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New York

Oh, NYC.  Find me a person who has traveled to this mega metropolis and has not found something to fall in love with and I will call them a liar.  With so much to see and do, New York is very high on our list of ‘Places We Would Move In A Heartbeat.’

From Soho to Brooklyn, Hell’s Kitchen to The Upper East Side, this city is overflowing with energy, history and a unique perspective that can only be here.  With the help of our friends Chuck and Kirsy – both New Yorkers (“born and raised” as you’ll find New Yorkers will say) here is a collection of some of our favorite places in the Big Apple.

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Dream Downtown:

Located in the trendy Meatpacking District, The Dream Downtown not only boasts an ideal location, but a rooftop pool!

http://www.dreamdowntown.com/

The Trump Soho

Luxury meets location in this relatively new Trump property.  The rooms are perfectly appointed and aren’t as tiny as New York travellers have grown uncomfortably accustomed to.

http://www.trumphotelcollection.com/soho/

The James

It’s in Soho.  It’s new.  It has a pool on the roof.  What more could you ask for?

http://www.jameshotels.com/New-York.aspx

The Mark

One of C&C’s favorite hotels – ever.  From the decadent décor to the in room ice maker, The Mark thought of everything when renovating this Upper East Side gem.

http://www.themarkhotel.com/

The Ace

http://www.acehotel.com/

Highline Hotel

http://www.thehighlinehotel.com

Four Seasons

http://www.fourseasons.com

The Westin (Times Square)

http://www.westinny.com

Soho House

https://www.sohohouseny.com

Mondrian

https://www.morganshotelgroup.com

Affordable, (in a Manhattan kind of way) and one of the coolest spots on the Isle of Manhattan.  The lobby bar and the Breslin Bar and Dining Room aren’t to be missed.

If you’re planning on staying in NY for an extended period why not rent a flat?  Here are a few sites to check out:

http://www.airbnb.com

http://www.homeaway.com/

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West Village/Greenwich:

you can find some great independent boutiques and also smaller versions of bigger ones (marc Jacobs, Intermix) and the only Nars free standing boutique, all in the West Village.  Plus, walking along Bleeker eventually brings you to Soho.

Soho:

All of the big hitters are now here in this former artist hangout.  From Bloomingdales to Top Shop, you could easily spend hours trolling the streets of Soho satiating your endless appetite for fashion.  Don’t miss Intermix, What Goes Around Comes Around, A.P.C., Alexander Wang, Olive & Bette’s, Opening Ceremony, LF Stores)

Eataly:

A ‘Foodie’ mecca, this food store/eatery is stocked with some of the best food finds from around the world.  Eat some oysters, sample some wine, grab a freshly made pizza, its all here in Mario Bitali’s food emporium.

http://www.eataly.com/nyc/

Meatpacking District (Intermix)

http://www.intermixonline.com

Williamsburg, Brooklyn Heights

The Beach in Brooklyn, Williamsburg

Boutique shopping in Brooklyn

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Balthazar

a French bistro right in the center of Soho.  This famous spot never lets you down and is worth the wait with towering seafood platters and fantastic frites.

Momofuko:

Next level Korean street food that’s relatively cheap and absolutely delicious.  Don’t miss the pork belly steamed bun!

http://www.momofuku.com/

Café Habana:

So. Yummy.  I die for this little Cuban corner restaurant in Soho (there’s also one in Brooklyn if you make the trip) The corn is out of this world!  But don’t forget to ask for extra napkins 😉

http://www.cafehabana.com

Bar Pitti

Marietta

Jeffries Grocery

http://www.jeffreysgrocery.com

Nobu

http://www.noburestaurants.com

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Clinton St Bakery

The line-ups at this place on the weekends are nutty, but if you happen upon it mid-week, don’t hesitate to dip in.  We dream about the buttermilk biscuits and the pancakes with maple butter…

http://www.clintonstreetbaking.com

Little Pink Teacup:

Food to soothe the soul.  Fried chicken and waffles, cheese eggs and grits, sweet tea.  Come hungry.

http://thinkpinkteacup.com/

Prune:

They have a Bloody Mary menu!  Plus a bunch of really delicious food options.

http://www.prunerestaurant.com/

EGG

http://www.eggrestaurant.com

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CAFETERIA

http://www.cafeteriagroup.com

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The Ballroom at The Jane Hotel:

Like partying in your rich Great Grandmother’s living room, The Jane’s famous ballroom is known to throw a bender mid-week that will have you thinking it has to be Saturday.

http://www.thejanenyc.com/

The Boom Boom Room:

The view is worth the sometimes-snooty door staff and the cocktails just make everything better.  It is truly a breathtaking space and worth the hoops you might have to jump to get in.

