Animal Lover Paradise

If you love animals, it is very important to interact and connect with them in an ethical way. While dolphin shows and huge aquariums are fairly common in some areas these days, some of them may do more harm than good. In this article, we have listed five places where you can enjoy the company of animals without harming them.

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The Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary in Woodstock, New York
Located in New York, this rescue shelter believes that animals should be respected and treated with compassion. Guests can learn about the effects of eating meat from animals during their visit. They rescue, rehabilitate, and care for animals that most people know as food—goats, cows, chickens, and pigs. The best part is guests can even pet the beautiful creatures!

Okunoshima, Japan
Also known as the “rabbit island,” this small island has more than 300 wild rabbits that freely roam around and interact with visitors. It can be accessible by a ferry ride from Hiroshima. Aside from being surrounded by cuddly furry friends, the island is a resort and has camping grounds and swimming pools for use. If you love the furry creatures, this is a must-go-to destination!

Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand
One of the many activities you can do in Thailand is ride elephants. Sadly, many of these elephants are abused to entertain human. Luckily, ENP or Elephant Nature Park, a rescue and rehabilitation centre in Chiang Mai, allows tourists to interact with elephants in an ethical way. You can volunteer and help them bathe and feed the gentle giants. All money earned by the organisation will go back to the elephants and to the local volunteers.

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Serengeti in Tanzania
More than a million animals traverse through the Serengeti every single year. Here, you can witness an incalculable number of lions, giraffes, elephants, hippos, hyenas, leopards, cheetahs, zebras and so much more. This is truly a one of a kind experience!

Bear Rainforest Ship Safari in British Columbia, Canada
Bears may be “beasts” to some, but they are actually very intelligent and interesting creatures. Hop on a wooden schooner or tugboat and cruise through the Great Bear Rainforest where you can observe bears (and wolves, occasionally!) in their natural habitat. Bonus: a percentage of the profit goes to bear and whale conservation research.

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Invernesshire, Scotland
Love dogs? You have to put this on your bucket list! Every year in July, the Golden Retriever Club of Scotland holds the Golden Retriever Festival or Guisachan Gathering in Scotland. Participants can enjoy the dog show and bond with more than 200 fluffy dogs! Heaven!

Senda Verde Animal Refuge and Eco-Resort in Yungas, Bolivia
Make your trip more worthwhile by volunteering at this animal refuge centre. You can care for parrots, turtles, bears, monkeys, wild cats, and more. The site uses solar energy to power the oven that is used to prepare food for the animals, and only sources local raw materials. This place is, on all levels, ethical!

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Lougantai, Zhouzhi
It is without a doubt that pandas are lovable animals. I mean, just look at them! So cute and cuddly, ugh!!! Luckily for those who love pandas, Xi’an has a volunteer program that allows travellers to care for panda and interact with them. Guests can feed them, and of course, clean after them.

We are eco-friendly and we strongly believe that ecotravel. Find out more from us at askus@ladyredot.com on how you can travel responsibly today.


mish

Hello, I am Mish! I used to work as a travel expert, customer service specialist and a communications trainer in the past. After working for eight years straight since I graduated, I decided to give up my corporate job to focuses on my 4-year old son, works as a freelance writer and a real estate assistant. I am a sun-worshipper, a water baby, and an earth warrior. And oh, I’m tiny but I am an Olympic-level glutton. Let me bring your tummy around the globe! You can reach me at LinkedIn.

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New York City’s Biggest Party

New York City, The Big Apple, The Empire State, The Melting Pot, The Center of the Universe; this city has many names. Similarly, it is known for many things. One of the most exciting is the New Year’s Eve (NYE) countdown celebration. Millions of travellers flood the city and billions tune in to watch. The event is a true spectacle. Here are four of the best the city has to offer come December 31st.

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The Countdown
What would this hundred-year-old tradition be without the iconic Times Square ball drop? One million exuberate people squish into Times Square, giving a jubilant welcome to the new year.

