There are 8 million experts in New York City—and counting. Everyone who has ever visited has a different opinion about what’s essential.
Some people love the eclectic nightlife at Joe’s Pub . Others will only stay at Second Home on Second Avenue. The problem isn’t just filtering out what’s best, but keeping up with what’s new. (Did you know Louis Armstrong’s house is now a museum?) It’s an impossible task, even for those of us who live here, but we’ve become hooked on a website, Manhattan User’s Guide (manhattanusersguide.com), which sends out weekday e-mails on everything from the latest hot spots to the most reliable plumbers.
The man behind MUG, Charlie Suisman, agreed to cherry-pick a few places you mustn’t miss. Take our advice: Take his. We’ve had many wonderful meals at Mooncake Foods and Grand Sichuan; we’ve listened to concerts at Bargemusic; we shop religiously at SSS Sample Sale and the Strand.
New York is a wonderful town. We love it, Charlie and Jorge love it, and whoever is making the T-shirts sold at Pearl River Mart clearly loves it, too. So read on to learn how you'll love it too, on your next visit. —The Editors