AYCE

Kumo Sushi – located in LES, AYCE & Drink – very comparable to PB sushi in San Diego. Great for birthdays and before long nights out Kikoo Sushi – located in LES, another AYCE – found this deal on groupon.  Cheap and good quality! Also, you order on iPads so minimal human interaction  

Top of the Standard

The name doesn’t lie, Top of the Standard is located at the top of the Standard Hotel, but also literally tops any high standard I ever held for any hotel bar and restaurant.  Located in Chelsea, the Standard bar and restaurant is incredibly large, beautiful, and encompasses  all cliche that is New York City.  The views out … More Top of the Standard

Frying Pan

Located ON the Hudson River, the Frying Pan is a historic Floating Lighthouse permanently docked at Pier 66, turned into a seasonal bar and grill.  When I went in the middle of August, it was nice to be outside on the water with the breeze, it also had quality cocktails, good food, and great views … More Frying Pan

Hotel Empire

Located in the Upper West Side at 44 W 63rd St, this classic (Gossip Girl fans where ya at?) landmark not only has a great lobby bar, but a rooftop bar and terrace with ample seating and fantastic 360 views of the city.  The cocktail selection and quality I would also give high ratings.  Overall … More Hotel Empire

Mr. Purple

Located in the Hotel Indigo on the Lower East Side (180 Orchard St), Mr. Purple is by far my favorite rooftop bar lounge (it’s also a restaurant) that I have been to.  First and foremost, the views are stunning.  Furthermore, the cocktails are delicious, there is ample room and seating, and the overall atmosphere is … More Mr. Purple

The High Line

Definitely the coolest park I’ve ever been to – historically a railroad used to transport freight, it was transformed and repurposed to a public park.  I would recommend going in the Spring or Summer, as it has tons of beautiful greenery and shrubbery.   It is also extremely close to Chelsea Market, a hot spot … More The High Line