The first drop was recorded in 1907, by the owner of the New York Times paper, celebrating their change in headquarters. Currently the paper has changed buildings, but the site is still used to showcase the ball. Along with the drop is the singing of classics like Auld Land Syne, Imagine by John Lennon, New York New York by Frank Sinatra and preceding midnight are live concerts.

A useful tip: The event is on a first come, first serve basis; for a good view try aiming to arrive around 3pm. One of the best places to view is The Bowtie, near the big screen and sound system to watch the event unfold. But be careful public intoxication is prohibited and there are no public toilets. Also to make it more enjoyable bring snacks and dress warmly- remember it’s the winter!

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Marriott Marquis Hotel Party
For a higher class, less crowded event head to the Marriott Marquis. This 1,949 room hotel is located is the middle of Times Square, providing a cosy safe haven for the party goers. Although expensive, the hotel does not disappoint. One promotion they offer is the “ultimate luxury New Year’s Eve Package”, which includes a limousine, champagne, music, a buffet menu, dancing, bar, and a prime view of the ball dropping.

Although the price (usually in the thousand range) the scene is smack in the middle of the party with radio city music hall, Central Park, Carnegie Hall, and Madison Square Garden are all minutes away. The hotel also has three restaurants and lounges on site. The View one of the more popular, is NYC’s only revolving rooftop bar with a panoramic view live music. The bar encourages a semi-formal 1920s theme and will surely be a luxurious time.

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Phish at Madison Square
Another legendary event is Phish’s Madison Square Garden performance. Forming in 1983, the band plays a wide range of music including funk, progressive rock, psychedelic rock, country, blues, bluegrass, and pop. Overall, Phish has had little mainstream recognition but this doesn’t stop their dedicated fan base. They have played a total of 9 concerts on NYE at Madison, the first in 1995.

This year their venue is lasting four days! Starting December 28th and ending the 31st for the countdown. The concert starts at 7:30 and lasts for several hours with usually with 3 sets and an encore. Tickets range from $75-$90. For those loving a good jam, this will definitely add a positive vibe to your celebration.

Central Park
For the more laid back event, head to Manhattan’s Central Park for vendors, face painting, DJs, strobe lights, and giveaways. There’s also an entire wall dedicated to New Year’s Eve resolutions. Write down yours then head over to the NYRR midnight run.

Every NYE, runners gather in the park to a friendly competition. This four-mile loop is illuminated by 15 minutes of dazzling fireworks and music. Join the event for a healthy way to start the year.

If you missed out the celebration for the New Year Eve countdown this year, call us up to help you arrange an unforgettable time for the next New Year Even countdown next year! You can reach us at askus@ladyredot.com. We will make sure it will be your best ever countdown yet!


josh-may Hello! I’m Josh and I’m a journalism and business student from the U.S. I grew up near Boston but now I’m living in Thailand. In the past I’ve been a ski instructor, waiter, and camp counselor. Now I’ve taken up the pen and want to develop my skills as a writer. I got hooked on traveling last December. I found the microscopic image of my town and realized how much of the earth I hadn’t seen. Since then I’ve had a fire in my belly to see and do as much as I can. My experience here in Thailand has been so great and now I’m eager to share and inspire others to get out, it’s worth it! You can keep in contact with me at LinkedInUpwork or Facebook.

Top 5 locations for Christmas

Christmas, a festive season for many families to get together and celebrate the wonders of Christ. Besides getting too commercialised and think Christmas is all about surviving the mad crowds and rush discounted shopping, it is also about giving and sharing, under the blanket of snow on a magical night, in front of a warm fireplace. Here are some of my personal favourite locations for Christmas.

