SideTour friend Paul Robinson is an Englishman who moved to NYC in January 2011 to open a US office for Boardworks, a business providing interactive teaching resources for K-12 schools across the nation. The former semi-professional soccer player was previously a member of US, Australian and English soccer leagues. In his two years on this side of the pond, he’s found a few favorite haunts.
As told to SideTour:
10:00AM Get Your Engines Runnin’ Nothing better to start the day then a run over the Williamburg Bridge. It’s the city’s longest bridge at 1.6 miles and provides spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline for a small dose of early morning inspiration.
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11:30AM Chow Down After working up an appetite, head to Allswell on Bedford Avenue for brunch. This place has an unassuming charm and character that welcomes all passersby. The food is fresh, simple and of very high quality, and the small bar serves great cocktails.
1:00PM Practice Your Swing Bring friends to hit some golf balls at the driving range on the Hudson River at The Golf Club at Chelsea Piers. If golf isn’t your thing, my second favorite activity is to head to the nearby batting cages. An Englishman in a batting cage is quite a sight—it’s nothing like cricket!
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3:00PM Lift a Stein The open-air Standard Biergarten beneath the High Line is always packed on a Saturday afternoon with everyone enjoying pretzels and hot dogs, washing them down with super-sized pints of cold beer. Whoever lost out on the “nearest to the hole” competition at golf earlier buys the first round. There are also a couple of ping-pong tables in the beer garden for those who think they play like Forrest Gump after a couple of pints.
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5:30PM Sip Off into the Sunset As daylight fades on the beer garden, the ideal place to head is just around the corner to the Sunset Saturdays party at The Dream Hotel Downtown. It caters for those looking to continue the party from the day and those looking to kick the night off early. Located on the rooftop, this party gives you the best view in the city to watch the sun go down.
8:00PM Share Some Slices After consuming a fair few drinks during the afternoon and evening, nothing sounds more perfect than a great pizza. Paulie Gee’s in Greenpoint is my favorite in NYC by a margin. The owner Paulie, with his New York charm, is in the restaurant every night, making sure his customers are enjoying the food and having a great time. He serves some unique flavor combinations, with the highlight being the “Cherry Jones Pizza,” topped with dried cherries, gorgonzola, blossom honey and prosciutto. Trust me, it surprisingly works.
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10PM Hit the Roof The rooftop bar at the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg provides the perfect setting to draw to a close a great day. Matching unparalleled views of the midtown skyline with great cocktails and a sophisticated crowd, this spot is popular with the locals and the ever-growing number of people coming from Manhattan to the neighborhood for a night out.
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