Things to do in NYC

The Ultimate Guide (2019)

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Things to do in NYC

NYC Attractions

NYC is home to countless attractions, including landmarks like The Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty, as well as instagrammable places and hidden gems like Washington Street in Brooklyn and the Whispering Gallery in Grand Central Station.

In this section, you will find a short list of the top sights and NYC attractions, together with highlights and pro tips for visiting each one.

Famous NYC Landmarks

There are dozens of famous landmarks in NYC, many of which have been featured in movies and shows.

We've listed a few of the best landmarks below, which should definitely be on your list of places to visit in NYC.

The Empire State Building

Landmark in NYC

Perhaps the most famous skyscraper in all of New York City, the Empire State Building stands 102 stories tall along the Manhattan skyline. The Art Deco skyscraper was built in 1931 and, including its antenna, towers 1,454 feet. Today, guests can climb to the 102nd floor of the Empire State Building to take in breathtaking views of NYC and visit the museum housed on the building's second floor.

The Empire State Building
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $38 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 20 W 34th St, New York, NY 10001

Times Square

Landmark in NYC

Times Square, sometimes called The Center of the Universe, is as iconic as NYC landmarks can get. Famous for its bright lights and hustle, Times Square is as impressive on a random day in June as it is for the world-renowned New Years Eve ball drop that attracts more than one million people every year. Even when visiting during the summer, tourists can see the famous New Years Eve ball perched high above Manhattan. NYC trivia: Did you know Times Square's originally name was Longacre Square? Times Square got its updated name in 1904 after The New York Times moved its headquarters to the intersection.

Times Square
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ Broadway, 7th Avenue, 42nd and 47th Streets

The Statue of Liberty

Landmark in NYC

The Statue of Liberty is a famous American landmark rising in New York Harbor on Liberty Island. A gift from France, the Statue of Liberty depicts Libertas, the Roman goddess of Liberty who carries a torch above her head in her right hand and holds a tabula ansata inscribed with July 4, 1776 in her left. From ground to torch, the Statue of Liberty towers 305 feet in the air. NYC Trivia: Artist Frรฉdรฉric Auguste Bartholdi was rumored to have modeled the statue's face after his mother, Charlotte.

The Statue of Liberty
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $19 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ Liberty Island, New York Harbor

Rockefeller Center

Landmark in NYC

Rockefeller Center is an NYC icon, especially when it comes to the holidays in the city. The famous plaza turns into a winter wonderland with a world-famous Christmas tree, tree lighting ceremony, and ice skating rink. Rockefeller Center at Christmas has been featured in several movies, including Home Alone 2: Lost In New York.

Rockefeller Center
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 45 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10111

One World Observatory

Landmark in NYC

One World Observatory is located on floors 100-102 of One World Trade Center, or the Freedom Tower in NYC. One World Trade Center is built on the site of the original 6 World Trade Center building. The skyscraper is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and, as of late 2019, the seventh tallest building in the world. The observatory opened in May of 2015.

One World Observatory
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $35 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 285 Fulton St, New York, NY 10007

Most Instagrammable Places in NYC

Instagram isn't just for showing off pictures of your fancy french toast, it's also a great platform to share photos of your trip to NYC.

Not every location or backdrop is created equal, which is why we've listed the most instrammable places in NYC below. BTW, these double as unique places to photograph too.

Pebble Beach

Instagrammable Spot in NYC

"Beach" is probably not the first word that comes to mind when thinking about NYC landmarks, but Pebble Beach is a hidden gem and highly instagrammable spot in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Pebble Beach takes you down to the water's edge of the East River and offers some of the most stunning views and photo ops of the Brooklyn Bridge.

Pebble Beach
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ Manhattan Bridge Pedestrian Path, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Grand Central Terminal

Instagrammable Spot in NYC

Grand Central Terminal, which opened in 1913, is a famous landmark in NYC. This Instagrammable hotspot has been featured in dozens of movies, including North by Northwest, The Cotton Club, and Superman: The Movie. Grand Central Terminal is an active commuter rail station. It is one of NYC's top ten most visited tourist attractions, with an estimated 21+ million people visiting each year (and that's not counting travelers catching a train). The terminal has four major restaurants along with various bars, cafe, and shopping.

Grand Central Terminal
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017

Pier 25

Instagrammable Spot in NYC

Hudson River Park spans almost five miles along Manhattan's North River. The park boasts waterfront views, greenery, and several piers. Tribeca's Pier 25 is considered one of NYC's most Instagrammable locations, with stunning sunset views from the water. You'll be able to photograph New Jersey, Liberty Island, the Grand Bank schooner, and the Freedom Tower all from one beautiful vantage point.

Pier 25
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ West St, New York, NY 10013

New York Harbor

Instagrammable Spot in NYC

Here's the catch: one of the most Instagrammable spots in NYC is actually on the water. To get the most incredible shots of the New York Harbor, you'll want to take a harbor cruise. The boat will take you up close and personal with the Brooklyn Bridge, NYC skyline, and Statue of Liberty, giving stunning views and angles of these famous landmarks you can't get from anywhere but the water. For Instagram bonus points, book your cruise so you're on the water at sunset.

New York Harbor
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $18 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ Pier 83, W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036

The Brooklyn Bridge

Instagrammable Spot in NYC

The Brooklyn Bridge is a famous NYC landmark that just so happens to double as one of the top five best Instagrammable locations in the city. There are two great ways to take perfect social media shots on the Brooklyn Bridge: 1) walk it and 2) get up close and underneath the bridge's towers. Unlike many other locations in NYC, the best time to get your Instagram shot of the Brooklyn Bridge is at sunrise. Bonus: You're right near Pebble Beach, another highly Instagrammable spot in NYC!

The Brooklyn Bridge
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ Brooklyn Bridge, New York, NY 10038

Hidden Gems in NYC

Visiting the most famous places in NYC is both fun and advisable; there are reasons these attractions are so popular and on nearly everyone's list of places to visit.

However, we recommend you also make time to explore the NYC hidden gems and best kept secrets; these are the kind of unique experiences you will remember.

Hidden Gem in NYC

Nestled inside Grand Central Station is this hidden gem in NYC: The Whispering Gallery. Right in front of the Oyster Bar and Restaurant in Grand Central Terminal is a series of archways. When two people stand in diagonal archways, they can hear each other's whispers. Visit the beautiful Grand Central Terminal and stop by the archways along the way to try it out!

The Whispering Gallery at Grand Central Station
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017

The Staten Island Boat Graveyard

Hidden Gem in NYC

The Staten Island Boat Graveyard is where boats end up after they've been discarded or decommissioned from use. Officially, the graveyard is a marine scrapyard in the Arthur Kill. There are abandoned tugboats, barges, and ferries, some of which were wrecked and dumped. The graveyard goes by several different names, including the Arthur Kill Boat Yard, the Tugboat Graveyard, and the Witte Marine Scrap Yard. The first World War II naval ship to have a largely African-American crew and a fireboat that served as a command post for an accident that killed more than 1,000 people are among the notable ships sinking into the water. The boat graveyard is not easily accessible, but has become a legendary tourist "attraction" and photo op.

The Staten Island Boat Graveyard
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 2453 Arthur Kill Road Staten Island, New York, 10309 United States

The Blockhouse

Hidden Gem in NYC

The Blockhouse, or Blockhouse No. 1, is a small fort in the North Woods area of NYC's Central Park. The Blockhouse is the second oldest building in all of Central Park. (NYC Trivia: The oldest is Cleopatra's Needle). It was built to serve as a defensive fort for the city against a potential British invasion, though it never saw any action during war. At one point, almost 2,000 militiamen were stationed in the Blockhouse. The structure is hard to reach, but is still accessible in the park today, though the interior is locked off to the public.

The Blockhouse
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ W 109th St, New York, NY 10026

The Old City Hall Subway Stop

Hidden Gem in NYC

The Old City Hall Subway Stop is a decommissioned subway stop that is officially closed to the public. That, however, doesn't mean that you can't catch a glimpse or even take a guided tour of this stunning hidden gem in NYC. Shut down in 1945, the stop was designed by the same architects responsible for the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and it shows in the beautiful architecture. Here's how to see it: watch for the occasional guided tour or hop on the 6 Train past its final stop.

