©2017 by Bailey Sophia

My GUide to 

New York City

EATS

I'm a self-proclaimed foodie + my travels revolve around where I want to eat. It's always my mission to find the neatest spots with the tastiest bites in each city. This is where I get to share them with you!

SIPS

Cozy coffeehouses, craft cocktail bars, trendy tea rooms, local breweries, worthwhile speakeasies and other beverage stops will be listed in this section. What are you thirsty for?

STAY

When I visit somewhere new, I tend to stray away from the drab chains that may come up first in a Google search. Instead, I like to book rooms in boutique hotels, resorts, and Airbnb's with personality! 

GET CULTURED

Besides the normal "tourist traps", each city I visit has spaces worth seeing. I'll list must-see nature for the outdoorsy traveler, stores for the shopper, galleries for the creatives, and more!

Where

to Eat:

 

Lilia $$$

vibe: dreamy, previously an auto body shop, cozy

must order: agnolotti

 (I can recommend your whole meal here. It is my favorite restaurant ever. Just shoot me a message or email!)

sheeps milk cheese filled agnolotti, saffron, dried tomato, honey

567 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

1.

Catch $$$

vibe: high-end sushi + seafood, celebrity sighting hotspot, snazzy rooftop bar

must order: crispy shrimp

spicy mayo, tobiko

300 W 22nd St, NY, NY 10011

2.

Forager's Table $$$

vibe: organic ingredients, attached to a little market, big windows

must order: forager's farm breakfast sandwich

scrambled eggs, thick cut bacon, vermont cheddar, pickled onion, avocado, toasted brioche bun

300 W 22nd St, NY, NY 10011

3.

Tacombi $$

vibe: first a VW bus - now a NYC taqueria chain, extremely flavorful, energetic atmosphere

must order: al pastor taco

The ultimate Mexico City street taco. Thinly sliced, marinated Heritage pork served with cilantro, onions and roasted pineapple

30 West 24th Street, New York, NY 10010

^there are 6 locations! this is my favorite one, but they're all lovely!

4.

Milk and Cream $

vibe: nostalgic, cereal soft serve, old cartoons playing inside

must order: cocoa puff soft serve

topped with teddy grahams and caramel

159 Mott St, NY, NY 10013

5.

Galli  $$

vibe: exposed brick, soho chic, italian

must order: herb roasted chicken

must order: salsiccia 

rigatoni, sausage, broccoli rabe, carmelized onion, pepperoncini, garnished with Parmesan cheese

45 Mercer St, NY, NY 10013

6.

Dig Inn $

vibe: healthy fast-food chain, seasonal menu, cafeteria style

marketbowl 

Antibiotic-free chicken breast, garlic, marjoram, parsley, and rosemary

locations throughout nyc

7.

Levain $$

vibe: insanely popular, tiny outposts, ooey gooey cookies

must order: chocolate chip walnut cookie

"worlds greatest"

167 W 74th St, NY, NY 10023

351 Amsterdam Ave, NY, NY 10024

2167 Frederick Douglass Blvd, NY, NY 10026

8.

Via Carota $$

vibe: charming, rustic, neighborhood gastroteca

must order: tagliatelle

prosciutto & parmigiano

51 Grove St, NY, NY 10014

9.

The Butcher's Daughter $$

vibe: fresh, vegetarian cafe, bohemian

must order: butcher's omelette

three farm eggs, cheddar, mistake mushrooms, avocado, spinach, sourdough

2 locations

19 Kenmare St, NY, NY 10012

581 Hudson St, NY, NY 10014

10.

The Plaza Food Hall $$

vibe: hidden foodie wonderland under Eloise's hotel, gourmet vendors, sweet treats

must order: doughnuttery

mini donuts

1 W 59th St, NY, NY 10019

11.

Paulie Gee's $$

vibe: dine-in only wood-fired pizza, cool Brooklyn aesthetic, inventive flavor profiles

must order: hellboy

Fresh mozzarella, Italian tomatoes, Berkshire soppressata picante, Parmigiano Reggiano, and Mike’s Hot Honey

60 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

12.

