1. Fadó Irish Pub & Restaurant

8.2
100 W Grand Ave (at N Clark St), Chicago, IL
Irish Pub · River North · 102 tips and reviews

Jeffrey Z.Jeffrey Zeldman: Dark, sprawling, big messy dump of an Irish bar, perfect fit events and parties. Many rooms on multiple floors. As at Hogwarts, the stairs like to change.

2. Carbonmade

187 Lafayette St (Broome), New York, NY
Tech Startup · SoHo · 4 tips and reviews

Jeffrey Z.Jeffrey Zeldman: 'A hassle-free online portfolio. No HTML necessary.'

Delta Sky Club is one of Jeffrey’s Tips.

3. Delta Sky Club

6.0
Terminal 2 (JFK International Airport), Jamaica, NY
Airport Lounge · Jamaica · 104 tips and reviews

Jeffrey Z.Jeffrey Zeldman: A clean, safe place that radiates serenity, offers comfortable seating and good food, and comes packed with amenities, including showers. There are always healthy and vegetarian food choices.

4. Thi Spa & Nails

7.7
310 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA
Cosmetics Shop · Downtown San Francisco-Union Square · 11 tips and reviews

Jeffrey Z.Jeffrey Zeldman: Closed Sundays. Bummer.

Millesime at The Carlton Hotel is one of Jeffrey’s Tips.

5. Millesime at The Carlton Hotel

8.0
92 Madison Ave ((At 29th St)), New York, NY
French Restaurant · NoMad · 60 tips and reviews

Jeffrey Z.Jeffrey Zeldman: The fish in the fish 'n chips is quite fishy—not mild, like cod—and the portion is small. But the chips are great.

Rock Creek Seafood & Spirits is one of Jeffrey’s Tips.

6. Rock Creek Seafood & Spirits

8.9
4300 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA
Seafood Restaurant · Fremont · 45 tips and reviews

Jeffrey Z.Jeffrey Zeldman: Amazing food, rich, fresh, and flavorful. Sweet service. Great brunch fills up early; reservations always needed.

NYU Child Study Center is one of Jeffrey’s Tips.

7. NYU Child Study Center

577 1st Ave, New York, NY
General College & University · Rose Hill · 0 tips and reviews

Jeffrey Z.Jeffrey Zeldman: For kids with ADHD, Autism, mood disorders, learning disorders, eating disorders, and other issues—and for their parents—this place is a lifesaver.

8. 251 Ginza Sushi

7.6
251 E 35th St (between 2nd Ave & Tunnel Exit St), New York, NY
Sushi Restaurant · Murray Hill · 15 tips and reviews

Jeffrey Z.Jeffrey Zeldman: This hidden gem has filled the hole in our hearts left by the departure of Maru Maru. Beautifully prepared sushi and appetizers. Low-key, casual, affordable, family-friendly.

9. Frontera Grill

9.2
445 N Clark St (at W Illinois St), Chicago, IL
Mexican Restaurant · River North · 227 tips and reviews

Jeffrey Z.Jeffrey Zeldman: Subtle and extremely tasty Mexican fare. Fresh ingredients, brilliant seasoning and cooking. Plenty of great vegetarian "street food" appetizers.

10. Byte Dept.

109 W 27th St Rm 9E (6th Avenue), New York, NY
Office · NoMad · 1 tips and reviews

Jeffrey Z.Jeffrey Zeldman: Former design studio specializing in iOS apps & standards-based web development is now a tech startup with a cool product in development.

Zuccotti Park is one of Jeffrey’s Tips.

11. Zuccotti Park

8.2
117 Trinity Pl (btwn Liberty & Cedar St), New York, NY
Park · Financial District · 49 tips and reviews

Jeffrey Z.Jeffrey Zeldman: Depressing little grassless "park," best known as launch site of Occupy Wall Street, becomes bearable in December owing to sparking holiday lights.

Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse is one of Jeffrey’s Tips.

12. Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse

8.1
33 W Kinzie St (at Dearborn St), Chicago, IL
Steakhouse · Near North Side · 92 tips and reviews

Jeffrey Z.Jeffrey Zeldman: Rating is for the building, not the food. This is the Chicago Varniah Company Builfjng of 1895. Beautiful period architecture.

Beatrix is one of Jeffrey’s Tips.

13. Beatrix

9.2
519 N Clark St (at W Grand Ave), Chicago, IL
New American Restaurant · Near North Side · 155 tips and reviews

Jeffrey Z.Jeffrey Zeldman: The deviled eggs are heaven, the fries sublime.The salmon melts like butter. Fine coffee, too.

14. Gramercy Bagels

7.8
246 3rd Ave (btwn E 20th & E 21st St), New York, NY
Bagel Shop · Gramercy Park · 26 tips and reviews

Jeffrey Z.Jeffrey Zeldman: Clean place, very nice staff, decent seating. Fast and efficient. But the bagels are like hamburger buns. Very white bread. Not authentic.

