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Best Bike Routes in New York City

Whether you’re a devout Citi Bike member or have your own wheels, there’s more to biking in New York City than just cruising around the Central Park loop. These (mostly) traffic-free rides will get your heart and legs pumping as you check out the sights along the way.

Manhattan’s Greenway North One of the most well-known biking routes lies along the 11-mile Hudson Greenway, which extends from Battery Park to the George Washington Bridge. But with a little bit of street riding, the journey continues up to the northern tip of the island. And one perk is that the traffic—both cars and bikes—is considerably lighter north of 179th street. There’s also a pleasant stretch along the Harlem River on the East Side, which takes you over the Macombs Dam Bridge. Journey into the Bronx and finish just a few blocks west of Yankee Stadium.


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Celebrate the 4th of July Spirit with SideTour

Enjoying our country’s independence with your family and friends doesn’t have to end at the fireworks. Keep the spirit going at a SideTour that ups your grilling game, boosts your bartending skills or even teaches you a thing or two about the American Revolution itself.



Become a Grill Master Expand your repertoire beyond hotdogs and hamburgers in this upcoming SideTour, where you’ll prep and grill impressive recipes including grilled guacamole, Chimichurri steak, whiskey pineapple and bacon-wrapped shrimp.

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Three Great Day Trips Outside New York City

Some of the best NYC weekends are the ones spent just outside the city. Even if you don’t have a home in the Hamptons or a Jersey Shore share awaiting you, it’s easy to join in the fun: these fantastic SideTour experiences get you off Manhattan for a blissful day away.

Join a Clam Bake on City Island with a Food Network Chef Nestled just across the water from the Bronx sits City Island. It’s a mere subway ride away from Manhattan, yet it feels like it’s a world away. This weekend, head on up to the City Island home of Chopped All Stars chef Michael Proietti, and enjoy a New England-style clam bake. Once you’re stuffed to the gills with delicious seafood, spend the afternoon wandering the quaint antique shops and art galleries that speckle the island.


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Ryan Domingo: 12 Hours of Food in NYC with a Restaurant Pro

On rare occasions, SideTour friend and New York restaurant manager Ryan Domingo finds himself with a spate of free time. A West Coast native, he’s managed to open three restaurants during his two years in NYC, including the Brooklyn installment of Andy Ricker’s Northern Thai empire, Pok Pok NY. So what would Ryan do with an entire day to himself? Check out his itinerary that’s oozing with good taste. 

As told to SideTour:

12:00PM Quality Coffee My mornings off are strictly committed to sleeping and hangovers. So noon is my normal start time, and I always begin my day with a cup of coffee. With so many good coffee options these days, you really shouldn’t be walking into a Starbucks, unless you’re dead-set on a Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino. My go-to coffee joint is Blue Bottle on Berry Street in Williamsburg. It’s a beautiful space near the waterfront with a rotating list of single origin pour-overs. And there’s a good chance you’ll get to pet some cool dogs on the sidewalk outside. Win-win.


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Top 5 Spots in NYC for World Music

The New York City musical universe is huge, and the average night out just scratches the surface. But if you dig deeper, there’s amazing music from around the world waiting to be discovered. Start with these favorites, and you’re bound to have a memorable musical experience.

1. SOB’s

This club on Hudson and Varick hosts Latin, Caribbean, Brazilian, African, South Asian and hip-hop acts, and the focus is on dance. Patrons get dressed up, and then get down. Brunch lovers should definitely try their Bossa Nova Brunch Sundays.

204 Varick Street, New York, NY 10014 (212-243-4940)


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Enjoy $20 on us: Thanks to You, We’ve Hit 10K!

This week SideTour reached an awesome benchmark: 10K likes on Facebook. As a thank you to our SideTour users, we’re giving a $20 credit towards any experiences purchased before July 1. The credit is good for one experience per user, and you can choose from any upcoming SideTour. Discover a jazzfest and fishfry in NYChand roll Montreal-style bagels with the owners of Spread in Phillyexplore the world of Midwest artisanal wine at a tasting in Chicagolearn about the fascinating life of Frederick Douglass in DC and much more. To view all of the available experiences in your city, visit our New YorkPhillyDC and Chicago landing pages to find your favorite.

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Host Profile: Brian Cotlove, NYC Card Counting Expert

There’s only one spot left for this Saturday’s SideTour to join the secret society of card counters with a blackjack pro, so be sure to book your space now! We sat down for a quick chat with host Brian Cotlove, and picked up some behind-the-scenes insight into the professional world of card counting.

 1. Why did you stop playing blackjack as a career?

There are a few reasons. First, the main places I was playing at that provided the best conditions for blackjack changed the rules of their games. This made it much more difficult (or sometimes impossible) to gain a mathematical advantage. Second, I never wanted to make blackjack a long-term career. International travel for extended periods of time can be quite lonely, and it can also be difficult to explain what you do to new acquaintances who may assume (incorrectly) that you have a gambling problem. And finally, playing blackjack provides absolutely nothing to humanity (yes, I’m a bit altruistic). It’s one of the few jobs that is 100% selfish and I didn’t want to make that my living.

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12 Hours in NYC with Major League Soccer Goalie Luis Robles

Luis Robles, goalie for the New York Red Bulls, made his home in the NY metro area since joining the Major League Soccer team about a year ago. On his free Sundays, he heads into Manhattan with his wife and their baby boy for a day of faith, food and friends—his ideal day.

9:15AM Pastry Breakfast We’ll get everyone up and pack the car to drive across the river from our New Jersey home. Parking is free on Sundays, so we have no problem finding a spot on the Upper East Side. The first stop is Corrado Bread and Pastry, a small boutique coffee shop. I love the mochaccinos (cappuccino with chocolate), while my wife prefers a plain mocha. This little place has a great bakery selection, so we’ll also grab a croissant, rugelach or baklava.


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10:30AM Pray and Mingle Next we’ll head for the 10:30 service at Redeemer Presbyterian Church, the Hunter College location. The teaching is great—pastor Timothy Keller is world-renowned—but the thing that’s really kept us going is the community. Continue Reading

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Dive Into Team Building That’s Actually Worth the Instagramming


Harvard alumni group making paella at a 3-course Spanish feast.

At SideTour, trust falls and rope courses just aren’t our style—and it looks like a ton of awesome businesses and clubs agree with us. We’re thrilled to say that the past few months have been super busy for SideTour for Companies, working with dozens of groups as diverse as Microsoft to OKCupid to Vanderbilt’s alumni network. Continue Reading

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Mulberries: Foods You Can Forage For in NYC

For expert ecologist and SideTour host “Wildman” Steve Brill, it’s high season for delectable edibles in New York City parks—and not just because the food trucks are out. On our countdown of his top 10 foods to forage for, mulberries bring in number six on the list.


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