Visit New York: Top 57 Things To Do and Must-See Attractions


Things to Do in New York: The 57 Best Highlights and Points of Interest

You’re planning to visit New York during your next trip to the USA and you’re looking for the best places to visit?

You’re at the right place!

New York, nicknamed ‘The Big Apple” or “the city that never sleeps”, has so much to offer. From the impressive skyscrapers such as the Empire State Building or the Rockefeller Center to its vibrant neighborhoods and world-renowned museums, you will for sure find attractions and activities that suits your taste in NYC!

In order to help you plan your stay, I have written this guide of the best things to do in New York, with all the must-see attractions and points of interest.

At the end of the article, you will also find itineraries to visit New York in 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 days or even a week (or more!) as well as my suggestions of the best accommodations depending on your budget.

So, what are the best places to visit in New York? Where to stay?

Let’s find out!


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In order to help you plan your stay in New York, I have prepared detailed itineraries depending on your trip duration. You should read them after reading this guide.

You can find them here, simply click on the orange links to read the articles:

They will allow you to plan your trip very easily!

And if you have any question, don’t hesitate to ask me in the comments section located at the end of each guide. I would be glad to help you plan your stay.

1. Empire State Building

As an iconic symbol of New York, the Empire State Building is a must-visit.

Standing at a height of 443m, this Art Deco skyscraper offers an unparalleled view of the city.

You can visit the observatories on the 86th and 102nd floors, offering 360-degree views of the New York skyline.

The best time to visit the Empire State building is at sunset when you can watch the city transition from day to night, but be prepared for longer waiting times!

In any case, you can expect to wait between one and 2 hours before getting your ticket.

But hopefully, you can avoid that!

To save time, you simply need to purchase your priority tickets in advance. It’s the same price as on site and you will not have to wait 😎!

To book your skip the line tickets, simply click on the button below:

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To visit New York and its must-see monuments and museums, the most convenient is to buy one of the 2 city passes.

They are also a great way to save money!

1) The New York City Pass allows you to visit 5 tourist attractions:

  • 2 “mandatory visits” – The Empire State Building and the American Museum of Natural History
  • Plus 3 of the following attractions:
    • Top of the Rock Observation Deck
    • Ferry Access to Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
    • 9/11 Memorial and Museum
    • Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises
    • Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum
    • Guggenheim Museum.

To buy your New York City Pass, simply click on the green button below:

2) The New York Go City Explorer Pass, on the other side, allows you to visit 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 or 10 attractions from over 90 of NYC’s best places to visit.

Here are a few of the tourist attractions included:

  • The Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Ferry
  • 9/11 Museum and Memorial
  • Empire State Building
  • MoMA
  • American Museum of Natural History
  • Top of the Rock
  • One World Observatory
  • Madame Tussauds
  • Circle Line Sightseeing
  • St Patrick’s Cathedral Tour
  • …and many many more!

To buy your New York Explorer Pass, click on the green button below:

So, which one should you get?

It’s very simple:

  • If you have only 1 day in New York, get the New York Go City Go Explorer Pass and choose the 3 or 4 attractions version. It will be the cheapest!
  • If you’re staying 2 days in New York or simply don’t want to do more than 5 visits, get the New York City Pass. It offers the best bang for your bucks, and unless you plan to run from a tourist attractions to another, 5 activities are enough for 2 days. (Don’t forget there is also plenty of free places to visit in New York!)
  • If you’re visiting NYC for 3 days or more, get the New York Go City Go Explorer Pass and choose the number of activities you want to do.

To make it easier for you, every time I will talk about a tourist attraction in this article, I will mention if it’s included in one of the City Passes.

So it will be really simple for you to know how many activities you should choose for your New York Go City Go Explorer Pass!

Empire State Building
Empire State Building – Best things to do in New York

2. Statue of Liberty

If you’re going on your first trip to New York, you will for sure want to visit the Statue of Liberty.

Standing on Liberty Island, this colossal neoclassical sculpture is a universal symbol of freedom and democracy.

The statue can be seen from many points in the city, but to fully appreciate it, you should take a ferry to Liberty Island.

The ticket also includes access to Ellis Island and its Immigration Museum.

You need to purchase your tickets online by clicking here (audio guide included):

And if you want to get as close to the statue as possible but don’t have time to visit the island, you should book the one-hour cruise around Liberty Island and Ellis Island.

To book it, it’s really simple, you just need to click on the button below:

The New York City Pass and the New York Explorer Pass both includes round trip ferry ticket for the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

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A free alternative to see the Statue of Liberty is the Staten Island Ferry. Although it doesn’t stop at Liberty Island, it offers a good view of the statue and the Manhattan skyline.

Be careful, the access to the statue’s crown requires a special ticket and can only be booked 3 or 4 months in advance on the official website.

