Danielle’s guidebook

Danielle
Danielle’s guidebook

Outdoors NYC

Some parks and activities to do in NYC!
On the west side, can walk a lot of distance and has great views. Used to be an old rail line and converted into an elevated park with local plants.
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The High Line Park
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On the west side, can walk a lot of distance and has great views. Used to be an old rail line and converted into an elevated park with local plants.
Has various activities like a driving range, kayak launch for hudson river, trapeze experiences.
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Pier 40 at Hudson River Park
353 West St
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Has various activities like a driving range, kayak launch for hudson river, trapeze experiences.
This is an easy ferry ride from downtown Manhattan. Usually has art exhibits and various activities. Also hosts bike rentals to bike around the island. Nice views of NYC and Brooklyn and Statue of Liberty!
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Governors Island
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This is an easy ferry ride from downtown Manhattan. Usually has art exhibits and various activities. Also hosts bike rentals to bike around the island. Nice views of NYC and Brooklyn and Statue of Liberty!
Beautiful garden with year-round interest. Late April has the famous cherry blossom festival (Sakura Festival), the rose garden peaks in July/August, the Japanese pond is gorgeous year-round. There is an indoor desert exhibit for wintertime months.
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Brooklyn Botanic Garden
990 Washington Ave
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Beautiful garden with year-round interest. Late April has the famous cherry blossom festival (Sakura Festival), the rose garden peaks in July/August, the Japanese pond is gorgeous year-round. There is an indoor desert exhibit for wintertime months.
These gardens are best accessible via car. There is a cover fee but it is a beautiful intimate garden. Nice if you are driving through or going to the Bronx for other activities.
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Wave Hill
4900 Independence Ave
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These gardens are best accessible via car. There is a cover fee but it is a beautiful intimate garden. Nice if you are driving through or going to the Bronx for other activities.
You can take the subway to Coney Island; it's an amusement park and public beach. The Cyclone is a classic NYC landmark and the Wonder Wheel gives great views; try it at sunset. The boardwalk has a lot of oddity bars and exhibits too!
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Luna Park i Coney Island
1000 Surf Ave
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You can take the subway to Coney Island; it's an amusement park and public beach. The Cyclone is a classic NYC landmark and the Wonder Wheel gives great views; try it at sunset. The boardwalk has a lot of oddity bars and exhibits too!
Check out their website for summertime free concerts! There is nothing like a free concert in Central Park :)
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SummerStage in Central Park
5th Avenue
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Check out their website for summertime free concerts! There is nothing like a free concert in Central Park :)
Rent a bike and bike around this park. BEAUTIFUL vista views of Manhattan and Brooklyn skylines! Can also visit the Statue of Liberty from here.
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Liberty State Park station
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Rent a bike and bike around this park. BEAUTIFUL vista views of Manhattan and Brooklyn skylines! Can also visit the Statue of Liberty from here.

