I was just recently in New York City for a weekend to celebrate my birthday with my boyfriend. We fit in as much as we could over the course of the weekend and I want to share a bit of what we saw in the form of a city guide. This way, the next time you find yourself in New York City, you can try out some of these activities and places from my New York city guide.
What To Do
Check out any local events and sightseeing opportunities that may interest you online or through the Triposo app. I used this app for the first time when I traveled to Madrid and use it all the time now, even in my own city. Though we were in New York for the Governor’s Ball Music Festival (to see Björk), we made sure to leave a few days for exploring. I would recommend spending time in New York’s amazing museums, especially The Met, The Guggenheim, and New Museum. During our stay, we also took a tour of the Tenement Museum which gave us an interesting look into the lives of dressmaking immigrants in New York’s earlier history.
After you’re tired from the museums and sightseeing, visit New York’s South Street Seaport for snacks and drinks. A laid-back taste of some outdoor nightlife, the Seaport offers a line of food trucks, an outdoor bar, and lots of seating so you can enjoy a beer or glass of wine while overlooking the Brooklyn Bridge, Governor’s Island, and the Statue of Liberty. If you want something a little more upscale you can head over to Analogue, one of New York’s jazz bars, for cocktails and live music.
What To Eat
New York may be known for its cheap pizza, cheesecake, and lobster, but I would recommend branching out and trying something new. Since I am a gluten-free vegan, I always seek out restaurants that offer up remixed versions of classics so I can still experience a New York pizza, just without the wheat and mozzarella. I highly recommend enjoying a meal at Palà Pizza (they offer gluten-free, vegan pizzas) when you go to visit the Tenement Museum or New Museum, since it’s very close and very delicious.
Another great place for good vegan food in New York is Gustorganics, a 100% organic restaurant on Sixth Ave. We stopped here for a lovely dinner with wine after a long day of walking. We then headed to Peacefood Cafe for some vegan, gluten-free cheesecake. Looking over the menu at Peacefood set our lunch plan for the following day and we were back again to try their main dishes. I recommend their raw lasagna and their strawberry cheesecake.
What To See
Walking the Brooklyn Bridge seems a bit like walking the Golden Gate Bridge here in San Francisco; it’s just “something you have to do.” This was my fourth (or fifth) visit to New York, but I still had never walked the Brooklyn Bridge (or seen the Statue of Liberty). The bridge is a nice walk and it was fun to get out from the buildings in order to see them from a distance. I also got to spy the Statue of Liberty off to the side. Watch out for cyclists and other pedestrians if you stop to take pictures. It’s a narrow bridge and many people use it.
I enjoy seeing a good live show and New York obviously has this covered. If you can’t afford the full price of a Broadway ticket, you can check the discounts at the TKTS Discount Booths to find a good deal. My boyfriend and I ended up seeing Beautiful: The Carole King Musical for half the price of a full ticket. I really liked the fashion and acting in the musical. Since I’m a fan of Carole King, it was nice to see her work live on a stage.
If you want to keep things really cheap, you can savor a nice walk on The High Line, taking in gorgeous views of surrounding buildings, the shore, and really beautiful landscaping on what used to be an elevated railroad. In fact, walking anywhere (and everywhere) in New York is the best way to take in the city and explore what it has to offer.
What are your favorite things to do in New York City?