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Giada's been exploring the East Coast city and loving what she finds.
Dovecote, 2501 Madison Avenue
My first stop in any new town is always going to be for coffee, and Dovecote did not disappoint! It's now my local go-to for a java fix - the pretty floral walls and super-friendly staff (plus delicious home-made pastries) are a perfect pick-me-up to start the day.
R. House, 301 W 29th StThis super-lively hub of ten different food stalls is the perfect spot for lunch, especially during the week to beat the weekend crowds. With global food inspirations and a lovely bar right in the middle of it all, it's my new go-to when I'm feeling indecisive about what to eat.
The Elk Room, 1010 Fleet Street
The Elk Room would be right at home in Brooklyn; it has an ultra-cool speakeasy vibe that will impress even the most jaded cocktail fanatics. Ring the buzzer at an unmarked door for impeccable cocktails and smart house rules (including no cell phone conversations!) that ensure a grown-up atmosphere.
3 Bean Coffee, 209 Key Hwy
Photo Credit: Also Coffee
This little spot will make you feel like a born-and-bred local, and is becoming my favorite place in the area to unwind and relax mid-day with a cup of coffee and a bite. Order the egg sandwich with bacon and blueberry jam: it will have you coming back again and again!
American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Hwy
Not technically a place to dine, but we couldn't help but include this quirky museum to our list! The art displayed here is incredibly unique and eye-opening, and not at all what you'd find at your typical museum. This is a must-visit!