NYC - Curated by Michelle

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Michelle Lanier

New York City: Curated by Michelle

A guide for Alec and Madi on their journey north

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Where to chow down

Image - Olea
Michelle:Mediterranean eatery serving creative tapas, brunch & sangria in a bohemian, plant-filled space. My favorite place for dinner in the city!
Image - Newtown
Michelle:Cozy neighborhood cafe specializing in vegetarian Mediterranean dishes with some vegan options. My favorite place for lunch in the city!
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Cafe Mogador
Michelle:Family-run Moroccan & Middle Eastern restaurant serving NYC since 1983. My favorite place for brunch in the city!
Image - Freemans
Michelle:A colonial American tavern restaurant tucked away in an alley, inspired by the Old World tradition
Image - Juliette
Michelle:French bistro fare served in a Williamsburg space with an indoor "garden" room & a roof deck
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Five Leaves
Michelle:Chill Greenpoint bistro offers New American fare with an Aussie accent & brunch options
Image - St. Mazie Bar & Supper Club
St. Mazie Bar & Supper Club
Michelle:Funky bar with frequent live music, an outdoor area & a small romantic downstairs restaurant with a compact menu
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Krolewskie Jadlo
Michelle:Pierogi, kielbasa & other hearty Polish staples are served in a medieval-themed setting
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Kings Co Imperial
Michelle:Family-style Chinese restaurant with flavorful dishes, fun tiki-inspired cocktails, and a cozy atmosphere. They also offer soup dumpling making classes!
Image - Walter's
Michelle:This park-facing corner spot comes in handy for an eggy brunch or an oysters-and-martini night out. Also has a speakeasy-style Japanese restaurant in the back!
Image - The Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory
The Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory
Michelle:Family-owned ice cream shop dealing in traditional Chinese flavors like black sesame, red bean, and durian
Image - Vanessa's Dumpling House
Vanessa's Dumpling House
Michelle:Hot, satisfying, and cheap dumplings of every stripe, from sandwich-style to soup
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Ivan Ramen
Michelle:Creative homemade noodle soups & izakaya-style small plates served in a colorful space with a patio
Image - Mominette Bistro
Mominette Bistro
Michelle:Modern French bistro serving up classic fare in a chic, vintage-y space with a garden
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Mile End Delicatessen
Michelle:Small spot drawing big crowds for smoked meat sandwiches & other Montreal-style Jewish deli staples
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Lucy's Vietnamese - Bushwick
Michelle:Lucy's Vietnamese in Bushwick survives with only two menu items (pho and pho ban mi) because they're both very good
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Bunna Cafe
Michelle:Bustling outpost provides Ethiopian vegan fare, cocktails & regular events in a low-lit dining room
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Joe's Shanghai
Michelle:A classic NYC establishment, you're here for soup dumplings
Image - Paulie Gee's Slice Shop
Paulie Gee's Slice Shop
Michelle:A much beloved order-at-the-counter slice place
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Michelle:Retro railcar environs & seasonal New American eats draw cool sorts to this funky spin on the diner
Image - Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co.
Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co.
Michelle:Seafood restaurant & market offering favorites like lobster rolls, chowder & oysters in tiny digs
Image - OKONOMI // YUJI Ramen
Michelle:Small Japanese place serving ramen at night & a traditional set breakfast & lunch menu by day
Image - While in Kathmandu
While in Kathmandu
Michelle:Casual, brick-lined eatery offering a cash-only Nepalese menu of masala wings, dumplings & skewers
Image - Bunker
Michelle:Cool spot for banh mi & other Vietnamese plates with thoughtfully sourced ingredients
Image - Ops
Michelle:Comfy pizzeria serving wood-fired pies with a sourdough crust, plus natural wines & cocktails
Image - Tortilleria Mexicana Los Hermanos
Tortilleria Mexicana Los Hermanos
Michelle:The most delicious garage in town, some of the city's best tacos are being served - Mexican spot inside a tortilla factory
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Red Rooster Harlem
Michelle:Lively Southern comfort food restaurant packing people in since 2010 for dishes such as shrimp and grits, a loaded seafood jambalaya, and fried chicken with red velvet waffles.
Image - Ichiran
Michelle:Branch of a Japanese chain preparing bowls of ramen served at tables or solo booths with no tipping
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The Commodore
Michelle:Fried chicken, biscuits & frozen drinks joint where you order at the bar
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Habana Outpost
Michelle:Inspired by a storied Mexico City hangout, where legend has it Che Guevara and Fidel Castro plotted the Cuban Revolution
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Hao Noodle
Michelle:A condensed encyclopedia of traditional Chinese noodles, but also feature progressive culinary trends happening now, rather than the Chinatown taste that you are familiar with
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Speedy Romeo
Michelle:Buzzy Italian joint for wood-fired pizza & grilled plates in cool digs with an open kitchen
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Izakaya MEW
Michelle:Big underground Japanese izakaya on 35th between 5th and 6th, serving ramen, sushi, dumplings, and fried chicken
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Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop
Michelle:Old-school bakery with counter seating for donuts & pastries, plus shakes & egg creams
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Food Gallery 32
Michelle:Asian eats from noodles to spicy fried chicken can be had at this multi-level food court
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Michelle:Chavela’s serves some very good Mexican food, and it’s also one of the most fun restaurants in Crown Heights for hanging out with a group
Image - Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain
Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain
Michelle:Old-school soda shop dispensing sundaes, egg creams & comfort food in a former pharmacy setting
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Paulie Gee's
Michelle:Order the Hellboy Squared, an “upside down” Sicilian slice with pepperoni, hot honey, and a sesame seed bottom
Image - Beco
Michelle:Laid-back, bohemian Brazilian bar/restaurant serving comfort food & caipirinhas.
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The Honey Well
Michelle:70s-inspired deco; Along with its cocktails, expect items like Beyond Meat tacos, mini shrimp rolls, and Maryland crabcakes
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Where to get a pick-me-up


