Instagrammers Guide to New York City
Let's be honest, scrolling and double-tapping your way through a city is the new Yelp. Whether I'm already in a city or traveling there soon, Instagram influences my itinerary. So, here's my round-up of the most Instagrammable destinations in The Big Apple.
Pietro Nolita stays pretty in pink - inside and out. With trés chic branding and a menu loaded with classics, this quaint establishment will make a great addition to your social feed.
The Beekman Hotel
One of New York City’s most exceptional landmarks has been restored and transformed into a a luxury hotels in Lower Manhattan. Incredible architecture sets this gem apart, with an iconic nine-story atrium and pyramidal skylight among the highlights of the building. The Beekman Hotel brings together top talent, including Martin Brudnizki's stellar design restaurateur/chef Tom Colicchio. The lobby bar dripping in jewel tones and the uni spaghettini here are my favorites.
by CHLOE. delivers wholesome, plant-based "fast food" that fuels and energizes without skimping out on flavor. The food is delicious, but the branding and decor is next level adorable.
DO, Cookie Dough Confections
This (super) sweet shop is completely devoted to cookie dough served by the pint, in sundaes and in a plethora of desserts. DO attracts a super long line of cookie dough lovers out the door, but the wait is worth it when your photo racks up those likes.
Top of the Rock
The Top of the Rock Observation Deck is one of the most popular New York City attractions with the best views from Central Park to Manhattan's Midtown and Downtown.
Perfectly designed by architect Santiago Calatrava, the Oculus is a multi-billion dollar train station, plaza and shopping mall adjacent to the rebuilt World Trade Center.
The beauty brand with a total cult following has permanently opened a showroom in New York where product junkies can shop the entire lineup of skincare and makeup products. No surprise to those who know the brand, the showroom is so tastefully designed and full of photo opportunities.
Cha Cha Matcha
The matcha obsession these days is real. Cha Cha Matcha, on Broome Street in Nolita, is an Instagram star who earns the spotlight for it's eclectic design and colorful, photogenic treats.
The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club
The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club attracts lively, playful crowds to a host of rotating food trucks, occasional live music and of course, fun and games. Their midcentury vibes and famous flamingo decor are gonna make all your friends wanna double tap.
My one complaint about New York City is the lack of authentic, tasty, delicious Mexican food. Tacombi is the rare exception, serving tacos out of a very cool converted VW bus. Everything about this taqueria is picture perfect.
Ice & Vice
Let's face it, there aren't too many things more Instagrammable than ice cream cones. Ice & Vice takes it all to the next level with donut ice cream sandwiches, flavored cones and all sorts of hand-crafted experimental scoops.
THE DREAM DOWNTOWN
The exterior ocean liner-inspired stainless steel façade with porthole windows, makes Dream Downtown a stunner from the get-go. Everything, and I mean evvvverythang, is gonna make you want to stop for a 'gram. From the moody lobby that has a view of the glass-bottomed swimming pool from it's ceiling (they serve frosé poolside, btw) and the rooftop lounge to the Frida mural and beer can art fixture...you're gonna have your feed full for weeks to come.
Soft Swerve, a New York City ice-cream shop, has swept Instagram feeds with it's purple soft serve that's almost too beautiful to eat. Ube, a yam from the Philippines that's known to taste like white chocolate, doesn't just taste good, but will totally add all the unicorn feels to your Instagram grid.
Loco Coco serves up picture perfect vegan superfood smoothies, juices and bowls in the Upper East Side.
Eggloo serves Hong Kong egg waffles, ice cream and select savory treats out of their Chinatown shop.
Pro-tip: Ask them to give you a flower shaped scoop...you can thank me later for all the likes that are about to pour in after you post your photo from Eggloo.
Serving up Neapolitan-inspired wood-fired pizzas out of shops in UES and LES, Pizza Beach's space gives off major California vibes and a picture perfect setting.
Grand Central Station
Grand Central Terminal is grand, alluring, majestic, enchanting and all the words you'd typically use to describe a historic landmark in Europe. This historic world-famous landmark in Midtown Manhattan is more than a train station—it’s also a shopping, dining, and cultural experience with 60 shops, 35 places to eat, and a full calendar of events all under one magnificent roof.
Stuffed Ice Cream
Do you like ice cream and donuts? Wait, don't answer that question...because chances are that if you say no, we won't be able to be friends. Stuffed Ice Cream takes both of these major food groups to new heights (no, literally...see the photos below). You're gonna wanna go here and you're gonna need to post it all over social media because everything they serve up here is totally insane (in a good way).
Sel Rrrose is a dreamy, rustic-industrial-chic hangout with late hours, a full raw bar, French-inspired small plates and the most refreshing hand-crafted cocktails. Your followers will have to tap that geotag to make sure you didn't run off the Paris.
I mean...have you even been to New York City if you haven't taken a photo on the Brooklyn Bridge?! This bridge isn't iconic for nothing, it's actually one of the oldest bridges in the United States.
Loopy Doopy ROOFTOP BAR
The seasonal rooftop of the Conrad Hotel has some of the most gorgeous panoramic views of New York City. Loopy Doopy is most known for it's instafamous (and pricey) prosecco popsicle cocktails. Go for the 'gram, stay for the views and stellar people watching.
Barney's Downtown reopened at the original store's location in 2016 with a new flagship store that's rich in heritage, but dripping in modern vibes. The store takes up nearly the entire block and includes five floors anchored by a stunning spiral staircase. Carrying all the usual suspects (men’s and women’s ready-to-wear, accessories, footwear, and cosmetics), Barney's Downtown is also home to a personal shopping suite, Freds restaurant, a beauty shop, apothecary, and an outpost of Blind Barber.
The Standard Highline
Overlookinh the former elevated train line that is now known as one of downtown’s favorite public parks, The Standard, High Line is located in New York City’s Meatpacking District. Every single room at the hotel has floor-to-ceiling windows with gorgeous views of Manhattan as well as a lively German beer garden, the rooftop discothèque Le Bain, the legendary Top of The Standard, and an outdoor plaza that features rotating art installations and an ice skating rink in the winter.
This one's obvious because, c'mon...how could you not pay Central Park a visit?! I'm always at a loss for words when I visit this lush oasis in the middle of the concrete jungle. The photo opps are truly endless here and something new is discovered every single time you take a stroll through this iconic park.
The Flatiron Building is a triangular 22-story steel-framed landmark and groundbreaking skyscraper that turns heads no matter which way you look at it. Something about this building always has me stopping to take a snap.