Statue of Liberty
Statue of Liberty

3. National 9/11 Memorial & Museum

The National 9/11 Memorial & Museum is a poignant tribute to the nearly 3,000 victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks.

The outdoor memorial features two reflecting pools, known as the largest manmade waterfalls in North America, standing in the footprint of the Twin Towers.

You should also take the time to visit the museum, which provides a deep insight into the events of that day. 

You need to book your tickets for the museum here:

The visit of the National 9/11 memorial and museum is free with the New York City Pass or the New York Explorer Pass.

If you prefer, you can also take a 90-minute guided walk around Ground Zero and the 9/11 Memorial. Book it here!

National 9 11 Memorial & Museum
National 9 11 Memorial & Museum

4. Rockefeller Center – Top of the Rock

For another amazing view of New York, head to the Top of the Rock, the observation deck at Rockefeller Center.

From up there, you will have a stunning view over Central Park and the Empire State Building.

While you’re at Rockefeller Center, you should also check out the famous Radio City Music Hall.

And if you’re visiting New York in winter, don’t miss the chance to skate at the iconic ice rink!

You need to book your ticket to Top of the Rock by clicking on the button below:

Access to Top of the Rock is included in the New York City Pass or the New York Explorer Pass.

Rockfeller Center Top of The Rock
Rockfeller Center – Top of The Rock

5. Central Park

Central Park is the perfect place to take a break from the hustle and bustle of New York.

Here, you can enjoy a leisurely stroll, rent a bike (click here for more information), or even go for a row on the lake.

Don’t miss out on visiting the Strawberry Fields memorial dedicated to John Lennon and the beautiful Bethesda Fountain.

In Central Park, you can also visit Central Park Zoo (tickets are available here!) and the Belvedere Castle, which offers a great view of the park. It’s a great choice if you are visiting New York with children.

If you don’t feel like walking, you have 2 other ways to visit Central Park easily (simply click on the orange link below to book your tour):

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You’re going to New York?

You probably know it: the hardest part of planning your trip is to find a hotel offering a good value for money!

And that’s even worse in big touristic cities like New York 😅.

The closer you get to your travel dates, the harder it will be to get a good deal. Tens of thousands of people will be visiting New York on the same dates as you, so you can be sure that the best deals are booked extremely quickly!

Hopefully, there is a pretty simple solution to this problem: do like me and book your hotel as early as possible!

So, my best advice is to take 5 minutes (now) to have a look at the list of travelers’ favorite hotels in New York.

And if you see a good offer, book it!

Most hotels offer free cancellation, so it’s quick, easy, and you will avoid the the inconvenience of finding nothing but mediocre rooms at exorbitant prices.

To check the current best deals for your hotel in New York, simply click on the green button below 😎:

Once you’ve booked your hotel, it will be time to continue reading this guide and find out more about the best things to do in New York!

Central Park
Central Park

6. Times Square

Let’s now talk about Times Square, another iconic New York landmark, best known for its bright, flashing advertisements.

As you step into Times Square, prepare to be surrounded by a flurry of lights, sounds, and excitement. The towering billboards, bustling streets, and animated characters make it a truly unique experience.

And don’t forget to take a photo with the famous “Times Square” sign!

As you imagine, Times Square is also a shopper’s paradise, with numerous flagship stores, brand boutiques, and souvenir shops. From famous retailers like the Toys “R” Us to the multi-level M&M’s World, there are plenty of options to satisfy your shopping cravings.

You should definitely see it at night when it truly comes alive. While it can be quite crowded, it’s probably THE New York experience that you shouldn’t miss!

Just around the corner, you’ll find the Broadway theater district. Why not catch a show while you’re in the area?

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For a great view over Times Square, you should go on the terrace of the Marriott Times Square hotel.

You can get there even if you’re not a client, it’s so big that nobody checks anything.

But don’t tell anyone 🤫

In the same hotel, you can also have a cocktail or eat at the Broadway Lounge: it also offers a great view over New York’s most famous square.

Times Square
Times Square

7. One World Observatory

Located at the top of the One World Trade Center, the tallest building in America, the One World Observatory offers an unparalleled view of New York.

This 360-degree observation deck allows you to see all of the city’s major landmarks.

It’s truly one of the best things to do in New York!

As all the observation decks in New York, you have to book your tickets in advance to avoid queuing. Simply click on the green button below for more info and to book:

Entrance to One World Observatory is free with the New York Go City Explorer Pass.

One World Observatory
One World Observatory

8. Helicopter Tour Above New York

For an unforgettable experience, you need to take a helicopter tour over New York.

It’s the best way to fully appreciate the city’s incredible architecture and its unique layout!

This is one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences, and also the perfect gift/surprise for your family or lover.

You need to book your Manhattan Island Helicopter Tour in advance by clicking here:

And if you have the guts, you can opt for a “door off” helicopter. This is just epic!

That’s what we did and it was simply the best moment of our trip!

