|New Yorkers keep a running list of all the places we need in our daily lives.|
The days of a physical address book might be over, but every New Yorker has a list of places they consistently frequent. No matter our age, neighborhood, or career, we New Yorkers gravitate toward the same types of spots. Looking for what almost all New Yorkers have in common? These are seven places every New Yorker needs.
Sure, we might not stay up until 4 a.m. every night, but on those few occasions we do, we’re not going to want to walk around for hours looking for a bite to eat. Having a 24-hour restaurant ––whether it be a traditional diner, coffee shop, or something else entirely –– is the easiest way to power through an NYC all-nighter.
NYC might be the concrete jungle, but we still need to see some foliage now and then. Even if we only visit once a week, we New Yorkers have a favorite park. Don’t assume that all of us love Central Park – we don’t need a Manhattan-sized park to enjoy it.
|Central Park isn’t the only park. Even New York’s pocket parks provide some green space to escape the concrete jungle.|
Surprisingly, a neighborhood bodega will always have everything we need – ranging from laundry detergent to eggs to a favorite brand of ice cream. Bodegas are great for traditional groceries (we rarely buy in bulk), and also for coffee and sandwiches, as many bodegas have a deli counter.
Last-minute clothing store
The first rule of NYC – anything can happen! We can be invited on a fancy date or to a film premiere with only an hour’s notice. Unexpected invitations, of course, require a change of outfit, so it is expected to have a go-to place for all our fashion needs. As this store is meant to be a one-stop shopping experience, the bigger the store –– the better!
|Every New York gal needs a fashionable shop nearby.|
The key to this NYC staple is that it has to be family-friendly, so unfortunately, a bar with weekly trivia doesn’t count. It can be an independent movie theater like the Angelika, a lesser-known museum like the Tenement Museum, or something completely free (but still jaw-dropping) like the Brooklyn Bridge. So long as it’s something we can easily show off to visiting friends and family, it works.
At the end of a long work week, a pub is an ideal place to relax with our squad and happy hour specials. Irish pubs are scattered around NYC and can be found in every neighborhood – right along with the myriad real (and fake) Irish accents that we listen to while we’re there.
|Every New Yorker needs a pub, I promise.|
The quintessential New York City hangout. No matter our preferred style of dining, topping options, or crust thickness –– the hundreds of NYC pizza places mean that we can have a perfect slice anywhere in the city. And if this pizza place also happens to be our 24-hour restaurant? Win-win!