New York City

Things to do in New York City

It’s impossible to take in everything New York City has to offer in a single trip, so when you’re traveling to the Big Apple, it’s wise to plan out an itinerary in advance. Want to sample all the best restaurants NYC has to offer? You can easily map your way from restaurant to restaurant, visiting all of New York’s trendiest eateries. Looking to spend some serious cash on designer duds? Hit the boutiques in SoHo and along Fifth Avenue, stopping only to ransack the racks at Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s. Hoping for the classic tourist experience? Visit the bright lights of Times Square, and make your way to Rockefeller Center, the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, and Central Park. You’ll never run out of things to do in New York City.

Arts and culture lovers should plan to visit New York’s many museums, including the Met, MoMA, and the Museum of Natural History – and cap it off with a visit to Chelsea, where you can peek into smaller galleries and artist’s studios. Sports fans looking for things to do in New York City shouldn’t miss a chance to watch the Yankees play at Yankee stadium, and grab a drink with like-minded fans in a Midtown sports bar. Partiers who visit New York City can take advantage of the city’s booming nightlife in trendy neighborhoods like the Meatpacking District, Greenwich Village, and Williamsburg, in Brooklyn. By the time you’ve worked your way through a fraction of what the Big Apple has to offer, you’ll be exhausted – but you’ll never want to leave.

Modeled after an 1890s “gentleman’s tavern,” the newest bar from local hero mixologist Richard Boccato serves classic cocktails made with hand-cut ice and pub food from the local Sage General Store. A band performs jazz and ragtime standards.

The Rubin Museum of Art is a collection paintings, sculptures, and textiles from the Himalayas and surrounding regions. The mission of the museum is to curate a collection that raises the profile of Himalayan art, which has received relatively less attention than the art of many other cultures.

A bright blue exterior with large windows displays what this gourmet market is most recognized for: a traditional butchery specializing in locally raised, grass-fed beef.

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Short for Please Don’t Tell, this East Village bar’s name reflects its speakeasy vibe. The bar is only accessible through the phone booth at the back of Crif Dogs, a St. Mark's Place restaurant serving hot dogs.

Opened to the public in 1978, the award-winning Abraham Goodman House is home to all three divisions of the Kaufman Center, including Merkin Concert Hall, Lucy Moses School, and Special Music School (P.S. 859).

Live entertainment is the main order of business at Bowery Electric, just a short walk from the Bowery Hotel. DJs play nightly and the bartenders serve up cocktails, wine, Scotch, bourbon, tequila, and tap and bottled beer at this muilti-level venue.

Besides its exemplary collection of German and Austrian fine and decorative art, the Neue Galerie has a jewel-like design shop, highlighted by reproductions of turn-of-the-century tableware by Josef Hoffman, Biedermeier wallpaper, and J&L Lobmeyr crystal.

Citizens of the style world decorate their dining rooms with finds from this tiny shop full of artfully stacked minimalist china, jewel-like tea sets, and cheery place settings. Everything is casually elegant and classic but of-the-moment and, in most cases, surprisingly affordable.

Established in 2000 in Brooklyn, Jacques Torres Chocolate makes bonbons, chocolate chip cookies, and hot chocolate. This real-life chocolate factory, located in the DUMBO area of Brooklyn, has marble café tables, an eat-at bar, and brightly colored walls lined with treats.

Evoking the comforting atmosphere of a home kitchen, this West Village bakery contains a fireplace, bright blue tiled tables, and glass jars filled with freshly baked cookies.