City Bakery–$$–Union Square: This bakery is known for its hot chocolate and crazy bonkers marshmallows. Don’t skip this if you are in NYC during winter.
Don Antonio–$$–Midtown: This pizza restaurant has great Neapolitan style pizza. It doesn’t disappoint, and you can’t miss the fried pizza specialty (trust me)!
Gramercy Tavern–$$$–Flatiron: This restaurant is certainly high-end (dining room will cost you at least $92 per person), but the Tavern is walk-in only and half the price. The service is impeccable, and I loved my meal here.
The Halal Guys–$–Midtown West: An amazing street car with delicious chicken over rice. Z makes sure we stop here on every single NYC trip.
Levain–$$–Upper West Side: The most amazing cookies I have ever had. They are almost more like deliciously buttery scones than cookies. They are definitely worth the trek to the Upper West Side!
Shake Shack–$–Various: Yes, everyone talks about Shake Shack, but the hype is true. It’s out of this world, and I am dying for them to open up on the West Coast!
Two Little Red Hens–$–Upper East Side: Great American style cupcakes at this charming bakery. I’m partial to their red velvet!
The Pavillion–$$–Union Square: This outside bar makes you feel as if you stepped away from NYC and escaped to a tropical location. Great hummus too!
Bird–$$$–This Brooklyn store has every piece of clothing my heart desires; whimsical dresses and great coats come with a lot of personality.
MOMA Gift Store–$$–The perfect place to find a gift! They have so many unique home and stationery goods.
Sak’s Fifth Avenue–$$$–Even if you end up buying nothing, walk through the store’s shoe collection. It’s absolutely amazing!
Prospect Park and Central Park–$–Check out Frederick Law Olmstead’s two great parks in New York. Though Central Park is considered to be more iconic, I love the escape from the city you get at Prospect Park.
Museums–$$–Make time for the Metropolitan Museum, the Natural History Museum, and MOMA, but do not forget about the Whitney, the City Museum of New York, the Guggenheim, and the Frick Collection.
The High Line–$–Do not miss checking out this park in Chelsea that revitalized an old railway bed.