MY FAVORITE SPOTS IN NEW YORK

A pretty long while ago I posted a New York guide to all my favorite places in the city. This was back in 2015 when I lived in Chinatown, dated a man who was an emotional fuckup and still thought Union Pool was a fun place to hang out at. Almost three years later I can see clearly. I’ve moved from the city, I am not attached to any man and I haven’t been to Union Pool since February 2016 (if you don’t count halloween last year when I was drunk off my face and it was the closest place to get a burrito at). Anyway - you’ve probably figured already - but there’s a new guide coming at ya! I’m going back to New York for a week in June and being a *planner* I started to write up all the places I want to eat at when I go. The list was way (waaaay) longer than six brunches, lunches and dinners, so I thought I’ll share it with you instead. Plus my fave bars and stores and places to get coffee. 

Bookmark it, print it, do whatever you want with it. Just go to New York!

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DRINKING

The most important comes first. I present to you: my favorite bars in the city and Brooklyn. Most of these are places you can hang out all night at, while some are more “let’s go for one drink” kind of places. I’ve had fun at ALL of these though and that’s what matters. To be honest, all a bar needs to be good is cheap beer, good music and a nice bartender who’ll borrow you his/hers phone charger. And luckily many bars in NYC check those boxes.

  At St Dymphnas one night in April 2017

At St Dymphnas one night in April 2017

East Village

St Dymphna’s
8th Street, between 1 Ave and Ave A
My favorite bar in New York. It’s just a regular dive bar, but the music is always great, people are nice and it’s not unusual that it gets a little rowdy around midnight.

Niagara
Corner of Ave A and 7th Street
This place is fun to dance at.

  Outside Bibi's.

Outside Bibi's.

Bibi’s
4th Street between Ave A and B
Happy hour prosecco till 7pm.

Sophie’s
5th Street, between Ave A and B
Dive bar classic with cheap beer, bad ass bartender and pool table. 

Josie’s
6th Street, between Ave A and Ave B
Exactly the same as Sophie's. I never know which is which.

Lower East Side/Chinatown

Flower Shop
Eldridge Street, between Broome Street and Grand Street
Usually very crowded, but fun.

Bar Belly
Orchard Street, corner of Canal Street
Delicious cocktails!

Beverly’s
Essex Street, between Hester and Canal
Small space where it’s almost always fun to dance.

Forgtmenot
Division Street, between Ludlow and Orchard
The perfect place to grab a beer when you think it’s too early.

  Halloween 2016 at China Chalet, living my best life.

Halloween 2016 at China Chalet, living my best life.

China Chalet
Broadway, between Morris and Rector Street
If you want to party. A Chinese restaurant that turns into club.  

Public Hotel
Chrystie Street between Houston and Stanton
A fancy hotel rooftop bar with amazing view.

Soho

  Aperol Spritzing and sweating at Jimmy with my mom and brother in September 2016.

Aperol Spritzing and sweating at Jimmy with my mom and brother in September 2016.

Jimmy at the James
Grand Street, corner of Thompson Street
Rooftop bar at the James Hotel. Awful crowd but nice view and good if you wanna feel fancy.

The Blonde
Corner of Howard and Lafayette Street
Fun bar, very dance compatible.

Rintintin
Spring Street, corner of Elizabeth St
Best spot in Nolita to watch people and drink rosé.

Mothers Ruin
Spring Street, between Bowery and Elizabeth St.
Nice spot for a beer in the middle of it all.

Ear Inn
Spring Street, between Greenwich and Washington St
Okay, so this is basically Tribeca/Chelsea. But it’s worth the walk. Is said to be NYC’s oldest bar.

Williamsburg/Greenpoint

  Matilda, Nicole, some guy whose name I can't remember, Jack and I at Dardy.

Matilda, Nicole, some guy whose name I can't remember, Jack and I at Dardy.

Dardy Bar
S 1st Street between Havemeyer and Roebling
My second living room. Dive bar, loud, dirty, crowded, cheap and fun.

  Emma at Have & Meyer in June 2016.

Emma at Have & Meyer in June 2016.

