Midtown, Manhattan

"Midtown" tends to elicit images of selfie-stick-carrying tourists, overly packed Times Square and Penn Station, and mediocre dining and drinking options. While this isn't where we actively choose to hang out (ever), we find ourselves in this part of town from time to time, and here are some buried gems:

Food

Drink

  • Aldo Sohm Wine Bar: a swanky yet comfortable wine bar by Le Bernardin sommelier Eric Ripert.
  • Casellula: self-appointed "cheese and wine café," but a much smaller and cozier ambiance than the above. Both the wine and cheese selections are fab.
  • The Pony Bar: a casual address for craft beer lovahs.

Coffee

To Do/See

  • Rain Africa: this place is a little oasis steps from Rockefeller Center, selling natural skin and body products.
  • Hell's Kitchen Flea Market: every Saturday and Sunday on 39th between 9th and 10th Avenues.
  • Housing Works Thrift Shop: affordable, perfect for an afternoon of thrifting.
  • Museum of Sex: I first visited with my mother and younger sister, which I might not particularly recommend. But the museum is great.
  • MoMA: the city's modern art museum. Well known and the rep is merited.

Have a reliable recommendation or sweet spot to share? Go crazy in the comments section.