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Not being very well traveled, my favorite destination in NY would be Kevin Jacob’s house at a Garden for the House. Love virtual visiting to learn how he whips up his veg garden, and inventive cooking and homemaking skills in his 150 year old home. Love your idea of having people share their favorites. Just may venture out and explore some of their favorites. You all at Beekman are favorites too! Keep up the great work and stay warm! 🙂
Vegan cupcakes at Babycakes – NYC. You simply can’t go wrong.
Rice to Riches!- endless ways with decadent rice pudding. All served with snappy signs like, “No skinny bitches”, “Fat by popular demand”, “Do you want to talk with the man in charge or the woman who knows what’s going on”! Great atmosphere- a must try if in New York!
I was in NYC the first weekend of Feb and discovered a fantastic little called Kitchenette in TriBeCa. We went for brunch and then went back again for lunch before heading home. It was AWESOME! I am hoping to make it to Sharon Springs someday soon to discover all of its hidden gems as well 🙂
Tudor city park perched on a hill above 1st ave nr 42nd st. Lunch w workers from the United Nations , amidst gardens. a great midtown escape.
I hear the American Hotel in Sharon Springs is the bomb! We want to get married there this year and visit Beekman 1802 and have dinner with Brent and Josh…and tour the farm! Dreams!!
With a impromptu trip….not knowing where we were going, my husband surprised me with a trip to upstate NY. Tom knew how much I loved the Beekman Boys, so off to Sharon Springs we went. We were pleasantly surprised on just how quaint and beautiful the area was. Well no reservations were available at the American Hotel…and the Beekman Farm was closed that day as well, but it was such fun exploring the town, shopping and lunch was so enjoyable. We also loved learning all the history of Sharon Springs! We so loved getting a peek at the Beautul Beekman Estate from the roadside, and taking a turn, not knowing where we were heading, we came upon the most beautiful field of sunflowers! We found our way to Fly Creek Cider Mill again by accident, and it’s a place not to be missed! It is truly such a beautiful area of NY state and we look forward to visiting this “hidden gem” again!
There are SO many great gems in NYC…so hard to pick just one. Most of mine are food related. Favorites are Eataly (amazing in every way) and S’mac for incredibly delicious gourmet mac & cheese. The most truly hidden spot of all though is my favorite bar Angel’s Share – an atmospheric speakeasy that feels like a time warp (if you can find it). 🙂
The American Princess Whale and Dolphin Watch cruises in and around Jamaica Bay.
I have to say The National Arts Club on Gramercy Park. It is one of those hidden gems that make New York, well, New York. Located in a beautiful old mansion on the edge of the last private park in Manhattan, it is filled with art from the turn of the last century as well as opulent decorations, dark wood, marble floors and objects of beauty every where. I highly recommend a visit. Just tell the doorman you’re there to see the shows, (whichever ones are on at the moment.) Most people don’t know the galleries within are open to the public.
Not a “hidden” gem, but a gem nonetheless- MoMA. The Museum of Modern Art is a wonderful place to spend a day. It has been years since I’ve been to NYC, so I cannot remember the wonderful little place where we savored the delish Chinese food. The combo sounds like a bit of heaven- MoMA and Chinese food.
Our little gem has been Sharon Springs, NY. Specifically to stay – the American Hotel, to eat – 204 Bistro and to shop -the Beekman Mercantile and the Cobbler and Co. For us, Sharon Springs has been the backdrop for a love story that has taken 24 years to come full circle. My partner Dave and I reunited in 2010 after a 17 year hiatus and discovered Sharon Springs in the fall of 2011. It was a place not tarnished by memories of those who had come since our parting in 1993, there were no prior associations, no bad memories. Like us, it was a fresh clean slate. It was filled with passionate, driven and inspired people with giving hearts and generous spirits and it made us happy to be in its presence. It was a testament to not giving up, it was a story of hope. It was a place that gave us peace and happiness. It is the place we will return to this summer to be married and blessed by this small community with a big heart.
I’d love to see the highline, missed it last time!
In Auburn, NY, about 2 miles off of the main street, is a farm/restaurant called Elderberry Pond. They grow their own produce and most of their own meat. They use organic and sustainable practices. The simple flavor of the food speaks for itself. Plus, one of the owners is a dietitian so staff are knowledgable about medical/health concerns. We try to support this local hidden gem any chance they get.
Nestled in the beautiful Catskill Mountains on NYS Route 28 (between Woodstock and the village of Phoenicia, the Phoenicia Diner is a true gem. No greasy spoon there; great food, warm staff and a midcentury decor will keep you coming back for more. See you there!
