New York is my favourite city in the world. There’s so much to do and see, and there’s always such an exciting buzz, in the words of Frank Sinatra – it really is a city that doesn’t sleep! So, I thought I’d put together some of my favourite places to go and things to do in the city – from eateries and bars to sightseeing and galleries. I hope this guide to New York helps you to plan your trip, and you enjoy the places as much as I do!
I love art and for me, one of the best things about New York is the galleries, there is some pretty incredible collections. I’d recommend at least going to one whilst you’re there – even if its not really your thing.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Met is probably one of New Yorks most iconic museum, from Gossip Girl to the Met Gala – everyones knows about it. There is such an extensive collection of pieces here that it is worth having a look what you want to see as you could quite easily spend your whole day looking around. If you’re in New York after the Met Gala, then there is an exhibition with outfits and accessories from different designers alongside the historical artefacts.
The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
I LOVE MOMA. It has such an amazing collection from Picasso to Pollock and of course it’s incredible seeing Andy Warhol’s work exhibited in his home city. There is also the MOMA Design Store across the street with contemporary things for the home and yourself which is worth a visit too!
The Whitney Museum of American Art
Located in the trendy Meatpacking District, the Whitney has a collection of 20th century and contemporary pieces, alongside pieces from living American artists. There is a great view from the terrace overlooking the Hudson River and the Studio Cafe is a great place for a spot of lunch between browsing.
Walk The High Line
There is an entrance onto the High Line just down from The Whitney, so it’s great to combine these two things into your day. The High Line is an old railway line, turned gardens along the West Side. It’s a great walk with street art and perfromers to keep it really exciting.
A View of the New York Skyline
It’s so worth booking either going up The Empire State Building or Top of the Rock for a panoramic view of NYC. Personally, I prefer The Empire State Building, purely because of the exhibition where you learn everything about the skyscraper – from how it was built to its use in films.
Whether you’re hiring a bike or just wandering around – this park is a fantastic one to explore. Who doesn’t love a park to escape the city for an hour or two, and there are so many parts you’ll pass that you have seen in films and TV shows. Music lovers will want to hang around the iconic ‘Imagine’ mosaic in Strawberry Fields.
If you’re out and about in New York during the day, you can stop at pretty much any pizza place and get a great slice. But, if you’re looking for something a bit more specific then I’ve put together some of my favourite places I’ve been to.
La Contenta Oeste
This could actually be my favourite restaurant in New York, yes – it’s THAT good. La Contenta Oeste is a cosy bistro in Greenwich Village. The restaurant is so accomodating with a fantastic cocktails (the whole bar is tequila, mezcal and agave – yum) and incredible Mexican food of fantastic quality. If you’re in New York, I couldn’t recommend this place more.
Buddakan is super trendy and a great place to spend an evening if you wanted to go somewhere more up-market for dinner. I’d suggest going earlier than your booking to have a drink in the upstairs bar as the cocktails are amazing. The pan-Asian food is exquisite, and the presentation is immaculate. The high ceiling’s create such a dramatic space that has such elegance. Perfect for a proper date night on your trip!
TsuruTonTan Udon Noodle Brasserie
This is a great place to stop for lunch if you’ve been to the Rockefeller or window shopping on 5th Av. In all honesty, this was a happy accident that I discovered this place. It has the most delicious sushi, tempura and the biggest bowls ramen I have ever seen. Just as a heads up – for two people, we had two sushi rolls and shared a ramen and it was more than enough as the portions are big. I still dream about the beef and truffle ramen now, it’s just so tasty.
This cosy, industrial-style Italian eatery is a great little spot. Margherita has every classic Italian dish you could wish for, and fantastic pizza. You can really tell that this place prides itself on its food. On my most recent trip to NYC, this is the first place we went for a pizza and beer.
New York is full of amazing bars and it’s so fun to just discover new ones, but I thought I create a list of my favourite ones as the choice is a little bit overwhelming.
The Dead Rabbit
One of the most decorate bars in the world, there is no surprise that this is a great place. I love the fact that it’s like being in an Irish pub once inside, not to mention that The Dead Rabbit serves the BEST Irish coffee – perfect on a cold winters night in NYC.
Death & Co
This dark, trendy bar is a great place to spend an evening eating bar snacks and drinking the most amazing cocktails. The sheer volume of bottles behind the bar may be overwhelming, but the staff are incredibly helpful. Again, Death & Co is a highly decorated bar so just a heads up for this one – if you’re going to go on the weekend – you will have a bit of a wait on your hands!
The Arlo hotel in SOHO is VERY cool, and they have a great rooftop bar, too. This is a really great place to stop off for a drink whilst exploring all SOHO has to offer. Also, who doesn’t love a roof top bar in a bustling city?
I hope this is helpful in giving you a few ideas of where to visit if you happen to find yourself in the great city of New York, I know how overwhelming it can be with all the things to see and do there!