Now that you’ve eaten yourself silly, time to walk it all off! If you’re in Manhattan, the base of the Brooklyn Bridge is right by City Hall with about four subway stations away. The best views are when you turn around from Brooklyn and look back at the picturesque Manhattan skyline. When you get to the other end, and find yourself in Brooklyn look for one of the oldest pizzerias under the Brooklyn Bridge, Grimaldi’s. Go hungry and eat there!
Williamsburg is known for all things hip, including underrated restaurants, rooftops bars and artisan shops. It’s also a good walk from here to the Financial district. Walk past Wall Street, the Charging Bull and World Trade Centre Memorial fountains, or take the ferry 2 stops into North Williamsburg. It’s great for wandering and stumbling across quaint finds like the cutest little ice cream shop called Odd Fellows that does interesting flavours of ice cream and boozy popsicles.
If it’s too soon to re-indulge, bide your time with a beer stop at the Radegast Hall and Biergarten for a while.
Alternatively, check Fette Sau for a guaranteed BBQ overload.
Next stop – cookie heaven. To call what they make at Levain just any old cookie would be an understatement. Just one of these “cookies” could feed you through to your next meal … of which I shamelessly bought three and didn’t share. The line outside goes on forever, but when I was there it was sufficiently entertaining people watching. Once you’re inside, there’s no time to waffle – know what you want before you get in there! It’s what the line up is giving you time to do – so, for the love of cookies, it must be done!
A great way to great some fresh air after those cookies is to stroll through Central Park. There are several museums in the neighbourhood with rotating exhibits worth checking out.
I love the Met – it’s one of my all-time favourite museums, and even better if you tag along with a tour group or get the audio guide on your phone with the free wifi.
Another classic spot is the Guggenheim. Pro tip: start from the top down if you’re tired – that uphill climb on the spiral is harder than it looks.
Sure your New York must-visit list probably includes landmarks like the Empire State Building, the New York Public Library (it’s almost a museum in there!), Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, Statue of Liberty, but the suggestions above will give you a well rounded view of the city’s culinary delights. Happy travels and thanks Anahita for writing this post for us!
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