Favorite New York Places to Go and Things to Do

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I get questions all the time about what my favorite places and things to do are in New York City and what a “typical” weekend looks like for me here…not just touristy things! Well… I am here to say, when I have free-time I love a good combination of neighborhood spots and also exploring New York like a tourist. I am only here for a short time, so I also love to see the city from all different perspectives! Below are some of my favorite places to go and activities I’ve done!

I am a sucker for a good brunch… I absolutely love going out to eat on the weekends and I think New York has such an amazing vibe for weekend brunch! Here are my favorite spots:

Brunch

Pietro Nolita

Restoration Hardware

Gemma

Ruby’s

Epistrophy

Charley St.

Butcher’s Daughter

Sant Ambroeus

Aunt Jakes

Old Rose

Santina

Cecconis Dumbo (for the most beautiful view of the bridge)

Coffee Shops

Maman

Cha Cha Matcha

Felix Roasting Co

 

I also love, love, love museums… I love modern art and I love seeing new exhibits, I also love going to see the pop-up museums that New York has throughout the year. Here are some of the museums and exhibits I have gone to and loved:

Museums

The Whitney

The MoMa

The Met

Natural History Museum

The Rosé Mansion

The Color Factory

I always also look for pop-up exhibits and have gone to a Damien Hirst show and to a Yayoi Kusama show, as well.

 

Shopping is obviously one of my favorite things to do even if I am not out buying and just window shopping! SoHo is my favorite area to shop in and here are a few of my favorite stores:

Shopping

Aritizia

Intermix

Alo

Gucci

Chanel

The Webster

Zimmermann

Glossier

Fleur Du Mal

Work Outs

SoulCycle

SLT

Box + Flow

 

Like I said before…although I don’t always want to spend my time in New York like a tourist, I still love to go and see sites while I am here. Some of my favorites have been

Sight Seeing

Top of the Rock (for cute pictures and an amazing view)

One World Trade Observation Deck

The Brooklyn Bridge

Central Park

The Stock Exchange

Grand Central Station

 

Restaurants

Bond St.

Blue Ribbon

Bar Primi

Lovely Day

Epistrophy

Café Clover

Joe’s Shanghai

Cipriani

Ippudo

Catch

Mimi Chengs

Springbone

By Chloe

ABC Kitchen

Tacombi

Café Habana

Hu Kitchen (great for take-out food!)

 

For a Night Out

The Blond

310 Bowery

The Bowery Hotel

Ghost Donkey

Paul’s Baby Grand

Comedy Cellar (is a must!!)

 

Beauty

Nails – Paintbox

Lash Extensions – Courtney Akai

Facials – HeyDay

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Whether you live in NYC or are visiting, I hope you found this helpful! If you’ve been to any of these spots, let me know how you like them!

Xo,

Victoria