So chances are, if you are friends with us, you like to eat. And if you don’t like to eat, I’m not sure what your problem is, but we can address our friendship issues another time. This post is about where you should go to stuff your face while you’re in the city. I have three suggestions, and they’re all one-stop shops.

1. The Limelight Marketplace 656 6th Avenue @ W. 21st St. (Pictured)  Just like New York, this former church has evolved and gone from from old-fashioned architectural wonder to 1970s skanktown to yuppified foodie heaven. It’s also near a Bed, Bath & Beyond, and you KNOW you have some 20% coupons lying around.

2. Chelsea Market 9th Avenue and W. 15th St. Home of the Food Network and local cable channel favorite New York 1. Check out The Filling Station for amazing olive oil and vinegar and truffle salt, The Green Table (organic fine dining! biodynamic wines!), Fat Witch Brownies, Amy’s Bread, or Bowery Kitchen Supply. It’s heaven, and Janice Black-approved.

3. Eataly 200 Fifth Avenue @ 23rd St. Everything Italian, run by Mario Batali. SUPER crowded on weekend afternoons, hit it up on a weekday.

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“Would you rather fly into Queens or take the train into Manhattan?” We have to say, Harry Crane has a point.

To those of you traveling to the city for our blessed event, we recommend the train to Penn Station instead of a flight or driving yourself. It just makes sense. Besides, there’s no other mode of transport into the city where you can get up to stretch your legs while also getting an Amtrak-brand hot dog from the café car.

 

Photo: Brownstoner.com

If you happen to be wandering the neighborhood of Brooklyn Heights during your stay, you might stroll down Pierrepont Street and pass good old #6. This is Jeff’s old apartment building, and was also recently listed by the Brooklyn website Brownstoner.com as its Building Of The Day. Check out their site for more information about the building that was the site of our young love. Pretty sure that in 100 years, it’s going to need to be re-landmarked to commemorate us.

The Brooklyn Heights Promenade is at the end of the block, so if you want to see beautiful views of Manhattan or want to relive your favorite scenes from Moonstruck, you’ll never have a better chance. You’ll have to bring your own Nicolas Cage to slap, however.

Visit Governor’s Island in New York Harbor. The free ferry leaves from Fulton Ferry Landing in DUMBO, Brooklyn all day long on weekends.

It offers views of Brooklyn, Lower Manhattan, New Jersey, Staten Island, and The Statue of Liberty, you can rent bikes, see the old military forts, and get snacks from some fancy food trucks. Open Saturdays and Sundays.

Also located at Fulton Ferry Landing:

The Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory!

The brand new, awesome Brooklyn Bridge Park!

And just a short walk away in DUMBO, Jacques Torres Chocolates and Almondine Bakery (best croissant in the city!)

Ah, Brooklyn. The borough so popular that David and Victoria Beckham even named one of their kids after it. It’s where we’ve lived for the past 6+ years and we love it, but some people still fear it. Whether it’s because the memories and accents of Welcome Back, Kotter are so haunting, or because we get struck by tornadoes every so often, some people are trepidatious about visiting the borough that sits across from lower Manhattan.

For our guests who are unfamiliar with Brooklyn and this will be a whole new world to you, here’s a good little article about some of the great small-town charms of our area. It may be the fourth largest city in America (or, again, perhaps that’s just a lingering memory from Welcome Back, Kotter), but it’s still a quaint place to live to me.

If you plan to stay at either hotel we’ve blocked rooms at, here’s a list of the vendors mentioned in the article that will be in walking distance or a quick cab ride to the next neighborhood:

To SHOP:

Holler & Squall

City Foundry

Darr

Metal & Thread

Erie Basin

To EAT:

Brooklyn Farmacy

Vinegar Hill House

Brooklyn Larder

Four & Twenty Blackbirds

Homemade Brooklyn

To EAT & SHOP

The Brooklyn Flea (one of our favorites—open Saturdays and Sundays)

Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket

It’s us!