Being born in New York and raised in New Jersey has given me the best of both worlds. Who can complain when one spends hot summer days at the beach, and trips to NYC to see a Broadway show or grab dinner at a chic restaurant. NYC is only an easy 45-minute drive from where I live in Jersey and I could not be more grateful for being exposed to Manhattan from such a young age.
Thousands of tourists from all over the world visit the big apple everyday just to see a glimpse of the NYC life they hear so much about. For those who either live in close proximity to the city or are dying to plan a trip to visit, I compiled together a few of my favorite spots to enjoy a drink, dance the night away, or relax in an elevated park (say what) in my favorite city for my fellow twenty-somethings.
1. The Highline
The High Line is on the top 30 things to do in NYC list and it certainly made its appearance on my list as well. My first trip to The high line was with my mom and it was definitely a memorable one. The High line is described as a “great oasis if one wants to scape all the NYC traffic and just take stroll in not just any park, but a long-garden deck-esque park.” The High line is a linear park that stretches across 1.45 miles on an elevated section of an old railroad next to Chelsea piers. As described on its website, “The High line runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th and 12th Avenues.” Grab a cup of coffee and a scone and sit amongst beautiful flowers and plants as you enjoy the elevated views of lower Manhattan.
Cue Rihanna’s “Where have you been all my liiiifffeee.” I haven’t actually experienced the amazing Sugar Factory until this year, when I turned 21. However, you certainly do not need to be of age to go to SF, as they offer their AHHH-MAZING alcoholic drinks without alcohol for the youngins. But for those who want to ‘turn-up’ after dinner (I had to add that in there) with 60 ounce sized drinks (I’m not kidding!) and chocolate oozing desserts, you must check Sugar Factory out. SF is located in the Meatpacking District on Gansevoort St. Being open until 3am, customers are able to enjoy entrees such as pasta and hearty steaks, or enjoy decadent desserts until the wee hours of the morning, making this an awesome place to go eat after a night of dancing or barhopping.
So for those 21 and older, the nightlife in NYC could seem overwhelming because there is so much of it. Every half a mile it seems there is a bar where New Yorkers could gather after work or for happy hour with friends before they hit the clubs. If you think Manhattan caters to bars instead of clubs, think again. NYC has multiple hidden, rooftop nightclubs that over look the whole city and its twinkling lights. Nothing beats dancing and having a cocktail (or some) under a dark, starry night amongst some of the world’s tallest skyscrapers. Hudson Terrace, located on West 46th St. is one of those rooftop clubs and lounges that is one of favorite places in Manhattan. Whether one is having a private event or looking for a night out on the town, Hudson Terrace is a chic, upscale club that overlooks the Hudson River in midtown Manhattan. Check the site’s nightlife page for upcoming events and DJs that will be playing in the upcoming weekends.
4. Dos Caminos
Calling all foodies- if you have yet experienced the food at Dos Caminos, you need to get there ASAP. With four locations scattered throughout Manhattan, one being in the Meatpacking District, Dos Caminos is a huge staple of the Kardashian’s (can you tell I’m a huge fan?). Once I saw Scott and Kris enjoying some homemade chips and guacamole in an episode of “Keeping Up,” I knew I had to make a trip there. Dos Caminos is one of my all time favorite restaurants in Manhattan. Offering an array of delicious appetizers and entrees including various versions of made fresh to order guacamole, salads, and Mexican burgers, this Mexican cuisine is far from Chipotle and I promise you, 100x better. On your next trip into the city, you now know where you’re going for dinner.
Last but not least on the list is Momofuku Milk Bar. After enjoying some Mexican cuisine, and before hitting Hudson Terrace for drinks, another favorite bar of mine is a milk bar. Momofuku’s menu is filled with cookies, cakes, pies and more. Milk Bar has six locations in Manhattan, open everyday. Cookies with flavors such as blueberry and cream, and cornflake marshmallow chocolate are offered on the menu, as well as supermodel and Taylor Swift’s BFF, Karlie Kloss’ line who collaborated with the famous milk bar to make, “klossies,” which are wholesome baked goods. My two favorites on the menu are b’day truffles and one of the most popular items on the list and what put the Milk Bar on the map is their cereal milk. As described on the website, cereal milk is available as soft serve or a milkshake. Cereal milk is made with milk, cornflakes, brown sugar and a pinch of salt. “It’s like the milk at the bottom of a bowl of cornflakes!” So so good!
My fellow twenty-somethings, these are just a few of my absolute favorite spots in Manhattan. I sometimes take it for granted how close I live to NYC and the access I have to all the city has to offer. As with traveling anywhere, my best advice is to ask New York locals their favorite spots, to avoid any touristy places. For those who take my advice on these five hotspots, enjoy!