My Favorite NYC Things

If a friend or family member asks me what are my favorite things to do in NYC, this is the list I share. We’ve been living here for most of the last 18 years. I think that makes me an expert, no?

Of course, the city the never sleeps is always changing and places close, new ones open and there are the gems that just stick around.

Please enjoy this list, and if I am missing something you think should be on here or something is closed, please let me know.

Look for the ๐Ÿ’™ for my don’t miss Things!


The options for dining in NYC are overwhelming. Even getting a reservation can be a challenge for the most popular spots. Tip: Set alerts on Resy or Open Table to get notified when tables are released.

Casual Dining

Classic NYC Faves


Special Occassion

Afternoon Tea

  • Baccarat Hotel – $$$ The most expensive tea in NYC, but the food and location is incredible
  • Lady Mendlโ€™s – $$ ๐Ÿ’™ My favorite tea service. A different tea with each course and excellent food.
  • Harney and Sons – $ For just a quick well brewed pot and two scones, this is my favorite spot.

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New York City offers a wide range of accommodations for all different tastes and budgets. For a special trip, like an elopement or anniversary, I suggest selecting a hotel with a high level of service for at least the night before and day of your wedding. It will be well worth the price, especially if something does wrong. Some will also allow photos on their property, others will not. While you can receive stellar service at many hotels, your wedding isn’t a time to leave that to chance.

Tip: Ask about photos, refrigeration for flowers, suites and other spaces that can be used for a small ceremony or dinner.

If you are looking for a deal, check online sites like or Kayak for offers. Usually the farther away from the action you are, the cheaper. However, the season will also dictate the price. Read this post on when the best times to visit NYC area. There are also lots of AirBnB options as well.


  • Aman
  • Baccarat
  • The St. Regis
  • The Plaza
  • The Whitby
  • Mandarin Oriental
  • Lotte Palace
  • The Park Hyatt
  • The Pierre
  • The Mark
  • The Carlyle
  • The Lowell
  • Ink 48
  • The Life Hotel
  • 1 Hotels, Central Park
  • Essex House
  • The Ritz Carlton Central Park
  • Graduate Hotel (Roosevelt Island) 


  • Four Seasons Downtown
  • Crosby Street Hotel
  • The Ritz Carlton Nomad
  • Casa Cipriani
  • The Bowery
  • Walker Hotel
  • The Beekman
  • 11 Howard
  • Essex House
  • Gansevoort Meatpacking
  • The Standard
  • Public Hotel
  • The Kitano
  • The Ludlow
  • Soho Grand


  • 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge 
  • The Wythe
  • William Vale
  • The Hoxton 
  • The Box House Hotel 
  • The Arlo Williamsburg 
Chandelier art installation at the Baccarat Hotel in Manhattan
At the Baccarat Hotel
Trying to see Starry Night at MOMA on a rainy day.


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Indoor Activities

Free or Almost Free Things to Do

Stage set-up of & Juliet on Broadway at the Steven Sondheim Theater


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Feeding the Budgies at the Bronx Zoo

For Kids

Places to Wander

Parks & Gardens

  • Bryant Park
  • Central Park
  • Madison Square Park
  • Washington Square Park
  • Brooklyn Bridge Park
  • Battery Park
  • Governors Island 
  • Wave Hill (entry fee)
  • For Tyron Park -The Cloisters
  • The Highline


  • South Street Seaport
  • Greenpoint and Williamsburg
  • Brooklyn Heights
  • West Village
  • Greenwich Village
  • Coney island

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