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These are the things we love, in the city where we live.

 

MAP

 

FOOD + DRINK

Via Carota

An Italian restaurant that never misses. There will be a wait, but it's always worth it, and a good excuse to grab a drink at the bar.

West Village, Manhattan

Flora Bar

On the bottom floor of the Met Breuer, from the same team behind Estela and Altro Paradiso. The perfect spot for a small bite and a glass of wine.  

Upper East Side, Manhattan

Esme

A beautiful neighborhood spot, that makes you want to eat there for lunch, brunch, and dinner, on repeat. Perfect for every day, but pretty enough for special occasions too.

Greenpoint, Brooklyn

The Exley

Esme's big brother. We've spent a lot of nights here, being mostly well behaved. Always cozy, with cocktails that we like to drink too many of. 

Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Aita

Tucked away on a quiet street in Fort Greene, the kind of place you can always find a seat and eat a bowl of pasta the size of your face. 

Fort Greene, Brooklyn

Olea

A Mediterranean spot that's cool, because it's not trying to be cool. Great spot for brunch or dinner. 

Fort Greene, Brooklyn

Speedy Romeo

Sometimes we need pizza. A lot of pizza. This is one of our favorites. They have another location in the Lower East Side, but this one is our fave.

Clinton Hill, Brooklyn

Saraghina

Can't ever go wrong having dinner at Saraghina. Lots of veggies, pizza, and nooks for hanging out in for hours. 

Bed Stuy, Brooklyn

Golda

Our only complaint is that this isn't right next to either of our houses, because it's what we want for breakfast every day of the week. A tiny jewel box, with great coffee and food. 

Bed Stuy, Brooklyn

Diner

An oldie but a goodie. This is our jam for a burger and a martini when you're having one of those days. 

Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Hart's

The kind of place that nights seem to disappear quickly as you drink multiple bottles of wine and share small plates with friends. 

Bed Stuy, Brooklyn

June

This is one of our go-tos for a glass of wine, and some little snacks. Often that turns into a meal... and many glasses of wine. 

Cobble Hill, Brooklyn

 

Estela

Most people go to fancy dinners here, we like it for sitting up at the bar, making friends with the bartender, and having a cocktail. 

Soho, Manhattan

King

Somehow this place makes white cloth tablecloths seem cool, and that's a feat in and of itself. With a menu that changes every day, it always feels special. 

Soho, Manhattan

Chez Ma Tante

Salad, huge fries, and a glass of wine? Yes, please. Everyone talks about the pancakes and the kedgeree, sure, those are great too. 

Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Ramona

The space is what gets us every time here. With a beautiful long bar, and double height ceilings and balcony seating, it can seem like stepping into another world. 

Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Lalito

Full disclosure: when Lalito first opened, I was upset. Because it replaced an amazing hole in the wall karaoke bar. But, to say I've come around would be an understatement. Mexican inspired menu, with bathrooms that are not to be missed. 

Chinatown, Manhattan

Black Mountain Wine House

Perfectly neighborhoody, this is another spot that isn't "cool", but it's cozy, and has a fireplace, and a bar where you can sit up and do a crossword on a Sunday. 

Gowanus, Brooklyn

HOTELS

1 Hotel Brooklyn

A beautiful hotel in DUMBO with views of downtown Manhattan. Thoughtfully appointed rooms. 

DUMBO, Brooklyn

The Bowery Hotel

Luxurious rooms with downtown views, you'll never want to get out of bed here. 

East Village, Manhattan

Sixty LES

Fun vibes and lots of food and drink options to choose from with a pool that kicks off in the summer. 

Lower East Side, Manhattan

Freehand

Nomad's younger sibling, this hotel is a bit more fun and casual. 

Kips Bay, Manhattan

The Mercer Hotel

A soho staple, wander downstairs and eat in the airy restaurant on its first floor. 

Soho, Manhattan

The Ludlow Hotel

Tucked in the Lower East side, this hotel is quieter than some of the other options in this neighborhood.

Lower East Side, Manhattan 

Soho Grand

Always comfortable, with the most hospitable staff in New York. 

Soho, Manhattan

Crosby Street Hotel

Light and airy rooms on a quiet street in SoHo close to tons of shops and restaurants. 

Soho, Manhattan

The Highline Hotel

An elegant hotel on the west side of Manhattan, its setting in a historic building leads to its charm. 

Chelsea, Manhattan

The Mark

An uptown option that isn't as stuffy as the rest. They pride themselves in customer service. 

Upper East Side, Manhattan

11 Howard

Design guides every aspect of this hotel, from the brass fixtures to the color palette. 

Tribeca, Manhattan

The Beekman

Dramatic interiors and lots of little nooks to grab a cocktail and pretend you're not in New York. 

Financial District, Manhattan

Nomad

Cozy rooms with restaurants by Daniel Humm, it's centrally located which makes it a good home base. 

Flatiron, Manhattan

Gramercy Park Hotel

An oldie but a goodie, with the novelty of being set aside a private park. 

Gramercy, Manhattan

Wythe Hotel 

An easy option in Williamsburg, make sure you get a room with a view of the skyline. 

Williamsburg, Brooklyn

CULTURE + SHOPPING

Neue Galerie

We love a museum on the smaller side. This one focuses on Austrian and German from the early 19th century. 

Upper East Side, Manhattan

MoMa

New York's modern art museum. Go around the corner and grab a burger at Burger Joint if you're having culture overload. 

Midtown, Manhattan

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

This one's a biggie. You can get lost in it. You can look at every type of art here. Don't be fooled by their "suggested" admission of $25. 

Upper East Side, Manhattan

Adaptations

Furniture heaven. Their stock rotates, so it's worth checking back often. 

Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Greenlight Bookstore

It's impossible not to buy one (or two, or three, or four) books every time we step foot in this shop. 

Fort Greene, Brooklyn

The Whitney

American Art is the focus here, and it's nestled right along the Highline. A good alternative if you want to see some art, but don't feel like going all the way uptown.

Meatpacking District, Manhattan

MoMa PS1

Not only do they have amazing shows here, but they host super fun concerts in the summer too! 

Queens

The Met Breuer

Converted from the old Whitney to the Breuer, this is where a majority of the modern art lives that would have been at The Met in the past. 

Upper East Side, Manhattan

Chelsea Flower Market

It's worth making friends with the flower shops on 28th. They will claim to sell only to wholesalers if they don't like you. You've been warned.

Chelsea, Manhattan

McNally Jackson

This bookstore has taken all of my money. They have a café, and a huge magazine selection as well. We've lost hours here. 

Soho, Manhattan

Prospect Park

Yeah, yeah, yeah, Central Park is great and iconic, but our true love lies with Prospect Park. The same people designed it and worked out all of their mistakes. We get lost here, often.

Brooklyn

The Highline

An old railway track that was converted into a walkable garden along dozens of blocks on the west side. It can get packed, but it's magical being transported from 18th into the 30s quickly. 

Manhattan

Brooklyn Museum

Always host to some of the most interesting museum shows in the city. Head next door to the Botanical Gardens when you're finished. 

Prospect Heights, Brooklyn

Goods for the Study

They have an entire wall of pens. Pretty sure I don't have to say anything else. 

Soho, Manhattan