You should know that in New York there are endless possibilities but, starting form a list that a friend of mine living in the city gave me, I created this short and non-touristic list to let you experience some of the best spots in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Enjoy!
1 – Eat the famous Katz’s Patrami sandwich, and have a breakfast at the Goodfellas Diner.
2 – Take the Staten Island ferry 30 min before sunset. Then take it directly back to manhattan. Its free, u will see the statue of liberty. Free. At sunset. You’re welcome.
3 – Walk around Bushwick (brooklyn) – awesome street art. Really really worth it if u like that kind of thing, you can even do a pay what u want walking tour but I strongly suggest to get start from the Bushwick Collective and then get lost in the streets.
4 – Have a burger at the parker meridian hotel (119 west 56th). Go into the lobby. Do not walk back out. Its there. Go to the back left. The tiny neon burger sign is what ur looking for.
5 – Have a drink at the Wythe hotel (rooftop bar) (Wythe ave, Williamsburg Brooklyn) or at the Mr. Purple in Lower East side. Again this is best done at sunset and i really recommend it
6 – If you like oysters, before going to the Wythe go to Maison Premiere (300 bedford ave also williamsburg) for oyster happy hour and amazing cocktails- get there around 5:30 pm or you will not get in.
7 – Visit the Village, have a pizza slice at Bleecker Street Pizza and a drink at the old rabbit club (124 macdougal) there is no sign u just have to know (it says “taqueria” above the door) better to get there around 6 pm becauses it is small.
8 – Meatpacking district is the best for nightlife. When there go to Bathtub gin, it’s an hidden bar on the back of a coffee shop.
9 – Walk the High Line in Chelsea and have lunch in Chelsea market.
10 – Visit what remains of little Italy, then walk Spring street, Mott street, and Broome street. They are full of shops and cafe.
11 – In Chinatown go to either to Nom Wah Tea Parlor or Shanghai Cafe, both have bad service and good food
12 – If you like vinyls go to Lafayette street, and if the weather is good, in front of the Astor Palace you can find Donny with a great selection of rock, jazz and blues records
13 – You can go to DUMBO, but move to the Brooklyn Bridge Park to view the sunset. If you are luck you can see something like this (no filter)
14 – Relax at the Conservatory Gardens, hidden gem on the upper east side of Central Park.
15 – Go to Coney Island, preferably on a Sunny Sunday.