Why Is My Gummy Bear Nightlight Flashing?

Is your Gummy Bear Nightlight flashing? Then it most likely needs new batteries! Check out the video below to learn how to correctly switch out the batteries, so your Gummy Bear can shine on into the night. Hint: There’s a trick that involves a teeny bit of patience, but don’t worry. You got this! 💡

Here’s how to do it:

  • Simply open the battery case using a small coin.
  • Then remove the batteries and wait 30 seconds before replacing them.
  • Pop the cover back on and you’re good to go!
  • Still having trouble? Email one of our friendly customer service team members at hello@fctry.com


Vote For Your Favorite AOC Outfit

The rumors are true! Our Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Action Figure is being designed as we speak, but we’ve got a bit of a dilemma…

You see, we’re trying to choose the perfect outfit for the new congresswoman, but we just can’t make up our mind. 🤔 So, in the spirit of AOC herself, we’ve come up with a populist solution: We’re putting the decision in your hands.

The outfit that gets the most votes in our poll will be the one our AOC Action Figure wears. Ready to cast your vote?


Why We Launch Our Action Figures As Pre-Orders

There’s something we’ve been meaning to talk to you about for a while now, and that something is pre-orders. We get a ton of questions about why we launch our action figures as pre-orders, and we totally get it. In the age of Amazon and same-day delivery, why would anyone pay for a product so far in advance? (Although, it is kind of fun to get a gift from your past self, right? 😉)

Okay, drum roll. Here it is: The main reason we pre-sell our action figures is because… we can’t read your mind. No, seriously – it’s basically impossible for us to predict how many of you are going to want a particular figure before we start selling them, and demand varies wildly. We’ve had some launches that only sold a few thousand action figures, and others that have sold more than 100,000. If we ordered 5,000 when we needed 100,000 we’d be in trouble. If we ordered 100,000 when we only needed 5,000, well, then we’d be out of business. As you can see, it’s a bit of a conundrum and as a small company (there are just 13 of us!) we can’t afford to place big bets on production orders… at least for now.  

For us, taking pre-orders eliminates all the guesswork. This way, we know exactly how many action figures we need to make. That’s great for us. But what about you?

Well, think of it as our way of holding your spot in line. Once we’ve received the first shipment of an action figure, we ship them out in the order they were pre-ordered (that’s a bit of a mouthful, but hopefully it makes sense). Basically, if you were the first to order your action figure, you’ll be the first to receive it. We also try our best to keep you updated on shipping timelines along the way so you’ll have a pretty good idea of when to schedule the welcome party.

Once we start to build up some sales history, we can better predict how many action figures we need to have on hand to stay in stock. However, we do sometimes stock out faster than expected and have to ask you to pre-order while we make more. This was often the case with RBG, who smashed not only the patriarchy, but our sales expectations for every shipment that came in last year. Some might say she’s a notoriously good seller.

We know there’s a huge amount of trust involved when it comes to pre-ordering a product, and as such, we take this very seriously. Not to brag or anything, but we’re now a Google Trusted Store. In fact, they trust us so much, they’ll guarantee your order up to $1000. 😍 See here.

One more thing! We will always refund pre-orders with no questions asked, right up until the day they ship. Promise! Just email the friendly team at hello@fctry.com with your order number. Or, if you want to edit your order, change your shipping address, double check that everything’s still on schedule, or even suggest your own idea for our next Real Life Action Figure, we’re always listening – and we’ve got real life people handling every case personally.

If you have any other questions about pre-orders, please drop ‘em in the comments below.

Cheers,

The FCTRY team


Kamala Harris Is (Almost) Ready For Action

If you backed our RBG Action Figure on Kickstarter, you probably know we have a Kamala Harris Action Figure on the way. It’s a long road from concept to final production, so we thought we’d give you a quick update on where she’s at, and say thank you for being so patient.

Sculptor-extraordinaire Mike Leavitt has scaled down the Senator in his trademark style, and since then she’s been through the wringer – scanned, prototyped, transformed from clay sculpture to posable action figure, and we’re now in the process of perfecting paint colors and box design before she’s ready for production. This means she won’t look exactly like the photo above – she’ll look even more realistic.

Just a heads up! You’re going to see an announcement about another action figure in the next couple of days, but not to worry. This won’t impact or delay the production of Kamala in any way (we promise).

For those of you who ordered Kamala by pledging $100+ during the RBG Kickstarter campaign, we’ll send out another email with an update on shipping. In the meantime, sit tight and we’ll ship the tiny senator out to you just as soon as production is complete.

