New York City Snapshot

For anyone planning to travel to New York City we hope this local snap shot is useful in your planning.

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Nate

Passportandchill.com

Self Description: You can follow me on my blog at passportandchill.com. I am a 31 years old. My perfect day on vacation includes eating great, finding unique but happening bars, and spending time with local people and learning about their lives. I’m also a sucker for seeing the “must-see” attractions.

How long have I lived in NYC: 6 Years

My #1 Recommendation…

If the weather is nice… go to the Frying Pan bar. Get there around 4 (preferably on a Friday) and stay until sunset.

If the weather is not cooperating … Saturday or Sunday All-you-can-drink Brunch. My favorite spot is Agave, but you better get reservations weeks in advance.

My Top 5 Lists…

Touristy Attractions

  1. Central Park (get a drink at the boathouse)
  2. The Met
  3. Times Square (get in and get out)
  4.  Wall Street
  5. The 9/11 Memorial

Local Attractions

  1. Comedy Cellar
  2. Washington Square Park
  3. 42nd Street Public Library
  4. Cafe Wah/Arlene’s Grocery
  5. Yankees Game

Restaurant (sorry in NYC you need more than 5)

  1. Quality Meat
  2. Agave (for All-you-can-drink Brunch)
  3. Takahachi
  4. Stanton Social
  5. Baby Bo’s Cantina
  6. Pick-A-Bagel
  7. John’s of Bleeker Street Pizza
  8. Roberto’s (Italian food in the Bronx)
  9. Minetta Tavern (rally expensive but amazing hamburger)
  10. Ilili
  11. Num Pang
  12. Pam Real (The best Thai Beef Ball Soup, the rest of the menu is just ok)

Bars

  1. Frying Pan
  2. B Bar
  3. Refinery Rooftop
  4. Three Sheets (to play slap cup or beer pong)
  5. Bowery Electric

Suggested 1 day itinerary

Stay in an AirBNB in the West Village

Bagel Breakfast > Wall Street > 9/11 Memorial > See Statue of Liberty from a distance > Walk through Soho and West Village > Lunch at John’s Pizza > Nap if necessary > Washington Square Park > Frying Pan > Central Park (if time) > Quality Meat > Times Square > Refinery Rooftop > B Bar

Suggested 3 day itinerary 

Stay in an AirBNB in the West Village

Day 1:

Bagel Breakfast > Wall Street > 9/11 Memorial > See Statue of Liberty from a distance > Walk through Soho > Lunch at John’s Pizza > Washington Square Park > Grab some beers at 3 Sheets > Walk through West Village > Takahachi > B Bar > Bowery Electric

Day 2:

Brunch at Agave > Get a bottle of wine and have a picnic at Central Park > Quality Meat > Times Square > Refinery Rooftop

Day 3:

Lafayette Grand Cafe (or another Bagel if you are so inclined) > The Met (check out the roof too) > Walk through Central Park to Upper West Side > Luke’s Lobster for Lunch > Levain Bakery for Cookies > Frying Pan > Stanton Social > Comedy Cellar

Suggested 5 day itinerary

Stay in an AirBNB in the West Village

Day 1:

Bagel Breakfast > Walk through West Village > Lunch at John’s Pizza > Washington Square Park > Grab some beers at 3 Sheets > Takahachi > B Bar > Bowery Electric

Day 2:

Brunch at Agave > Get a bottle of wine and have a picnic at Central Park > Quality Meat > Times Square > Refinery Rooftop

Day 3:

Relax in the morning > Yankees Game > Arthur Avenue in the Bronx > Dinner at Roberto’s > Metro North to Grand Central Station >  Check out Grand Central

Day 4:

Breakfast at a local spot in the West Village > Wall Street > 9/11 Memorial > See Statue of Liberty from a distance > Walk through China Town > Dim Sum Go Go for Lunch > Walk through Soho > Flatiron Building > Dinner at Ilili > Cafe Wah

Day 5:

Lafayette Grand Cafe (or another Bagel if you are so inclined) > The Met (check out the roof too) > Walk through Central Park to Upper West Side > Luke’s Lobster for Lunch > Levain Bakery for Cookies > Frying Pan > Stanton Social > Comedy Cellar