Weijia Jiang, 30
“I’m really into hot yoga. I do it at Bikram Yoga NYC (143 W 72nd St between Columbus and Amsterdam Aves; 212-724-7303, bikramyoganyc.com). They turn the heat up to 105 degrees. I always feel really accomplished when I leave, because it’s hard enough to just stay in the room, let alone do the poses!”
“I’m on a constant search for the best ice-cream shop in the city. So far, the best place in my opinion is Emack and Bolio’s (389 Amsterdam Ave between 78th and 79th Sts; 212-362-2747, emackandbolios.com). They have 40 different flavors, but my favorite is just the plain chocolate—it does the trick.”
“I live on the Upper West Side, as do a lot of my friends, and it’s really easy to get stuck up there since there are so many restaurants. So we try to go to different brunch spots in different neighborhoods just to get out of the Upper West Side. Sometimes it will be dim sum in Chinatown, sometimes pancakes in Cobble Hill, but my favorite is Rosemary’s in the West Village (18 Greenwich Ave at 10th St; 212-647-1818, rosemarysnyc.com). My favorite thing is the roasted brussels sprouts ($7). It sounds like a strange thing to order at brunch, but everyone takes their time waking up, so by the time we get there, we’re ready for something savory for lunch.”
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Looking for the Oktoberfest experience without boarding an international flight? Head to Bierhaus NYC in Midtown East. With its long, communal tables, dirndl-clad waitresses and steins of Hofbrau lager, this bar gives off some serious Munich vibes. There’s almost always live music, often polka, and the rowdy crowd will even break into a tipsy German sing-along from time to time. The kitchen serves up a menu full of beer hall favorites, like currywurst with fries ($11) and flammkuchen, a flatbread topped with sour cream, red onions and bacon ($11). For a heartier meal, try the weinerschnitzel with potato salad and red cabbage ($19) or the slow-roasted pork shank ($23). The soft pretzels served with sweet or spicy mustard are even imported from Bavaria ($4.50 for a small, $9.50 for a large). There’s plenty of beer to wash it down with—available in half liters ($9), liters ($18) and even boots ($36).
Venue says: “24 beers on tap, along with six varieties of Hofbrau beer. Live music Tuesday through Saturday & Giant mimosa towers for brunch!”