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Nobody knows the SWISS destinations better than our staff. A restaurant that is not listed in every travel guide, an original bar, a charming café, or great tours with spectacular lookout points. Let our travel professionals inspire you with their tips.

Subway No. 7, or the «International Express» as it's also widely known, runs through many neighbourhoods inhabited by immigrants. Depending on where they come from, the immigrants have their own community that is also reflected in the urban life and cityscape. The longest stretch of the journey is on a raised track that gives you a somewhat different view of New York (graffiti, factories, red prefabricated buildings, Manhattan from a distance, the Mets baseball stadium and the Flushing Meadow tennis centre where the U.S. Open is held). If you alight at the terminus in Queens, you will find yourself in New York's largest Chinese community. Definitely worth a visit and a bubble tea. Because contrary to popular belief, Chinatown isn't the largest.

Fabio
(Business Analyst & Project Leader E-Commerce Platform Development)
Subway No. 7
Subway 7 train to Flushing
Get on somewhere in Manhattan, travel uptown towards Queens and alight at the terminus

You can enjoy live music every day at the Rockwood Music Hall. Entry is usually free. After every set, the bar staff collect voluntary donations for the band. If you like the music, you can buy the CDs right there for a reasonable price. Maybe even with a personal dedication from the band. An absolute must for fans of rock, singers and songwriters.

Fabio
(Business Analyst & Project Leader E-Commerce Platform Development)
Rockwood Music Hall
Rockwood Music Hall
196 Allen Street
New York, NY 10002
+1 212 477 4155
rockwoodmusichall.com

Meat, Meat, Meat – that's the motto at the Fette Sau restaurant. You queue up at the bar and order the meat you want by weight. To accompany it there are side dishes such as red beans or potato salad. The beer is served in jam jars.

Fabio
(Business Analyst & Project Leader E-Commerce Platform Development)
Restaurant Fette Sau
Restaurant Fette Sau
354 Metropolitan Avenue (zwischen Havemeyer & Roebling Street)
Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY 11211
+1 718 963 3404
fettesaubbq.com

There are several branches of Blue Ribbon Sushi in New York. Patience is the name of the game in the flagship store, as diners can wait up to 2 hours for their sushi. However, it's well worth the wait – it's simply the best in the city. The quality here is on a par with sushi in Japan. You can watch the master sushi chefs go about their work in this cosy restaurant.

Li
(Business Analyst & Project Leader E-Commerce)
Blue Ribbon Sushi
97 Sullivan Street
New York, NY 10012
+1 212 274 0404
blueribbonrestaurants.com

Besides the fake orgasm in the Hollywood film «When Harry met Sally», the Katz Deli is also famous for the best pastrami sandwich in the world. It consists of bread, mustard and lotsss of meat. You also get a free 'taster' slice of meat while you wait. Delicious!

Fabio
(Business Analyst & Project Leader E-Commerce Platform Development)
Restaurant Katz Deli
205 East Houston Street
New York, NY 10002
+1 212 254 2246
katzdeli.com

Williamsburg – this is the part of Brooklyn where creative minds and hipsters meet. Bedford Avenue is the centre of Williamsburg. There are rows and rows of hip bars, small shops, flea markets, tattoo parlours, second hand shops and a wide variety of restaurants. I recommend visiting the East River State Park to take in the view of Manhattan. Tip: The Smorgasburg Foodmarket, a Mojito in the Surf Bar and a trip on the East River Ferry from Williamsburg down to the financial district of Manhattan.

Fabio
(Business Analyst & Project Leader E-Commerce Platform Development)
Williamsburg
Williamsburg Brooklyn

I especially recommend the Café Orlin for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays! It is reasonably priced and has stylish oriental furnishing. The ambience is relaxed and cosy. It's a meeting place for hipsters and students alike.

Fabio
(Business Analyst & Project Leader E-Commerce Platform Development)
Café Orlin
41 St. Marks Place, East Village
New York, NY 10003
+1 212 777 1447
cafeorlin.com

Fancy a trip to a flea market? The flea markets in Brooklyn are breathtaking. There are hundreds of fun vendors, customers and things to buy. Here you'll get an insight into what New Yorkers are really like and how they live. My tip: Smorgasburg Foodmarket in Williamsburg and Dumbo!

