Empire State of Taste
City Bakery (Flatiron, 3 W 18th St @ 5th Ave)
So far, my favorite bakery in New York. Unfortunately, I think it's the town's favorite bakery as you can tell by the crowds.
Club Macanudo (Upper East Side, 26 E 63rd St @ Madison)
For a long time, this has been one of my secret spots to unwind from the hectic city atmosphere, but I'll share with you since you're kind enough to read my site.
Every once in a while, I get inspired to take advantage of New York's internationally metropolitan culture and head to a cigar bar, especially if I need to have a low-key, private meeting. There's just something about the pairing of cigars and brandy, or traditionally scotch, or as I was introduced last time, rum. It has a primarily, but not exclusively male clientele, and I feel like a tomboy sometimes, but if I'm going to get to enjoy it anywhere, it may as well be here. Food is exquisitely rich, but blends well with the atmosphere. Dress code applies.
Dos Caminos (Midtown, 825 Third Ave @ 50th St)
I have to insert the clause about me not being into chain restaurants, but this was one of the most enjoyable sit-down Mexican restaurants I've been to in a long time. Atmosphere is festive, food is tasty without any pretention and service just gracious. Oh yes, drinks are potent. Fantastic for groups.
H&H Bagels (All Over Town)
New York's best known bagels and most-loved, with good reason. They ship worldwide, too. My favorite locations are in the Upper West Side or Upper East Side, just a few blocks from Central Park. Grab a bagel, some whitefish and a blanket, and walk to the Park for a picnic.
James Beard Foundation (Greenwich Village, 167 W 12th St btwn 6th & 7th Aves)
As you plan your New York travel, check the website for any special events and dinners.
Joe's Pizza (West Village, 7 Carmine St @ Bleeker)
Honestly, I haven't met a slice of pie in NY that I didn't like, but this is one takes the cake -- I mean, pie.
La Rosita Grocery & Taqueria (Hell's Kitchen, 47th St @ 11th Ave)
Truly the definition of "cheap n good." I'm all for Rachel Maddow's pick of their chicken sopes.
Magnolia Bakery (Various Locations, incl Rockefeller Ctr & Grand Central Station)
Another great bakery to go to for a variety of gourmet sweets. A decent alternative
Zabar's Deli (Upper West Side, 2245 Broadway @ 80th St)
This place is no joke. Amazing baked goods and gourmet groceries, is a perfect stop for grabbing yummies for a picnic in Central Park, just 3 blocks away. I could eat from here every day.
Empire State of Sleep
Comfort Inn - Central Park West (Upper West Side, 31 West 71st St.)
Great location at bargain (well, for New York) prices.
Eventi Hotel (Chelsea/Theatre District, 851 Ave of the Americas (6th Ave) @ W 30th St)
Just a hop, skip and a jump to Penn Station and Madison Square Garden, the Eventi is so far my favorite hotel to stay in. The newly renovated hotel has brand new, posh rooms worthy of Manhattan living. Some rooms even have views of the Empire State Building, truly deserving of an empire state of sleep.
Hotel Gansevoort (Meat Packing District, 18 9th Ave @ W 13th St)
Another one of my secret escapes revealed. My issue with staying at this hotel is I don't ever want to leave. It's got just about everything one could want in a Manhattan stay: great food, stunning views, rooftop pool, and super hip-hop happening nightlife. Two must-do clubs I highly recommend, whether or not you stay here are Plunge and Provocateur. The bonus of being a guest is you don't have to wait in the selective line.