Big Gay Ice Cream Truck
Believe it or not, the most popular question I receive in my inbox from people visiting New York (or who have just moved here) is not about the typical tourist attractions. Instead people want to know where to get their hands on delicious food without breaking the bank. While New York is filled with top-notch and expensive places to eat, it is also home to a wide selection of some of the most mouth watering food trucks and street food of any major U.S. city. And lately, many of New York’s tastiest treats have gone mobile, moving from place to place to satisfy cravings all over Manhattan. So here is your guide on what to eat around New York, but be sure to keep your eyes peeled — you never know when you’ll cross paths with one of these moveable institutions.
Street Sweets: Have a sweet tooth? Then you will love this mobile bakery that offers up sweet and savory items such as brownies, cupcakes, muffins, croissants, and quiches. Wash it all down with a freshly brewed cup of coffee, or cool off with an iced tea. All ingredients use organic milk, raw sugar and fair-trade coffee beans. Take a peek inside and check out the beautiful (and spotless) kitchen on wheels.
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Cured meats and seasonal cheeses at Artisanal Fromagerie & Bistro
There are few things in life that everyone can agree on, but a love of cheese has to be one of them. New York City has many fantastic fromageries, but these three highlight that wonderful and stinky dairy product the way it deserves.
Artisanal Fromagerie & Bistro: Chef Terrance Brennan designed this midtown restaurant to mimic eateries in France that specialize in cheese. Mission accomplished: Artisanal reminded me of what a classic French restaurant must have looked and felt like back in the day. With a selection of over 200 international varieties of cheese, including some that are spectacularly stinky, chances are that even the pickiest cheese head will find something they like. Chow down on such items on the menu as mac and cheese, grilled cheese sandwiches and various fondues. For dessert order up the extremely tasty creme brulee. Tip: When making reservations, ask to be seated in the cheese cellar for a truly cheesy dining experience. 2 Park Avenue. Stay nearby at Affinia Dumont Hotel.
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Radegast Hall & Biergarten in Brooklyn is a great spot for warm-weather drinking.
With the temperatures rising, now is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy a drink (or twelve). And there’s no place better to mix booze and sunshine than at one of the Big Apple’s many excellent outdoor beer gardens. These fun spots will have you raising an oversized stein to good times with good friends — over (one too many) good beers.
Lorely Restaurant & Biergarten: It doesn’t get any more German than Lorely. Located on the Lower East Side, this truly authentic old-school beer garden looks like a piece of Bavaria landed in the Big Apple. From the frosty imported German brew to the delicious German grub, Lorely is legit. This brewhouse even had its tables made by a designer in Cologne. 7 Rivington Street. Stay nearby at the GEM Hotel SoHo.
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Acme Bar & Grill in the West Village
With the weather getting warmer and the days getting longer, now is the perfect time to down a few cold ones while visiting New York City. While the Big Apple can be a pretty pricey place to get hammered, a few select spots offer happy hours and drink specials that are sure to get you lit for less.
Acme Bar & Grill (9 Great Jones Street, West Village): Home of the “F*ck it Buckets” and $2 Tuesdays, this Greenwich Village bar might not be the prettiest girl at the party, but you will definitely enjoy it’s daily happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. with such cheap brews as Abita, Acme Home Brew, and Pabst Blue Ribbon! Stay nearby at the Washington Square Hotel. Read More »
Gimme! Coffee in SoHo
Years ago, New Yorkers had to settle for only decent coffee. It might have bested other cities when it came to pizza and bagels, but when it came to serving up a good cup of joe Seattle and Portland were the clear winners. But over the last few years there has been an espresso explosion; high-quality coffee shops have been opening up throughout the city. These are my favorite: Read More »
Inside the Atlantic Avenue Tunnel
A stroll down Times Square, a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, and a visit to the Empire State Building are the typical locations people check out when visiting New York City. While there is nothing wrong with playing the role of a tourist in the Big Apple, you might want to take a break from the norm and check out these three unique views of the city that never sleeps. Read More »
Fried oysters at the Stone Park Cafe in Brooklyn, NY
Believe it or not, there is more to New York City than just the island of Manhattan. When you are in town be sure to hail a taxi or hop a train ride and check out one of the “outer boroughs.” One in particular that any visitor to the Big Apple should check out is Brooklyn.
If you make your way to the family- and foodie-friendly neighborhood of Park Slope, you will most definitely want to take a stroll down Fifth Avenue a.k.a. “Restaurant Row.” Among the baby carriages you will find many different types of eateries – fancy restaurants, quirky cafes, and everything in between. Read More »
Whiskey Ward bar in NYC's Lower East Side
Whether you like it on the rocks, with a little soda, cold, or warm, there is nothing better than a good glass of whiskey (or whisky, as Scots seem to prefer). New York City is home to a plethora of wonderful booze locales that serve up a mean glass of single malt scotches or fine whiskeys. These NYC bars feature an extensive selection of the adult beverage that is perfect to sip on a cold winter night.
The Whiskey Ward: Located just three blocks from the Williamsburg Bridge, this Lower East Side saloon is decorated with many whiskey jugs and barrels that really do a good job to set the drinking mood. The amazingly extensive list of whiskeys include bourbons, rye, Irish whiskey, single malts, un-chill filtered scotch, and many more. The scene is a mixture of serious sippers and amateur drinkers and the prices are reasonable. 121 Essex Street. Stay nearby at the Hotel on Rivington or the Thompson L.E.S.
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The Spa in the Mandarin Oriental, New York
They say that New York is the city that never sleeps. While that might be true, locals do enjoy some downtime at the numerous luxurious spas that our Big Apple boasts. From day spas to hotel spas, we got you covered with three destinations that you need to check out when attempting to recharge your batteries after a long day of wandering around NYC:
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental: When it comes to luxury, the Mandarin Oriental’s 35th floor spa has it down to a science. The views alone are outstanding – the rooms provide spectacular bird’s eye views of Central Park and the Hudson River. Services include Ayurvedic skin and body treatments, various massages and acupressure. Guests are asked to book 90-minute services when making their appointment. This 14,500 square foot space comes with a price, however, so you might need an extra massage or two after realizing how much you dropped here. But hey it’s all worth it, right? 80 Columbus Circle. Complete the splurge with a stay at the Mandarin Oriental.
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A Salty Caramel Pecan ice cream sandwich at Stogo in New York City
Although the Big Apple boasts more fast food, food carts and overall fat-friendly restaurants than I care to count, did you know that New York City is also chock full of delicious places to dine out if you are a health-conscious eater? Manhattan has a lot of amazing restaurant choices these days and your options go way beyond typical vegan and vegetarian staples like tofu and sprouts. If you look hard enough, you will find a bounty of locales that offer gourmet raw food, vegan delicacies and overall healthy options on their menus. From dinner to dessert and, oh yes, all the way to a nightcap, we got you covered with three outstanding organic destinations.
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