NYC Travel Guide: Where to Eat, Drink and Stay

Welcome to New York City I'm Jen and I will be your local guide sharing the top 30 things to do This goes beyond your stereotypical list

There will not be any Empire State Building on this list but instead this is about the experiences This is what to do, what to eat, drink, where to stay and when to visit Keep watching and if you enjoy this video don't forget to give it a thumbs up, click the subscribe button and if you please share it with your friends In a place nicknamed the Big Apple we have to start with food, but did you know quick fun fact that it is called a big apple not because of apples – it has nothing to do with food – but because of a 1920s racing column called "Around the Big Apple" So number one we have the bagel in New York City we are known for the bagel there's actually something in the water that makes our bagels super unique and you can also try a rainbow bagel at the bagel shop in Brooklyn Williamsburg I highly recommend it you can try it with eggs for a salty sweet combo or with a smear of confetti cream cheese which is super fun and colorful highly recommended it! Number two have a really good slice of pizza There are so many amazing pizza places that are definitely worth checking out

In Brooklyn Heights there is a fun rivalry between Grimaldi's and also Juliana's I recommend Juliana's which has a shorter line, just FYI, but if you're on a budget there are also some amazing $1 slices that you have to check out and go check out my challenge video for more"It's a little cold because I was talking for too long" Number three have a burger! Have a burger at a place like Shake Shack, which is a super classic or The Burger Joint, which is like a speakeasy hidden inside a hotel Number four have a pastrami sandwich you don't know how good this is until you try it! Head downtown to Katz's to have this pastrami sandwich which is a little bit pricey but so worth it and whatever you do don't lose your ticket! Number five food markets if you tried every single New York City restaurant one per day it would take you about 20 years to try all of them and that's not even including new restaurants popping up, so try a few different restaurants and a few different culinary styles all in one at a food market

Some of my favorite places are Smorgasburg which is especially during the summer and Chelsea Market open all year round which has some of the best tacos! Number six have a decadent dessert New York City had some of the best, biggest, most delicious desserts so while you're here you have to try something like this ice cream here at the Brooklyn ice cream factory in Brooklyn Heights Number seven enjoy brunch Come to a classy Instagramable spot like the River Cafe behind me with beautiful views of the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan skyline or go to a diner dive and have a milkshake worth sharing that's so big but so fun and colorful at a place like Big Daddy's or Blacktap Number eight have a "Cawfee" (coffee)

No not Starbucks I'm talking about a cute coffee shop complete with cats, board games, records you name it New York is known for some really great coffee and coffee shops Number nine take the subway or take a taxi The number one trick to figure out whether a taxi is taken or not is seeing if the light on top with the numbers is actually lit up If it is lit up that means that it is free and available, if not that means that it is taken If you want to learn more about the subway check out my other video all about the subway

Number ten take a helicopter ride I've actually taking a helicopter ride here in New York City, in LA, in the Czech Republic and Australia and my absolute favorite experience is here in New York because of all the tall skyscrapers you get an amazing perspective of the whole city from the air! Number 11 take a free ride on the Staten Island Ferry The Staten Island Ferry is the best free ride views of the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty so you don't have to spend a full day visiting the Statue of Liberty especially if you have a limited amount of time here watch my video for more of where to stand and where to catch it Number 12 visit another island head to the family-friendly Governor's Island Or with one Metro swipe head in a red tram over to Roosevelt Island

Number 13 go to Brooklyn! If you have time you must venture outside of Manhattan to other boroughs like Brooklyn my favorite spot is right here in Brooklyn Heights where you can have appreciation for this wonder by walking across it! Number fourteen visit a neighborhood! Travel around the world within New York City by visiting another neighborhood like Little India, Koreatown, Chinatown or the new Little Italy along Arthur Avenue in the Bronx Number 15 go to the top of a tall building The top three observatory decks here in NYC that you have to pay about $30 for with an amazing view are Top of the Rock, One World Trade Center (behind me) and the Empire State Building My top recommendation is to go to the top of the rock! The Empire State Building in your view for better views of the bridges head to the One World Trade Center, which is further downtown and has better downtown view 67 stories up we are on the Top of the Rock

