Where to Stay
- Park Lane Hotel – Book a park view. So worth it (as seen in the pic above). Also has good size rooms.
- Hudson Hotel – Very trendy hotel near Columbus Circle. Small rooms but still a cool place to stay!
- Lotte New York Palace – If you are willing to pay a little extra for a super nice hotel, do this one! I’ve stayed here with my family and it was amazing.
- Nomo Soho – Beautiful hotel in my favorite area, Soho!
Where to Eat
- Black Tap – The best burgers & iconic milkshakes
- Boat House Central Park – Gorgeous restaurant looking over the prettiest part of Central Park
- Catch NYC – Amazing sea food for anytime of the day but recommended for dinner.
- Sarahbeth’s – Great Brunch menu
- Jacob’s Pickle – Southern-accented comfort food.
- Flip Sigi – Small restaurant/bar in West Village. Great food & love the mandarine orange based Margs.
- Nomo Soho – Another great brunch/lunch spot
- Golden Unicorn – We went here in China town for authentic Chinese dim sum. My best friend’s boyfriend is half Chinese and brought us here, it was amazing!
- Jongro Korean BBQ – A hidden Korean BBQ restaurant in K-town you have to go in an elevator and the 2nd floor opens up to the restaurant. This was Blake’s favorite spot to eat
- Max Brenners – The chocolate chunks pizza. That is all you need!
- Masion Premiere Oyster Bar– Great cajun style food in Brooklyn.
- Babbo – A nice Italian restaurant in Little Italy!
- Red Farm – A farm to table Asian fusion restaurant. I love the soup dumplings!
- Chelsea Market – One of the greatest indoor food halls in the world! Also has some good shopping with local vendors.
- Plaza Food Hall – Located downstairs below the plaza is an amazing assortment of restaurants, bakeries, & Coffee shops. Love coming here for a quick breakfast.
- John’s Pizza – A great sit down place to go for New York style pizza located right by Time Square.
- Joe’s Pizza – A quick grab by the slice piece of New York style pizza. Famously known.
- The Mermaid Inn – The perfect place for lunch or brunch. Serves raw oysters as well!
- Taiyaki – An ice cream shop near china town with an assortment of flavors and toppings but famous for their matcha green tea ice cream! Served in a waffle cone that looks like a fish.
- Hallal Guys – Mediterranean style street food. There’s only 3 original carts in NYC! Make sure to go to an original.
- The Doughnuttery – Mini donuts that you can add toppings and dipping sauces to. Located in Chelsea Market and The Plaza Food Hall.
- Luke’s Lobster – Awesome lobster rolls and lobster corn chowder
- Magnolia Bakery – Famous bakery in NYC. Get the Bread Pudding!
Where to get Drinks/Coffee
- Ralph’s Coffee – My favorite coffee shop in NYC located in Ralph Lauren on the Upper Eastside. Get a Mochaccino!
- 230 fifth Rooftop Bar– Rooftop bar with a clear shot view right at the Empire State building. Good drinks with a super cool atmosphere.
- Sugar Factory– Be prepared for a sugar high. But the presentation of this drink is amazing! They also put candy in your drinks which is cool.
- Don’t Tell Mama– Fun piano bar with a whole lot of talented singers!
- Plaza Food Hall– Love getting coffee here in the morning before walking around Central Park.
- Barbacon– Beer and bacon flights. Enough said!
- The Standard Biergarten – Fun atmosphere right under the High Line! Great drinks!
- Mr. Purple– Another fun/trendy rooftop bar with great drinks.
What to do
- Top of the Rock– A great view of the city and great picture opts!
- Broadway Shows– Seeing a show is one of my favorite things to do in NYC! So many good ones to choose from.
- World Trade Center Memorial & Museum– Truly one of the most amazing museums I have ever been to. Beautifully done, and very emotional.
- Statue of Liberty– We took the ferry to see the Statue of Liberty and I got sea sick… I will never do that again but it’s worth it to see once! Or just look at it from Battery park.
- Empire State building – Another great view of the city!
- Brooklyn Bridge– Walk across the famous bridge! It’s beautiful with great views.
- Central Park– There is seriously SO much to do in Central Park. Walk around, eat, ice skate, ride bikes, jog, have a picnic, or even go to the zoo! They always have a lot of stuff going on.
- Bryant Park– I absolutely love Bryant park. It is so cute & quaint with food Kiosks and great holiday shopping. It’s truly a sight to see around Christmas time!
- SHOPPING! Of course the shopping in NYC is amazing. It’s hard for me to break this down because there is literally shopping everywhere. But my FAVORITE area for shopping is in Soho.
I will continue to add to this list the more I visit!