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New York City

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Introduction Region

Lady Liberty, NYC ©D Ramey Logan

The problem with visiting New York City is knowing where to begin, but even if you don't immediately rush off to view the world-famous sights and landmarks of this most dynamic of cities, just being there is enough: the wonder of New York is in the energy and the diversity that emanates from its densely packed, multi-cultural population. The city vibrates with colliding cultures and languages; here high-life and low-life rub shoulders, and whoever you are and whatever your taste, there will be something to amuse and stimulate you 24-hours a day.

Whether lolling on a bench in leafy Central Park, watching the world go by from a French bistro in Soho, or gazing up at 'Lady Liberty' from the deck of the Staten Island Ferry, most visitors will feel they've done it all before, simply because New York is so familiar to anyone who has ever seen a movie or watched television. There is something special, however, in actually seeing the familiar landmarks and experiencing the pulse of the 'city that never sleeps'.

New York City is made up of five boroughs: Staten Island, The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan, but many visitors never leave Manhattan. There is a lot packed into this tiny area: the 24-hour pasta restaurants of Little Italy and the bustling sidewalks of Chinatown, the jazz clubs of Greenwich Village and the theatres of Broadway; and of course the iconic sights of the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building and Times Square.

New York has been described as the best three-day city in the world, and that's about right. After a frenzy of museums, galleries, bars and clubs, many visitors are ready for a break. Fortunately there's a lot of choice in excursions, from the National Parks of upstate New York, to the beaches of Long Island, or simply the leafy oasis of Central Park. Whatever you're after, New York is ready and waiting to bewitch, bother and bewilder.

Climate Info

New York City has a humid subtropical climate, with cold winters and hot, moist summers. The city's coastal location ensures that winters (December to February) are not as cold as inland cities on the same latitude, and daytime temperatures generally stay above freezing point but average lows drop to 27°F (-3°C). Snow is common in winter, but the amount varies, and winter rain is common. Spring in New York is pleasantly warm, and the weather heats up to high temperatures of around 77°F (25°C) by mid-May. Summers (June to August) are generally swelteringly hot and humid, with average highs hitting 84°F (29°C). The best time to travel to New York is in autumn, when temperatures are mild, days are sunny and humidity not too high.

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Getting Around

New York's public transport system is relatively good and cheap, including buses and the subway. There are also the ever-present, although more expensive, yellow cabs. Unlicensed gypsy cabs should be avoided. It is possible to get around the city using a combination of these, or simply on foot. Walking is often the best way to experience the city, and during rush hours, when buses and taxis are caught up in the gridlock and the subway is overcrowded or delayed, it can also be the fastest way to get around.

Generally though, the most efficient way to get around is the 24-hour underground system, especially as most of Manhattan's sights are near subway stations, although it can be confusing at first. Much simpler but slower, is the bus system, which is a good option for shorter distances or for travelling across town. Driving in New York is not recommended as traffic is heavy, drivers aggressive and parking exorbitant.

John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK)

LocationThe airport is located 15 miles (24km) southeast of central Manhattan.
Time DifferenceGMT -5 (GMT -4 from March to November).

Tel: +1 718 244 4444.

Transfer terminals

Passengers can travel between JFK's six terminals on the free AirTrain.

Getting to city

Ground Transportation Information is available in the baggage claim/arrival areas of all terminals and provides information on buses, shared-ride vans and limousines. The AirTrain links the airport to the subway, train and bus system, which go to the city centre. 'SuperShuttle Manhattan' is a 24-hour, shared, door-to-door service to anywhere between Battery Park and 227th including all hotels, and the service also operates to Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx and Staten Island.

Car Rental

Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz, Enterprise and National are represented at all terminals. The AirTrain shuttles passengers between the terminals and the car rental offices.

Airpor Taxis

Taxis are available in front of all six terminals, and the journey time to Manhattan is 40-60 minutes. There is generally a $52 flat fare to Manhattan (excluding tolls), other approximate fares include Brooklyn $59-$64, Bronx $48-$68, Queens $24-$33, Staten Island $67-$79, La Guardia Airport $34-$39, and Newark Airport $97-$102 (with a $17.50 surcharge). Tipping is customary for good service. Only use taxis from the taxi dispatch booth and refuse offers from others.

Airport Facilities

All terminals have ATMs, bureaux de change, bars, restaurants and a wide selection of shops. Travellers will be able to find most services in the terminals, including wifi, medical facilities, information counters and shoe-shiners.

