1. MCSORLEY’S OLD ALE HOUSE
15 E.7th St.
New York’s oldest bar. At night, a madhouse; on a weekday afternoon, paradise.
2. THE MORGAN LIBRARY & MUSEUM
225 Madison Ave.
J.P. Morgan built this jewel-box of a building to house his library of rare books, which are still there, along with an exactingly-curated collection of others’ rare books, drawings, and such.
3. THE DEAD RABBIT
30 Water St.
One of the world’s most-awarded cocktail bars, the Rabbit does justice to both the modern cocktail revolution and the early 19th-century building in which it is housed.
4. DEAR IRVING
55 Irving Pl.
Just plain lovely. Genteel cocktails in a genteel setting.
5. EISENBERG’S SANDWICH SHOP
174 5th Ave.
A survivor: pretty much the last old time lunch counter in New York. Get a sandwich and an egg cream and pretend you’re being filmed in black and white.
200 5th Ave.
The world of Italian food—eat there, take out, or cook from home—and don’t forget the rooftop beer garden, where you can explore the fascinating, and new, world of Italian craft brewing.
7. STRAND BOOK STORE
Practically the last survivor of the old Fourth Avenue used-book district, the Strand is as big as all of the other shops put together. Budget at least an hour.
8. THE CLOCKTOWER
5 Madison Ave.
Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton’s New York debut serves playful, sophisticated cuisine. Expect a great burger, British-influenced starters, and next-level chicken and gravy.
9. WINE MERCHANTS
108 E.16th St.
Unusual and rare Italian wines and a fearsomely knowledgeable staff. Good for
sneaking a night cap back into your hotel room.
10. FISHS EDDY
Vintage housewares, including fun lots from long-closed restaurants.
11. CHELSEA GALLERIES
(between W.21st and 29th Sts. / 10th and 11th Aves.)
Hundreds of art galleries, including some of the most prestigious, and some of
the most avant-garde in the country line these blocks. And they’re all free to visit.
12. EVERYMAN ESPRESSO
136 E.13th St.
Fine cappuccino, creative coffee and, despite its punky origins, a warm atmosphere.
13. FAT RADISH
17 Orchard St.
Downtown’s best people watching and duck fat truffle fries. Trust us.
14. THE COSTUME INSTITUTE AT THE MET
1000 Fifth Ave.
See the frocks that changed fashion by Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen,
and more. One visit here, and your closet will have never felt so underdressed.
15. STOREFRONT FOR ART AND ARCHITECTURE
97 Kenmare St.
Engage your inner architect at this iconic exhibition space.
16. HALF GALLERY
43 E.78th St.
View great art by established and emerging talents like our back cover artist Daniel Heidkamp.
17. LINCOLN CENTER
10 Lincoln Center Plaza
Great for ballerina spotting, opera hearing, and rare-film screening. Essentially
your one stop culture shop.
18. THE STUDIO MUSEUM IN HARLEM
144 W.125th St.
A nexus for artists of African descent, like innovators Kehinde Wiley, Kara
Walker, and Mickalene Thomas.