The best way to feel like a local? Find the hottest workout in town and act like you’ve been there before. The DogPound will hook you up with a trainer to lead you through an hour-long, one-on-one routine. They also offer boxing classes, if a solo session isn’t your speed. Keep your eyes peeled and you may just see one of their many A-list clients.
What do you get when you combine a picture-perfect bakery with impeccable branding and the best pastries save for France? Maman. From its chic, rustic look to its blue and white (!) cups, this spot is worth stopping by. With several locations in New York including SoHo, Tribeca and Greenpoint and even a joint in St. Barts, this is a must-visit for locals too, with event spaces worth finding an excuse to use!
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The perfect just-off-the-plane food, this cozy yet buzzing Italian spot is nestled in between brownstones on the Upper East Side. Light, filling fare from salads to sandwiches tastes best when topped off with a cappuccino. Visiting with kids? Plan to park your strollers out front.
Jeffrey New York
Swing by this Meatpacking District mainstay, founded by retail maven Jeffrey Kalinsky, and get your fill of Chanel, Celine and cards (seriously, the best greeting cards for the fashion set!). The shop includes an extensive selection of shoes, touts clothing for women and men, and even has a makeup table so you can knock out your whole look at once.
One World Observatory
Whether you visit the top of the Observatory (the views!) or just stop by the World Trade Center Memorial for a moment of reflection, it’s worth going downtown to see the inspiring way in which the City has rebuilt itself post-9/11. On a personal note, my parents were married in Windows on the World and my brother recently got engaged at One World Trade Center, so this spot holds a special place in my heart.