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October 19, 2013 by @VanessaRivers

Someone once told me that if you were to dine at a different restaurant in New York every single day over the span of your life you still wouldn’t come close to eating at all of the restaurants in this city. For a small town girl, who gets intimidated by too many choices at a big grocery store, this can be beyond overwhelming, not to mention throwing in all the shops, bars, clubs, tourist attractions and people from all walks of life everywhere. But for many this is the beauty of New York. There are millions of options and they are conveniently on every corner. Here are some of the spots I’ve come to love over my last few years exploring New York City.

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The Gansevoort Park Ave is where I stay every time I visit NYC because of the convenient location, great rooms and amenities (gym, spa, Asellina Restaurant – delicious upscale Italian). You can read my full Gansevoort Park Ave Review here.


The High Line is a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. It has become one of my favorite places in NY because it’s a beautiful walk and an amazing way to experience nature blending into a strong urban backdrop. This spot is a must visit next time you are in NYC!

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  • FANCY SCHMANCY – Blue Water Grill at Union Square, took Lisa here for her birthday lunch. Food was great and the dessert was amazing!
  • MEXICAN – Cafe Frida, killer guacamole and I love the jalapeno margies here! Fajitas were delicious, and great location, upper west side near the park
  • CHILLAX – The Beach at Dream Hotel, poolside dinning makes you feel like you’re on a tropical vacation. Also a perfect place to take kids because it’s usually not too crowded so you don’t feel rushed & crammed.
  • GET HEALTHY – Westville, try the apple cider mimosa, breakfast till late and yummy healthy veggie sides

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  • UPSCALE/UPBEAT ITALIAN – Bagatelle, the Meatpacking Districts version of Villa Romana in St Tropez
  • SUSHI – Sushi Samba, I have been to the one in Gramercy on Park Ave a million times and I always love it. Tried a new place called SEN on this trip and the sushi was good but the service was terrible!
  • BBQ – Blue Smoke, while my friend Danee and boyfriend had a rib eating contest I happily stole all the pickles off everyone’s plates. Great food & good cocktails in a lively atmosphere!
  • OUT OF NY FEEL – Ted’s Montana Grill, just as good as the one in Bozeman, Montana
  • LONG ISLAND – Da Nicola, My aunt Lisa usually picks me up at JFK & this spot near her house on the island is quickly becoming our favorite for its delicious Italian dishes (love the sautéed artichoke hearts!), and mellow atmosphere. If you’re staying near JFK when you fly in this is a great dinner option. If you’re solo grab dinner at the bar, where you can enjoy the full menu and chat with the friendly bartenders.
  • SEAFOOD – CATCH, I had my 29th birthday at this hip spot in the Meatpacking District and loved it!

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There are millions of places in NYC to grab cocktails but if you want to try a new hip scene in the Meatpacking District TAO just opened at an impressively massive downtown location. I stopped in here for a quick nightcap with my boyfriend and loved the vibe!


  • DIVE: El Rio Grande, don’t have more than two of the deceivingly strong blended margaritas here or you’ll get “Rio’d” AKA finding out the hard way how I got my nick name “Magda bird.” Let’s just say me + subway + too many margies at Rio = no bueno
  • UPSCALE SPORTS BAR: BOUNCE, My boyfriend said he use to live on 21st at Park for convenience. Ya conveniently located super close to this club+sports bar in one. This is true #LOVE for anyone who likes going out to clubs and loves sports!
  • COLLEGE SPORTS BAR: Brother Jimmy’s, A great place to watch football.

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We went to VIP on this trip, and that was fun but my fave club in NY thus far is Provocateur. Spent my 29th birthday drinking way too much champagne here. I love the sexy atmosphere!


It’s very hard to get an appointment at a good salon when you are traveling around all the time, especially in NYC. My friend suggested Dallas at De Berardinis, and got me in to see him on this trip. He did an amazing job as you can see from the photo of me in Miami (below), splashing in the ocean with my newly highlighted locks. Another reason I love NYC is that the gorgeous beaches of Miami are just a short flight away!

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