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Photo: Maison Premiere
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A bartender’s guide to New York

Madeleine Rapp is a bartender at Dead Rabbit – one of New York’s trendiest bars. She shares her favorite spots in the Big Apple.

Brooklyn Botanical Garden

Check out what’s showing when you’re in town. There are different exhibitions each season, but they’re all wonderful and it’s easy to get to.

Brooklyn Botanical Garden

990 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, New York

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Tenement museum

This museum in the old Jewish neighborhood of the Lower East Side, where I live, tells the story of working- class immigrants to New York during different periods. It’s a great place for anyone who is interested in history and architecture.

Tenement museum

103 Orchard Street, Manhattan, New York

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Staten Island ferry

This is the cheapest way (considering it’s free) to get close to the Statue of Liberty. And you get a nice skyline view of lower Manhattan at the same time.

Staten Island ferry

4 Whitehall St, Manhattan, New York

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Rockaway beach

During the summer months, I often go to Rockaway beach in Queens with my friends. It’s such a luxury to have that possibility and to have a beach so close to the city.

Rockaway beach

Rockaway beach, Queens

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Bars

Attaboy

What used to be the worst- kept secret in New York – cocktail bar Milk&Honey – is now Attaboy. I’m friends with the owners, who still don’t want to use a cocktail list, just their bartenders’ imagination.

Attaboy

134 Eldridge Street, New York

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Nomad Hotel

You can pick two bars here, Elephant or Nomad. Both serve great cocktails. It’s where you will find me when I’m out to treat myself.

Nomad Hotel

1170 Broadway, Manhattan, New York

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Dutch Kills

My regular hangout. It’s away from the tourist crowds and serves a mostly local crowd. But it’s worth the subway ride.

Dutch Kills

27–24 Jackson Ave, Long Island City, Queens, New York

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Maison Premiere

One of the world’s most beautiful bars. The spot is known for serving up extraordinary oysters during happy hour, along with great absinth-based cocktails.

Maison Premiere

298 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, New York

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The Ten Bells

A wine bar where you can find me sipping organic wines from the large selection. Very unpretentious music and a great bang for the buck.

The Ten Bells

247 Broome St, Manhattan, New York

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Restaurants

Kiki’s

My regular hangout where I bring anyone and everyone for great Greek food and wine. Cozy and great value.

Kiki’s

130 Division St, Manhatta, New York

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Han dynasty

Chinese Sichuan flavors en masse. It might not look much from the outside, but it’s well worth a visit for either lunch or dinner and it won’t break the bank either.

Han dynasty

90 3rd Ave, East Village, Manhattan, New York

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Joseph Leonard

A place that has become a New York classic with its farm-to-table ethos. Go there for lunch or brunch, but be prepared to wait a little while for a table.

Joseph Leonard

170 Waverly Pl, Manhattan, New York

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Decoy

Pre-order the Peking Duck. It’s fantastic. It’s not the cheapest place in the city, but the meal is worth every penny.

Decoy

529-1/2 Hudson St, Manhattan, New York

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Ruby Rosa

I am gluten intolerant but this Italian pizza and pasta joint makes extraordinary gluten free alternatives to most dishes.

Ruby Rosa

235 Mulberry St, Manhattan, New York

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