TSC BAD-ASS GUIDE TO NEW YORK CITY
Guest Post by Cultural Insider Lauryn Evarts
Perhaps you guys remember my promise to do a TSC guide to New York City a couple of months ago? Well, either way—ta-da— here it is. Why now? Uh, honestly I’m currently battling the insane desire to go BACK. I miss NYC. The city is just so posh, timeless, & classic…with so much character. Pretty much I’m a Gemini & lemme tell ya, us Geminis love stimulation. New York is freaking stimulating man. Like Bob Dylan said:
“New York was a city where you could be frozen to death in the midst of a busy street and nobody would notice.”
So true, so interesting, so different, so into it. Anywho- let’s get down to TSC sparkly, colorful NYC itinerary:
Picking a hotel in NY can be about as overwhelming as picking an Essie nail polish color. There are so many options!! We stayed at:
Andaz 5th Avenue: our experience with Andaz 5th Ave was fab. When we arrived we were greeted with cutie little bowls of berries & flutes of chilled champagne ( the perfect combo right?! ). Our view was insane. The hotel room looked straight at The New York Public Library AKA where Batman was filmed (!!!). One of my favorite parts was the hotel’s charming coffee shop ( best iced tea ever! ) & the craft cocktail underground bar. Basically, this is a rad hotel with a lot of energy…so I’d definitely recommend this spot to anyone who likes to have a good time!
Ok so before I dive into the cocktail/restaurant/places to go stuff, let me talk about Michael & his itineraries. Hmmm. How do I broach this little subjecty-subject? Let’s just say the guy LOVES his itineraries. Personally, I’m totally not Mr. Itinerary. My life is so planned/organized at home so when I travel, I like to be a gypsy, wanderlust, moon child explorer without plans.
But……every trip is the same story: Michael types out a three page (minimum ) to ten page ( yes, ten…maximum ) schedule. Like I said, he LOVVVVESSS his damn itinerary. So as much as I would love to take credit for the following, I can’t. It’s all Michael’s research found on the pages of his beloved itinerary ( I feel like I should make a super nostalgic itinerary scrapbook for our kids- kidding, but kind of not really).
Ok so here we go:
Cocktails! Woo-hoo! NYC has a realllllll insane cocktail scene. You have to try:
ACME NYC: amazing wine//amazing food! Trust me.
Death + Company: amazing craft cocktails with some of the best bartenders in the US.
Milk & Honey: so much fun! A must-try. They’re also located in London.
Perla: in my favorite area of NYC: Greenwich Village. Try the cinnamon-infused bourbon & thank me later.
Please Don’t Tell: SERIOUSLY go!! It’s the BEST. This place looks like a typical NYC hot dog shop but don’t be fooled! You go into the little joint, pick up the telephone in the little phone booth & hit the buzzer once. After a couple minutes someone will come into the phone booth & escort you into a little tiny speak-easy. It’s so underground & so cute. My personal favorite bar in NYC. Plus East Village is fun. Remember to make reservations before you go.
The Dead Rabbit: super rad spot for cocktails. Some of the best bartenders & it’s won tons of cocktail spirited awards.
The Standard Grill: insane ambience // fun to people watch // make resos way in advance because it’s hard to get in. Side: their oysters are delish!!
The Smile for cocktails & brunch: the cocktail above is from The Smile & it’s a gin/mint/cucumber/soda concoction.
Some rad areas?
East Village ( super fun to walk around )
Lower East Side
Upper East Side
ABC Kitchen: this place is Skinny Confidential-esque. I recommend every salad on the menu paired with their chilled rosé…so good. Definitely one of my favorites.
Blue Bottle Coffee: seriously the best coffee on the planet.
Jack’s Wife Freda: AMAZING brunch!
La Bodega Negra: such a fun crowd!! There were women dancing on our table as we ate tacos & drank bomb-ass margaritas. They put on this rad show & have the most amazing dessert ( see more here ).
Per Se: this was the best meal I’ve ever had…seriously indescribable. The service, ambiance, food…A plus. Thomas Keller is the chef & he just kills it in every way possible.
Red Farm: the.best.food.ever.
The Butcher’s Daughter: their salads are die. They also have the most delicious juices.
The Spotted Pig: for brunch…their bar snacks are just heaven & the crepes are life-changing.
(SIDE NOTE: yes, I’m sure you’re wondering: I gained 5 pounds after this trip).
Central Park (I know, touristy!!)
Chelsea Market: this is such a cool marketplace!! I found the most amazing finds. You’ll find everything from fresh fruits to handmade, vintage pins to beautiful coffee table books.
Juice Press: for everything healthy. I’m especially into their shots.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Book of Mormon: such a funny Broadway show by the creators of South Park!! I loved it!
My miscellaneous tips?
Walk, walk, walk. Breath in the city & enjoy the energy. It truly is contagious.
Try out random pizza places…you won’t be sorry. Their pizza is NO joke. My God.
Be careful of the cab drivers…they drive like Cruella de Vil on crack.
Prepare yourself to wait in line…everywhere!!
“Cities have sexes: London is a man, Paris a woman, and New York a well-adjusted transsexual.” - Angela Carter
Ok & obviously I’m not a total expert so any other NYC suggestions are welcome! Next time we go I’m dying to go to Brooklyn.
Did I mention I love New York City?
Chat soon. – L