As a born-n-bred New Yorker, I’ve lived everywhere: Queens, Brooklyn, all over the East Side of Manhattan…you name it. But now, I call the West Village home, and I’ve become quite the snob when it comes to where to go, eat and drink in my ‘hood and its surrounding neighborhoods. If you’re familiar with the Lower West Side, you’ll know it’s quite big — Tribeca, Soho West and Meatpacking are just some of the areas that fall into this category.
Kicking off the LWS tour on a boat (it is summertime!). A mini oasis on Pier 25 (next to Battery Park), Grand Banks may be old news to some of you but for me, it never gets old. Drop in for a happy hour rosé and oysters with a girlfriend, and stay for the sunset. However, if you’re prone to motion sickness, you may want to pop some Dramamine to ward off any wooziness.
Location: Hudson River Park, Pier 25, New York, NY 10013
Now taking you to my neighborhood go-to. You may have passed by this spot and thought to yourself, “That looks charming.” — and you were right. Flying high under the radar compared to its sister restaurant on Christopher Street, Malatesta, is Malaparte — an Italian cash-only joint that makes good pasta.
Location: 753 Washington St, New York, NY 10014
For my last and final stop, it’s time for a strong whiskey drink to settle the stomach after that plate of carbonara (sup, summer bod). While some of you may be familiar with The Garret and may have even chosen a favorite location (#teameast), you may have yet to visit Den Hospitality’s latest project. Meet The Lately, a cabin-like, no frills, kind-of bar in the heart of the Meatpacking District. It’s the perfect spot for a group of friends who are looking to beat the stiletto-wearing club goers, and are down for a good time.
Location: 357 W 16th St, New York, NY 10011
Between the three spots, the total pool $$ tally was $14.34. Cha-ching. We recommend using that extra cash to treat yo’self with a second round or use it to buy your friend a Uber gift card — because who doesn’t love free rides?
Written by Cyndi Ramirez
Photography via Daniela Spector
This post was sponsored by Uber