Post # 1
I’m going to be spending this weekend in NYC – a short, three day trip and I was wondering if anyone has suggestions on where to go/what to do etc? We are staying in the West Village with my brother.
So far we’re thinking of going to the Highline park, maybe MOMA, possibly a show, the Empire State Building, White Horse Tavern and Magnolia Bakery. I’d like to get some shopping in too!
All suggestions welcome!
Post # 3
Check out a comedy club! Comedy Cellar and Gotham Comedy club are usually pretty good, and I”ve heard good things about the Upright Citizen’s Brigade. I would check out Top of the Rock–great views and the line is way shorter than for the Empire State Building. Definitely walk through Central Park, and try the restaurant/bar at the MOMA, called The Modern–very cool space, yummy drinks. As for restaurants, here are some of my faves:
Alta (tapas style place in the village), Mercadito Grove (yummy tacos/small plates place in the village), Artichoke Basille Pizza (super yummy, rich cheesy pizza a little bit east of Union Square), Sushi of Gari (if you love sushi and want to splurge, get the omakase!). There are a million more though, especially downtown where you’re staying. Have fun!
Post # 4
Yum. Alta. Stop by Eataly.
Post # 5
I recently took Out of Town guests to the comedy cellar and they had a blast!! That’s in the west village By The Way. Also, something I always try to convince Out of Town guests to do is go to Chinatown. It’s very cool and you can eat soup dumplings at joe’s shanghai. Otherwise your ideas all sound like a lot of fun!
I have restaurant recommendations for every neighborhood in every cuisine at every price range (this is my hobby, obviously) so PM me if you want suggestions! There’s also Cafe Wha in the WV which is a lot of fun. And I happened to take my most recent Out of Town guests to Havana Alma de Cuba in the west village which was very cool and affordable.
Shopping I would send you to SOHO but there is good shopping in so many neighborhoods including the one you’re staying, so it depends on what you like.
Post # 6
You should to to the South Street Seaport! You can see all 3 Famous Bridges from there, like The Brooklyn Bridge.
There are tons of Restaurants there, and its a great people watching place.
Post # 7
Yay! Looks like you have great weather for it 🙂
I’d skip Magnolia’s (cupcakes really not that great) and hit up Sugar Sweet Sunshine or Chickalicious instead. I second Eataly! Also recommend Antibes Bistro – cute French cafe.
Battery Park offers amazing views of the Statue of Liberty and the water. Governor’s Island, if open, has bikes to rent, live music, picnic areas. etc. So much to do! Have a grea time!
Post # 8
u have to check out a broadway show!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! the theater district is amazing! Even the disney ones are amazing – Mary Poppins was fantastic! You can get dicounted tickets for the day of or next day performances at tkts booths. try: http://www.tdf.org/TDF_ServicePage.aspx?id=56
have a wonderful time!!
Post # 9
Broadway show is really great, especially as a way to end the day. Times Square looks the best at night.
I vote for sticking to West Village for shopping. Soho is really just an outdoor mall… many of the stores are available anywhere. Madison Ave on the Upper East Side is great if you want to look at pretty clothes you can afford!
Highline Park is great (and starts right by where you live). I’m a fan of Magnolia but do NOT go to the West Village location. The line is NOT worth it. Go to the one on the Upper West Side or by Rockefeller Center. Line is usually less intense. The only reason the WV one is busy is because of SATC, and it’s just not worth it. The cupcakes are the same everywhere.
My personal “thing every tourist should do” is go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and go to their Rooftop. Goregous views of Central Park, the UWS and the UES and midtown Manhattan. It’s just really cool! And the museum is awesome too. 🙂
My main piece of advice is to map things out that you really want to do. It can take a long time to ride the subway (and even LONGER and more expensive if you take a cab – so don’t!) and you don’t want to be zig-zagging around. Look at a subway map and figure out where things are that you really really want to see, and plot out your trip. It will save you a lot of time and you’ll get the max of your trip. 🙂
Post # 10
I loved highline park when we went last May! Its awesome! The other fun places we went to were: Momofoku milk bar in Midtown (http://www.momofuku.com/restaurants/milk-bar/), Brother Jimmys, and The Frying Pan. The Frying Pan is really cool because its a bar that is on a boat – but it might closed because it might be too cold. Another awesome restaurant Ive been to (for dessert) is Serendipity – their hot chocolate is amazing.
Post # 11
@MissKatelyn: Yes, go to the top of the Met. They even serve beer and wine up there (albeit very overpriced). The views are gorgeous!
Post # 12
I would recommend Top of the Rock also. The views are amazing. On my last trip there we went on a tour by the World Trade Center Tribute Museum and I would highly recommend that as well!
Post # 13
@moderndaisy: I second Joes Shanghai, we always take out of towners there. NOT the one in midtown though. Also, unless your heart is set on Magnolia I wouldn’t bother. The line is long and the cupcakes are pretty terrible
Post # 14
You are awesome bees! I can’t wait to go! And I’ll cross Magnolia off the list of things to do but I’m intrigued by the Top of the Rock and Chinatown!