To stay updated on all the latest action figure news, follow us on Instagram.


Vote For Your Favorite Photo of the RBG Action Figure

To mark the successful delivery of our first shipment of RBG Action Figures,* we ran an Instagram contest to find the best photo of our little Justice, tagged #NotoriousAF (get it?). We received more than 700 entries from RBG fans all over the world, so the FCTRY team got together to do the difficult task of choosing our top 10 photos.

In the spirit of democracy, we want YOU to vote for your favorite. The lucky winner will receive a full set of Real Life Action FiguresCheck out the top 10 photos below, and scroll to the bottom to vote for your favorite.

*For those of you who ordered your RBG after the first shipment, be on the lookout for her to arrive soon. Shipping begins next week!

@selgear’s RBG Mosh Pit 

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#notoriousaf #rbgmoshpit

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@robrobrobyeah’s Fearless Girl

@astronautof’s Baby RBG

@akittycalledruth’s Purrrfect Playmate

@tainaconcurls’ Justice Flakes

@pake50’s Beach Walk

@marciabee’s Out of Office

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#NOTORIOUSAF There’s the door, Mr. Trump!

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@blanketmichaeljackson’s Cheeto Smash

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#notoriousaf RBG TCB⚡️

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@gaelen’s Dissent Dogs

@ape_owl’s Supreme Stance

Decided on your favorite? Click the button below to vote! Voting closes Wednesday 11/21/18.


Bring On the Blue Wave

There’s an 85% chance the Democrats will take back the house after the mid-term elections on Tuesday, but that’s no reason to sit back and relax. We figured you might want to post something on social media before the mid-terms encouraging others to vote — you’re good like that — so we created these fun graphics to help you out. Scroll down to see Liz, Barack, and Bernie advocating for change (and yes, POTUS makes an appearance too).

Click the download links and get sharing!

AF_MidtermElections_Warren

Download Liz

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Download Barry

AF_MidtermElections_Bernie_Wages

Download Bernie

AF_MidtermElections_Trump

Download the Evil Cheeto


Meet RBG’s Notorious Posse

Paper Dolls for Discerning Dissenters, Featuring Marty Ginsburg, Antonin Scalia, and Sandra Day O’Connor. Oh, and The Notorious B.I.G.

And, unlike Paul Manafort, they’re totally free.

Earlier this year, we launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the production of our Ruth Bader Ginsburg Action Figure based on the sculpture by artist Mike Leavitt. We were blown away by the response to the campaign. It smashed our previous record, raising a whopping $613,705 from more than 15,000 backers, each taking home an RBG (or two, or three) to call their own.

During the campaign, we promised to give everyone a set of free paper doll friends to keep RBG company, and today we’re making good on that promise.

RBG’s Paper Doll Posse is made up of iconic characters including the Justice’s late hubby Marty, sister-in-law and fellow Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, dearly-departed friend, foil and colleague Antonin Scalia, and the not-quite-as Notorious B.I.G. The squad is here to stand by your RBG, wherever she may be dissenting in your home or office. So what are you waiting for? Click the download link below and get printing.

Paper hater? Try these alternatives for your posse.

Sticker Paper: Dig out your ’90s sticker book or slap ’em on your laptop with printable sticker paper.

Magnet Sheets: Up your fridge magnet game by printing them on magnetic paper.

Fabric Paper: Take the doll in paper dolls a step further by printing your posse on fabric paper. Print two of each, sew them together and stuff them with cotton wool for a more huggable crew.

Mod Podge: Use this clear sealant to adorn your favorite coffee mug or frame with your choice of posse members. Simply print them on regular paper and slather with the Podge.

Don’t forget to show us what your posse is up to by posting your snaps to Instagram and tagging us @fctry. For more RBG news, check out how money raised from our Kickstarter campaign is helping girls all over the world.


12 Best Cafes and Restaurants Near the Javits Center

Here for NYNOW? Avoid overpriced, mediocre convention center food with Our Winter 2018 FCTRY Guide to Places to Eat and Drink Near the Javits Center.

Overpriced cafeteria food served in dimly lit spaces is one thing to not look forward to when you’re going to the Javits Center for NYNOW. Javits, and its surrounding Hudson Yards area, has largely been considered a food desert with not much else besides buses and construction. That has slowly, but surely been changing with the advent of new developments in the area, making it ripe for new restaurants and cafes. 

As New Yorkers and long-time Javits exhibitors, we took it upon ourselves to compile a list of our favorite local places to eat and drink near the Javits Center. From quick breakfasts to classy dinners for the hungry buyer, we have you covered for NYNOW.