Tina
(Online Partnerships & Communication)
Flea markets in Brooklyn
brooklynflea.com

The Café Select presents American Swiss Food. On the menu you'll find «Züri Gschnätzlets» or cheese dishes, in other words typically Swiss dishes. The ambience is also special: There are Rössli and Rivella advertising posters hanging on the wall, and a PTT mailbox decorates the facade. It's a destination for a colourful mix of celebrities, shoppers and homesick Swiss. The place belongs to the Swiss DJ and music producer Oli Stumm.

Harold
(Business Analyst & Project Leader Senior)
Café Select
212 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10012
+1 212 925 9322
cafeselectnyc.com

Dumbo, an old industrial quarter of New York, is characterised by factories from times gone by that are today used by artists and creative minds for all kinds of purposes. Situated in an old factory, the ReBar is the ideal place to meet for a drink after crossing the Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan to Brooklyn. However, you should first check whether the bar is open, because it is often used as a location for all kinds of events.

Fabio
(Business Analyst & Project Leader E-Commerce Platform Development)
ReBar
147 Front Street, Brooklyn
New York NY, 11201
rebar.com

Do you fancy dinner in the Upper West Side? If so, this restaurant is bound to become one of your favourites. The restaurant's philosophy involves using only natural, unprocessed ingredients. Alongside international specialities, there is also a vegan menu. The backdrop of the old brick walls and dimmed lighting lends the restaurant a wonderfully romantic charm. The waiting staff are very friendly, helpful and motivated. The restaurant is priced in the middle bracket. If you don't fancy anything to eat, you can simply enjoy a drink at the bar. Definitely well worth a visit.

Kay
(Flight Attendant)
SPRING natural kitchen
474 Columbus Avenue
New York, NY 10024
+1 646 596 7434
springnaturalkitchen.com

Ice skating in the wintery Bryant Park is cool. Here you can stroll through lots of Christmas stores, buy a punch or go ice skating in one of the most spectacular parks in the heart of Manhattan.

Fabio
(Business Analyst & Project Leader E-Commerce Platform Development)
Bryant Park
Bryant Park
New York
wintervillage.com

Little Chinatown may be renowned for its spring rolls, but it is also a place to find Vietnamese cuisine. Both the food and the atmosphere are extremely authentic. You can tuck in to cheap phở here, as well as many other specialities, such as bánh cuốn and nem rán.

Li
(Business Analyst & Project Leader E-Commerce)
Thai Son
89 Baxter Street
Btwn Bayard & Walker Street
New York, NY 10013
+1 212 732 2822
thaisonnyc.com

A good way of avoiding the overpriced ferries yet still get an unforgettable view of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty is to take the Staten Island Ferry. It's free of charge and runs every day with several connections. It starts at the lower end of Manhattan and runs to Staten Island. On the way there you go past the Statue of Liberty and get a spectacular view of Manhattan. When you arrive at Staten Island, you simply take the next ferry back. Tip: Take the ferry at twilight in the evening. That's the time to get the most beautiful view of Manhattan!

Fabio
(Business Analyst & Project Leader E-Commerce Platform Development)
Staten Island Ferry
Whitehall Terminal Lower Manhattan
4 South St. New York NY, 10004
statenislandferry.com

Attention all FroYo fans: The 16 Handles in Manhattan is the place to go for fantastic frozen yoghurts with heavenly toppings. My two favourites are Pomegranate Raspberry Sorbet and Berry Medley Sorbet. Delicious!

Harold
(Business Analyst & Project Leader Senior)
16 Handles
16 Handles
325 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10023
+1 646 861 1281
16handles.com

The Chinatown Ice Cream Factory probably makes the best ice cream in the city. They offer the classics, of course, but you can also get unusual flavours like ginger, black sesame, green tea, zen butter, avocado and wasabi. And fans who just can't get enough can buy a 50-litre bucket of ice cream to take away. The ice cream parlour is a hidden from the street – just don’t confuse it for the nearby Häagen-Dazs!

