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Eats n’ Drinks - Rotating Top 5 FAVES

Milk Money Kitchens

Pop up and Pantry. WE ARE LOCATED HERE! Find Eggdays every Saturday and Sunday from 9am-2pm

Taverna Di Bacco

* Best traditional Italian food in New York. Maurizio is chef/owner and from a small town near the Amalfi Coast in Southern Italy, and…

Ama Raw Bar

Best happy hour in the East Village

Nowon

Get the tater tots, and double burger. Your tastebuds will thank you!

What to do/see

Catacomb tour

Visit the ONLY catacombs in Manhattan at Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral. I LOVED this history packed tour!

Tenement Museum

Learn how immigrants in the 19th century lived when they first arrived to NYC. Tour an actual tenement building that’s never been touched…

Russian & Turkish Baths

My husband swears by this place. Check to make sure they are allowing your gender in that day...sometimes they allow only men. 🙄

Eats n’ Drinks - Coffee Run - LOCATION: East Village/LES

Mud Coffee

Great spot for dining in or take away. Coffee with milk comes with steamed milk! Best tea: Blood Orange tea

9th Street Espresso

All my European friends: go here. Small cafe with only a few items on the menu. No fancy frills here!

The Bean

LOCATION IS ON BROADWAY AND 9TH STREET!!! Hipster cafe with great espresso drinks. Not the best coffee or cold brew though.

Coffee Project NY

Small shop with innovative coffee/espresso drinks. Sit down or take away. Home of the deconstructed latte!

Elsewhere Espresso

DOG FRIENDLY!!! Great tasting lattes with different flavors. Friendly people!

Dr. Snood

DOG FRIENDLY!!! Mostly vegan cafe with homemade milks. Try their cashew milk! *This is a high end chain, find them all over the city!*

Bluestone Lane Coffee

Few locations. Australian cafe with great avocado toast! Gorgeous bright interior. Great to work from.

Abraço

Basic coffee/espresso shop. No frills, no non-dairy milk offering. BUT the best coffee in NYC. Cash only!

787 Coffee

The BEST coffee shop in NYC! They own their own farm in Puerto Rico and ship all the beans to be sold in their coffee shops in NYC. Get…

Eats n’ Drinks - Coffee Run - LOCATION: Union SQ

Blue Stripes Cacao Shop

The original creator of Max Brenner (the bald chocolate man himself!) created a new intimate cafe. The best chocolate shop for miles.…

Think Coffee

Have to do some work? Do it here and enjoy some quiet time with coffee

Eats n’ Drinks - Fun Bars

Ace Bar

Old school games to play (pin ball, hunt a buck, darts, etc.) No fancy cocktails

Holiday Cocktail Lounge

Bartenders are pretty stuck up and rude here. BUT the drinks are delicious. Just know that going in...

Barcade (St Marks Pl.)

Great beer selection and TONS of old school video games! Nothing fancy. But perfect for a first date!

d.b.a.

DOG FRIENDLY!! Possibly my favorite bar in all NYC. Great drinks, happy hour till 9pm (!!) and chill fun bartenders! No food here.

Blind Barber

Speakeasy bar behind the barber shop. Recently it’s become a little douchey, but go early to enjoy the cocktails.

Taqueria St. Marks Place

Small Mexican restaurant that has a big bar scene. LA bar (go there if you’re a LA sports fan!) YOU WILL GET DRUNK OFF ONE MARG!…

No Fun

This bar is actually a lot of fun

Mr. Purple

Go for the views, stay for the cocktails, leave because of the crowd. Or just go during the day and the crowd doesn’t suck!

Please Don't Tell

Speakeasy in Crif Dogs on Saint Marks Place. MAKE RESERVATIONS!!! Prepare to spend $$$

Eats n’ Drinks - Healthy Options

Double Zero

Vegan pizzeria that you wouldn’t know are vegan.

Double Zero

Vegan pizzeria that you wouldn’t know are vegan.

Bluestone Lane Coffee

Few locations. Australian cafe with great avocado toast! Gorgeous bright interior. Great to work from.

sweetgreen

Quick bite. FRESH and LOCAL salad shop. Large variety of salads, warm and cold.

by CHLOE. SoHo

MY FAVE!! Vegan restaurant. I promise you, you wouldn’t know because the food is so flavorful with every texture. Get the mushroom bacon!!

The Organic Grill

Super cozy restaurant where everything is organic and mostly local. A little pricey, but portions are pretty good. I’ve never left hungry!

