Non-tourist Guide in NYC

 

Have you ever been to a place in which everything seems new even though you have already visited it? I have, and I cannot stop imagining myself there… eventually.

New York is one of the most visited places worldwide. Not only because it’s a fashion capital, but also because it has so much culture and diversity that’s irresistible. I had the opportunity to go last weekend, and it was AMAZING. Since I have been in Manhattan before, I decided to spend most of my time in Brooklyn, especially in Williamsburg. Today, I will propose you a non-tourist guide around NYC. Here, you won’t find visits to the Empire State Building nor trips to the Statue of Liberty; this guide is for adventurers who love to be surprised.

If you are like I am, the first thing that you think when you wake up is food; so let’s start there. One of the best places to have breakfast in this fabulous city is Eataly located at Flatiron at 200 Fifth Avenue. The concept of this place is great because it’s a market-style shopping in which you can buy fresh home-made pasta, fruits, vegetables, cheeses, and chocolates, while you have lunch at the different Italian restaurants. And as far as I’m concerned, the delicious crêpes from the Nutella bar are for dessert!

Moreover, this awesome market counts with a rooftop restaurant that is sponsored by La Birreria. The greatest part of this rooftop is that it changes according to the seasons. For instance, the winter’s restaurant is called Baita, which recreates the Italian Alps. The place is decorated with green pines, rocking chairs and a huge cabin in the middle. This is a MUST stop to make. I highly recommend it, especially if you enjoy Italian food.

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The next stop: Chelsea. Chelsea is well known for its artistic mood; it’s full of galleries, restaurants, bars, and lounges. My favorite place in Chelsea is the High Line Park. Before, it used to be just some old train track, but now is an elevated park with tree-lined paths and a bunch of greens and loungers to rest and enjoy the view. I have always been a fan of green parks and sunset walks, so for me, this plan is more than perfect.

Once you finish enjoying the view, you can take the elevator downstairs and go to the Chelsea market. The concept of this market is similar to Eataly, but at the same time, they are way TOO different. The decoration of this place is unbelievable; when you go inside you feel that you are underground. Everything is darker, there are pipelines everywhere; there’s even one that is “broken” and pours water.

The Chelsea market counts with a variety of restaurants with different types of food. There is one specialized in seafood – the lobster is great. There are hamburgers, vegetarian sushi, the #1 Tacos in NYC, Mediterranean food, etc. The restaurant in which I ate is called Giovanni Rana. This place is recognized for its pasta; they even have a pasta bar, and you can decide which type of pasta would you like to have (tagliatelle, tortellini, ravioli, etc.) and choose any sauce. Since I’m a salmon lover, I ate a salmon with grilled veggies and lentils. The combination of the three tasted like heaven, simply delicious.

 

Now, the sun is going down, so let’s start to prepare the plans for tonight. If you like to take risks, and you feel like crazy is your thing, then you definitely need to stop at Pana. Pana II Garden is an Indian restaurant that offers a whole different experience. The place is basically a hallway -just getting to your seat would be a challenge- full of colorful lights, flowers, and flags from all the countries. The environment is fun and amusing; it’s noticeable that people are enjoying themselves. The food is pretty good; I recommend the lamb tikka bhuna masala, the butter chicken and the lamb tandoori. I admit that the waiters are not the nicest people alive, but I believe is part of the experience, and maybe… if you are lucky, they could let you be the DJ of the place. And if it’s not on Snapchat… does it really happen?

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On the other hand, if you don’t feel like going wild for the night, you could just go to Sel Rrose. This lounge-bar place is amazing. The drinks are out of this world. Since I’m a wine person, drinks with champagne, red wine and prosecco always get my attention. My favorites are called “Lavender Piscine” and “The Hunter.” Sel Rrose is a place to have one or two drinks with a few appetizers while you enjoy the atmosphere and the music; that’s it. Otherwise, your wallet may regret it.

Sunday! Sundays are my favorite day because they mean brunch and mimosas. And what better way to spend a Sunday than with a bottomless brunch? Right in Williamsburg, there is a restaurant called Baby’s All Right that offers bottomless mimosas for $34 during 90 minutes. The environment of this place is kind of retro and hipster; the walls have blue paper-wall with a bunch of pictures and a DJ located at one of the corners. The entry that I ordered is called “Wake and Bake”; it included two poached eggs, spinach, toasts and smoke Gouda on the top with Hollandaise sauce. It tasted as good as it sounds.

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Later, I ended up at the rooftop of Withe Hotel. The view was amazing; you can see all NYC from there. I really loved the place and its atmosphere. So I said good-bye to New York with one hand – the other was holding my drink!

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Hope you enjoy it!

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