31 Jan 2016 68 comments

My Ultimate Guide To New York.

New York Guide

My gift to you all this peaceful Sunday is a rather large New York guide! I said I would do a city guide in full for you, as New York is one of those places that you want to see a lot of.

We’ve been twice to NYC twice now, so I’m not quite the expert, but I think we found some gems worth sharing. We really didn’t stop when we were there! It’s such an incredible city, with so much to pack in. When we went in December, I was wishing for someone to make me a guide by area so we could fit in as much as possible, so I’ve kind of done that for you guys. It’s ideal for when you’re snooping around Soho and fancy something to eat or whatever!
We always see the city on foot, because you do stumble across gems and see more that way – although the Subway is cheap so don’t rule it out!

I have made printable lists for anyone lucky enough to be heading to the city any time soon, I made three in total so you can decide if you want one, two or all three! I kept it brief, though my advice would be to have a browse at the places on Google Maps first, just to see where things are and if there’s anything nearby that you want to see. You can add that to your list, and go from there. Yay for being an organised explorer!

Here’s a little rundown of my highlights too…

My top five New York experiences are:

– Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir in Central Park. Incredible views, and quite the workout too!
– Catching a Knicks game at Madison Square Garden. So touristy but so much fun! Grab a beer and take it all in.
– Top of the Rock! Amazing views in all directions from the Rockefeller Center. Plus, it’s quicker and quieter than Empire State Building and One World Observatory (although the latter is immense!).
– Walking over Brooklyn Bridge. We went on a sunny day early in the morning. Amazing views!
– The Nasty Show at Comedy Cellar was a hilarious experience, we were sipping cocktails and LOLing all night!

My top five restaurants are:

– Brunch at Egg Shop, my absolute favourite breakfast spot ever. Honestly, this place is worth a trip alone.
– Jacks’ Wife Freda. Amazing dinner here, with an awesome atmosphere and lovely staff.
– Naya Express. A great Lebanese pitstop, I absolutely adored this easy eatery!
– Sushisamba. Incredible sushi, pretty interiors, amazing cocktails. Need I say more?
– Shake Shack. It really is amazing, especially the outdoor location in Madison Square Park. So. Many. Squirrels.

New York Guide

A few things to note. These are my recommendations, if I’ve missed something off that you thought was amazing, I can’t vouch for that because I haven’t been so it won’t be on the guide!
Also, I’ve only covered Manhattan up to Central Park. I just figured that that would be what people would be after – I do really recommend Brooklyn, but that’s a whole other guide on its own. Like I said, the place is huge!

Hopefully you all find these helpful, they were tricky to do as I wasn’t sure how to actually lay them out in a way that was easy to understand. I think I’ve nailed it.
To download, just click the links below and either save or print. Or both.

Click here to download a New York City map, with my recommendations.

Click here to download a list of New York recommendations by area.

Click here to download a list of New York recommendations by activity.

Now, go browse Skyscanner until you find cheap flights! Anyone got a trip to NYC booked?

PS. Shoutout to Chelcey for the map!

  • Love this guide!! Great tips.

    Kisses from http://poshnessary.com ❀

  • Ly

    I would love to go to New York one day.
    I really loved the last post you did about New York.


  • sophia cook

    Please can you do a post on Brooklyn too as we would love to spend a day there when we visit in October, we don’t know where to start!

  • emily couture

    Such a great post and love the look of New York πŸ™‚

    emily xx


  • I went two weeks ago but I wish I’d seen this guide before, all those restaurants sound so good! Also agree that Top of the Rock is amazing!

    Millie x | Millie’s Wardrobe

  • This is great! I’m going to NYC end of April for the first time, can’t wait! xo

  • Lovely post! I’ve New York on my travellist!

  • Emerald

    It’s my absolute dream to go to New York, and this guide has just made me more excited. Ahhhh!

    emerald | Life By Emerald

  • Matina

    Thank you for all your recomnendations! They sound amazing!

  • Louise Parker

    We’re going to NY in May and I can’t thank you enough for doing this. I’ll be printing the lists / map to take with us. Great idea. Soooo excited – not been before x

  • This post has me wanderlusting like crazy! I adore NYC but have only been once, it’s such a long flight from Melbourne πŸ™ I definitely want to go back as soon as I can, so have saved this post for future reference!

