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Experience New York: What to See, Eat and Drink

One can't paint New York as it is, but rather as it is felt. - Georgia O'Keeffe

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The vibe of this spectacular city is something else, and if you have the pleasure of spending time in it you will know what we are talking about. If it is your first visit, it can be quite overwhelming, the energy, lights, bustling streets, but take a second, just stand still and observe everything, simply try to take it all in. Now, there are numerous tourist attractions and restaurant recommendations, and it can get quite overwhelming. The key is doing what you love and not confining yourself to the must-see options. So here are some great ways you can experience the city that never sleeps, that might not be in your everyday city guide.

The not so touristy attractions

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If you are not the type to stand in long lines to get to some of the major attractions like the Statue of Liberty or Empire State Building, there is an abundance of options, all you have to do is start exploring. If you would like to avoid the crowds at the Met, you can choose its less known annex, The Cloisters. Tucked away in scenic Fort Tryon Park it houses art and architecture from medieval Europe. The building itself is made out of remains of european monasteries that were transported to the United States. And while you are there take the time to walk around the Fort Tryon Park, not exactly Central Park, but it is a lot less crowded and offers breathtaking views, if you walk to the Linden Terrace. And if you are not into getting blinded by the Time’s Square lights, taking a walk around outdoor galleries of Morgan Avenue, Siegel Street, East Moore Street and other local thoroughfares will provide you with some beautiful images to snap or simply stand and observe.

Drinks you need to try

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Some drinks are a must-try when you are in New York. Of course, the famous cosmopolitan is a must for anyone who has ever seen Sex and the City. You definitely need to try it while in NY. This city is famous for some of the best cocktails in the world, and you will find the top professionals in mixology in NYC, they have made this city their home for a reason, and it is up to you to find why. Of course, you must have a pint or two at the iconic McSorley’s Old Ale House. And if you want feel like a real New Yorker just find some of these small local pubs where crowds gather after work to have a drink or two and socialize. That will help you feel like a local. Beware, it is not the least glamorous but the energy is always great and you get to mix with the island natives, and that is quite an adventure.

The foodies heaven

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There is no lack of great food on the island of Manhattan. The trick is knowing where to look and what not to miss out on. Start with the Di Fara Pizza place. Don’t let the line of local waiting for a slice discourage you. The opportunity to see the owner, Dom DeMarco in action is a true pleasure. The next on your list should be the most talked about dessert, the famous cronut at Dominique Ansel Bakery, again, you’ll have to wait in line a bit, but the taste is simply incredible. You should also consider paying a visit to the Russ & Daughters, this 100 -year-old shop represents a huge part of New York’s history, and the best thing to try there is the classic sesame bagel, schmear, and smoked salmon cut whisper. Simply delicious. Of course, we saved the best for last, a doughy Sicilian slice at the L&B Spumoni Gardens, something that locals love on a summer day in the massive courtyard at this Gravesend establishment.

You are now ready to experience the real New York, so all that is left is to hit these places and try the best of what this amazing city has to offer. Remember to be patient and try to soak in every taste and every view, this is the real New Your, and having the opportunity to experience it firsthand is a true privilege. Cherish it!