FCTRY’s NYNOW Food & Drink Map

Map not working? Click here to check it out!

New Year, New Spots

The food scene in New York is an ever-changing landscape, which comes with the territory of an extremely competitive food market. New restaurants pop up every day, with plenty that have joined the scene since the last NYNOW. We gathered our top picks for favorite new restaurant so you can skip the ones that won’t be around come next NYNOW.

bite. – 14 minute car ride – $

bite. is a sort of institution in the Manhattan lunch scene with locations in NoHo, Flatiron, and Union Square. We’re adding them to the list because they do lunch right, and by that we mean cheap, fast, and good. That’s a hard combo to get right when you’re in the midst of one of the world’s busiest lunch rushes, but bite. will treat you and your wallet well. It’s not close to Javits to grab during NYNOW, but if you’re out exploring then stop in for a quick bite.

  • Quick, casual food.
  • Affordable.
  • FCTRY Pick: Mediterranean Schnitzel. Erica sometimes wishes the FCTRY office was based in busy Midtown to be a little closer to the pita-wrapped schnitzel goodness.

Atla – 21 minute car ride – $$

Atla is a reliable newcomer to the NYC food scene, whether you’re craving breakfast or dinner. Atla is the latest and most accessible iteration from some of the most celebrated Mexican chefs in the city. It aims for health-conscious meals and locally-sourced ingredients without too much of the pretension.

  • Quality food and informal dining.
  • Health-conscious options.
  • Extensive beverage menu.
  • FCTRY Pick: Chia Oatmeal.

Empellon – 17 minute car ride – $$$

Empellon has taken NYC by storm for its unique takes on Mexican classics and beautiful presentations. It is on the pricier side, but their appetizers are big enough to require sharing. Grab your colleagues and settle in at Empellon for a good round of drinks and bites from their taqueria menu.

  • Upscale Mexican food.
  • Great for groups and sharing.
  • FCTRY Pick: Tacos and their avocado dessert. There’s some sort of magic going on here because Empellon makes you think you’re eating a simple avocado, but hits you with a lime-y sublime surprise.

Coffee that ISN’T Starbucks

If you’re like us, you need a strong cup of coffee or two to get you through a long day at NYNOW. The Starbucks in Javits is the closest and most convenient, but be warned. It suffers from long lines, poor service, and worst, some of the most expensive, marked up prices for a Starbucks. You’ll thank us later for the better coffee.

1. Think Coffee – 10 minute walk –  $

This particular Think Coffee location is tucked away in the courtyard of Silver Towers so you’ll be shielded from the buzz of NYC traffic. Just make sure you don’t miss it when you’re walking by.

  • Quiet atmosphere for working. Think library levels of quiet.
  • Free Wi-Fi.
  • Outdoor seating.
  • Reliable, delicious coffee.
  • FCTRY Pick: Dough Doughnuts. Go for the Dulce de Leche if they have it.
© 2017 Think Coffee.

2. Romeo and Juliet Columbian Coffee – 11 minute walk – $

It’s as close as Think Coffee, but the atmosphere is more relaxed. This is the place to go if you’re looking to make some calls while enjoying a caffeine boost. There always seems to be a place to sit and spread out if you need to get some work done, even at its peak.

  • Casual, relaxed atmosphere.
  • Plenty of (indoor) tables and seating.
  • Extensive menu of both hot and cold drinks.
  • Strong, delicious coffee.
  • Free Wi-Fi.
  • Outdoor seating.

3. Rustic Table – 13 minute walk – $$

If you’re looking for a sit-down place to grab your morning coffee and a hot breakfast then Rustic Table should be your pick. Rustic Table has salads, sandwiches, and classic breakfast favorites on top of a solid coffee menu. Better yet, Rustic Table strives to source all of its ingredients from local farms.

  • Farm to table food.
  • All-day breakfast plus tasty lunch options.
  • Great ambiance.
  • Coffee and healthy smoothies.
  • Free Wi-Fi.

4. Old Country Coffee – 10 minute walk – $

Old Country Coffee is a nearby cafe to grab a quick drink and snack. The cute decor and the friendly staff will make you feel like you’re in a much quieter city. Stop by for a little breather away from the chaos around Javits.

  • Friendly staff.
  • Offers hot food & pastries.
  • Free Wi-Fi.
  • FCTRY Pick: Lavendar Tea Latte

Lunch Spots with Shorter Lines and (Much) Better Food

Grab a bite to eat outside of the cafeteria for tastier, healthier options at a great value. You’ll escape the chaos of the cafeteria and get a better bang for your buck.

