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Marcus Samuelsson at Red Rooster
Marcus Samuelsson at Red Rooster

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SAS Crew tips: New York

When you want flowers, you go to a flower shop. So naturally, when you want the best travel tips, you should ask a professional traveler. And if you want the best tips for New York, you should talk to Hilde Jordsjø. As we did.

Red Rooster

Award-winning Swedish chef Marcus Samuelson’s restaurant in Harlem is a big hit with both locals and visitors from Scandinavia. More than just a restaurant, it’s a great place for just hanging out and they have live music several nights a week. I love the bar scene at Red Rooster and it’s almost impossible not to get chatting with one of the neighbors in the district.

Red Rooster

310 Lenox Avenue, Harlem, New York

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Club Bonafide

Co-owner Richard Bona, one of the best bass players in the world, sees Club Bonafide as a place where artists should actually make money. Together with restaurateur Laurent ‘Lou Lou’ Dantanio, they have already turned this one-year-old club into one of the most popular jazz spots in NYC.

Club Bonafide

212 East 52nd Street, New York

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Red Farm

“Innovative, Inspired Chinese Cuisine with Greenmarket Sensibility,” it says on their web page. Here you’ll find gourmet food served in a non-Chinese setting. Their dumplings and dim sum is a MUST. Another typical West Village place for locals, they open at 5pm and take no reservations. My son Martin (17) begged to join me on a flight to NYC, just to eat at Red Farm!

Red Farm

529 Hudson Street, New York

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Raoul’s

Very authentic French bistro­style place that has remained almost unchanged since it opened more than 40 years ago. This place has never let me down with its great French food and really good service. It’s always crowded and a reservation is necessary. Perfect for couples and small groups of good friends.I just love the ambience here!

Raoul’s

180 Prince Street, New York

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55 Bar

“A Prohibition-era joint with incredible jazz and blues and almost no attitude. Live music seven nights a week.” All About Jazz. Among other famous musicians, jazz guitarist Mike Stern plays here now and then. It seems his fame has never outgrown this great little jazz spot which has been here for ages!

55 Bar

55 Christopher Street, New York

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Employees Only

Rated #7 on Drinks International’s list of The World’s Best Bars in 2016. A small, super-friendly bar worth going to just to see the bartenders at work. Tight, cozy atmosphere, not too loud music and fantastic cocktails. There’s also a small food menu if you want to eat.

Employees Only

510 Hudson Street, West Village, New York

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Tartinery

When you’re done with shopping on Broadway, Tartinery is a perfect place for lunch. French in more than name, the tartines (grilled slices of bread served with various toppings) are really tasty. Nice, young ambience.

Tartinery

209 Mulberry Street, Nolita, New York

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Smalls Jazz club

If you’re looking for a genuine jazz club, head for Smalls or its sister club Mezzrow. Take one steep, narrow step down from the street and you’ll find yourself immersed in a typical, intimate jazz scene. These are places for listening to music, not chatting with friends.

Smalls Jazz club

183 West 10th Street, New York

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Sant Amroeus

Italian, without ‘red-checked’ table cloths! A must here is the linguine vongole and they have an amazing wine list too. A cozy place for couples or smaller groups. Little Steven (van Zandt) checks in here when he is in town! Sant Ambreus is located on the next corner from Gallery Sand.

Sant Amroeus

259 West 4th Street, New York

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Galleri Sand

Norwegian painter Vebjørn Sand opened this gallery in West Village together with twin brother Aune Sand and painter Marianne Aulie back in 2009. If you’re in the West Village area you just have pay them a visit. Maybe you’ll meet Vebjørn working on one of his paintings or joyful Aune who is happy to share their story about this beautiful building they all work and live in.

Galleri Sand

277 West 4th Street, New York

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Last edited: July 31, 2017

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