This post originally appeared on The Distillerist.
Everybody has to do an NYC trip at some point, but not everyone wants to do the frenetic, mass-consumption version typified by Red Lobster and Madame Tussaud’s in Times Square. There’s another side to New York City that is slower, more authentic and even peaceful.
So let me take you on a tour of my New York, where the food is local and organic, the wares are handcrafted, the days lazy and long, and the parties unforgettable. Even better, I’ve carefully curated this list to include only things on the sustainable side that will leave you feeling refreshed, calm and happy, instead of frazzled and broke.
Follow my lead, and you won’t run into one other clueless tourist, or need a vacation from your vacation when you get home…promise!
Instead of Times Square … Red Hook
Far away from the blinking lights at the center of Manhattan, you’ll find a more authentic New York experience. Way out in Brooklyn, the neighborhood of Red Hook is only accessible by car, a long walk from the subway or the IKEA ferry. But don’t let that turn you off, because it’s worth the trek.
On a nice weekend day, take the IKEA ferry from downtown Manhattan across the river. Once you disembark, you’ll find a sleepy, waterfront hamlet filled with treasures.
First, make a beeline to Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pies—they are unequivocally the best in NYC. But you’re just warming up. Have a messy, seaside lunch at the Brooklyn Crab, following by a rousing game of mini golf in its back yard. Or maybe go fancier, and check out the Red Hook Lobster Pound for a ridiculously good Maine lobster roll. Then, have a tasting at the Red Hook Winery or take a tour of the Sixpoint Brewery … or both. Get dinner at the Good Fork, a famously farm-to-table restaurant that will please carnivores and vegetarians alike, followed by some delicious cocktails at Fort Defiance. You just had the best day ever.
Image Courtesy of Brooklyn Crab