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Enjoy your cocktail from a rooftop in New York City

Posted 3 years, 5 months ago in SFYN Weekends

Welcome to New York City – the epicenter of the planet. Or maybe I’m just biased. But where else can you find Malaysian, Ethiopian, and Italian food all within walking distance of each other? Where else can you find Michelin starred restaurants and dive bars in the same 10-block radius? And most importantly where can you grab a drink and some grub upon landing on a Friday night?

Written by Britanni Le, SFYN USA
Cover picture: Northern Territory 

If you land at JFK, it is a quick ride on the C train to Puerto Viejo – a Dominican restaurant in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn that serves some of the best pernil (roast pork shoulder) and mofongo (mashed green plantains with seafood or meat) in New York City. They also have a specialty cocktail called Morir Roncando, which is a blend of sake, orange juice, milk, and vanilla. Strange combination, I know. But give it a try and you will quickly become addicted to this sweet nectar. Also, the staff is incredibly warm and friendly
and they are more than happy to give you some tips on what to see in Brooklyn.
                                                                                             Photo credit:Julie Bendetto

Once you have had your fill of Latin American cuisine, it is time to head down under. Well, actually to Northern Territory – an Australian tavern offering some of the best views of New York City from their popular rooftop area. You can view the Manhattan skyline while sipping on one of their very inventive cocktails – my personal favorite is the Grapefruit Negroni and munching on one of their skewers – either the halloumi or lamb. There is always a great mix of tourists and local New Yorkers here, so definitely mingle and make some new friends to share drinks and food with. Word of caution though, Northern Territory tends to be very crowded on the weekends and they do not take reservations. But the view alone is most definitely worth the wait.

Now, I can go on and on about places in Brooklyn, but as a Manhattanite, it is only proper that I recommend some places in the heart of the city. After a food and drink filled Friday and Saturday, I highly recommend going to David’s Tea on Sunday morning/afternoon. It is a fun and cheery tea shop in the West Village, where they offer lots of different organic teas that you can have served hot, cold, sparkling, or with milk (soy and almond milks are available for my lactose-intolerant friends). They have multiple locations, however, the one in Manhattan is right across the street from Amy’s Bread and Murray’s Cheese, the two spots that you will have to visit to pick up ingredients for a picnic in Central Park. From Amy’s Bread, choose any bread or pastries that you like – I tend to go with the tomato and olive loaf or the croissants and then at Murray’s Cheese chat with the very friendly cheese mongers to find something tasty that they have aged in their own caves on site. Once you have made your purchases, take the A to Columbus Circle and enter Central Park. It might take a little while to locate the perfect spot, but this is the best way to end a weekend in New York City.

Remember that New York City has a lot to offer, so do some exploring as well and find some of your own favorite spots. And when you do, let me know!

                                                                  David's Tea, photo credit: Brittani Le                                                                                    

Puerto Viejo
564 Grand Avenue (between Dean Street & Bergen Street)
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 398-3758
*Kitchen closes at 11PM

Northern Territory
12 Franklin Street
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(347) 689-4065

David’s Tea
275 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10014
(212) 717-1116

Amy’s Bread
250 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10014
(212) 675-7802

Murray’s Cheese Shop
254 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10014
(212) 243-3289