The Old City Hall Subway Stop
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $50 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ Below 1 Centre St, New York, NY 10007

The Smallpox Hospital on Roosevelt Island

Hidden Gem in NYC

The Smallpox Hospital on Roosevelt Island is a little known spot in NYC that packs a big historical punch. The Gothic Revival building, which opened as a hospital in the 1870s, served as the best known treatment facility for smallpox for 100 years. In the 1970s, the building was named a city landmark and the walls were reinforced. Today, restoration of the ivy-clad building is underway so the ruins can open to the public. Still, many people make the trek to visit the crumbling foundation.

The Smallpox Hospital on Roosevelt Island
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ Roosevelt Island New York, New York, 10044 United States

NYC Tours

One of the best ways to see NYC is to take a guided tour.

This tour could be a bus tour, walking tour, food tour or otherwise; the point is to go with an expert NYC guide that knows the best places to visit, unique things to do, and amazing facts you would otherwise miss.

Museum Hack

Museum Hack leads renegade tours of the world's best museums.

Our tour guides train for three months in our unusual style, and then lead tours that are fast-paced, wildly-fun and include fascinating stories and juicy gossip.

Famous guests that came on tour with Museum Hack include Emilia Clarke, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Rob Lowe, Tony Hawk, Clayton Kershaw and Peter Frampton.

It's cool.

Un-Highlights of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Museum Tour in NYC

Museum Hack leads renegade tours of the world's best museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. Guides promise it's the most fun you'll ever have inside a museum, and they deliver on that guarantee. Tour guides will take you on a small group tour of the Met, showcasing the pieces of art and stories behind the artists you won't hear on any museum plaque. This is not your grandma's museum tour. Museum Hack tours have 5-stars across 1500+ reviews on Google, Facebook, Yelp, and TripAdvisor.

Un-Highlights of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $69 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028

Un-Highlights Tour of the American Museum of Natural History

Museum Tour in NYC

In addition to awesome tours at the Met, Museum Hack runs an Un-Highlights tour of the American Museum of Natural History. It's nothing like your elementary school field trip to the museum. It's a wacky, weird, and wild adventure through the halls of the AMNH. These two-hour tours will teach you the incredible science behind the specimens on display, regale you with tales of explorers, and all of the museum's dirty little secrets.

Un-Highlights Tour of the American Museum of Natural History
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $69 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ Central Park West & 79th St, New York, NY 10024

VIP Night Tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Night Museum Tour in NYC

Explore the Metropolitan Museum of Art after dark with Museum Hack's VIP Night Tour of the museum. The VIP tour is recommended for a classy date night or girls night out. The two-and-a-half-hour evening tour gives guests a behind-the-scenes look at the best museum on the planet. You'll hear scandalous stories, saucy insights, and little known facts about the art and artists. You'll also hit the best photo ops in the museum, participate in challenges, and leave knowing you've had the best darn time in the museum. Plus, every VIP tour comes with a glass of wine.

VIP Night Tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $99 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028

Badass Bitches Tour

Museum Tour in NYC

Do you remember when feminism happened and Georgia O'Keeffe burst onto the scene and female artists were displayed as frequently as male artists? Museum Hack doesn't, either. On the two-hour Badass Bitches of the Met tour, Museum Hack guides will help you accomplish three things: 1) celebrate the women who are represented in the museum, 2) learn about women artists you don't know about, and 3) hack the patriarchy and, albeit briefly, increase the percentage of art on view by women. (Note: While this tour is all about celebrating feminism and female artists, there is no man-hating on tour.)

Badass Bitches Tour
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $69 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028

Museum Hack's Team Building Tours

Museum Tour in NYC

Museum Hack leads company team building activities at the best museums in NYC. Companies can choose from tours of the Met, American Museum of Natural History, Rubin Museum, Fraunces Tavern Museum, and Brooklyn Museum. All corporate events are quirky, fun, and optimized to promote maximum team engagement. Groups enjoy team photos, ice breakers, and tour customization. In 2018, Museum Hack led more than 200 company team building activities for top companies like Google, Facebook, and Amazon.

Museum Hack's Team Building Tours
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $99+ per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ New York, NY

Bus Tours in NYC

A great way to see more of NYC is to take a fun and educational bus tour.

Bus tours provide both transportation around NYC, and also an audio tour or live travel guide to share cool facts about the city's famous landmarks, neighborhoods and people.

A Slice of Brooklyn Bus Tours

Bus Tour in NYC

A Slice of Brooklyn Bus tours is a 5-star-rated bus tour company that operates fun four-and-a-half-hour tours of Brooklyn. Some of the sights you'll see with A Slice of Brooklyn include the Promenade, Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims, the Barclays Center, the Hotel St. George, Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park, and the original home of the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field. A pastrami (turkey or tuna) sandwich lunch at Junior's is included with your bus tour ticket.

A Slice of Brooklyn Bus Tours
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $80 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 2036 61st St, Brooklyn, NY 11204

Big Bus New York Tours

Bus Tour in NYC

Big Bus New York's bus tours offer hop-on, hop-off sightseeing of the Big Apple. You'll see famous NYC landmarks like the Empire State Building, Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, and Times Square. With a Big Bus pass, you can get on and off the bus at any Big Bus stop in the city.

Big Bus New York Tours
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $50 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ Inside Madame Tussauds, 234 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036

The Ride

Bus Tour in NYC

The Ride is an NYC bus tour with a theater on board. Hosts double as comedians who keep guests laughing through the 75-minute bus tour of Times Square and midtown Manhattan. All of the busses feature stadium seating. It's a fun, funny, and entertaining way to see the best sights of NYC.

The Ride
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $69 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ New York, NY

On Location Tours

Bus Tour in NYC

On Location Tours offers bus tours of some of NYC's most iconic TV shows and movies. Choose from a Sex and The City-themed tour, a Gossip Girls-themed tour, of a general tour of more than 60 locations featured in hit TV shows and movies. The climate-controlled bus makes the three-hour tour comfortable. Guests can hop off the bus at certain top locations along the tour.

On Location Tours
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $51+ per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 555 8th Ave #2003, New York, NY 10018

USA Guided Tours

Bus Tour in NYC

USA Guided Tours's Discover NY Tour is one of the best comprehensive bus tours for sightseeing in NYC. The six-hour tour weaves guests through NYC's best neighborhoods, with stops at landmarks like Times Square, Central Park, and Rockefeller Center. Guests are able to disembark and explore each of the top stops for 15 minutes. For nine months of the year, the tour includes a boat cruise to view the skyline; for three months, guests will enjoy a tour of Grand Central Terminal.

USA Guided Tours
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $89 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 1180 6th Ave, New York, NY 10036

NYC Walking Tours

If you are visiting NYC in the spring, summer or fall, then a walking tour is a great way to see more of the city.

Since the barrier to entry is low, there are many options for walking tours in NYC.

We've narrowed these options down to the best tours below.

Big Onion

Walking Tour in NYC

Big Onion Walking Tours offers several different walking tours of New York City, including Greenwich Village, Historic Harlem, Historic Hudson, an art, sex, and rock 'n roll tour, and an original multi-Ethnic eating tour. All in all, there are more than 30 walking tours in 20 different NYC neighborhoods. Big Onion Walking Tours has been operating tours of the Big Apple since 1991. All tours are given by history graduate students.

Big Onion
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $25+ per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 476 13th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Free Tours By Foot

Walking Tour in NYC

Free Tours By Foot offers a variety of different walking tours in NYC, depending on the neighborhood you want to explore and the sights you want to see. All of Free Tours By Foot tours are pay what you wish. Choose from tours of SoHo, Little Italy, and Chinatown or tours of the Brooklyn Bridge and Brooklyn Heights. Other options include a three-hour Downtown Manhattan (Financial District, Soho, Little Italy & Chinatown) walking tour or an NYC Christmas Movies tour.

