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I’m going to New York City!

Pretty sure it’s my favorite place in the world. The only problem is that there are so many great restaurants, shops, and sights in NYC, it’s hard to choose what not to do! I’m not getting very far, in terms of mapping out an itinerary.

Restaurants, shops, museums…

And, I have to visit the home of my modeling career. 😉

You know, in case they’ve reconsidered and want me to model for them full-time. I wouldn’t ask for much; they could pay me in dishes! Or chocolate. I’ll always accept payment in the form of chocolate.


At some point, I’ll also visit my favorite NYC restaurant.

NYC To-Do List

Other places I’m hoping to get to include Greenwich Village, The Museum of Modern Art, the Harry Potter exhibition (excited about this one!), Souen, Broadway, Central Park…


Any other recommendations?

You can also leave suggestions on Twitter.

Not that I need more ideas to try and fit onto the already-overflowing “to go” list. But I’d love to know your favorite NYC locations anyway. When I asked for recommendations last year, one person told me New York even has a Museum of Sex! 


Definitely going to Lifethyme, for their Pumpkin Lasagna.

Questions of the Day:

What are your favorite things to do in NYC?

Mine include going to museums, running through Central Park, and people-watching.

Oh, and seeing my two favorite Broadway shows.

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Published on July 13, 2011

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  1. t says

    How lucky are you! I would hit up MOMA and the Candle Cafe, in fact, I always do! The Russian Tea room is also one of my favorite places- the food isn’t anywhere near vegan, but you can have a cocktail and soak in the amazing atmosphere and flirt with the Russian bartender. 🙂

  2. teabag says

    i’ve been to nyc but i hate doing tourist-y things. instead – i spent new year’s eve at a dive bar and my other time venturing out to local mom & pop restaurants & ethnic eateries! explore – you’re in new york, you’re bound to have an adventure!

  3. Vegan Alexandra says

    I’m heading up to New York this Sunday! 😀
    I’ll be there for three weeks, but I’ll spent the majority of my time in Southold, not the city.
    I’m sure I’ll get to visit the city sometime though. (:

    One of my favorite places in the city is Chin Chin’s. When I went there as a pescatarian (pre-veganism), I ALWAYS ordered the Szechuan Lobster (sorry Lobster </3 ).

    Luckily, they have vegan options, so I can still enjoy (:

  4. Katelyn (new kid on the vegan block) says

    I love Lifethyme Market! I used to shop there all the time when I lived in NYC. Their bakery is awesome too! I keep hearing how amazing Caravan of Dreams is, but I haven’t been yet. Since it’s summer and super hot out, my recommendations are One Lucky Duck Take Away for a shake or Kyotofu for their soft serve. Have fun!!

  5. Shannon Roche says

    you have to go to lula’s apothecary!
    their ice cream is the best ice cream ever, vegan or not. it’s mostly cashew based. they have coconut whipped cream! and malt if you want a malted milkshake!

  6. hannah @ Theflexitarianeater says

    Ah so exciting! I’m actually
    In NYC right now, and absolutely in heaven (especially foodie heaven)! Honestly, in terms of recommendations, you really can’t go wrong with whatever you do… Definitely check out the health foods type stores (including the non-chain ones). They’re unbelievable!

  7. Silvia says

    Madame Tussauds museum! I loved just to be on the Times Square, walking around and watching people 🙂 New York is my love :). I love Home Alone so I had to take a pic with Plaza hotel, it´s right next to Central Park- South I think, on the 60th street :). Have a great time, but I´m jealous! 😀

  8. Dorry says

    I LOVE NYC! It’s one of my favorite places for sure. I love to walk around aimlessly and stop in for snacks and drinks at different places. Museums and parks are a must, and of course the fabulous dining. We are going up there next month and I’m counting down the days!

  9. Jenna says

    Two recommendations:

    1) Atlas Cafe ( – cheap vegan eats, plus vegan soft-serve with add-ins, great smoothies, and Vegan Treats desserts. I know you’re not much of a sweets person, but let the ones you love have a big ol’ healthy(-er) indulgence from this place, and even if they were already open-minded, they’ll realize a newfound love for veganism

    2) Curly’s Vegetarian Lunch ( – Cheap veg comfort food. It’s sooo good.

  10. Jennifer says

    NYC is so exciting!!!!! I live between the Bronx and Long Island (apartment in the Bronx, family on LI) so I get to the City fairly often. If you are coming before August 7, the Alexander McQueen exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum is intense but amazing. Seriously. (And, of course, the Met is just generally great).

