A Local’s Guide to New York City

This weekend seems the like perfect time for a weekend getaway, don’t you think? The snow’s melted and it’s getting warmer, which only means one thing:  We can stay out longer! If you’re planning a ladies’ weekend anytime soon, rethink (and book) that trip to New York City. I spoke with quite a few local experts who gave us their two cents on places where “tourists” like us should go from dusk until dawn and back again. They had quite a few suggestions, many of which, I had never never heard of! (My point exactly.) These ladies are college students, local residents, and commuters of the city. And just like any city or town, only the locals know the really fun spots. No matter how many times you’ve visited the Big Apple, you can always try out some place new, right?

Thank you Katrina, Khiara, Lindsay, Michelle, and TwentyTweets contributor Kate for giving us these suggestions. Here you have it… The locals’ guide of go-to places in New York City!

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Bright and early, Khiara tells us that Gregory’s Coffee, 44th Ave. between 5th and 6th, is the place to go for coffee. “They’re super cute and tweet back at their customers all the time — a big plus in my book!”  TwentyTweeters would have to agree! Khiara also says that Gregory’s Coffee is less expensive than Starbucks with tons of flavors… Her favorite is the English Toffee Latte!

Katrina’s pick? Think Coffee, with three different locations. She frequents the one in Greenwich Village: “It has a great atmosphere for interesting people watching! There’s free Wifi, and I absolutely love their oatmeal and Chai.”

Katrina also has a fave breakfast place; Cafe Henri in West Village, 27 Bedford St. She says that it’s the cutest, tiniest, French breakfast spot. “It’s hidden between apartments and thrift stores, and I think it’s family owned because I have the same French waiter every time. I always get the Citron Chaud, which is a warm lemon drink with honey!”

Or, for something more on-the-go, Lindsay suggests Wafels and Dinges. It’s meals on wheels, literally! Like a lot of food in the city, the best Belgian waffles are served from a truck. Find the current whereabouts of this truck on its Facebook, Twitter, or website.

Khiara tells us that if you’re near Times Square around lunch time, you MUST try Rickshaw Dumplings. It’s another food truck! With a little research, we found out that they have a store, deliver, and cater, too! “I was so skeptical of trying them at first, but once you do, you get hooked. They delish, and cheap too!”

Now let’s talk dinner. Katrina says if you’re looking for champagne, flat bread pizzas, or Tuscan beans, you must try Gemma, 335 Bowery St. (and East 4th St). The restaurant is attached to the Bowery Hotel: “It’s beautiful! A rustic pretty. Every time I go, I overhear interesting conversations between fashionistas and the artsy types.”

TwentyTweets contributor Kate also has a hidden gem of the city:  It’s a wine and cheese cafe. Casellula, 401 West 52nd St. “The waiters were so helpful when pairing a wine with a cheese selection. There’s a funky elegance about the place — It’s one of those places you can’t wait to go back to and try the next thing on the menu.”

For dinner, Lindsay suggests trying the fusion of Latin cuisine at Yuca Bar & Restaurant, 111 Avenue A. “The food is absolutely amazing with so much flavor. It’s great to go with a group of friends and order a bunch of different things to try. The guacamole, vegetarian arepa with cheese and mushrooms, and empanadas mixtas are delicious.”

The Crocodile Lounge in East Villiage, 325 E. 14th St., is another one of Lindsay’s faves. One of the city’s best deals can be found here: “You get a free personal pizza with every drink that you order!” Well… You had me at free pizza…

Khiara’s go-to spot for dinner and drinks is Blockheads. “Now this is a place that everyone goes, but when you’re in the city, you just have to!” Khiara tells us that Blockheads is a really good Mexican restaurant with lots of locations and a ton of fun drinks. “I always get the Rednose Bulldog which is half frozen margarita, half sangria topped with an upside down Corona- and it’s only $6!”

Looking for a place to dance? According to TwentyTweets contributor Kate, she says that Off the Wagon, 109 MacDougal St., is the place to go to feel like you’re in college again. For the URI crowd, Kate compares it to Bonvue. “Every time I end up there, I come away with 10 new friends. Drinks are cheap and the more you drink, the better the time. It’s a less-sluttier version of Bonvue, if you will.”

Michelle says that a guaranteed good time can be found at Turtle Bay, 987 2nd Ave. “It’s a great bar to dance, enjoy 90s music (like Blink 182) and today’s hits. It’s ALWAYS crowded and it’s great for large groups or birthday parties because you can reserve the balcony. Party wristbands are $40 for top-shelf open bar from 10pm-1am. Lots of fun!”

For another girls’ night out, Katrina suggests The Jane Hotel in West Village, 113 Jane Street. With old couches, melted over candles, a fire place, and disco ball all in one place,  Katrina says that “dancing on the tables and old couches is not unusual here. The music is a fun mix between top 40, techno and oldies. Perfect for a girls’ night out.”

And for those post-bar munchies, Lindsay suggests 99 Miles to Philly, 94 3rd Ave. and S’MAC, 345 East 12th Street. Cheese steaks and mac & cheese… need we say more? Well, we will. At 99 Miles to Philly, Lindsay says that you’ll find amazing cheese steaks… But the best part is… they deliver SO quickly and super late. At S’MAC, you can literally create your own mac and cheese… To die for!

Kate’s go-to drunk eating location? Artichoke in Greenwich Villiage, 111 MacDougal St. “I love this place sober so it’s just THAT much better when drunk. There are three locations and no matter what time of day or night, Artichoke will always have a line. There’s no seating inside so it’s a ‘grab your pizza and go’ kind of place. There’s only 5 items on the menu… but as the name states, the Artichoke slice is the best. The slice is huge, delicious, messy and absolutely worth $4.50.”

Lindsay and Kate both agree:  NYC-visitors must try Pommes Frites:

“The store is smaller than a URI closet, but they have the most incredible French fries with about 50 different dipping sauces. Other fries will just never match up after eating here!” – Lindsay

“It’s an entire restaurant dedicated to French fries. They serve them in a paper cone bag, so they’re a great snack to grab on the way home. Friday and Saturday night, Pommes Frites is open until 3:30am… Which just screams ‘come here when you’re drunk!'” – Kate

And there you have it. So whether you’re planning a ladies’ weekend, or just want to know where to stop for lunch, be sure to check out these expert-approved spots. Interested in seeing YOUR city featured on TwentyTweets? Let us know @20sTweet!

~E

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One Response to A Local’s Guide to New York City

  1. bearrunner says:

    Weather is beautiful! Must be lots of choices in NYC

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