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Not all neighborhoods are created equal. Even somewhere as prestigious as New York City. So if you need to know the best neighborhoods, NYC then settle down with a hot cuppa joe and let’s get started.

A lot of what constitutes as ‘best’ will be down to personal preference. The area will need to match your personality, what you are looking for in the locals and even the type of food that you prefer to eat. The distance to your workplace, or if you are a freelancer, the distance to good coffee and great co-working space will be high on the list.

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Flatiron District

The Flatiron district probably takes the crown here for foodies. Why is it called Flatiron? Well, there is a landmark building that has a quirky shape. This district has everything a person looking for a mix of foods could want. There are Michelin starred restaurants, fast food joints, and exquisite pasta. Here are a couple of suggestions to get your taste buds going:

  • Almond
  • Cosme
  • Laut
  • ABC Kitchen
  • Shake Shack
  • Eataly

If you’re visiting for a few days arrive hungry if you’re planning to move here pace yourself.

Chelsea

Art lovers unite. It is not often you get so much creativity wedged into such a small (relatively) space. Clubs, plenty of bookstores, more art than you can shake a stick at, plenty of non-profits and one of the most LGBTQ welcoming spaces you’ll find. If you are looking to get some creative work or inspiration, then this is the place for you.

Places to check out:

  • 1 Oak
  • Chelsea Market
  • Chelsea Piers
  • The Woodstock
  • Cookshop

The Lower East Side

Aside from being a hotbed of instagrammable boutiques, restaurants, streets, and art; it has a lot of history. Many, many immigrants settled here in the late 19th century. What does that mean? Well, it means that there is a very specific vibe here. It is packed out with beautiful buildings, amazing delis, and many traditional foods.

Go take a look at:

  • Golden Unicorn
  • Tenement Museum
  • Clinton Street Baking Company
  • Katz’s Deli

Move here for history.

Midtown

If you are looking for exactly what you see in the movies, hustle bustle and busyness you’ll get it here. Majoritively its office buildings and of course Times Square, but it has the stunning New York Public Library too. Not to mention the MOMA.

Where to go:

  • Bryant Park
  • Grand Central Terminal
  • Carmine’s Italian Restaurant
  • Refinery Rooftop

Live here if you love the heart of a place.

Hell’s Kitchen

No, not the restaurant. It sounds like it is going to be a wild ride of things you might not want to experience, but don’t let the name fool you. It is brimming with the trendiest restaurants and bars, that may potentially be hell to get a reservation at (book early). It has a thriving nightlife, art scene and is a well known gay nightlife destination. One for young creatives and lovers of life.

Check out:

  • Madame Tussauds
  • Times Square (obviously)
  • Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
  • Hudson River

Call Hell’s Kitchen home if trendy is your goal.

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The Upper West Side

HAve you even watch a wealthy teen drama if people aren’t from the Upper West Side? The Lincoln Center, American Museum of Natural History and so much more. This is where the wealthy, theatrical and intellectuals raise their legacy children. It has a relaxed and luxurious vibe, and you’ll find fantastic coffee and fresh morning pastries. Great if you have a lot of cash and love an elite dining experience.

Where to go:

  • Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir
  • Naruto Ramen
  • Paris Baguette
  • Birch Coffee
  • Mila Cafe

If you want to live here have deep pockets, vast knowledge and love the luxe life.

Greenwich Village

Majestic trees cast shadows over this romantic boho area. Not the cheapest of areas, it once belonged to writers and artists – they have long since moved on, but their creative exploits hang in the air. Jazz clubs, comedy clubs, indie cinemas, and theaters keep Greenwich Village brimming with an eclectic mix of people.

What to go:

  • ABC Kitchen
  • Pressed Juicery
  • Breads Bakery
  • Nutella Cafe
  • Quad Cinema

Pricey but with good reason. Move here for the perfect mix of calm and cool.

Little Italy

The best of both worlds. A huge bowl of pasta in NYC. Espresso, spaghetti meatballs, gelato, cannoli… You name it, you can find it. It is rich in culture and history evident in its people and the surroundings. If you love a big celebration, then you’ll enjoy the infamous 11-day street fair called Feast of San Gennaro.

Where to go:

  • Two Hands cafe
  • Lombardi’s pizza
  • Aunt Jake’s
  • Cha Cha Matcha

Make here if pasta is life to you, and you love to be ensconced in real culture.

Each neighborhood in New York has a distinct character. One day you might like to live like a king or queen, the next you could carb load with a delectable dish of pasta – the choice is yours. But, choose your home district wisely.