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Favourite Spots in NYC

Eric Bai
April 29th, 2019 · 1 min read

There’s still so many neighbourhoods I need to explore more, and I’ll keep updating this list as I do.

Bolded items are my most-favs. Asterisk means the place has multiple locations.

Last updated July 20 2019.

Upper Manhattan


  • The Met Cloisters

Upper West Side / Upper East Side


  • Sushi Yasaka (cheap omakase!)
  • Sala Thai


  • Watch a movie at Lincoln Center (NYFF is in autumn)
  • The Frick
  • The Met
  • Cooper Hewitt
  • Guggenheim

Hell’s Kitchen


  • Totto Ramen* (go to the one on 10th Ave imo)
  • La Pulperia
  • Amy’s Bread* (go for breakfast when it’s most fresh)
  • Pure Thai Cookhouse
  • Bibble and Sip (matcha cream puff!)
  • Empanada Mama

Midtown / Midtown East


  • Souvlaki GR* (that lamb pita tho)
  • Keen’s Steakhouse ($$$ mutton chops)
  • The Smith*

Go further east for less touristy spots.


  • New York Public Library
  • Kinokuniya
  • Nintendo NY
  • MoMA
  • Watch a Broadway show

Chelsea / Flatiron


  • Los Tacos #1*
  • Brooklyn Bagel


  • The High Line
  • Sleep No More (you can go to the earliest show and just stay there when the show repeats, stay as long as you want)

Korea Town


  • BCD Tofu House
  • Jongro BBQ (plenty of good KBBQ options though)
  • Pocha
  • Barnjoo*
  • Gammeeok

Book that karaoke EARLY.

West Village / Greenwich Village


  • Amelie Wine Bar


  • Whitney Museum
  • Washington Square Park
  • IFC Center (go here in February to watch Oscar Nominated Shorts)

East Village / Gramercy Park

This area has the best food and bars!!


  • ISE (lunch specials!!)
  • Szechuan Mountain House (go with a large group so you can try more dishes)
  • Sobaya
  • Mala Project
  • Raku*
  • Spot Dessert Bar*
  • Kura
  • Cafe Mogador
  • Ho Foods
  • Benemon


  • Death and Company
  • Angel’s Share*
  • The Winslow (for trivia night on Mondays)


  • Strand Bookstore

Soho / Nolita / Chinatown

I am here way too much… The food + shopping here is just too good.


  • Prince Street Pizza
  • Boba Guys*
  • Kopitiam (get the nasi lemak or the fishball soup. Go off on the appetizers. Check out the surprisingly nice bathroom)
  • Cha Cha Matcha*
  • Yaya Tea* (for the onigiri)


  • The Hole (it’s free!)
  • Canal Street Market
  • Everlane (lol)

Long Island City


  • Noguchi Museum



  • Brooklyn’s Homeslice Pizza


  • Nets game (cheaper and better than the Knicks tbh)
  • Alamo Drafthouse
  • Brooklyn Museum

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