Have and Meyer
Havemeyer Street between Grand and Hope
Cozy wine bar.

  Having the roof all to myself at Night of Joy last summer.

Having the roof all to myself at Night of Joy last summer.

Night of Joy
Corner of Roebling St and Meeker Ave
Cheap frozen margs, nice roof terrace.

  Nicole at Colette.

Nicole at Colette.

Café Colette
N 9th Street corner of Berry Street
Cosy spot with good cocktails (and food).

The Commodore
Metropolitan Ave corner of Havemeyer Street
Nice dive bar. Once shared a plate of tacos with Aziz Ansari here which I'm not sure is something I should brag about these days?

Enid’s
Manhattan Ave, corner of Driggs Ave
Come here for happy hour in the afternoon or go dancing late.

Bushwick/Rest of BK

  Nicole being the best dad she can be at Pearls.

Nicole being the best dad she can be at Pearls.

Pearls Social and Billy Club (BK)
Corner of St Nicholas Ave and Starr Street
Cozy local spot. 

Johnson’s
Troutman Street, between Wyckoff and Irving
Nice dive bar with a great frozen piña colada.

The Narrows
Flushing Ave, corner of Morgan
Great bar with nice bar food (the chicken fingers are yum).

  Cocktails at Weather Up.

Cocktails at Weather Up.

Weather Up
Vanderbilt Ave, between Dean St and Bergen St
Amazing cocktails. Drink them in the backyard.

Roberta’s
Corner of Bogart and Moore St
People go for the pizza, which I’m not a fan of. So I just drink here.

FOOD

I’ve had some of my best food experiences at these places. It’s easy to find cheap, good places to eat out at in New York which makes it so much more fun to do so! This list of restaurants is high and low. Google to make sure it matches your price point. Also - if you haven’t booked in advanced be ready to have to wait for at least an hour for a table. So always have a bar in mind to hang out in while waiting.

East Village

Momofuku Noodle Bar
1st Ave between 10th and 11th Street
Hyped ramen. Book in advance.

  My 25th birthday dinner at Gemma's.

My 25th birthday dinner at Gemma's.

Gemma
Bowery, corner of E 3rd Street
Italian spot in the same building as Bowery Hotel.

Pardon My French
Ave C, corner of E 7th Street
Cozy French place.

Cafe Mogador
East 8th Street, between 1st Ave and Ave A
Always crowded around brunch (for a reason). Sat next to Chloé Sevigny here once and couldn’t finish my food.

Miss Lily’s
Corner of 7th Street and Ave A (across from Niagara)
Caribbean spot with good brunch and cocktails.

Lucien
Corner of 1st Ave and 1st Street
Two words: lobster pasta. Oh and their cocktails.

Lower East Side/Chinatown

  Nicole outside Kiki's on my last night in New York before moving back to Stockholm .

Nicole outside Kiki's on my last night in New York before moving back to Stockholm .

Kiki’s
Corner of Division and Orchard Street
Greek food, hip place. Try the zucchini chips!!!

Lam Zhou Handmade Noodle
East Broadway between Allen and Essex
Best dumplings in the world. 3 bucks for 6 dumps. 

  Lunch at Spicy Village.

Lunch at Spicy Village.

Spicy Village
Forsyth Street, just above Hester Street
Cheap Chinese. The noodles are amazing. Perfect for lunch.

  Mr Taka Ramen-ramen. YUM.

Mr Taka Ramen-ramen. YUM.

Mr. Taka Ramen
Allen Street, between Stanton and Rivington Street
Best Ramen in NYC in my opinion.

Ivan Ramen
Clinton Street between Stanton and Houston
Close 2nd to Mr Taka.

Mission Chinese Food
East Broadway, between Rutgers Street and Jefferson Street
Amazing Chinese food. Kind of pricey but worth it.

Scarr’s Pizza
Orchard Street, between Canal and Hester
Great pizza slices. Order it with a cherry coke and sit in the back. Flirt with the skaters.

  One of many brunches at Dudley's.

One of many brunches at Dudley's.

Dudley’s
Orchard Street, corner of Broome Street
Classic NYC brunch spot with avo toast and bellinis.