Helicopter New York
Helicopter New York

9. Brooklyn Bridge

Let’s continue this list of the best places to visit in New York with the Brooklyn Bridge, for sure one of the most iconic monuments of the city.

Whether you choose to walk or cycle across it, you’ll get to enjoy stunning views of Manhattan’s skyline.

Crossing will probably take you a bit of time, as you will probably take a lot pictures : Brooklyn Bridge is one of the city’s most photogenic spots!

Brooklyn bridge
Brooklyn bridge

10. American Museum of Natural History

Prepare to embark on a fascinating journey through history, science, and the natural world at the American Museum of Natural History.

Located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, this renowned institution offers a wealth of exhibits and discoveries for visitors of all ages.

From dinosaur fossils and ancient civilizations to biodiversity and space exploration, there is something to captivate every curious mind, adults and kids alike!

Be sure to check out the iconic exhibits such as the Hall of Saurischian Dinosaurs, the Hall of North American Mammals, and the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, featuring the famous life-sized model of a blue whale.

Don’t forget to buy your tickets in advance by clicking here:

You can visit the American Museum of Natural history for free with the New York City Pass and the New York Explorer Pass.

American Museum of Natural History
American Museum of Natural History

11. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

While in NYC, art lovers should not miss the opportunity to visit the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), one of the best art museums in the world.

It features an extensive collection of modern and contemporary art including works by Van Gogh, Warhol, Picasso, and more.

Get your MoMA tickets here:

Entry to the MoMA is included in the New York Explorer Pass.

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

12. Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Another unique museum that you can visit in New York is the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

Housed on the aircraft carrier Intrepid, this museum offers numerous exhibits related to sea, air, and space technology. You can explore the aircraft carrier, see a Concorde and even the space shuttle!

Personally, I loved it, it’s my favorite museum in New York and I will gladly go back next time I will visit the city.

Buy your tickets for the Intrepid Museum here:

Access to Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is included with the New York City Pass or the New York Explorer Pass.

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

13. Guggenheim Museum

The Guggenheim Museum is not just a museum, it’s also an architectural masterpiece.

Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, this spiral building is home to a superb collection of modern and contemporary art. It’s definitely worth a visit!

Buy your tickets for the Guggenheim museum here:

Access to Guggenheim museum is included with the New York City Pass or the New York Explorer Pass.

Guggenheim New York
Guggenheim New York

14. Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises

One of the best way to appreciate New York’s skyscrapers is from the water (or during the helicopter tour of course!)

The Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises offer fantastic views of the city’s most famous landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the Manhattan skyline.

You can choose between different tours, like the sunset cruise or the full island cruise.

You need to book your cruise around New York by clicking on the button below (and then choose the option that suits you best):

The Circle Line cruise is included with the New York City Pass or the New York Explorer Pass.

Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises
Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises

15. See a musical on Broadway

During your stay in New York, you should take the opportunity to experience the magic of a Broadway show.

Whether it’s a classic like “The Phantom of the Opera”, “The Lion King” or a new hit like “Hamilton”, the energy and talent on display are simply unforgettable.

Remember to book your tickets in advance as popular shows sell out quickly.

You can see all Broadway shows tickets and book them by clicking here!

Lion king musical
Lion king musical – Broadway

16. Wall Street

Wall Street, the financial heart of the city, is a symbol of America’s economic power.

There, you can see the famous New York Stock Exchange, visit the Federal Hall, and snap a photo with the Charging Bull statue.

If you want to learn more about the financial district, you should book this guided tour (clicking here).

Wall Street
Wall Street

17. High Line Park

This elevated park, built on a former railway line, is one of the most unique green spaces in the city.

Walking along the High Line, you can enjoy great views of the city and the Hudson River, observe art installations, and relax amidst beautiful gardens.

High Line Park
High Line Park

18. Brooklyn

Brooklyn is not just a bridge! It’s a borough full of charm and character.

Here are the best things to do in Brooklyn:

  • Visit Williamsburg for its hip boutiques and coffee shops
  • Enjoy a stroll in the beautiful Brooklyn Botanic Garden
  • Explore the art scene in DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass)
  • Don’t forget to try the famous Brooklyn pizza!

If you want to learn more about Brooklyn, its famous bridge and DUMBO, you should book this walking tour. Sean, your guide, is very knowledgeable and will make sure you have a great time!

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If you’re in DUMBO, make sure to visit Washington Street for the famous view of Manhattan Bridge.

It’s one of the most photographed spots in New York City, and for good reason.

The view of the bridge with the Empire State Building framed in its archway is truly unique.


19. Fifth Avenue

Let’s get back to Manhattan for another iconic visit: Fifth Avenue, synonymous with luxury and style.

If you enjoy shopping, this is the place for you!

Here, you can find everything from high-end boutiques to world-renowned department stores.