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

  • This is definitely an ultimate guide. You’ve given me serious wanderlust after reading this! x

    Jodie // Jodie Loue

  • thank you so much for this, great recommendations! x

    CLUB AVENUE / http://club-avenue.blogspot.com / instagram

  • This makes me want to New York again!

  • Mia Dreckett

    Going in April – trying to soak in as much info as I can before then… Watched your blog this AM – πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ

  • Eve MacDonald

    This is SO helpful & amazing, thank you!
    I’m going to New York in December & these will help so much.
    Also, watched your vlog and i’m thinking of staying at the Hudson too, how did you find it location wise?
    Eve xo

  • Ashley Christabelle

    This is making me want to travel ASAP! Gonna give NYC another try in the future x


  • Rai

    I want to go to NYC so bad! I’m going to keep this post bookmarked for when I actually go! Which will hopefully be sooner than later haha

    Rai | utterardour.blogspot.com

  • Chloe

    They sound amazing!

  • I’m going to New York this summer and I could not be more excited.

    Evie x | EvangelineLouise

  • I need to go there asap omg


  • Ashley

    Yaay the guide is available before we head off on Tuesday πŸ™‚ Thanks!

  • kirsty_garry

    Kate this is amazing – thank you! Definitely saving all these to Pinterest immediately for future travel times! This is going to sounds so geeky, but I just found out you can transfer tesco club card points to air miles, so I’m slowly saving for a trip to NYC or Tokyo!

  • Thanks for the tips Kate I just booked to go to New York at the start of March so will definitely check some of your recommendations out!!


  • I want to go to New York SOSOSO bad! I love the idea of going there, the photos sold it all to me xx

    lovely post,
    Daizy from <3| http://www.ZyaandDaizy.wordpress.com

  • So very helpful, Kate. I’ve been to NYC twoce but theres still so much I’m yet to discover. Cannot wait to go back!

    Tamsyn-Elizabeth | Peaches and Bear

  • Jess Sims

    Awesome post girl. Can’t wait til we hit up the city together one day. Also still so glad you loved Egg Shop as much as I did x

  • I miss New York so much! I live fairly close, but I don’t have the time to go right now. I hope I can make it out there soon! I loved this post! As always, your photos are perfect.

    Jasmine / http://www.jasminekeclipse.com

  • I can’t deal with this post. Makes me too depressed. I NEED to go to new york!!
    Ivy xo

  • Trudy Johanna

    I neeeed to go!! x
    Trudy | TrudyJohanna

  • I’ve been having a serious case of wanderlust lately, and you’ve just reminded me how much I miss New York! πŸ˜€ Haha can’t wait to go back! And thank you so much for all of these amazing restaurant recommendations! The highlight of every trip is the food we eat hahah πŸ˜›

    XO, Elizabeth

  • This is so useful thank you so much! I’m going to NY in May and will vlog the trip too (nicsnutrition on youtube if you want to see it!!) .. eek you’ve made me so excited now thanks!! xx

  • New York is absolutely on my next place to go, i want to do a few stopovers in the USA!

  • Thank you for the guide! I am going to NY in March and will definitely add these suggestions to my itinerary!

    Laila from Townhouse Palette

  • I’m going to New York in March for the first time ever, I’m so excited and this is very helpful thank you! πŸ™‚

    Ella xx


  • New York is definitely on my bucket list.. it just looks and sounds incredible! One of those places you cant imagine until you’ve actually been! xx

    Ciara Rose | http://www.ciara-rose.com

  • I visited New York City last year and had a blast! I’d love to go back again, and Jacks’ Wife Freda is at the top of my list. I really wanted to go last time, but just didn’t get the chance! Now you’ve mentioned it, it’s reminded me to make a note of it! πŸ™‚

  • Anna
  • Thank you! Going to NY for the first time in March, and I’m super excited!! (:

  • Maggie

    I love this idea! Please do this for all the places you visited! I would to see one of your area incase I ever visit!