Where to get rowdy

Image - Old Stanley's Bar
Old Stanley's Bar
Michelle:A cash only, pup friendly dive bar on the border of Bushwick and Ridgewood featuring a beautiful backyard area, the best photo booth I've ever used, and a supremely excellent jukebox. My longtime favorite bar.
Image - Carmelo’s
Michelle:One of the cheapest bars in Bushwick! It's cash only, a favorite of skateboarders and sports fans alike, and full of pool tables.
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Aunt Ginny's
Michelle:A spacious dive bar in Ridgewood catering to a predominantly punk audience. The highlight is the vegan-friendly food stall in the back called I Like Food that features all of your fried dreams.
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Evil Twin Brewing NYC
Michelle:A great and slightly pricey place to enjoy experimental beers outdoors and pet the neighborhood cat, Marlon, on a sunny afternoon!
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Capri Social Club
Michelle:According to the NY Times, it's a bar so ordinary that it's a star. Ideal for if you want jello shots in what feels like Polish dive bar in Michigan.
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Rockaway Beach Surf Club
Michelle:After living the Ramones' dream and hitching a ride to Rockaway Beach, hang out with tan surfer hotties, grab some tacos, and crack open an alcoholic coconut.
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Clockwork Bar
Michelle:A no frills, dimly lit punk bar in the Lower East Side featuring free popcorn, cheap frozen margaritas, and heavily graffitied walls
Image - Metropolitan
Michelle:One of Brooklyn's original gay bars! Come get your queeraoke, drag shows, and weekly back patio barbecues
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Baby Grand
Michelle:Get lit and belt your heart out!
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Michelle:Whether or not you’re super into craft beer, you’ll appreciate the rotating cast of excellent drafts and the Scandinavian-ish space that makes you feel like you’re sitting in an extremely well-appointed sauna (minus the sweaty people).
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El Cortez
Michelle:Tex-Mex dishes & tiki drinks offered in a '70s-style setting with DJs & an upstairs deck
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Skinny Dennis
Michelle:A honky tonk hidden in plain sight in Williamsburg featuring live music and good vibes - Perfect for a drink before seeing a movie at Nitehawk
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Lucky Dog
Michelle:A small dive bar in Williamsburg with a nice back patio that's usually filled to the brim with dogs
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The Three Diamond Door
Michelle:Prosecco on tap and a secret back patio, need I say more?
Image - Pencil Factory
Pencil Factory
Michelle:The perfect joint fr having a glass of wine with a book
Image - Sunshine Laundromat
Sunshine Laundromat
Michelle:Under the radar pinball arcade/museum and bar hidden in plain sight in a laundromat