Even if you’re not in the mood for shopping, Fifth Avenue is worth a stroll for its historic buildings and iconic landmarks, such as the Flatiron Building and the New York Public Library.

Fifth Avenue
Fifth Avenue

20. Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, also known as the Met, is the largest art museum in the United States.

Its collection spans 5,000 years of art from around the globe.

From Egyptian artifacts to American modern art, you’re bound to find something that interests you.

You need to book your tickets on the official website.

And if you prefer a guided visit, you need to book it by clicking here.

Metropolitan Museum of Art
Metropolitan Museum of Art

21. Madame Tussauds

At Madame Tussauds, you can get up close and personal with your favorite celebrities!

The famous wax museum features life-like wax figures of movie stars, musicians, athletes, and world leaders.

It’s a fun experience and one of the best things to do in New York with kids.

You need to buy your tickets for Madame Tussauds here:

Madame Tussaud New York
Madame Tussaud New York

22. Chinatown

For a change of scenery within the city, visit Chinatown, one of the oldest and largest Chinese communities outside Asia.

Here, you can enjoy authentic cuisine, visit bustling markets, and explore unique cultural sites such as the Museum of Chinese in America. Don’t miss the chance to try some dim sum!

You can also take advantage of your visit to Chinatown to buy cheap souvenirs.

Chinatown New York
Chinatown New York

23. Little Italy

Just a short walk from Chinatown, Little Italy offers a slice of Europe in the heart of New York City.

Renowned for its Italian restaurants, bakeries, and pizzerias, this neighborhood is the perfect spot to indulge in a delicious meal. Don’t forget to leave room for cannoli!

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To visit Chinatown and Little Italy, and not miss out on any of these must-see areas of New York, you should book a guided tour.

Information and reservations here!

Little Italy New York
Little Italy New York

24. Harlem

Rich in history and culture, you should visit Harlem to learn more about African-American history.

Here you can visit the Apollo Theater, or explore the works of African-American artists at the Studio Museum in Harlem.

But I particularly recommend you to attend a gospel concert in one of the local churches. It’s simply the best things to do in Harlem!

To attend the concert, the easiest is to book a Harlem tour. The best one includes:

  • Pickup and drop off from Times Square
  • Exploring the best places to visit in Harlem with your guide
  • The highlight of the tour: the gospel concert!

The tour takes place only 2 days a week. You need to book the Wednesday tour by clicking here, and the Sunday tour by clicking there.


Harlem Gospel
Harlem Gospel

25. Greenwich Village

Known for its bohemian and artistic heritage, Greenwich Village is a vibrant neighborhood filled with quaint streets, jazz clubs, and off-Broadway theaters.

To make sure you don’t miss any of the iconic places to see in New York, I recommend booking this 2-hour guided tour of Greenwich Village. Simply click here to book it.

If you’re a fan of the TV show “Friends”, you can also pass by the iconic Friends apartment building here.

A little further on, you can also explore the Friends Experience where the sets of Rachel, Ross, Monica, Chandler, Joey and Phoebe’s flats are recreated.

You’ll feel like you’re in the heart of the show and you can take pictures in the rooms.

You need to book your tickets for the Friends Experience by clicking here!

Greenwich Village
Greenwich Village

26. Staten Island

A trip to Staten Island offers a break from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan.

The free Staten Island Ferry is a popular way to get there and it provides an unbeatable view of the Statue of Liberty.

On Staten Island, you can explore:

  • The Snug Harbor Cultural Center
  • The Botanical Garden
  • The Staten Island Zoo. 

And if you want to do a bit of shopping and find some bargains can also head to Empire Outlets, a huge shopping centre offering international designer clothes at knock-down prices.

Staten Island Ferry
Staten Island Ferry

27. Coney Island

For a fun-filled day, head to Coney Island.

This historic amusement park is home to the famous Cyclone roller coaster and the Wonder Wheel Ferris wheel. It’s a fun and family activity to do in New York.

You need to buy your tickets for Luna Park in Coney Island here.

You can also relax on the beach, enjoy a hot dog at Nathan’s Famous, or stroll along the boardwalk.

Coney island
Coney island

Others Iconic Buildings and Landmarks in New York

New York is home to a plethora of iconic buildings and landmarks that you should see during your stay.

Let’s discover some of them!

28. Edge Observation Deck

Edge Observation Deck offers an elevated experience like no other. With its angled glass walls and thrilling glass floor, you can enjoy 360-degree views of the city.

If you’re not afraid of heights, step out onto the Sky Deck, the highest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere. You will see, it’s super impressive!

Edge observation deck New York
Edge observation deck New York

29. SUMMIT One Vanderbilt

Next on our list is SUMMIT One Vanderbilt.

This multi-sensory experience combines art installations with breathtaking views of the city. My favorite part was the ‘Air’ skyboxes that extend out from the building for a unique perspective.

