From The Lips Of A Local

Each month we feature a different local, sharing their unique experiences on what makes NYC the best place, ever.  Hey, we never said New Yorkers weren’t cocky.  

This week we’re delighted to be chatting with Roger!

Roger Ma

Name: Roger Ma

Occupation: Recovering banker, current digital media professional

New Yorker since: 2006

What hood do you live in? I’ve lived in Midtown West/Hells Kitchen for the past 8 years, but I’ll soon be relocating to Midtown East!

Where do you get your morning coffee? No coffee for me – just lots of cups of ice water throughout the day to keep me awake.

Restaurant you’d be really, really sad bordering on clinically depressed if they closed: Does Chipotle count? Just kidding, but seriously, I love Chipotle! Aside from that, there are a couple of dishes that I frequently dream about including the Duck from Eleven Madison Park, the Veal Chop (with Black Truffle Vinaigrette) from Babbo, and the Blackberry Souffle from Bar Americain. You can see my full NYC restaurant list, ranked and categorized, here.

Every tourist must visit: I loved visiting Columbus Circle and Central Park as a tourist and that area still amazes me as a resident. Sitting at the circle and looking at the park or the Time Warner Center is awesome and a stroll or run through the park is always therapeutic!

NYC trend you’re currently loving/hating: I don’t know if this is a recent trend, but I really hate when people try to avoid touching the subway pole with their hands by: 1) leaning on the subway pole or 2) hugging the pole. Both leaning on or hugging the subway pole may help you avoid touching the pole with your actual hands, but any nastiness that you thought was on the pole is all over your coat. How does that make any sense?

Favorite way to while away a (non-workday!) NYC afternoon: Just walking around the city and exploring different areas. Even in my own neighborhood, I feel like I’m always discovering new shops and restaurants. It’s amazing to see all the diversity in such close proximity. The other day, I was strolling down a street and saw an Italian pizzeria, Chinese restaurant, a wine bar, and a cookie-delivery store within feet of each other.

NYC’s best kept secret: The 92nd Street Y! I’ve seen some great talks there by the Zagats, Hank Paulson, Jack Welch, and Mario Cuomo, and tickets are reasonably priced!    

To get more tips on NYC or saving money in general, you can go to Roger’s blog at lifelaidout or find him on Facebook or Twitter!

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