I made a really long list, but several have been mentioned so I omitted them. I have a ton of more things to add, so hopefully I'll have time later.
My three favorite steakhouses in the city are Strip House
, Peter Luger
. Cannot go wrong with any of the three.
for slightly upscale and wonderfully tasting Mexican.
is a la carte everything, and you can pick just about anything on the menu and not be disappointed. Also has a very impressive wine list.
, which I've mentioned before, is my favorite seafood restaurant in the city.
has already been mentioned, but so worth mentioning again. My favorite restaurant.
Two Boots Pizza
is a love it or hate it pizza place. I love it. I believe their East Village location shows movies.
for cheap, delicious Mexican.
is my standby for watching sports. Great wings.
has a lot of space, bocce ball, live music, two floors, an outside garden, and a fun, young crowd.
is an interesting bar. Located in Times Square, it's the complete opposite of touristy. Jimmy, the owner, used to train Ali and was one of his corner men. He's there almost every night and it's a fun place to stop by for a few beers.
Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden
is a great place to spend a summer evening. It has probably 50-75 picnic tables outside with a pretty good Eastern European beer selection. My weekly poker game moves here during the summer.
Iridium Jazz Club
is meant to be visited on a Monday night, when Les Paul and his trio perform. Something that must be done once.
79th Street Boat Basin
is another place to grab a beer in the summer. It's strange, NY is surrounded by water, yet there are very few places to hang out on the water. This is one of the few.
This is just some random stuff I came up with.
is an amazing place to shop for food. Period.
is my favorite bookstore. You'll find a new favorite book everytime you're there.
Smith Street in Brooklyn was already mentioned - one recommendation on that street...
Smith & Vine
is a small wine shop, but the owners are passionate about wine and carefully choose their inventory. I've heard they recently moved down the street and now offer a wine bar.
Vintage New York
is another favorite wine shop, but for a different reason. They only sell wines produced in NY State. You'd be surprised with some of the good wines offered, especially those from the Finger Lakes Region. I know the Upper West Side location has a tasting bar.
The Central Park Boathouse
is a nice place for brunch. Afterwards, take a row boat out on the pond.
Brooklyn Art Museum
always has interesting exhibitions. Afterwards, hit up the Botanical Garden and take a stroll through Prospect Park.
offers free movies in the summer, but get there early. The link is to the 2006 schedule to provide an idea of the types of movies shown. Grab a blanket, wine and some friends and it's a good time.