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meet the curators

Get to know the seasoned New Yorkers who handpicked their favorite spots to be apart of the challenge.

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crystal pang

from Queens, NY

I am the mind and stomach behind @veganeatsnyc, a resource dedicated to finding vegan eats in the city that even your omnivore friends enjoy. I love eating out and sharing my experiences!

how long have you lived in NYC?

22 years (my whole life)

what has been your favorite NYC experience?

How 1 in 3 people in NYC seem to have a cute dog that they let me pet. Oh and morning bagels, Sunday brunch, working in cafes that are cooler than me, and late night pizza.

what has been your worst NYC experience?

MTA Delays.

what can we expect from your experiences?

People can expect vegan food from all different restaurants in the city - not just restaurants for vegans, but restaurants that have amazing vegan options.

what's your day job?

I just graduated NYU, and I'll be a consulting analyst at Accenture.

where can people follow you?

Instagram: @veganeatsnyc | Website: veganeatsnyc.com

levina li

from New York City

Lover of people, places, food, and ideas. Partner at Sundays in Motion, a creative studio based in NYC.

how long have you lived in NYC?

My whole life!

what has been your favorite NYC experience?

Any full-day marathon adventure I've gone on with friends.

what has been your worst NYC experience?

On my thirteenth birthday, a passing pigeon pooped on my head, and it shocked me so much that I dropped my Mister Softee.

what can we expect from your experiences?

I love transportive places, so my picks will take you to a time and place - whether past, future, or deep into the right now.

what's your day job?

I manage a creative studio and occasionally work as a freelance strategy consultant.

where can people follow you?

Eveywhere: @levinasays

lizz spano

from North Caldwell, NJ

I'm a food and music lover with a passion for photography and all things creative.

how long have you lived in NYC?

17 years

what has been your favorite NYC experience?

My two favorite NYC restaurants are The NoMad and Barbuto. All of my dining experiences there have been incredible!

what has been your worst NYC experience?

I like to focus on the positive!

what can we expect from your experiences?

A little of everything.

what's your day job?

I head up the Ithaca Beer sales team for New York and also run my agency Type 2 Creative.

where can people follow you?

@hungryhippie_ and @type2creative on Instagram

qian sun

from Shanghai, China

I am a multidisciplinary designer in New York and at Maester Design.

how long have you lived in NYC?

5 years

what has been your favorite NYC experience?

Cuisines from all over the world.

what has been your worst NYC experience?

NYC cabs.

what can we expect from your experiences?

Eclectic and authentic exploration of Asian food.

what's your day job?

Designer

where can people follow you?

Instagram & Twiter: @curioussun | Website: curioussun.com

lindsey metselaar

from New York City

Born and raised in NYC, Lindsey grew up surrounded by incredible food. Six years ago she started her food blog called @dontexpectsalads and it has grown to almost 80k followers!

how long have you lived in NYC?

My whole life!

what has been your favorite NYC experience?

Bagels and food festivals.

what has been your worst NYC experience?

Men.

what can we expect from your experiences?

Humor and honesty.

what's your day job?

CEO of Lindsey's Lunchbox

where can people follow you?

Instagram: @dontexpectsalads, Website: lindseyslunchbox.com, Twitter: @lindzmetz

travis vargas

from The Bronx

I'm a native New Yorker that is definitely addicted to tacos and the hot summer days in NYC. You gotta love this city for the summer!

how long have you lived in NYC?

On and off for most of my life.

what has been your favorite NYC experience?

So many to choose from but the best would be a rooftop party for 4th of July at my apartment. The entire apartment was 100% diverse of cultures and people. One friend brought a buddy from Tobago who was visiting the USA for the first time. The night ended in a (awful) freestyle rap battle.

what has been your worst NYC experience?

Any MTA delay. Ain't nobody got time for that!

what can we expect from your experiences?

You will find the secret spots that tourists never hear about. Expect a full belly, polite nudity and the best tacos in New York.

what's your day job?

I am a visual designer/director for lifestyle and fitness brands.

where can people follow you?

You can check out my design work at travisvargas.com and on Twitter, @tvargas12.

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