Linnea Covington

Correspondent

  • New York City, NY, USA

Linnea Covington is a correspondent who lives in New York and covers the city for Forbes Travel Guide. Covington moved from Denver to Brooklyn 10 years ago, and has been eating, drinking and exploring the city ever since. From gourmet pizza, to the best place to get fresh pasta, to the hottest cocktail bar, she hunts and conquers them all. Also keen on travel, Covington has flown around the world, tasting her way through the cuisines of India, Israel, Europe, Canada and, of course, the United States. She also writes for BlackBook magazine, Tea Magazine, Zagat and Today.com, among others.

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    Where is the best shopping in New York City?

    Roni-Sue's Chocolate-Covered Beer Caramel by Linnea Covington For foodies out there who want to get a little shopping in, the Essex Market in the Lower East Side is a must do. There you can stock up on artisan cheese from Formaggio Essex, chocolate-covered bacon and confections from Roni-Sue's, or attempt to eat as many comfort food items you can off of the Shopsins menu (it’s epic).
     
    Another fun and tasty market to get your culinary shopping done at is the Chelsea Market. Originally the National Biscuit Company
    In the late 1800s, now this building has an assortment of artisan eats from Giovanni Rana's immense display of fresh pasta at the new restaurant, coffee from Ninth Street Espresso, and hot loaves from Amy’s Bread.
     
    Finally, what food-focused shipping trip would be complete without a gander at the green market? In Union Square, they have venders from all over the tri-state area, including hand-rolled hard pretzels from Martin’s Pretzels, spiced apple cider made by Red Jacket Orchards, and raw honey and maple syrup from Berkshire Berries. Plus, by the end of the day, after walking around all these markets will help justify the feast you collect.
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    What are the best activities to do in New York City?

    Brooklyn Bowl by Linnea Covington During the cold months, one of the best places to be is at Rockefeller Center where you can take advantage of their outdoor ice rink. Afterwards, peruse the historical square and dip into the Sea Grill or Rock Center Cafe for something hot to warm you up.
     
    For more ice skating fun, Central Park has the Wollman Ice Rink, though there are a lot more places in this 843-acre park to see and do. You could grab a sandwich from the nearby Bouchon Bakery in the Time Warner Center, and take a carriage ride around the area, or, visit the small but well curated zoo. If the weather isn’t too nasty, a walk around gets the blood moving, plus, you can wander to the boathouse and pretend you are Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally.
     
    On the east side of the park, head toward the Metropolitan Museum of Art for hours of entertainment, no matter what type of art you like. Meditate in the Buddha room, strike a pose in the Greek statue atrium, or compose a tune in your head while looking at the ancient instrument display. The best part is, no matter how many hours you spend wandering around, there’s always a reason to go back.
     
    Another place to check out along the museum line is the Discovery Museum in Times Square. This energetic place is great for kids and adults alike. Right now, they have two great exhibits: One on Harry Potter, and the other all about spies. Wizards and espionage, what’s not to like about that?
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    What are the best bars in New York City?

    Finding the best bar for your taste can be daunting in the city where every corner seems to have one. If you are looking for quality cocktails in a hip neighborhood, head to Alphabet City and Avenue C to the recently opened The Third Man. This quaint bar was opened at the beginning of year by Edi & the Wolf owners, which is just down the street, and, aside from great craft cocktails, they also have Austrian nibbles.
     
    On the same block lies the Summit Bar, a great place to sip an innovative cocktail like Lions in London, a gin, rooibos tea, and Aperol mixture, or linger in one of the booths with a glass of rich red wine. Nearby, The Wayland also whips up high-class drinks, including a bright green margarita that has kale in it.  Soon, they will also serve gourmet sandwiches from an in-house pop-up shop called Animal. Then, if you are still going after that Avenue C romp, turn the corner on to 9th Street and duck into Louise 649 for cozy seat at the bar and a nightcap.
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