5. Friedman’s – 8 minute walk – $$ 
Friedman’s whips up home-style cooking and serves it with a friendly flair. They serve everything from breakfast favorites like pancakes topped with seasonal fruits to All-American dinner classics like steaks and burgers. You can’t go wrong at Friedman’s, especially if you worked up an appetite.

  • Full bar.
  • Gluten-Free.
  • Hearty breakfast options.
  • FCTRY’s Pick: Lamb Burger

6. Sunac Natural Market – 10 minute walk – $

Sunac is perfect for a quick pick-me-up. Grab some snacks, fresh fruits, or a full meal. Sunac offers a wide array of lunch options, which includes a grill, an Asian food bar, a salad/smoothie station, and a hot food buffet. The only downside is that there isn’t space to sit so you’ll need to retreat back to Javits to eat.

  • Open 24/7.
  • Hot food buffet.
  • Asian food bar.
  • Salad/Smoothie Station.
  • Deli & Grill.
  • Cafe.
  • Fresh veggies & fruits.
© 2017 Manhattan Sideways

7. The Gotham West Market – 13 minute walk – $-$$

Gotham West features some of New York’s cult food hits in the ultimate artisanal food court. You’ll find anything from ramen to tacos to sushi burritos. It does get rather rowdy in here so look elsewhere if you’re looking for a quiet place to unwind.

  • Variety of restaurants.
  • Plenty of tables and seating.
  • FCTRY’s Picks: Ample Hills Creamery for Ice Cream & Uma Temakeria for the Sushi Burrito.

8. Clyde Frazier’s Wine & Dine – 10 minute walk – $$

If you want some classic American comfort food then go to Clyde Frazier’s. The meals are hearty and the atmosphere is casual if you’re looking for a place to get some drinks after the show. It’s only a block away so it’s one of the closest options.

  • Casual ambiance.
  • Sports bar with TVs.
  • Full bar.
  • Close to Javits.

9. Larb Ubol – 14 minute walk – $

Go to Larb Ubol for authentic Thai food. It has an expansive menu that goes beyond the usual Pad Thai and fried rice options. Service is quick and lunch specials are available if you’re craving spice during your midday slump.

  • Authentic Thai.
  • Lunch Specials.
  • FCTRY Picks: Chicken Pad See Ew & Kra Prao.

Dinner and Drinks

If you did go with Javits Center for lunch then treat yourself with somewhere special for dinner and drinks. Let’s face it, you deserve it after eight hours walking the show floor.

10. PRINT. & The Press Lounge – 8 minute car ride – $$$ 

The view at The Press Lounge roof.

A top FCTRY Recommendation! This trendy restaurant specializes in fine American dining, with dishes ranging from Wagyu Beef Carpaccio to more traditional fare such as Roasted Chicken and Ribeye Steak. Print. is located at the Ink48 Hotel with The Press Lounge upstairs. Head on up once you’re done with dinner for amazing rooftop views of the city and great drinks.

  • Farm-to-table food.
  • Organic.
  • Ideal if you’re in the mood to impress.
  • Rooftop view of the city.
  • FCTRY Picks: Goat Cheese Gnocchi, Short Ribs, & Fettuccine.

11. Mala Project  – 20 minute car ride – $$

Mala Project has quickly become a FCTRY favorite in the office. Discovered by Lucas after some late-night cravings for authentic Chinese food, Mala Project delivers customizable options and delightful spice. They are known for their dry hot pot, which they prepare for you with ingredients that you choose in a spicy stir-fry.

  • Affordable
  • Large portions.
  • Great for large groups.
  • Casual.
  • FCTRY Pick: Dry Hot Pot. Lucas recommends picking lotus root and glass noodles as ingredients to add, in addition to chicken breast and enoki mushrooms. Start off with a milder spice level if you’re unsure.

12. Minca – 25 minute car ride  – $$
According to FCTRY Ramen Connoiseur, Lucas, this is the best place to get ramen in the city. “Don’t go anywhere else [for ramen]. They’re all garbage,” he claims. With a flavorful, hearty broth and satisfyingly chewy noodles, the Basic Broth is anything, BUT basic.

  • Authentic ramen.
  • Cash Only.
  • FCTRY’s Pick: Basic Broth Ramen & Gyoza.

Looking for old favorites?

Check out the Summer 2017 Food GuideWinter 2017 Food Guide, and the Summer 2016 Food Guide.

What did we miss?

