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Hello, New York

New York, Travel Journal

Where: New York City
Best local phrase: OMG, I can’t even.

It’s been almost three weeks since I flew in to a snowy New York. The findings: This City is peppered with pickle-backs and seriously taken Brunches . A few places I’ve loved so far:



The Grey Dog, Chelsea (242 West 16th Street)
There’s no way anyone can get food envy at this joint because everything on the breakfast menu is really really good looking. I opted for the Egg sandwich with cheese on a croissant and home fries, with a Bloody Mary. Sort of like The Breakfast Club in London but, with a better breakfast menu. That’s a helluva statement too. There’s also a puppy store close by which is the best. thing. ever.


Banter, Forest Hills  (108-22 Queens Boulevard)
If you find yourself in Queens…Irish Bar and Kitchen with acoustic Irish music sets on Sundays. Great hearty brunch menu that’s reasonably priced and includes good coffee and a good Mimosa or Bloody Mary. The staff here are good craic and the decor is homely.



Corner Bistro, West Village (331 West 4th Street)
The menu is found on a small black board and is made up of: burgers. Some speculate the best burgers in New York. The meal is served on paper plates and there’s a general no-frills vibe. Though prepare to wait in line for a while and sip the $3 beer on tap till a table becomes free.


Russ & Daughters Cafe, LES (127 Orchard Street)
Matzoh Ball Soup like Bubbeh used to make. Unreal Jewish comfort food from Russ & Daughters who’ve been around with the E Houston Street store for over 100 years. The newly opened cafe has smoked herring imported from Holland. I had the Smoked Whitefish Chowder which is top.


Gansevoort Market, Chelsea (52 Gansevoort Street)
The rustic-hipster food hall is a 2minute walk from the much larger Chelsea Market and has a really delicious Lebanese stand slightly hidden in the back corner, MTerranean. Don’t skip out on the zaatar pita and the hummus. Seriously.




Ice Cage @ Mehanata, LES (113 Ludlow Street)

“An ethereal Siberian Discotheque”. The Ice Cage is found in the basement of the Siberian themed bar.  Don the authentic Soviet army uniform, take your shot glass made of ice and enter the sub-zero cage lined with insane amounts of vodka. Good luck.


The Rusty Knot, Chelsea
The Rusty Knot is a nautical themed bar with delicious kitchi cocktails found on the Hudson shore. From Ken Friedman (The Spotted Pig) and Taavo Somer (Freemans) and Momofoku alums.


Iggy’s, LES (132 Ludlow Street)

A laid-back dive bar with $5 beer and shot combos. Rock and indie on the machine, graffiti on the wall.


Fat Cat NYC, West Village (75 Christopher Street)

Live Jazz and dive bar activities. Shuffleboard, Billiard, ping pong tables and board games. Open till 5 am every night.





The High Line Park, Meatpacking District (Starts on Gansevoort St)
Walk across a park in the New York skies. The High Line is a public park elevated on an ex-freight train line. Also there’s a Blue Bottle Coffee Cafe here, and you can stargaze like a pro.


Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City (32-01 Vernon Boulevard)
An outdoor museum in Queens with Manhattan as its skyline. There’s also a Saturday local food market here, and the Museum of the Moving Image is at Astoria nearby.


Vintage Thrift West, West Village (242 West 10th Street)
For really great fashion finds, this store has an impressive edit of second-hand pieces and designer labels. There’s also the Housing Works thrift store directly opposite.





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