Limitless offerings in a city that doesn't sleep
A collection of neighborhoods—all bearing their own distinct, noteworthy identities—lay scattered across New York City's five boroughs. Over 50 million visitors and $35 billion in tourist commerce traipse through every year. There is so much to bite upon in the Big Apple. A cultural hub of all major sectors, world-class food is found beside incomparable museums, theatrical extravaganzas (or ground-breaking experimental works) are steps from shopping, and historic landmarks and architectural gems dot vistas, corners and even nooks that you could miss in the bustle. Whether you're interested in a stroll through the mesmerizing illumination of Midtown or the winding, tree-lined streets of the West Village, 24-hour public transportation will get you there. Entertainment, exploration and even relaxation are all present because, simply put: New York City has everything. Constantly shifting, it can be tough to keep up with the developments, but rest assured, it's all there. Along the Hudson River, across to the western edge of Long Island, at the base of the Empire State, New York City generates a pull that traverses the globe. It's inspiration and, most importantly, it's available.
The TriBeCa flagship for Detroit watch, bike (and more) maker is worth a visit. More than a shop, the location is designed to keep people engaged. Their café and newsstand, run by sandwich masters The Smile, sits right up front. It's a good place for a coffee or a snack before embarking upon a wonderland of Shinola branded products—from handmade watches, bicycles and paper goods to limited edition collaborations with like-minded brands—and other carefully selected items. The brick and mortar store is a showcase for some of the finest American made products that generally exist only online. It’s All-American, celebrated in NYC. This neighborhood and its cultural heritage happens to house the famed Tribeca Film Festival. See what drew the festival there by strolling about the under-explored, winding streets, or head south a few blocks for the World Trade Center Memorial Site and the historic financial district. For fuller eats, Smith & Mills restaurant—a former carriage house—offers one of the city’s best burgers in a fascinating, modified environment. If you’re planning a late one, swing over to the ground floor of The Woolworth building. Their lounge, The Wooly, mixes eccentric décor with a relaxed lounge environment. The space also features many surprise DJs who, depending on the night, can amp up just about anyone, or settle the audience into thoughtful conversation.
No place better reflects the East Williamsburg/Bushwick, Brooklyn surge than Roberta's Pizza. This is no New York City pizzeria: While their pizza are a staple of the menu—and constructed from fresh ingredients, in clever pairings, then cooked in hot, fragrant smoke—the sit down restaurant is top-notch foodie heaven. Complexity varies across foraged greens salads, aged and cured meats and seasonal delicacies. Roberta's dance-party vibes, their fantastic happy hour and the exceptional food draw Manhattanites out for an excursion. When you're done in their outdoor garden space, the neighborhood has much else to offer. Tandem, not far, is a local watering hole that best represents the Bushwick scene, with all offerings reasonably priced. The Narrows also provides another great local option. Kávé Espresso bar meets all coffee requirements, especially when their patio seating is open in the summertime! It's located in The Loom, which also houses a yoga center. Roberta's doesn't take reservations and there can be quite a wait, but that's the perfect excuse to explore.
In season or off, the Hamptons provide New York City’s greatest escape. The best reflection of what east coast beaches can be, there is sun and sea and a breeze that can carry away the most congested city day. Of equal importance, the culture from NYC carries over—with food, art galleries and the best in relaxation amenities. A little over two hours by car or train to the eastern end of Long Island, every town has something worth touching upon. For a historic village feel, drop by Sag Harbor, their newly renovated Watchcase Factory stands as an architectural gem. Bay Burger’s fast food approach almost sells short the high end quality of its food. The Bay Burger itself is delicious and substantial. The Sag Harbor Farmer’s Market is worth a stroll as much as a purchase. The farm fresh offerings hail from the surrounding lands, which even New Yorkers forget contain the best in farmland output. Retailer Aesop has opened a pristine, inventive product showcase in neighboring East Hampton. Their luxuriant bath and body products dash a little refinement to every self-grooming approach. Sant Ambroes, sister to a restaurant in New York, reflects the best in Southhampton seafood. Rich, meticulous plates pair ocean fresh and local veggies for dishes that wow. Their seafood risotto stands as one of the finest selections. Drop by Kamadeva Yoga for thoughtful, energizing exercise. And don't forget to venture to the very end, where even in the dead of winter the chateau-like Montauk Manor will provide you free shuttle service back and forth around the haven for Manhattanites.
