When planning a trip, there’s nothing like advice from a local or a frequent visitor. RueBaRue asked savvy globetrotters to share what they like best about the places they love. This time round, we asked The Lazy Travelers to share with us their New York City secrets.
Why did you choose NYC?
We both lived in Manhattan for years, and though we've each moved to new cities that we love, a part of us will always be New Yorkers.
When was the first time you visited the city?
We grew up just outside of Philadelphia, but we've been visiting New York since we were kids. For a long time, we knew NYC even better than our home city!
How often do you visit?
Not often enough, but we try and return at least once a year.
What is your favorite place for…
BAGELS. Our favorites are from Murray's Bagels, Ess-a-Bagel, and H&H Midtown Bagels East, but we're happy to keep taste-testing in the name of research.
We miss a good, old-fashioned bodega sandwich way more than we expected... other cities just don't get it! They're a personal choice, though -- everyone has their own local shop that makes the best, and it takes some trial and error to find the right one.
Mid afternoon treat
In the summer, soft-serve on a cone from Mister Softee (ignore the terrifying mascot...). The rest of the year, pretzel croissants from The City Bakery.
We lived around the corner from each other on the Upper East Side, and The Penrose was one of our favorite local spots. We're more beer & wine girls, but their Bloody Marys are the perfect Sunday hangover cure.
You're at no shortage for amazing restaurants in NYC, and we loved trying new places regularly, so picking a favorite is impossible! Since we spent most of our time on the Upper East Side, though, we'll give a shout out to Earl's Beer and Cheese. It's a tiny, TINY little hole in the wall with a cheese-focused menu that changes daily. If they have the taco, don't ask any questions: just get it.
Which part of town do you like and feel that most visitors never get to see?
The Upper East Side gets a bad rap for being boring and quiet, and we kind of get it. But there are a lot of great little restaurants and bars tucked away up there, and it's only going to get better when the 2nd Avenue subway is fully up and running!
Are there any shopping secrets we should know about?
Make friends with people in fashion! They always know the best sample sales, and can usually hook you up with designer discounts... or, if you're a really good friend, freebies.
What is your favorite touristy landmark in the city?
Seeing the skyline from above will always make us swoon.
Do you have a favorite museum?
We're not huge museum-goers, but we do love The Met -- especially for the period rooms tucked away in The American Wing and the special exhibits at The Costume Exhibit. We also trekked up to The Cloisters once, and on a gorgeous day when you can explore the surrounding Fort Tryon Park, it's worth it.
What is your favorite hotel in town?
The W Union Square has the best location you could ask for, and we also love Sixty LES. A definite perk of moving out of the New York is the excuse to test out more hotels!
About The Lazy Travelers
The Lazy Travelers are two best friends who have mastered the art of exploring a new city. Ashley & Carolyn are professional bar hoppers, wine drinkers, and food testers, but you’ll never find them zipping around, checking things off a list of "must-sees." Together, they’ve stayed in a château in the middle of the French countryside, driven across Ireland without a valid license, toured Switzerland by train, downed pint after pint in the Irish countryside, and gotten locked in an Austrian dungeon in the middle of the night. Whether they’re traveling together or apart, they’re sharing every detail as they conquer the globe, one glass of red at a time.