It really makes you feel like you are floating above the city!

SUMMIT One Vanderbilt New York
SUMMIT One Vanderbilt New York

30. Grand Central Terminal

During your trip to New York, you should pass by Grand Central Terminal.

This historic train station is known for its grand Beaux-Arts architecture and the stunning celestial ceiling in the Main Concourse.

Don’t forget to make a wish at the famous Whispering Gallery!

Grand Central Station
Grand Central Station

31. New York Public Library

New York Public Library is one of the city’s most iconic buildings.

The beautiful Beaux-Arts building houses an extensive collection of books and historical items. It’s worth visiting for the grand Rose Main Reading Room alone!

New York Public Library
New York Public Library

32. St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Another historic landmark you should visit in New York  is the St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

This magnificent Gothic-style cathedral is a haven of tranquility amidst the hustle and bustle of Fifth Avenue.

Whether you want to attend a mass, admire the stunning stained-glass windows and altars, or simply see it from the outside, this iconic building is definitely one of New York’s must-see attractions.

If you want to get inside, you need to book your tickets here:

Entry to St. Patrick’s Cathedral is included in the New York Explorer Pass.

Saint Patrick's Cathedral NYC
Saint Patrick’s Cathedral NYC

33. Flatiron Building

The Flatiron Building is one of my favorite buildings in New York.

With its triangular shape and Beaux-Arts style, it’s a perfect example of New York’s architectural diversity. You can take amazing photos from the nearby Madison Square Park.

Flatiron building New York
Flatiron building New York

34. New York City Hall

New York City Hall is the oldest city hall in the United States that still houses its original governmental functions.

A walk around City Hall Park will allow you to appreciate the building’s stunning exterior, or you can book a tour on the official website to explore its richly decorated interior.

New York City Hall
New York City Hall

35. Chrysler Building

Famous for its distinctive Art Deco style, the Chrysler Building is another iconic New York landmark.

Although the building’s interior isn’t open to the public, you can admire its stunning exterior, especially the terraced crown, from various spots around the city.

Chrysler Building
Chrysler Building

36. Hudson Yards – The Vessel

To conclude the list of iconic landmarks, you should visit The Vessel at Hudson Yards.

This new structure, made up of a network of staircases and platforms, offers a unique perspective of the city and the Hudson River.

Climb the 154 flights of stairs for stunning views!

Hudson Yards The Vessel
Hudson Yards The Vessel

Others Best Places for Shopping in New York

37. Madison Avenue

Let’s start your shopping spree on Madison Avenue, one of the city’s most elegant shopping streets.

Here, you can explore luxury fashion boutiques, jewelry shops, and high-end home decor stores. Remember, even if you’re just window-shopping, you should pass by this iconic street of NYC!

38. Macy’s

Next, you should head to Macy’s, the world’s largest department store.

This iconic store takes up an entire city block and offers a wide range of items, from fashion and cosmetics to home goods. Be sure to check out the historical wooden escalators and enjoy the view from the top floor.

39. Soho

For a more unique shopping experience, you should visit the trendy neighborhood of Soho.

You’ll find a mix of designer boutiques, vintage shops, and trendy brands in this district, along with some great restaurants for a shopping break.

Soho New York
Soho New York

40. Flea Markets

To discover some hidden gems, head to one of New York’s flea markets.

From vintage clothing to antiques and local crafts, you can find some unique items while enjoying the bustling atmosphere.

Brooklyn Flea and Chelsea Flea Market are among the most popular ones.

41. Strand Book Store

Last but not least, book lovers should not miss the chance to visit the Strand Book Store.

This famous independent bookstore boasts “18 miles of books,” so you can easily spend hours browsing through its vast collection.

Strand Book Store New York
Strand Book Store New York

Best Things to do in New York at Night

42. Night time Skyline Cruise

When the sun sets, New York’s skyline lights up.

One of the best ways to see this stunning display is by taking a night time skyline cruise.

You can enjoy panoramic views of the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, and Manhattan skyline as they’re illuminated at night.

You need to book your night cruise in New York by clicking on the button below:

Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises night
Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises night

43. Observation Decks in New York

At night, head up to one of the many observation decks in New York to witness the city’s lights from a bird’s eye view.

They all offer stunning views at night!

Here is a recap of the best observation decks in New York:

New York Observation decks Edge
New York Observation decks Edge

44. Rooftop Bars

You can also experience New York’s vibrant nightlife at a rooftop bar.

Enjoy a cocktail with a view as you overlook the city’s glittering skyline.

Remember to check the dress code of each rooftop bar before visiting.

