Whether you’re a first time visitor or have been here several times before, there are plenty of opportunities to experience the city.
Newcomers should definitely check out the Empire State building, Rockefeller Center, Times Square & Central Park. The best views of the city – in our opinion – are from the Top of the Rock. You might want to consider taking a bus tour, like Circle Line, where you can get on and off the bus at your convenience to take in the city’s major sights. Don’t worry about seeing the Statue of Liberty - you will have great views of it and the city skyline from the boat cruise on Saturday afternoon.
For many, a trip to New York is not complete without seeing a Broadway show. Some shows that we have seen and really enjoyed were Billy Elliot, Jersey Boys, & In the Heights. For discounted tickets to most of the major shows on the day of, check out the TKTS booth in Times Square on Broadway & 47th Street. Cheaper alternatives to Broadway are comedy clubs – some recommended ones are Comedy Cellar, Caroline’s on Broadway, & Gotham Comedy Club. There are also plenty of world-renowned museums to check out – MoMA, the Met, the Guggenheim, & the Whitney are just a few of the major ones.
Shopping in the city is a personal favorite activity : ) Head uptown on the East side to check out the landmark destinations such as Barney’s and Bergdorf’s or downtown neighborhoods like Soho, Nolita, West Village, LES for more boutique / specialty shopping. Check out the Lucky magazine NYC shopping guide on the resources tab for a by-neighborhood overview of the best shops to hit.
Simply walking around the city checking out the different neighborhoods is a fun way to spend an afternoon or evening. We recommend walking across the Brooklyn Bridge or the aboveground High Line park in Chelsea. Great neighborhoods for walking during the day are Greenwich / West Village, Nolita / Little Italy, & Soho. These areas are also trendy nightlife locations, in addition to the Meatpacking district & the Lower East Side. Some of our favorite restaurants we recommend are Public (Nolita), Stanton Social (LES), Enoteca (LES), Dos Caminos (Soho), Babbo (West Village). Great brunch spots are Blue Ribbon Bakery (West Village), Friend of a Farmer (Gramercy), Pastis (Meatpacking District), 100 Acres (Soho).