Car Parking

There are two kinds of public parking at JFK. The long-term parking is four miles (6km) from the terminals and is served by the free AirTrain. Passengers are advised to allow 30 minutes to reach their terminal. The Central Terminal Area (CTA) parking is adjacent to the terminals and provides for daily parking needs. Signs to the parking facilities are colour-coded to indicate their proximity to the terminals. A Cell Phone Lot waiting area is located near the airport's entrance for drivers to wait for disembarking passengers.

New York La Guardia Airport (LGA)

LocationThe airport is located eight miles (13km) east of central Manhattan, in the borough of Queens.
Time DifferenceGMT -5 (GMT -4 from March to November).

Tel: +1 718 533 3400.

Transfer terminals

There are two bus routes connecting the five La Guardia Terminals. The Route A Bus is a free service running every 15 minutes stopping at all terminals in the central terminal area as well as the Marine Air Terminal (15 minutes travel time). The free Route B bus runs every 10-15 minutes between all five terminals except the Marine Air Terminal/Delta Shuttle. The journey time is 5-10 minutes.

Getting to city

Ground Transportation Information is available in the baggage claim/arrival areas of all terminals. All service arrangements can be made at these counters. Public buses service the city and connect with the New York subway; the Q33 and Q47 service Manhattan and Queens. The New York Airport Service Express Bus leaves regularly for all areas in Manhattan. The SuperShuttle Manhattan is a 24-hour, shared door-to-door service that goes to all areas of the city.

Car Rental

Car hire companies include Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz and National. The Arrivals level of each terminal has either car rental courtesy phones or counters. Free shuttles transport customers between the terminals and the car rental offices.

Airpor Taxis

The Welcome Center/Ground Transportation Counter is near the baggage claim area, offering information on authorized transportation services. There are taxis available outside each terminal.

Airport Facilities

All terminals have ATMs and currency exchange can be found at the Central and US Airways Terminals, as well as a wide selection of bars, shops and restaurants, but the best choice is at the US Airways, Delta and Central Terminals. There are business facilities at Laptop Lane in the Central Terminal including meeting rooms, dataports, Internet access, fax, phones, printers and photocopiers. Disabled facilities are good; those with special needs should ideally contact their airline or travel agent in advance.

Car Parking

Short-term parking is available next to the terminals. Long-term parking is available in Lot 3, although there are limited spaces. Additional long-term car parking is located very close to the airport and can be accessed by following the 'P' to the airport exit. Express payment machines are located throughout the parking areas. Signs to the parking facilities in the terminal buildings are colour coded to indicate their proximity to the terminals. Free shuttle buses transport passengers to the terminal buildings.

Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)

LocationThe airport is located two miles (3km) south of Newark, 16 miles (26km) southwest of New York.
Time DifferenceGMT -5 (GMT -4 from March to November).

Tel: +1 973 961 6000.

Transfer terminals

The AirTrain is a free service that ferries passengers between the three terminals.

Getting to city
Car Rental

Car rental companies include Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz, National and Enterprise. The AirTrain links the terminals to the airport car rental offices; Enterprise is linked by a further courtesy vehicle to its office adjacent to the airport.

Airpor TaxisGround Transportation Information is available in the baggage claim/arrival areas of each terminal. A taxi can be requested from a uniformed taxi dispatcher and should cost between US$50 and US$75 to destinations in Manhattan.
Airport Facilities

All terminals have ATMs and bureaux de change, a wide selection of bars, shops and restaurants and business facilities including fax, photocopying and courier services. Data ports can be found next to most public telephones in all terminals. Wireless Internet is also available at all terminals. Disabled facilities are good; those with special needs should ideally contact their airline or travel agent in advance.

Car Parking

There is short-term parking next to the terminals. Daily parking is a few minutes away on the free AirTrain and Economy parking is 20 minutes from the terminals via a free shuttle bus. In addition to the on-airport parking lots listed above, there are a number of privately operated parking lots located near the airport; see the airport website for details. Valet Parking is also available. Signs to the parking facilities are colour coded to indicate their proximity to the terminals.


