New York - Tips on Some Things that Make Life Sweeter

Cultural activities, good food, beach outing, shopping, etc….Flying home to NY is always thrilling. Besides spending time with my family and catching up with friends, thanks to them, I get to sort of
keep up with the city that never sleeps.… Am glad to share some of my fave places with here we go...

Top of the Strand
Back Bar
(The design reminds one of a Spanish street. Spanish flair)
16th at 11th Ave

(Seasonal changeable cocktails. Located not too far from the Lincoln Center)
156 10th Ave

Top of the Strand Rooftop Bar
(View of the Empire State Building 4 blocks away. Great drinks and bar food)
33 West 37th St, nr. 6th Ave

Rooftop Garden
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
(From May-October, on Fridays and Saturdays, the rooftop garden on the 5th floor is open for drinks until 8pm. View of the midtown skyline and the treetops of Central Park)
1000 5th Ave (at 82nd St)

(Restaurant and club. Asian cuisine)
18 9th Ave

(This restaurant is recommended for its snacks and drinks. Nice long bar, young hip crowd)
64 West 10h St.

The Cube
(A very hip and unique place. Not on the beaten path, you must walk all the way to the East side but interesting. The chef there is very well known)

(Rooftop restaurant located at ‘Ink 48’ hotel . They have a separate rooftop lounge called the press lounge. Great food.  Not cheap)
653 11th Ave b/t 47th St & 48th

ABC Kitchen Restaurant
(Whether it’s brunch or dinner, great food. Nice atmosphere)

35 E 18th St

La Bergamote
(Tasty pastry, particularly the croissants which taste just like the ones in Paris. Good coffee)
177 9th Ave

Jack's Wife Freda
(Great place for a relaxed dinner)
224 Lafayette St

The Monarch Room
(Has two private dining rooms)
408 West 15th St

La Tarte Flambee
(Specialty from Alsace, France. Low key. Two locations)
1750 2nd Ave & 91st St/ 153 East 33rd St, between 3rd Ave & Lexington

Rockaway Beach Surf Club
(Beach restaurant)
87th St, Queens

20 doughnut plant new York city
(For donuts’ lovers, this is a must. Creative, colorful donuts. Various locations)

Dinner cruise
The Water Table
(An intimate, floating restaurant, held aboard a converted World War II yard patrol vessel called The Revolution. Sets sail on Friday-Sunday for one service per night, and a $75 boarding pass includes a three-course meal)

North River Lobster
(The largest floating lobster shack that resides on the Hudson River)
PIER 81 Wes 41st Street

Dover Street Market Store
(Upscale. There’s a nice bakery café there)

160 Lexington Ave

Alex and Ani jewelries
(Has been a fad in NY the past two years.
Very popular in NY)

Premium Outlets
(Designer brands, including accessories & jewelry, housewares & home furnishings discounted up to 70%. You can take a bus to there from the city for a day trip)

Salon 94
(Three locations. Exhibitions of special projects by emerging and renowed artists)

Pace Gallery
(Exhibits artists like Cjuck Close)

The Hole
(Monthly solo and group exhibitions. Represents emerging artists)

Fort Tilden Beach
(Isolated three-mile stretch of clean sand, trees and grassy dunes beach. No easily inaccessible via subway or car)

Long Beach
Just a short train ride from Manhattan. Beautiful boardwalk and sandy Beach. Best to take food with you)

Orchard Beach
26 sporting courts. Best to pack a picnic lunch)

Manhattan Beach
(Located in Brooklyn, great for family picnics and barbecues. Volleyball, tennis, basketball and handball courts)

Rockaway Beach
(Seven playgrounds. NY's only surfing areas. Fishing, skating, volleyball)

(Indoor cycling. Class lasts 45 minutes)

Children's Basketball-Battery Park
(Various groups for children of different ages, starting at 5 years old, teaching them drills to improve their skills. Free instruction. Check day and time. There's also soccer. Lots of other activities in the same park for all, not just kids)

Your picture on Times Square
Get your pic displayed on the big screen of Time Square. On the 1st floor of the store American Eagle Outfitters, next to the accessories corner, there's a sales person with a camera and the pictures are posted directly onto the screen outside of the store. Free of charge. The catch--you must buy something from the store.

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