Having just moved out of Manhattan to Boston, I feel like this is the perfect time to reflect on my favorite spots. When I lived there I was constantly googling places to go and there’s not much out there that isn’t repeating what has already been written about, so here’s my favorite spots for you all to check out!
I’m going to start off with my absolute favorite thing to do on the weekends in NYC: Brunch!
- Hotel Chantelle
- Jacob’s Pickles
- Caroll Place
- Three of Cups
- Sotto 13
I don’t want to talk too much about each but each of these has a great brunch deal and great ambiance, whether you’re looking for a more upscale bunch (Hotel Chantelle and Sotto 13) or just a great deal (Caroll Place and Three of Cups). All of these should be added to your regular brunch spots. The Chocolate filled mini donuts at Sotto 13…OMG. Jacob’s Pickles is a must if you’re living in Manhattan, its the best homestyle brunch, you’ll be full for days.
My absolute favorite dinner spot is Fig and Olive, there are a few locations throughout Manhattan and honestly I have never a meal that was other than exceptional. My fav thing on the menu? The toasts tasting appetizer.
As far as hidden gems go I have to give a shout to Astoria Seafood. It really doesn’t look like much but once you go you’ll see how delicious it is. It’s in a quiet area of Astoria Queens and you have to put your name in and wait a little pretty much every time. Make sure your whole party is there! Then once inside you go to the back and pick out fresh seafood on ice and put in a bag. After paying for the seafood you present it to the chefs and tell them how you want it prepared! It makes for an amazing dining experience. The seafood is so fresh, I typically get scallops prepared in garlic and butter and then some sort of fish. You can also order a family style greek salad and garlic bread. Everything will be super delicious, trust me.
Favorite place for a night out? I have a few spots. I feel that everyone should try the cult favorites like Up and Down, Beauty Bar, Houston Hall, Hair of the Dog, etc they’re all fun but can be really crowded. Personally I like to just sit, drink and chat. I also love a good dance floor when I’m in the mood. For dancing, I like The Red Lion Inn, there’s usually a live performer and the drink deals can be great! As far as more quiet bars, I love E-Bar in the UWS (great first date spot) as well as Death and Co. which is more of a speakeasy vibe. Another great place to have some fun in Fiddlesticks in the West Village, while it’s typically crowded, it’s always a good time.
I hope this helps any of you tackle the thousands of spots in NYC!