Restaurants

Restaurants on all ends of the $$ spectrum
Creative Asian/american bbq inspired food
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Momofuku Ssäm Bar
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Creative Asian/american bbq inspired food
Creative desserts! Delicious for all sweet tooths!
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Milk Bar East Village
251 E 13th St
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Creative desserts! Delicious for all sweet tooths!
They have a few locations in the city, so look up all of them... chinese street food, cheap and delicious!
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西安名吃 Xi'an Famous Foods
37 West 43rd Street
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They have a few locations in the city, so look up all of them... chinese street food, cheap and delicious!
NYC's longest-surviving restaurant!! George Washington apparently ate here.
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Fraunces Tavern
54 Pearl St
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NYC's longest-surviving restaurant!! George Washington apparently ate here.
Pricey food and drinks but the most AMAZING view of the city.
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Manhatta
28 Liberty Street
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Pricey food and drinks but the most AMAZING view of the city.
Brick-oven pizza, delicious!
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Motorino
510 Columbus Ave
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Brick-oven pizza, delicious!
Delicious italian restuarant in Bedford-Stuyvesant Brooklyn. Great cocktails and pizzas. Has a lovely backyard. Get there early to beat the wait on weekends. They have a tapas bar to have a drink and snack while you wait.
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Saraghina
350 Lewis Ave
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Delicious italian restuarant in Bedford-Stuyvesant Brooklyn. Great cocktails and pizzas. Has a lovely backyard. Get there early to beat the wait on weekends. They have a tapas bar to have a drink and snack while you wait.
Best fried chicken!!! Best meal is the Mac and Cheese and Fried Chicken, regular or HOT. When you get there put your name on the whiteboard when you get inside the doorway. That is the waitlist, there is no host or hostess. You may have to wait awhile for peak brunch and weekend dinners. Get a drink at Lover's Rock or Bed-Vyne Wine ("Brew") up the street if the list is really long.
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Peaches HotHouse
415 Tompkins Ave
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Best fried chicken!!! Best meal is the Mac and Cheese and Fried Chicken, regular or HOT. When you get there put your name on the whiteboard when you get inside the doorway. That is the waitlist, there is no host or hostess. You may have to wait awhile for peak brunch and weekend dinners. Get a drink at Lover's Rock or Bed-Vyne Wine ("Brew") up the street if the list is really long.
Voted "Best Pizza in NYC" by the NY Times (very controversial! since it is in NJ!). Get there right as they open at 6pm to get on the waitlist, and have a drink next door at Luna while you wait. They will text you when table is ready. The wait is always shorter than they tell you. Order the bread and butter and the meatballs. I also love the raisin and olives pizza.
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Razza
275-277 Grove St
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Voted "Best Pizza in NYC" by the NY Times (very controversial! since it is in NJ!). Get there right as they open at 6pm to get on the waitlist, and have a drink next door at Luna while you wait. They will text you when table is ready. The wait is always shorter than they tell you. Order the bread and butter and the meatballs. I also love the raisin and olives pizza.
Fancy italian restuarant. Delicious! No need to tip, it is included in the price
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Maialino
30 Lexington Ave
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Fancy italian restuarant. Delicious! No need to tip, it is included in the price
This is the first location of Shake Shack in the city but there are quite a few around if you cannot make it here. This is the classic experience of standing on a long line in Madison Square Park, people watching for 20 minutes and then sitting in the park eating your burger and shake!
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Shake Shack
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This is the first location of Shake Shack in the city but there are quite a few around if you cannot make it here. This is the classic experience of standing on a long line in Madison Square Park, people watching for 20 minutes and then sitting in the park eating your burger and shake!
Delicious pie!!!
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Petee's Pie Company
61 Delancey St
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Delicious pie!!!
My favorite donuts in all of new york. Need to go to Greenpoint Brooklyn, but worth it in my opinion!!!
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Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop
727 Manhattan Ave
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My favorite donuts in all of new york. Need to go to Greenpoint Brooklyn, but worth it in my opinion!!!

Bars/Booze/entertainment

Fun bars to go to!
Pricey but amazing amazing views of the skyline. Drinks will run you around $20 a piece, a nice place to stop in and move on!
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Manhatta
28 Liberty Street
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Pricey but amazing amazing views of the skyline. Drinks will run you around $20 a piece, a nice place to stop in and move on!
Punk Rock Tiki Bar! Get a tiki punch and listen to some music
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Otto's Shrunken Head
538 E 14th St
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Punk Rock Tiki Bar! Get a tiki punch and listen to some music
There are a couple locations of Barcade now in the city, and in Brooklyn and Jersey City, too! Fun concept where you play classic arcade games while enjoying a beer!
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Barcade
388 Union Ave
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There are a couple locations of Barcade now in the city, and in Brooklyn and Jersey City, too! Fun concept where you play classic arcade games while enjoying a beer!
Drag Queen Bar! Fun to go to for an event as the drag queens make you and your group feel special (bachelorette or birthdays are fun). Really fun even if you just show up!
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Lips Drag Queen Show Palace Restaurant & Bar
227 E 56th St
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Drag Queen Bar! Fun to go to for an event as the drag queens make you and your group feel special (bachelorette or birthdays are fun). Really fun even if you just show up!
Upscale burlesque with great performers, live music and hosts. It is a more expensive night out because it is a mandatory drink and food minimum, but it's wonderful entertainment
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Duane Park
3836 166 Duane St
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Upscale burlesque with great performers, live music and hosts. It is a more expensive night out because it is a mandatory drink and food minimum, but it's wonderful entertainment
Lower-key burlesque with multiple shows a night and lots of variety!
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The Slipper Room
167 Orchard St
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Lower-key burlesque with multiple shows a night and lots of variety!
Brooklyn bar - has great cocktails and live music EVERY night! Talented local musicians. Gospel Brunch on Sunday mornings is amazing. Local gospel singers.
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LunÀtico
486 Halsey St
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Brooklyn bar - has great cocktails and live music EVERY night! Talented local musicians. Gospel Brunch on Sunday mornings is amazing. Local gospel singers.
Karaoke! Get a room for you and your friends or sing public in the bar
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Sing Sing Karaoke
9 St Marks Pl
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Karaoke! Get a room for you and your friends or sing public in the bar
serves vintage cocktails, fun to visit if you're already downtown!
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The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog
30 Water St
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serves vintage cocktails, fun to visit if you're already downtown!
Classic NYC gem! CHEAP drinks, specials and a free hot dog with every drink
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Rudy's Bar & Grill
627 9th Ave
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Classic NYC gem! CHEAP drinks, specials and a free hot dog with every drink