NYC: A Few of Our Favorite Spots

November 23, 2015

Photo Credit: Karen Walrond

This month we’ve been highlighting a number of swell haunts in New York City, and related to that, we offer you a quick list of New York state of mind favorites from the Contributors con Queso. Check it.


Wendi Aarons

I love just walking for blocks and blocks and blocks until my feet say “stop.”


Jenny Lawson

My favorite thing in New York is Obscura Antiques and Collectables.  It’s a weird shop filled with taxidermy and exploded skulls and things that most people find in attics and are haunted by forever.  I bought a dead bird there once and they were very careful to give me a napkin to hold it with because it was covered in arsenic.  I highly recommend.


Laura Mayes

The spots I have to hit change every year, but right now I’d want to start the day at Two Hands for breakfast, and then I’d just walk forever….west on Grand for 10 blocks to Thompson street north, through Washington Square Park, that turns into 5th Avenue and keep going north 100 blocks through the entirety of Central Park. Then I’d probably hang in the park, read and people watch all afternoon and head back down, stopping at the Richard Rodgers Theater at 5:55, when I’d go to the Ham4Ham show and no doubt win $10 tickets to see Hamilton that night. After the show, I’d go to Roberta’s in Brooklyn for pizza. Then back over to Pearl Street and Fraunces Tavern for a gin & tonic. The end. Amen.



Photo Credit: Elizabeth McGuire

Elizabeth McGuire
The Irish Hunger Memorial (in Battery Park City). A lovely, thoughtfully designed piece of Irish countryside right in the middle of the city. Breakfast at Le Pain Quotidien in Central Park near a dog park. It feels very relaxed and local, and if you are a tourist missing your dog at home it’s nice to get a little fix here. The courtyard at the MOMA. A beautiful, tree-filled escape when you’ve been walking in and out of museums all day.


Kristin Paull
I always ALWAYS plan lunch for myself at the top of Bergdorf Goodman. I feel like a fancy lady, and treat myself to a glass of champagne.  I buy a scarf, a Christmas ornament or a lip gloss to take home my purple bag.  Bonus if the Holiday windows are up! I grab a coffee and breakfast at City Bakery before hitting ABC Carpet and Home.  I love the first floor, and always feel inspired there. We do brunch in Brooklyn at Talde- best brunch ever…anywhere! Our current favorite dinner spot is Red Farm.  Go early and eat lots! Of course, I love the MOMA, a walk through Central Park, shopping in SOHO and a show on Broadway.



Photo Credit: Karen Walrond

Karen Walrond
The High Line is a 1-mile long linear park in New York City, built along — get this — a long-abandoned, defunct elevated railway. It’s an amazingly beautiful pathway, filled with lush vegetation and colourful wildflowers, as well as musicians and other buskers, art installations, and some of the coolest views of the lower west side of Manhattan. Read more here.

Photo Credit: Laurie White

Laurie White
New York…Everything, that’s all. The top of the Empire State Building at night. Super touristy. Perfect. Walking out of Penn Station from the train onto 7th Avenue is like the first time, every time. Anything can happen now. Walking for hours and never seeing the same great thing I’ll try never to forget twice.


So what about you? What are we missing? Go old school and leave us a comment here on the blog like it’s 2006. What is your favorite thing to do in NYC?

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  • Reply jana November 23, 2015 at 11:53 am

    Oh, there’s not enough space to write my favorites. Everything! Though I’d have to say, my favorite thing is walking out of the front of the hotel, stopping, taking a breath, and choosing left or right. Whatever happens from there is magic.

  • Laura Harrison Mayes
    Reply Laura November 23, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    I agree Jana. Me too.

  • Reply Leigh Ann November 23, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    I just went for the first time this past summer for BlogHer, so I didn’t get much of a taste, but my friends and I made Ray’s Pizza our joint for midnight and 1am pizza stops. I can’t wait for the chance to explore more.

    • Laura Harrison Mayes
      Reply Laura November 23, 2015 at 5:11 pm

      Pizza at midnight = Love.

  • Reply Lucie November 23, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    Have only been once, during Thanksgiving, and oh my, I was hooked. Did all the touristy things like the Nutcracker and Radio City Music Hall, hit as many museums as we could, but staying at the Pierre was amazing. I could have never left the hotel and still been in heaven. I thoroughly enjoyed the people watching during the Macy’s parade, and the shopping on 5th Avenue is to die for. I want to go back and experience it now in poverty, as the first time was with a wealthy man with serious issues. I want to have a different kind of fun when I go back – do the artsy street scene, some off-Broadway shows. and walk more. SO in love with NYC.

    • Laura Harrison Mayes
      Reply Laura November 23, 2015 at 5:12 pm

      I’ve never been there during Thanksgiving weekend. It’s on my list.

  • Reply Pam Tate November 24, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    Sitting in a theater at a Broadway show just as the lights go down…

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