Craig Nelson

CRAIG has been working with Not For Tourists since the '70s (or at least 2006). His middle initial is not T. When he’s not tweeting for NFT, you can find him exploring the far reaches of New York, contributing to various travel publications, dreaming of moving to Europe, and updating the website he curates with his wife: Across 106th Street. You can also find him at @across106th

10 NFT Questions:
My Day Job:
     Tweeting to the masses. Writing. Strategizing. And working on guidebooks.
What I'm listening to:
     The lovely sounds of Con Ed jackhammers outside my window.
What I'm reading:
     Open City by Teju Cole
What I've just seen:
     The Americans
What I believe in:
     NY-style Pizza
What pisses me off:
     Slow moving tourists.
What I really think of NFT:
     Tiny book with a big heart.
The question I really wanted to answer was:
     Q: Can't we all just get along?
    A: I guess not.
Further contact info:
What sanctifies me:
     Really good olive oil.

Craig's Photos

Craig's Features
Five Beers in Five Boroughs + One Mugging
Come on an epic journey across the five boroughs with NFT Managing Editor Craig Nelson and his drinking buddy Gabriel. From pure beer garden bliss to a late-night visit to the Bellevue ER, they experience the best and worst of New York City in a few short hours. The following is a true story...

Craig's Reviews & Comments
Liuzza's by the Track 11/30/2010
The perfect Monday lunch: Half Oyster Po Boy and a cup of Gumbo.
Fuleen Seafood 5/14/2010
One of the best lunch deals in the whole city. The shrimp with garlic sauce is great, and the broccoli thrown in is a nice touch. The shrimp with chili sauce is nice too, with lots of jalapenos.
Lasse i Parken 9/3/2009
Fried Dumpling 4/14/2009
Five for a buck never gets old.
Tuck Shop 4/7/2009
Fast, cheap, and in control, Tuck Shop is the perfect place to eat well in the East Village for a few bucks. The friendly Australian crew behind the counter is an added bonus.

Craig's Radars Mah Ze Dahr
Upgrade Your Coffee Break
12/8/2016 Restaurants, West Village — When I need a break from my "office" (aka Jef...

The Alamo (The Cube)
The Cube is Back!
11/3/2016 Landmarks, Washington Square / NYU / NoHo / SoHo — In October 2014, one of NYC's most beloved pieces of public art was taken from Astor Place. Did it n...

2016 NFT Brooklyn Event on 11/18: Books & Beer at Word
11/16/2015 Shopping, Greenpoint — Attention Brooklyn lovers: The NFT gang is headed back to Word Bookstore in Greenpoint, Brooklyn on...

Holiday Spirits
Holiday Spirits Cruise
11/15/2015 Events, — It's hard to believe, but the holidays are (almost) officially here. Why not prepare for the oncomin...

Penn Station
Amtrak House Phone (sponsored by the '80s)
8/5/2015 Landmarks, Flatiron / Lower Midtown —

Ah, Penn Station. So many plans to rebuild, so few totally unrealistic dreams th...

Submitted Listings

New York
 Nena La Rubia Dessert Cart Streer vendor selling cups o' beans and sweets.
111 Central Park North Fancy condos with same views as prison down the street.
11th Street Cafe Good donuts except on Mondays.
2 Bros Pizza Decent pizza for a buck a slice.
2nd Avenue Deli Reborn in a new location. Miracles do happen.

'De Parade' performing arts festival Performing arts festival, party, 6 - 22 August 2010
'The Cry', monument to Theo van Gogh Monument to murdered filmmaker, sculpture, free speech
Amstel Hotel exclusive, royal association and staidness, central
Amsterdam Amstel Rail
Amsterdam Central Station Rail

Arizona Pub LOts of flatscreens and cheap beer.
Brick Tops Grits and valet parking, a match made in heaven.
Club Motion Hip-hop never stops moving here.
Flying Biscuit Cafe It's an egg-stravaganza!
Hammer's Goodtime Emporium Beer and beach volleyball.

Aegean Restaurant God-like Greek delicacies.
Anton's Cleaners For the cleanest suit, Anton is your guy.
Artu Excellent Italian with a modern twist.
Brighton-Allston Heritage Museum
Chilli Garden Spicy authentic Sichuan goodness.

Angels & Mariachis Better for drinking than eating, especially the margaritas.
Bond Chapel NFT fans Gabriel and Lauren were married here on 5/1/09.
Burton Snowboards A trip to the Burton store is the next best thing to a day on the hill. Flagship store.
Cafecito They make a mean Cuban coffee.
Chicago Opera Theater Specializing in works from the 17th, 18th, and 20th centuries.

A Little Of What You Fancy A bit like being in a friend's kitchen/dining room.
Apple Store Get your hardware here so you can buy NFT apps.
Bangkok Kitchen Spectacular home cooked Thai food that's affordable too.
Bar Boulud Best burger in town.

Los Angeles
Absolutely Phobulous The name says it all.
Academy of Television Arts & Sciences An in-your-dreams-sized Emmy perched atop a fountain marks the spot.
Ballona Creek Bike Path Great shortcut to the ocean.
Barbrix Affordable Euro-wine and food in LA? Yup, it's true.
Bottle Rocket Drink some vino there or take it to go.

New Orleans
Acme Oyster House Oysters in multiple positions.
Xavier University Library It is a federal depository and open to the public. Also has small art gallery.
Zotz A side of punk with your cup of Joe.

Other Cities
Alfama Patio Top rated hostel with a great patio.
Billy Kun Semi-Bohemian hang out. Jazz at day, DJs at night.
Boulangerie MR Pinchot Top-notch neighborhood patisserie.
BU Wine Bar Tasty small plates and over 500 wines.
Bulldog Coffee Fantastic coffee. Award-winning baristas.

Les Galeries Lafayette
Les Galeries Lafayette
Maison Rose Little pink house. Does John Mellencamp live here?
Mange Disque Funky little wine bar with cool international crowd.
Musée du quai Branly Discover the primitive Arts.

1540 Hardware
Barbara's Florist Statue Watch him deteriorate through the seasons.
Ben and His Bench Cuddle up with Ben F. and read the newspaper.
Busybee Homestore and Design Center From hip to vintage, go here to furnish your new apartment.
Cafe Estelle Worth getting up for brunch and homemade pastries.

Ace Hotel Great location. Hipster friendly.
AMF Pro 300 Lanes
Annie's Donuts Old-school and good. Worth the trek.
Atomic Ashes Strange and cool relics from the past.
Bagdad Theater Covered with neon and filled with beer, unlike the real Baghdad.

San Francisco
Amelie Wine bar. Audrey Tatou does not wait tables here.
Art's Crab Shak Crabtastic institution since '63.
Bar Crudo Amazing raw bar that never disappoints.
Beard Papa Cream puffy heaven.
Beverages & More Popular one-stop shop for everything alchoholic.

Alki Mail and Dispatch Come for the fair trade espresso, stay for the notary.
Alki Mail and Dispatch
Aprie Mix of urban essentials and timeless styles. For the modern lady.
Aprie Mix of urban essentials and timeless styles. For the modern lady.
Attic Ale House & Eatery Serving up the brews since '53.

Washington DC
Booeymonger Serious about mediocre sandwiches.
Britishink Tattoo Studio Custom tattooing. Vegan friendly.
Chef Geoff's Forgive snotty waiters by chowing down.
Dale Music Company Amazing collection of sheet music. Open since 1950.
DC Restaurant Week