Visiting NYC with Wendy Reynolds!

My life is filled with love and laughter thanks to the amazing people I get to hang out with. As well as being awesome, they’re creative, talented, generous, and fun! I thought you might like to meet them so I’ve asked them to come and give us a behind-the-scenes look at what they’re passionate about.

DSC_2146Wendy Reynolds, fellow writer, amazing flower photographer, very green thumb gardener, chef extraordinaire (it’s taken so long to have her visit because it was hard to choose which awesome thing to talk about), sent along some excellent suggestions for restaurants and things to do in New York City just before my trip. I thought I’d share it with you because I thought it was awesome advice!

Here’s a list of some of the restaurants we liked when we were in New York last October:

1) We went to Eataly (Mario Batali’s Italian market at 23rd and 5th) twice, once for lunch and once for dinner before a show. It’s a huge place that combines a marketplace with about six or seven different “restaurants.” It’s really good — we had dinner at the fish place and it was so good, we went back for lunch another day at the pizza/pasta section (really good, too, but the fish place was actually to die for). Then I bought a whole whack of stuff in the market area to bring home.

2) There is a very, very nice place, somewhat upmarket in the East Village called Tuome. Very, very good and perfect for dinner.

3) Ivan Ramen. A Korean fusion hot spot. So good. We went to the so-called “Slurp Shop” for lunch in the Gotham Market (on 11th at about 42nd or maybe a bit higher). Gotham Market is a great place to check out and there are a few other places to have lunch plus there is a Blue Bottle coffee shop there. Ivan Ramen is also a proper restaurant on Clinton Street in the East Village and we’ll definitely head there next time.

4) There are several Shake Shacks scattered around and they are really not to be missed. Check out the link for sites. Burgers, dogs, fries, and ice cream. Cheap and delicious.

5) The Chelsea Market has loads of places to eat and shop for food. It’s near the base of the southern access point to the Highline on Ninth. The Highline really is not to be missed if you can manage it, although it’s always packed with people, so be prepared to get slightly jostled. Also, the Whitney Museum has moved down to that area, too. It was closed for the move when we were there last year, but I’ve been to the Whitney before and it’s fantastic. And the MoMA is my favourite – there is always some fabulous special exhibit there, in addition to the permanent collections. Andy Warhol!

bagels6) Murray’s Bagels is great for a classic NYC experience and a huge yummy bagel, of course! There are a couple of locations, but the website only mentions the one in Chelsea.

7) If you can manage the Tenement Museum in the East Village, it is a totally fascinating experience, unlike any other museum you’ve ever been to. There are several guided tours of homes/areas in that part of NYC. You have to book a specific tour. Well worth it.

8) Then there are all the other museums and galleries and buildings and everything. And walking. And Battery Park. And the Brooklyn Bridge. We did an architectural boat tour around lower Manhattan and that was really cool.

So many things to see and do!! Thank you very much Wendy for sharing this info! I had a blast in NYC at the RWA Conference, but I’ll have to go again to sightsee and check out these fabulous restaurants. And I’ll invite Wendy back to share her photography expertise!