We know we’re not the only ones who’ve spent too much time around the Javits Center. What are your favorite spots? Use the comments below to let us know!

Say Hello!

Stop by our booth #7838 and tell us your favorite Fruit style of the Hipsterkid Umbrellas to get $5 off your order at NYNOW.


10 Ways to Make It Fun for NYNOW

Relax and enjoy yourself while you’re in New York City with 10 FCTRY-approved ways to make it fun.

When you’re not busy scouring the show floor for new merchandise, take a moment to relax and enjoy the city, especially if you’re coming in from out of town. We handpicked a list of top places to help you unwind for the sweet moments when you can escape the Javits. Take an adventure somewhere and make it fun!

FCTRY’s Make It Fun Map

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Stress-Relief

Sometimes, the most enjoyable thing to do is to take it easy. Here are some of our picks to have a drama-free, low-key time in the city to relieve yourself of work-related stress!

1. Meow Parlor & Koneko – Lower East Side/East Village – $ – Meow Parlow Website // Koneko Website

You’re in luck if you’re craving some feline cuddle time. New York is now home to not just one, but TWO cat cafes. Meow Parlor and Koneko have rescue cats that roam free throughout the cafe. Feel free to pet, play, and snuggle with them. The best part is that the cats at both cafes are adoptable, making it a great way to find homes for shelter kitties. Be warned, reservations for both places are highly recommended if you want to ensure your spot at the cafe.

  • Adoptable Cute Cats.
  • Free Wi-Fi.
  • Coffee & Sweets.
© 2017 Phillip Van Nostrand at Koneko NYC.

2. Great Jones Spa – NoHo – $$$ – Website

If water and relaxation go hand in hand for you then you might like Great Jones Spa. It has everything from pools and water lounges to a 3-story waterfall. Even if you’re not the aquatic type then you’ll find bliss with their Swedish massages or some time spent in their river rock sauna.

  • Pools & Water Lounge.
  • 3-story Waterfall.
  • Swedish and Hot Stone Massage.
  • River Rock Sauna.
  • Color-therapy Steam Room.
  • Mani Pedis.
  • Facials.

3. Yelo Spa – Chelsea – $$$ – Website

This is one of those… unique spa experiences. Unlike the earthy, soft color palettes of most spas, Yelo Spa uses mod decor and a vibrant, near neon color palette. One of their star services is actually for napping. I know, I know, who pays money to nap? But Yelo Spa boasts that it’ll you give one of the best, restorative naps that you can have with a specially-designed zero-gravity chair. Besides that, Yelo Spa has a reliable array of your average spa services such as massages, mani pedis, and facials.

  • Massages.
  • Mani Pedis.
  • Facials
  • Zero-gravity naps.
  • Flat-rate pricing for services.

4. Nam’s Skin Care & Spa – Hell’s Kitchen – $ – Website

Nam’s is a family-run establishment with a reputation for affordable services and great mani pedis. It’s a no-frills salon that gets you in and out in no time. Book an appointment via Yelp and stop by on your way to the Javits for a quick refresh on your nails.

  • Affordable.
  • Quick.
  • FCTRY Pick: Manicure & Pedicure Combo Package

Museum Musings

The city is home to dozens of museums with some of the finest art in the world. Dabble in some cultural fun by strolling through our favorite pleasantly air-conditioned museums.

© 2017 Benjamin Sutton of the Whitney terrace.

5. Whitney Museum of American Art – Meatpacking District – $ – Website

Go on Friday, between 7-9:30PM to get pay-what-you-wish pricing. Granted, you won’t have too much time to take in all of the art, but it’s an affordable way to get a taste for the museum. The new Whitney opened at its Meatpacking District location back in 2015, and its latest location is a sight to behold, both the building and the view. Head straight for the 5th and 6th floor if you’re on a time crunch so you can check out the outdoor art installations on its terrace.

  • 20th & 21st Century American Art.
  • Terrace with Outdoor Art Installations.
  • FCTRY Pick: The Calder: Hypermobility Exhibit.

6. Museum of the Moving Image – Astoria – $ – Website

© 2017 Thanassi Karageorgiou

Museum of the Moving Image, or MOMI for short, is a favorite of our Marketing team with its focus on digital art. It’s a must-see if you’re a Jim Henson fan. MOMI opened up its Jim Henson exhibit in July, four years after the Henson family donated a large chunk of its archives and puppets. Check out the Muppets and Sesame Street props as well as some of Henson’s lesser-known experimental work. Even if you’re not a fan of the Muppets, MOMI has a mind-blowing GIF installation in its elevator, a video arcade exhibit, and curated film screenings.

