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?
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?
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 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?
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.