Post # 1
Calling all Bees from New York or anyone who’s visited with some suggestions. Hubby and I are huge UFC fans and so we are going to a fight in MSG in November but because my lack of PTO we can only be there Friday – Sunday. So we will have Friday night, all day Sat and all day Sun until 5pm. We are staying about 15 minute walk from MSG towards Midtown Manhattan but will happily use public transport to visit places not walkable.
Obviously google brings up all the predicted tourist spots but I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on things to do/see that might be more local than “touristy.” Share with me your best kept secrets local NYers!
We would like to go for dinner and drinks Friday. Be out from the crack of dawn Sat to explore, (fight is sat night) and the same Sunday.
I had a 24 hour layover in NY once and I ended up spending hours in the NYP library and then going to a small “hole in the wall” Persian restaurant with a friend on recommendation and the food was INCREDIBLE! But that’s about it.
Thank you !
Post # 2
I never know what to do about guiding people in NYC however if you like Thai food I recommend Wayla, it’s a delicious Thai restaurant below street level on Forsyth with nice garden seating out back. I recommend making reservations for an outdoor table as it gets pretty packed, especially on weekends. Also the Morgan Library is fantastic since you mentioned you liked NYPL, and the Frick collection is a small but gorgeous museum (much more manageable in an afternoon than the Met or MoMA.) Angel’s Share is a cool Japanese bar if you want the speakeasy experience.
Post # 3
Walking the high line is worth it. Just make sure you wear flats as it’s super easy to ruin even the shortest of heals.
Post # 4
I’ll second Angel’s Share as a cool spot for a cocktail. Also, if you’re into speakeasy-type lounges, check out Please Don’t Tell and be sure to get a Chang dog (bacon-wrapped kimchi hot dog).
Post # 5
MoMA is closed through Oct. 21 and will be a madhouse for a few weeks (months?) after they reopen. If you’re looking to do one art thing, see the Kirchner exhibition at Neue Galerie, opens tomorrow but I just walked through and it’s spectacular.
Post # 6
Can l just say l have always wanted to go to NYC and this thread has sharpened that desire.
It’s a long expensive way from Australia though…..
Post # 7
Depending on when in November you’ll be here, one of the coolest things is looking at the holiday window displays at Saks, Macy’s Herald Square, Barney’s, Bergdoff’s etc. They are absolutely breathtaking!
Post # 8
If you’re there in early November, a walk through Central Park to admire the fall foliage. If it’s later November, a walk down 5th Avenue to admire all the beautiful holiday store windows & decorations at Rock Center.
I lived there for years but my favorite way to spend the day in nyc is to pick a downtown neighborhood and just stroll around and pick wherever you fancy to stop and eat along the way. West Village, Chelsea, SoHo/NoLita, Lower East Side, Tribeca – you can’t go wrong!
Post # 9
If you like oysters, Ten Bells on the lower east side is a must. Every day from 3-7 (including weekends! A rare find in the city) they do a $1 oyster happy hour and $15 carafes of organic wine, which is around 3 glasses. When Darling Husband and I go, he gets 36 oysters and I drink my own carafe of white and we leave happy.
On a more touristy note, definitely the High Line and Chelsea Market (and be sure to check out the bar in the basement of the Market – The Tippler. The drinks are great). If you’re a whiskey or moonshine fan, I also recommend Kings County Distillery in Brooklyn, as well as New York Distilling. NY Distilling does free tasting/tours of their gin and rye and it’s so worth it. If you do go to Brooklyn, be sure to walk the bridge (my suggestion is at night, when the crowds die down). The sights are amazing.
Post # 10
Are you into history at all? My favorite museum is the tenement museum in the lower east side. So much history and tends to be less touristy than the natural history museum or the met.
If you do the brooklyn bridge like a pp suggested (which I would second, it really is beautiful) I would recommend walking around the south street seaport. Its a cute area and theres always something going on. Its also very historic, its where Fraunces Tavern is, which I believe is the oldest building in nyc.
Edit: in November there is a little holiday market in Bryant Park. Theres ice skating, a Christmas tree (its easier to get a tree pic here than rockefeller center), and a bunch of little kiosks for shopping and eating. Also, this isn’t really a “sight to see” but check out the bathroom in bryant park while you’re there. I guarantee you its the nicest public bathroom you have ever seen. You’re also steps away from the landmark nypl if you wanted to go back!
Post # 11
Wow, thank you all so much! These are all things a simple “visit to NY” on google search would not show!
daxsymbiote : you’ve gave me some pretty great suggestions so I think you are better at guiding tourists than you think 😉
zl27 : I have NEVER heard of this, amazing, it’s added to my list and I’m 100% wearing flats for day time exploring.
motogal : epic thank you for the bar suggestions! We love a speakeasy
glitterati : amazing thank you, I wanted to see the Met and MoMA but because of the crowds I try to avoid your typical tourist things so I will add this to the list for sure.
msmanchoo78 : ah I am going early Nov, will they be on display?
dgirl715 : great suggestion, if I had more days I prob would spend a day exploring casually but because we are short of time I kind of want to fit everything in whilst I can, we live in the US but are expats and will be leaving next year so this will prob be our only chance in a while to see NY!
raliel : I am BUT my husband is severely allergic to shellfish!!!! Honestly he is lucky I love him because that sounds EPIC, I would eat 36 oysters and drink a craft to myself.. Hubby is a huge whiskey fan so will note that down! Thanks!
foreverdreaming : YES, yes I am very much so, thank you, your suggestions are great!
Post # 12
Get a picnic (cheese at Murray’s!) and hang out in Washington Square park if the weather is nice. Walk along the Brooklyn Bridge promenade to see Manhattan from afar. Take Ferry to Staten Island for the views. Depending on what you like go out to Flushing and get Chinese, or Jackson Heights for Indian/Mexican/Central American. Go to Kalyustian’s for spices.
If its a little chilly get hot chocolate or cider, spike it with a mini alcohol bottle if that is your thing and walk through central park or the west or east village (soho is mostly chain stores these days, and the west village is getting there but is still quite pretty)
The best undiscovered bar in the city is (the kind that won’t keep you waiting for hours) is without a doubt, Clover Club in Cobble Hill. Roberta’s has fantastic pizza if you want to explore far Brooklyn.
If you want a kind of touristy but fun thing you can do one of the Smorgasburgs for food. Look for last minute tickets to totally random theater. Even back-ally shows are awesome. You can rent a citibike for the day if you want to tool around for a bit.
Generally speaking get the heck out of midtown– New Yorkers avoid it like the plague .
Post # 13
personaperson : MURRAY’S!! Yes!! The cheese selection is phenomenal 👌