Whenever I go to New York people ask me what I miss the most, what places I try to go to etc. To make things easier for folks traveling from Brazil to NY, here are my favorite places / recommendations, keep in mind I try to cram all this into an 8 day trip!
CVS or Duane Reade: I have an whole new appreciation for drugstores (which most American’s seriously take for granted!). I am aware that there are tons of them throughout the city but when I got to NY I pop into every one I walk past. I know it sounds a bit ridiculous but just knowing that I am surrounded by anything/everything I could want in one place (not having to go to 8 different stores or brave Extra in Brazil) is such a wonderful and peaceful feeling I can’t help myself.
Russian baths: Though I am from Rhode Island I have never been equip to handle the cold and there is no better place to get warm then the baths
Meatball Shoppe: A place that serves all different kinds of meatballs..awesome!! Make sure you get the ice cream cookie sandwich for dessert, it is amazing
16 handles: My go to snack when living in NY was fro-yo; while there are lots of fro-yo places in Brazil they are all tart (pinkberry style) which I personally don’t like, so finding a good sweet treat in Brazil that isn’t 100000 calories can be a challenge. When I got to New York I have a cup from 16 at least once a day. The place is amazing, great flavors and do it your self toppings, nothing beats it
Liquiteria: A friend got me hooked right before I moved to Brazil so now whenever I am in NY it has become one of the first places I stop at so I can start my trip off right (and not gain 1000lbs when I come to the city). FYI they just started selling mini ‘shots’ of lemon,cayenne and ginger to give you that extra energy boost.
Baked by Melissa: Perfectly tiny cupcakes that will satisfy your sweet craving
Whole Foods and Trader Joes: they speak for themselves!
Sushi Samba or Morimoto: The sushi in Sao Paulo is incredible but sometimes you just want the ‘americanized’ version, plus I can finally order edamame without having to pay a crazy amount at these two trendy sushi spots