Eats n’ Drinks - Hit the Sweet Spot

Veniero’s Italian Pastry

This place has been here since 1884, and has no plans on leaving. The best Italian pastry shop IMO. Get the pignoli cookies, best in the…

Big Gay Ice Cream

It makes everyone happy. Rocky road is to die for. They have a few locations in the village!

Ray's Candy Store

Old school soft serve store. Not a candy store. They also have great traditional egg creams! CASH ONLY! One of Anthony Bourdain’s…

Economy Candy

Old school candy shop. They have everything, I mean really...everything!

Doughnut Plant

MY FAVORITE DOUGHNUTS OF ALL TIME!!! Get the PB square filled with their homemade jam! There is a location in LES as well.

Veniero's Pastry

This authentic Italian bakery as been in the same building since 1884. Everything here is amazing. Do not forget to get the pignoli…

Eats n’ Drinks - Quickie bites

sweetgreen

Quick bite. FRESH and LOCAL salad shop. Large variety of salads, warm and cold.

Hu Kitchen

Quick bite, little pricey but very healthy options for EVERYONE.

Regina’s Grocery

CHECK OUT MY BLOG POST AT THE LINK BELOW ⬇️⬇️Delicious Italian sandwich spot. Not much room to sit down, so get it to go.

Eats n’ Drinks - BK Restaurants

Claro

Michelin star rated restaurant in Gowanus

Maite

Friend said best gnocchi she’s ever had was at Maite.

Eats n’ Drinks - Trendy Spots

Lovely Day

* This Thai restaurant is a super cool hangout spot for hipsters, locals and tourists who stumble upon it. Located in the heart of of…

Bar Primi

Do yourself a favor and order the espresso martini

Eats n’ Drinks - Reliable NYC Staples

Veselka

Ukrainian diner with such delicious food. Get their pierogis. My husband says they have the best Borsht.

Eats n’ Drinks

Lovely Day

* This Thai restaurant is a super cool hangout spot for hipsters, locals and tourists who stumble upon it. Located in the heart of of…

9th Street Espresso

All my European friends: go here. Small cafe with only a few items on the menu. No fancy frills here!

Coffee Project NY

Small shop with innovative coffee/espresso drinks. Sit down or take away. Home of the deconstructed latte!

Dr. Snood

DOG FRIENDLY!!! Mostly vegan cafe with homemade milks. Try their cashew milk! *This is a high end chain, find them all over the city!*

Bluestone Lane Coffee

Few locations. Australian cafe with great avocado toast! Gorgeous bright interior. Great to work from.

Abraço

Basic coffee/espresso shop. No frills, no non-dairy milk offering. BUT the best coffee in NYC. Cash only!

Joe Coffee Company

Trendy/hip NYC coffee shop with a few locations. Great tasting and very smooth coconut milk latte! Delicious bite size veggie quiche too!

sweetgreen

Quick bite. FRESH and LOCAL salad shop. Large variety of salads, warm and cold.

by CHLOE. SoHo

MY FAVE!! Vegan restaurant. I promise you, you wouldn’t know because the food is so flavorful with every texture. Get the mushroom bacon!!

The Organic Grill

Super cozy restaurant where everything is organic and mostly local. A little pricey, but portions are pretty good. I’ve never left hungry!

Ace Bar

Old school games to play (pin ball, hunt a buck, darts, etc.) No fancy cocktails

Holiday Cocktail Lounge

Bartenders are pretty stuck up and rude here. BUT the drinks are delicious. Just know that going in...

Barcade (St Marks Pl.)

Great beer selection and TONS of old school video games! Nothing fancy. But perfect for a first date!

d.b.a.

DOG FRIENDLY!! Possibly my favorite bar in all NYC. Great drinks, happy hour till 9pm (!!) and chill fun bartenders! No food here.

B Bar & Grill

Restaurant that turns into a bar at night. Great cocktails and gorgeous outdoor space! Perfect to bring the parents when they’re in town.…

Taqueria St. Marks Place

Small Mexican restaurant that has a big bar scene. LA bar (go there if you’re a LA sports fan!) YOU WILL GET DRUNK OFF ONE MARG!…

No Fun

This bar is actually a lot of fun

Mr. Purple

Go for the views, stay for the cocktails, leave because of the crowd. Or just go during the day and the crowd doesn’t suck!

Claro

Michelin star rated restaurant in Gowanus

Maite

Friend said best gnocchi she’s ever had was at Maite.

Bar Primi

Do yourself a favor and order the espresso martini

Veniero’s Italian Pastry

This place has been here since 1884, and has no plans on leaving. The best Italian pastry shop IMO. Get the pignoli cookies, best in the…

Big Gay Ice Cream

It makes everyone happy. Rocky road is to die for. They have a few locations in the village!

