We Love New York

Many of you coming from out of town have decided to stay for more than the weekend of our wedding. And we know why. We love New York, too.

So we decided we should give you some suggestions of our favorite things to do in the city; the good restaurants, bars, museums, tourist attractions (yes, some of them are worth it) and anything else we can think of that you might enjoy during your trip. Feel free to take our expert advice if you live here as well.

Jadis

42 Rivington St
(Cross Street: Between Eldrige Street and Forsyth Street)
New York, NY 10002
(212) 254-1675
Directions: F, V at 2nd Ave

A cozy wine bar with a wide selection of reasonably priced wines. They have great light (not lite) fare; French sandwiches and quiche and a fantastic charcuterie plate.

Heathers

506 13th St
(Cross Street: Between Avenue A and Avenue B)
New York, NY 10009
(212) 254-0979

Angels Share

8 Stuyvesant St
(Cross Street: Between 9th Street and 3rd Avenue)
New York, NY 10003
(212) 777-5415
Directions: 6 at Astor Pl; N, Q, R, W to 8th Street

2A

27 Ave A
(Cross Street: 2nd Street)
New York, NY 10009
(212) 505-2466
Directions: F, V at 2nd Ave

This is the place where we met. It's a block from our apartment. Michal works there. It's pretty much a perfect bar. Needless to say, it is our favorite.

Mogador

101 Saint Marks Pl
(Cross Street: Between First Avenue and Avenue A)
New York, NY 10009
(212) 677-2226
Directions: 6 at Astor Pl

Great place for breakfast during the week (or on weekends if you don't mind waiting for a while). The halumi eggs or the eggs benedict are always good choices. They also have fantastic cappaccinos. Dinner is also tasty here as well; the homemade mergez and any of their tangines with couscous are excellent.

European Union

235 E 4th St
(Cross Street: Ave A and Avenue B)
New York, NY 10009
(212) 254-2900

We have had diner at this new restaurant in our neighborhood twice and we have had amazing food both times. The atmosphere is pleasant and the service is great. But really, it's the food that makes us want to eat there all the time. Yum.

Natori

58 Saint Marks Place
(Cross Street: Between 1st Avenue and 2nd Avenue)
New York, NY 10003
(212) 533-7711

Our favorite sushi restaurant. Although it looks pretty rough and ugly on the outside and the atmosphere inside is sorta lacking, every meal we've ever had there has been crazy good. The sushi is alway extremely fresh and delicious. And order the broiled squid in ginger sauce to start.

Freemans

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End of Freemans Alley
(Cross Street: Rivington Street, between Bowery and Chrystie Street)
New York, NY 10002
(212) 420-0012
Directions: F, V at 2nd Ave

The unusual location would be enough to make a trip to Freemans worth it but they back it up with some of the best food we've had on a regular basis in the city. If you go, you MUST order the artichoke dip. Reservations only for parties 6 or more.

Great old-fashioned cocktails at the bar (there are two, one in front and a second in the back room).

Also check out their off-shoot retail store, Freemans Sporting Club, with men's bespoke clothing and barbershop, located at the entrance to the alley.

A.P.C.

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131 Mercer St
(Cross Street: Between Spring Street and Prince Street)
New York, NY 10012
(212) 966-9685
Directions: N, R at Prince St

Simple, classic. French clothes for men, women and kids. They also put out a bunch of great music CDs.

Odin

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328 E 11th St
(Cross Street: Between 1st Avenue and 2nd Avenue)
New York, NY 10003
(212) 475-0666
Directions: 6 at Astor Pl; L at 1st Ave; R, W at 8th St

Cool men's clothes and accessories.

Built by Wendy

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7 Centre Market Pl
New York, NY 10013
(212) 925-6538
Directions: 6 at Spring St

One of Stevie's favorite boutiques in the city. They have both men's and women's clothes.

Lower East Side Tenement Museum

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We talked about taking the LES tenement museum tour for years. When we finally got around to taking it with some visiting friends, we had to kick ourselves for waiting so long. Having both lived in tenement apartments on the lower east side made it especially interesting for us.

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The Metropolitan Museum

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We just found out that the Met offers Podcast tours. You may listen to one or more of these FREE special-edition episodes on your computer or download them for use with any portable MP3 player. Just one more way to enjoy the always amazing Met.

Met Podcast

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The Cloisters

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The Cloisters are an absolutely beautiful place to visit in the spring.

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Decible

240 E 9th St
(Cross Street: Between 2nd Avenue and 3rd Avenue)
New York, NY 10003
(212) 979-2733
Directions: 6 at Astor Pl; N, R, at 8th St; L at 3rd Ave

This is one of those places you can't see from the street, it's a hidden, rustic, sake bar below ground level. They have Stevie's favorite sake (Bishonen) and tasty snacks (the okonomiyaki is exceptional). A fun place to go and stay awhile but don't try it with more that four people, it is small and doesn't work for larger groups. Not open until after 8pm.

The Circle Line

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We highly recommend taking the full three-hour circle line cruise, a narrated boat tour taking you around the entire island. This is one of those things that we can feel safe to recommend to anyone, no matter if it's your first time in New York or if you have lived here for years.

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