Fall in Love with New York City: Your Ultimate Travel Guide
New York City is undeniably the most iconic city in the United States, with plenty to see and do, which is why we keep coming back for more! It’s a place where monstrous skyscrapers reach for the sky, and the cityscape comes alive with a mesmerizing glow at night. The energy here is electric, and whether you’re a culture enthusiast, a foodie, or an explorer, NYC has something to offer for everybody. With activities for practically every day of the year, it’s a city that never ceases to amaze. Join us as we dive into the heart of the Big Apple in ‘Fall in Love with New York City: Your Ultimate Travel Guide,’ and discover why this city is an eternal source of inspiration and adventure.
1. Top of the Rock
When you are in NYC, you absolutely MUST take advantage of the sight seeing opportunities. One of the best experiences we can recommend is the Top of the Rock, which allows you to take a trip all the way to the top of the Rockefeller Center where they offer a sightseeing deck. From this area, you can see all of New York City… it is INCREDIBLE! We also highly recommend visiting at night to enjoy the stunning city lights.
2. Statue of Liberty
Another sight that you cannot miss is the iconic Statue of Liberty, which is one of New York City’s Top Attractions! The Statue of Liberty, a symbol of hope and freedom, stands tall and proud in the New York Harbor, welcoming visitors from around the world. This iconic monument, a gift from France to the United States, has been an enduring emblem of democracy for over a century. There are many boat tours that can get you up close and personal with this iconic statue.
3. Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
Another sightseeing opportunity to take advantage of in New York City are the Hop On-Hop Off bus tours. Viator offers very affordable bus tours, which is a wonderful way to make your way around to all of the different sights during your first time in the Big Apple! You can find the exact tour we recommend here.
One of our biggest recommendations while you’re in the city is to catch a broadway show! You can’t possibly experience NYC without making your way down to the big red TKTS booth and snagging tickets to your favorite musical or play. In our most recent trip, we went to see & Juliet and it was amazing! Also, for any Potterheads like us, you must see Harry Potter & the Cursed Child. It’s an incredible experience that you won’t want to miss. What truly sets Broadway apart is its ability to push the boundaries of creativity. Spectacular set designs, breathtaking costumes, and innovative staging techniques turn each production into a visual masterpiece.
Some of our best hacks include entering the Broadway ticket lottery daily to win discounted or FREE tickets to shows! You can also go to the box office of the show you’d like to see and ask to purchase partial view tickets for a discounted price. Most often, this simply means you will be sitting very close or in the box seats that prevent you from seeing a very small portion of the back side of the stage. This does not affect the quality of the show in any way, but it does allow you to get up close for a cheaper price.
It is no secret that New York City plays host to many historic franchises across all of sports. From the Yankees’ iconic pinstripes to the Knicks’ hoops magic, NYC is a playground for sports lovers. Baseball buffs can’t resist Yankee Stadium or Citi Field, where history and hot dogs blend seamlessly. Basketball fans can catch the action at “The Garden,” home to the Knicks, or root for the Nets across the river. Hit the ice at a New York Rangers or Islanders game. Football Sundays are all about the Giants and Jets at Metlife Stadium. Clearly, you will never be short of sports in the Big Apple. Dylan is a major sports enthusiast and has to catch a game in every city he goes to (Top Stadiums List to come). Personally, Yankees and Mets’ games are electric compared to most cities, however Metlife Stadium is not our favorite. We went to see a Giants vs. Bills game a few years ago and the energy in the stadium was subpar to most. Overall, New York City is a thriving hub for sports enthusiasts, where passionate fans and media rally wholeheartedly behind their teams.
4. Best Places To Eat
New York City is a food lover’s dream, with an abundance of casual dining spots that are sure to satisfy any craving. Whether you’re on the hunt for the perfect slice of pizza, a classic deli sandwich stacked high with pastrami, or a mouthwatering street food experience, NYC has it all. Below is a list of our favorite places to eat in NYC:
Wow, there are just SO many places to mention that we love visiting every single time we are in the city! If you’re looking for a wonderful Italian food experience, you must check out Tony Di Napoli, located in Times Square and the Upper East Side. Bring your friends and family for large group portions of classic, traditional Italian cuisine… and make sure you leave room for dessert! As one of the top 10 restaurants in NYC (voted on by OpenTable and TripAdvisor), you will want to make a reservation ahead of time. You can do that by clicking this link! Another amazing restaurant option is The Smith, located all throughout the city.
2. Quick eats
If you don’t have much time and you’re looking for a quick bite, then you have to check out these places! First off, Los Tacos No. 1 is a must-try if you’re a fan of authentic Mexican cuisine. All the food is prepared using family recipes and fresh ingredients. We personally loved the tacos, but everything looked amazing! We also highly recommend trying the Aguas Frescas if you’re in the mood for a fruity drink. Another quick eats option is one of Maddy’s personal favorites: Melt Shop. Here, you can choose from a variety of different sandwiches and tater tots! It’s fast, easy, and delicious. We particularly recommend the Buffalo Chicken Melt. And of course, it wouldn’t be NYC without some Original Ray’s New York Style Pizza. Be sure to check out Ray’s for a quick, enormous slice of delicious pizza! Lastly, don’t miss the opportunity to savor an incredible burger and milkshake at Shake Shack NYC! You’ll find Shake Shack locations all over the city, so make sure to stop by and grab a bite!
This is our favorite section to write because we are massive dessert fans! First and foremost, if you’re in search of the best chocolate chip cookies EVER (and other amazing flavors), then you have to stop at Schmackary’s. They offer options for everyone, including gluten-free and nut-free flavors. You might even find cookies themed after current Broadway shows! If you’re not in the mood for a cookie for dessert, then consider checking out Junior’s Cheesecake for a slice of original New York Cheesecake. This cheesecake is incredibly delicious and simply melts in your mouth. They offer a wonderful selection of flavors, along with other desserts for those who aren’t cheesecake fans. Another spot worth visiting is Carlo’s Bake Shop. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because you’ve seen them on TLC’s Cake Boss! Come and try some of the desserts that Buddy and his family have whipped up for us to enjoy. We highly recommend trying the cannolis because they really know how to make them!
5. Christmas Time in New York City
Here’s kind of a bonus section! New York City is so unique and we’ve visited during every season, but being there during Christmas time was super special to us. The city comes alive with festive lights and decorations, and the air is filled with the spirit of the season. One of our favorite things about New York City in the winter is the Rockefeller Christmas Tree! It’s a beautiful sight and the lighting usually begins sometime in late November through to New Years. In the winter here, you can also check out the iconic Rockettes’ Christmas Spectacular or attend a performance of ‘The Nutcracker’ ballet, a classic Christmas tradition often performed by the New York City Ballet. Another thing you can also explore is the various holiday markets like the Union Square Holiday Market and Columbus Circle Holiday Market for unique gifts, artisanal goods, and seasonal treats.
New York City is undeniably exceptional and offers something for everyone. Its immense variety of attractions and activities can easily occupy weeks of exploration, making it truly remarkable. We sincerely hope that each of you will have the opportunity to experience the vibrant energy of the city that never sleeps!
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