(Closed) HELP NEEDED: first time going to new york, need advice on afew things please!!

posted 7 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
1561 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

1. where to stay: personally I love lower manhattan for restaurants, art, bars, etc.  The Sheraton in Tribeca recently was redone and I’ve heard its nice.

2. transportation: Plan to rely on cabs and public transportation (subway).  Driving in nyc is annoying and not really necessary.  It is very easy to get around without needing a car.

3. weather: It will be cold and you will be probably be outdoors a lot.  So, winter gear – sweaters, winter coat, boots, gloves, hat.

Post # 4
1910 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

It will be COLD. Bring hats, gloves, mittens, scarves, heavy winter coats. Comfortable walking shoes are a must. You will walk a lot. Warm boots in case it snows. Something nice to wear for a nice dinner or a broadway show. 

Where you stay really depends on what you want to do. The most important thing is to find a hotel close to a subway line. Stay away from super touristy areas for better deals on hotel (i.e. no Times Sq, Herald Sq). Staying in the financial district can be a good idea because lots of different subway lines go there so you can easily get to anywhere in the city from there, plus Brooklyn. You can also consider staying in Brooklyn/Queens/ to find a cheaper hotel, but it will increase your travel time. 

Absolutely do not rent a car. You can get everywhere via subway transportation or cabs. It would cost you an arm and a leg to park.

Any other questions, let me know!!

Post # 5
1474 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Bent Creek Winery (Livermore, California); Reception: Family Residence (San Ramon, California)

1. There’s lots of great places to stay, but I personally recommend the Upper West side. It’s beautiful, quiet, has a lot of great restaurants, and isn’t not too overwhelming, which a lot of lower Manhattan can be (I always hated going down to the East Village). Also a lot of my out of town visitors had a lot of luck using discount websites like Hotwire to find good hotel deals, so I might check that out. 

2. Do not rent a car. Driving around the city is insane! And NYC has an amazing subway system that is very easy to figure out. I’d suggest buying an unlimited weekly pass, which means you can ride as much as you want in a seven day period. You can get basically anywhere with that! And it’s a good deal (if I remember correctly).

3. Pack warm clothes! Things you can wear in layers. And definitely boots and a thick/down winter coat. It is very cold in January. 

4. Sarabeth’s is amazing for brunch and dinner (it’s on the Upper West Side). Kitchenette has two locations (120s and somewhere else downtown), and it was my favorite brunch place. Really cute and really tasty. The Tenement Museum is one of the coolest historic sites, and the Met is my favorite of the big NYC museums (and you can spend the whole day there!). I highly recommend seeing a Broadway show. If you’re looking for a deal, check out the TKTS booth in Times Square (they sell discounted tickets for the majority of shows), or try to get rush tickets. Rush tickets are usually really good seats and very cheap (around $26 for orchestra sometimes), but you may have to go and wait at the box office in the morning to get tickets. 

Have fun!


Post # 6
10714 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

I love visiting NYC I hope you have tons of fun!!! My Fiance and I recently went and got a bus pass where you could hop on and off all day and see the sites. I suggest this if you want to see everything! Plus we just rode it to get from point a to point b after we finished the tours. It was worth the money to us… =)

Post # 7
214 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I second staying in lower manhattan (financial district, tribeca, etc) or the upper west side (my neighborhood).

Buy a metrocard (an unlimited one if you’re staying for a week) and take the subway, it’s pretty easy to figure out. Only hail yellow cabs to prevent getting ripped off if taking taxis. 

Pack warm clothes! It’s really windy a lot in the winter.

The TKTS booth is AMAZING for picking up tickets to shows, especially if there are a lot you want to see and don’t really care which one. The Tenement Musuem is AWESOME. The Highline Park & Central Park are awesome to walk through on nice days. The American Museum of Natural History is so easy to get lost in for an entire day. 

If you want restraunt or more recommendations feel free to PM me. I love sharing about NYC!

Post # 9
214 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@Naiexoxo: 🙁 I wish I could help but I couldn’t tell you the last time we went to a steakhouse as I’m not a huge fan of red meat.

I will say that yelp.com is invaluable to us when we are looking for a new spot to eat or are in a neighborhood we’re not familiar with. You can search by neighborhood & cuisine. Anything with 4 or more stars we’ve never been disappointed with.

Don’t be afraid to ask for any more suggestions! Sorry I couldn’t help this time!

Post # 10
645 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We just went to NYC in October for our anniversary. As far as food goes, we loved Locanda Verde in Tribeca for a more upscale dinner, Motorino for pizza (East Village) and Pylos for Greek (East Village). Katz’s pastrami on the Lower East Side was delicious, and Russ and Daughters for bagels and lox was amazing.

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