Explore NYC: 12 Places to Check Out in 2016

Often the new year brings a motivation to refresh routines and try new things. Since we’re lucky enough to live in such a big city with diverse and vibrant cultures, there’s a never-ending opportunity to explore. With so much to do, see, eat, and drink in NYC—we thought we’d make your search for new ideas a little easier.

We polled our office and collected a list of 12 of our favorite destinations in NYC. Some are hidden gems, some are more well-known—but all should be on your 2016 to-do list. Enjoy exploring.

Eat & Drink:

Selamat Pagi | Greenpoint, Brooklyn

“Best Indonesian restaurant. It was founded and is currently owned by ice cream maker Van Leeuwen. People know about the ice cream, but not about this restaurant. Pro tip: Get the pumpkin curry.” – Sami, External Affairs

photo via selamatpagibrooklyn.com

photo via selamatpagibrooklyn.com

Rai Rai Ken | East Village

“Secretly the best ramen in NYC.” – Cat, Safety Response Specialist

photo via eatrairaikennyc.com

photo via eatrairaikennyc.com

L&B Spumoni Gardens | Gravesend, Brooklyn

“Go here for the best Sicilian slice and a spumoni!” – Justin, Software Engineer

photo via foodiebytes.com

photo via foodiebytes.com

A&A Bake and Doubles | Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn

“A true hidden gem and perhaps the best place for authentic Trinidadian food in NYC.” – Craig, Communications

photo via seriouseats.com

photo via seriouseats.com

Sake Bar Hagi | Midtown

“The best underground Japanese sake bar. It’s the only reason I ever go near Times Square.” – Mike, Marketing Manager

photo via thenewpotato.com

photo via thenewpotato.com

The Campbell Apartment | Grand Central Terminal

“This bar used to be an office and salon for John Campbell, the New York 1920s tycoon. Pro tip: When you go, don’t miss seeing the arch in front of Oyster Bar which allows you to talk to people on the other side of the arch very quietly (because the sound travels across the dome ceiling.” – Matt, Communications

photo via newyork.com

photo via newyork.com

Fig. 19 | Lower East Side

“Favorite speakeasy with great ambiance and fun cocktails.” – Larry, Software Engineer

photo via artspace.com

photo via artspace.com

Fraunces Tavern | Financial District

“Going to Fraunces is like taking a step back in history. It’s Manhattan’s oldest surviving building and the spot of George Washington’s farewell address. The tavern fed founding fathers such as George Washington, John Adams, Alexander Hamilton, and Aaron Burr.” – Kyle, Operations Manager

photo via viewing.nyc

photo via viewing.nyc

Do & See:

Wave Hill Park | The Bronx

“My favorite hidden gem overlooking the Hudson. It’s almost always quiet and not a place people think of when they think of the Bronx.” – Ed, Senior Marketing Manager

photo via wavehill.org

photo via wavehill.org

Dark Universe at the Natural History Museum | Upper West Side

“It may be nerdy, but if you haven’t been—go.” – Mayssa, Marketing Manager

photo via newyork.com

photo via newyork.com

Septuagesimo Uno Park | Upper West Side

“Do not be deceived. This is not your typical UWS alleyway.” – Jake, Business Development

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photo via untappedcities.com

Flagship Brewery Tour | Staten Island

“I bet you didn’t know Staten Island had its own brewery, did you?” – Ben, Operations Manager

photo via theflagshipbrewery.com

photo via theflagshipbrewery.com

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