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An Insider’s Guide to New York City with Natalia Vrazdova

By 29 . 09 . 21April 19th, 2022No Comments
An Insider Guide to New York City - Natalia Vrazdova

By Abhishek Singh
Caffe Reggio in Greenwich Village, New York City. Featured Photograph by Abhishek Singh.

In our new column, we get into conversations with creative and influential locals about their favourite spots in the city. These are some of the most reliable suggestions as they come from the local dweller itself.

Born and raised in Slovakia and after having lived in Amsterdam, Sydney, and New York City for years, Natalia stands out as a fervent traveler with a strong sense of different cultures and environments. Natalia is a Lifecycle Director at one of the major cosmetics companies based out of New York City. We caught up with her to get the inside recommendations on the city’s best places to eat and the hidden Instagram spot in the Big Apple.

FAVOURITE ACTIVITY TO DO OVER THE WEEKEND

Rent a Citibike and bike around Hudson River Greenway.

3 MUST-DOS

Watching NYC Skyline from Brooklyn. Rooftop of Williamsburg Hotel or The Williams Vale – or Domino Park.

Having a slice of $1 pizza at a dodgy pizza shop. 2 Bros in Midtown are okay.

Doing a boozy brunch on Saturday somewhere Downtown or Rooftop Party.

TOURISTY THING TO DO

World Trade Center Observatory – you can have a drink on the rooftop after the tour ends.

Maman Hudson - An Insider Guide to New York City

Maman Hudson
Photograph courtesy of Maman

FAVOURITE NEIGHBOURHOOD

West Village

FAVOURITE CAFE

Maman Soho

HIDDEN INSTAGRAM SPOT

Greenwich St and Duane St. Crossroad – Amazing Spot with World Trade Center.

Oxomoco Brooklyn

Oxomoco in Brooklyn, New York City
Photograph courtesy of Oxomoco

SPOT – BRUNCH

Avocado Toast in Ruby’s Cafe is Great

SPOT – DINNER

This really depends on a cuisine you like. For American, I recommend The Smith – Potato Chips with Blue Cheese Fondue for start and Quinoa Salad with Shrimps for main.

For Mexican, Oxomoxo (affordable Michelin restaurant) – Caeser Salad for start and any Tacos for main. It’s also good for a special, splurge yourself moment.

SPOT – DESERT

You cannot leave NYC without trying the Banana Pudding from Magnolia Bakery and Chocolate Chip Cookie from Levain Bakery.