Hand-selected from across month-long worldwide travels, Kiosk is more than a shop—it’s a collector’s paradise. Billed as a travel story presented for sale, several of their buyers spend months abroad selecting site specific objects and materials. They have a view in mind to showcase and sell rarities and treasures, found through research and happenstance, but sold only in New York. Their product line is unpredictable, as they sell what they secure, but if you’re a hunter, this is a place to grab hold of something wondrous. Everything is fluctuating, but each collection aims to paint a picture of past travels, while featuring the remaining gems from adventure’s past. You are guaranteed the unimaginable. While in Soho, you can hit up Sweet & Vicious for a relaxing atmosphere with hip décor and equally trendy clientele, just as Spring meets the Bowery. For foodie explorations, stroll north on the Bowery for everything from high end pizza at Pulino's or Forcelli's, Mexican at Hecho en Dumbo or classy comfort food at Peels. The Wren and the chic lobby of the Bowery Hotel also warrant a sit down.
The creation of dim sum master chef Joe Ng and Chinese food expert Ed Schoenfeld, RedFarm offers the greenmarket mentality applied to modern Chinese masterpieces. Rustic décor meets dim sum exploration, and it's all locavore. The steamed baby bok choy is a delightful revision on a classic, but the Pac Man dumplings and yuzu wasabi shrimp unveil an experience not offered elsewhere. The wooden warmth of the interior creates a farmhouse feel—it’s a delightful sensory mingling. This neighborhood isn’t shy on good food if RedFarm doesn’t strike your fancy. Next door neighbor Swine provides the best in pork and beyond (with a bone marrow brisket burger to write home about). The famed Spotted Pig and the bakery fresh diner Westville are both close by. With the IFC Center and Film Forum also in West Village walking distance, two of the best independent film theaters are most likely showing things you won’t get at home. For a little shopping, Del Piano New York is just around the corner, with stylish hand-made men’s shoes. (They do Italian leather better than most.) If you take the time to get lost in one of the most beautiful neighborhoods the city has to offer, you’ll also stumble into everything from designer cupcakes—like Magnolia—to boutiques and thrift stores, or you can pursue shops dedicated to the best in take-home bread and cheese.
You can almost call the buyers at Matter curators, as they handpick, and sometimes manufacture internally, their high-end design products. Furniture, lighting, wallpaper and home accessories—varying from sculpture to vases—all grace their sales floor. From the portable to the overwhelmingly impressive, Matter carries things you’ll find nowhere else. Situated in Soho, a shopping hub of New York, you’ll find no end to retail opportunities in the adjoining streets. Head east for an insider secret at C&L Dumpling, a dive of a venue with the best dumplings the city will ever offer at the cheapest price you’ll find them. For a fancier experience, you can hit up the three neighborhood hotels—Crosby Street, the Mondrion or the Mercer. You may cross a celebrity, but you’re more likely to have star treatment. Go to Café Select for dinner, but stay for their hidden back room, just on the other side of the kitchen.
The line outside of Shake Shack on any given day is a fairly good indicator of how much it's enjoyed by locals and tourists alike. Before going, check their webcam to see how long you'll have to wait (sometimes over an hour, depending on weather and time of day), but enjoy the time outside in Madison Square Park, a favorite that's nearby the famous Flatiron building. The park features a rotating series of art installations and plenty of room for sitting on benches or sprawling on the lawn. After enjoying your Shackburger or indulging in frozen custard (or a "Concrete"—a huge cup of thick frozen custard with delicious candies, fruits and other treats mixed in), head over to Raines Law Room on 17th for some speakeasy vibes. While we prefer the atmosphere of the Shack's original location, the concept is currently expanding across NYC. Try their Upper West Side, Citi Field, Theater District, or Upper East Side locations if you happen to be in those areas. Or, if the line is too long for your liking at the original, head over to Eataly, Mario Batali's 100,000 square foot celebration of Italian food, featuring a grocery store, prepared foods, several restaurants, gelateria, espresso stand, wine shop, and a rooftop beer garden.