15. The Center For Alternative Photography

36 E 30th St, New York, NY
Art Gallery · NoMad · 1 tips and reviews

Jeffrey Z.Jeffrey Zeldman: Non-profit dedicated to preserving historical and emulsion based photography and maintaining its relevance as an artistic and educational tool in the evolving digital age.

Millenium Hilton is one of Jeffrey’s Tips.

16. Millenium Hilton

8.0
55 Church St (at Fulton St), New York, NY
Hotel · Financial District · 28 tips and reviews

Jeffrey Z.Jeffrey Zeldman: There are no publicly available restrooms in the lobby or anywhere (probably to prevent WTC tourists from overrunning them). If nature calls, use the overcrowded Starbucks around the corner.

17. Due Amici

5.3
Terminal 2 (JFK International Airport), New York, NY
Italian Restaurant · Jamaica · 23 tips and reviews

Jeffrey Z.Jeffrey Zeldman: Fast service (under 15 minutes), good quality and variety of breakfasts, fruit is available as an option instead of fries. Avoid English Muffins, as they're under-toasted.

18. Arc90

747 3rd Ave, New York, NY
Office · Turtle Bay · 2 tips and reviews

Jeffrey Z.Jeffrey Zeldman: Creators of Readability, Kindling, and much more. Hard working midsize NYC studio specializing in large-scale corporate apps and cutting-edge social experiments.

19. Pushcart Coffee

8.6
362 2nd Ave (at E 21st St), New York, NY
Coffee Shop · Gramercy Park · 96 tips and reviews

Jeffrey Z.Jeffrey Zeldman: Clean restroom. Friendly wait staff. Clean, inspiring environment. Damned fine coffee.

20. Virgin America Terminal

Concourse A - Terminal 4 (JFK International Airport), Jamaica, NY
Airport Terminal · Jamaica · 44 tips and reviews

Jeffrey Z.Jeffrey Zeldman: Get a last-minute manicure at XpresSpa opposite Gate A2.

21. An Event Apart San Diego

San Diego, CA
Convention Center · Marina · 1 tips and reviews

Jeffrey Z.Jeffrey Zeldman: Three days of design, code, and content for people who make websites. From the creators of A List Apart.

22. Gramercy Bagels

7.8
246 3rd Ave (btwn E 20th & E 21st St), New York, NY
Bagel Shop · Gramercy Park · 26 tips and reviews

Jeffrey Z.Jeffrey Zeldman: If you visit just one bagel shop in NYC, make sure it's not this one.

23. The One Club

7.0
260 5th Ave Fl 2 (BTW 28th and 29th), New York, NY
Art Gallery · NoMad · 1 tips and reviews

Jeffrey Z.Jeffrey Zeldman: View internationally award-winning advertising work at the One Club for Art & Copy.

A Space Apart is one of Jeffrey’s Tips.

24. A Space Apart

8.5
148 Madison Ave Rm 600 (32nd Street), New York, NY
Design Studio · NoMad · 3 tips and reviews

Jeffrey Z.Jeffrey Zeldman: Shared studio space of Nick Sherman, Monkey Do, The Great Discontent, Happy Cog, @zeldman, and A List Apart.

25. An Event Apart Boston

110 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA
Event Space · Prudential - St. Botolph · 2 tips and reviews

Jeffrey Z.Jeffrey Zeldman: The design conference for people who make websites.

26. Terminal 1 Security Checkpoint

Terminal 1 (ORD Airport), Chicago, IL
Airport · 33 tips and reviews

Jeffrey Z.Jeffrey Zeldman: Patience is a virtue.

27. Nature's Cure Pharmacy

324 34th street, New York, NY
Drugstore / Pharmacy · Kips Bay · 1 tips and reviews

Jeffrey Z.Jeffrey Zeldman: Closed Saturdays, open Sundays. Well run, family owned, small neighborhood pharmacy. They know your name, and even deliver, free. Besides the location here, there's also one storefront in Queens.

Whitney Museum of American Art is one of Jeffrey’s Tips.

28. Whitney Museum of American Art

9.4
99 Gansevoort St (btwn 10th Ave & Washington St), New York, NY
Art Museum · Meatpacking District · 281 tips and reviews

Jeffrey Z.Jeffrey Zeldman: There is sometimes a small, secret exhibit on display on the staircase. So avoided the slow, crowded elevators. Take the stairs!

29. Kalustyan's

9.4
123 Lexington Ave (at E 28th St), New York, NY
Gourmet Shop · Rose Hill · 98 tips and reviews

Jeffrey Z.Jeffrey Zeldman: This wonderful Indian grocery store, now expanding into a 3rd storefront, has long been a Curry Hill fixture. Ethnic spices, sauces, and preparations; bulk grains and legumes. Seating available.

Take 31 is one of Jeffrey’s Tips.

30. Take 31

8.9
15 E 31st St (btwn 5th & Madison), New York, NY
Korean Restaurant · NoMad · 47 tips and reviews

Jeffrey Z.Jeffrey Zeldman: Hip Korean noodle joint in NoMad was constantly changing menu, dumping loved dishes at random. One day they jettisoned entire menu & became a sandwich shop. Customer research not their thing, I guess.