It is slightly embarrassing if I’m very honest. I moved to
New York exactly four years ago, I came back 3 and a half years ago. That’s 365
days times four. That’s…ehm…1460 days.
It took me 1460 days to finally write a
post about the city that takes up a big part of my heart. But don’t worry, the
places are still up to date. I traveled back in November last year and went to a
bunch of my favourite spots and surprisingly many of them are still there and
haven’t changed at all.
recommendations for anyone travelling to NYC, but this post here is about 10
spots that you probably won’t spot immediately if you’re not looking for them.
Enjoy and don’t hesitate dropping me a line if you want to know more!
top floors are designated to an exhibition on Jewish history, the bottom floor
features modern art. While I was there in November there was an exhition called
“Take me, I’m yours”, displaying art that made you touch things, try things,
think about the art and if you want, take it home with you. In the basement
there is a Russ&Daughters Café, where you can have some of their delicious
cream cheese bagels with smoked salmon, or other Jewish delicacies.
Good to know: address: 1109 5th Ave & 92nd St, New York, website: The Jewish Museum
Price: 15$ regular, Thursdays 5-8pm Pay-What-You-Wish, Saturdays free
by Italians, though predominantly Polish people work in the shop, is a recommendation I received from a very nice former
colleague of mine, who told me I had to try this place. Donuts are incredibly
cheap (1.1$ per piece) and the variety is huge. Old-fashioned, blueberry,
pumpkin spice, classic, with frosting, filled..whatever you fancy, they have it
here. Take an iced-coffee to go and walk towards Williamsburg to spot some
other nice places in the area.
Good to know: address: 727 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY, website: Peter Pan Bakery
Price: around 1.1$ for a donut and 2$ for a coffee
pastries, cakes, donuts, savoury treats and most important: a very creamy
cheesecake made from fresh and real vanilla (you can see those little black
spots in it) on a bottom of I guess it was Oreo cookies. After having tried a
piece of cheesecake here you’ll be spoiled and probably won’t say ‘yes’ to any
piece you’ll encounter in the future. In front of the bakery there are two
benches on which you can sit down to enjoy your cake or step inside into the
very tastefully designed space, with a long table in the back and a counter
made from marble and light wood, putting all those little treats in the right
perspective. Plus: people here were super nice!
Good to know: address: 28 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY, website: Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery
Price: around 3-6$ for cookies, cakes etc.
away when having a walk in the Upper West Side. On weekdays it’s less crowded
and you’ll actually might be lucky and get hold of a seat. They’re not comfy,
nor is the interior special or nice in any way, but their bagels make you
forget this. If you ask me you should choose the smoked salmon with their
pumpernickel bagel. The bagels are prepared in a continuous loop, freshly by a
number of hard working people in the back of the shop.
Good to know: address: 2788 Broadway, New York, NY 10025
Price: 3-10$ for a bagel, depending on the filling
go on this list as it’s an absolute favourite of mine. Dark wooden floors,
benches and tables give you that cabin feeling and match perfectly with all the
BBQ-ed meat that’s being displayed at the counter. Sausages, beef, pork, chicken
grilled for hours and served with a choice of different homemade BBQ sauces. I
could bathe in them. You find that off-putting? Not until you’ve tried them!
I’m a big fan of the ribs, the pulled pork and the beef brisket and BBQ beans
as well as coleslaw, their bread rolls and maybe some sautéed veggies. Have a
craft beer with it and feel as if in the middle of Texas.
More info on Fette Sau here.
Good to know: address: 354 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211, website: Fette Sau
Price: 15-22$ for a dinner, depending on how hungry you are
little Italian place when we were strolling through the Lower East Side and
TriBeCa with a bunch of friends, trying to find something worthy to fill our
hungry stomachs. Order a glass of wine and a plate of homemade pasta. Their
homemade spinach Gnocchi with a cream gorgonzola sauce is a must, in my eyes.
They’re soft, but not overcooked and together with the intensely tasting sauce
this is a perfect match. The atmosphere is quite romantic, with dimmed light,
wooden little tables and Italian inspired decoration. The waiters are very
nice, too and above all, they’re fast.
Good to know: address: 649 Washington St, New York, NY 10014
Price: around 20-30$ for a dinner, around 15$ for a plate of pasta
from outside not very appealing spot. But wait until you’ve tried their
dumplings for less than 1.5$. You can order them steamed or fried with all
kinds of ingredients. They also have soups and other Asian dishes for very low
prices. It’s not a spot where you would linger for too long, but it’s just
perfect for a quick snack, before heading on to have a stroll through China
town, passing Little Italy and Nolita up to East Village.
Good to know: address: 42 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10013
Price: 1.25$ for 5 dumplings
and good bread loving people. This tiny spot on the Upper West side sells all
kinds of fresh, crispy and tasteful bread, delicious muffins, cakes, pastries
of all kind and coffee. I grabbed a filter coffee, a blueberry and ginger
muffin and walked towards Central Park to enjoy some autumn summer sunrays and
head towards my next destination.
Good to know: address: 2740 Broadway, New York, NY 10025, website: Silver Moon Bakery
Price: around 2$ for coffee, 3$ for a muffin
because the Whitney has some amazing exhibitions), you should visit the Museum
of Modern Art, next to the Hudson river, with a great view on the Lower East
Side, Chelsea, the Meatpacking District and West Village. Entry to the museum
is voluntary on Friday’s, so you can avoid the usual fee of $. Make sure to
climb up the complete way, because obviously that’s where the view is best.
Good to know: address: 99 Gansevoort St, New York, NY 10014, website: Whitney Museum of Art
Price: Fridays 7-10pm Pay-What-You-Wish, 22$ regular price for adults
cookbooks and there is also a little café, where you can sit down, drink your
Cappuccino and read one of your new purchases. This bookstore has not only a
great selection of cookbooks (I finally found a copy of Marcella Hazan’s –
Essentials to Italian Cuisine here), but a huge range of art and history books,
novels and other great reads. Based in Soho, this is the perfect starting,
break or endpoint of a little shopping trip through this buzzing area.
Good to know: address: 52 Prince St, New York, NY 10012, webite: Jackson McNally