Heading to the Big Apple? I’d highly recommend planning your visit before you go so you get to see and do as much as possible. It’s a big city and there is so much to do that it’s hard to know where to start. Read on for some inspiration.
British Airways is always my first choice when flying to New York as they always have great deals and you can just pay a £300 deposit to secure your trip.
I would highly recommend staying at the One UN New York, we got a great price considering the amazing views and huge rooms you get. It’s only a 10 minute walk to Times Square and 5 minutes away from Grand Central Station.
We landed late on a Monday night and headed straight to Rocky’s Pizzeria @ 607 2nd Avenue, about 10 minutes from the hotel, for some pasta on pizza after seeing videos of the place on Instagram. Yep, sounds disgusting, it’s amazing.
Try the Vodka sauce pizza, also amazing.
We had to go back later on in the week and tried the Caesar Salad on Pizza, not as good as the pasta/pizza combo but then again I love my carbs on carbs.
We started our day at Grand Central Station and grabbed breakfast at Shake Shack and then headed to Times Square to get Broadway Show tickets. You can book before you go but I’ve always waited until I’m there as you get a good deal. There is a ticket stand in Times Square and lots of people that will offer you discounted tickets but I’ve always found going direct to the Theatre is the best option and there’s also more times available to choose from. I’d recommend seeing Aladdin if you get the chance.
We also went to Madison Square Gardens to see if we could get Knicks tickets for the next day and we ended up getting great seats for a decent price, definitely worth it.
Top of the Rock, I’d advise you to get a CityPASS for all the main attractions, this way you don’t have to worry about budgeting for them when you’re there.
Shopping on 5th Avenue
Olive Garden, locals normally avoid these type of chain restaurants but like I said, I love my carbs on carbs, try the Taste of Italy you won’t regret it.
230 Fifth Avenue Rooftop is one of the best bars I’ve experienced, I could and might write a whole post on it. The views are insane, they have cosy igloos, great music and it’s arguably one of the best places to view the Empire State.
Gotham Comedy Club is brilliant and has regular star guests, we managed to see Sal from Impractical Jokers.
We discovered a Dunkin’ Donuts right round the corner from the hotel and it was on our way in to Times Square so breakfast was sorted.
Aladdin on Broadway – definitely a highlight of the trip.
Hard Rock Cafe for lunch, the staff are amazing and the food platters are a great choice.
New York Knicks @ Madison Square Gardens. If you’re flexible on dates I’d have a look to see when the Basketball is on, or the ice hockey and plan to go around that time. It’s a great experience and you can Instagram your foam finger!
Empire State Building – open until 2am every night so fitting it in to your itinerary is easy.
As we were there at Thanksgiving, a good time to go weather and crowd wise, we managed to catch some of the Macy’s Day Parade which was a nice bonus.
Head to Central Park, you can rent bikes or you can get a ride on a rickshaw. We paid 100 dollars for a hour and our guide stopped off at the Alice in Wonderland Statue, the Maid in Manhattan bridge and the John Lennon Imagine Memorial. It’s a good option to see a lot of Central Park in a short space of time, there’s also a Zoo and at some times of the year an ice rink.
Katz’s Delicatessen, Where Harry Met Sally, is a great spot for a bite to eat.
Coyote Ugly bar, good for a laugh, cheep beer and shots and you can always get up and dance on the bar!
If you want a full day of shopping and bargains head to Woodbury Common Outlet, roughly 45 minutes from New York. You can book the bus online and you get a coupon book with a lot of extra savings. Make sure to plan what shops you want to go to in advance to help you navigate the Outlet better and take a small suitcase with you for all your shopping, you’ll thank me after!
Statler Bar and Grill for dinner is a must.
One World Observatory, the views are incredible.
Westfield World Trade Centre (if you fancy some more shopping).
GRK, Fresh Greek for lunch
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, this is one of the options on the CityPass if you opt to buy it. Hop on the ferry over to the statue for some selfies and then take the ferry on to Ellis Island.
Grab some last minute souvenirs before catching your taxi to the airport and sob for a week because you just want to be back in the City That Never Sleeps!
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