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Munich, Germany
The Bavarian capital- is a great way to spend a traditional Christmas. With the city dating back to 1158, there seems to be a story behind every building. The Christmas gem, what gives this place its charm during the holidays, is their famous city markets. Marienplatz (St. Mary’s Square) is Located in the centre of Munich. The shops start on November 25th and lasting until the December 24th. At this century-old event buyers can find Bavarian wood carvings, local food, clothes, carved nutcrackers, homemade soaps and much more. Along with this, the scene is illuminated by a 100ft Christmas tree and during the afternoon live music can be heard.

New York, U.S.
With a population over 8 million, everyone can find their holiday niche in the big apple. For the more touristy people, Rockefeller Center Plaza should be the first stop. With their 80ft Norway Spruce decorated with over 45,000 lights topped off with a 550lb star, this iconic sight fills spectators with holiday spirit. Next take a trip over to a Broadway performance or check out the Rockettes at Radio City Christmas spectacular. For more local visitors, try driving through the city’s boroughs to check out neighbourhood competition for better decorations or if the weather permits, go to one of the many parks for some sledging.

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Napapiiri, Finland
Most popularly known for their midnight sun, northern lights and ski resorts, Napapiiri makes this fairy tale come true. With Santa Claus Village, an amusement park that opened in 1985, tourists can walk to the Arctic Circle, talk with Santa or visit their mail post where over 15 million letters have been received. For the older crowd, this place is great for skiing and snowmobiling or maybe you’re looking to take a sledge ride with reindeer. For the more laid back, trying spending the holidays with savoury finish food after a candle lit saunas out looking a snow white landscape. But be warned, this area only has 5 hours of sunlight during December and temperatures can reach far below freezing.

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Paris, France
As the 3rd most popular place in the world to visit, the city of lights does not disappoint coming Christmas time. With the colourful carousels and markets that come to life and decorated stores competing for the best window displays, this location exudes the holiday charm. Some of the most recommended places to visit include making a trip to the Notre Dame Cathedral, exploring the dazzling light displays and ice skating on the first level of the Eiffel tower, at 200 ft. Maybe even stop at a before bakery to grab a famed pastry.

San Juan, Puerto Rico
Christmas is not always the picture-perfect winter wonderland, but even so, places like San Juan still pull it off. This Spanish capital is known to have the longest Christmas celebration, starting the day after Thanksgiving and ending January 14th. The music is different, the food is different, the traditions are different, but the man in the red suit is still the same. One great tradition is the parrandas you might hear after night. Friends will gather together and surprise one of their buddies by spontaneously playing music. After they are done sometimes more will join sparking parrandas that last the whole night. Another, one of the day’s highlights occurs on Jan. 6th when the wise men, three locals riding horses, ride into San Juan, signifying the start of gift giving.

It isn’t too late to plan where you like to spend your Christmas this year. Leave it to us to create the perfect Christmas holiday for you and your family at asks@ladyredot.com.


 

josh-may

Hello! I’m Josh and I’m a journalism and business student from the U.S. I grew up near Boston but now I’m living in Thailand. In the past I’ve been a ski instructor, waiter, and camp counselor. Now I’ve taken up the pen and want to develop my skills as a writer. I got hooked on traveling last December. I found the microscopic image of my town and realized how much of the earth I hadn’t seen. Since then I’ve had a fire in my belly to see and do as much as I can. My experience here in Thailand has been so great and now I’m eager to share and inspire others to get out, it’s worth it! You can keep in contact with me at LinkedIn, Upwork or Facebook.

10 horror movies location around the world

If you are the type that rather enjoys the haunted houses, or eager to explore the real shooting locations of your favourite scary movies, then scroll down, as we walk you to the famous horror movie scenes worldwide.

Touring around Spain this Halloween season, make sure you pay a visit to these places:

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Los Hornillos Palace, Spain – The Others (2001)
A huge and beautiful 200 something-year-old cattle ranch, belongs to the Duke of Santo Mauro’s family is an obvious perfect setting for horror theme. The place attracts several film producers, including the famous movie: The Others (2001). Set foot here and if you are lucky enough (or maybe not), you may have interesting talks with the lady, her sun-feared kids, and the servants and then found out they are not real! Goose bumps!

