7 Must Do's in NYC for 2017
For some, visiting New York City is a dream, and for others, it is an easy day trip that happens more than once a month. And then, there are those lucky few that live within the city grid. I fall into the category that I am able to get to NYC any day at any time of the day, living in New Jersey, I have access to the big city life and suburbia. Anyway, with the second day of the new year in full swing, I have compiled my wish list of must do's in NYC for the next few months. My wish list consists of places to see and hot spots to visit. You will find trendy areas of the city on this list as well as restaurants with an ambiance that can't be beat. Whether you can get to NYC in a hop, skip, and jump or you need to make a weekend of it, this list is for you. Save it, print it, or do whatever you need with it so that you have it for when you plan your next trip into New York City.
Must Do's in NYC
- Le Coucou - Paris is one of my favorite cities in the world, so I am always looking for some great French-inspired restaurants. Le Coucou is the brainchild of chef, Daniel Rose, and restauranteur Stephen Starr - and it is certainly not something to miss. The decor is the perfect mix of warm and chic - making this spot the least bit intimidating.
- Aska - I have never had the chance to dine at a Scandinavian restaurant, so when I heard of Aska, I knew this was my chance. It is an intimate setting, with just 24 seats in its dining room - making it the perfect date night spot. If you are just looking for some drinks, the Cellar Bar & Garden is the perfect way to experience Aska.
- Dinner at Vandal - I had my birthday brunch at Vandal, but ever since then I have wanted to go to Vandal for a late night dinner. Vandal is owned by the Tao Restaurant Group and opened its doors in downtown Manhattan in the beginning of 2015. Its interior decor has a street art theme - bringing some amazing art to the walls of this hot spot. It also comes alive at night, making it the perfect spot to grab a late night dinner!
- Brooklyn - I walked across the Brooklyn Bridge twice over the summer but didn't get to see anything too far from the bridge. Ever since I walked the Brooklyn Bridge, I have wanted to see more of the borough. I have heard that the vibes of Brooklyn are very similar to those of Soho and with Soho being my favorite area of Manhattan, I know that I will fall in love with Brooklyn, as well. Does anyone have any recommendations of cute restaurants to head to in Brooklyn?
- Happy Hour in FiDi - I, honestly, have never really spent time in the Financial District. The most I have done there is get to the Brooklyn Bridge and see the Freedom Tower (I recommend both 100%). I have heard of some fabulous happy hours in that area of downtown Manhattan, so this year I have made it my goal to spend a happy hour or two down there. I have heard of some great spots, but if you have any recommendations, drop them in the comments!
- 230 Fifth Avenue - This spot has a timeline, I want to get here while it is still winter. 230 Fifth Avenue is known for its rooftop in the summer months, but now you can enjoy it during the winter months. There are heated igloos on the rooftop that are a first come, first serve - but definitely worth the wait. There is nothing more Instagram-worthy than some pics inside igloos with the NYC skyline behind them.
- Casellula - I am obsessed with wine bars and this one is super convenient within Manhattan. Located on 52nd street, Casellula has all the wine and cheese that you can ask for. It may even make for a great Valentine's Day date! It's never too early to think about February...it is that much closer to spring!
Have you been to any of these spots in New York City? Or do you have another spot that you think I should try? Let me know in the comments, the longer my wish list, the better!!
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