It’s rather fitting to have Susan ( Michael ) back on The Skinny Confidential discussing what he knows best: TRAVEL ITINERARIES.
There’s NO one better to be talking itineraries. Literally I’ve never seen someone so involved in laying out travel like Michael. He’s like a travel scientist.
…But you know that if you watch him panicked & ABSOLUTELY OUT OF HIS MIND on Snapchat. SO, let’s let Panicky Susan do his thing, shall we?:
Michael again, back for some more fiery content!
I like to plan plan plan and knock out as much as I can in the smartest way possible. I mean why go somewhere and not get as much out of it as possible? For you spontaneous people, yea I get it you don’t like to plan, you like to be spontaneous. What if being spontaneous means you end up at a terrible place, after waiting in line, only to be disappointed by the people in the place? It’s just something I can’t risk!
The key is to be spontaneous but also have some cards up your sleeve.
Most of the time I won’t even tell Lauryn what we are doing and then bang! Amazing place and atmosphere! To me, this is a much more impressive approach than standing around with your hands in your pockets waiting 45 minutes for a shitty table at a trendy place.
Anyways… we just got back from NYC ( my favorite city in the world, yes the whole world ) and because NYC is so big I didn’t put together a traditional itinerary. I just compiled a list of all my favorite places. I did not include things like museums and central park. Guides on that stuff can be found all over the web. I also didn’t include which hotels to stay at because again, big place and lots of options.
When we go to NYC we either work work work or…eat, eat, eat & drink, drink, drink…& shop…So maybe think about bookmarking this page for the next time you are in NYC as a reference and hit up these spots when you have time!
+ Here’s one major tip I would add: when going to NYC, pack light, pack the essentials. NYC is one of the shopping capitals of the World. If you are going there it’s a good idea to save up before and get some good shopping done while you are there. The emptier the suitcase the better!
NEW YORK CITY ♡♡♡ BOOZY BRUNCH/LUNCH:
*Cipriani – Midtown: this may be Lauryn and I’s favorite lunch spot. The food is A+, the people watching is great, I could eat lunch here every day.
*Rubirosa – SoHo: best vodka pizza in the game. Go in the day for a pie and some drinks.
*PizzArte – Midtown: one of our favorite pizza places. We stop in here in the middle of the day for a Campari soda and a pie.
*Balthazar – SoHo: French food, good for brunch or a late lunch.
*The Smile -NoHo: I love this place for breakfast or brunch, they have good drinks as well
*Minetta Tavern – Greenwich Village: get the black label burger, trust me.
*Bar Pitti – West Village: great patio scene, place to “see or be seen”. Go in the day.
*Jack’s Wife Freda – SoHo ( another one opened recently too ): trendy brunch scene but the food is great.
*Katz’s Deli – Lower East Side – do yourself a favor and go get a pastrami sandwich and let me know if you ever find one better in the world. Get the pickles. Don’t forget your ticket!!
NEW YORK CITY ♡♡♡ BEST DAMN DINNER:
*Blue Ribbon Brasserie – SoHo : date night. Great late night food.
*L’Artusi – West Village : Italian food, groups, the bar scene, get the olive oil cake for dessert, you wont be sorry.
*Gramercy Tavern – Gramercy: American cuisine, fine dining establishment.
*Peter Luger Steak House – Brooklyn/Williamsburg: steaks…best in the world steaks. Place has been around for 120 years which means they have learned a thing or two. Cash only! That’s right cash only.
*Scalinatella – Upper East Side: some of the best Italian you will have in NYC if not the best.
*Campagnola – Upper East Side: old school Italian joint. Lauryn & I went here and had one of the best dinners and night’s we have ever had in NYC. Highly Rec.
*Perla – Greenwich Village: really good Italian food, great for a date night. Lauryn and I love this place.
*Il Buco – NoHo: Italian, date night, really good.
*Locanda Verde – Tribeca: see & be seen again. A lot of action at the bar, good place to meet people.
*Babbo – Greenwich Village: fine dining Italian.
*ABC Kitchen – Flatiron: place is ok ( Lauryn likes it more than me ).
*Acme – NoHo: food is ok, great for a night out. Go downstairs after ( speak-easy down there ).
*Blue Ribbon Sushi – SoHo: must try, it lives up to the hype.
NEW YORK CITY ♡♡♡ FRESH, DELICIOUS COCKTAILS:
*Bathtub Gin- Meatpacking: speak-easy bar, a lot of fun!
*Employee’s only -West Village: this bar won an award for best bar or something but I want to tell you, I went in here and had the worst old fashioned ever! I was pissed because I was so hyped and it was a big let down. Still maybe check it out.
*The Standard Beer Garden – Meatpacking: go here on Sunday, it’s a lot of fun.
*The Mercer Hotel -SoHo: fun bar scene downstairs, the restaurant is also really good.
*The Bowery Hotel Bar – Lower East Side: rad place to grab an old fashioned and people watch.
*The Nomad Hotel: all around good vibes.
*Maison Premiere – Williamsburg: get some oysters as well if that’s your thing.
*Barrio Chino – Lower East Side: love this place! Really cool.
*Berlin – Lower East Side: go downstairs but be careful, it’s a scene.
*The Clocktower Bar in the ONE hotel – Midtown: drinks are amazing but do not do dinner there! Whatever you do! I felt like a prisoner for an hour and a half.
*Library Bar at Hudson – Hell’s Kitchen: this place is cool.
*The Jane Hotel – West Village: Lauryn likes this place. Their decor is rad & drinks are flowing.
I hope you guys find this itinerary useful. It is definitely not your typical trendy hot spot list but I swear by all of these places.
Every place on this list is somewhere we have been and would go back to multiple times.
Have fun and enjoy the best city in the WORLD!