ULTIMATE NYC TRAVEL GUIDE
One of the most popular questions when friends visit are what are some of my fave spots. so i put together this guide in case you’re headed to NYC in the future and need some recommendations on where to stay, eat, etc.
I love to see your guys pics in the city so if you visit any of these recommendations be sure to let me know what you guys think!! New York is expensive so be prepared to drop some dough, but there are definitely things you can do to keep the cost down, like not dinning out at every meal, walking around instead of uber, and finding low-cost or free things to do in the city.
Central Park is a great location for families. With many great options in this area, 1 Hotel is a boutique hotel has great views of Central Park and has a greenhouse theme.
South of Houston Street (SoHo) if you enjoy the quietness and do not want to be near Times Square, great shopping and lots of options for bars and restaurants. NoMo SoHo is one of my favorite places as it has a beautiful exterior and very trendy hotspot. The Sixty SoHo is another great boutique hotel and in the perfect area!. The Roger in midtown is another boutique hotel which is in a prime location! If you’re looking to be closer to Soho or want a hotel with a bit of a fresher feel, I’m a HUGE fan of the Innside Nomad, with spectacular views and awesome terraces.
Times Square for first timers who enjoy being in the center of it all. Hyatt Times Square is great as it also has an awesome rooftop bar called Bar 54. The Knickerbocker is another great option with a rooftop bar called St. Cloud, enviably perched directly beneath the iconic New Year’s Eve Ball!
Union Square is great for convenience as it has most subways located at Union Square. The Edition Hotel is a gorgeous hotel located right across Madison Square Park.
Lower East Side (LES) is close to downtown FIDi and easily accessible to points in Brooklyn! If you’re looking to stay around this area I definitely recommend Hotel Chantelle.
Ellens Stardust Dinner
Jacks Wife Frieda
Cececoni’s (waterfront in Dumbo)
Beauty & Essex
While we were young
Citizens of Chelsea
Citizen of Chelsea
Beauty and Essex
Clinton Street Baking'
Asiate @ Mandarin Oriental
While We Were Young
Dominique Ansel (known for the cronut and the chocolate chip cookie milk shot)
Rainbow Bagel - The Bagel Store (Brooklyn)
Blank Slate Coffee
L Room Cafe
Jimmy at the James
Penthouse At Dream
Up N Down
230 fifth rooftop
While We Were Yoing
Please don’t tell
Down The Hatch
Soho: This is one of my favorite places to shop in NYC, they have just about any store you could want.
5th Avenue: Think your major box stores + luxury brands. 5th Avenue is iconic area for shopping in NYC.
Bleeker Street: I mentioned before that we like to walk a lot when in NYC, and we just so happened to take this street when walking in lower Manhattan. There are so many cute shops we stumbled upon on this street!
Canal Street: All along this street (basically the whole area) you’ll see tables of goods and these are your lower price, designer dupes! I definitely recommend negotiating, never pay full price for these!
Visit Central Park
Empire State Building Observation Deck
Grand Central Terminal
Walk The Hhighline/Chelsea market
Statue of Liberty
Look for a free event or pop-up
One World Observatory & 9/11 Memorial
Helicopter Ride over New York City with FlyNyon
Top of the Rock/ Rockefeller center + Radio city
Visit a Museum
Hudson Yards + The vessel
Top of the Rock/Empire state building
Washington sq park
Pietro Nolita (Pink as F#$% place)
Museum of Color
The Moxy Hotel (outfront)
Public Hotel neon escalator
Flat Iron Building
Madison Square Park
1. If you drive, make sure you plan on where to park. Most hotels have a valet option and will store your car (but you cant go in and out) for a fee per day. Most average around $50 a day. Another option would be to park outside the city at the airport and uber in or at a train station and take the train in!
2. New York is a fact paced environment. It is not like heading to the beach. People walk fast and will get annoyed in you get in their way. Don’t get me wrong, people aren’t complete buttheads, but its definitely a place meant for business, so be mindful of your surroundings and as long as you’re not holding anybody up you should be gucci! *NOTE: PLZ DON’T WALK 3+ ACROSS A SIDEWALK, I know you want to converse with your friend but when people are trying to pass by you, New Yorkers find it a little rude when you’re obnoxiously taking up the entire sidewalk.
3. Make a plan, the city is huge.It is nearly impossible to hit every neighborhood and do everything. Since the city is so big and most of the popular places to visit (Statue of Liberty, Twin Towers exhibit, China Town, Times Square, etc.) are all so far apart, so i suggest you make a plan. Also, take where you’re going to walk to and where you’re going to take a Lyft or taxi into consideration and the time it takes to get in between!
4. Pack a portable charger. You will want it!
6. If you plan on eating out at a particular restaurant, make reservations. Places tend to fill up pretty quick unless its just you and you want to sit at the bar!
7. Pack for the season. I always recommend layers. The winter is super cold in the city, especially with the wind and the summer is super hot so be prepared!