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Guidebook for New York

Caroline

Guidebook for New York

Drinks & Places to drink them
From quiet speakeasy to loud sing alongs, this list is full of every kind of watering hole.
A trendy speakeasy located in the basement of a fun sports bar. Get a cocktail and enjoy the people watching!
Sugar East
A trendy speakeasy located in the basement of a fun sports bar. Get a cocktail and enjoy the people watching!
$10 tickets to hilarious shows where many famous comedians got their start
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Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre
555 West 26th Street
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$10 tickets to hilarious shows where many famous comedians got their start
The best gay bar you've ever been to. Incredibly talented wait staff serves up sass and songs to accompany the piano player. Two drink minimum and guaranteed good time. Go early, it's a small bar and fills up fast on weekends.
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Brandy's Piano Bar
235 East 84th Street
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The best gay bar you've ever been to. Incredibly talented wait staff serves up sass and songs to accompany the piano player. Two drink minimum and guaranteed good time. Go early, it's a small bar and fills up fast on weekends.
Reservations only upscale cocktail bar. A gorgeous speakeasy with a 1920's mobster vibe.
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Garfunkel's
67 Clinton St
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Reservations only upscale cocktail bar. A gorgeous speakeasy with a 1920's mobster vibe.
Great IPAs and a fun place to spend an afternoon
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Other Half Brewing Company
195 Centre St
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Great IPAs and a fun place to spend an afternoon
German Restaurant with a funny twist. October-May it's a quirky Christmas themed bar. I designate it a drinks and nightlife place because it is best known for its Holiday beverages and great beer list
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Rolf's
281 3rd Avenue
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German Restaurant with a funny twist. October-May it's a quirky Christmas themed bar. I designate it a drinks and nightlife place because it is best known for its Holiday beverages and great beer list
17th Century style cozy bar with live jazz, snacks, and truly amazing cocktails
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Le Boudoir
135 Atlantic Ave
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17th Century style cozy bar with live jazz, snacks, and truly amazing cocktails
Cool speakeasy with great drinks
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Death & Company
433 E 6th St
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Cool speakeasy with great drinks
Creative high end cocktails on a boat docked on the river
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Grand Banks
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Creative high end cocktails on a boat docked on the river
Artsy & Cultural Endeavors
Tour my personal favorites in the Arts & Culture space- the places I take my own friends and family when they come to visit.
can't miss collection. the sunsets are GREAT on the roof and you can even enjoy a cocktail after a long visit
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Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 5th Ave
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can't miss collection. the sunsets are GREAT on the roof and you can even enjoy a cocktail after a long visit
Heavy subject matter but important history and a well done memorial
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9/11 Tribute Museum
92 Greenwich Street
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Heavy subject matter but important history and a well done memorial
Commemorates the heroes of the day, and communicates the gravity of what New York experienced on that tragic day
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Ulusal 11 Eylül Anıtı ve Müzesi
180 Greenwich St
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Commemorates the heroes of the day, and communicates the gravity of what New York experienced on that tragic day
the 3 story former mansion of Henry Clay Frick featuring European Masters like Vermeer and Rembrandt. Pay as you wish Wednesday from 2PM-5PM fill up quickly so go early.
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The Frick Collection
1 E 70th St
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the 3 story former mansion of Henry Clay Frick featuring European Masters like Vermeer and Rembrandt. Pay as you wish Wednesday from 2PM-5PM fill up quickly so go early.
An aesthetically pleasing museum building with a focus on living artists. It claims to have an unsurpassed collection of modern and contemporary American art. Founded by an American sculpture and member of the famous Vanderbilt family, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. Located right by the High Line.
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Whitney Amerikan Sanat Müzesi
99 Gansevoort Street
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An aesthetically pleasing museum building with a focus on living artists. It claims to have an unsurpassed collection of modern and contemporary American art. Founded by an American sculpture and member of the famous Vanderbilt family, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. Located right by the High Line.
Incredible, real skeletons of dinosaurs and interesting rotating exhibitions. One of the largest museums in the world.
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81 Street-Museum of Natural History Station
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Incredible, real skeletons of dinosaurs and interesting rotating exhibitions. One of the largest museums in the world.
Sights Worth Seeing
The touristy spots I enjoy even when I don't have friends in town.
fountains, walkways, horse drawn carriages, running trails, a zoo, a carnival, and even a castle. There's almost unlimited ways to enjoy Central Park. Please let me know if you'd like to picnic- I am happy to lend you a blanket and a picnic kit to enjoy.