Simon + the Whale $$$

vibe: sophisticated, warm wood + brass, neat art 

must order: egg sandwich

sausage, white cheddar, pepper jam, kaiser roll

23 Lexington Ave, NY, NY 10010

13.

Spot Dessert Bar $

vibe: instagrammable desserts, hidden upstairs dessert bar, asian-influence

must order: cookie camp

fresh half baked marshmallow cookie, pretzels, cookie crumbs served with condensed milk ice cream

Multiple locations!

14.

Where

to Drink:

The Water Tower $$$$

vibe: creative cocktails, sunset skyline, djs

*MAKE A RESERVATION

must order: champagne 

it's the perfect place to sip bubbly + feel fancy

96 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Catch Roof $$$

vibe: high-end, hop-hop,, celebrity sighting hotspot

must order: mo'jito mo'problems

brugal white and anejo rum, santa teresa 1796, privelage, toasted coconut water, mint, lime

300 W 22nd St, NY, NY 10011

Adella $$$

vibe: minimalist wine bar,  intimate, great vibes

must order: best by the glass selection!

410 W 43rd St, NY, NY 10036

Lemon's $$

vibe: bright rooftop bar, small plates, indoor and outdoor

must order: tiny dancer

Hendricks gin, cocchi rosa, strawberry, lime, cucumber

80 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Hill and Bay $$

vibe: solid place to catch a sports game, craft beer + cocktails, American food

must order: ferris mulers day off

vodka, ginger beer, fresh lime juice

581 2nd Ave NY, NY 10016

Bluestone Lane  $$

vibe: Australian-inspired cafe, premium coffee, healthy eats

must order: golden latte

Turmeric powder, cinnamon, ginger and black pepper, good for detoxifying the body and reducing inflammation.

*Also order the avocado toast!! You won't regret it!

Multiple locations!

Pressed Juicery $$

vibe: cold-pressed juices, super informative, farm-to-bottle

must order: greens 1

cucumber, celery, spinach, lemon, kale, parsley

locations throughout nyc

Bakeri $$

vibe: European feel, coffee + pastries, cozy

must order: almond milk latte

with a lemon poppyseed rose!!

150 Wythe Ave, NY, NY 11211

105 Freeman St, NY, NY 11222

Where

to Sleep:

The Williamsburg Hotel 5-star

vibe: hip bright decor, artsy, quiet in Brooklyn (just over the bridge)

96 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249

The Marmara Park Ave 5-star

vibe: sleek chic, spacious  rooms, 

114 E 32nd St, New York, NY 10016

The Time 4-star

vibe: ideal for someone planning to not spend tons of time in the room (they are very small, but neat), modern light fixtures, stylish

114 E 32nd St, New York, NY 10016

Get Cultured:

Walk/Run Central Park 

make sure you hit Bethesda Terrace for live music and a sweet view of the lake!

See a Musical! 

if you want to have something to dress up for, make a night out of going to the theater! pro tip if you don't care about that - go for a matinee!! tickets are cheaper, and you get out in time for dinner!

Eat at Smorgasburg!!! 

this is a food festival that happens every sat + sun from april-november! it's so much fun!

Visit Museums

My personal favorites are The Whitney and MoMa!

Visit New York's Fitness Studios

have you been craving a live studio peloton class? what about rumble or a rooftop class with mimosas? my favorite is hip-hop hot yoga at Y7!

The Quick List

for 🍝 - lilia: Italian, super hard to get in but the homemade pastas are sooo worth it, plan ahead OR via carota: quaint italian, neighborhood type of place OR galli: risotto balls + pasta in soho

for 🌮 - tacombi: dopest Mexican joint, a few different locations in the city

for 🍳- forager’s table: farm-to-table brunch spot OR butcher’s daughter: bohemian vibe, multiple nyc locations

for 🍣 - catch: sushi + nightlife/rooftop 🥂 

for 🍦- milk+cream: best soft serve ever infused w your fav cereal, nostalgic, cartoons playing

for 🍕- paulie gee’s: brooklyn pizza w cool flavor combos and their rosé is fire

for 🍪 - levain: you may have been but it is my fav bakery (known for their hot choc chip cookies)

for 🥗 - dig inn or sweet green: quick, healthy “fast” food joints

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