Erika
(SWISS Cabin Crew Member)
Chinatown Ice Cream Factory
Chinatown Ice Cream Factory
65 Bayard Street
New York, NY 10013
chinatownicecreamfactory.com

This restaurant serves up perfect steaks. I can really recommend the Porterhouse steak for two or three to share, washed down by a full-bodied red wine. And don't forget to order a portion of creamed spinach on the side! This isn't the cheapest of restaurants, but the first-class service and quality of food certainly justify the price. There are four branches of Wolfgang's Steakhouse in New York.

Li
(Business Analyst & Project Leader E-Commerce)
Wolfgang’s Steakhouse
4 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10016
+1 212 889 3369
wolfgangssteakhouse.com

The View is a covered, revolving rooftop bar situated directly on Times Square, ideal for including in your bad-weather itinerary. If you are not a guest of the hotel with the same name, you must pay a surcharge of about 8 Dollars on your drink. Nevertheless, it's worth a visit. The bar is on a revolving platform. That lets you enjoy a 360-degree view of New York while you sip your cocktail. A cool extra: On the serviette that comes with your drink there's a list of all the skyscrapers. Have fun searching for and finding them!

Fabio
(Business Analyst & Project Leader E-Commerce Platform Development)
The View
1535 Broadway
New York, NY 10036
+1 212 704 8900
theview.com

The Roosevelt Island Aerial Tram is the cable car that connects Roosevelt Island to Manhattan. Tip: Take the subway to Roosevelt Island and then take a gondola to Manhattan in the evening twilight. The view is breathtaking!

Lilian
(Online Travel Guide Management)
Roosevelt Island Aerial Tram
Roosevelt Island Aerial Tram
59th Street and Second Avenue
New York City, NY 10022
rooseveltislandaerialtram.com

I'm often in New York. My absolute favourite place for breakfast is the Pain Quotidien. A Belgian chain that serves fantastic bread, delicious bio muesli, lovely hot Schoggi and much more besides. It also does fine soups and sandwiches for lunch. There are several branches in New York. One is right next to Bryant Park.

Sandra
(Flight Attendant)
Pain Quotidien
70 West 40th Street
(between Fifth & Sixth)
New York, NY 10018
+1 212 354 5224
painquotidien.com

McSorley’s Old Ale House is the oldest Irish pub in New York City. In years gone by it was «men only». In all honesty, neither the exterior nor interior of this pub is particularly stylish or attractive. And it's not even an essential stop because of the burgers. But the scenery here is unique and unbeatable: The furniture is dusty, the pictures on the walls are faded. The walls are yellow from smoke, the counter is sticky and the floor is full of sawdust. It's loud. There are only two types of drink served - light or dark ale. Wonderful!

Fabio
(Business Analyst & Project Leader E-Commerce Platform Development)
Mc Sorley’s Old Ale House
Mc Sorley’s Old Ale House
15 E 7th Street, East Village
New York, NY 10003
mcsorleysnewyork.com

A New York lady recommended this restaurant to me. It's the perfect restaurant for those who love fish and seafood. The dishes taste just as good as they look! The waiting staff are friendly and also pleased to offer helpful advice to diners who are less clued up on seafood.

Li
(Business Analyst & Project Leader E-Commerce)
Aquagrill
210 Spring Street
New York, NY 10012
+1 212 274 0505
aquagrill.com

The 230 Fifth is the most attractive rooftop bar in New York, with a view of the Empire State Building and Lower Manhattan (financial district). It is open all year round. In winter you can sit outside with blankets under heating lamps.

Fabio
(Business Analyst & Project Leader E-Commerce Platform Development)
230 Fifth
Bar 230 Fifth
230 Fifth Avenue, Corner 27th und 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10001
+1 212 725 4300
230fifth.com

What do the Americans like to eat most, apart from burgers and fries? Macaroni & Cheese. S’mac serves up the city's best «Mac & Cheese». You can choose between many different variations. The portions are served in pans and range from «for a snack» to «for the whole family».

Lilian
(Online Travel Guide Management)
Restaurant S’mac

345 East 12th between 1st and 2nd Avenue
New York, NY 10003
+1 212 358 7912
smac.com