If you're like me and have never been to New York (What's wrong with us?! It's the city that never sleeps!) but planning to (Way to go!), I bet you're wanting a simple, go-to guide with New York's best attractions' basic information, some awesome hotel recommendations and a few more of those little details you need, but don't feel like searching the entire web to find them. If that describes you, than this guide is exactly what you need. This won't tell you what the Statue of Liberty is or it's history, chances are you already know most of that, but it will give you the info you need to get there, pay for it and the website where you can, if you please, read the history & what exactly the Statue of Liberty is.
Buy the New York City Pass here
daily from 10 am - 5:45 pm
except on Thanksgiving and Christmas
*For restrant recommendations see New York City Neighborhood Easts below
Check out the Lower East Side Mafia Walking Tour at 12:00 pm every Saturday! $20 pp
More info here
Want to see affordable, comedian shows while in NYC? Check out the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre! info here
Check out the Brooklyn Flea Market!
From April through Thanksgiving, the markets take place outdoors: on Saturdays in Fort Greene, on Sundays in Williamsburg, and Saturdays and Sundays in Park Slope at PS 321. We also operate Smorgasburg, two giant all-food markets in Williamsburg (Saturdays) and Brooklyn Bridge Park (Sundays) featuring 75-100 local and regional vendors. From Thanksgiving through March, the market moves indoors (to 185 Wythe Ave. at North 5th St. in Williamsburg). Additionally, every summer you can find some of our food vendors at the Central Park SummerStage outdoor concert series, where the Flea operates the food and beverage concession.
A salad bar with fantastic toppings, homemade soups, mac & cheese, sandwiches, pretzel croissants, and homemade marshmallows for their delicious hot chocolate are just a few of the goodies offered at City Bakery on 18th St. Best part is that this can all be had on a budget. Score! I'm salivating thinking of the home made marshmallows & hot chocolate. Yum! *picture taken from here
The Cook Shop on Tenth Avenue uses only the best vegetables and meats. When you eat at the Cook Shop you are guaranteed that the food you eat are made with sustainable ingredients, humanely raised animals and supports local farmers. Let me be clear, the meat you eat is made with, not made by, humanely raised animals. ;) Their menu looks phenomenal. Seriously, just look at their website and look at the pics, you'll be making reservations asap. Be sure to check out their website for monthly recipes, too. *picture take from the talented & amazing Felica at love.life.eat
I'll let Bubby's explain what they do best, "Bubby’s has set the standard for traditional American food, cooking everything from scratch, using many traditional family recipes from the best sources of ingredients available. Most of Bubby’s recipes are straight out of recipe boxes from all over America." Sounds great to me. This Texan girl can only eat at so many upscale, New York restaurants, who am I kidding, I could do that forever. But, I will say, that Bubby's sounds like the perfect, no expectations, relaxed night out, or Sunday afternoon type restaurant for me. Oh, and they're open 24 hours! Actually, I'm not gonna lie, come midnight in New York, I'd probably always be craving a nice slice of pie from Bubby's. Picture from Zagat.
Why not grab a quick dinner and then head over to the Village Vanguard. This 70 year old Jazz Bar known as the "Carnegie Hall of Jazz" goes back to the basics with music, drinks and history. Jazz greats have recorded and played here in the past 70 years, including; Charles Mingus, Dexter Gordon, Elvin Jones, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Hank Mobley and the Bill Evan's trio, just to name a few.To check out the Vanguard's schedules and to buy tickets in advance go here. The Village Vanguard is on the top of my list of "must do" things in New York City. Photo taken from NYC-Arts.
A Salt & Battery
The Cupping Room Cafe
The Cupping Room Cafe is one if the oldest restaurants in SoHo. Established in 1977 the cafe boasts high ceilings, a pot belly stove and fresh flowers, not to mention fantastic food. Try their Happy Hour from 5 pm-8 pm which includes free bar food. Heck yes! They also have live music Wednesday through Saturday. I will most definitely be getting the Chicken Breast sautéed with port wine and mushrooms or the Middle Eastern basket with hummus, babaganoush and lots of other delicious sounding goodies.
The Dutch knows how to do fresh food. Their brunch menu looks exceptional. I will for sure get the mushroom cheddar omelette, watercress and truffle dressing when we visit. And they use organic eggs from Feather Ridge Farms, New York. Their dinner menu is a little high for our tastes but would still be great on a date night and I'm thinking their pumpkin donuts with ginger pudding, candied hazelnuts, caramelized apple and sage for $11 sound fantastic for dessert! Honestly, that fried chicken and biscuits isn't looking too bad either! Picture taken from Foodspotting.
- $2.50 initial fare
- + $.50 for each additional 1/5 of a mile- 4 blocks (when traveling at 6 mph or more) or 60 seconds (when not in motion or traveling at less than 6 mph)
- + $.50 New York City Surcharge
- +$.50 Night Surcharge (8pm-6am)
- + $1.00 Peak Hour Weekday Surcharge (4 pm-8pm)