Hidden Treasures: Places & Restaurants in NYC Tourists Don’t Know

Parks to check out:

  • Highline Park & Chelsea Market
  • Walk the Brooklyn Bridge and Brooklyn Heights Promenade (you can see the whole skyline of the city from there) — nightscape is mesmerizing!
  • Roosevelt Island — you chance to take a free gondola (use metro card)!
Photo Credit: Marina Chetner


Picnic Spots:

  • Illumination Lawn @ Lincoln Center >> perfect spot to read a book
  • Irish Hunger Memorial @ Battery Park
  • Hudson River Park and its piers — rent a bike to bike along the riverside or pick a summer night to watch a waterfront outdoor movie (can be very romantic)
  • Washington Square Park (the one w/ the arch, unofficial NYU “campus”)

Less-crowded tourists attractions:

  • The Cloisters — medieval art museum in a medieval castle
  • Christmas Markets: Bryant Park or Union Square

Cafes and Restaurants:

Coffee & Tea:

  • Stumptown Coffee @Ace Hotel — for an art deco old New York experience
  • Alice Tea Cup — for cute high tea (their scones are to die for)
  • Bosie Tea Parlor — for comfy couches and thoughtful conversations (and of course, great selection of tea and pastries)
  • Housing Works Bookstore Café — to be surrounded by old books

Japanese: Ootoya, Cocoron, Shabu-Tatsu, Hibino, or any restaurant on/near Astor Place

Malaysian: Nyonya

Italian: Pepe Giallo (cool ambiance, close to Highline park), Epistrophy, and try to avoid Little Italy, the restaurant there sucks

American/Brunch: Friend of a Farmer, Clinton Street Bakery, Jane, Cornerstone Café, Little Owl (great food and it’s located under Friend the TV Show’s apartment bldg. in NYC!)

Mediterranean: Jack’s Wife Freda, Casablanca (in Brooklyn)

Greek: Souvlaki GR

For a Chinatown hole-in-the-wall experience: Mei Li Wah Bakery >> they have the best 80-cent roasted pork buns!

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