No other place combines the best of speakeasy and cocktails better than the East Village Speak Easy PDT. PDT of course stands for ‘Please don’t tell’...a common feature for all of New York’s hidden treasures. It has a secret entrance—through an old-school telephone booth in Crif Dogs, a hot dog joint. No harm sampling a New York dog while you wait!
The downtown boathouse isn’t just for the more fitness-oriented. In addition to free kayaking, you can explore the Hudson River, whether you choose to by foot or sea. Did you read that right—free? Yes, volunteers at the boathouse give you everything from lifejackets to kayaks. On select weekends, they have free three-hour trips starting from Pier 26. Take advantage of this picture-perfect view via TriBeca and Midtown.
If water is your thing, the pier along the East River is equally breathtaking. Once home to a Dutch shipping center, tourists can explore the beautiful New York sunset, catch a glimpse of the Statute of Liberty, and the stunning harbor all in one trip.
Hidden Treasure 9: Peter Luger
I purposely saved food recommendations for last—because New York has the best food, period. For starters, indulge in every street side pizza, hot dog, falafel, or other exotic offering because its worth every penny. But for the more distinguished, I recommend the Peter Lugers steakhouse. Opened in 1887, this steak house has been rated the top steak house in New York for the past 28 years and counting. Don’t forget to reserve a table in advance, preferably well in advance of your trip.
Hidden Treasure 10: Chikalicious Desert Bar
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With a name like ChikaLicious, you can’t go wrong. This tiny (20 seats only) restaurant in the East Village is New York’s most popular desert spot. They have a prix fixe menu for as low as $16 which includes an amuse, desert of your choice, and assorted petits fours – have no clue what these are? Trust your sweet tooth and satisfy your sweet tooth at ChikaLicious. The prix fix menu is probably the best-valued choice but there are other deserts on their menu as well.
After all that eating, don’t forget—while exploring the more popular, well-known tourist attractions (viz. Central Park, Statute of Liberty, Empire State Building etc.) consider a guided cycling tour over Brooklyn Bridge, from £20 or a walking tour of Central Park from £12 . Not only do you get to keep active while on holiday, your New York experience will be like no other. Not to say that riding the subway isn’t an experience itself!
Blogger Profile - Betty Peng
I grew up in Southern California near LA and spent most of my adult life in Northern California in San Francisco. (Oh believe me, there is a big difference between the two locations!) In my early twenties, I was very fond of road trips and have camped and climbed most of the National Parks in the western part of the United States. I have always been amazed by the dramatic change in scenery a few miles brings when driving throughout the U.S. There is always something remarkable around every corner! I recently moved to London and hope to continue my travel whims in Europe.
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