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.
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!