Free Tours By Foot
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ New York, NY

Real New York Tours

Walking Tour in NYC

Real New York Tours offers walking and subway tours of New York City. Some of the tour offerings include a six-plus hour tour of NYC in a Day, where guests will be taken from Central Park to Lower Manhattan to see the famous and local city hotspots. Real New York Tours also offers a shorter, three-and-a-half hour tour of downtown, hitting the best areas in Little Italy, Chinatown, Greenwich Village, and SoHo. Real New York Tours also offers a variety of private tours for your group, including ones designed for kids, and a movies and music tour.

Real New York Tours
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $45+ per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ New York, NY

Big Apple Greeter

Walking Tour in NYC

Big Apple Greeter is a little bit different than your traditional walking tour. At Big Apple Greeter, guests to NYC will be matched up with local residents who will give tourists a tour of the area for the day. It's a cool way to see NYC through the eyes of a local. Tip: This is a popular option, so be sure to request a tour well in advance of your visit to NYC.

Big Apple Greeter
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ New York, NY

Grand Central Neighborhood Tour

Walking Tour in NYC

Grand Central Neighborhood Tour offers a free tour of Grand Central Terminal. You'll learn more about the building's architectural significance and see one of the coolest spots in all of NYC (Hint: It's on our list of hidden gems in the city). You don't need a reservation to take this tour, which runs on Friday afternoons.

Grand Central Neighborhood Tour
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017

Food Tours in NYC

NYC is a great city for foodies because of the vibrant culinary scene; some of the best chefs and restaurants in the world are here.

If you'd like a "tasting menu" approach to a specific theme, like pizza, dumplings or sushi, then a NYC food tour may be a great fit.

These food tours are also quite flexible, which makes them a fun thing to do both for tourists and locals, as well as for dates, attending alone or with your family.

Foods of New York Tour

Food Tour in NYC

Foods of New York offers six different pre-planned food tours of New York City, ensuring your stomach leaves the Big Apple feeling full and happy. The food tour options include The Heart and Soul of Greenwich Village, Chelsea Market and The Highline, The Original Greenwich Village, Flavors of Chinatown, Nolita and Little Italy's Secrets, and The Best of Brooklyn. No matter which tour you choose, you'll enjoy the best food NYC has to offer, ranging from pizza to Chinese food to pastrami to dessert.

Foods of New York Tour
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $65+ per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 9 Barrow St, New York, NY 10014

New York City Lights Dinner Cruise

Food Tour in NYC

Combine an incredible food tour of NYC with Big Apple sightseeing with New York City Lights dinner cruise. Enjoy a three-course meal and drinks, then transition to dancing on the river with the boat DJ. The yacht will cruise past famous NYC landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty, set behind beautiful city lights. You'll see NYC like never before from the river as you enjoy the tastes, sounds, and sights of the Big Apple.

New York City Lights Dinner Cruise
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $196+ per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 353 West St, New York, NY 10014

Best of Brooklyn Half-Day Food and Culture Tour

Bus + Walking Food Tour in NYC

The Best of Brooklyn Half-Day Food and Culture Tour is a top-rated food tour experience in NYC that combines walking and travel by bus to bring guests the best food Brooklyn has to offer. The five-hour tour includes food tasting at each stop, ranging from pizza to pierogies and kielbasa to pastrami. Vegetarian options are available.

Best of Brooklyn Half-Day Food and Culture Tour
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $139 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 29 Cornelia St, New York, NY 10004

Food Tour in NYC

The Village to Village Cupcake and Cookie Crawl is a dessert food tour in New York City. Tour attendees get skip-the-line access to NYC's best cupcake and cookie shops. All dessert tastings are included with your tour ticket price. This is a sweet way to indulge in some NYC desserts!

Village to Village Cupcake and Cookie Crawl
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $55 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ New York, NY

Turnstile Tours: New York City Food Cart Walking Tour

Food + Walking Tour in NYC

On this New York City Food Cart Walking Tour, guests can choose from either visiting the Financial District or hitting up Midtown to sample six of the city's top food carts. You'll enjoy fresh street food while hearing stories about the city and the history of the food cart scene. Six food tastings, a bottle of water, and a guided tour are included with your ticket price.

Turnstile Tours: New York City Food Cart Walking Tour
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $54 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ New York, NY

Shows in NYC

NYC is home to some of the greatest musical and theatrical productions in the world, plus more that tour here.

From Broadway shows to plays and musicals, to the opera, concerts and more, NYC appreciates the arts.

Shows in NYC

If you are looking for the best Broadway shows in NYC, then your search is nearly over.

Below, we've listed a few of the top Broadway shows, as well as shows that are well reviewed in the media and by the general public.

Wicked

Broadway Musical in NYC

Wicked is a Broadway musical based on the book by Gregory Maguire, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. The music and lyrics were composed by Stephen Schwartz and, to date in late 2019, Wicked is the sixth-longest running Broadway show. Wicked tells the story of The Wizard of Oz from the perspective of the Wicked Witch of the West. The original Broadway show has been playing at NYC's Gershwin Theatre since its 2003 opening. The original cast included Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel.

Wicked
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $105 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 222 W 51st St New York, NY 10019

The Phantom of the Opera

Broadway Musical in NYC

The Phantom of the Opera is the longest running show on Broadway. The show opened on Broadway on January 26, 1988, and has since run more than 13,000 performances. The Phantom of the Opera plays out of the Majestic Theater. The show has won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical is estimated to have grossed more than $800 million on Broadway and more than five billion worldwide.

The Phantom of the Opera
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $45+ per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 245 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036

Chicago

Broadway Musical in NYC

Chicago is an American musical set in the Windy City during the Jazz Age. The show first opened on Broadway at the 46th Street Theatre in NYC in 1975, where it ran for almost 1,000 shows. After a run on West End, Chicago earned a Broadway revival in 1996, and has remained ever since. Chicago can be seen at the Ambassador Theatre in NYC. Chicago has earned six Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Music, and a Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album.

Chicago
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $70+ per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 219 W 49th St, New York, NY 10019

The Lion King

Broadway Musical in NYC

The Lion King opened on Broadway in NYC on November 13, 1997. It is the third longest running Broadway show with almost 10,000 performances. The Lion King currently plays at the Minskoff Theatre. The musical has won six Tony Awards, including Best Musical in 1998, and a Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album in 1999. As of late 2019, The Lion King is the highest grossing Broadway show in history.

The Lion King
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $109+ per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 200 W 45th St, New York, NY 10036

Hamilton

Broadway Musical in NYC

Hamilton is an award-winning musical that is both sung and rapped. The musical tells the story of Alexander Hamilton and the Founding Fathers; it has received both box office and critical acclaim. Hamilton has been nominated for more than 16 Tony Awards, with 11 wins, to include Best Musical. The musical also earned a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album and a Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Hamilton
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $199+ per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 226 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

Plays & Musicals in NYC

Some of the best theatre in NYC is actually plays and musicals (sometimes known as Off Broadway Shows), because there is a brilliant variety of creatity, acting and writing styles.

Here are a few of the top plays and musicals in NYC that you should check out.

The Christmas Spectacular Starring The Radio City Rockettes

Must See Show in NYC

The Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes is an annual musical hosted at Radio City Musical Hall in Manhattan. The show offers original music, holiday favorites, the world-famous Rockettes, and an appearance from Santa Claus. The show, which first ran in 1933, has become a famous NYC holiday tradition. The Rockettes even make an appearance in the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The Christmas Spectacular Starring The Radio City Rockettes
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $45 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 1260 6th Ave, New York, NY 10020

To Kill A Mockingbird

Play in NYC

Harper Lee's classic 'To Kill A Mockingbird' has come alive on the NYC theater stage. Aaron Sorkin adapted the timeless novel, which now runs at Shubert Theater. 'To Kill A Mockingbird' has been named one of the best novels, if not the best, of the 20th century, and critics love the play version just as much, with Rolling Stone's Peter Travers noting: "Brimming with humor, generous heart and gritty provocation, 'To Kill a Mockingbird' is as timely as it is timeless."

