NYC Travel Guide

When it comes to NYC, I’m a well versed travel guide, if I do say so myself. I’ve been going to NYC every summer since I was 10 for dance. Then, last Summer I got to live there for 4 months. Honestly, i’ve been more times than I can count, eaten at tons of incredible restaurants, seen hundreds of Broadway plays, and shopped and explored until my feet couldn’t stand it any longer. I love the city. The energy is enticing.

Anyways, I always have tons of people asking me for my travel recommendations so I decided to do a post about it. Here it is:


There are TONS of restaurants in NYC and a lot of them are good so it can be a little overwhelming so I put together a list of my favorites in each category, with a link to their website. From one foodie to the next:

Healthy, Fast, Fresh:

The Little Beet

Roast Kitchen

Dig Inn

Sweet Greens

Halal guys (or any street gyro)



Rosa Mexicano (You have to get the table side guacamole, it is to die for. Upper West Side)

El Centro (in Hells Kitchen)

Cafe Habana (in SoHo.. fave. Also amazing for brunch)


Sushi Samba (the specialty rolls and the tempera green beans are Unreal!!!)

Sweet Basil Thai

Momofuku Noodle Bar (and their Milk bar too, omg)

Fresh & Modern

Fig & Olive

Quality Meats (amazing. Get the corn creme brule & save room for dessert)


Madison Kayser (avocado toast)

Max Brenner (everything has some sort of chocolate in it. Might give you a heart attack.. but it is realllyyy good)

The Hummus Place (best hummus I have ever had)

Todd English Food Hall at the Plaza Hotel 


Ed’s Lobster Bar (SoHo. The lobster roll is heaven.)

The Mermaid Inn (fish tacos and mac & cheese are next level)


Pizzeria Sirenetta 

Patsy’s Pizzeria

NYC Big Slice (Flat Iron district, cheap and fast)

Sabas (Upper West Side. Cheap, quick)

Grimaldis (there is one under the Brooklyn Bridge & in the Chelsea area)







Sarabeth’s (coconut crusted waffle is heaven)

Norma’s (make sure to get a reservation. It is TO DIE FOR)

The Smith

Cafe Lalo (Where You’ve Got Mail was filmed. Amazing waffle and cinnamon whipped cream)

The Egg Shop (they don’t take reservation)

Juice Bars:

Pressed Juice (if you go to the Upper West one, they have their Freeze which is like healthy ice cream. to die for)

Juice Generation (peanut butter smoothie is UNREAL)

The Juice Shop (really good salads too)


Levain Bakery (a must. Their cookies are actual heaven)

Milk Bar 

Big Gay Ice-cream (In West Village. Go to Sushi Samba for dinner then this for dessert)

Magnolia Bakery (love their banana pudding/chocolate banana pudding)

– Van Leeuwen Ice cream

Petrossian Bakery (French bakery)


There is SO MUCH to do in NYC but these are a few of my favorite things to do!

 – Soho! Great shopping charming area

– 5th Ave/Rockefeller plaza

– Central Park

– Soul Cycle (favorite workout EVER)

– World Trade Center/ 9/11 memorial

– West Village (cute area to explore)

– Chelsea market (So fun. Great for lunch)

– Walk the Highline

– Sample sales on 125 5th Ave

– Metropolitan museum, Whitney museum, Guggenheim museum

– Time Square. Go to TKTS stand and get discount tickets for Broadway shows!!!

– Canal street

– Little Italy

– Flat iron district (go to Eataly and then walk around this area. Great shopping too!)

– Rockefeller- observation deck

– East Village massage (super cheap)

– Columbus circle

– Lincoln Center

– Central Park

– Brooklyn Bridge

Enjoy the exciting, crazy, fast paced, wonderful New York City!!!

Xo, Meg

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  1. Sam
    August 30, 2017 at 11:19 pm (6 months ago)

    Ok this food suggestion list was actually SO helpful! Most of the time they are vague and list like 2 places and that’s it.

      September 1, 2017 at 6:25 pm (6 months ago)

      Yay!! That makes me so happy. Good, well let me know if you try any of them! I seriously love NYC 🙂

      Thanks for reading!!
      xo, Megs


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