(Closed) Ideas please for NYC trip!

posted 4 years ago in Travel
Post # 2
26 posts
  • Wedding: June 2016

How fun! I live here and there is SO much to see and do! How long are you coming for? My cousins from Iowa came to visit a couple summers ago and they had never been here either. They really wanted to be able to squeeze everything in, so they found an all-day open top bus tour that took you everywhere, plus included tickets to the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, top of the rock and Empire State Building, etc. I think it was like $150 per person, but they got to skip the lines and were able to see a lot of the touristy things.

Obviously you’ll want to see the big things like times square, but what are you guys into? That might help narrow down what you should see and do while you are here.

Post # 4
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

We did an open top bus tour while we were there.  I enjoyed it because you could see things while driving (unlike the subway) and it saves your poor little legs from falling off.

Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty are must sees.  I have only ever gone from the NJ side but the ferry should be similar on the other side.

Post # 6
2055 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Definitely walk the high line – such a cool way to see the City!

Spend some time in Central Park – http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/21/travel/things-to-do-in-36-hours-in-central-park-new-york.html 

I’m not a huge museum fan, but even I love the Met!  http://www.metmuseum.org/  and the Natural History museum

It sounds like you would love this friends pop-up: http://popwatch.ew.com/2014/08/27/friends-central-perk-pop-up/ 

There’s also the 9/11 memorial, Grand Central, Eataly, Times Square, Brooklyn Bridge (you can walk across), and soo much else!

If you give a sense of budget & food preferences, I can recommend some restaurants!

Post # 8
26 posts
  • Wedding: June 2016

This is super corny but one of my favorite places to eat is Ellen’s Stardust Diner. It’s near Times Square and the servers are all people trying to break into broadway so they sing while they serve and they are all really amazing. I take my family there every time they come visit, haha. I don’t know if you guys are into theater but I think it’s a lot of fun!

Shake Shack is probably a must and it’s really good. And you have to try food trucks!

Post # 9
8883 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013


adysinger:  I used to go to Ellen’s Stardust all the time.  Anytime we took new people into the city.  I haven’t been there in a long time.

 sway0060:  going to the UN is really cool.  it was one of my favorite educational/cultural stops.

see a broadway show.  don’t worry about tickets in advance.  go to TKTS (the half price ticket booth).  there is a location in times square, south street seaport, and in brooklyn.  no advanced sales, that day only.

actually one of the best things I did many years ago was take the Circle Line boat tour.  It went around the entire island and gave history as they went. 

also the staten island ferry.

9 days is a ton of time, you should go into brooklyn as well.  Take the L, very easy. 

My favorite LA restaurant just opened a Brooklyn location, The Gorbals.  I can’t wait to try it.

Also, Guggenheim, Madison Square Garden.

As far as restaurants, you really can’t go wrong.  Though there are some places I would recommend over others. 

Post # 11
8883 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013


sway0060:  get a subway map or download an app.  very helpful.  it is pretty easy to get around but just make sure you go on the correct train in the correct direction.  you can’t always access both directions for the same entrance.  for example the south west corner might be heading downtown, but you have to use the north east corner entrance for the uptown train of the same line.


 and i would say, but a pass.  that pass you can get on the train as much as you want.

Post # 12
973 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

sway0060:  if you plan on going shopping head down to soho, it’s the absolute best! I would also suggest walking 5th ave from the park down to experience seeing sacks and tiffanys etc. Head over to 30th and 7th and check out Macy’s and Madison square garden. I second the highline. The natural history muesam is my favorite but the MOMA is fun too if you like modern art. Take a few hours and have a picnic in Central Park. Take in a Broadway show. Walk the Brooklyn bridge. Utilize yelp and open table to find restaurants to eat at. Don’t eat in Times Square such a waste of money and not good food. check out the ninja resturaunt it’s fun and unique. Other places with good food, lavo, tao, elmos, Stanton social, Elmo’s, Mac bar, the Windsor… So many to list them all Again use yelp. Try baked by Melissa cupcakes, rice to riches for a sweet treat. 

Post # 13
117 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I just did this for my birthday.


You visit about 3 different places where you have 2 glasses of wine and apps/desserts. About 2 hours, small amount walking, but you get to see some different areas of the city you may not have even thought of looking at.

Post # 15
82 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2015 - camp in new hampshire

i’d definitely recommend checking out the less tourist neighborhoods- East Village, West Village, Lower East Side. All have great resturants and bars. Check out the Time Out New York website to see what is going on the weekend that you are there- there are usually a ton of cool events, there was a giant flea market this past weekend and a art festival in Dumbo (part of Brooklyn). I’d also definitely recommend checking out Greenpoint/Williamsburg/Bushwick in Brooklyn- all great neighborhoods with good restaurant/bar options. You can take the East River Ferry from Manhattan to Williamsburg or Greenpoint, I like it better than the subway-http://www.eastriverferry.com/

I don’t know what you guys are into, but I took my fiance to Ninja http://www.ninjanewyork.com/ it’s a japenese restaurant with a ninja theme but it’s done pretty well and we had a ton of fun!

http://www.freetoursbyfoot.com/ has really cool free walking tours I’d recommend

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