To Kill A Mockingbird
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $139+ per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 225 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036

The Inheritance

Play in NYC

Matthew Lopez's play The Inheritance debuted in London to much success, thus sparking its run to NYC's Broadway stage. The Inheritance was nominated for eight Laurence Oliver Awards in 2019, winning several, including Best New Play, Best Actor, and Best Director. The Inheritance is currently in an open run in NYC. Critics from The Telegraph have called it "perhaps the most important American play of this century."

The Inheritance
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $39+ per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 243 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036

Perfect Crime

Play in NYC

Perfect Crime is NYC's longest running play. The romantic thriller tells the story of a psychiatrist who may have killed her husband. It's funny and, critics say, perfect for fans of true crime mysteries. The New Yorker had this to say about Perfect Crime: "A cunning little whodunit...Catherine Russell gives a sly, tough performance as the leader character, a wealthy Connecticut psychiatrist."

Perfect Crime
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $35+ per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 1627 Broadway, New York, NY 10019

The Minutes

Play in NYC

The Minutes is a play at NYC's Cort Theatre. The Minutes by Tracy Letts tells the story of the inner-workings of a city council meeting in a small town with the focus on the greed, selfishness, and hypocrisy -- but everything changes in a matter of minutes. From The Chicago Tribune: "Nothing in this explosive 90 minutes play is as it seems...A real-life heart-in-the-mouth experience."

The Minutes
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $49+ per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 138 W 48th St, New York, NY 10036

Food in NYC

NYC has a huge culinary scene that makes it perfect for foodies and other grub-aficionados.

A lot of lists include popular and trendy restaurants, and we went a step further to also include dessert spots and food trucks.

Our goal was to share fun places to eat in NYC, most of which won't break the bank and a few that are pretty famous.

You are going to love these NYC eats!

Restaurants in NYC

At last count, there are something like 400 million restaurants in NYC.

jk, jk, but really, there are A LOT of NYC restaurants and it can be hard to know which places to eat at.

We've highlighted some of the top restaurants in NYC to shorten your list.

Katz's Delicatessen

Deli in NYC

Katz's Delicatessen is perhaps the most famous restaurant in NYC and for good reason. Katz's is an iconic Jewish deli serving up many dishes that the Big Apple is famous for, in particular the pastrami on rye. Katz's is thought to serve more than 15,000 pounds of pastrami every week. The deli has appeared in many movies and TV shows and is perhaps best known for Meg Ryan's fake orgasm scene in the 1989 romcom When Harry Met Sally.

Katz's Delicatessen
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $10+ per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 205 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

Tavern on the Green

Restaurant in NYC

Tavern on the Green is perhaps the most famous restaurant in NYC. Located in the beautiful Central Park, Tavern on the Green is an elegant restored landmark. It was initially built in 1870 to house the sheep of the park's Sheep Meadow. After its restoration, Tavern on the Green became a restaurant in 1934 that has served celebrities, presidents, royals, artists, and guests to the city.

Tavern on the Green
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $14+ per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ Central Park, W 67th St, New York, NY 10023

Peter Luger Steak House

Steakhouse in NYC

Peter Luger Steak House has been a Brooklyn fixture since the 1880s. The restaurant is famous for its no-frills approach to being a steak house; casual attire and table dressings are the norm. Peter Luger's steaks are famously dry-aged and are served to guests on the same plates the meat is broiled on. Zagat once named Peter Luger the best steakhouse in NYC for more than 30 years in a row.

Peter Luger Steak House
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $20+ per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 178 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Grand Central Oyster Bar

Restaurant in NYC

Grand Central Oyster Bar has been a fixture of Grand Central Terminal for more than a century. Established in 1913, Grand Central Oyster Bar serves some of the city's freshest and tastiest seafood. The restaurant's atmosphere with vaulted ceilings and marble columns is well worth the visit; the delicious raw oyster bar puts it over the top for places to eat and things to do in NYC.

Grand Central Oyster Bar
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $2+ per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017

Gramercy Tavern

Restaurant in NYC

Gramercy Tavern is one of the best restaurants in NYC. Located in the Flatiron District, the Michelin Star restaurant has earned rave reviews, including a consistent labeling as the most popular restaurant in New York City by the Zagats Survey. The restaurant is owned by Danny Meyer, who is well known for creating several popular and delicious eateries in NYC, but critics consider Gramercy Tavern his best.

Gramercy Tavern
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $20+ per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

John's of Times Square

Pizzeria in NYC

John's of Times Square is a famed historic pizzeria housed in an old church in NYC's Times Square. John's routinely makes the cut of best pizzerias in the world. Famous for serving only whole pies and no slices, John's pizzas are all coal-fired in brick ovens and a cast iron pan with no temperature settings.

John's of Times Square
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $9+ per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 260 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036

Dessert in NYC

If you go to sit down restaurants then we almost always suggest you skip dessert.

Why? Because NYC is home to countless businesses that specialize in desserts.

You can get world class ice cream, pie, cupcakes, cookies and more. You just have to know where to look for the best places to eat.

Spot Dessert Bar

Dessert Bar in NYC

With more than 1500 glowing reviews, Spot Dessert Bar is a hotspot for post-dinner sweets in NYC. Spot Dessert Bar's options include Cookie Camp, The Harvest, Golden Toast, Matcha Lava, Pear-Fect, Chestnut Butterscotch, and a Coffee Mountain.

Spot Dessert Bar
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $7+ per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 13 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

Taiyaki NYC

Dessert in NYC

Taiyaki NYC is a Japanese ice cream store that serves its creative and unique flavors in a fish-shaped waffle cone. Try their unicorn cone or the mermaid cone. Flavor choices include matcha, red bean, unicorn, and Hojicha. Another famous dessert highlight includes Japanese Souffle Pancakes.

Taiyaki NYC
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $5+ per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 119 Baxter St, New York, NY 10013

Serendipity 3

Dessert in NYC

Serendipity 3 is an iconic NYC dessert shop (and restaurant) that has been in business since the 1950s. Serendipity 3 is best known for its Frrrozen Hot Chocolate and celebrity clientele, including Ryan Reynolds, Selena Gomez, Beyonce, and Kim Kardashian. The shop has also appeared in several Hollywood films, including One Fine Day, Serendipity, and Trust The Man.

Serendipity 3
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $10+ per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 225 E 60th St, New York, NY 10022

Popbar

Dessert in NYC

Popbar is an NYC ice cream shop on Carmine Street in the West Village. Here's where it's different from your typical ice cream store: there are no scoopers here! It's all handcrafted gelato, sorbet, and fro-yo served on a stick. Popbar offers more than 50 different flavors, ranging from classics like chocolate and vanilla to a walk on the wild side with bubble gum, green tea, or passion fruit. All bars can be customized with the available toppings of your choice.

Popbar
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $5+ per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 5 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014

ChikaLicious Dessert Bar

Dessert in NYC

ChikaLicious Dessert Bar offers fun, unique desserts in two different ways: 1) you can choose from the menu a la carte or 2) choose from their fixed-price menu that offers a wine pairing for your selected dessert. ChikaLicious Dessert Bar is a slightly more upscale experience from your traditional dessert shop. Reservations are recommended.

ChikaLicious Dessert Bar
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $19+ per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 203 E 10th St, New York, NY 10003

NYC Food Trucks

Welcome to 2019, where some of the best food in NYC comes on wheels.

The NYC food truck scene is heating up, with new food concepts appearing regularly.

We've listed a few of the best food trucks below to give you a taste of what NYC has to offer.

Taรฏm

Food Truck in NYC

Rave reviews have poured in for Taรฏm, an Israeli sandwich food truck roaming the streets of NYC. While all the food is well-received, the falafel gets top marks for being fried and crispy, and available in both platter and pita form. The food truck has even started offering Impossible meat food for vegan and environmental conscious lovers of Israeli food.

Taรฏm
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $6+ per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ New York, NY

Cinnamon Snail

Food Truck in NYC

Don't let the name deceive you; Cinnamon Snail's food truck in NYC cooks up more than just delicious cinnamon rolls. With a hearty breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert menu, there's a time of day and option for everyone. From pecan pancakes to the beastmode burger deluxe, this vegan fare promises to have even the biggest meat lovers in your group hungry for more.

