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You've checked in, and now there's one question: Where are the cool places to hang out? Homewood Suites by Hilton has you covered. Here, the top non-tourist hangouts in New York. It's your chance to eat, shop, and have fun like a local.

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1. Flex Mussels

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154 W 13th St
New York, NY 10011
(212) 229-0222
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Brunch places and raw bars are a dime a dozen in Manhattan, but only at Flex Mussels can you get a hybrid of an everything bagel and a donut (an everything donut!). This place is also home to the best happy hour raw bar deals in Manhattan and they serve a delicious lobster roll.

2. Foragers Table

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300 W 22nd St
New York, NY 10011
(212) 243-8888
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Forager’s serves one of the city’s best bargained tasting menus (three courses for $39), leaving you plenty of cash leftover for a cocktail. You can also stop into the neighboring market for organic and local products. Don’t miss the wine shop around the corner, where you can often buy the bottles served at the restaurant.

3. Kesté Pizza & Vino

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271 Bleecker St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 243-1500
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Wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas with homemade mozzarella and San Marzano pizzas — Keste isn’t kidding when it calls itself the “it” place for pizza (“kesté” means “this is it” in the Neapolitan dialect).

4. The City Bakery

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3 W 18th St
New York, NY 10011
(212) 366-1414
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City Bakery offers a zillion different options for lunch (salad bar, sandwiches, soup) that are all fine and good, but the hot chocolate and the original pretzel croissant are true standouts.

5. Slowly Shirley

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121 W 10th St
New York, NY 10011
(212) 744-7539
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A newer speakeasy to join the club, Slowly Shirley packs a boozy punch right below the bright and poppy restaurant, The Happiest Hour. Downstairs is reminiscent of an old Art Deco hotel, with different takes on aperitifs, Manhattans, and stirred drinks. Balance out the liquor with the Happiest Hour’s famed burger, too.

6. Beer Culture

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328 W 45th St
New York, NY 10036
(646) 590-2139
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Tucked away in the Theater District is an unlikely beer sanctuary: 10-plus taps, 1 beer made in-house, and endless bottles to take home. An unpretentious food menu (wings, sliders, sandwiches) go great with the BC1 farmhouse saison. Signs proclaim that there’s nothing but beer and brown spirits, so don’t even ask for a vodka soda or margarita.

7. STORY

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144 10th Ave
New York, NY 10011
(212) 242-2694
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There’s always something new at STORY, because the owners change out all designs and merchandise every four to eight weeks, much like your typical Chelsea galleries. That means a ever-changing array of home goods, footwear, clothing, skincare, tech gear and more, with art installations and DIY stations to boot.

8. Housing Works Thrift Shop

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157 E 23rd St
New York, NY 10010
(212) 529-5955
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Housing Works, a community-based AIDS service organization, runs multiple thrift stores through the city. Where else to find the great vintage clothing and homewares for a fraction of the price? And this is not just your average thrift shop: Housing Works donates its proceeds to their efforts in supporting those with HIV and AIDS.
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9. Homewood Suites by Hilton New York/Midtown Manhattan, Times Sqaure

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312 W 37th St
New York, NY 10018
(212) 244-0644
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Homewood Suites is right in the heart of New York — close to all of the action and entertainment. Find a Homewood Suites near you.

10. Home2 Suites by Hilton Long Island City

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39-06 30th St
Long Island City, NY 11101
(718) 706-6262
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The perfect home base for your travels, Home2 Suites by Hilton provides comfort and ease when you return from your adventures.
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1. Flex Mussels

154 W 13th St, New York, NY 10011
Brunch places and raw bars are a dime a dozen in Manhattan, but only at Flex Mussels can you get a hybrid of an everything bagel and a donut (an everything donut!). This place is also home to the best happy hour raw bar deals in Manhattan and they serve a delicious lobster roll.
154 W 13th St
New York, NY 10011

2. Foragers Table

300 W 22nd St, New York, NY 10011
Forager’s serves one of the city’s best bargained tasting menus (three courses for $39), leaving you plenty of cash leftover for a cocktail. You can also stop into the neighboring market for organic and local products. Don’t miss the wine shop around the corner, where you can often buy the bottles served at the restaurant.
300 W 22nd St
New York, NY 10011

3. Kesté Pizza & Vino

271 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014
Wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas with homemade mozzarella and San Marzano pizzas — Keste isn’t kidding when it calls itself the “it” place for pizza (“kesté” means “this is it” in the Neapolitan dialect).
271 Bleecker St
New York, NY 10014

4. The City Bakery

3 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011
City Bakery offers a zillion different options for lunch (salad bar, sandwiches, soup) that are all fine and good, but the hot chocolate and the original pretzel croissant are true standouts.
3 W 18th St
New York, NY 10011

5. Slowly Shirley

121 W 10th St, New York, NY 10011
A newer speakeasy to join the club, Slowly Shirley packs a boozy punch right below the bright and poppy restaurant, The Happiest Hour. Downstairs is reminiscent of an old Art Deco hotel, with different takes on aperitifs, Manhattans, and stirred drinks. Balance out the liquor with the Happiest Hour’s famed burger, too.
121 W 10th St
New York, NY 10011

6. Beer Culture

328 W 45th St, New York, NY 10036
Tucked away in the Theater District is an unlikely beer sanctuary: 10-plus taps, 1 beer made in-house, and endless bottles to take home. An unpretentious food menu (wings, sliders, sandwiches) go great with the BC1 farmhouse saison. Signs proclaim that there’s nothing but beer and brown spirits, so don’t even ask for a vodka soda or margarita.
328 W 45th St
New York, NY 10036

7. STORY

144 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011
There’s always something new at STORY, because the owners change out all designs and merchandise every four to eight weeks, much like your typical Chelsea galleries. That means a ever-changing array of home goods, footwear, clothing, skincare, tech gear and more, with art installations and DIY stations to boot.
144 10th Ave
New York, NY 10011

8. Housing Works Thrift Shop

157 E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010
Matthew Williams
Housing Works, a community-based AIDS service organization, runs multiple thrift stores through the city. Where else to find the great vintage clothing and homewares for a fraction of the price? And this is not just your average thrift shop: Housing Works donates its proceeds to their efforts in supporting those with HIV and AIDS.
157 E 23rd St
New York, NY 10010

9. Homewood Suites by Hilton New York/Midtown Manhattan, Times Sqaure

312 W 37th St, New York, NY 10018
Homewood Suites is right in the heart of New York — close to all of the action and entertainment. Find a Homewood Suites near you.
312 W 37th St
New York, NY 10018

10. Home2 Suites by Hilton Long Island City

39-06 30th St, Long Island City, NY 11101
The perfect home base for your travels, Home2 Suites by Hilton provides comfort and ease when you return from your adventures.
39-06 30th St
Long Island City, NY 11101

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