Rotating their selection of merchants once a month, no two shoppers will ever experience this 2000 square foot boutique the same way. A wonderful place for discovering new designers of apparel, gadgets and gifts to take home, the entire shop is just as concerned with your shopping experience as it is with what you take away. This permanent pop-up themes their months and is a self-proclaimed blend of magazine, store and gallery. On the northern outskirts of the Meat Packing district, a few blocks south you’ll find the club center for European tourists and the wealthier New Yorkers. Dance, eat or watch those frequenting a celebration-centric neighborhood. For one of the best views of the city, head atop the Standard Hotel’s Le Bain. Great for people-watching and terrific views of the city and across the Hudson, it's a very New York spot.
Asian fusion is popular these days, but it’s often hard to find authentic Japanese done well. Izakaya Ten offers both. Welcoming the solo diner and larger parties, this place bills themselves as home-cooked. It’s not far from the truth. The warmth of the environment, the friendly staff and a vast offering of superb dishes, their aim is to make you feel at home—while exploring the culinary expanse of Japan. For a sea-worthy adventure, go with the Tako Yaki octopus balls. If meat is your want, the Saikoro Beef Steak reigns supreme. It also happens to be hot for a drink after a long night out. So close to the Highline, there’s no better time to explore New York’s elevated park. Experimental theater production Sleep No More continues its run just a few blocks north. If you aren't down for Hitchcock meets Macbeth, their jazz fueled Manderlay Bar, their rooftop Gallows and their music hall The Heath offer performative presentation that takes you right out of time. No one can predict what will unfold while at the McKittrick.
One of the city's newer green spaces, Governors Island is the closest way to get far away from the hustle of NYC. A free seven-minute ferry ride delivers you great views of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island. The island holds ample acreage for biking, picnicking, catching a weekend summer concert or a myriad selection of special events, or just wandering around the historic structures. Accessible from the Battery Maritime Building, the launch point of the ferry sits close to South Street Seaport and its shopping center. For another boating option, the Staten Island ferry—which leaves from a terminal adjacent to Governors Island's—makes for a perfect and perfectly free Statue of Liberty scope-out spot. Go at sunset and buy a beer on board for a little lo-fi magic.
Tucked beneath the Williamsburg Bridge, deep in the Brooklyn neighborhood's southside, Marlow & Sons is a culinary staple for many New Yorkers. With a famed selection of wines, cheeses, oysters and desserts, they rarely serve a less than stellar meal—though it's not for the sodium-shy. A coffee counter up front bears an array of appetizing baked goods, but head to the wood-paneled dining room for a cozy meal of seasonal specials, followed by their delicious chocolate salted caramel tart (almost always on the menu). The same owners also run Diner, a contemporary, higher-end take on the dirty spoon concept, that has a great burger. It also happens to be attached to Marlow. Head East on Broadway to check out Marlow & Daughters, their butcher/grocer, Dressler, another delicious New American restaurant that earned itself a Michelin star recently, or world famous steak house—Peter Luger's. You can walk along the waterfront, for one of the most amazing view of Manhattan, or check out the catwalk-like nature of Bedford Avenue. Venture further north and you'll find other superb food options, like Mast Brothers Chocolate, Saltie, Spuyten Duyvil, La Superior, Dumont Burger. There's also no end to the best coffee, either found at Oslo, Toby's Estate or Blue Bottle. For a little shopping, be sure to stop by In God We Trust, Beacon's Closet, Catbird and Dijitalfix.