Elana’s NYC Guide

The Ultimate NYC Guide

Fitness

Museums

  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • The Guggenheim
  • The Museum of Modern Art
  • The Frick
  • The Cooper Hewitt
  • The Museum of the City of New York
  • The New York Historical Society
  • The Morgan Library & Museum
  • The Jewish Museum
  • The Tenement Museum
  • The Children’s Museum
  • The Museum of Natural History

Outdoors

  • New York Botanical Garden
  • Riverside Park (Don’t miss The Cherry Walk!)
  • Central Park (Don’t miss The Conservatory Gardens!)
  • The Highline
  • Washington Square Park
  • Wave Hill
  • Manhattan Waterfront Greenway (My favorite place to bike!)
  • Pier 25 Mini Golf (A great outdoor date night!)
  • Charles Schultz Park
  • Fort Tryon Park
  • Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum
  • Septuagesimo Uno Park
  • Elizabeth Street Garden
  • La Plaza Cultural Community Garden
  • The Lotus Garden (A secret garden on the UWS!)
  • West Side Community Garden
  • Jefferson Market Garden
  • The Garden at St. Luke in the Fields
  • Liz Christy Community Garden

Beauty

  • Bliss (I love the No Zit Sherlock.)
  • Bluemercury
  • Pinky’s
  • Scott J. Aveda
  • Mario Badescu
  • European Wax Spa
  • Essie Flagship Salon
  • Jin Soon Natural Hand & Foot Salon
  • Fix Beauty Bar
  • DryBar

Shopping

  • Berdorf Goodman
  • Henri Bendel’s
  • Bloomingdales
  • Lululemon (UWS location)
  • Saks Fifth Avenue
  • The Strand
  • Of Mercer
  • Fish and Eddy’s
  • West Side Kid’s
  • Zabar’s
  • Fairway
  • Whisk
  • J. Crew (Flatiron location)
  • Athleta (Flatiron location)
  • Kate Spade Flagship Store
  • Anthropologie (Flatiron location)
  • Club Monaco Flagship
  • Harry Winston (A girl can dream…)
  • Tiffany and Co.
  • Book Culture
  • The Meadow
  • MINT
  • Chelsea Market
  • Greenwhich Letterpress
  • The Strand
  • Jack Rogers
  • Lilly Pulitzer
  • Catbird (Brooklyn)

Coffee

  • Irving Farm
  • Stumptown Coffee
  • Joe
  • Birdbath
  • Think
  • Chalait
  • Birch
  • La Colombe Torrefaction
  • Maman
  • Madman
  • Roasting Plant
  • Toby’s Estate
  • Dean & Deluca
  • Haven’s Kitchen
  • A Little Taste
  • Mille Feuille
  • Happy Bones
  • El Rey
  • Ralph’s Coffee
  • Fika
  • The Plaza
  • The Bakeshop
  • Cafe La Cerra
  • Financier Patisserie
  • Matcha Bar
  • Pushcart
  • Nourish
  • Little Collins
  • Bergdorf’s Cafe
  • Culture
  • Mudshop

Brunch

  • Sarabeth’s
  • Lafayette
  • Good Enough to Eat
  • Jacob’s Pickle
  • Jack’s Wife Freda
  • French Roast
  • Prune
  • Buvette
  • Rosemary’s
  • Alice’s Tea Cup
  • Burke and Wills
  • B. Cafe
  • The Smith
  • Calle Ocho
  • The Butcher’s Daughter
  • Clinton St. Bakery
  • The Central Park Boathouse
  • Tavern on the Green
  • Maison Kayser
  • Penelope
  • NoMad
  • Russ & Daughters
  • Sadelle’s
  • Barney Greengrass
  • Cafe Cluny
  • Acme Market (Brooklyn)
  • Reunion (Brooklyn)

Dinner

  • Palma
  • Mermaid Inn
  • Pizzeria Sirenetta
  • Cafe Clover
  • UVA
  • Tipsy Parson
  • Manhattan Valley
  • Pizza Beach
  • Pier I
  • 79th Street Boat Basin
  • Jeffrey’s Grocery
  • Mole
  • The Tippler
  • Claudette
  • Freeman’s
  • Grand Banks
  • Tiny’s
  • The Smile
  • The Frying Pan
  • Fred’s
  • Fred’s Restaurant at Barney’s
  • Friend of a Farmer
  • ABC Cocina
  • Cookshop
  • Little Owl
  • Grey Dog
  • Bobo
  • Meatball Shop
  • Eataly
  • Cascabel
  • Rosie’s
  • Tacombi
  • Two Hands
  • Beyond Sushi
  • Blossom
  • Peace Food Cafe
  • Hampton Chutney
  • Haru
  • Gabriella’s
  • Chloe
  • Hu’s Kitchen
  • Jin Ramen
  • SweetGreen

Dessert

  • Levain
  • Milk Bar
  • City Bakery
  • Jaque Torres
  • Edgar’s
  • PopBar
  • Sokerbit
  • Amorino Gelato
  • Morgenstern’s
  • 10Below Ice Cream
  • Van Leeuwen Ice Cream
  • Bubby’s
  • Serendipity
  • Dylan’s Candy Bar
  • Chloe’s Soft Serve Fruit Company
  • La Duree
  • Stick With Me Sweets
  • Magnolia’s Cupcakes
  • Butterlane Cupcakes
  • Big Gay Ice Cream
  • The Little Cupcake
  • Dough
  • Doughnut Plant
  • Francois Payard
  • Black Tap
  • Emack & Bolio’s
  • Cookie Do
  • Bread’s Bakery
  • Macaron Parlour
  • Economy Candy
  • Amy’s Bread
  • Culture
  • City Bakery

Seasonal Activities

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