Many New York City sites have been used as backdrop or featured in numerous films that we become so familiar with these sites. For me, the familiarity takes away the excitement from seeing a site for the first time. But New York City has so much more to offer than the tourist sites. Now or as a grown-up, I view New York City as a 'life-style' destination. I visited New York on various occasions: to attend business conferences, to check out colleges or universities, and to attend graduation ceremonies. And it was during these types of visits that I got to check out the fabulous art scene and culture through its museums, the symphony, the Metropolitan Opera House and of course Broadway.
Before my 6-day trip to NYC this summer, I tried to compile a list from "1,000 Places to See Before You Die" of what I had yet to see and do in NYC. Since my list revealed that I have yet to experience the food-scene, I enlisted a 'foodie' who was studying and living in New York as my tour guide.
|Little cakes from Black Hound Bakery|
1. Statue of Liberty
2. Central Park
4. Eating & Dining
Peter Luger Steakhouse
Union Square Café
The Italians (Little Italy) -
I finally got to see the Statue of Liberty up-close, saw the NYC skyline and watched the joggers and other characters at Central Park. I could have stayed at St. Regis Hotel for at least 1 night, using my hotel points, but I opted to stay at a lower category hotel for more nights. As for eating and dining, we had a family celebration dinner at a nice restaurant in Little Italy. I may die before being able to afford a meal at Daniel, the Four Seasons and Jean-Georges. I crossed-out Nobu and Babbo for reason that they're no longer unique to NYC. But it's quite all right. This is New York City after all; a superstar chef or rising chef goes to New York to open a restaurant, making NYC one of the most vital food cities in the world. Lucky for me, my tour guide was on a student budget, but had a palate for Michelin-starred restaurant. Her attitude towards food was irresistibly contagious that I thought I just had to share her own words:
1. PIZZA – Can’t visit NYC without eating pizza. Try Lombardi’s in Manhattan (Nolita area), Grimaldi’s and Di Fara in Brooklyn. Both Lombardi’s and Grimaldi’s don’t sell by the slice but Di Fara does. If you go to Grimaldi’s you have to walk down towards the pier to the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory which makes their own ice-cream. You’ll also be able to enjoy a pretty view of Manhattan and its right underneath the Brooklyn Bridge.
- Lombardi’s: 32 Spring St. between Mott and Mulberry St.
- Grimaldi’s: 19 Old Fulton St. between Front and Water St
- Di Fara: 1424 Ave J. at 15th St, Brooklyn