Here is a list of the best rooftop bar in New York:

  • 230 FIFTH Rooftop Bar NYC offers breathtaking views of the Empire State Building.
  • The Press Lounge: situated on the rooftop of the Ink48 Hotel in Hell’s Kitchen, it provides panoramic views of the Hudson River and the Manhattan skyline. Enjoy handcrafted cocktails!
  • Westlight at The William Vale: Located in Brooklyn, it offers stunning views of the Manhattan skyline from its 22nd-floor rooftop. This trendy bar features a chic industrial design.
  • The Rooftop at The Standard, High Line: Situated above The Standard Hotel in the Meatpacking District, it offers breathtaking views of the High Line, the Hudson River, and the cityscape. 
  • Refinery Rooftop: Situated in the Garment District, it offers a relaxed and inviting atmosphere with views of the Empire State Building. The bar’s industrial-chic design and craft cocktails make it a popular choice for locals and visitors alike.
New York by night
New York by night

45. Carnegie Hall / Madison Square Garden / Radio City Music Hall / Lincoln Center

New York is home to many world-class music venues, from Carnegie Hall to Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall.

You could also opt for an elegant night at the Lincoln Center, where you can catch a ballet, opera, or symphony performance.

Madison Square Garden
Madison Square Garden

46. Comedy Cellar / The Blue Note (jazz club) / Visit a Speakeasy

For something a little more low-key, why not head to the famous Comedy Cellar for some laughs, or The Blue Note for a live jazz performance.

If you want to immerse yourself in the Prohibition era, you can end your night at one of New York’s hidden speakeasies:

Here’s a list of some popular speakeasies in New York City:

  • Please Don’t Tell (PDT) – Located in the East Village, this hidden gem is accessed through a phone booth inside Crif Dogs.
  • Employees Only – Found in the West Village, Employees Only has a vintage vibe and offers classic cocktails and live jazz music.
  • The Back Room – Tucked away on the Lower East Side
  • Attaboy – Situated in the Lower East Side, Attaboy is an intimate speakeasy with talented bartenders who craft personalized cocktails based on your preferences.

Remember, many speakeasies have limited seating and require reservations or have strict entrance policies. It’s always a good idea to check their websites or make reservations in advance.

Speakeasy New York
Speakeasy New York

What and Where to Eat in New York – Food and Drink

48. Street food in NYC: New York Style Pizza, Bagels and Hot Dog

48. New York Style Pizza

Your visit to New York wouldn’t be complete without trying a slice of New York style pizza.

These pizzas are famous for their thin crusts and big, foldable slices. You can find authentic New York pizza in pizzerias all over the city.

I admit that I am personally a big fan of Neapolitan Pizza, and eating New York Style Pizza in NYC didn’t make me change my opinion: the Italian version is better 😎

However, you should try your New York Style Pizza in one of the best eateries to make up your own mind:

  • NY Pizza Suprema (near Madison Square Garden): 413 8th Ave, New York
  • John’s of Bleecker Street (Greenwhich village): 278 Bleecker St, New York

49. Bagels

Another iconic New York food is the bagel. You should definitely start your day with a fresh bagel from a local bagel shop – there are plenty to choose from across the city, but I particularly recommend you to drop by Tompkins Square Bagels.

They are for me the best Bagels in New York!

Here is their address – Tompkins Square Bagels: 165 Avenue A, New York

50. Hot Dog

Street food is a big part of New York’s food scene. The New York hot dog is a classic choice that you can find at numerous hot dog stands around the city.

Hot Dog New York
Hot Dog New York

51. Ellen’s Stardust Diner

For a truly unique dining experience, visit Ellen’s Stardust Diner in Times Square, where the servers are also talented singers.

Enjoy a classic American diner meal while being listening to live Broadway hits.

52. New York Cheesecake / Best Cookies / Cronut

You have a sweet tooth?

No problem, there is something for you too in New York!

Be sure to try the city’s rich and creamy New York Cheesecake, get your hands on the city’s best cookies at Levain Bakery, and don’t forget to try a Cronut – a unique croissant-doughnut pastry invented in New York.

Here are the addresses of my favorite bakeries in NYC for each dessert:

  • New York Style Cheesecake – Eileen’s Special Cheesecake: 17 Cleveland Pl, New York
  • Best cookies – Levain Bakery: 340 Lafayette St, New York
  • Cronut – Dominique Ansel Bakery: 189 Spring St, New York
Cronuts New York
Cronuts New York

53. Chelsea Market

For a foodie’s dream, head over to Chelsea Market.

This indoor food hall offers a range of delicious options, from seafood to tacos to gourmet cupcakes. It’s also a great place to shop for artisanal food products!

54. Manhattan Cocktails

Of course, don’t forget to enjoy a Manhattan cocktail while in Manhattan. This whiskey-based cocktail is a New York classic!

Manhattan cocktail
Manhattan cocktail

55. Michelin-Starred Restaurants

If you’re looking for a more upscale dining experience, New York is home to several Michelin-starred restaurants.

While they can be pricier, the exquisite food and exceptional service can make for a truly memorable meal.

