New York City is huge, and tough to experience in just one visit. The 5 boroughs of the city is the home to plenty restaurants, museums, and people from all cultures. So let’s skip the tourist lines at the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge, and experience the city through the eyes of a local.
We get it, you’re in NYC and you want to try all the american classics (and your should). But when you’re done stuffing yourself with hamburgers, pulled pork sandwiches and steaks it’s time to visit Chinatown for some, wait for it–Vietnamese food. Saigon Vietnamese makes the most delicious sandwich $5 will get you in the big city. It’s called a Banh Mi, a vietnamese classic consisting of a fresh baguette filled with ham, pickled carrots, cucumber, cilantro and hot chili.
Bring your sandwich to go and head down to the East River Ferry, one of our favorite ways to get around and see the city. The ferry will take you from lower Manhattan to beautiful Greenpoint in northern Brooklyn. On your way up the river you’ll get a good view of Brooklyn Bridge, Williamsburg and the Manhattan skyline.
As you walk through the city you’ll notice how strong New Yorkers feel for pizza. Everyone will tell you about their favorite place that “serves the best slices in the city”. We’re no exception. So skip the tourist traps in Little Italy and make your way to Paulie Gee’s in Greenpoint to indulge in wood oven baked pizzas with unique toppings and fresh ingredients. Don't forget to say hi to the lovely owner Paulie. This really is the best pizza in the world, we promise!
Thirsty? Try Attaboy, our favorite Manhattan cocktail bar. It’s hidden behind a big metal door, speakeasy style, so you might accidentally walk past it. Knock on the door and wait to be buzzed it. Once inside, sit down by the bar at let some of the most competent mixologists in the world craft a drink after your instructions. Continue into the New York night and explore the dirty dive bars, fancy rooftop bars, and the city’s rejuvenated club scene.
Afraid of waking up the day after with a combination of dehydration, jetlag, and a soaring hangover? Don’t worry, we got you covered. Start your day at the Russian and Turkish Baths in East Village. Relax in one of the six different saunas, ranging from steamy rooms to hot traditional Russian saunas. Try some Russian treats like pierogies in the restaurant and lastly really wake up by dipping into the ice bath!
These are just a small slice of what a day in our parts of New York could look like. We hope you enjoyed it.