Cinnamon Snail
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $5+ per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ New York, NY

Gorilla Cheese NYC

Food Truck in NYC

Gorilla Cheese NYC is the ultimate cheesy food truck in the Big Apple. Gorilla Cheese offers classic grilled cheese sandwiches with an array of dipping sauces in addition to a menu of specialty sandwiches, like a sharp cheddar, pulled park, and onion sandwich and a triple cream brie with prosciutto and strawberry preserves delight. Gorilla Cheese NYC lets your inner grilled cheese-loving child come out to eat with an adult twist on the classic.

Gorilla Cheese NYC
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $7+ per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ New York, NY

Jiannetto's Pizza Truck

Food Truck in NYC

Jiannetto's Pizza Truck is a top-rated pizza food truck in NYC, serving classics ranging from garlic bread and garlic knots to slices of pizza to chicken parm, stuffed shells, and baked ziti. Reviewers love this pizza food truck, noting: "These guys make some of the best pizza I've ever tasted in my life. They need to get a brick and mortar shop somewhere! They'd give all of the top pizza shops in NYC a run for their money! Delicious!"

Jiannetto's Pizza Truck
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $3+ per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 90 Front St, New York, NY 10043

Billyโ€™s Hot Dog Cart

Food Truck in NYC

Billyโ€™s Hot Dog Cart is a well-known hot dog stand in NYC's Central Park. Billy can often be found with his cart on 93rd Street and Central Park West. He has become a local icon serving hot dogs to both locals and tourists, with visitors noting: "Billy is a wonderful guy who clearly loves his job and offers up exactly what his customers want, a great hot dog for a great price. You cannot ask for more."

Billyโ€™s Hot Dog Cart
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $2+ per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ Central Park West, New York, NY 10025

NYC Nightlife

NYC is known for having a pretty dope nightlife scene.

From comedy clubs, to bars and clubs, the following are some of the best things to do in NYC tonight.

Comedy Clubs NYC

Some of the best comics in the world live in NYC or visit here, and you can see them at one of the top comedy clubs around the city.

If you are into nightlife, but tired of the bar and club scene, then going to a comedy club may be just what you need.

Gotham Comedy Club

Comedy Club in NYC

Gotham Comedy Club in NYC is a great spot for some laughs. Located in Chelsea, the club has been featured in several different movies and TV shows, including Last Comic Standing and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Some of the most famous faces to perform at the stand-up spot are Dave Chappelle, Jerry Seinfeld, Lewis Black, Chris Rock, Dane Cook, Artie Lange, Jim Gaffigan, Gabriel Iglesias, and Rosie O'Donnell. Sometimes, Seinfeld or Gaffigan will show up to perform on amateur night.

Gotham Comedy Club
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $20+ per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 208 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

Carolines on Broadway

Comedy Club in NYC

Carolines on Broadway is one of the most recognizable comedy clubs in the world. Situated in Times Square, Carolines offers top comedy shows every night of the year. Jerry Seinfeld, Tim Allen, Rosie OสผDonnell and Jay Leno all performed at Carolines during the early years of their careers and are credited with helping to catapult the venue to its astronomical success. Today, the club hosts a variety of performances and events, including comedy festivals.

Carolines on Broadway
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $18+ per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 1626 Broadway, New York, NY 10019

Comedy Cellar

Comedy Club in NYC

The Comedy Cellar is an iconic comedy club in NYC founded in the early 1980s in Greenwich Village. The Comedy Cellar is often considered one of the best, if not the best, in all of the United States. It differs from other clubs by using a showcase format vs a headline format; five to seven comedians will perform 10 to 15 minute sets each night. Frequent famous comedians who perform at the cellar include Dave Chappelle, Dave Attell, Colin Quinn, Jim Norton, and Louis C.K. The club is also credited with giving Aziz Ansari and Jon Stewart their starts.

Comedy Cellar
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $14 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 117 Macdougal St #1267, New York, NY 10012

New York Comedy Club

Comedy Club in NYC

New York Comedy Club is another that's tops in comedy clubs in NYC. The club has been in its Gramercy location since the late 1980s and is famous for its traditional brick wall behind the stage. The comedy room is lit with candles and the club offers a classic drink menu.

New York Comedy Club
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $39 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 241 E 24th St, New York, NY 10010

The Stand Restaurant and Comedy Club

Comedy Club in NYC

The Stand Restaurant and Comedy Club is a comedy club housed in a basement with a restaurant upstairs that serves traditional American comfort food. Comedians who perform in the venue include Chris Distefano, Joe DeRosa, Jackie Kashian, Yannis Pappas, Lev Fer, and Nikki Glaser.

The Stand Restaurant and Comedy Club
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $20+ per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 116 E 16th St, New York, NY 10003

Bars in NYC

Whether you are looking to get sloshed (bad idea) or just have a quiet adult-beverage with friends, NYC has the bar for you.

We've listed a few of the best bars in NYC below, which generally means the location, prices and atmosphere are good.

The Dead Rabbit

Bar in NYC

The Dead Rabbit is considered one of the best bars in NYC and has more than 4,000 reviews. The Irish bar is famous for its Guinness and Irish Coffee, as well as an extensive and evolving list of cocktails. The Dead Rabbit's menu is an Instagrammable work of art done in comic-book style featuring the character of the Rabbit. The bar earned a spot on The Worldโ€™s 50 Best Bars 2019 announced in October of 2019.

The Dead Rabbit
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $10+ per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 30 Water St, New York, NY 10004

McSorley's Old Ale House

Bar in NYC

McSorley's is the oldest tavern in New York City with an Irish theme. The bar opened in the mid-1800s as a men's only pub; women were only allowed in starting in 1970. Every piece of artwork that was on the wall in 1910 remains in place today. The bar has lots of memorabilia, to include a pair of Houdini's handcuffs. McSorley's was named to a list of NYC's top five historic bars in the city.

McSorley's Old Ale House
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $7+ per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 15 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

Fraunces Tavern

Bar in NYC

The Fraunces Tavern is one of NYC's oldest and coolest spots to grab a drink. The tavern dates back to the American Revolution. Fun fact: George Washington used to post up and knock a few back at the Fraunces Tavern in the 1700s. Bonus: Check out the awesome colonial museum attached to the bar before or after your drink!

Fraunces Tavern
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $8+ per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 54 Pearl St, New York, NY 10004

P.J. Clarkeโ€™s

Bar in NYC

P.J. Clarkeโ€™s, established in 1884, is a long-rumored favorite hangout of Frank Sinatra, Jackie Kennedy, Buddy Holly, and Nat King Cole. The building is famous for being a holdout and is surrounded by 919 Third Avenue, a 47-story skyscraper. While the building was once four stories, the top two were destroyed during the construction of the neighboring skyscraper. P.J. Clarke's has appeared in several movies and TV shows, including AMC's hit Mad Men.

P.J. Clarkeโ€™s
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $8+ per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 915 3rd Ave New York, NY 10022

230 Fifth Rooftop Bar

Bar in NYC

230 Fifth Rooftop Bar is the self-proclaimed biggest outdoor rooftop garden and bar in NYC. An enclosed lounge on the building's penthouse is perfect for cooler weather, while the outdoor rooftop bar is great to enjoy on warmer nights. Enjoy stunning views and relaxing greenery with a cocktail or two at 230 Fifth.

230 Fifth Rooftop Bar
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $12+ per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 230 5th Ave, New York, NY 10001

Clubs in NYC

Like 50, you may want to spend some of your time in da club.

You won't be disappointed, NYC has some of the best clubs on Earth and we've included the top choices below.

1 OAK

Nightclub in NYC

1 OAK has bucked the new trend of nightclubs emerging in NYC and has instead remained a traditional and classic club experience. 1 OAK has been in business since 2008 in the Chelsea neighborhood. With a 375-person dance floor, high-end alcohol, and live hip-hop, celebrities are spotted at 1 OAK.

