Quick Tips for Business Travelers: New York City

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Trade show season is in full swing during the Fall Season. In fact, our team at Educe Group is headed to two events next week in New York City: ATD Healthcare Summit and Converge Live New York. In honor of the events, we asked our NY residents to share their favorite areas of NYC. Below we listed a few suggestions on where to eat and what to check out while you’re in the NYC area.


Amanda Brief, Sr. Marketing Manager, Educe Group

First things first – Get out of Midtown! While your hotel might be centrally located in Midtown, there are far more interesting neighborhoods in the city. If you have time to explore, I suggest visiting the trendy neighborhood of Tribeca. Enjoy a glass of wine or light dinner at City Vineyard, the newest venue from Michael Dorf, City Winery’s CEO and Founder. If you’re looking for a healthy option for lunch or dinner, check out Mulberry and Vine. Feeling Italian? Make reservations at Locanda Verde, an upscale Italian spot.  If the weather is nice, you can go kayaking (for free) at The Downtown Boathouse. Although technically not in Tribeca, the One World Trade Center landmark is a quick walk from the neighborhood. If you have time in the afternoon or early evening, I suggest checking out the One World Observatory to experience breathtaking views of Manhattan.

Upper East Side

Christina Deleonibus, Associate, Educe Group

If you are looking for a quiet area away from the tourist areas, I would advise heading up to the Upper East Side. I have lived in this area for over 8 years and you still have the hectic city around you, but it also gives you a bit more peace. The Upper East Side is home to the Met Museum, Guggenheim, Central Park and Central Park Zoo. If you are into shopping, there are some nice little boutiques or you can just go to 86th street and shop at the chain stores. If you want to explore, you can go right into Central Park. Central Park has many different trails and once you get deep inside the park you forget you are in the middle of a big city. Two of my favorite restaurants are right by where I live. If you are looking for Mexican food, Maya is the place to go. It doesn’t matter if you are looking for a sit-down dinner or just sitting in the bar area to order tapas, you cannot go wrong with any food or drink you order. Another favorite of mine is Mediterraneo. They serve an authentic Italian cuisine that takes me back to Italy every time I go. This place is great for both lunch or dinner, and if you go either try to pizza or the Linguine Nere All’ Arrabiata. The Upper East Side is not the go-to-spot when looking for drinks. I would advise heading to theUpper West Side where you can go to George Keely to sample their large selection of craft beer. If you are not into craft beer then head downtown to Barelycorn for a nice cocktail or glass of wine.

West Village

Nyla Reed, Founding Partner, Educe Group

I’m biased but I think the West Village is the place to go when visiting NYC—it’s where I’ve lived and worked for more than 14 years. Some of my favorite dinner places include Mary’s Fish Camp, a casual neighborhood restaurant with a great variety of seafood; L’Artusi, a more upscale Italian option (try the crudo!); and Red Farm, a no reservations restaurant serving creative Chinese cuisine (you must get the pac man dumplings, and you must let me join you). If you are looking for drinks, you can’t miss with a cocktail from the Beatrice Inn, and Tavern on Jane is the place to go to grab a beer and hang with long-time neighborhood locals. If you have time to stroll around, check out Washington Square Park on the east side of the neighborhood, or the Highline to the west. For those of you who like to get some exercise when you travel, the Hudson River Park has a path for runners, bikers, and walkers; the segment through the West Village has a number of piers from which you’ll get great views of the Empire State Building, the World Trade Center, and the Statue of Liberty. Enjoy!


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