It’s billed as the guide that tells you where people actually go when they’re in New York. Well, up to a point. Foursquare’s new Best of New York Guide is based on where people linked to Foursquare go – and that ain’t everyone (or everywhere).
Still, Foursquare, the location-based social networking website for smart phones and other mobile devices, is all about places. And like many crowd-sourced guides, it’s intriguing, if short-sighted. It doesn’t list hotels, but I found hotel connections as well as tips for restaurants, places to hang out and, most important, coffee. Read on and be prepared to spend your time in Brooklyn and Manhattan below 59th Street – way below.
Stumptown Coffee Roasters, the Portland, Oregon coffee house that opened in 2009 at New York’s hip Ace Hotel (more Portlandia roots), shores up first place, deservedly. Foursquare tip: “… Enjoy free wifi in Ace Hotel lobby. Passcode at the desk.”
Birch Coffee, a feisty independent located in the lobby of the Gershwin Hotel, is third. Foursquare tip: “Best iced coffee.” The complete list:
3. Birch Coffee
8. Kaffe 1668
10. Ground Support
Best American Food
Breslin Bar & Dining Room at the Ace – Foursquare users clearly love this place – comes in second, the only hotel restaurant in the bunch. Foursquare tip: “Scotch egg, seafood sausage and lamb burger FTW! The full ten:
4. ABC Kitchen
5. The Smile
7. Henry Public
8. The Dutch
10. Five Leaves
Best of the Great Outdoors
Madison Square Park? It’s as big as a minute, but Shake Shack originated there — and it’s walking distance from the Ace. Foursquare tip: “… in front of the Flatiron building. A dozen food vendors are stationed…”
10. Gramercy Park
You can’t go wrong with Strand. Foursquare tip: “Don’t miss the rare book room, it’s amazing!” But no Book Culture on 112th Street? C’mon, Foursquare users, branch out.
10. Book Off