Ray's Candy Store

Old school soft serve store. Not a candy store. They also have great traditional egg creams! CASH ONLY! One of Anthony Bourdain’s…

Economy Candy

Old school candy shop. They have everything, I mean really...everything!

Mr. White

Get the potato salad. Just do it.

Other Finds

Taverna Di Bacco

* Best traditional Italian food in New York. Maurizio is chef/owner and from a small town near the Amalfi Coast in Southern Italy, and…

Lovely Day

* This Thai restaurant is a super cool hangout spot for hipsters, locals and tourists who stumble upon it. Located in the heart of of…

Double Zero

Vegan pizzeria that you wouldn’t know are vegan.

Mud Coffee

Great spot for dining in or take away. Coffee with milk comes with steamed milk! Best tea: Blood Orange tea

9th Street Espresso

All my European friends: go here. Small cafe with only a few items on the menu. No fancy frills here!

Coffee Project NY

Small shop with innovative coffee/espresso drinks. Sit down or take away. Home of the deconstructed latte!

Elsewhere Espresso

DOG FRIENDLY!!! Great tasting lattes with different flavors. Friendly people!

Dr. Snood

DOG FRIENDLY!!! Mostly vegan cafe with homemade milks. Try their cashew milk! *This is a high end chain, find them all over the city!*

Bluestone Lane Coffee

Few locations. Australian cafe with great avocado toast! Gorgeous bright interior. Great to work from.

Abraço

Basic coffee/espresso shop. No frills, no non-dairy milk offering. BUT the best coffee in NYC. Cash only!

Third Rail Coffee

THEY HAVE DOUGHNUT PLANT DONUTS HERE!!! Strong coffee, a little pricey. Cozy shop but there are tables to do work.

Joe Coffee Company

Trendy/hip NYC coffee shop with a few locations. Great tasting and very smooth coconut milk latte! Delicious bite size veggie quiche too!

sweetgreen

Quick bite. FRESH and LOCAL salad shop. Large variety of salads, warm and cold.

Hu Kitchen

Quick bite, little pricey but very healthy options for EVERYONE.

by CHLOE. SoHo

MY FAVE!! Vegan restaurant. I promise you, you wouldn’t know because the food is so flavorful with every texture. Get the mushroom bacon!!

The Organic Grill

Super cozy restaurant where everything is organic and mostly local. A little pricey, but portions are pretty good. I’ve never left hungry!

Ace Bar

Old school games to play (pin ball, hunt a buck, darts, etc.) No fancy cocktails

Holiday Cocktail Lounge

Bartenders are pretty stuck up and rude here. BUT the drinks are delicious. Just know that going in...

Barcade (St Marks Pl.)

Great beer selection and TONS of old school video games! Nothing fancy. But perfect for a first date!

d.b.a.

DOG FRIENDLY!! Possibly my favorite bar in all NYC. Great drinks, happy hour till 9pm (!!) and chill fun bartenders! No food here.

B Bar & Grill

Restaurant that turns into a bar at night. Great cocktails and gorgeous outdoor space! Perfect to bring the parents when they’re in town.…

Blind Barber

Speakeasy bar behind the barber shop. Recently it’s become a little douchey, but go early to enjoy the cocktails.

Taqueria St. Marks Place

Small Mexican restaurant that has a big bar scene. LA bar (go there if you’re a LA sports fan!) YOU WILL GET DRUNK OFF ONE MARG!…

No Fun

This bar is actually a lot of fun

Mr. Purple

Go for the views, stay for the cocktails, leave because of the crowd. Or just go during the day and the crowd doesn’t suck!

Croissanteria

Delicious coffee and lattes! Good selection of pastries and salads.

Claro

Michelin star rated restaurant in Gowanus

Maite

Friend said best gnocchi she’s ever had was at Maite.

Catacomb tour

Visit the ONLY catacombs in Manhattan at Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral. I LOVED this history packed tour!

Tenement Museum

Learn how immigrants in the 19th century lived when they first arrived to NYC. Tour an actual tenement building that’s never been touched…

Bar Primi

Do yourself a favor and order the espresso martini

Veniero’s Italian Pastry

This place has been here since 1884, and has no plans on leaving. The best Italian pastry shop IMO. Get the pignoli cookies, best in the…

Big Gay Ice Cream

It makes everyone happy. Rocky road is to die for. They have a few locations in the village!

Ray's Candy Store

Old school soft serve store. Not a candy store. They also have great traditional egg creams! CASH ONLY! One of Anthony Bourdain’s…

Economy Candy

Old school candy shop. They have everything, I mean really...everything!

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