  Dill and vodka cocktails at Russ & Daughters. Surprisingly delish.

Dill and vodka cocktails at Russ & Daughters. Surprisingly delish.

Russ & Daughters
Orchard Street, between Delancey and Rivington Street
My favorite brunch in the city. Jewish café with the perfect salmon bagels and latkes. Sat next to Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal here and had a nice conversation with Maggie’s three year old daughter.

Clinton St Baking Company
Clinton Street, corner of Houston
Supposed to be the best pancakes in the city, I don’t agree but if you wanna try…

Dimes
Canal Street between Orchard and Ludlow
Trendy spot with great, healthy food.

Soho/West Village

Balthazar
Spring Street, corner of Crosby St
Fancy French place. Book in advance.

  A spring evening in Chinatown.

A spring evening in Chinatown.

La Esquina
Kenmare Street, corner of Lafayette
Classic Mexican spot. Can be a bit too crowded and loud, but if you’re into that kind of thing.

The Mercer Kitchen
Corner of Mercer and Prince
Restaurant of the Mercer Hotel. Fancy. Tasty. Dark.

Blue Ribbon Sushi
Sullivan Street between Spring and Prince
Absolutely divine sushi.

  Saigon Shack dinner.

Saigon Shack dinner.

Saigon Shack
Macdougal Street between Bleecker and W 3rd Street
Cheap Vietnamese spot that looks like nothing, but is crowded with NYU students for a reason.

  Living life to the fullest at Minetta Tavern.

Living life to the fullest at Minetta Tavern.

Minetta Tavern
Minetta Lane, corner of Macdougal Street
Best burger I’ve ever had.

  Bleecker Pizza on Bleecker and Morton.

Bleecker Pizza on Bleecker and Morton.

Bleecker Street Pizza
Corner of Bleecker and 7th Ave
My favorite pizza slice in the city. Hiked here from my apartment across the street during the snow storm in January 2016. They had one slice left when I got there. Fucking miracle.

Hakata Tonton
Grove Street, corner of 7th Ave
Lived in the same building as this place. Japanese heaven. Let them recommend some sake. Get drunk and eat as much as you can.

Spotted Pig
Corner of Greenwich and W 10th Street
“This is Kanye’s favorite place in the city. We HAVE to go.”- my dad

  Nicole and I sharing a smoke outside Bibi's having A LOT of fun.

Nicole and I sharing a smoke outside Bibi's having A LOT of fun.

Hudson Clearwater
Hudson Street, corner of Morton Street
Delicious food off great produce. If it’s nice out, sit in their backyard.

Two Hands Cafe
Mott Street, between Grand and Broome
Nice brunch spot.

The Butcher’s Daughter
Kenmare Street, corner of Elizabeth Street
You probably heard of this place already. Kind of overrated in my opinion, but still do a mean almond butter toast.

Jacks Wife Freda
Lafayette Street, corner of Spring Street
Delicious brunch plates, hip crowd, great name.

Buvette
Grove Street, between Bedford and Bleecker
Great French place. The croque monsieur is amazing.

Williamsburg/Greenpoint

Lilia
Union Ave corner of North 10th Street
Really really good Italian food. This spot is great. Went once and it was a 3 hour wait though, so go early and then head to Night of Joy or something close by to get tipsy before dinner.

Pates et Traditio
Corner of Havemeyer and N 6th Street
De-lic-ious crepes (get one savoury and one sweet).

Rye
S 1st Street between Havemeyer and Roebling
Happy hour cheese burgers!!!!

  Nicole and Matilda at La Superior.

Nicole and Matilda at La Superior.

La Superior
Berry Street corner of S 2nd Street
Cheap tacos, strong margaritas, good vibe.

Diner
Berry Street, corner of Broadway
Such good food made from seasonal produce.

  Hungover waiting for a table at Five Leaves with Sara.

Hungover waiting for a table at Five Leaves with Sara.

Five Leaves
Bedford Ave, corner of Lorimer St
Crowded, popular brunch spot. Their mushroom toast is SO good.

Bushwick/Rest of BK

Montana’s Trail House
Corner of Troutman Ave and Scott Ave
Good food, good cocktails, cozy vibe.

