New York City is one of my favorite places on Earth. I lived in the city for a few months while doing an internship and I always tell people I left a piece of my heart there. There’s something about NYC, an energy that doesn’t exist anywhere else, that makes it so unique.
I’ve been talking so much about NYFW, but I wanted to take some time to just share my favorite things to do and places to eat in New York City. If you’re planning a trip, hopefully this will help you.
9 of the Best Things to Do in New York City:
See a broadway show. This is a must. I’ve seen several including Wicked, Kinky Boots, and Chicago to name a few. There are a few places in the city to get less expensive tickets and you can also stand in line the morning of shows for discounted tickets. But it’s worth every penny no matter what price you pay.
Go to Smorgasburg. This is the ultimate local foodie fare in the city. It happens in Brooklyn. One day, I went to this and walked all the way back to Manhattan over the Brooklyn Bridge and back to Midtown. It was probably a six hour endeavor, but it was so worth it.
Visit the 9/11 Museum and Memorial. This experience is jaw dropping and spine chilling. It’s very well put together and something I suggest to everyone.
Go to the Comedy Cellar. When I lived in the city, I went more times than I can count. We once saw Ray Romano who just showed up one night. It was pretty crazy and so cool. It’s very affordable entertainment in Greenwich Village.
Go to Battery Park and take the Statue of Liberty Tour. Collin and I did this when I lived out there and it was really neat to see. You have to make reservations ahead of time though or you’ll wait in line for hours.
Shop in Soho. You can’t go wrong shopping in Soho. I love 5th Avenue too, but Soho has shops I can afford and it’s generally a quieter area.
Grand Central Station. You have to go and explore this iconic train station. You can even eat lunch in the dining court on the lower level.
Stroll through Central Park. I feel like this goes without saying, but Central Park is beautiful. It is close to several museums too so plan to spend your day on the Upper East Side.
Walk the Highline. This is a park of sorts located in the Chelsea area. It starts near the Standard Hotel and goes up from there. You can experience art, nature, and people along this trail and the views are stunning. While you’re down there, check out the Standard Biergarten too.
Where to eat in New York City:
Ribalta Pizza. The best gluten free pizza I’ve had, hands down. It’s a cozy atmosphere with authentic Italian and you won’t be disappointed.
The Loeb Boathouse in Central Park. If you’re looking for dinner with a view, this place is for you. It is a bit pricey, but it’s so fun. Ericka and I shared Sea Bass which was their special that night, so good!
Tavern on the Green. There must be something about Central Park because this one is also located there. This brunch is fabulous, but also fancy so be prepared. It was the best thick cut bacon I’ve had though.
Butcher’s Daughter. NYC is known for brunch and this is another great spot in a cute neighborhood (Greenwich, but they have another location too). Their gluten free avocado toast was delish.
Little Italy. This is a must do. Pretty much every restaurant has authentic Italian deliciousness so just stroll the streets and find the one that looks best to you. You’ll also find gluten free options!
Sugarfish Sushi- The best sushi (and I generally don’t like sushi) in the Gramercy neighborhood which is so cute. They have so many awesome restaurants so it’s worth exploring for an afternoon.
Keen’s Steakhouse. This upscale restaurant is located in the old theatre district. Old pipes line the ceilings from customers who use to come grab a drink and smoke in between shows. It’s a delicious formal dinner in an atmosphere with rich history.
Serendipity 3. If you’re looking for frozen hot chocolate and HUGE cheeseburgers, this place is for you. It’s decorated elaborately and the food is good. You will need a reservation.
Magnolia Bakery. I haven’t been to this well-known bakery since I’ve been gluten free, but they have the best banana pudding. Everything there is scrumptious.
The Frying Pan/ Pier 66 Maritime. There are two types of brunches: boozy and classy or a combination. Brunch, lunch, or dinner at The Frying Pan will all involve booze. It’s a cool atmosphere with good food.
These lists are great starters for your trip to NYC. I wanted to share a few of my personal favorites, but there are so many other options.
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