the NEW YORK list: the favorites

Where you’ll find me in New York City and all of my favorite things to do:

COFFEE

  • Bluestone Lane in Bryant Park
  • Ludlow Coffee Supply in the Lower East Side
  • Happy Bones in Nolita
  • Toby’s Estate in West Village
  • La Colombe in TriBeCa
  • Stumptown Coffee in Greenwich Village
  • Variety Coffee Roasters in Williamsburg
  • Mud in East Village 
  • Merriweather in West Village
  • La Mercerie Cafe in SoHo

BARS

  • The Dead Poet in the Upper West Side
  • The Brooklyn Barge in Greenpoint
  • Better Days in the Lower East Side
  • No Fun in the Lower East Side
  • The Ides in Williamsburg
  • The Bar Downstairs in Bryant Park
  • The Top of the Standard in Meatpacking
  • Little Branch in West Village
  • The Four-Faced Liar in West Village
  • Boat Basin Café in the Upper West Side
  • The Palm Court at the Plaza Hotel
  • The Public Rooftop in the Lower East Side
  • Sweet & Vicious in Nolita
  • Blue Ribbon in West Village 
  • The Happiest Hour in West Village

FOOD

  • Nobu Fifty Seven in Midtown
  • Lafayette in NoHo
  • Sweet Chick in the Lower East Side
  • Blackseed Bagels in Nolita
  • Benny’s Burritos in West Village
  • Emmett’s in Greenwich Village
  • Caliente Cab in West Village 
  • Jack’s Wife Freda in West Village
  • KAZUNORI in NoMad
  • Seamore’s in Chelsea
  • Cotenna in West Village
  • Joseph Leonard in West Village
  • Café Frida in the Upper West Side
  • Balthazar in SoHo
  • Bar Primi in NoHo
  • The Spotted Pig in West Village
  • Anatalia in Midtown East
  • Rintintin in Nolita
  • The Mercer Kitchen in SoHo
  • Lovely Day in Nolita
  • Freeman’s in the Lower East Side
  • Cafe Cluny in West Village
  • Treathouse in the Upper West Side
  • Morgensten’s in the Lower East Side
  • Levain in the Upper West Side

SHOWS

  • Dear Evan Hansen
  • SpongeBob Squarepants
  • Hello, Dolly!
  • Once On This Island
  • Mean Girls
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  • My Fair Lady
  • Come From Away
  • Wicked

SHOPPING

  • Rag & Bone
  • Baldwin
  • Club Monaco
  • Saint Laurent
  • APC
  • The Arrivals
  • Barney’s NY
  • Marine Layer
  • The Kooples
  • Gentle Monster
  • All Saints
  • Warm

TOURISM

  • The Guggenheim in the Upper East Side
  • The Whitney in Meatpacking
  • Jane’s Carousel in DUMBO
  • SoulCycle in NoHo
  • MoMA in Midtown
  • Terminal 5 in Midtown
  • The High Line in Chelsea
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art in the Upper East Side
  • Central Park in Manhattan
  • Riverside Park in the Upper West Side
  • Grand Central in Midtown
  • Top of the Rock in Midtown

Don’t spread the word too much. Keep these favorites on the down low.

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the NEW YORK list: broadway

One SUPER thing about living in Manhattan is the easy access to all of the FANTASTIC Broadway shows. If you’ve read the MUSICAL list, you know I’m all about some good theatrical expression. So far, I’ve seen 7 shows on the Great White Way since moving here. While MOST of them have been brilliant, some fell a little flat. SO, what show should be next to see on your list?! WELL…this list should help you out.

Dear Evan Hansen // La La Land’s composers take their skills to Broadway. It’s a mix of Next to Normal and Spring Awakening. It’s also the most challenging and beautiful piece of theatre I’ve ever seen. GET YOUR TICKETS NOW WORLD. You’ll probably cry.

Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 // It’s whimsical, exhilarating, ludicrous and completely glorious. Some “War and Peace” plot lines infused with Russian accents make for the perfect combination.

CATS // Are you serious Charlie?!…YEP. I AM. The revival running right now is invigorating and sharp with each movement. It’s the cleanest show I’ve ever seen. AND I’m a DOG PERSON. BUT I STILL 100% approve.

Miss Saigon // This limited run will give you chills all through Act One. Act Two moves a little slow, but the tremendous set design makes up for it. It’s classic Broadway and terribly depressing, somehow making Les Misérables and Aida look like child’s play.

What about the three other shows you saw?! Eh, don’t worry about them. Plus all of the shows I saw back in high school closed (RIP Spiderman: Turn off the Dark). I’m only trying to GIVE YA THE BEST. So what’s next on my list to see?

Sunday in the Park with George // All I’m hearing is BRAVO and BRAVA. I’m trying to get tickets this weekend, so stayed tuned to my Instagram to see if I find my way back to Times Square (gah) for this limited engagement.

Anastasia // MORE great reviews and that word of mouth is spreading like wildfire about this show. Having just opened in previews last week, I’m curious to see how this one measures up.

Hamilton // Okay, don’t roll your eyes at me. But, I haven’t listended to the soundtrack yet. I just know that “ELIZA” melody. I’m all about going in blind to see a show and then being blown away. Listening to the soundtrack is the biggest spoiler. One day I’ll get in to see this one. Probably not anytime soon, but I’ve heard you should try and go.