Where to visit (and eat) in NYC?

Eliot and I will soon be visiting my parents in New Jersey; Maggie is heading south to visit a brand-new nephew.  They live across the river from New York City and I’m planning on spending a bit of time exploring.  Where should we go?  And maybe more importantly, where should we eat?  I’ve done some of the touristy things in NYC so I’m more interested in stuff that’s off the beaten path.  I have friends in the Bronx and Harlem who I’ll visit, so any suggestions in those neighborhoods (or is it boroughs?) would be great.

Author: David Swanson

Pastor of New Community Covenant Church in Bronzeville. Collecting signs of life.

9 thoughts on “Where to visit (and eat) in NYC?”

  1. Momofuku Noodle Bar is a go to for me when I have friends visiting: http://www.momofuku.com/restaurants/noodle-bar/ get the pork buns for an appetizer. Not exactly the closest to Harlem, but it is pretty darn good.

    The Burger Joint is also a pretty cool experience, this is a little closer to Harlem, but still a bit of a ride on the train: http://www.yelp.com/biz/burger-joint-new-york It is inside a pretty fancy hotel, and really doesn’t fit the building that surrounds it, but is a decent burger.

    Not sure where you are going to be in the Bronx, but S&S might be worth the trip for a decent cheesecake: http://www.yelp.com/biz/s-and-s-cheesecake-bronx

    There are also a couple of Pizza tours that are pretty cool. I did one with these guys: http://www.scottspizzatours.com/ A couple of friends and I did the crosstown pizza walk, and it was a fun trip… and a way to see a part of the city you wouldn’t see otherwise.

    If you are looking for something different, let me know and I’d love to see if I can point you in the right direction… or if you have some spare time, I’d love to grab a meal with you while you are in town.

  2. Hi! I saw your entry title (and, I guess, your question) on Stanford Gibson’s blog, and wanted to say that if you visit Manhattan the High Line Park is kind of unique and fascinating. It’s a mile long section of the former high line train tracks redesigned as a long, thin park high in the air.

  3. Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory (http://www.chinatownicecreamfactory.com/)
    If you like funky asian fruit flavors of ice cream this IS the place. Almond Cookie,
    Egg Custard, Mango, Strawberry Shortcake, Black Sesame, Ginger, Red Bean, Taro, Cherry Pistachio, Green Tea, Salted Caramel, Zen Butter, Coconut, and Lychee. Last time I was up in NYC I went there 3 times…..in one day!

  4. If I was taking a little boy to NYC my one ABSOLUTE BEST thing to do would be a Circle Line Cruise!!!!!

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