Post # 1
Hubs and I are going to NYC in August. I’ve been there before and have done a lot of the tourist things – statue of liberty, ESB, museums, ellis island, ground zero, times square, etc. Obviously I’ll want to show the hubs some of these things, but what should we do that is not the typical tourist thing in NYC?
Anyone have any great activities they recommend? Or restaurants? Or neighborhoods to walk through?
Post # 3
I have a tab on my website just for this:
http://www.mywedding.com/brooklynnights (there are 2 tabs: good eats and attractions)
I would also like to suggest going to an island of New York if you seen it all. Like Govener’s, or city island, or go to sheepshead bay. Good luck!
Post # 4
The highline (a park built on top of restored railroad tracks)–located in the West Village/Chelsea area.
I”m not sure if any of the free outdoor movies will be playing when you’re there but if so, those are fun–they play them in the parks (bryant park, central park). For a kind of touristy but still fun thing, I would walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and then go get pizza at Grimaldi’s. Another fun thing is to rent a rowboat in Central Park and row around the lake.
As for neighborhoods, the West Village is super quaint (cobblestones, old buildings) and very pretty, so I would definitely walk around there. Soho is also fun for good shopping, although it’s usually very crowded with other tourists. I personally loathe times square and would stay away from there. Also walking around either Central Park or Battery Park downtownis fun.
Restaurants: If you like tapas (FI and I love tapas style eating): Mercadito Grove, Alta, and Boqueria are all great. For a really nice, splurgy meal, Telepan is delish and the restaurant isn’t stuffy or snotty at all–very relaxed but the food’s amazing. Stanton Social is another tapas place, much more “trendy”. All the BLT restaurants are good (BLT Steak, BLT Fish, etc). For a good burger, I would go to Shake Shack or 5 Napkin Burger. If you’re downtown and want a good brunch, Jane is yummy; if you’re uptown, Sarabeth’s is always good. I also second @Miss Pizzelle’s recommendation of Norma’s. Can you tell Fiance and I love to go out to eat, lol? Have fun!
Post # 5
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Hilsy85 has some great suggestions, I also second the Highline recommendation, it’s cool!
Where are you staying? If you want to see a broadway show, you can go down to the TKTS booth in Time Square for day-off performances that are heavily discounted…
Shopping in SoHo is always fun (for me, anyways.) Museums I enjoy include the Moma, the Whitney, the Guggenheim and the Museum of Natural History.
I love the Boat Basin on the Upper West Side for casual food and drinks right on the water, or the Frying Pan, which is a boat that is docked that has food, drinks, etc…
Resturants that are nicer (more for a date night) that I like: Porterhouse (steakhouse in Columbus Circle that overlooks the park, AMAZING food, little bit pricey,) the Mermaid Cafe (little place with amazing mussels in the East Village/St Marks) and Bettoli’s on the Upper West Side (italian, has outdoor seating and yummy thin-crust pizza.)
You can rent bikes and ride around Central Park or go to Riverside Park as well (which goes along the length of Manhattan on the Hudson River.)
Have fun, NYC is a great place to be!!
Post # 6
I love the west village.. lots of restaurants, bars, etc.
Post # 7
one of my favorite NYC activities is seeing plays/musicals.