In Western NY, Stony Brook Park for hiking, Keuka Lake and its wineries, and Dinosaur BBQ in Rochester for pulled pork!
The view at Elk Lake Lodge in North Hudson, NY. Takes my breath away every time! Elklakelodge.com
Loved the Burger Joint at Le Parker Meridien!! Love going behind the curtain for a delicious lunch in a fun at atmosphere!!
“Artichoke Pizza” in the East Village (the original location). Standing in line, outside to eat pizza off of a paper plate is so worth it!
St. Mary the Virgin,,, aka “Smoky Mary’s.” It is a wonderful Episcopal Parrish Church
serving Times Square. As an Episcopal Friar, it is one of my favorite places in the world and I love to worship there.
Alex and Ika’s in Cooperstown. Hardly hidden, but a gem.
McSorley’s Ale house in NYC is a great place to have a few brews and some old fashioned bar food (cheese crackers onions and homemade mustard) and not a big beer selection just McSorley’s light and dark but it is good and comes 2 mugs at a time.
Wine cellar at 21 club! Not exactly secret but had the best wedding rehearsal dinner there with a dear friend!
The Autumn Cafe in Oneonta, NY. I first ate there as a college student in the early 90’s and thought the Aztec enchiladas filled with corn and zucchini with sauce and cheese with a side of brown rice we so full of natural flavor, I fell in foodlove. This year I took my 17 year daughter there while on a college visit and fell in love all over again. Oneonta’s not so far from you guys in Sharon Springs. I’ve been to your store and think you both would dig this place:simple, clean, quality! Check it out, it is a gem.
Not to far from Sharon Springs is a little village called Richfield Springs where my husband was born and raised. In 1990 we traveled there and spent a quite few days visiting friends and family and stayed in a little motel called Fountain View where we spent a romantic weekend. The mountains of N.Y are some of most beautiful I have every seen. Sometimes the more simple of a vacation is the better.
my favorite quiet beautiful spot. The gardens around The Cloisters.
My hidden gem is Kates Paperie. I still believe in the art and importance of handwritten correspondence. I am not ashamed to say that I have spent hours in this shop marveling at what they have assembled for those of us who love beautiful paper products.
Rossini’s Northern Italian and 70 Park Ave. Hotel are my hidden gems when visiting NYC! Have always wanted to try the Andaz and Beekman products there were sure make me feel like I’m home in update NY!
The Alice in wonderland statue in Central Park!
In NYC, the Central Park Conservatory Garden, in Columbia County, Bebee Mountain State Forest and fire tower
Ramapo Anchorage Camp in Rhinebeck, NY. Where beautiful people do beautiful things for beautiful children.
A hidden gem I would send anyone to see is the clock in the lobby of the Waldorf Astoria. No matter where we stay, we cut through the Waldorf lobby in the evenings to admire the beauty and history of the clock (and hotel of course!)
I was born and raised in Schoharie County. When I go on vacation or a business trip, it’s such a breath of fresh air to return home to this County. I have to say that the way the people came together after the floods of 2011 is a pleasant memory from such an unpleasant time, that doesn’t happen everywhere. Schoharie County is truly a gem, to use a quote from the Wizard of Oz – There’s no place like home!!! This is so true!!
I would love to come to Sharon springs, even if I don’t win, I’m going to get up there. fingers crossed anyway. thanks.
Upstate NY is host to a cozy little town called Montour Falls. We live about 20 miles away and recently heard about Mirabella’s. The restaurant is next to a small hotel, and about a quarter of a mile down the road from a beautiful water falls that is also a park and lit up at night. Not only is the service warm and friendly, the food is superb. Saturday night features delicious Prime Rib. Water runs down a stone wall, built into a hill. The building has a history of having been a mill.
Of course Sharon Springs is on my list of places I’d like to visit. I’d love to see a show on Broadway!
My hidden gem in NY state is my Mom’s house. She is the heart and soul of our family. When my children were small we moved around the country many times. One of my children came home from school crying because she didn’t know where she was “from”. I told her and the other children that they were “from” Albany NY…grandma’s house in fact. One of my sons just had his grandmother’s address tattooed over his heart!
My hidden gem in NYC is my daughter! She has recently started her first job and her ‘grown-up’ life there and so now my favorite getaway is to visit her and let her show me her newest discoveries in the city that never sleeps! A recent favorite was Eataly. Some much to see and do all throughout NYS.