  • Jim Henson Exhibit.
  • Digital Art.
  • Free on Friday evenings.
  • FCTRY Pick: A 70MM Screening of Pink Floyd’s The Wall on Friday, Aug. 19th!

7. Metropolitan Museum of Art – Upper East Side – $$ – Website

Of course, what NYC museum list would be complete without the Met? The Met features some of the finest art in the world, and it’s all well within reach if you’re staying somewhere in Midtown. The Met has suggested donations so though they say $25, you can pay however much you want to enter.

  • Art Collections include Egyptian, Greek & Roman, Medieval, American, Art from Africa, Oceania, & Americas, European, Modern & Contemporary Art.
  • FCTRY Pick: Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between. The fashion on display will leave you shook!

Low Cost, More Fun.

Let’s face it. New York City is an expensive place to be in and spending money on tourist-y stuff isn’t for everyone. We think you might enjoy these as low-cost and free alternatives to the more expensive aspects of visiting NYC.

8. The High Line – Hudson Yards – Free! – Website

Start off near the Javits Center and work your way down the park. The section between 30th and 34th St. is actually the newest part of the High Line with its debut in 2014. You don’t need to walk the whole 1.45 mile long trek and we don’t blame you if you don’t. It’s a lot of walking after a few days spent trekking through the Javits, but it’s a recent addition to the NYC tourism scene that we encourage everyone to check out if they want to know the city more intimately.

  • Free.
  • Near the Javits.
  • Urban Nature Walk.

9. Brooklyn Brewery Tour – Williamsburg – Free-$ – Website 

On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, Brooklyn Brewery offers free toursGet a glimpse of how one of our favorite breweries makes their beer at their homebase in Williamsburg. If you don’t want to tour the facilities then go to their tasting room to try out some of Brooklyn’s best beer on top. You can hit up one of Williamsburg’s many food options once you’re done like M Shanghai or Cafe Mogador.

  • Free.
  • Brooklyn Brewery on tap.
  • FCTRY Pick: Brooklyn Brewery Summer Ale.

10. Smorgasburg – Williamsburg – $ – Website

If you’re itching to escape the hustle of Manhattan then hop on the subway to Williamsburg on Saturday to check out Smorgasburg. It’s a great way to guarantee that you can taste some of the most popular food hot spots in Brooklyn. The best part is the gorgeous waterfront view. If you’re not up for the journey then go to SoHo for Smorg Square, Manhattan’s newly open version of the popular food market.

  • Waterfront Views.
  • Choice of NYC/Brooklyn Cult Food Hits.
  • Only open on Saturday in Williamsburg, Sunday in Prospect Park.
  • FCTRY Pick: The Sweet Spot for, well, something sweet!

What did we miss?

We’d love to hear what you love to do while you’re in the city. What are your favorite things to do in NYC? Use the comments below to let us know!

Say Hello!

Stop by and say “Nice to meet you, Hipsterkid!” to get $5 off your order at NYNOW. It only works if you say it in person. 🙂


12 Best Cafes and Restaurants Near the Javits Center

Here for NYNOW? Avoid overpriced, mediocre convention center food with Our Summer 2017 FCTRY Guide to Places to Eat and Drink Near the Javits Center.

Overpriced cafeteria food served in dimly lit spaces is one thing to not look forward to when you’re going to the Javits Center for NYNOW. Javits, and its surrounding Hudson Yards area, has largely been considered a food desert with not much else besides buses and construction. That has slowly, but surely been changing with the advent of new developments in the area, making it ripe for new restaurants and cafes. 

As New Yorkers and long-time Javits exhibitors, we took it upon ourselves to compile a list of our favorite local places to eat and drink near the Javits Center. From quick breakfasts to classy dinners for the hungry buyer, we have you covered for NYNOW. Save yourself from mundane coffee and sad sandwiches with our guide for NYNOW Summer 2017!

FCTRY’s NYNOW Food & Drink Map

Map not working? Click here to check it out!

Coffee that ISN’T Starbucks

If you’re like us, you need a strong cup of coffee or two to get you through a long day at NYNOW. The Starbucks in Javits is the closest and most convenient, but be warned. It suffers from long lines, poor service, and worst, some of the most expensive, marked up prices for a Starbucks. You’ll thank us later for the better coffee.

1. Think Coffee – 10 minute walk –  $

This particular Think Coffee location is tucked away in the courtyard of Silver Towers so you’ll be shielded from the buzz of NYC traffic. Just make sure you don’t miss it when you’re walking by.

