‘Have You Met…’ Is a series I started to originally interview restaurants, then I moved onto bloggers and now since moving to New York the series has turned to others who are new to the city and the USA trying to find out what they have learned and their favourite places to visit. To read my other interviews head here.
What is your name / age and where are you from?
Jon, 25, North London
Why did you decide to come to New York to study and work?
I wanted a bit of a change of scenery and a new challenge. Job markets are so saturated for millennials in the UK these days that any opportunity to take a step forward shouldn’t be underestimated!
Where do you work/what is your role?
Thomson Reuters as a Business Operations Analyst.
How are you finding living in New Jersey?
I kinda like Jersey, particularly Hoboken. It’s certainly quieter than the city. The worst part is definitely the weekend PATH train…
How are you finding having a roommate?
I am in the single room now which is great for things like eating Chipotle in bed and watching Orange is the New Black in secret (with no judgement)… but I did actually get on really well with my roommate when I had one, I think I got lucky considering some of the horror stories you hear!
Have you been to New York before? (If so, has your perspective changed? If not, is it what you imagined?)
Yes, many times – my girlfriend went to NYU so I had many trips to Greenwich Village as a student.
What has been your favourite memory of your year so far?
Off the top of my head… completing Tough Mudder with all my colleagues being cheered on by my flatmates (who mainly came for the free beer) was a pretty great day!
What is your favourite area of New York and why?
I love Greenwich Village, maybe for nostalgia… but also the Lower East Side for great cheap and fun bars. Greenpoint, Brooklyn is my personal hidden gem though, it’s often overlooked because of its proximity to Williamsburg but it has a lot more character in many ways (plus, Brooklyn Brewery is there which is always good fun)…
What is your favourite restaurant and why?
Impossible question, Talor… so I’m going to be annoying and give you a list…
- Sushi – Sugarfish (even tops Nobu. Its West Coast counterparts may have an edge, but this is the best you’ll get in NYC by far)
- Seafood – Catch (cos, duh) or Cull & Pistol for oysters and lobster rolls
- Meats and Cheese – Otto (Mario Batali’s cheaper but no-less-impressive counterpart to Babbo)
- Chinese – Mr Chow (save your pennies or go in restaurant week)
- Pizza – Roberta’s
- Ramen – Momofuku
- American – Jack’s Wife Freda
What is your favourite bar and why?
There is a great beer bar in Greenpoint called Tørst. All beer is on draft, they only ever buy a barrel at a time so there is a new menu daily and the layout of the bar is like some uber-cool futuristic sauna (minus the steam). If you’re a craft beer wanker like me, you’ll love it.
What is your favourite happy hour and why?
Crocodile Lounge in the Lower East Side do a free mini pizza with every drink (and the drinks deals are already very cheap) so it’s a great and easy way to get food and a beer for >$5! (Confusingly, Alligator Lounge in Brooklyn does a similar deal, so it’s not the end of the world if you don’t know your crocodiles from your alligators…)
If someone had one day to spend in New York what should they do?
Visit the Met (but don’t do all of it), cycle around Central Park, shop in SoHo and get drunk in Greenwich Village.
Have you traveled anywhere during your time here? Where and why?
I’m in LA a lot because my girlfriend currently lives there, but I’ve also visited the Poconos with other MBs for Memorial Day weekend, been on holiday to Hawaii for the sun and sea, and been to Long Island for a weekend to take advantage of a free beach house!
What is something you didn’t know about New York/USA until you got here?
Contrary to popular opinion, people walk very slowly here. It’s a massive pet-peeve of mine…
What is one thing you miss from home?
Pickled Onion Monster Munch.
After this year, if you could stay and live in New York, would you? Why?
I’d love to stay in New York – it’s a great city with so much going on that you’re never at a loose end. I think the time restraint on this year has made me more proactive than if I lived here indefinitely, but nonetheless there’s a lot left to explore!
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