Los Hermanos
Starr Street, between Saint Nicholas Ave and Wyckoff Ave
Cheap tacos. Delicious tacos.

Bunna Café
Flushing Ave, corner of Knickerbocker
Ethiopian food, soooo good.

  Sanna outside King Noodle on the same night we surprised her with a goodbye party in her apartment.

Sanna outside King Noodle on the same night we surprised her with a goodbye party in her apartment.

King Noodle
Flushing Ave, corner of Knickerbocker
Great noodles. Fun and kitchy interior. Order a bucket (to share) and get drunk.

  Dinner at Saraghina.

Dinner at Saraghina.

Saraghina
Corner of Halsey St and Lewis Ave.
Cute Italian spot with great pasta and a greater backyard.

SHOP

I love clothes. But I’m not made of money so I basically just shop at the chains or vintage. And the chains you’ll find even if you don’t want to. Just go to Broadway in Soho or 5th Ave at like 42nd street and work your way up toward the park. But anyway, here are some of my vintage go-to’s and some other gems that I make sure to check in at.

East Village

L Train Vintage/No Relation
1st Ave between 12th and 13th Street
Cheap vintage, Levis jeans for 5-10 bucks. Go through their t-shirts if you like wearing stupid jokes.

  Trying on denim at Metropolis.

Trying on denim at Metropolis.

Metropolis Vintage
3rd Ave corner of 10th Street
Band tees, denim, jackets. Kinda pricy in my opinion, but worth it if you find something good.

Still House
7th Street between Ave A and 1st Ave
Ceramics, jewelry. Very zen.

Lower East Side

Frankie Shop
Stanton Street, corner of Ludlow St
Cute RTW and accessories. Mixed brands.

Reformation
Ludlow Street, between Rivington and Stanton St
Best dresses.

Only NYC
Stanton Street, between Clinton St and Attorney St
Skate brand with cool hoodies and t-shirts

Soho/West Village

  St Marks in the rain.

St Marks in the rain.

Aesop
Elizabeth Street, between Prince and Houston St
Skincare brand that I'm guessing you've already know of.

Outdoor Voices
Lafayette Street, between Broome and Grand St
Workout wear.

Glossier Showroom
Lafayette Street, between Howard and Canal.
The physical store of Glossier. Totally buying into the hype around them. Their stuff is great.

Muji Pop Up
Broadway, corner of Howard Street
Love Muji. It has all the stuff you don’t really need, but will buy.

The Mask Bar
Howard Street, between Broadway and Crosby Street.
Buy all the sheet masks you can. You get like 50 for 10 bucks.

Opening Cermony
Howard Street, between Crosby and Broadway.
All your favorite brands in one place.

Williamsburg/Greenpoint

Awoke Vintage
N 5th Street, corner of Bedford
One of my favourite vintage stores. I always find something in here.

The Break
Corner of Dobbin St and Norman Ave.
When I first walked in here I thought it was going to be so expensive. But it isn't! Beautifully curated vintage to a fair price. Also, Hannah who runs it is a queen.

Beacon’s Closet
Corner of Bogart St and Varet St
Looks like hell cause there's just too much stuff. But if you have time, you'll def leave with something.

TO FUEL UP DURING THE DAY

East Village

Mud Coffee
10th Street, between 2nd and 1st Ave

Lower East Side/Chinatown

  Nicole and I on a stroll in LES.

Nicole and I on a stroll in LES.

Football Café
Forsyth St, between Grand and Broome

The Living Room at Gem
Forsyth St, between Delancey and Broome

Soho

Ground Support
West Broadway, corner of Spring St

Williamsburg/Greenpoint

OSLO
Roebling St, corner of Metropolitan Ave

Northerly
Havemeyer, between S 4th and S 3rd

Blue Bottle Café
Berry Street, corner of N 4th St

OTHER THINGS TO DO

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Museums

DIA Beacon
The Whitney
MoMA
Guggenheim
The New Museum
Brooklyn Museum

Day trips

The Rockaways
Cold Spring
Beacon

 

ENJOY! <3