Posted on Wed, January 18, 2012 at 12:20PM
From the Travel Editor: Whether it’s the sunny middle of summer or the snowy depths of winter, there’s really no time we don’t want to explore the vibrant streets, trendy boutiques, and endless number of delicious restaurants of New York City. After all, it’s the city that never sleeps, an ever-changing metropolis where we could return to the same street over and over again and discover something new each time. Which means that this week’s sale on Madison Avenue’s sleek MAve hotel gives us an excuse to talk about this wonderful city we know and love. We confess to being true New Yorkers, so here are a few of our local, insider tips to help get you inspired for your next trip. Where to Dine: Balaboosta New York is home to so many excellent restaurants that you almost have to work to get a mediocre meal. That said, all those options can be overwhelming, particularly when you’re in a neighborhood with such fine dining options as ABC Kitchen and Eleven Madison Park. Head south to the tiny neighborhood of Nolita, packed chock full of super-trendy establishments, and try this stylish Eastern Mediterranean restaurant with a not-uncommon NYC story; gourmet falafel shop and food truck Taïm did so well that the owner was able to open a real restaurant. Where to Market: Union Square Greenmarket Sure, it’s right in the midst of bustling Union Square, but where else are you going to put the city’s largest farmers market? It’s the perfect place to spend a couple hours on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday – rain or shine – sampling local wines and artisanal pickles. Pick up a baguette, some fresh ricotta, and organic apples for a picnic lunch. Plan your outfit, though: Bill Cunningham has been known to swing by on Saturdays. Where to Wander: Williamsburg, Brooklyn Don’t worry, we’re not sending you out of the city. In fact, you’re going to a neighborhood closer than most of Manhattan; go about five minutes east and find yourself on hipster haven Williamsburg’s main drag, Bedford Ave. What started out as a gentrifying warehouse area has since become one of New York’s hippest neighborhoods, lined with vintage shops, trendy boutiques, stylish bars, and organic, farm-to-table restaurants.