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Partarriu Manor located in Asturias, in Northern Spain – The Orphanage (2007)
This beautiful large and impressive house is surrounded by the perfect factors for a getaway family trip: beach, cliffs and a forest. I hope that knowing this is also a shooting location for the creepy movie :The Orphanage (2007) will not stop you from exploring this place. Do let us know if you ever find invisible friends, evil spirits and strange occurrences like what happened to the little kids in the movie.

Or heading to the UK for haunted movie scenes, you are at right place:

Ettington Park Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire – The Haunting (1963)
Built in the 12th century, Ettington Park is one of the oldest buildings in the Midlands. After several different ownership, this place, once a prisoner of war camp for Italian soldiers during the WWII and now transformed into a hotel. Maybe it was not only haunted in the movie, but also in real life where several strange activities were reported here by stayed guests and the hotel employees. Why ruin the thrill? Just go spend a night there and ask for the spookiest room, who knows you can even come up with a better plot than the Haunting.

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The Infamous Oakley Court Hotel, Berkshire, England – The Reptile, Curse of Frankenstein, Nightmare, Die, Monster, Die!, The Screaming Starts
Located next to the Bray studios, this 157-year-old hotel made appeared in countless classic scary movies. Having 118 rooms, you can easily book a Frankenstein shadowy type bedroom, and played the movie shot in that very own room. Enough of hair standing, I believe.

Wandering around Asia, don’t worry, we send you to the chilling movie spots:

The Haunted House at Nong Jork, Thailand – The Victim (2006 film)
As this is a criminal horror movie, the settings featured real criminal scenes, one of them is The Haunted House at Nong Jork. This is an abandoned unfinished house due to the death of a worker while constructing it. The place is a favourite spot to locate dead bodies dumped by the criminals, just enjoy the movie but stay away from there, folks.

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The Ju-On: The Grudge house, Tokorozawa, Saitama. – The Grudge series
No different from any ordinary double story house, yet this house is one of the eeriest houses in the Japanese movie history. If you love the feeling of shiver down, we suggest you have treasure hunt trip to this iconic house. The Grudge describes a curse that is born when someone dies in the grip of a powerful rage or extreme sorrow, so just don’t go there when you are upset.

Take off to the nearby continent, Australia, horror fans, let’s continue your journey:

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Melbourne, Australia – Knowing (2009)
Numerous locations in this beautiful city were made used in the sci-fi thriller Knowing, to name a few: the Geelong Ring Road, Melbourne Museum, Mount Macedon, the corner of Collins Street and Williams Street, the Docklands and Camberwell High School. Although the movie is rather a sci-fi big screen, it isn’t the lack of thrilling factors that sent your spine chilling.

Finally, the land of the most horrific movies, America:

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Dunsmuir House, Oakland, California – Phantasm (1979)
The Dunsmuir House and Gardens (also known by the name The Dunsmuir-Hellman Historic Estate) is a famous shoot for Phantasm (1979), So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993), A View to Kill (1985), Partners in Crime (1984), So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993). If you want to host a Halloween party, you can contact the place to rent for the occasion, if you do not mind the spooky atmosphere.

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Dakota Residential, Manhattan, New York, USA – The Rosemary’s Baby
With the reputation of being a residential building for the rich and famous, this place is very famous for its tragic history where in just a few steps from the building, the legend John Lennon was shot in 1980. Not only stop at that, it is where the psychological horror movie Rosemary’s baby was filmed.

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The Evans City cemetery in Pennsylvania – Night of the Living Dead
To the Night of the Living Dead’s fan, you might be intrigued by the idea go searching for the headstones that were filmed in the movie. Just remember, it is a resting place of many souls, show your respect around this old graveyard.

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Yaquina Head Lighthouse located near Newport in Oregon – The Ring
Do you know the “Moesko Island Lighthouse” in the movie was actually this Yaquina Head Lighthouse? To recreate the scene in the movie, simply book the Lighthouse tours, daily operation except for Wednesdays; a first come, first served basis.