  • Quiet atmosphere for working. Think library levels of quiet.
  • Free Wi-Fi.
  • Outdoor seating.
  • Reliable, delicious coffee.
  • FCTRY Pick: Dough Doughnuts. Go for the Dulce de Leche if they have it.
© 2017 Think Coffee.

2. Romeo and Juliet Columbian Coffee – 11 minute walk – $

It’s as close as Think Coffee, but the atmosphere is more relaxed. This is the place to go if you’re looking to make some calls while enjoying a caffeine boost. There always seems to be a place to sit and spread out if you need to get some work done, even at its peak.

  • Casual, relaxed atmosphere.
  • Plenty of (indoor) tables and seating.
  • Extensive menu of both hot and cold drinks.
  • Strong, delicious coffee.
  • Free Wi-Fi.
  • Outdoor seating.

3. Rustic Table – 13 minute walk – $$

If you’re looking for a sit-down place to grab your morning coffee and a hot breakfast then Rustic Table should be your pick. Rustic Table has salads, sandwiches, and classic breakfast favorites on top of a solid coffee menu. Better yet, Rustic Table strives to source all of its ingredients from local farms.

  • Farm to table food.
  • All-day breakfast plus tasty lunch options.
  • Great ambiance.
  • Coffee and healthy smoothies.
  • Free Wi-Fi.

4. Old Country Coffee – 10 minute walk – $

Old Country Coffee is a nearby cafe to grab a quick drink and snack. The cute decor and the friendly staff will make you feel like you’re in a much quieter city. Stop by for a little breather away from the chaos around Javits.

  • Friendly staff.
  • Offers hot food & pastries.
  • Free Wi-Fi.
  • FCTRY Pick: Lavendar Tea Latte

Lunch Spots with Shorter Lines and (Much) Better Food

Grab a bite to eat outside of the cafeteria for tastier, healthier options at a great value. You’ll escape the chaos of the cafeteria and get a better bang for your buck.

5. Friedman’s – 8 minute walk – $$ 
Friedman’s whips up home-style cooking and serves it with a friendly flair. They serve everything from breakfast favorites like pancakes topped with seasonal fruits to All-American dinner classics like steaks and burgers. You can’t go wrong at Friedman’s, especially if you worked up an appetite.

  • Full bar.
  • Gluten-Free.
  • Hearty breakfast options.
  • FCTRY’s Pick: Lamb Burger

6. Sunac Natural Market – 10 minute walk – $

Sunac is perfect for a quick pick-me-up. Grab some snacks, fresh fruits, or a full meal. Sunac offers a wide array of lunch options, which includes a grill, an Asian food bar, a salad/smoothie station, and a hot food buffet. The only downside is that there isn’t space to sit so you’ll need to retreat back to Javits to eat.

  • Open 24/7.
  • Hot food buffet.
  • Asian food bar.
  • Salad/Smoothie Station.
  • Deli & Grill.
  • Cafe.
  • Fresh veggies & fruits.
© 2017 Manhattan Sideways

7. The Gotham West Market – 13 minute walk – $-$$

Gotham West features some of New York’s cult food hits in the ultimate artisanal food court. You’ll find anything from ramen to tacos to sushi burritos. It does get rather rowdy in here so look elsewhere if you’re looking for a quiet place to unwind.

  • Variety of restaurants.
  • Plenty of tables and seating.
  • FCTRY’s Picks: Ample Hills Creamery for Ice Cream & Uma Temakeria for the Sushi Burrito.

8. Clyde Frazier’s Wine & Dine – 10 minute walk – $$

If you want some classic American comfort food then go to Clyde Frazier’s. The meals are hearty and the atmosphere is casual if you’re looking for a place to get some drinks after the show. It’s only a block away so it’s one of the closest options.

  • Casual ambiance.
  • Sports bar with TVs.
  • Full bar.
  • Close to Javits.

9. Larb Ubol – 14 minute walk – $

Go to Larb Ubol for authentic Thai food. It has an expansive menu that goes beyond the usual Pad Thai and fried rice options. Service is quick and lunch specials are available if you’re craving spice during your midday slump.

  • Authentic Thai.
  • Lunch Specials.
  • FCTRY Picks: Chicken Pad See Ew & Kra Prao.

Dinner and Drinks

If you did go with Javits Center for lunch then treat yourself with somewhere special for dinner and drinks. Let’s face it, you deserve it after eight hours walking the show floor.

10. PRINT. & The Press Lounge – 8 minute car ride – $$$ 

The view at The Press Lounge roof.

