New York City: Insider's Tips

6.1.2014

By Jami Smith

We asked experts from some of our favorite New York businesses about how to navigate the city like a local.

Kenny Sullivan, Events Director of the OUT NYC Hotel:
On Pride and Brunch:  “Pride is always insane in terms of crowds so when it comes to having a drink, they should try Hell’s kitchen. Places in Chelsea and the West Village are going to have long lines. I love Boxers on 9th Avenue, BAR-TINI on 10th Avenue and Therapy on 52nd Street. Those would be my three picks to celebrate without being in the midst of chaos. For brunch, Good (on Greenwich Avenue)  is one of my favorite places, especially for Pride because it’s on the parade route.”

Tony Breen, General Manager of the Colonial House Inn:
On Culture and Cupcakes: “There are so many galleries near us in Chelsea. Thursday night is usually their open house night and there’s free wine and cheese. Our Inn is at the center of it all. Chelsea Market has great cupcakes that are a good change of pace from Magnolia Bakery. The best roof deck and brunch in the area is at 230 Fifth. You’ll have an unobstructed view of Empire State Building. For Pride, watch from Madison Square Park. It’s more breathable than being on Christopher Street and with no buildings obstructing your views of the Pride floats.”

Paul Leasure, General Manager of Therapy Bar
On 3 a.m. Snacks and Hangover Cures:  “There are a couple of places near Therapy that people go after-hours. Lucky’s Burgers is on the same block as the club or the Empanada Mama on 9th Avenue. Lucky’s Burgers is the most fun. I love the way it’s decorated and it’s just a fun atmosphere for an after-hours draw.  For coffee (to cure that hangover), Kahve is a great spot on 9th Ave. It’s a much better option than Starbucks and it’s a quaint neighborhood place.”

Steven McEnrue, General Manager of Metropolitan Bar
On Why You Should Come to Brooklyn:  “There’s so many reasons to come over the bridge! I won’t knock Manhattan but the real flavor is here. People have an idea of what New York is (honking cabs, etc.) and that’s not Brooklyn. I think it’s important for people to come here. We’re not far. The Metropolitan Bar isn’t a typical club. Everyone is welcoming and it feels like a neighborhood place. You won’t spend $20 on a beer and a shot. It sucks the fun out of it when you’re hemorrhaging  money. In terms of food in the neighborhood, I love Yola’s. It’s cheap and authentic and right up the street. There’s also Zona Rosa. They have great roof deck that’s perfect for people watching. Le Barricou is also a favorite because they have great brunch and artisanal cocktails. They have like 15 different kinds of bitters. Who even knew there were that many?!”

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