Here’s a list of Michelin-starred restaurants in New York City:

  • Eleven Madison Park – Located in the Flatiron District – 3-Michelin-star restaurant
  • Le Bernardin – Situated in Midtown Manhattan, Le Bernardin is a 3-Michelin-star seafood restaurant, directed by renowned chef Eric Ripert.
  • Per Se – Found in the Time Warner Center – Thomas Keller’s 3-Michelin-starred restaurant
  • The Modern – Situated in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) – a 2-Michelin-star restaurant
  • Daniel – Situated on the Upper East Side, Daniel is a 2-Michelin-starred restaurant led by renowned chef Daniel Boulud, offering French haute cuisine in an elegant setting.

Enjoy exploring these exceptional restaurants in New York City!

56. New York City Farmers Market

For fresh produce, local products, and tasty snacks, visit a New York City Farmers Market.

Union Square Greenmarket is one of the most popular, with vendors selling fruits, vegetables, baked goods, and more.

New York City Farmers Market
New York City Farmers Market

57. Best Public Parks in New York City

You know Central Park like the back of your hand and you’re looking to explore new public parks in New York?

Here are a few suggestions:

  • Washington Square Park, situated in the heart of Greenwich Village.
  • Brooklyn Bridge Park for fantastic views of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. This waterfront park has green spaces, playgrounds, and picnic areas for you to enjoy.
  • Bryant Park: located next to the New York Public Library, Bryant Park is a lively spot with a host of activities throughout the year, from outdoor movies in summer to ice skating in winter.
  • Riverside Park, stretching four miles along the Hudson River.
  • Hudson River Park offers a multitude of recreational activities, including biking, kayaking, and mini-golf.
  • Battery Park, known for its beautiful gardens and as the gateway to the Statue of Liberty.
  • Madison Square Park for free concerts, art installations, and the original Shake Shack location!
  • Flushing Meadows Corona Park home to the Unisphere, museums, a zoo, and sports facilities.

How many days in New York?

Now that you know all the best things to do in New York City, here are my detailed itineraries to visit New York in 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10 days or more!

One day in New York

If you are stopping over in New York and only have one day to visit the city, I have prepared the perfect itinerary for you.

This itinerary is the best for those who are visiting New York for the first time and want to see as much as possible in 1 day. Expect to get up early but it’s worth it!

Here is my detailed itinerary for visiting New York in a day (don’t forget to book your tickets by clicking on the orange links, so you don’t waste your time queueing!):

New York Times Square
New York Times Square

2 days in New York

Here is my itinerary to visit New York in 48 hours:

Day 1

Day 2

Voyage Tips - Advice

To visit New York in 2 days or more and save money, don’t forget to buy one of the 2 passes I already mentioned:

  • The New York City Pass

  • The New York Go city explorer pass

You’re planning to spend 2 days in New York? Then you should read my detailed article: The perfect itinerary for 2 days in New York

New York skyline by Night
New York skyline by Night

3 days in New York

Check out my itinerary for what to do in New York in 3 days:

Day 1

Day 2

Voyage Tips - Advice

If you want to have an exceptional experience in New York, you should really book an helicopter tour. Departure is near Battery Park so it’s convenient to do it after Brooklin Bridge or after the Statue of Liberty.

And if you prefer, you can book the super epic “doors off” helicopter tour by clicking here.

Day 3

To organize your 3 days in New York easily, you should read my dedicated article: How to visit New York in 3 days?

New York City Statue of Liberty
New York City Statue of Liberty

4 days in New York

If you have planned to go to New York for 4 days, you can follow the 3-day itinerary for the 3 first days.

On the 4th day, you can visit:

To easily organize your 4-day visit to New York, you should read my dedicated itinerary: How to spend 4 days in New York?

5 days in New York

Follow my 4 days itinerary and then, for the fifth day:

  • MoMA (or one of the museum you didn’t have the time to visit on the first day)
  • SUMMIT One Vanderbilt
  • Shopping in New York (5th Avenue / Madison Avenue / Macy’s / Soho)
  • Take a drink in a speakeasy or enjoy a meal in a Michelin-starred restaurants

The best way to plan your 5-day trip to New York is to read my detailed itinerary: The ultimate 5-day itinerary in New York

Manhattan Sunset
Manhattan Sunset

6 days in New York

For 6 days in New York, take my 5-day tour and on the sixth day you can visit Staten Island.

To easily plan your trip, you should read my detailed article: How to spend 6 days in New York?

One week in New York

Planning to spend a week in New York?

To visit New York in 7 days, just follow my 6-day itinerary.

On the seventh day, you should go to Coney Island or visit Harlem district, North of Central Park.

If you plan to go to Harlem, you should book the guided tour I suggested, with the Gospel concert!

The tour takes place only 2 days a week. You need to book the Wednesday tour by clicking here, and the Sunday tour by clicking there.

