Welcome to our new City Guide series, where our favorite artists give us the inside scoop on what's hot and what's not in their city, and will have you feeling like a local in no time. To kick things off, we head to the big apple with Avision, for a taste of the best clubs, bars, and of course, slice of pie, or pizza for those who don't know. Click the links in blue to check out the suggestions.
We all like a good drink, so where is the top spots to head to before a night out?
Since we’re in the middle of the summer.
Here are my (3) rooftop picks I recommend you experience for yourself. Each one is different in each way but they all have one thing in common: Stunning views of the Big Apple
Where can you find the best clubs / late night venues in town?
Definitely in Brooklyn. But there are a few that you can go to as below;
Teksupport Events, Nowadays, Brooklyn Mirage, Output
Brunches are a weekend staple, which spots stand out for you?
Loring Place is my favourite spot to get my brunch on! It’s located in the West Village and it never lets me down. The brisket burger and ricotta pancakes are always a win. Let me not forget about the spicy meatball pizza, fried asparagus and fresh hummus. Mmmmmmm
Best dirty late-night street food option?
Manhattan - Wo Hop is for those that have been out all night long and craving some 2AM Chinese food. There’s never a long wait and the staff is well trained in dealing with those that have had one too many drinks…
Manhattan – Miss Lily’s. You’re instantly teleported to the Caribbean islands when walking into Miss Lily’s. If you’re looking for something spicy, this is the place to go. The jerk chicken and shrimp is to die for and don’t forget the rum punch!
Where can we shop for records and music memorabilia in NY?
Depending on how you might want to spend your day, I would recommend Halcyon and Rough Trade in Brooklyn. Halcyon is a boutique record shop located in the Brooklyn hot spot, Output. If you’re looking to hear what’s being played on the dance floors of some the biggest clubs in the world, Halcyon is your place. If you’re looking to get lost in every genre of music, catch a show, test out speakers or buy a t-shirt from your favourite band, Rough Trade is just for you. They have everything from Pink Floyd, Donna Summers and even a new release from Truncate in their record bins to choose from.
Your Sunday escape plan when you need to get away from it all?
Governors Island is a gem that a lot of people really don't know about. It’s a 170-acre island in the heart of New York Harbour that's open 7 days a week, with free ferry shuttles in the morning. Once you step foot off the ferry, it’s hard to believe that you're still in the big city. Whether you want to walk, ride a bike, read a book, or just look at the passing boats in the harbour, then this place is for you. The island offers nothing but tranquillity and it's a perfect way to reset for the upcoming week.
Something everyone should do when visiting New York, but probably hasn’t?
Put the camera down and engross yourself in the beauty of the city. Stay clear of 42nd street and hop on the train to Coney Island or Bushwick, Brooklyn and have a drink with the locals. Get a genuine experience before New York is completely gentrified.
A track that reminds you of your childhood in the city?
Lenny Kravitz’s ‘Fly Away’ because it reminds me of the first time I ever went to a Yankee game. They played it on the jumbo screen and everyone went crazy. I still get that same rush when I hear it. It always brings me back to that day.
New York Slice-what’s the best one and where?
I’m kind of on the fence with this one, with Pizza being one of my guilty pleasures, so I’m going to have to recommend my (3) top picks and you make your way there and choose for yourself:
- Di Fara Pizza - The Brooklyn home of the $5 slice and $6 square. Get ready to wait (2) hours for a pie on the weekends. So, my tip to you is to make your way there while everyone is at work and you’ll be in and out! Each slice is the perfect mix of ingredients and since its start in 1965; the owner Domenico is still making the slices himself.
- Roberta’s Pizza - Roberta’s is known for their specialty pies and brick oven pizza. It’s a gem that started in Bushwick, Brooklyn in 2008 and now they have a new location in Manhattan. I recommend you have a seat on one of their communal benches and indulge in a “Bee Sting Pie” and an order of Stracciatella on garlic bread.
- Sofia’s Pizza - The “DoughDici” is to die for is rightfully named. Crunchy crusty, airy dough, a sauce to die for and top off with fresh Mozzarella and a bunch of fresh parmigiana Reggiano.
A gift you can’t leave New York without taking home for friends?
New York Swag and pizza pie from one of my favourite spots