Where to catch a rippin' show

Image - Jazz At Lincoln Center
Jazz At Lincoln Center
Michelle:They do a really neat series here called American Songbook
Image - Brooklyn Academy of Music
Brooklyn Academy of Music
Michelle:Great for concerts and movies!
Image - Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn Bowl
Image - Saint Vitus Bar
Saint Vitus Bar
Michelle:Prepare to be overwhelmed by metal dudes
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Zone One
Image - Trans-Pecos
Image - TV Eye
TV Eye
Image - House of Yes
House of Yes

Wonderguide map

  1. Olea
  2. Newtown
  3. Cafe Mogador
  4. Freemans
  5. Juliette
  6. Five Leaves
  7. St. Mazie Bar & Supper Club
  8. Krolewskie Jadlo
  9. Kings Co Imperial
  10. Walter's
  11. The Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory
  12. Vanessa's Dumpling House
  13. Ivan Ramen
  14. Mominette Bistro
  15. Mile End Delicatessen
  16. Lucy's Vietnamese - Bushwick
  17. Bunna Cafe
  18. Joe's Shanghai
  19. Paulie Gee's Slice Shop
  20. Diner
  21. Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co.
  22. OKONOMI // YUJI Ramen
  23. While in Kathmandu
  24. Bunker
  25. Ops
  26. Tortilleria Mexicana Los Hermanos
  27. Red Rooster Harlem
  28. Ichiran
  29. The Commodore
  30. Habana Outpost
  31. Hao Noodle
  32. Speedy Romeo
  33. Izakaya MEW
  34. Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop
  35. Food Gallery 32
  36. Chavela's
  37. Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain
  38. Paulie Gee's
  39. Beco
  40. The Honey Well
  41. Café Grumpy - Greenpoint
  42. Variety Coffee Roasters
  43. Devoción
  44. Blue Bottle Coffee
  45. The West Brooklyn
  46. Milk & Pull
  47. L'imprimerie
  48. Little Skips East
  49. Old Stanley's Bar
  50. Carmelo’s
  51. Aunt Ginny's
  52. Evil Twin Brewing NYC
  53. Capri Social Club
  54. Rockaway Beach Surf Club
  55. Clockwork Bar
  56. Metropolitan
  57. Baby Grand
  58. TØRST
  59. El Cortez
  60. Skinny Dennis
  61. Lucky Dog
  62. The Three Diamond Door
  63. Pencil Factory
  64. Sunshine Laundromat
  65. The Mercury Lounge
  66. Knitting Factory Brooklyn
  67. Baby's All Right
  68. Music Hall of Williamsburg
  69. Jazz At Lincoln Center
  70. The Bowery Ballroom
  71. Brooklyn Academy of Music
  72. Brooklyn Bowl
  73. Saint Vitus Bar
  74. Zone One
  75. Trans-Pecos
  76. TV Eye
  77. The Sultan Room
  78. House of Yes
  79. Apollo Theater
  80. Economy Candy
  81. Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket
  82. Union Square Greenmarket
  83. Topos Bookstore Cafe
  84. Bluestockings Bookstore, Cafe & Activist Center
  85. Molasses Books
  86. Human Relations
  87. Urban Jungle
  88. 10 ft Single by Stella Dallas
  89. Chelsea Market
  90. Beacon's Closet
  91. Buffalo Exchange
  92. Artists & Fleas Williamsburg
  93. Haven Cycles
  94. Other Peoples’ Clothing
  95. WORD
  96. Syndicated Bar Theater Kitchen
  97. Nitehawk Cinema
  98. The Gutter
  99. The Highline West Village
  100. The People's Beach at Jacob Riis Park
  101. The Earth Room
  102. Fort Tilden (Gateway National Recreation Area)
  103. Brooklyn Botanic Garden
  104. Ridgewood Reservoir
  105. Roosevelt Island
  106. The Met Cloisters
  107. MoMA PS1
  108. The Green-Wood Cemetery
  109. Staten Island Ferry
  110. Russian & Turkish Baths
  111. Whitney Museum of American Art
  112. Neue Galerie New York
  113. Brooklyn Museum
  114. Washington Square Park
  115. The Morgan Library & Museum
  116. Twenty Sided Store
  117. The Uncommons

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