The Bowery Hotel Bar:

Being that I’m a sucker for a hotel lobby bar, The Bowery takes it to another level.  Grab a seat and drink at the bar or wonder around on the Persian rugs and then head out to the back garden patio.

http://www.theboweryhotel.com/

 

Bemelmans Bar:

Located in the Carlyle, Bemelmans is a quintessential New York bar that is perfect to dip into after a long shopping trip or before a show.  Named after the creator of the Madeline children’s books, this is a spot that oozes history making it a stop you won’t likely forget.

http://www.rosewoodhotels.com/en/carlyle/dining/bemelmans%5Fbar/

Lavo:

Like it’s sister club in Vegas, Lavo is party central.  With an option to eat first and dance later, Lavo could potentially be your one stop party shop!

http://lavonyc.drgtools.com/#/photos/collection

VIP (HOT SPOT ON SUNDAYS – MEATPACKING DISTRICT) http://www.viproomnyc.com

1OAK

http://www.1oaknyc.com

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Walk the Brooklyn Bridge:

A sight to behold and one of those ‘bucket list’ things you should just do.  Once in Brooklyn check out the Brooklyn Bridge Park, grab an ice cream at Brooklyn Ice Cream and walk around and check out the neighborhood.

Sleep No More:

I’m still in awe of this place.  Sleep No More is a theatrical production that takes place in a reimagined hotel, The McKittrick.  Once you walk in the door you are transported back in time and are given free reign over the floors of the hotel to explore and follow the characters of the play at your own pace.  You wear a mask the whole time and are asked to refrain from speaking.

One of the coolest experiences I’ve had in a very long time.

http://sleepnomorenyc.com/hotel.htm

The Brooklyn Flea:

Every Saturday from April – Thanksgiving The Brooklyn Flee sets up shop hosting a beautifully curated collection of some of the best vintage and antique vendors that NY has to offer.  You can find the Flea on Saturday in Fort Greene and Sunday in Williamsburg.  In the winter everything moves indoors to Skylight One Hanson.  Don’t forget to check out the food vendors while you’re there!

The Highline:

An old elevated train line, The Highline is now home to the most inventive park space.  Walk along taking breaks at various spots to watch traffic (it’s actually way more fun than you think) take some phenomenal pictures and snack on delicious organic popsicles.

http://www.thehighlinehotel.com

PS1:

If you want to take the trek to Queens, this MOMA offshoot is worth the ride.  Every Saturday in the summer the courtyard of this former public school turns into a dance party featuring bands and DJ’s from around the world.  There is also a moving gallery housed inside the school.

The Museums on Fifth:

The MET, Guggenheim,  Cooper-Hewitt and the Neue Gallery all sit on Fifth between 82nd and 105th.   Dip in and out of these culture behemoths while checking out the occasional high-end shop.  Two birds….

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Fashion is far more ‘free’ in NY.  You can see a guy in a suit standing right beside a girl in 12’ inch platforms, pink hair and a dress that seems to be on loan from the Harajuku girl’s closet.  But if you want to blend and aren’t interested in making a statement, black is always best.

You’re most likely going to be walking a lot, so make sure you pack shoes you can walk in – and by this I don’t mean painfully white and clunky New Balance.  Converse, moto boots, ballet flats; basically anything but what you can picture the classic American tourist wearing.

(check out Cup of Jo’s super cute 10 Ways Not To Look Like A Tourist in NY post)

http://joannagoddard.blogspot.ca/2011/09/nyc-guide-10-ways-to-not-look-like.html

I also liked her ‘less is more’ tip.  I find when I’m in New York and going out at night, that people look fantastic but never overdone.  Simple makeup, painfully cool outfits (that don’t scream ‘I’m trying SO hard’) and a great sense of individuality.

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