I don’t usually travel with a plan. It can lead to some missed opportunities and some wasted time but I live for that very unknowing adventure. Maybe I have a thing or two I would like to see or accomplish in a new city but after that I leave it up to fate. It works for me because I’m quite inspired by the everyday people and movement of a city, living and breathing this atmosphere I find to be just as thrilling. So here are the places I met and liked along the way. No preconceived ideas or reviews just stumbled upon gems that I enjoyed.
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El Quinto Pino | A small tapas place with a cozy eclectic feel.
401 W 24th St, Chelsea
The Dish | The perfect diner experience, a great place for brunch!
201 8th Ave, Chelsea
The Grey Dog | Popular. Had a long line but for good reason.
242 W 16th St, Chelsea
Kava Cafe | Small place with great sandwiches & coffee!
803 Washington St, Chelsea
Benito Giacalone | Delicious food with the authentic loud italian atmosphere.
163 Mulberry St, Little Italy
South’s Bar + Restaurant | Nice little bar, chat with some artists from the Academy of Art.
273 Church St, Lower Manhattan
Project No. 8 | A culmination of small artist goods.
22 W. 29th Street, Nomad
Brooklyn Industries | Well made clothes with a little NY inspired style.
161 8th Ave, Chelsea
INA | Vintage clothes, maybe you can afford a little designer piece from here.
207 West 18th Street, Chelsea
The MOMA | Spend some time, see some art.
11 W 53rd St, Theatre District
The Chelsea Market | Lots of unique foods & an underground wandering experience.
75 9th Ave, Chelsea
The Empire State Building | Must see NYC from above if you can, a little pricey.
350 5th Ave, Nomad
The High Line | A unique public park, walk along an old railway & see the city from a new perspective.
10th Ave, Chelsea
Post Office | Must see this historic post office, send out some post cards while you’re there.
421 8th Ave, Penn Station
Stumptown Coffee Roasters | Such a hip little stop with some amazing coffee.
18 W 29th St, Nomad
Pushcart Coffee | Stop in or out, coffee on a cart!
401 W 25th St. Chelsea
Intelligentsia Coffee, In the High Line Hotel | Another small stop, oh the coffee. They even have drip!
180 10th Ave, Chelsea
Koffeecake Corner | Delicious little pastries & macaroons.
301 W 17th St, Chelsea
New York City is always a good idea. -chels