The City That Never Sleeps evokes all the senses: bright lights, metallic smells from the subway tracks, blaring horns, people jostling along the sidewalk and a diverse food scene thanks to the thousands immigrants calling NYC home. While there are tens of thousands incredible restaurants, bars and places in NYC, those below are just a few favorites.
From JFK airport take the AirTram to Howard Beach or Jamaica to then take the subway to Manhattan. From Howard Beach, take the A train toward Brooklyn and Downtown. From Jamaica, the E will take you to Midtown. From Newark airport, take a direct New Jersey transit train from the airport to Pennsylvania Station.
If you plan to spend at least a weekend in NYC, visit the 911 Tribute Museum and Memorial. While an emotional experience, this Museum is incredibly well done.
We’ve broken out our suggestions below by Downtown (anything below 14th Street) and Uptown (anything at 14th Street and above). In our humble opinion, Downtown has a better nightlife scene overall.
Adrienne’s Pizza Bar Delicious square-shaped pizzas on Stone Street in the Financial District (FiDi).
Bleeker Street Pizza The best pizza in the city (we think). Pop into their tiny West Village location to grab a slice and takeaway or order delivery.
BondSt. High-end Japanese restaurant in Noho.
Cuba Restaurant and rum bar in Greenwich ViIlage.
Jeepney Filipino food in the East Village.
Jing Fong Enormous Cantonese dim sum restaurant in Chinatown with plates served from push-carts.
Kiki’s Amazing and affordable Greek food in Chinatown. No bookings.
Louie and Chan Italian restaurant in the Lower East Side (LES) with an Asian-inspired cocktail bar in the basement.
Pig and Khao Trendy Southeast Asian restaurant in LES.
Red Farm Trendy dim sum in the West Village. The pastrami egg-rolls are a must.
Sauce Cozy, family-style Italian in LES.
Two Hands Australian restaurant in Tribeca with a great wine list and attractive serving staff!
Yuerba Buena Pricey but delicious Latin Food and cocktails.
Antler Beer & Wine Dispensary Chill bar in LES. Good for groups.
Bonnie Vee Hip cocktail bar and garden in Nolita.
Decibel Sake speakeasy in East Village.
Fools Gold Craft beers on tap in LES.
Jeremy’s Ale House Dive bar in Seaport popular with locals and firefighters.
McSorley’s Old Ale House 1854 beer saloon in the East Village.
Meow Parlour Cat cafe in the LES that makes great coffee. All of the cats are available for adoption.
Battery Park Walk around the oldest and southern-most tip of the island of Manhattan.
Staten Island Ferry This is a free way to take a cruise with views of the Statue of Liberty.
Wall Street Check out the New York Stock Exchange and statues of the Charging Bull and Fearless Girl.
Chelsea Market Urban food market next to The High Line. Our favorite stalls are Los Tacos No. 1, Num Pang, the Lobster Place and Doughnuttery. There are often sample sales happening here too.
Eataly It’s touristy but a fun way to spend an hour. Locations in Flatiron and the World Trade Center.
Jacob’s Pickles Southern American in the Upper West Side (UWS). Great for brunch.
Levain Bakery The BEST chocolate cookies in the entire world. This UWS shop sells cookies the size of fists.
Red Rooster Famous Harlem restaurant revered for its Southern-inspiring cooking and jazz brunches.
Boat Basin Cafe Great spot in UWS to sit outside as the sun falls across the Hudson.
Broadway shows Grab same-day discounted tickets from the TKTS South Street Seaport location.
Central Park Pack a picnic and relax in Sheep’s Field.
Dizzy’s Jazz Club World renowned jazz music at Lincoln Center.
The High Line Former raised railway that is now a west side park spanning from 14th Street to Hudson Yard.
For a more local, relaxed experience, stay in an Airbnb in a fun neighborhood. Lindsay’s brother and sister-in-law host this brownstone penthouse apartment in Harlem, just two blocks from the 125th Street station.