Are you spooked out yet? We love to plan niche adventures for you, tell us your darkest fantasy and we will bring you there! We are just an email away at askus@ladyredot.com.


june
June explores different roles to find out what is her passion. She used to be a travel consultant, a Kindergarden English teacher, an Expedia’s Lodging Partner Support agent, and the latest is being a freelancer. Eventually, she figures that her passion is to express the hospitality spirit from her heart and inspire others from her works. Being a writer for LadyRedot, where she get inspired and inspire others, and running her own bed and breakfast in her homeland. She views life as a colorful and adventurous journey, join her as she shares her passion with you! You can reach out to her @ LinkedIn.

Movies to Inspire Your Next Holiday

I get stuck in the rut on where and when to plan for my next big travel adventure so one tip, I usually turn to movies to give me great ideas and of course, who wouldn’t be tempted by the beautiful sceneries shot on the wide screen.

Toyko, Japan

Lost in Translation
The romantic quirky film surrounded by neon blinding light of fascinating Tokyo, combined with Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson, what’s there not to love?

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Tokyo Drift
Fast cars, pretty young girls, great action with a simple story plot that is easy to follow. Story follows a teenager becomes a major competitor in the world of drift racing after moving in with his father in Tokyo to avoid a jail sentence in America. As the cars speed by, you get the enchanting Tokyo in action.

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New York, America

Annie
The bubbly girl can sing! With a star performance by veteran actors like Cameron Diaz and Jamie Foxx (I didn’t know he can sing too!), it brings a refreshing take to the old but classic play and a new insight to New York.

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London, England

The Da Vinci Code
The modern day Indiana Jones, solving the world’s puzzle while avoiding capture by the bad and the good guys, and showcasing London’s finest at the same time.

Vienna, Austria

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
One thing I love about Mission Impossible and James Bond are the introduction of gorgeous cities all over the world. I just love how Vienna is shot beautifully over the action pack scene especially in front of the Vienna State Opera House.

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Morocco

A Hologram for the King
Although the story is based on Saudi Arabia, the background of the movie is filmed in Morocco, presenting some of the beautiful and breath-taking desert sights.

Italy

The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Another action packed film but with a unique and interesting storyline, one that took me by pleasant surprise as the film spans over the romantic views of what Italy has to offer.

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Singapore

Hitman: Agent 47
This movie got all the people living in the tiny country excited because it mainly based its movie in Singapore.

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If these movies can’t set your heart pumping for the next travel, come and have a chat with us. We can bring you a different experience through our intricate and dedicated planning.


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Kally is a former Sales and Customer Service manager turned Writer and Founder of MiddleMe.net. She came from Singapore; lived in Shanghai and now calls Kuala Lumpur her home. After hanging up her corporate briefcase, she now pursue her passions – Writing, Traveling and of course, hunting for good food

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Guest Post: THE DESIGN DARLING NEW YORK CITY GUIDE

MY 20 DO-NOT-MISS NEW YORK CITY FAVORITES, RANKED.

I can’t believe that this is my final week in New York! We leave for Paris on Wednesday night and get back the following weekend to road trip to Dallas (more on that later!). I’ve shared many of my favorite restaurants on my blog over the years but I thought it would be worthwhile to condense it into one ultimate Design Darling New York City guide of 20 do-not-miss places for readers who are considering moving here or just planning a quick visit. I even ranked them in order of which ones I’ll miss the most.

A friend of mine recommended that I include what I like to order at each place so I’ve tried to include that information as well (recognize that I’m a fairly picky vegetarian eater and you really can’t go wrong at most of these!). These are also the places I’m most excited to revisit during my own future trips to the city so hopefully it will serve as a handy tool for all of us!

