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My New York City Bucket List includes a bunch of restaurants I wanna go to and things that you can do. There is so much this city has to offer.

The days are flying by, soon days will turn into weeks, and weeks into months, and before you know it, it’ll be time to leave New York City and relocate to Southern California. I feel as though I’m being forced to break up with my boyfriend that I never want to say goodbye to, perhaps “goodbye” is too strong of a word (I have issues letting go), let’s just say it’s time to begin a new chapter. Growing up in NJ most of my life, NYC has always been accessible to me, and thus I took this beautiful city for granted.

There is so much that I have wanted to do, but more importantly, so many places I’ve wanted to dine at, but I just never prioritized my bucket list thinking I’ll eventually get to it when I do. For me, my bucket list is merely a list of restaurants. Being a foodie in New York City is a dream and I’m going to fulfill my heart’s every desire! So here we go, here are the 50 things I want to do before I leave NYC. To my family & friends, I’m accepting dates so hit me up if you’re interested!

Places To Dine

1. Eleven Madison Park – World’s Best Restaurant 2017! OMG, I must go!

2. Afternoon Tea at The Plaza Palm Court – DONE


4. Carbone – DONE

5. Gramercy Tavern

6. Per Se

7. Le Bernardin – DONE

8. High Tea at Mandarin Oriental

9. Babbo – DONE

10. Marea

11. Indian Accent – DONE

12. Nobu 57 – DONE


13. The Loeb Boathouse Central Park + Boating

14. Salinas – DONE

15. Balthazar

16. L’Artusi – DONE

17. Tao Downtown

18. Catch – DONE

19. The Mercer Kitchen – DONE

20. Locanda Verde – DONE

21. ABC Kitchen – DONE

22. Cosme

23. Little Owl

24. The Greek Tribeca – DONE

Rolf’s German Restaurant (go Christmas time)


25. La Lantern di Vittorio – DONE

26. Jack’s Wife Freda – DONE

27. La Esquina Brasserie Speakeasy

28. Dominique Ansel Bakery

29. Rosemary’s

30. Sarabeth’s

31. By Chloe – DONE

32. Thai Villa – DONE

33. Two Hands

34. Shake Shack

35. Joe’s Shanghai – DONE

36. Clinton Street Bakery – DONE

37. Grimaldi’s Pizza Brooklyn Bridge

38. Bar Pitti – DONE (overrated)

39. The Smith


40. Levain Bakery

41. Cookie DO

42. Ess-A-Bagel – DONE

Things To Do

43. 9/11 Memorial & Museum

44. Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge – then wait in line for Grimaldi’s Pizza

45. Walk the Highline – DONE

46. Take a picture on 66 Perry Street in a Dress – a Sex and the City moment!

47. Chill at my favorite parks: Washington Square Park / Bryant Park – DONE

48. Christmas Time at Rockefeller / Bryant Park – DONE

49. Ride on the Staten Island Ferry

50. Carriage Ride in Central Park – DONE

Have you been to any of these places or done any of these activities? If so, what do you recommend I do next? What did I miss? Suggestions welcome!

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50 Things To Do Before I Leave NYC

Hi, I'm Nisha!

I'm a foodie who is passionate about healthy-ish living and mindful eating. You'll find a bit of everything here. I use mostly organic real ingredients and incorporate seasonal produce in my cooking. I believe food is medicine. Join me on this soul-searching journey as I share my love for good food, and I hope I inspire you to eat better somewhere along the way.

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  1. Oh man NYC to LA! That’s a big move girl 🙂 both are incredible places filled with gems! I would totally join you if I was NYC to help you tackle this list a bit more, good luck with the move!!

  2. I love ABC Kitchen and The Smith. I would love to meet for lunch at either!! Let me know when you are free. Can’t wait to finally catch up with you.

  3. Love the list! And don’t worry you will fall in love with SoCal, it’s so beautiful! Where are you moving to?