West Side
Nolitan - Nolita/ Little Italy
Wythe Hotel - Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Break a Sweat

Golden Bridge Yoga - Kundalini
Chelsea Piers Sports Center

The Great Outdoors

Hudson River Greenway - Stretches 11 miles up the entire west side of the island, with great views of the Statue of Liberty, the Hudson River, New Jersey and fall foliage during the season
Manhattan Waterfront Greenway - We recommend renting a bike and touring on your own
Central Park - Classic. Probably the best, free experience in NYC
The Highline - Cruise the elevated walkway, stopping for nibbles and sips all along the way

Galleries and Museums

Gagosian Gallery Uptown and Downtown
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Museum of Modern Art
The Frick Collection
National September 11 Memorial & Museum

Take a Trip to Williamsburg

BarCade  - Bar + Arcade...get it?
Fette Sau - BBQ
Brooklyn Brewery - Brewery Tour
Brooklyn Bowl - Bowling, Live Music, Cocktails
Wythe Hotel & Bar Gorgeous Views of Manhattan from The Ides Bar on the sixth floor.  Lovely cafe and restaurant on ground floor

Totally Touristy Things That Even New Yorkers Appreciate

Circle Line cruise around manhattan. It zooms in close to the Statue of Liberty, so you can check that off your sightseeing list.
Walk the Highline
Broadway {or Off-Broadway} Show
Walking tours- pick a neighborhood or theme {The Gangs of New York Walking Tour! Historic Lower Manhattan! West Village Food Tour!}
Sex and the City /Sopranos/Gossip Girl Bus Tour  - Why walk when you can be chauffeured in an air conditioned {or heated} bus?
Sleep No MoreMacBeth just got a lot more interesting. Immersive theatrical experience that should not be missed.