October 1, 2019
NYC: where to eat and what to do (sharing your suggestions)

I’m heading back to NYC this week, but this time with Brandon. You may remember that I went for work a couple months ago and had my mom with me, which was so fun. We

I’m heading back to NYC this week, but this time with Brandon. You may remember that I went for work a couple months ago and had my mom with me, which was so fun. We had such a great time and I kept thinking how much I wanted to go back in the fall. We went to a lot of great places on the last trip, but I was ready for more suggestions from y’all this time around. (Planning out where to eat in NYC is one of the most stressful things because there are literally so many options!)

When I asked you guys on Instagram for suggestions, tons of recommendations came in. I also had so many of you request that I share the responses. I thought it would be easiest if I compiled everything into a blog post for you where it could live forever. There are three categories: lunch, dinner, and activities. Sharing all of those with you today!





Gramercy Tavern (top recommendation)

The Smith

Shake Shack Madison Square Park

La Merceri


Saks 5th Ave restaurant

Fred’s at Barney’s

The Loeb Boathouse


Le Bibloquet

Eataly (SERRA rooftop – top recommendation)

BG Cafe at Bergdorf’s

The Freehand

Sara Beth’s at Central Park

Restoration Hardware Rooftop (I can attest to this for lunch or dinner!)


Los Tacos

Sadelles (top recommendation for brunch)

Refinery Rooftop


Daily Provisions

Sadelle’s (top recommendation)

Tavern on the Green


Beauty & Essex


Jack’s Wife Frieda

Jacob’s Pickles (top recommendation)

Loring Place (top recommendation)

Le CouCou (top recommendation)

La Mercerie (top recommendation)

The Butcher’s Daughter (top recommendation)

Emily’s in West Village – y’all are saying they have the best burger

ABC Kitchen


Rosemary’s (top recommendation)




Polo Bar (one of the top recommendations!)

Quality Meats (another top)

The Rainbow Room (I’ve been told heading here for drinks is a great option.)

Locanda Verde (lots of recs on this!)


Don Angie (highly recommended by you guys!)


Palma (highly recommended!)

Catch (I’ve eaten here before and it’s wonderful and fun.)

L’Artusi (Probably the most recommended!)



Bar 65 – pre dinner drinks

Gramercy Tavern (highly recommended)

Little Owl (highly recommended)

Mr. Chow

Emilio’s Ballato


Maison Pickle

Manhatta (views!)

Fish Club

Sushi of Gari 46

Buvette (brunch looks amazing!)

Little Prince

Loring Place

Au Cheval

Carbone (highly recommended)

Joseph Leonard

The Campbell – late night drinks

Stanton Social (highly recommended)

ABC Kitchen (highly recommended)

Locanda Verde (highly recommended)

Rosemarys (highly recommended)


Le Coucou (highly recommended)

Keens Steakhouse

One if by Land, Two if by Sea

Pizza loves Emily

River Cafe

Blue Hill

Uncle Boone’s

Cafe Cluny


Frank Restaurant




II Bucco



Jue Lan


Carmine’s (highly recommended)

Flex Mussels (highly recommended)

Del Posto

Beauty & Essex

August NYC

I Sodi (highly recommended)

The Spotted Pig (highly recommended)

Bemelman’s Bar in the Carlyle – drinks



Per Se – drinks in lobby

Pil Pil





Bike ride through Central Park

Top of the Rock

Tribeca Sailing

Walk the Highline

See a Broadway Show

Happy Hour at The Standard Bar

Explore The MET

Catch Woody Allen and his jazz band at Bemelman’s Bar

Wander around neighborhoods

Shop in Chelsea Markets

Get a massage in China Town (honestly had multiple people say this!)

Day trip to wineries and farms on the North Fork

Sailboat Ride on the Clipper CIty

Rowboat in Central Park

Freedom Tower Tour

NYC Botanical Garden

Ice Skate in Central Park

Walk the Brooklyn Bridge & put a lock on fence

Go to an exercise class

The Frick

Food tour through Greenwich Village

The Vessel in Hudson Yards


Tenement Museum

Shop around at 5th Avenue, Soho, Noho, Lafayette

Grab a cookie from Levain Bakery

Yankees game

Helicopter Tour of the city

Take the Staten Island Ferry