Welcome to New York City!  The city that never sleeps, a mecca of shopping and home of the most breathtaking skyline in the world! The scene is familiar, yellow cabs rushing along large avenues, flashing billboards and a constant urban buzz. Visiting this city either for the first time or as a returning lover, it will never loose its uniqueness and charm. An essence that inspires and produces up until today an endless list of artists, designers and musicians. From Manhattan’s polished Upper East Side to Brooklyn’s gritty neighborhoods you’ll feel part of a famous sitcom or a main character of an avant-garde movie in seconds. This is a city that lives and breathes culture.

But let us not forget that beneath the mythical concrete jungle lies a city of exquisite cuisines, serious brunch culture, and top-notch bars that will stir your life around. These are my 10 hidden secrets to make you fluent in the NYC lifestyle culture!

  1. abc kitchen for Sunday brunch (Chic New American eatery via Jean-Georges Vongerichten sourcing local, organic ingredients)
  2. Cookshop for lunch or brunch (Energetic, greenmarket-driven hot spot by the High Line serving American fare plus a popular brunch)
  3. Takashi for dinner (Diners grill their own beef & offal at this minimalist-looking Japanese yakiniku restaurant)
  4. Red Farm for lunch or dinner (Creative dim sum & other modern, seasonal Chinese food in a cozy & rustic farmhouse-style setting)
  5. Public for a drink (Ian Schrager’s latest. Great service. Great style. Great fun. Great price. Great views)
  6. Ground Support Cafe (Low-key coffee shop with communal tables & outdoor benches pulling espresso & offering light snacks)
  7. Midwinter Kitchen for brunch (Simple, cozy venue for American meals & brunch with ingredients from the eatery’s own farm)
  8. Dear Irving for a cocktail (Cocktail parlor with fancy drinks & elevated bites in an upscale space with a time-traveling theme)
  9. La Sirena for dinner or a drink (Maritime Hotel magnet by Batali & Bastianich for housemade pastas & other upscale Italian fare)
  10. Jane Hotel for a drink (Historic Landmark Hotel In West Village, Close To The Meatpacking District)

Ph: @realjcreel 

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