1 OAK
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $10+ per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 453 W 17th St, New York, NY 10011

House of Yes

Nightclub in NYC

House of Yes is an NYC nightclub that takes entertainment to new heights. The club has hosted a wide variety of fun events, including roller-disco parties, deep house yoga and performances by aerialists and magicians. All events are 21+.

House of Yes
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $10+ per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 2 Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn, New York, New York, 11237

Trans-Pecos

Nightclub in NYC

Trans-Pecos is an all-ages nightclub in Queens with nightly live music and shows. Trans-Pecos was founded by Sam Hillmer, who created the experimental rock band Zs, and Todd Patrick, known in the music scene as "Todd P." Trans-Pecos is known for its laid-back vibe.

Trans-Pecos
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $10+ per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 915 Wyckoff Avenue, Queens, New York, 11385

Black Flamingo

Nightclub in NYC

Black Flamingo is an NYC club in Brooklyn. Inspired by Miami, Black Flamingo offers a dance floor with parties and events on the ground floor, and a Latin-inspired, vegan-friendly menu at the restaurant upstairs. Described as a plant-based taqueria and discotheque, Black Flamingo is paving the way for a new type of club in NYC.

Black Flamingo
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $10+ per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 168 Borinquen Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Good Room

Nightclub in NYC

Good Room is a Brooklyn nightclub in NYC that often hands the reins to underground musical acts. The club has two different DJ areas, a dance floor, and full bar. Good Room is a great spot to get a better feel for the local music scene in Brooklyn and New York City.

Good Room
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $10+ per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 98 Meserole Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

NYC Hotels

Looking for the best places to stay in NYC?

Or even just any place to stay?

There are many sites that specialize in accommodation, and we can't compete with those listings, but we can show you a few of the best hotels in NYC.

Luxury Hotels in NYC

If budget isn't a concern, then you may want to stay at one of these luxury hotels in NYC.

The Plaza

Luxury Hotel in NYC

The Plaza Hotel is a landmarked iconic hotel in Midtown Manhattan. The hotel and condo complex towers 20 stories into the NYC skyline. First opened in 1907, The Plaza has been home to numerous movie and TV scenes, including Home Alone 2: Lost In New York and The Great Gatsby. It's also the home of the famed character Eloise. Famous guests and visitors include The Beatles, Donald Trump, Liza Minnelli, Eartha Kitt, and Andy Williams.

The Plaza
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $1,135 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 768 5th Ave, New York, NY 10019

The St. Regis New York

Luxury Hotel in NYC

The St. Regis New York is a historic luxury hotel that has been in business for more than 100 years in the Big Apple. The St. Regis is a five-star rated hotel by both AAA and Forbes. Since its 1904 opening, the St. Regis has been home to history. John Lennon recorded "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" in his room at the hotel. Famous guests have included Alfred Hitchock, Marlene Dietrich, and Salvador and Gala Dali. Scenes from the acclaimed film The Godfather were filmed on the hotel grounds.

The St. Regis New York
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $735+ per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 2 East 55th Street At, 5th Ave, New York, NY 10022

The Langham, New York, Fifth Avenue

Luxury Hotel in NYC

The Langham, New York, Fifth Avenue is a five-star NYC luxury hotel. The Midtown hotel boasts a top restaurant in the Michelin-starred Al Fiori, a bar, a fitness center, rainfall showers, and unrivaled views of the Manhattan skyline. The Fifth Avenue hotel is a quick walk to Bryant Park and the Empire State Building.

The Langham, New York, Fifth Avenue
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $550+ per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 400 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018

The Beekman

Luxury Hotel in NYC

The Beekman combines history and luxury in its Financial District location. The Beekman offers vintage decor and furniture, wood floors, and minibars. The hotel also boasts two rooftop suites with stunning patios. On site are two restaurants, one French and one New American, and both led by famous and acclaimed chefs. The nine-story atrium and trendy bar make The Beekman a great luxury hotel in NYC.

The Beekman
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $275+ per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 123 Nassau St, New York, NY 10038

Baccarat Hotel

Luxury Hotel in NYC

The Baccarat Hotel is a five-star luxury hotel in Manhattan offering fine dining, a world-class spa, and top accommodations. The museum is located across from the Museum of Modern Art and close to famed attractions like the Empire State Building and Central Park. The French-inspired decor and cuisine enhance the hotel's luxury status. The Baccarat's spa is run by luxury cosmetic and skincare giant La Mer. The hotel also offers an indoor pool, gym, and car service.

Baccarat Hotel
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $900+ per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 28 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019

Boutique Hotels in NYC

There are some very cool boutique hotels in NYC, which are a nice change from the mainstream hotels.

If you want to find some unique places to stay, then this is the section for you.

Casablanca Hotel

Boutique Hotel in NYC

The Casablanca Hotel is a boutique hotel in Manhattan. Located in the Theater District, the Casablanca is next door to Times Square. The hotel features live piano each Friday night as well as a nightly cheese and wine reception. Fresh fruit, coffee, cookies, and tea are available all day. In addition to Times Square, the hotel is conveniently located to Rockefeller Center and Bryant Park.

Casablanca Hotel
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $233+ per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 147 W 43rd St, New York, NY 10036

The Ludlow Hotel

Boutique Hotel in NYC

The Ludlow Hotel is a boutique NYC hotel located on the city's Lower East Side. The Ludlow provides free WiFi in every room in addiction to hardwood floors, silk rugs, and Moroccan lamps. Bathrooms include mosaics, soaker tubs, and rain showers. The Ludlow's garden provides a relaxing and serene place to unwind after a day of exploring NYC.

The Ludlow Hotel
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $235+ per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 180 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

Boutique Luxury Hotel in NYC

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is a boutique luxury hotel in NYC's Brooklyn neighborhood. The hotel was named one of NYC's 10 best hotels by Conde Naste Traveler in 2019. 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge offers stunning views of its namesake, the Manhattan skyline, and the Statue of Liberty from its pool. Harriet's Rooftop is an awesome rooftop garden and bar worth visiting.

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $499+ per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 60 Furman St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Cachet Boutique Hotel NYC

Boutique Hotel in NYC

Cachet Boutique Hotel NYC is a great boutique hotel option near Times Square. Just a ten-minute walk from the hub of Times Square, the hotel is also closely located to the Empire State Building and the High Line. The hardwood floored rooms offer free WiFi, TVs, and rainfall showers. Suites are available; some have garden views. Cachet also offers a gym, farm-to-table restaurant, and rooftop terrace with a fireplace and garden for guests to relax in.

Cachet Boutique Hotel NYC
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $269+ per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 510 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036

The Mark

Luxury Boutique Hotel in NYC

The Mark is a luxury boutique hotel on NYC's Upper East Side. The Mark routinely hosts celebrities in its rooms, all of which are known for their lavish and luxurious decor. The Mark boasts impressive bath tubs, showers, and free WiFi. The on-site restaurant is led by renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. The Mark is well-located, near Central Park, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Guggenheim.

The Mark
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $555+ per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 25 E 77th St, New York, NY 10075

Budget Hotels in NYC

NYC is not a cheap place to stay in, however you can find some deals on hotels if you look for them.

To help with your search, we've listed a few of the best budget hotels in NYC.

Public Hotel

Budget Hotel in NYC

Public Hotel is meant to provide luxury at an affordable price. The 350+ room hotel does not offer turndown service, room service, or a front desk, but it does boast a rooftop bar with stunning NYC views and Hermes leather cushions. Creator Ian Schrager says of Public Hotel: "Public is the People's Hotel." The luxurious hotel is rich in amenities for everyone, but light on services that benefit individual rooms.

Public Hotel
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $195+ per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 215 Chrystie St, New York, NY 10002

The French Quarters NYC

Budget Boutique Hotel in NYC

The French Quarters NYC is a boutique hotel in New York City that's great for travelers on a budget. The hotel emulates European French quarters and New Orleans. Think brick, wrought iron, and gas lamps. The French Quarters offers a free breakfast, on-site restaurant with Cajun delicacies, and free WiFi.

