This is part 2 of 2. Part 1 can be found here.
Avoid, a waste of time.
Good, but mediocre.
Great. Worth a visit.
Exceptional. A spiritual experience.
Located across the street from the amazing Sushi Yasuda, Sakagura specializes in sake and small plates. Despite being well crafted, I found the food to be good but not great. Sakagura is all about sake though, so be sure to browse their massive collection and ask the waiter for a recommendation. Ours made a great pairing with our food and was enjoyed by people in our party who don’t even like sake.
Located in Williamsburg, Fette Sau does some really good barbecue and has nice beers on tap. I’m not a ribs person so I went with the pulled pork. The meat is sold by weight and served on butcher paper. I recommend the baked beans and be sure to use their hot sauce located at the tables. I hate the shitty distressed garage atmosphere and cocky attitude though - stop it, we've all had enough.
An incredible feat of mankind, Lady M is the definition of brilliance. A dessert shop that specializes in crêpe cakes, Lady M is tidy, modern and best of all, gloriously tasty. I ended up going four times during my visit and enjoyed it more with every visit. The green tea mille crêpe cake is my personal favorite and pairs brilliantly with a cup of macchiato. I personally like the Bryant Park location - enjoying a slice of cake in the park is pure bliss. This may be the greatest thing in New York, or even the world.
If I had to pick two of my favorite cuisines, I would have to pick Italian and Japanese. Basta Pasta combines those two things; it’s essentially Italian food that you’d find in Japan. Most of the dishes are mostly Italian but have a cleanliness in flavor that’s typically Japanese. They cook the pasta perfectly, something that’s annoyingly not universal. It’s nothing revolutionary but thoroughly enjoyable.
High-end Korean fusion with a price and flavor to match. I didn’t bring my camera so these iPhone photos are sadly all I have. Jungsik offers top notch service and loads of creativity in the dishes. I appreciate how Jungsik’s ornate garnish actually has clear flavor and texture benefits unlike so many other fine dining establishments. Expect to pay $150-200 per person. Though pricey, I honestly believe there’s substance here. The biggest flaw with Jungsik is the uninspired interior decor and ambiance.
Simple, rich ice-cream that’s nothing mind-blowing but honestly good. I highly recommend the earl grey and salted caramel ice creams.
Great coffee located in a couple of places including SoHo on the same block as Mykita and G-Star Raw. They have no menu and expect you to be there to drink coffee, not sugared water. A bit snobby but the really do have some solid beans.
Originally from Sweden, Fika offers a unique alternative to your standard choices of affordable, convenient caffeine. They offer some simple dishes and pastries that also help complete the Scandinavian mood. Good coffee and some interesting Swedish pastries that are a thousand times better than your usual suspects. *cough* Starbucks *cough*
Apple Store 5th Avenue
This is probably the most iconic Apple Store in the world and it’s easy to see why. Apple changed the glass panels to even bigger ones about a year ago and its truly a magnificent sight. All of my friends who live in the city say that the Genius Bar experience is better elsewhere though.
Design fans will know Vitsœ as the the brand with products designed by the legendary Dieter Rams. They currently produce the 606 Universal Shelving System, the 620 Chair Program and the 621 Side Table, all of which can bee seen at the store. Though small, it’s a must visit for any design fan. Oddly, they keep their door locked and you need to ring a buzzer to enter.
A massive store with everything displayed brilliantly. I particularly love the glass cube with artificial turf that lets you test drive the new Mercurial Superfly FG. If you're a Nike fan or have interest in retail design, this place is a must visit.
MUJI (Times Square)
This is my favorite Muji location in NYC. It’s located in the beautiful New York Times building and has a pretty large selection of everything from kitchenware to clothing. It’s a beautiful Muji store, what more can I say?
The Italian Futurism exhibition that’s on right now is a must-see. The exhibition focuses on the later phases of futurism but also includes icons from the first phase like Umberto Boccioni’s Unique Forms of Continuity in Space (1913) and Tullio Crali's Before the Parachute Opens (1939). It was always my favorite topic during art history class and the Guggenheim has done a phenomenal job of curating some fascinating work. The museum loses a star for rude staff and placing toilets everywhere that stink up the museum. The Guggenheim’s chaotic architecture actually works well with the Futurism exhibition though.
Meticulously curated, maintained and run, MoMa is my favorite museum in New York. As far as value for money goes, you can’t beat the MoMa. It’s truly shocking how much great work you can look at for a mere $25. It’s a great museum but ruined by large crowds and people that have no respect towards art. This makes avoiding Fridays a must as they’re made free by Uniqlo and therefore packed. Go on a weekday when they open (10:30AM) and start at the top floor (most people start from the bottom).