TenOverTen may be New York’s sleekest mani-pedi locale. While it’s only a nail salon in title, each chair is custom made and customers even get their own iPad while they get their nails done. The salon also hosts events.
The Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg offer aspiring hipsters a chance to sample a cornucopia of tasty treats--everything from lobster rolls to homemade pop tarts--along with tchotchkes of varying vintages.
It’s a classic for a reason; the American Museum of Natural History is going to please just about any dino-fan. There’s also butterflies and the Planetarium, with a show narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson. Is there anywhere in space he isn’t?
Hit up the Staten Island ferry, which you can ride for the low low price of $0, gives you stellar views of downtown Manhattan and lets you peep the new ferry terminal at Whitehall. Some of the ferries are also known to sell beer.
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To sample the forefront of the Lower East Side dining experience, hit up Contra. $55 gets you five-courses of whatever tickles their fancy (usually something tasty, yet high-concept, like pigeon served Peking duck style).
Park Slope is home to all sorts of restaurants that can work with precocious (or less so) palates. Franny’s has wood-oven fired pizza to please the youngs, a respectably wine list for grownups and is within walking distance of the Barclays Center.
Keen’s offers similarly beefy delights without the guff. There’s hard-boiled eggs on offer at the bar, crudité in the form of carrot and celery slices with your meal, and a famed mutton chop on the menu that could fell a Teamster.
You have to respect a restaurant that prints a menu with a photo of the Wu-Tang Clan. Italian boite Charlie Bird has become a downtown darling thanks to a clamorous-yet-fun atmosphere and Italian-ish dining.
For a scene that’s in view of Manhattan, the Wythe—from the team that created Marlow & Sons, among others—has all the rough luxe touches you’d expect from Brooklyn’s hottest hotel, naturally located in Williamsburg--from $325/night.
Yes, the lobby is ridiculous, but the Ace still remains the coolest option for lodging south of 34th street. Rooms are well-appointed but small and have Pendleton blankets and the occasional record player--from $329/night.