The French Quarters NYC
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $200+ per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 346 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

Millennium Broadway Times Square

Budget Hotel in NYC

As far as budget hotels in NYC go, the Millennium Broadway Times Square is hard to beat with its prime Midtown location. The four-star hotel is well-reviewed with simple amenities and an on-site bar and cafe. The best part of the Millennium, however, its location. Both Times Square and Central Park are within walking distance of the hotel. It's a great option for travelers looking to explore the heart of NYC without breaking the bank on accommodations.

Millennium Broadway Times Square
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $165+ per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 145 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036

The Jane

Budget Hotel in NYC

NYC's The Jane is another strong option for travelers visiting NYC on a budget. While The Jane is only a two-star hotel, guest reviews push it closer to four out of five stars. The Jane is a historical West Village hotel that was once a home for sailors and serves as one of the city's top historical landmarks. Fun fact: Titanic survivors were housed at The Jane after the ship's famous sinking.

The Jane
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $109+ per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 113 Jane St, New York, NY 10014

St. Marks Hotel

Budget Boutique Hotel in NYC

St. Marks Hotel is a budget boutique hotel great for guests to NYC who don't want to spend their entire travel budget on accommodations. St. Marks Hotel has a great location in the city's East Village. Steps from Washington Square Park and a subway station, all of NYC is at your doorstep with a stay at St. Marks. The rooms are basic, but climate controlled. WiFi is available for an additional fee.

St. Marks Hotel
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $119+ per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 2 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

Cultural Things to do in NYC

Sure, you could come to NYC for a weekend of jello shots and debauchery, but you could also come for the cultural experiences.

Visiting parks, museums, historical sites and libraries is a great way to earn an appreciaiton for a city and NYC is no exception.

NYC Parks

With the exception of winter months, NYC is a great city for spending time outdoors.

Parks are an obvious inclusion on the list of places to visit both for tourists and locals, and we've listed some of the best parks in NYC below.

Central Park

Park in NYC

Central Park is perhaps NYC's most famous park, but in terms of area, it's only the fifth biggest park in the city. Covering 843 acres, Central Park is the most visited park in NYC with approximately 38 million guests walking its paths each year. In 1963, Central Park earned the title of National Historic Landmark. Some of the top things to do in Central Park include the Central Park Carousel, the Central Park Zoo, Tavern on the Green, the Delacorte Theater's Shakespeare in the Park series, the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, and Sheep Meadow.

Central Park
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ NYC

Bryant Park

Park in NYC

Bryant Park is a nine-plus acre park in Midtown Manhattan between Five and Sixth Avenue, and 40th and 42nd Street. One half of Bryant Park holds the New York Public Library, while the other half is a more traditional park with green spaces and amenities, including sculptures, art, a carousel, and a Winter Village. NYC Trivia: The "park" half of Bryant Park sits on top of the library's stacks.

Bryant Park
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ Between Fifth Avenue and Avenue of the Americas (Sixth Avenue) and 40th and 42nd Streets

The Elevated Acre

Park in NYC

The Elevated Acre is considered one of NYC's best kept secrets. Nestled away in the heart of the Financial District sits this one-acre park resting atop city buildings. The park boasts a lawn, an amphitheater, a beer garden during the hot summer months, and incredible views of the Brooklyn Bridge and East River. How to find it: look for the nondescript escalator at 55 Water Street that will take you up to the park.

The Elevated Acre
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 55 Water St, New York, NY 10041

Washington Square Park

Park in NYC

Washington Square Park is a close-to-10-acre park in NYC's Greenwich Village neighborhood. Washington Square Park is an icon right next to the heart of New York University. The park's two main recognizable features are the Washington Square Arch and thee park's fountain. Washington Square Park is also home to a number of statues, including tributes to George Washington, Alexander Lyman Holley, and Giuseppe Garibaldi.

Washington Square Park
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ New York, NY 10012

Prospect Park

Park in NYC

Prospect Park is a 526-acre public park in Brooklyn, NYC. About eight to 10 million people visit Prospect Park each year. Visitors to the park can enjoy Long Meadow, Litchfield Villa, Prospect Park Zoo, the Boathouse, and the only lake in all of Brooklyn. In 1975, the park was named a New York City Historic Landmark; five years later, it was named to the National Register of Historic Places. Prospect Park is as impressive as Manhattan's Central Park.

Prospect Park
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ Brooklyn, NY

NYC Museums

Have you heard the news? Museums are f***ing awesome!

We have a full list of museums in NYC, but here are a few of the best museums that you should definitely check out.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Museum in NYC

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the best museums in the world. The Met first opened in 1872 in NYC, and, since then, the museum has grown to own a stunning collection with more than two million pieces. Highlights of the collection include the Temple of Dendur, van Gogh's Self-Portrait with a Straw Hat, and Washington Crossing the Delaware.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $25 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028

American Museum of Natural History

Museum in NYC

The American Museum of Natural History, also referred to as the "Natural History Museum" or AMNH, is one of the biggest natural history museum in the world. It's also one of the most famous museums in NYC, and for good reason. The AMNH is home to more than 33 million different specimens, ranging from dinosaur fossils to meteorites to humans.

American Museum of Natural History
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $23 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ Central Park West & 79th St, New York, NY 10024

The Guggenheim

Museum in NYC

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in NYC was designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The Guggenheim Museum first opened in 1939; its body of art was heavily acquired through the acquisition of numerous private collections. In 1990, the Guggenheim was honored as a New York City Landmark. More than 15 years later, it received federal recognition with a designation as a Historic Landmark.

The Guggenheim
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $25 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 1071 5th Ave, New York, NY 10128

The Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration

Museum in NYC

With its doors first opening in 1892, Ellis Island was America's biggest site of immigration until 1924. More than 12 million people came through Ellis Island's doors looking to make the United States their new home until the facility closed in 1954. About 40 percent of today's population in America is thought to have ancestors who came through Ellis Island. The Ellis Island Museum opened in 1990 and tells the stories of the immigrants who sought a new life in America.

The Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $19 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ Upper New York Bay

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Museum in NYC

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is a military and history museum in NYC. The museum is hosted on the U.S.S. Intrepid, a retired aircraft carrier, that is docked in the Hudson River. The Intrepid Museum contains cool things to see, including an Exploreum, the Space Shuttle Enterprise, the flight deck where planes would take off and land during times of war, flight simulators, a submarine, and the British Airways Concorde. The Intrepid often hosts kids programming weeks so be sure to check to see if they have any specials going on when you visit.

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $33 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ Pier 86, W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

Historic Sites in NYC

Some of the world's most important history happened in NYC, and it would be unfortunate for you to miss it.

Here is our list of the best historic sites in NYC.

Seaport District NYC

Historic Site in NYC

The Seaport District NYC is a historic site in the city made up of restored wharf buildings originally built in the 1800s. Today, the Seaport District boasts great shopping, dining, and entertainment. Things to do in the Seaport District include the South Street Seaport Museum, Pier 17's rooftop, Bowne & Co, the Heineken Riverdeck, the Fulton Stall Market, and McNally Jackson.

Seaport District NYC
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 89 South St, New York, NY 10038

Hamilton Grange National Memorial

Historic Site in NYC

The Hamilton Grange National Memorial is the relocated home of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. The home's interior rooms have been restored to their original condition, and today the building serves as a museum and a historic site with exhibits and collections dedicated to the life of Alexander Hamilton. The Hamilton Grange National Memorial has also been called The Grange or the Hamilton Grange Mansion.

Hamilton Grange National Memorial
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 414 W 141st St, New York, NY 10031

Federal Hall

Historic Site in NYC

Federal Hall is the memorial of a historic building at 26 Wall Street in Manhattan's Financial District and was the first City Hall of New York City. The Greek Revival structure was built in 1703 and saw considerable history throughout its years, including being the place where the colonists Stamp Act Congress drafted its message to King George III demanding "taxation without representation" come to an end. Later, Federal Hall would be Congress of the Confederation, the home of the 1st Congress, and the spot of George Washington's presidential inauguration. The building was torn down in the 1800s; in its place is today's memorial, Federal Hall.

