Not For Tourists Guide to New York City 2014 Paperback – 21 Nov 2013
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With details on everything from the Empire State Building to Max Fish, this is the only guide a native or traveler needs.
About the Author
Not For Tourists released their first book, a guide to Manhattan, in May of 2000. Today, NFT produces eleven books each year, working closely with city and neighborhood editors in Atlanta, Boston, Brooklyn, Chicago, London, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington DC. Their offices are in New York City.
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The coffee shops recommended are really ... meh. The area features two great places. Third Rail is a small sociable shop where customers generally don't linger to work, making it almost certain you'll get a table - a novelty in this part of town. On the other side of the park, Stumptown Coffee offers an extraordinary variety of coffee making methods that really excite every first timer. Neither of these are featured in NFT. Instead it recommends Joe's, one of these chains that's halfway between an independent shop and Starbucks.
It's a similar story for food. If you ask an NYU local what's a good place to get some cheap takeout food, half the time you'll be recommended the infamous Mamoun's falafal and hummus shop on MacDougal street ... but this doesn't appear at all. As I looked through other parts of the book I noticed that other really standout food places were also omitted. As an example, Pok Pok NY, a well priced ($20 entree) excellent Thai place in Red Hook that's recommended by the Michelin Guide and was featured on Anthony Bourdain's travel No Reservatons show isn't listed. It doesn't make any sense. I really can't understand how a guide book for the locals misses such key places.
The end result for me is a lack of confidence in this book: if I see it giving mediocre recommendations for areas I know, it makes me skeptical about using it for exploring areas I don't know.
The concept here is great but the execution, in my opinion, is a let down.
-Complete address for the establishments listed in the book
-Short historical background of areas, stations or landmarks
-Not only includes establishments for shopping, dining or nightlife but also of stadiums, stations, transit and towing (HA! Happens a lot on road cleaning days)
I go to NYC a couple times a year and stay 4 or 5 days. I've had three different editions of this, get a new one every couple years. Only thing is the print is very small, OK for me but might be an issue for some folks.