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NY NOW Recommendations

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When they’re not on the Market floor, the team at NY NOW enjoys making the most of all that NYC has to offer. Check out their recommendations to discover new, local places to dine, shop and more!

Randi-Mohr-resizedRandi Mohr
VP/Show Director
Print – 11th Avenue & 48th Street, located inside the ink48 Hotel (Hell’s Kitchen)

If you’re looking for fresh, seasonal, and sustainable cuisine, Print is your place. Their menu, updated daily, always features the best of everything local. If you ever see the pistachio mousse on their dessert menu – it’s a must have. Make sure they only bring one spoon, you won’t want to share! On a nice night pop up to the Press Lounge on ink48’s rooftop for amazing panoramic views of NYC.

Chris_McCabeChris McCabe
EVP, Emerald Expositions
MarkJoseph Steakhouse  – 261 Water Street between Peck Slip and Dover Street (Financial District)

Opened since the 90’s, Mark Joseph’s is a classic steak place. Porterhouse (for two, three or four), plus a host of sides, is what you should order. You can’t go wrong, but rest assured, there are other great options. Try the rib steak, filet mignon or sirloin. And don’t forget their superior starters, like a spectacular seafood platter uniting fresh lobster, clams, calamari, shrimp and mussels.  Tell them Chris sent you!


Ali_GarofaloAllison Garafalo
Sales Director – HANDMADE
Bryant Park – 42nd Street & 6th Avenue (Midtown)

Whether summer or winter, Bryant Park has always has been a special place for me. Just blocks away from the hustle and bustle of Times Square and Grand Central Station lies this understated gem. In the summer, grab a book and blanket, and settle under a canopy of trees to escape for a while. In the winter, enjoy hot cocoa while ice skating at the Bryant Park ice rink. In any season, Bryant Park is an oasis, a pleasant respite from the bright lights and big city.


Scott KramEmerald Head Shotser
VP/Show Director
Staten Island Ferry  – Whitehall Terminal located in Manhattan at 4 Whitehall Street (Battery Park)

Taking the Staten Island Ferry from lower Manhattan to Staten Island and back is a New York gem. This is a free opportunity and a great way to sail by and see the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and more. Grab a snack for the round trip ride and enjoy.



Michele_Langer_headshot_newMichele Langer
Group Marketing Director
Pearl Oyster Bar – 18 Cornelia Street between Cornelia and West 4th Street (West Village)

A little bit of New England in NYC, it is here you will find some of the freshest-yet moderately priced-seafood in the city. Situated on a small street off busy Bleecker Street, sitting at the counter with a pint of stout and one of their famous lobster rolls makes this my happy place.


Best from the Rest:

max brennerA chocolate lover’s dream! Trish Rivas, our Exhibitor Marketing Manager, recommends heading to Max Brenner. Located at 841 Broadway (between 13th and 14th Streets). From a classic chocolate martini to sugar waffles, fondue, milkshakes and exquisite sundaes. Try the S’more Connection. You can also at the shop on your way out and pick up some unique treats to take back home.

High-LineIf you’re looking to go for a relaxing stroll, Mandy Cudahy, our Attendee Marketing Manager, suggests heading over to The High Line. From flowers and street art to food trucks and beer gardens, The High Line is a great place to take in a little NYC culture in a unique way. There are plenty of places to hop on the High Line as it runs parallel to 10th Avenue from 19th to 30th Streets (Meatpacking District/Chelsea).

PDTTTFor those looking for a unique place to grab a drink, LIFESTYLE Sales Director Melissa M. Engongroro recommends PDT (Please Don’t Tell), one of NYC’s famous speakeasy’s. Their secret entrance is through a telephone booth in Crif Dogs, where you have to pick up the phone and tell them your name. Once inside, it is a snug yet sexy lounge with classy cocktails. The fun part is that you can order food from the Crif Dog staff; an oyster dog and tatter tots are the perfect pairing with bacon infused                                                Bourbon! To get in you must enter through Crif Dogs, located at 113 St.                                                Marks Place between Avenue A and 1st Avenue (East Village)

Museum-of-NYCFor the History buffs looking to brush up on the history of NYC, HOME Sales Representative Michelle Losapio recommends paying a visit to the Museum of the City of New York. The museum celebrates and interprets the city, educating the public about its distinctive character, especially its heritage of diversity, opportunity, and perpetual transformation. Founded in 1923 as a private, nonprofit corporation, the Museum connects the past, present, and future of New York City. The                                                    Museum is located at 1220 5th Avenue between 104th and 10th Streets                                                (Carnegie Hill/Upper East Side)