Federal Hall
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 26 Wall Street New York, NY 10005

Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site

Historic Site in NYC

The Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site is the recreated brownstone at 28 East 20th Street in Manhattan that served as the birthplace and childhood home of President Theodore Roosevelt. Roosevelt lived in the home from 1858 until 1872. In 1916, the home was torn down as part of a retail development. Within three years, the home site was purchased to preserve as a historic site.

Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 28 East 20th Street New York, NY 10003

General Grant National Memorial

Historic Site in NYC

The General Grant National Memorial is the site of the final resting place of President Ulysses S. Grant and his wife, Julia, and is the largest mausoleum in North America. The memorial is a classical domed mausoleum in Upper Manhattan in NYC. An estimated 80,000 people pay their respects to President Grant annually. The monument hosts art and events throughout the year.

General Grant National Memorial
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ W 122nd St & Riverside Dr, New York, NY 10027

NYC Libraries

Books are probably the greatest invention humanity has produced in our duration as a species.

Especially Asimov's non-fiction, for example: Asimov's Chronology of the World and the similar Chronology of Science and Discovery.

And you know where there are a lot of books? Libraries. And these books are free to read, which is pretty f***ing awesome!

The Morgan Library & Museum

Library and Museum in NYC

The Morgan Library and Museum in NYC is home to J.P. Morgan's private library. In 1966, more than 40 years after it became a public institution, the Morgan Library was designated both a New York City and a National Historic Landmark. The Morgan Library houses works from artists and writers to include Michelangelo, Raphael, Rembrandt, Picasso, Leonardo, Charles Dickens, Henry David Thoreau, Mozart, Charlotte Brontรซ, and Vincent van Gogh. The museum also has three Gutenberg bibles.

The Morgan Library & Museum
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street, New York, NY 10016

New York Public Library

Library in NYC

The New York Public Library is the country's second biggest public library system (second only to the Library of Congress) and the world's third biggest (coming in behind the British Library). The NYPL system has 92 locations and more than 53 million different items. The library can be seen in works of art, including movies and TV shows. The library often hosts exhibits and events for the local community to enjoy.

New York Public Library
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 476 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018

Columbia University Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Library in NYC

The Columbia University Rare Book & Manuscript Library is housed on the sixth floor of Butler Library on the university campus. The collection dates back more than 4,000 years to Mesopotamian times. The library has cuneiform tables, ostraca, papyri, astronomical instruments, maps, art, specimens, and more. In addition to the rare item collection, the library hosts a variety of exhibits that appeal to the university community as a whole.

Columbia University Rare Book & Manuscript Library
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 6th Floor East Butler Library, 535 W 114th St, New York, NY 10027

New York Society Library

Library in NYC

The New York Society Library is housed in a classic city townhouse and includes some of the best places to curl up with a book in the city. The library's Upper East Side location is New York's oldest book lender. The branch opened in 1754 and has more than 300,000 different works.

New York Society Library
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 53 E 79th St, New York, NY 10075

Brooklyn Public Library

Library in NYC

The central branch of the Brooklyn Public Library is the biggest in Brooklyn with an estimated one million visitors annually. The library's building was designed to look like an open book. It's also in a great location, overlooking Grand Army Plaza and landscaped gardens. The library is well praised for its youth collections and programs.

Brooklyn Public Library
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238

NYC Neighborhoods

While it may not be obvious in shows and movies, NYC is actually a very geographically diverse city.

Explore the various neighborhoods to find more of the top sights, best kept secrets and hidden gems in NYC.

Upper East Side

Neighborhood in NYC

The Upper East Side is a Manhattan neighborhood with boundaries from Central Park/Fifth Avenue, 59th Street, the East River, and 96th Street. The UES is considered to be one of NYC's wealthiest neighborhoods. Historically, following the Civil War, the area that is now the Upper East Side was destitute and desolate; it began to transform into a middle class neighborhood post-war and has continued to climb into a wealthy area today. Famous historic families to call the UES home include the Rockefellers, Roosevelts, Kennedys, Whitneys, and Dukes.

Upper East Side
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ New York, NY

Midtown Manhattan

Neighborhood in NYC

Midtown Manhattan is what many people think of when they think of the Big Apple: skyscrapers! Most of NYC's skyscrapers and its iconic skyline are part of Midtown. Landmarks in Midtown include the Empire State Building, Grand Central Terminal, Rockefeller Center, Broadway, Times Square, and the United Nations headquarters. It's also home to much of the city's commercial and business hubs.

Midtown Manhattan
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ New York NY

Lower East Side

Neighborhood in NYC

The Lower East Side is an eclectic NYC neighborhood with tenement-style architecture, upscale homes, and trendy shoppings. The LES typically attracts younger, millennial crowds to its nightlife scene of bars, concert venues, and dining. The LES has a big Jewish history, which can be seen in several ways throughout the neighborhood, including the famous Katz's Deli.

Lower East Side
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ New York, NY

Upper West Side

Neighborhood in NYC

New York's Upper West Side neighborhood is similar to the Upper East Side in that its a wealthy residential area with cultural institutions like the Lincoln Center, which houses the Metropolitan Opera and the New York Ballet. The UWS is also home to Barnard College and Columbia University, two nationally prestigious schools. The Upper West Side homes are predominantly brownstones, which makes it an appealing and Instagrammable neighborhood to walk through.

Upper West Side
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ New York, NY

Financial District

Neighborhood in NYC

Manhattan's Financial District is home to all things finance, including skyscrapers, Wall Street, and the South Street Seaport. FiDi boasts Stone Street, a pedestrian-only walking area lined with shops and restaurants. The Financial District is also home to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, along with the One World Trade Observatory. Architecture in FiDi is typically Gilded Age with mild Art Deco influences.

Financial District
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ New York, NY

NYC Shopping

If you love shopping then NYC has what you need.

Here are some options for the best shopping in NYC.

Canal Street Market

Shopping in NYC

The Canal Street Market in Lower Manhattan is a specially designed shopping and dining experience. The market offers various food vendors, a dining area, and a curated shopping experience with artsy vendors who sell via booths in the building. One of the top rated food items at the Canal Street Market is a Mexican Caesar Salad at Fresh & Co.

Canal Street Market
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0+ per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 265 Canal St, New York, NY 10013

M&M's World

Shopping in NYC

M&M's World is a top tourist attraction and shopping destination in Times Square. Almost anything you can think of can be purchased with M&M's on it at this shop, from pajamas to mugs to picture frames to keychains to magnets. You can also build your own M&M candy bag and learn what color M&M best suits your personality when you're "scanned" head-to-toe by the M&M machine.

M&M's World
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0+ per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 1600 Broadway New York, NY 10019

Saks Fifth Avenue

Shopping in NYC

Saks Fifth Avenue is quintessential NYC shopping at its Fifth Avenue location. The high-end retailer offers apparel, bags, accessories, shoes, and home goods, among its other products. Saks has occupied its Fifth Avenue home since 1924 and has become an iconic landmark for Big Apple retail shopping. Bonus: If you visit at Christmastime, be sure to stop by their incredible window displays detailing a holiday story.

Saks Fifth Avenue
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0+ per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 611 5th Ave, New York, NY 10022

Macy's Herald Square

Shopping in NYC

Macy's Herald Square is the flagship store of Macy's department stores. In Manhattan's Herald Square, Macy's occupies more than 2.5 million square feet. It is one of the biggest department stores in the entire country. Macy's moved into its flagship Herald Square building in 1901 and has been there ever since. In the 1970s, the building was designated a National Historic Landmark.

Macy's Herald Square
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0+ per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 151 W 34th St, New York, NY 10001

Bloomingdale's

Shopping in NYC

Bloomingdale's 59th street Manhattan location is the department store's flagship location. Bloomingdale's got its start with a hoop skirt in the 1800s. In 1886, the store moved into its 59th Street and Lexington location, where it still operates today. By the 1920s, the store encompassed an entire city block in space.

Bloomingdale's
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0+ per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 1000 Third Avenue 59th Street and Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10022

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