(Closed) First Trip To NYC!!!

posted 8 years ago in New York City
Post # 3
893 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Central Park, Museum of Natural History, Times Square, Statue of Liberty, New York Library, Rockefeller Center, Little Italy, Chinatown, Battery Park, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Grand Central Station.

That should get you started haha!

Post # 4
536 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

One of my favorite places to go is John’s Pizzeria of Bleeker Street.  You will have to stand in line and buy a whole pie, but it is sooooo worth it.  Go for the plain cheese or pepperoni.  I have found that simple is best.  Also, while you I am waiting in line, I usually have dessert first at a nearby gelateria.  Win win if you ask me!




I think there is another one in Times Square, but I like this neighborhood much better!  Have fun!

Post # 5
2742 posts
Sugar bee

You got tickets to Wicked? Do I hate you ๐Ÿ™ I have been wanting to get those tickets but I want to sit in the orchestra and I still can’t justify the cost. I keep hoping to find that they have gone on sale BUT they never do. Enjoy NYC, you’d love it. One tip, please, do not dawdle on the sidewalk Innocent

Post # 6
119 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I totally recommend a brunch or wine and cheese cruise from Sail NYC. It’s a great way to see the entire Island while sitting back and being pampered. Use code VIP09 to get a discount on tickets.

I’ve doen this twice, once with Darling Husband (wine and cheese) and once with my Mom (brunch).

It will still be nice outside, so check out a rooftop bar like the Strand Hotel, 230 5th, Tribeca Rooftop, etc. (NOT the Gansevoort).

Post # 7
606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

If you were planning on going to the top of the Empire State building, I suggest doing the Top of the Rock instead!  Its cheaper, and usually there are less lines.  And then you can take pictures of the Empire State from all the way up there.

Otherwise – eat, shop, and don’t stop going until you can’t stop anymore.  

What type of nightlife are you interested in?

Post # 8
606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Ooops!  Don’t stop until you can’t GO anymore ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 9
81 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Rocco’s on bleecker st. Awesome Italian bakery.

Post # 10
119 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

If you want to go all out with restaurants, I recommend:


A Voce (Madison or Columbus Circle)

15 East (sushi)

Tamarind (Tribeca or Flatiron)


Park Ave Autumn

I could go on.. PM me if you have a specific neighborhood or cuisine you are interested in!

Post # 11
119 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Oooh, and ABC Kitchen! Although it’s impossible to get a reservation there anymore..

Post # 12
240 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Fancy Dinner:  Gotham Bar & Grill or Gramercy Tavern

Drinks:  Rose Bar at Gramcery Park Hotel or Stone Rose at Mandarin Oriental

Cupcakes:  Buttercup Bake Shop or Sugar Sweet Sunshine

Brunch:  Pastis or Hotel Gansevoort–yeah it’s overrated as a nightspot but fun if you want rooftop brunch

Shopping:  Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdale’s Soho (as opposed to flagship Bloomingdale’s in midtown), Uniqlo


Post # 13
1184 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

yay for choosing the mets over the yankees ๐Ÿ™‚

there are of course a million things to do here, but here are some of my top suggestions to friends when they visit:

1. take a ride on the staten island ferry. it’s free and you get the best view of the statue of liberty.

2. rent a bike. there are bike rental shops all over the city. riding on the streets isn’t always a good idea for out of towners (drivers and other bikers are so aggressive), but there is a dedicated bike path all up and down the west of manhattan along the river with beautiful views and central park has a great loop too.

3. EAT! i could seriously go on for days about food here. but a few of our favorites in a variety of price ranges:

scarpetta (italian) – fairly expensive

the meatball shop (meatballs, obvs–may sound weird but this place is so great) – cheap

alta (tapas) – moderate

devi (indian) – moderate to somewhat expensive – their prix fixe is a great deal

any place in chinatown for dim sum – everyone has their favorite place but they are all pretty much the same. always a fun experience!

shake shack (burgers) – cheap

food trucks! don’t be afraid to buy food from a moving vehicle.

i could go one forever so if there’s a specific type of cuisine you’re looking for, let me know.

4. go to the met. if you only visit one museum in new york, that should be the one. museum of natural history is also great.

5. venture out to brooklyn. williamsburg is one stop from manhattan on the subway and has tons of cute shops and restaurants. coney island can be fun too and is easy to get to on the subway.

6. people watching in central park.

i would have said go to a baseball game and see a broadway show too, but clearly you’ve got that taken care of ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 14
233 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I think the best way to do NYC is a mix of high and low:

Hi-end: broadway show (covered); dinner at nice restaurant (see Mrs. Alias post above) I also really like Grammercy Tavern, Blue Hill, BLT Market but there are so many amazing places.

Hi-end: walk around West Village or Soho and shop at the boutique stores/celebrity watch, stop at Amy’s Bread for yummy cake or one of the cupcake spots (there are entire threads on Weddingbee about the best cupcake places, so I won’t name names and start an argument).

Low-end: East Village/Lower East side dive bar-hopping, combined with some yummy ethnic food eating–maybe dim sum in Chinatown, or a trip to one of the “best” pizza places in New York–Grimaldi’s, Lombardi, etc

And maybe a little educational thrown in: Museum of Natural History, walking tour of a neighborhood (google Onion walking tours).

Make sure to get an unlimited metrocard if you will be using the subway primarily for transportation during the week–the 2.25/ride adds up fast.


Post # 16
3564 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I second Alta for tapas and Shake Shack (you can try the one on the UWS, it might have shorter lines). Maybe a trip to the MOMA or a walk across the Brooklyn bridge and pizza at Grimaldi’s.

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