I grew up in a conservative California beach town. It was beautiful, people were friendly, and the weather was an annual average of 75 and sunny. Somehow that wasn't quite enough. I left my little town at 18 and hopped around the world, loving the thrill of settling down someplace new, and finding the best that particular place had to offer. I've been to every continent, and lived in 4 countries, and no place has managed to maintain my excitement level the way The Big Apple has. You could play tourist here every night for years, and never run out of new shows to see, new restos to try, exhibits to visit...I want to shutdown my laptop just thinking about it!

This page is my little (work in progress) guide to New York. Whether you're in town on business and too busy to research, or a native New Yorker just interested in seeing how our tastes align, this page is for you. 

For shows and places I can't yet vouch for (but would like to try), see my Dining & Entertainment Wishlist

 

Dining

Cosme (Flat Iron) 

Shuko (Union Square)

Charlie Bird (West Village)

Sushi Nakazawa (West Village)

Boulud Sud (Upper West)

Le Bernadin (Midtown)

Narcissa (Bowery)

Le Coucou (Soho)

Drinking

Aldo Sohm (Midtown)

Cork Buzz (Union Square)

King Cole Bar (Midtown)

Bemelmens Bar (Upper East)

Rebelle (Bowery)

Culture

Art Ettore Sottsass / "Design Radical" / The Met Breuer (July 21 - October 8)

Art Magnum Manifesto / The International Center of Photography (May 26 - September 3)

Cinema Angelika Cinema - Sometimes I go to Angelika without watching any trailers or looking up reviews. Their selection is just that good. 

Jazz at Lincoln center. Cocktails and a view with a great live soundtrack.

Sports The Knicks, The Nets...your team is my team ;). (Sports is culture, right?)

Shopping 

Apartment by The Line76 Greene St - The most amazingly well curated shop I've ever stepped foot inside. 

TotoKaelo54 Crosby St - The most beautiful stuff in the most beautiful space. 

Barney's660 Madison Ave - The standard

 

I look out the window and I see the lights and the skyline and the people on the street rushing around looking for action, love, and the world’s greatest chocolate chip cookie, and my heart does a little dance.
— Nora Ephron