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Central Park
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fountains, walkways, horse drawn carriages, running trails, a zoo, a carnival, and even a castle. There's almost unlimited ways to enjoy Central Park. Please let me know if you'd like to picnic- I am happy to lend you a blanket and a picnic kit to enjoy.
a railway trestle converted to a walking park. Absolutely beautiful
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High Line
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a railway trestle converted to a walking park. Absolutely beautiful
Don't miss the gorgeously painted ceiling of the main terminal (with the signs of the zodiac), the whisper wall, the largest Tiffany's clock in the world, and the historic Campbell Apartment (now a wonderful cocktail bar)
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Grand Central Station
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Don't miss the gorgeously painted ceiling of the main terminal (with the signs of the zodiac), the whisper wall, the largest Tiffany's clock in the world, and the historic Campbell Apartment (now a wonderful cocktail bar)
Restaurant from the movie! Definitely need reservations to enjoy the famous frozen hot chocolate.
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Serendipity 3
225 East 60th Street
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Restaurant from the movie! Definitely need reservations to enjoy the famous frozen hot chocolate.
A stunning transportation hub and shopping area built near One World Trade Center.
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The Oculus
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A stunning transportation hub and shopping area built near One World Trade Center.
Wonderful sailing trips around Manhattan. Options include Jazz or sunset tours.
Clipper City Tall Ship - Operated by Manhattan By Sail
Wonderful sailing trips around Manhattan. Options include Jazz or sunset tours.
A design marvel with incredible views of the city skyline. A historic landmark and a classic NYC photo spot. Walk over to Brooklyn and enjoy the park on the other side!
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Brooklyn Köprüsü
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A design marvel with incredible views of the city skyline. A historic landmark and a classic NYC photo spot. Walk over to Brooklyn and enjoy the park on the other side!
Unique Shopping Experiences
These places will pique your interest and take your money. Proceed with curiosity and caution and pray your suitcase will close at the end of the trip.
The flagship store is beautifully decorated for every season and is actually the largest in the world with gorgeous antique escalators
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Macy's
151 W 34th St
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The flagship store is beautifully decorated for every season and is actually the largest in the world with gorgeous antique escalators
a modern shopping experience with a mix of boutiques, eateries, and outdoor spaces
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Chelsea Market
75 9th Ave
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a modern shopping experience with a mix of boutiques, eateries, and outdoor spaces
Only open on select weekend dates, but a GEM of a local shopping experience. The lamp in the guest room was purchased here!
Green Flea Market
100 W 77th St
Only open on select weekend dates, but a GEM of a local shopping experience. The lamp in the guest room was purchased here!
Terrific thrift store famous around New York for on trend modern and vintage pieces at a wide range of prices.
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Beacon's Closet
10 West 13th Street
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Terrific thrift store famous around New York for on trend modern and vintage pieces at a wide range of prices.
Upscale, curated vintage with a flair for all things camp. Find incredible deals on couture and ready to wear looks.
Screaming Mimis Vintage
240 West 14th Street
Upscale, curated vintage with a flair for all things camp. Find incredible deals on couture and ready to wear looks.
Tax free outlet shopping in New Jersey- super close to the city and connected directly by bus.
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The Mills at Jersey Gardens
651 Kapkowski Road
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Tax free outlet shopping in New Jersey- super close to the city and connected directly by bus.
Great thrift supporting an amazing cause
Housing Works Thrift Shop
1222 2nd Ave
Great thrift supporting an amazing cause
Food Scene: Upper East Side
Walkable food moments just a few blocks from the apartment
Americana fair with a nice happy hour and delicious French fries. Several locations around the city
5 Napkin Burger
1325 2nd Ave
Americana fair with a nice happy hour and delicious French fries. Several locations around the city
Americana fare with eco friendly commitment. Several locations around the city
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Bareburger
1370 1st Avenue
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Americana fare with eco friendly commitment. Several locations around the city
One of a kind Chinese spot with shareable portions. Try the pancakes and the duck!
Pig Heaven
1420 3rd Avenue
One of a kind Chinese spot with shareable portions. Try the pancakes and the duck!
Old Fashioned Sweets Store featuring cookies, candies, and ice cream. Delicious vegan options. One of a kind.
The Sweet Shop NYC
404 East 73rd Street
Old Fashioned Sweets Store featuring cookies, candies, and ice cream. Delicious vegan options. One of a kind.
Lovely local joint where the staff is super kind and the sushi is good. Free dessert with every meal and plenty of seating so there is almost never a wait. Free delivery to the apartment with Seamless or Grub Hub
Ko Sushi
1329 2nd Avenue
Lovely local joint where the staff is super kind and the sushi is good. Free dessert with every meal and plenty of seating so there is almost never a wait. Free delivery to the apartment with Seamless or Grub Hub
Vietnamese/French fusion- awesome small plates and sharable mains (very generous portions on all their large plates). Absolutely stunning decor and atmosphere.
