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New York Magazine's Best of New York

Best of New York - New York magazine’s annual guide to the best in food, shopping, nightlife, play and beyond – comes to television for the first time on NYC life (channel 25). New York magazine and NYC Media, the official network of the City of New York, have partnered to create the television companion to the magazine’s eagerly-awaited annual guide to places that make the City great. In each edition of the short-form series, New York magazine’s Alan Sytsma and Rachel Baker visit an eatery, shop or other local business to explore the best in class, as chosen in the ‘Best of New York’ issue, ranging from where to find the best birthday cake or grilled cheese to where to have fun at the best bowling party or arcade in town.

Best Pay-What-You-Want Yoga
Best Birthday Cake
Best Kids' Class
Best Bespoke Cocktail
Best Funky Jewelry
Best Bowling Party
Best Gifts for Women
Best Tasting Menu
Best Crafting Hub
Best Arcade
Best Breakfast Taco
Best Kiddie Pool
Best Grilled Cheese
Best Gifts for Men
  Best Calamari
Best Blowout
Best Adventure Gear
Best Wallpaper
Best Juice Bar
Best Home Accessories
Best Skate Shop
Best Pie
Best Kiddie Gym
Best Hostess Gifts
Best First Date
Best Perfume
Best Whiskey Bar
Best Guacamole



 Best Pay What You Want Yoga
It's not very relaxing to worry about a charge on your credit card, but in Park Slope Dharma Yoga is taking a much more zen approach to payment.

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 Best Birthday Cake
In New York bakeries have become big business but on the Upper West Side one independent bakery has been turning out amazing custom made cakes for nearly 3 decades.

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 Best Kids' Class
Anybody with kids will tell you, you've got to keep them busy. That means basketball teams, dance classes or circus school.

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 Best BeSpoke Cocktail
There's a nondescript stairwell in little Italy that doesn't look like much from the street, but inside it's a whole different situation.

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 Best Funky Jewelry
Alan Sytsma is the last guy you'd see shopping for jewelry but even he is impressed by Love Adorned in Nolita.

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 Best Bowling Party
Some of the city's older bowling allies aren't exactly ideal places for a kids' party, but the state of the art Bowlmor lanes in Times Square are changing all of that.

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 Best Gifts for Women
In a city where you can buy anything, finding that perfect gift can be tricky. Some stores make that easy.

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 Best Tasting Menu
One of the most amazing gourmet meals you can have in New York is in a tiny counter next to a grocery store in downtown Brooklyn.

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 Best Crafting Hub
If you're looking for a fun, hands on activity to do with your kids, make meaning on the Upper East Side is a terrific creative outlet.

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 Best Arcade
Plenty of new yorkers grew up going to arcades but in Williamsburg a group of artsits and programmers is keeping that tradition alive.

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 Best Breakfast Taco
In New York you can get egg and cheese on a roll at any corner deli. But on Elizabeth Street there's a quick breakfast option that's just as satisfying, just as affordable, and way more interesting.

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 Best Kiddie Pool
Everybody knows swimming is a fundamental skill, but what if you could have former Olympians teaching your kids the ropes.

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 Best Grilled Cheese
Grilled cheese is almost always good but at The Commodore in Williamsburg, they've given it a one of a kind, Southern twist.

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 Best Gifts for Men
An easy way to find a great present? Shop at a store owned by designers.

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 Best Calamari
Fried calamari is on every menu in little Italy. But people who want the best know to walk a couple blocks north to Parm.

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 Best Blowout
All ladies know that if you're having a bad hair day, you're having a bad day. But at the new blowout salon drybar you can swing in for a quick pick me up for you and your hair.

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 Best Adventure Gear
Space in Manhattan is tight but there's plenty of room at the new REI store in SoHo.

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 Best Wallpaper
If you think wallpaper is boring, the custom designs of Flavor Paper might just change your mind.

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 Best Juice Bar
Juice bars are popping up all over New York City but only one spot has a juicing legend.

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 Best Home Accessories
If you're feeling the urge to spruce up your apartment, SoHo's new concept shop treasure and bond might have just the thing.

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 Best Skate Shop
Art has always been a big part of skate culture and one new shop in SoHo is taking that even further.

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 Best Pie
You may already like pie, but the seasonal slices of The Dutch will have you dreaming about it.

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 Best Kiddie Gym
How do you get tech savvy kids excited about working out? One family gym in Tribeca might have cracked the code.

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 Best Hostess Gifts
Anyone can pick up a bottle of wine for their host but at C. Wonder you'll find a ton of more creative options.

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 Best First Date
Dinner and a movie is the classic American date and at Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg, you can do both.

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 Best Perfume
Fragrance is a very personal thing and the experts at JO Malone London are here to help you find your signature scent.

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 Best Whiskey Bar
There are lots of places in New York to get a whiskey but at Noorman's Kil in Williamsburg you can get all of them.

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 Best Guacamole
Avocado lovers, rejoice. The genre defying guacamole at Empellon Cocina puts a new twist on the classic dish.

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