The Big Adventure recently hosted an event in NYC that brought scores of people to town. We had gathered some recommendations of various places to visits for first time visitors and seasoned travelers alike, In the end, we had a list of restaurants, bars, activities, and museums that are unique to New York City, relatively inexpensive and eye-opening. In short, A Big Adventure "Best Of" list. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing some of our suggestions here…
A Bite To Eat?
61 Lexington Avenue (between 25th & 26th Streets – other locations as well)
Unique, delicious and affordable lunch stop that combines Vietnamese flavors on a traditional fresh French baguette. If you’re looking for something new to try that has incredible flavor, this is a perfect stop for a quick bite.
200 5th Avenue (between 23rd and 24th Street)
Food Network star Mario Batali prefers the phrase “food temple” to food hall, when describing his Italian restaurant/grocery/wine/beer store. It is organized around food groups and the recipes tend to rely on sustainable, Slow Food sources, and many of the ingredients are for sale throughout the huge store. The idea is to taste a little (or a lot), become educated about the food, then buy the ingredients and cook them back home. Good luck and happy eating!
Dylan’s Candy Bar
1011 3rd Avenue (at 60th Street)
Opened by Ralph Lauren’s daughter, this four-floor Mecca of sweets has expanded over the years to be one of the top destinations for allll things candy in NYC. If you’re looking for a new sweet treat or nostalgic long-lost candy from your childhood, Dylan’s Candy Bar is worth the trip. Check out the celebrity autographed bags of candy on the lower floor.
255 E. 60th Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenue)
World famous for their Iced Hot Chocolate and sensational variety of Hot Fudge Sundaes, this Upper East Side staple is as delicious as it is crowded. Beware long lines, and, yes, they were shut down by the health department (again) last summer, but these are minor details if you’re just showing up for the amazing desserts (skip dinner) and cute atmosphere. John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale would approve.
More food options to come on Wednesday....