A top FCTRY Recommendation! This trendy restaurant specializes in fine American dining, with dishes ranging from Wagyu Beef Carpaccio to more traditional fare such as Roasted Chicken and Ribeye Steak. Print. is located at the Ink48 Hotel with The Press Lounge upstairs. Head on up once you’re done with dinner for amazing rooftop views of the city and great drinks.

  • Farm-to-table food.
  • Organic.
  • Ideal if you’re in the mood to impress.
  • Rooftop view of the city.
  • FCTRY Picks: Goat Cheese Gnocchi, Short Ribs, & Fettuccine.

11. Bea – 8 minute car ride – $$
Escape the chaos of the city by stepping into Bea. Bea offers a warm, intimate ambiance, making you feel like you’re in another time period. Bea features a creative drink menu with some exciting twists on classic American cuisine.

  • Original drink menu.
  • Cool vibes.
  • Great place to lounge.
  • FCTRY Pick: Ricotta and Honey Toast.

12. Minca – 25 minute car ride  – $$
According to FCTRY Ramen Connoiseur, Lucas, this is the best place to get ramen in the city. “Don’t go anywhere else [for ramen]. They’re all garbage,” he claims. With a flavorful, hearty broth and satisfyingly chewy noodles, the Basic Broth is anything, BUT basic.

  • Authentic ramen.
  • Cash Only.
  • FCTRY’s Pick: Basic Broth Ramen & Gyoza.

The FCTRY Booth – NYNOW Booth 7838 – FREE!
If you’re at Javits Center and in need of a little late day pick-me-up then come over to the FCTRY booth after 5PM. We’ll be serving up some strong margaritas right in our booth. It’s a little tradition of ours that we love to uphold.

  • Free Margaritas in Gummygoods Bubbles Bottles
  • FCTRY’s Pick: Go for the ones made by Tyler. They’ll have an extra kick to them.

New Year, New Spots

The food scene in New York is an ever-changing landscape, which comes with the territory of an extremely competitive food market. New restaurants pop up every day, with plenty that have joined the scene since the last NYNOW. We gathered our top picks for favorite new restaurant so you can skip the ones that won’t be around come next NYNOW.

Los Tacos No. 1  – 12 minute car ride – $

Boasting some of the best tacos in New York, Los Tacos No,. 1’s new location in Times Square is a tasty option for someone looking to stick to a budget. Consider Los Tacos one of New York’s best steals, with so much good food for such a low price. It’s right off of Times Square Station so you can hop on the 7 and be there in no time.

  • Affordable
  • Critically-acclaimed tacos
  • Quick. Think good fast food, but leagues beyond the quality of McD’s.
  • Casual.
  • FCTRY Pick: Tacos, of course! You can’t go wrong with whichever type you pick.

Emily  – 20 minute car ride – $$

With its roots in Brooklyn’s Clinton Hill, Emily is a familiar name to a lot of us at FCTRY. Emily does everything from the classic margherita pizza to odd flavor combos like the miso queso and bacon Pig Freaker. Emily’s first Manhattan home opened this June in the West Village so you can get a taste of this beloved Brooklyn pizza.

  • Interesting Flavors.
  • Beloved Brooklyn Pizza.
  • Hearty Burgers.
  • FCTRY Pick: The rectangular Detroit-style pizza.
Emily’s For the Nguyen pizza. © 2017, New York Media LLC.

Smorg Square  – 16 minute car ride – $-$$

Can’t get enough of all the food options that New York has to offer? Make it easier for all involved by going to Smorg Square, the new Manhattan spin-off of the famous Brooklyn-borne Smorgasburg. This is the surefire hit to satisfy everyone’s cravings if you’re traveling with a group of people. Everything from Japanese and Jamaican to seafood and healthy juice options co-exist in this new market. It opens August 19th, just in time for NYNOW! Be warned that it’s only open from Friday thru Sunday so make sure to make time for it if it’s a top priority.

  • Variety of food options.
  • Quick.
  • Affordable.
  • Casual.
  • FCTRY Picks: Lumpia Shack for its namesake: lumpia (Filipino spring rolls) & The Good Batch for something sweet.

Looking for old favorites?

Check out the Winter 2017 Food Guide and the Summer 2016 Food Guide.

What did we miss?

We know we’re not the only ones who’ve spent too much time around the Javits Center. What are your favorite spots? Use the comments below to let us know!

Say Hello!

Stop by our booth #7838 and say “Nice to meet you, Hipsterkid!” to get $5 off your order at NYNOW. It only works if you say it in person. 🙂