I recommend definitely come here for sunset but come two hours ahead so that you make sure you get the right time slot! Number 16 go to touristy spots like Times Square even though some locals might warn you against it it is crowded for a reason is truly one-of-a-kind place and I remember when I first came to Times Square looking all around me it is so bright there are so many lights that you really have to check it out Even if it's a quick visit you need to come to Times Square just to see it at least once! number 17 go to a museum New York City has over a hundred museums I recommend you travel uptown to the Museum Mile, a collection of ten museums including the Cooper-Hewitt, the Guggenheim and the Metropolitan Museum of Art If you have a short period of time come visit my favorite Museum: the Metropolitan Museum of Art also known as "The Met" It has a really great Egyptian wing including the temple of Dendur, which was fully relocated and saved from the floods of the Nile, also they have seasonal costume exhibits at the costume Institute number 18 Go on an adventure! If you enjoy rock climbing you will love coming here under the Manhattan Bridge and you can climb and Boulder right here outdoors or on the actual rocks that make up Central Park

Number 19 go to a park! Even though it is called the concrete jungle there are so many wonderful parks here You can enjoy a beautiful day in Central Park or even the High Line which is an elevated railroad tracks-turned park or even a park near you number 20 Watch the sunset or if you're an early riser watch the sunrise! Two of my favorite places for watching the sunset are here in Brooklyn Heights overlooking the pylons or in Gantry Plaza in Queens Number 21 get lost in a book If you love books you'll love the strand bookstore or the Morgan library or the New York Public Library, right next to Bryant Park Number 22 See a show! Known for some of the best shows in the world you can see revivals and classics on Broadway and for more affordable shows go to off- Broadway or off off Broadway, the more offs the more affordable it is! Number 23 see a movie differently! Enjoy a movie under the stars in a New York City Park like Bryant park or have a dine-in theater experience at a retro-style theater like Nighthawk

Number 24 Wear whatever you want! Most New Yorkers do wear black but you can wear whatever you want even if you wear a rainbow colorful tutu, New Yorkers wouldn't give you a second glance! Number 25 have a night out on the town! It is called the city that never sleeps for a reason Enjoy classy cocktails at a hidden speakeasy or dive bars that have pool, live jazz and ping pong, like one of my favorites Fat Cat Number 26 go shopping or at least window shopping head uptown to 5th Avenue for some of these prettiest windows or go vintage shopping in Brooklyn Head to Soho for some more fun shopping and cobblestone streets Also check out my video about Soho for more! Number 27 follow in famous footsteps there are so many iconic series and movies that are shot here in New York as their backdrop from Friends to Seinfeld to Sex in the City and Gossip Girl you can go on custom tours that follow all of these movies and series around the city

Number 28 stay somewhere unique! For convenience Midtown Manhattan is the best location to see Times Square, a lot of midtown Manhattan attraction and it's really close to the subway but I also highly recommend Airbnb I have stayed in Airbnbs as staycations here in New York City and definitely loved that local authentic experience if you stay with a super host or just a really good host they will give you recommendations of places right near you and some of their local hidden gems You can also use my code down below just get $40 off your first Airbnb you can stay in a modern skyscraper or a Brooklyn brownstone just like this one! Number 29 do something different! I wish I could include everything that is in New York City in this whole video but I can't so definitely look up your favorite thing and see if there's a museum or an exhibit or even a tour dedicated all to it You would be surprised there are some really fun quirky, unique things that this city has to offer that you can't find anywhere else! Number 30 visit again in a different season! As New Yorkers think New York is the center of the universe you will likely want to come back again So my favorite time to visit is definitely the spring when you can see the cherry blossoms and it is not as warm and crowded as the summer months which is the most popular time so my top recommendation is to visit during the spring in April or May or in the fall during September and October when you can hopefully see the leaves changing color which is so beautiful and the fall weather is much better than summer

If you love the holidays you will love visiting the city in December and January that is when you can go ice skating at Rockefeller Center or the less crowded Bryant Park You can even enjoy beautiful window displays at Fifth Avenue and see the Rockefeller tree! I'm Jen thank you so much for watching the top things to do in New York City Guide, while you're here feel free to watch my other New York City videos and if you enjoyed this give it a thumbs up click the subscribe and bell button and if you know someone who might enjoy this video please click share! As always say YES to new adventures and I'll see you next time! Bye!

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