    Another really great, though a bit out of the way, place is the Cloisters. It houses the medieval art collection of the Met up in Fort Tyron Park. Rockefeller or Vanderbilt (one of the robber baron-types) actually had portions of destroyed monasteries from France brought to NY and reconstructed. So, you walk around in this monastery-like building, look at medieval art, and can then stroll around a medieval garden. It’s really very pretty. Of course, I happen to be a medievalist, so I’m a little prejudiced.

    I do, though, really want to see the Harry Potter exhibit! I keep telling myself I will go, but haven’t made it yet.

    If you have any questions, Katie, feel free to email me! And, enjoy your trip!

  11. Cait @ Cait hates Cake says

    Oh my goodness, that pumpkin lasagna! I’ve been to New York a couple times and honestly, while the restaurants, shopping, etc. were amazing, spending time in Central Park stands out as my favorite.

  12. Rebecca says

    Hey Katie!

    I haven’t been, but I do have a recommendation…there’s a website called and you can go to it and choose whatever city you will be visiting. As the name probably suggests, it gives you lots of places to choose from that locals love! I found this website yesterday and my family is using it to figure out where to go while we visit Los Angeles next week.

    • Lexi @ A Spoonful of Sunshine says

      I live near LA, and while I’m no expert, we have a few favorites!

      I’m not sure if you have any dietary specifics, so I’ll throw out a variety of options just in case:

      The Griddle Cafe (HUGE pancakes, easily vegetarian, not sure about vegan options)
      Veggie Grill (all vegan–the All-American Stack is delish!)
      Native Foods (all vegan, a little bit more au natural feeling)
      Flore (known for vegan brunch)
      Other things to try –> go to fairfax avenue and try any of the gajillion Ethiopian places. All have vegetarian options and many have vegan options

      Is there any cuisine you’re looking for specifically? There’s tons and tons of Mexican that I could recommend.

  13. Lisa says

    yes! love NYC. liivng there in a few months! 🙂 greenwich village is the best!!
    make sure you go to Peanut Butter & Co sandwich shop in greenwich village! its my favorite 🙂

  14. Jess says

    I’m sooo jealous right now! I love NYC and jogging in central park is def one of my favorite activities. I also like wandering around Chelsea Market. Have fun!

  15. Keni says

    i’ve been following your blog for a while, but this is my first comment. i’m new yorker, and agree, it just may be the greatest city.

    recently ate at the v-note – – a great vegan dining experience if you’re looking to try some place new!

    enjoy your time while you’re here!

  16. Msdramateacherlady says

    My favorite place!!! Not surprising considering I’m a total theatre geek. For chocolate, track down one of Jacques Torres’s restaurants, he is the chocolate king! Also, Serendipity (like the movie) for frozen hot chocolate. As for site, the Guggenheim is amazing, as is the Met. For theatre experiences, I would recommend trying to get tickets to the following shows: “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” (Daniel Radcliff singing and dancing, enough said), “Next to Normal” (a darker show, but so incredibly amazing. It won the Pulitzer prize a couple of years ago), and finally “The Book of Mormon” (how could you skip the Tony Award winning Best Musical of the Year).

  17. Bethany @ Bananas for Smoothies says

    Oh, I am SO with you on running in Central Park! There is nothing like running in NYC! I last visited NYC two years ago and I really enjoyed seeing Chicago on Broadway. I also highly recommend going up the Empire State Building at night – my hubby and I went at 10 pm and it was so magical! As far as eats, I made a pilgrimage to Pure Food and Wine and One Lucky Duck – yeah, they’re both super expensive, but the food is amazing and I know the cost of their ingredients is high. I also had some awesome vegan pizza at Viva Herbal Pizza. Have a great time – there’s no place quite like NYC!

  18. Sarah @climbinvegan says

    I LOVE NYC!!! I’m going there for school next year, and I’m super excited for all the vegan food. There is actually a vegan wine/cheese/chocolate bar in Manhattan! You should look it up!

    Also, try both of the vegan ice cream’s in the lower east side.. Lula’s Is AWESOME!

    Have fun! 🙂

  19. Tara says

    My favorite thing to do is go see broadway shows! We also ALWAYS go to peanut butter company for pb sandwiches before a matinee, and then later we go to a fancier (but I would argue not quite as tasty.. pb always wins!) dinner.

  20. Amy says

    I went to New York last year with my school! (I’ve graduated now.)
    We saw Stomp and In The Heights! We also went to NBC Studios, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
    We walked through Central Park, and that park is beautiful. I’d do anything just to go back to New York.
    I miss it a lot, and I’m actually really jealous that you get to see the Harry Potter exhibition!

    However, I do wish that I knew more about health and fitness when I had gone, I totally would have checked out all the vegan places and of course Peanut Butter & Co.
    Things change though! Next time I go to New York I will know what to look out for. 🙂
    Have fun in New York Katie xx

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