Journey with Javvy: Your Guide to New York - Best places to sightsee, eat, shop and dance in NYC

Ahhh…NYC. City of dreams, incredible food, dancing and hustlers. Every time I go to NYC I feel so alive. Am I the only one that feels this way? I doubt it. There is something about the quick moves, hustle and bustle and fierceness there that has always lit a fire under my bum. I always leave feeling inspired to start something new. Fun fact, after a trip there several years ago for NYFW, I came home and immediately starting deriving the Savvy Javvy blog and I have not looked back.

For those of you planning a visit for the first time, or even going back for another visit soon, you may enjoy my guide to the city below. I hope to update it by the end of the Summer with new places. Why the end of the Summer? Because I plan to be in and out of the city multiple times in the coming months. Certainly looking forward to racking up my airline miles!

Best Sightseeing in NYC:

Top of the Rock- On top of the Rockefeller Center, there is an observatory where you can see incredible views of the city. Yes- that includes the Empire State Building!

Central Park- throw on some tennis shoes and go on a morning jog in the park. Or pack a picnic and head there with a friend, loved one or even just a great book.

The Met- One of my favorite museums in the states. In fact one of the biggest! I love the different exhibitions and their permanent collection is quite impressive. My favorite? I love Fernand Leger’s work.

MOMA- Another museum, but this museum is focused on modern art. So impressive!

Soho- This is a great area during the day for shopping and at night for grabbing bite to eat. Hip scene. Fun fact: SOHO stands for South of Houston street.

Brooklyn Bridge- Head there early in the morning and capture that awesome empty shot of just you and the bridge. This connects the city to Brooklyn. Which by the way, you need to go to. The city is hip, full of great restaurants and artsy boutiques.

The Highline- a gorgeous elevated park that used to be the NYC Central railroad. Close by the Chelsea Market, which is certainly a charming place you should stop by.

Chelsea Market- Come here for lunch, to pick up flowers or to grab a cup of joe. Love this indoor space of restaurants and boutiques.

Broadway Show- Try to book something in advance. I mean MONTHS in advance. My suggestions? Hamilton and Book of Mormon. You will not go wrong!

 

Best Restaurants in NYC: 

Brunch:

By Chloe- the best vegan food in town

Jack’s Wife Freda- avo toast heaven

Nomo Soho-  Mimosas in this pretty chandelier resto/bar

Hudson Clearwater- I want this everyday

Chalait- For their matcha green tea latte

Cafe Grumpy- Grab a cup of joe here

La Colombe- In Soho grab a cup of joe here too

Russ and Daughters- The best lox in town. Cute Jewish deli in the city. Long line usually!

Sadelles- Another lox spot, but this spot is a sit down resto.

 

Lunch:

Cafe Habana- Come hungry for the Cuban sandwiches

Bar Pitti- Pasta heaven, pretty casual

Eataly- Pasta heaven again and an incredible Italian market

Nugateen- A delicious Jean George’s restaurant for their prix fix. The price for their lunch is worth it.

Sant Ambroeus Soho- You may just sit next to an Olsen twin here on a Tuesday grabbing lunch

John's Pizza- My favorite pizza in Greenwich Village

Los Tacos 1- The carne asada tacos there is to die for. A must for a casual taco. It is located in the Chelsea Market.

The Halal Guys- One of the better food stands out there! I personally don't eat at many food stands due to allergies, but this one is pretty good.

Shake Shack- The East Coast version of In N Out burger. It is delicious!

Momoya- Casual sushi spot in Chelsea

 

Dinner:

Momofuku- Amazing food

Pylos- Delicious Greek food in the East Village

ABC Kitchen- can’t go wrong here. Great food and ambiance.

ABC Cocina- You must!!

Carbone- Get the spicy rigatoni and take the damn 10PM reservation on open table. Hard to get in but so worth it. Great wine and service.

Otto- Italian pasta

Del Posto- right under the high line. This is a must for Italian food if you feel like spending $$$$.

Relais de Entrecote- because I am a Parisian obsessed steak lover and this place is the best!

Totto Ramen- Delicious ramen in Midtown

Tacombi- the best crispy fried fish tacos! It is in Nolita. Cute ambiance.

Gramercy Tavern- great American restaurant in the Flat Iron off 20th

La Esquina- if you are in the mood for some Mexican food!

Sushi Gare- for their omakase

Pasquale Jones- Italian wood oven pizza. YUM!

Supper- just a good classic meal.

L'Artusi- delicious little Italian gem in the West Village. They also have a sister restaurant L'Apico.

Locando Verde- delicious rustic Italian food in the Tribeca area.

 

Drinks:

Hotel Americano- nestled right in Chelsea

Mother of Pearl- East Village spot

Drexler’s- another great bar in the East Village

Mulberry Project- great spot in Little Italy

Rose Bar- chic bar located in the Gramercy park hotel

Gato- beautiful bar to grab a drink.

Library room at the Nomad Hotel- awesome room that makes you feel like you are sophisticated slash a college kid getting wasted in the library. Done!

PDT- speakeasy through a phone booth

Bathtub Gin- nice cocktail bar with Burlesque on Tuesdays! Also a speakeasy. 

Jimmy at the James Hotel- My favorite rooftop bar

Mr. Purple- great rooftop. I actually love going during the day to grab a drink with friends.

 

Best Nightclubs in NYC:

Dream Hotel- Incredible views and good music

Boom Boom Room- You know why

1 Oak- you know why

Nighty Night- small but cool spot

Tao- Fun and large space

Provocateur- Tough door

Best Hotels in NYC:

Dream Hotel- Fun and young hotel

The Ace Hotel- Always a favorite

The London- Nice sized rooms, a good staple

Nomad Hotel- Hip boutique hotel

Nomo Soho- Boutique sized, great chandelier bar

Air Bnb- Very common to use this in the city. But be weary, some people charge so much on here and you do not even get the service you would get from a hotel. I always try to go for a hotel unless you are staying for a month or so, then definitely try Air Bnb.