Ross’ NYC Top 5 List

After 7 years in NYC, I’ve been to a lot of places and seen a lot of things; most have been great, but some are definitely better than others. Recognizing that in a city like NYC there is always going to be 100 things I have missed, here is my NYC Top 5 list:

Tourist Attractions

  • Walking the Brooklyn Bridge
  • The Whitney Museum (and the High Line)
  • Visiting Liberty Island
  • Smorgasburg
  • Running/cycling through Central Park
  • Shoutout to all Broadway shows



  • Central Park (duh)
  • Brooklyn Bridge Park
  • Fort Greene Park
  • Inwood Hill Park
  • Bryant Park
  • Shoutout to Washington Square Park, which is more concrete than greenery but full of amazing people


Outdoor Bars

  • Westlight (rooftop of the William Vale hotel – Williamsburg)
  • Brooklyn Barge Bar (Greenpoint)
  • Bar 65 (at the top of the Rockefeller – same view as Top of the Rock)
  • the Frying Pan (Chelsea)
  • 1 Rooftop Bar (DUMBO)
  • Special shoutout to drinking on the roofdeck of the East River Ferry


Sitdown Restaurants

  • Bistro Petit (Williamsburg – $$)
  • Annicka (Greenpoint – $$)
  • Cosme (Flatiron – $$$)
  • Birds of a Feather (Williamsburg – $$)
  • Nix (Washington Square Park – $$$)
  • Special shoutout to Marlow & Sons, an all day cafe that punches above its weight (Williamsburg – $)


Quick-bite Restaurants

  • Superiority Burger (East Village – $)
  • Vanessa’s Dumplings (Lower East Side – $)
  • Daily Provisions (just north of Union Square – $)
  • Bagelsmith (Williamsburg – $)
  • Delaney Chicken (Urbanspace, Midtown East – $)
  • Shoutout to Xian Famous Foods



  • Pugsley Pizza (Fordham)
  • Williamsburg Pizza (Williamsburg)
  • Full Moon Pizzeria (Fordham)
  • Roberta’s (Bushwick)
  • L’Industrie (Williamsburg)
  • Special shoutout to Tony & Tina’s Pizzeria (Fordham) – NYC’s most underrated slice
  • Second special shoutout to Emmy Squared (Williamsburg), which didn’t feel right including as “Detroit” style pizza, but is delicious :)


Coffee Roasters

  • Parlor Coffee
  • Cafe Grumpy
  • Toby’s Estate
  • Devocion
  • Birch Coffee
  • Shoutout to George Howell as my favorite coffee roaster overall, but Boston-based



  • Other Half (Gowanus)
  • King’s County Brewer’s Collective (Bushwick)
  • Grimm Artisanal Ales (East Williamsburg)
  • Sixpoint Brewery (Red Hook)
  • Greenpoint Beer and Ales (Greenpoint)
  • Special mention to Bronx Brewery/Brooklyn Brewery, which introduced me to good craft beer and are great breweries, but didn’t quite make the cut. 
  • Extra special mention to the Bronx Beer Hall, the OG craft beer bar of my heart.


Daytime Activities

  • Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club (Gowanus)
  • Board games at Berg’n (Crown Heights)
  • Cycling the Hudson River Parkway
  • People watching in Washington Square Park
  • Watching Manchester United at Smithfield Hall NYC (Flatiron)
  • Shoutout to all boozy brunches


Nighttime Activities

  • Comedy at Upright Citizen’s Brigade
  • Jazz at Blue Note / Jazz Standard / Smalls
  • Cocktails at Please Don’t Tell
  • Dancing to a band at Pianos or Baby’s All Right
  • Getting in the jacuzzi at Le Bain
  • Shoutout to House of Yes – I haven’t been clubbing there but have heard ridiculous stories

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