The best of New York according to journalist Alexandra Forbes

My friend Diego is going to New York this weekend, and asked me for some tips. I did better, and decided to list them here, in a post. That way, others can make good use of the recommendations too!

Best nightlife:

1 -  Rooftop of The Standard Hotel (a.k.a. Boom Boom Room)
2- The Box. Very tough to get in unless you know one of the owners or want to burn a grand on a table booking. Sexy, burlesque shows every half hour, best, wildest party in New York.

Hottest restaurants, where food is great but
vibe and people-watching are even bet

1 - Maialino, at the Gramercy Park Hotel
2- Breslin at The Ace Hotel
3- Minetta Tavern
4- The Standard Grill at the Standard Hotel

Top restaurants (not as hip as the ones above, but absolutely first-rate)

1 - Daniel, Upper East Side
2 - Eleven Madison Park
3- The Modern, at the MoMA
(Also love Le Bernardin, Jean-Georges but they're a bit déja vu...)

Best burger

1 - Daniel Boulud's DBGB, right near The Bowery Hotel
(For top-notch burgers minus the buzz and glam, go to JG Mellon in the Upper East Side)

Best hotel bars

1 - The Bowery Hotel bar
2- The Ace (actually, the bar is also the lounge of the hotel)