New York, United States
Melissa, 32
Senior VP at Cheddar
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a bit about Melissa

What’s the one place in New York that you’re sure only you truly appreciate?

Roosevelt island. In college, some of our dorms were located on Roosevelt island. Although, there’s not much to do, it feels like another state (with a killer view of Manhattan). You can grab a glass of wine and watch the sunset over the city from only a few hundred feet away.. and then take the tram back. It’s magical.

Where do you go in New York if you have two hours to kill?

Walking through Battery park or laying out on the grass along the westside.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in New York but never actually do?

Hang out in different hotel lobbies to work. I love using New York as my office! I don’t get to do this as much as I’d like since I’m usually in an actual office, but each place has such a unique energy, it definitely helps to bring out my creativity.

If you were given a choice, mayor of which neighborhood in New York would you be?

NoMad, Flatiron.. hands down.

What’s the place in New York you’ll never be caught dead in?

Herald Square / Penn Station. There’s no reason…

Are you a planned or a spontaneous shopper? What’s your go-to store in New York?

More of a spontaneous shopper. I buy when I become emotionally invested in something… Go to shopping area is SoHo on the side streets. The small boutique stores where all of the pieces feel bespoke.

Where do you and your drinking buddies meet for a casual night out in New York?

Dead Rabbit. I’m a huge cocktail fan and this place is just the best. From the ambience to the drinks, it’s everything a NYC cocktail bar should be.

Where would you go in New York to celebrate the best news EVER!?

I’d go for an omakase at Sushi Nakazawa, Sushi Zo or Sushi Ginza Onodera.

It’s a Saturday night and the mood is right – where do you go in New York to party?

Home Sweet Home!

It’s your last day in New York – how do you spend your time?

Ice skate in the morning @ Bryant Park followed by a long walk down to the highline. First lunch would be bloody mary and seafood tower for two at Jeffrey’s Grocery followed by a long rollerblading session along the west side highway, down to battery park, where I’d grab a lobster roll @ Pier A. Dinner would be sushi, of course, followed by a show at Mercury Lounge or Bowery Ballroom.

What’s the one place a first-time visitor in New York can’t miss?

The high-line!

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