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1. Palma
No trip to New York will ever be complete for me without a trip to Palma in the West Village. Request to sit in the back garden (it’s covered in the winter) and order the spinach agnolotti and a glass of rosé (you can thank me later).

2. Rosemary’s
An “only in New York” ambience with globe lights and a rooftop garden. The lemon linguine is the perfect light dinner.

3. Buvette
A charming little French bistro that’s worth the wait. Go for breakfast, sit at the bar, and order the rosewater waffle — it will change your life.

4. Freemans
The best spot to hunker down on a rainy day. Oh how I will miss their spinach artichoke dip!

5. Comedy Cellar
Okay, the food here is actually pretty subpar so make reservations elsewhere before or after the show. I love celebrating special occasions like anniversaries or birthdays with a good laugh in this Greenwich Village institution.

6. Café Clover
A new spot in the West Village and one that I wish had opened a long time ago. I will be trying to recreate their slightly sweet, perfectly spicy Brussels sprouts for the rest of my life (or at least until they write a cookbook!).

7. Tipsy Parson
A gem of a restaurant in Chelsea, perfectly situated for tired fashion week feet and decorated with the perfect Instagram in mind. If you’re in the mood for a cocktail, the Tipsy Palmer with vodka never disappoints.

8. Club Monaco flagship
This is one of the few stores where I insist on shopping in person for the full experience. I would move in if I could. If clothes aren’t your thing (or you’re dragging a begrudging boyfriend along), you’ve got The Strand bookstore and Toby’s Estate coffee in the same beautiful building.

9. The Commons Chelsea
I’ve ordered lunch from here so many times the delivery guys know me by name. They make my favorite avocado toast in the city and the roasted cauliflower salad is not to be missed.

10. The Smith
I have so many fond memories at the Midtown East location. Don’t miss the mac and cheese (served in a piping hot skillet) or the photobooth downstairs (my fridge is covered in their photostrips!).

11. Agave
A casual spot for fish tacos and margaritas with outdoor seating in the summer.

12. Mermaid Inn Oyster Bar
My favorite place for a girls’ dinner where everyone orders the same thing: the lobster roll.

13. Aria
A cozy West Village favorite that’s perfect for grabbing a glass of wine with girlfriends.

14. Café El Presidente
Less crowded than its sister restaurant Tacombi, with killer margaritas and lobster tacos.

15. Francois Payard
Their Upper East Side location is a good spot for a cappuccino — and I never leave without a couple vanilla bean macarons.

16. Café Cluny
Good for brunch, dinner, and an occasional celeb sighting. We ate brunch next to Julianne Moore one morning and I could have died from happiness.

17. North River Lobster Co.
A boat in the Hudson River where you can spend a summer night eating lobster rolls as the sun sets. Because, really, who doesn’t want that?! If you’d rather stay downtown, try Grand Banks for an equally charming experience.

18. Nourish
A great spot for a quick and healthy meal. I get the detox kale salad and the farro to go… or to bring to a dinner party and pass off as my own 😉

19. Maison Kayser
So many brunches at their Upper East Side spot! I get the asparagus tartine almost every time but the French onion soup is amazing if you come for lunch or dinner.

20. Momoya
A simple but delicious sushi spot where you won’t have to wait for a good seat near the windows, which open up to the street in the summer.

A few runners up because writing this list felt like ranking my favorite dogs or shoes (read: impossible) — Bluestone Lane, Jeffrey’s Grocery, and Lafayette for brunch, L’Artusi for Italian, ABC Home for interior inspo, and Pearl Oyster Bar for a great lobster roll and even better French fries. Obviously this list doesn’t even touch on museums (I love the Met and the Whitney), parks (no visit to New York is complete without a stroll through Central or Bryant Park), or Broadway shows… There’s just so much to love about New York!

Do you love any of these as much as I do? (No, seriously, get thee to Palma. This isn’t sponsored but I sure as hell wish it were.) What are your favorite spots in New York? I can’t wait to discover a whole new list of favorites when we get to Dallas!