Imagine having a hip, in-the-know friend in every city you wanted to visit. And imagine that he's excited when you say, “hey, I'm going to be in town for a few days; anything I shouldn't miss?” So excited, in fact, that he riffs for 145 entire pages about secret spots, local intel, insider trivia, and hot tips that you'd never have known otherwise. Anyway, that's kind of what a Wildsam Field Guide feels like. The Manhattan edition includes content from journalist and author Gay Talese, illustrator Maira Kalman, U.S. congressman Adriano Espaillat, painter Bianca Nemelc, nail artist Sarah Nguyen and pianist Marjorie Eliot. A star-studded ensemble! Some highlights: Expert picks for pizza, sidewalk eateries, specialty shops and live theater. A guide to spotting Manhattan's most iconic architecture. An illustrated map of Chinatown's culinary and cultural offerings. The ideal Manhattan walk for experiencing the city on foot. Where to find the best bagels and bialys. Original essays from Anna Peele and Nick Paumgarten. Excerpted writings from Ralph Ellison and Nora Ephron. Historical musings on the subway map, jazz clubs, NYC disasters and basketball teams past and present.