  • This is perfect as im looking at booking to go later this year. It looks and sounds incredible! x

    Emma | Emmys Beauty Cave

  • I go to school in Scotland but live in NYC otherwise and it’s really like no other city. She’s a difficult mistress to part with! Next time you’re in NYC you should try Quality Meats and Dos Caminos restaurants.
    xx, Pia


  • I want to go back to NYC to badly!!! πŸ™‚

  • bloggingthroughthemirror

    Aaaaah this post made me remember when I went to New York. I’d never been on a plane, I’d never even left Manchester before but off I went, on a plane by myself! Eeek! Luckily I have family who live right in the city! Ahhh it was amazing


  • Argh, I really really want to go to move to NY to live and work there. One day…

    Always Emily | Bloglovin’

  • Aleks

    Kate please share which camera did you use to take these pictures? Is it your Olympus Pen camera?

  • I really must go to NYC! It looks amazing.

    Nourishing Amelia | Food, Health and Lifestyle Blogger

  • Sahra

    oooh I LOVE this! I can’t wait to visit my former home later this month <3

    XO Sahra
    Que Sera Sahra

  • Thank you so much for these πŸ˜€ I’m going in June for the first time on my birthday and can’t wait! xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

  • Shake Shack! This makes me miss New York so much…



  • Sami Brown

    I want to go!! Love the map you made with your recommendations, I’ll definitely be printing it off when I finally get to go πŸ™‚
    Sami | Daisy-daydreams.com

  • Lucy Birchall

    GAH! Kate this is absolutely brilliant, I’m looking up flights to New York right this second. This is so so so perfect and I have no idea how i’d fit all of that into one trip but imma make it happen, OK?! Bet you anything there’ll be tonnes of people wandering around New York in the future with these guides, we’ll need a little ‘code’ of acknowledgement if we spot one another, ha.

    She’s So Lucy

  • Becca D

    My husband and I are heading to New York in April. We’ve been a few times but it’s always great to check out new places! Thanks for the guide. We live in Glasgow as well have you done one for here? So many cute places for fun days out! πŸ™‚

  • Beauty Bird

    I want to go to New York for my 30th next year so big thanks for this! Bookmarking πŸ™‚ xx

    Ramblings of a Beauty Bird | Beauty Blog

  • My mom and I are planning a trip to New York for around April/May in honour of my dad who loved it there, so I will definitely bookmark this and come back later down the road to properly plan our trip since it will be our first time ever there πŸ™‚

    – alejandra // sieleth.com

  • Rach

    Hey Kate, I’ve been looking at skyscanner for flights to New York- did you use the site ‘go to gate’ for your tickets? Mixed reviews online πŸ™

  • New York is so beautiful!

  • I still haven’t tried Shake Shack…. but it’s so high up on the list!

  • Love NYC. We have been three times and got married there in 2012. Its always nice to see recommendations that are a bit different.

  • Frank and Beauty

    Thank you so much for doing this post! I’m going to New York for my first time in May, and have already started planning what to do, so your guides will be really useful! Thanks again =] Sam xx

  • OMG, Kate, that’s exactly what I need! I’m planning to go with my husband and best friend to New York by June. Thank you once again!

  • jackie lenox

    with so many cool independant stores you’ll never see anywhere else, why on earth are there so many cheesy chain stores on this list?! Victoria’s Secret? really?

  • Even though I live in NY, I still haven’t been to a few of these. I get so used to going to my regular places that I find that I hardly venture out anymore which is such a mistake when living in such a great city!


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  • New York looks amazing!! Im hoping to go at the end of the year, fingers crossed.

    Leonie β™₯ Lo On The Go
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  • Absolutely love this post and so helpful. I’m going to New York in June and I honestly can’t wait!

    Alicia πŸ™‚


  • mathilde

    This post is really helpful thanks for the printables! NY is, of course, on my travel list so I would come back when it’s the time to flight to the big apple. Have a nice weekend!
    Mathilde | http://flavietherese.wordpress.com

  • Great post! I absolutely love going to the top of the Rockefeller it’s so much fun!

    Abigail Alice x | Latest: Getting Festivals for Free!

  • J’adore! I’m dying for a trip to NYC now… <3