I've just got back from a great trip to New York - I was there to meet with people who we're working with to launch SuperJam in the US as well as to catch up with friends and check out the start-up scene over there. We had lunch at the incredibly fun Etsy.com offices in Dumbo - everyone working there is so creative, the place is full of quirky bits and pieces from the site..
I had a very greedy time at the Smorgasburg Farmers' Market (every Saturday, Williamsburg, Brooklyn). Highlights included ice-cream sandwiches, handmade ice cream milkshakes, apple & cinnamon taffy, gourmet s'mores, upmarket homemade Snickers bars, Grady's New Orleans-style ice coffee, fried cheese, kombucha..
Definitely my favourite place for brunch - a New York institution - is the Breslin (at the Ace Hotel, Meatpacking District). I had deep-fried peanut butter and bourbon sandwiches, grilled three-cheese sandwich with home-cured ham and egg, triple-fried chips and a couple of bloody mary's to wash it all down...
The Spotted Pig
A great spot to eat, with incredible food; it's actually owned by the same folks as the Breslin. I thoroughly enjoyed the homemade sheep's milk ricotta Gnudi with Brown Butter and Sage and Roasted Pork Belly with Salsa Rossa & Polenta. Oh, and shoestring fries..
The PowerHouse Arena
If you're in Dumbo, Brooklyn, you should check out PowerHouse books. They're a publisher with their own store, filled with lots of great photography and art books. I picked up a beautiful book called 'The Art of The Idea'.
I'd also say that MOMA is worth the $25 entry fee; even just for the fun of watching crowds of people having their picture taken beside a $40m Van Gogh.