a weekend in: New York.

While the title to this post is "a weekend in: New York." it will take far longer than a weekend to get through this incredible list.  A very close friend of mine spent a year living it up in New York and in doing so got to know exactly where to go to eat, drink and be merry. Enjoy!

BREAKFAST/BRUNCH.

Clinton St Baking Company (Clinton St, Lower East Side) - A very popular brunch spot.  It can get very busy with very long waits so a weekday visit is best. The blueberry pancakes are delicious. clintonstreetbaking.com

Clinton Street Baking.

Clinton Street Baking.

Sweet Chick (Ludlow St, Lower East side or Bedford St, Williamsburg) - Fried Chicken and Waffles, traditional American breakfast. sweetchicknyc.com

Sweet Chick.

Sweet Chick.

Jack's Wife Freda (Laffayette St, Nolita) - The most delicious brunch. jackswifefreda.com

Jack's Wife Freda.

Jack's Wife Freda.

Gallow Green (Rooftop of the McKittrick Hotel)  - Great green garden rooftop. On Saturdays and Sundays they do a nice brunch package where you can buy a ticket that gives you unlimited breakfast, a glass of champagne all while listening to a live band. m.mckittrickhotel.com/gallowgreen/

Gallow Green.

Gallow Green.

SWEET TREATS.

Morgenstern's Ice Cream (Rivington St, Lower East Side) - The most incredible ice cream parlour in NYC! morgensternsnyc.com

Morgenstern's.

Morgenstern's.

OddFellows Ice cream (4th St, East Village) - Very interesting flavours. oddfellowsnyc.com

OddFellows.

OddFellows.

Laduree (W Broadway, Soho) - Macaroons & Patisserie.  This is a nice place to stop and have afternoon tea after shopping in Soho. www.laduree.com

The City Bakery (18th St) - The yummiest baked goods.  Try and head there in February during hot chocolate month. thecitybakery.com

DINNER.

Bianca (Bleecker St, Noho) - A very cute Italian restaurant, cash only but super cheap. biancanyc.com

Cafe Mogador (St Marks Place, East Village or Wythe Ave, Brooklyn) - Delicious Moroccan/Middle Eastern food with a great ambience. cafemogador.com

The Musket Room (Elizabeth St, Nolita) - For a more upmarket restaurant, plus it's New Zealand owned and Michelin starred. themusketroom.com

The Musket Room.

The Musket Room.

Cafe Gitane (Mott St, Soho/Nolita) - Low key Moroccan/French food. SO SO good! Again, cash only. cafegitanenyc.com

Cafe Gitane

Cafe Gitane

Momofuku (East Village) - A super popular Ramen restaurant. momofuku.com

Great Jones Cafe (Great Jones St, Noho) - Southern style food, think burgers, wings, creole. greatjones.com

Parm (Mulberry St, Nolita or Upper West Side) - American/Italian parma/sandwiches. parmnyc.com

Vanessa's Dumpling House (Eldrige St, Chinatown) - Cheap Chinese! Vanessa's is known for the dumplings and duck sesame pancakes. vanessas.com

DRINKS.

The Boom Boom Room (The Standard hotel, Meat Packing District) - Go there for a drink in the afternoon to see the view and beautiful decor. Pretty fancy, no sneakers allowed. standardhotels.com

The Boom Boom Room.

The Boom Boom Room.

Freemans Restaurant (Rivington St, Lower East Side). Freemans is a restaurant, but is also great if you just want to stop in for a drink. freemansrestaurant.com

The Ides (Wythe Hotel, Brooklyn) - An amazing view of Manhattan on a clear night. wythehotel.com/the-ides/

Pianos Bar (Lower East Side) - A place for a boogie. Very popular on weekends, worth checking out. pianosnyc.com

Words thanks to Rebecca Hoang.