My New York: A New York Insider’s Guide

New York Insiders guide

As we were preparing for our recent visit to New York City, I decided to ask a few of my friends who live in the area to recommend their favorite spots. Erin of The World Wanderer is one of my favorite travel bloggers. She’s a very sweet person who has a real passion for travel, while also living in the real world as a school teacher. As a former teacher myself, I can relate to her desire to escape those sweet little hellians to see the world. But since one of our favorite spots in this world is New York City, I went straight to the source to get the New York insider’s guide to the city.

Introducing Erin of The World Wanderer:

Erin Marie Musich, The World Wanderer, is a free spirit who loves to explore a new destination by wandering around the streets discovering her own connections and off-the-beaten path finds. She has a passion for learning about a city or country through its culture, the people she meets, local food and drink, and music. Her hope is to inspire her readers to look at the world with new eyes and see the beauty that can be uncovered by traveling, and to live each day fully, no matter where in the world she may be.

What is your favorite New York neighborhood to hang out in? What makes it unique?

New York Insiders guide

This is always hard for me to decide because I feel so strongly about many places in New York, and it changes as time goes on. I’d say most recently, I love Carroll Gardens or Red Hook in Brooklyn. They are great places to wander around without a plan because there are so many wonderful little spots to stumble upon. You really can’t go wrong.

What are your go-to places/attractions to take visiting friends?

New York Insiders guide

New York High Line

I love taking friends over the Brooklyn Bridge and over to Grimaldi’s for pizza. I also love bringing them to the Meatpacking District for brunch and then walking along the High Line on a nice day. Central Park is always a must as well, especially because you can play and relax.

Favorite Restaurants:

  • Favorite pizza: In Brooklyn it’s L&B Spumoni Gardens. In the Bronx it’s Broadway Joe’s. In Manhattan it’s Brio
  • Favorite brunch: Oh, so hard to choose! Good family place EJ’s but there’s always a very long wait. Bottomless brunch, I love Paradou in the Meatpacking District. My real favorite brunch place is Freeman’s.
  • Favorite ethnic: There are so many great spots for ethnic food, but I can’t write this without mentioning Arthur Ave in the Bronx. It’s pure Italian paradise, and much more authentic than Little Italy. Zero Otto Nove is one of my favorites because you feel completely transported to an Italian piazza, there’s one downtown, but the experience just isn’t the same.
  • Favorite splurge or nice meal out: David Burke Fishtail
  • Favorite bar: I really like The Lobby Bar at Ace Hotel, it has a cool vibe to it and great drinks.
  • Your favorite tourist dining experience: Carmine’s. It’s such a tourist spot, but it’s also fun too.  Occasionally, at Christmas time, when it’s extra crazy, my friends and I will meet here for dinner. I love the family style portions and the people watching is fantastic.

Imagine being a child visiting New York City for the first time. What would be your favorite experience in New York as a child in 2014?

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Central Park

The Museum of Natural History, Central Park, Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo.

Describe a perfect New York day:

Probably brunch in the morning and a long walk afterwards, either on the High Line or along the water. Picking up a few snacks along the walk for a picnic in Central Park. Spend some time in
the park — play and lounge on a blanket. Then take a nap, and head out for a night on the town.

6 thoughts on “My New York: A New York Insider’s Guide

  1. Love all of these ideas! I’ve been meaning to go the Bronx for the real little Italy forever but haven’t had the chance yet. I would also add that in the summer, taking the East River Ferry is a fun way to see the city from the water and get some great photos of the skyline. It only costs about $5 and goes to some cool areas that you would probably want to check out anyways (Financial District, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Long Island City, 34th Street Manhattan). Definitely a better option than the subway when it’s hot out!

    Also, Boat Basin on the Upper West Side is a good place to go for drinks & casual food right by the water. People pull their boats right up. It’s located next to Riverside Park which is my favorite park in NYC, you can go for a walk or run along the water. Perfect spot for day drinking!
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  2. I’ve never been to Carmine’s. It’s so hard to even scratch the surface of all the great places in NYC, whether they are tourist traps, old standbys or hidden gems.

  3. Chanel, yes brunch is always a must. We did have one nice brunch. I will say sitting at a brunch with a kid they only have so much patience to sit while mom and dad enjoy bottomless drinks.

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