Read my detailed itinerary and plan your week in New York easily: The perfect one week itinerary in New York

Taxi New York
Taxi New York

10 days or more in New York

You want to go to New York for 10 days?

First, follow the one week itinerary I suggested above.

For the following days, you should visit New York surroundings!

You can, for example, visit Niagara Falls, Boston, Washington or Philadelphia.

Where to stay in New York?

As you probably know, hotels are quite expensive in New York, and the hotels offering the best value for money are fully booked very quickly.

To get the best rate, you should really book your accommodation in New York as soon as you have your travel dates!

Here is my selection of the best hotels to stay in the heart of New York (around Times Square / Empire State Building / Central Park).

  • HI New York City Hostel: Youth hostel located right next to Central Park. Dormitory beds from €50 per night. An excellent choice for cheap accommodation in New York City Center!
  • Club Wyndham Midtown 45: Located next to Grand Central Station. Bright and spacious double room from €200 per night. Strong Points: the rooftop and the location.
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott New York Manhattan/Times Square South: Located 1 km from Times Square. Cosy, comfortable double rooms from €330 per night, including breakfast. Strong points: friendly staff, view, peace and quiet.
  • Hyatt Place New York City/Times Square: Located next to Madame Tussauds. Double room with impeccable cleanliness and comfortable bedding from €350, breakfast included. Strong points: central location for visiting New York on foot, very generous breakfast, very friendly staff.
  • The Iroquois New York: Located less than 500 metres from Times Square, this 5-star hotel offers superb rooms with very chic decor, from €410 including breakfast. Strong points: ideal, quiet location, attentive staff.
  • Riu Plaza Manhattan Times Square: Located next to the Rockfeller Center. Very comfortable, noise-isolated room from €450, breakfast €23. Strong points: very professional staff, varied breakfast, very easy to visit the centre of New York on foot.
  • Hard Rock Hotel New York: Located next to the Rockfeller Center, this luxury hotel offers elegant, contemporary rooms from €500, breakfast €47. Strong points: the rooftop, the comfort, the classy design. This is my recommendation for a luxury stay in New York!
Hard Rock Hotel New York
Hard Rock Hotel New York

If you don’t mind being a bit further from the centre (don’t worry, it’s still very easily accessible by public transport), here is my list of the best hotels in Wall Street.

It’s a bit quieter than the hotels in Times Square and also slightly less expensive for equivalent quality.

  • Hilton Garden Inn NYC Financial Center/Manhattan Downtown: Located 160 metres from Battery Park. Comfortable, modern rooms from €225, breakfast €23. Strong points: the location close to the metro, very comfortable, practical for going to the Statue of Liberty and Staten Island.
  • The Washington by LuxUrban: Located 200 metres from the 9/11 Memorial and museum. Stylish rooms from €240, breakfast included. Strong points: metro stations right next to the hotel – perfect for sightseeing, view of the One World Trade Center, quality of bedding, peace and quiet.
  • Club Quarters Hotel World Trade Center: Located next to Ground Zero. Spacious and cosy double room from €330. Strong points: location next to several metro stations, views from the rooftop and some rooms, free unlimited water and coffee/tea, in-room fridge.

Voyage Tips - Advice

To help you find the perfect accommodation, I have also written a guide of the best areas and places to stay in New York depending on your budget.

You can find it here: Where to stay in New York?

Club Quarters Hotel World Trade Center New York
Club Quarters Hotel World Trade Center New York

Best day trips from New York

If you have planned to spend one week or more in New York, you can take the opportunity to visit the surrounding area.

To discover the best things to do around New York, the easiest is for sure to opt for organized day trips with with transport included from the Big Apple.

Here are the best day trips to do around New York:

Niagara falls
The Niagara Falls

Best Things to Do in New York with Kids

You’re going to visit New York with your Family?

Great idea!

To help you out, here is a short summary of the best things to do in New York with children:

  • Central Park Zoo
  • American Museum of Natural History, an educational and fun museum for children. They can learn about dinosaurs, space, and marine life through the interactive exhibits.
  • Bronx Zoo: As the largest urban zoo in America, Bronx Zoo is home to over 5000 animals.
  • Children’s Museum of Manhattan: Filled with interactive exhibits designed to engage children, it’s a perfect spot for younger kids.
  • Coney Island: Kids will for sure love the fun fair of Coney Island!
  • Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum: Simply my favorite museum in New York. Kids love it too!

Now, you know all the best things to do in New York! If you need help to plan your stay, don’t hesitate to ask me in the comments section below.

Tourist map of New York

To help you plan your visits, I have made a tourist map of New York, with all the best places to visit, must see attractions and activities I talk about in this guide.

You can display the map legend by clicking on the top left button, the one with a small arrow.

Book your trip now and save money!

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Discover all my articles about USA: All my articles to help you plan your trip to USA are listed there.

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Best places to visit in New York
Best places to visit in New York

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