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Le Colonial
149 East 57th Street
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Vietnamese/French fusion- awesome small plates and sharable mains (very generous portions on all their large plates). Absolutely stunning decor and atmosphere.
fast casual- organic salads and hot grain bowls. Free delivery through Seamless. Locations all over the city
sweetgreen
1321 1st Avenue
fast casual- organic salads and hot grain bowls. Free delivery through Seamless. Locations all over the city
24-7 Grocery store with a deli and great to-go options. Locations all over the city.
Morton Williams Supermarkets
1031 1st Avenue
24-7 Grocery store with a deli and great to-go options. Locations all over the city.
Best bagels in Manhattan! No seating, casual hole-in-the-wall experience. Highly recommend the everything bagel with cucumber dill cream cheese and lox. Don't worry if there's a long line- during peak hours they have 5 cashiers and it moves really fast. One of a kind spot.
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Bagelworks
1229 1st Avenue
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Best bagels in Manhattan! No seating, casual hole-in-the-wall experience. Highly recommend the everything bagel with cucumber dill cream cheese and lox. Don't worry if there's a long line- during peak hours they have 5 cashiers and it moves really fast. One of a kind spot.
Absolutely delicious Thai food. Gorgeous atmosphere, tiny one of a kind local spot, and a friendly staff. Free delivery to the apartment with Seamless
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Up Thai
1411 2nd Avenue
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Absolutely delicious Thai food. Gorgeous atmosphere, tiny one of a kind local spot, and a friendly staff. Free delivery to the apartment with Seamless
A local roaster with delicious coffee. Buy a pound and they'll treat you to a drink. Several locations around the city
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Oslo Coffee Roasters
422 East 75th Street
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A local roaster with delicious coffee. Buy a pound and they'll treat you to a drink. Several locations around the city
Scrumptious small plates and a great seasonal menu. Get the garlic shrimp and relax with their house made sangria or craft cocktail. Several locations around the city.
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Boqueria
1460 2nd Avenue
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Scrumptious small plates and a great seasonal menu. Get the garlic shrimp and relax with their house made sangria or craft cocktail. Several locations around the city.
Texmex and great margaritas. The grilled chicken salad is the best I've ever eaten. One of a kind location.
Two Lizards Mexican Bar and Grill
1365 1st Avenue
Texmex and great margaritas. The grilled chicken salad is the best I've ever eaten. One of a kind location.
New American with delicious cocktails and steaks, and fabulous brunch. Several locations around the city.
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The Smith
956 2nd Avenue
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New American with delicious cocktails and steaks, and fabulous brunch. Several locations around the city.
Absolutely scrumptious brunch.
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Sarabeth's Upper East Side
1295 Madison Avenue
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Absolutely scrumptious brunch.
Drinks: Rooftop Bars
Drinking on the roof is a favorite pastime in this city (particularly enjoyable in late Spring and early Fall). Enjoy a beverage (or two!) with a view
Gardenlike and trendy with tons of seating on top of a historic haunted hotel. During the winter, this rooftop bar is heated and still open
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Gallow Green
542 West 27th Street
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Gardenlike and trendy with tons of seating on top of a historic haunted hotel. During the winter, this rooftop bar is heated and still open
Classy and cool with a dress code. This bar has incredible views of the city and delicious, upscale drinks
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The Standard, High Line
848 Washington Street
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Classy and cool with a dress code. This bar has incredible views of the city and delicious, upscale drinks
A gorgeous rooftop garden overlooking the High Line. Delicious late night food and a great happy hour
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The Park
118 10th Avenue
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A gorgeous rooftop garden overlooking the High Line. Delicious late night food and a great happy hour
Upscale sports bar with multiple levels and a roof deck. Also great happy hour and dancing
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Tonic East
411 3rd Avenue
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Upscale sports bar with multiple levels and a roof deck. Also great happy hour and dancing
Drinks: & Dancing
NYC has a history of strange cabaret laws that cause most bars to avoid having a dance floor. These are the exception- loud and fun you are more than welcome to shake your moneymaker at these spots.
Cool, spacious multi-level nightclub with oldies and new music
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Marquee New York
289 10th Avenue
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Cool, spacious multi-level nightclub with oldies and new music
a fancier nightclub with fun dancing
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1 OAK
453 West 17th Street
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a fancier nightclub with fun dancing
Small music venue with indie headliners
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Mercury Lounge
217 East Houston Street
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Small music venue with indie headliners
Loud, cheap bar with fun dancing that gets crazy late at night
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Hair of the Dog
168 Orchard Street
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Loud, cheap bar with fun dancing that gets crazy late at night
From quiet speakeasy to loud sing alongs, this list is full of every kind of watering hole
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Webster Hall
125 East 11th Street
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From quiet speakeasy to loud sing alongs, this list is full of every kind of watering hole