Post # 1
I’ve got 1 day in Manhattan – what should I do, see, and eat.
I’m not looking for any “there is no way to see this amazing city in one day” I know that already – I’m just looking for help with what I’ve got.
I’ve never been to NYC, but I dream (literally) of going there.
I have a great group of friends, my mom, and of course fiance so there is always someone interested in joining me on various excursions.
I was thinking about taking a getaway this summer on my own before I get married. Nothing special just somthing I want to do.
I have a very limited budget but there is a bus tour (I’m in South Western Ontario) that you sleep on the bus Friday night, arrive in Midtown early Saturday morning and leave at 10pm, sleep on the bus over night and back to the real world Sunday morning. It’s only $150.
I can’t afford to see NYC any other way – and I don’t have to burn precious vacation days that I’m saving for the honeymoon.
Soooo what should I do while I’m there?
Post # 3
You’ve got to tell us what your interests are so we can narrow it down a bit!
Post # 4
I LOVE NYC and if you have the money I would suggest seeing a show (although it would take a lot of your day up) WICKED was amazing and I could watch it every week if I had the time and money!
I also loved the Museum of Natural History.
HAVE FUN! It’s an amazing city!
Like @Kitty said you should narrow down your interests a bit!
Post # 5
You can totally see a lot of Manhattan in one day. The first time FI came to visit me we literally walked ALL OVER NYC in one day and we hit most of the high points even squeezing in a line at Empire State!
Where in Midtown are you being dropped off, are you a walker and what are your interests?
Shopping? Food? Museum? Very touristy locations? Mixed with some local stuff?
Post # 6
I think it depends on what you’re into. Do you want to do the typical tourist stuff like Times Square, Empire State Building, Rock Center, Statue of Liberty, etc.? Do you want to go to the restaurants that are featured on TV and movies? Or just anywhere with good food?
Also, what is your budget when you’re here? Food prices can range like crazy in the city, and tickets for things like Top of the Rock are around $30.
More info would definitely help in providing suggestions.
Post # 7
1. If you get there early (like 8 am) or on a weekday- top of the empire state building is a must. The view is gorgeous.
2. You must eat a “dirty water” hot dog from a corner stand. Delicious!
3. If you have time and it is a nice day, walk across the Brooklyn Bridge.
4. Dinner/lunch in Little Italy (there are affordable places and its a charming neighborhood).
5. I would recommend walking around the West Village or the Lower East Side- skip Time Square- it is such a tourist trap. You may not be able to see the whole city in one day, but if you plan it right, you can fit in a couple of neighborhoods and enjoy a great day on the town.
6. What are you interested in? Art, science, history? If it isn’t a gorgeous day outside, there are museums for every interest.
Post # 8
haha, yeah, I guess that was a little vague.
I don’t have the exact bus dop off – I’m waiting for better details, all I know is Midtown.
I’m going to be pretty cliche here; I’d like to walk down Perry Street. (I promise no pictures on Carrie’s stoop) I’d also like to take in 5th Ave, Central Park, Top of Rock (I hear the view from there is better than the Empire State Building…true?), little Italy, Grand Central Station, New York Public Library.
Is Magnolia bakery worth it? Or is it just lined up because of Carrie and Miranda? 🙂
I’d really love to just get lost (figuratively of course) in the City for a day and take it all in. Maybe someone has suggestions for somthing that is a little off the beaten path but worth taking in?
I’m up for walking. I’m praying for sunny weather! 🙂
Post # 9
well it sounds like your list is pretty long already!
I would personally veto a hot dog from a street vendor – there are SO many better things to eat in this city! If you can give us a food budget I am happy to make recommendations – my favorite part of this city is the endless array of amazing food options at all price points. some of my favorite cheap eats: Joe’s Pizza in the West Village for a slice, Mamoun’s for falafel, Grom for Gelato, Shake Shack for burgers and fries
And there are more Magnolias now – so if you just want to try the cupcakes you can get one in Midtown or the Upper West Side. I would add spending some time walking through Soho (East of Broadway, the small side streets – Broadway is way too touristy down there). I love Central Park but it is big – I suggest getting a bit further north than 59th street – the southernmost part can be very congested and touristy on a nice day.
I also love walking the Brookyn Bridge – if you go one way, walk from Brooklyn to Manhattan.
I personally can’t stand Times Square, but if you feel like it is a must, go and don’ spend too much time there 🙂
walk as much as you can and wear comfy shoes. Ask people for help if you need it – New Yorkers are far friendlier than you think, especially if you aren’t in a congested tourist area (where we tend to be more annoyed than friendly with the crowds!). Also buy a one day Fun Pass – it is good on all subways and public buses and is the best way to quickly get around the city. Just keep in mind weekend routes and schedules can be weird, so just ask for help.
Post # 10
That is a lot to do in one day, but you should be able to swing it.
Fifth Avenue/Rock Center/Central Park are all kind of near each other. I would start in the park (you can enter on 59th street anywhere between Park and 8th) Then you could walk over to 5th starting at the Apple Store (on 59th I think) and walk down 5th to Rock Center. You could do that whole thing and then Top of the Rock (I’ve never been, but I heard the view is better than ESB)
You could then walk to Grand Central and the NY Public Library from there. Then you could take a train from Grand Central to get downtown. If you get off at Spring or Canal you can see Little Italy, Chinatown, and Soho.
Definitely get a hot dog or pizza. Lombardi’s in Soho is a great pizza place, IMO. And you could always get dumplings in Chinatown. Little Italy is actually very small now (only a couple of blocks) but the pastries and coffee at Sambuca’s are great.
Edited to add: Magnolia is definitely a lot of hype. There’s always long lines and it’s a waste of time, IMO. Crumbs is better and they’re all over the city. And definitely don’t be afraid to ask for help. New Yorkers are a lot friendlier than we’re made out to be! We’re just generally hurrying along if we’re stuck in touristy areas because it’s annoying and we just want to get out of there ;o)
Post # 11
hotchild has a great plan for you!
I personally love Magnolia, but think Crumbs is also great. Try one of each and let us know what you like best 🙂
Post # 13
I agree with Hot Child! Crumbs is way better than Magnolia for cupcakes and there is at least one you will come across from Grand Central to NYC Public Library. It is located on 42nd St between 5th and 6th ave at the base of the Grace Building. You should grab one of those and eat it in Bryant Park as a well deserved rest. I am partial to pistachio, so good!
Post # 14
@Janna: I think Magnolia is good, but not worth wasting some of her very limited time to stand in line ;o) Esp. that one in Midtown (6th ave) The lines are ridiculous!
I agree with all your food suggestions too except that the line at Shake Shack would take a big chunk out of her day ;o)
Post # 15
Ditto hotchild’s plan. Walking around the West Village/Greenwich Village area is always great on a nice day, too. Magnolia is overrated IMO though. If you plan on doing a lot of walking around downtown definitely invest in a pocket map – the streets can be very confusing if you’re not familiar with the area. Also, ditto everyone who said NYers are more helpful with directions than people think. Maybe not so much in the touristy areas but if you’re down in the Village or Soho or something like that, people will totally help you out. I do it all the time.
Post # 16
@hotchild – OMG, my friend and I went to Lombardi’s last summer on a recommendation and we must have eaten our weight in pizza, it was so good!!! My stomach just growled a little when I read your post lol