Going to NYC for the Super Bowl? We're so jealous.
While in NYC you should totally try a real NYC bagel or get a dirty-water dog from a street vendor; it's only proper. But there are also plenty of places to get a taste of Seattle while visiting the Big Apple:
• Ace Hotel New York
The lobby of the Flatiron District hotel is Manhattan's living room, bustling with workers on laptops and well-dressed hipsters on the prowl. It's a lot bigger than the original Ace, built in a Belltown flophouse—but the Stumptown Coffee outpost helps Northwesterners feel at home.
Mario Batali, that famous chef with orange hair on top and orange Crocs on his feet, is better known to Seattle as the son of the Salumi guy. The senior Batali, Armandino, may have a only a modest meat shop here, but his son took over NYC with several restaurants (try Casa Mono for small plates; Babbo is also a classic). Eataly is his market-style food fair, the closest you'll get to Salumi's casual meat-first fare.
• Beecher's Handmade Cheese
It's not like New York City was lacking curds and cheddars—it's home to Murray's Cheese and Bedford Cheese Shop. But like the Pike Place Market location, the new Flatiron District Beecher's allows peeks at their cheese-making process. Plus they serve booze alongside their famous mac and cheese.
• Sur la Table
Step 1: Go into an NYC Sur la Table, and brag to everyone there that you've been to the original location in Pike Place Market. Step 2: Raid the free coffee bar. Step 3: Repeat at the other two Manhattan Sur la Table locations.
Those East Coasters were so lost before REI finally arrived in 2011. (Eastern Mountain Sports? Pish. Like the east has mountains.) And sure, the SoHo location doesn't have the climbing wall or the epic fireplace of Seattle's REI flagship, but it's a little taste of outdoorsy home—plus it has a street-level bike stop for two-wheeled commuters and artifacts unveiled during the restoration of the historic former power plant.
Now you feel at home, just in time to hop on New Jersey Transit to make it to the game.