Forty miles (64km) north of New York City is Tarrytown, known to Washington Irving fans as Sleepy Hollow, setting for the . The town is packed with historic homes including the impressive Rockefeller residence and Irving's home. Over of the east bank of the river is Hyde Park, where Pre
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Tarrytown lighthouse ©JMS2

The High Line

The High Line, or High Line Park, is a verdant elevated strip hovering between the skyscrapers of Manhattan's West Side. This unique public park is built on what was once a freight rail line and brings a welcome splash of greenery into the district. Construction of the park began in 2006
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The High Line, NYC ©Jessica Sheridan

The Statue of Liberty

The universal symbol of freedom and democracy, the Statue of Liberty was the first sight to be seen by the 12 million immigrants who passed through the Ellis Island Immigration Centre. Sculpted by Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi and modelled on the Colossus of Rhodes, the statue was donated b
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Lady Liberty, NYC ©D Ramey Logan

World Trade Center - Ground Zero

The six-hectare (16-acre) work site that has emerged from the rubble of the twin towers has come to symbolise the dreadful events of September 11, 2001 when almost 3,000 people lost their lives. The 1,350ft (411m) World Trade Centre towers were the tallest buildings in New York and proud
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9/11 Memorial NYC ©NormanB

Radio City Music Hall

Located in Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall is one of the most famous theatres in the world. The home of the Rockettes chorus line, the theatre's interior was declared a New York landmark in 1978. The Hall's beautiful cinema, while not in regular use anymore, still hosts premier
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Radio City Music Hall ©Jazz Guy

Empire State Building

One of the enduring symbols of New York, and once again the city's tallest structure, the Empire State Building stands 436 feet (145m) tall. Completed in 1931, this Art Deco behemoth remains one of the most impressive engineering feats of all time; it was built in just 410 days and remai
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Empire State Building, NYC ©BigMac

Central Park

With great foresight, the founders of New York set aside 340 hectares (840 acres) of central Manhattan as a public space. Central Park was officially opened in 1873 and today provides an essential 'green lung' within the concrete jungle that is New York. Originally designed by Frederick
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Central Park, NYC ©Ingfbruno

Museum of Modern Art

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), founded in 1929, owns the most important collection of modern art in the USA including works by Monet, Van Gogh, Matisse, Picasso, Max Beckman, Ansel Adams, and Kiki Smith. What started as a gift of eight prints and one drawing has developed into a vast a
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Museum of Modern Art, NYC ©Trish

The Guggenheim Museum

The Solomon R Guggenheim Museum was designed by US architect Frank Lloyd Wright and was completed shortly after his death in 1959. It is well worth a visit just to see this icon of Modernist architecture, which was designed specifically to showcase the modern art within. Inside, it featu
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Guggenheim Museum, NYC ©Jean-Christophe Benoist

Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum possesses one of the greatest, and largest, collections of art in the world; it is a cherished New York institution and a must see for any visitor. Banners above the Met's Fifth Avenue entrance herald the current attractions; there are always a few temporary exhib
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Metropolitan Museum, NYC ©Jean-Christophe Benoist

American Museum of Natural History

Challenged only by its counterpart in London, the American Museum of Natural History is the largest and most important museum of its kind in the world. More than 30 million artefacts are packed into 45 exhibition halls - quite enough to keep anyone busy on a rainy afternoon. The most pop
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American Museum of Natural History ©Ingfbruno


Going to the theatre is one of the most popular tourist events in New York and the shows on Broadway are world famous, boasting some of the best productions in the world from blockbuster musicals to intense and intimate dramas. There are ongoing shows that have been running for years, su
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Broadway, NYC ©Alex Proimos

Times Square

Though it's ultimately just an intersection at the corner of Broadway and 42nd Street, Times Square has achieved iconic status, representing, in a single frame, the hive of activity that is New York City. Flashing advertisements and huge billboards produce a headache-inducing but memorab
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Times Square, NYC ©Terabass

Rockefeller Centre

Named for the man who developed the space, the world's first dollar billionaire, John D Rockefeller, this 22 acre (8ha) land houses a plethora of iconic New York City attractions. Radio City Music Hall used to be the most popular tourist venue in the city and still ranks highly among vis
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Rockefeller Center NYC ©Mr Bullitt

Brooklyn Bridge

The sheer scope of New York City is hard to understand until you have traversed the Brooklyn Bridge, inaugurated in 1883, which crosses 5,989 feet (1,825 m) of the East River and connects two of New York's biggest metropoles, Manhattan and Brooklyn. The construction of the bridge was an
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Brooklyn Bridge ©Michael

St Patricks Cathedral

St Patrick's Cathedral is a magnificent example of the geometric style of Gothic architecture that was popular in Europe in the 13th century. It is the seat of the Roman Catholic archbishop of New York and the largest Catholic cathedral in the United States. With its spires soaring 330 f
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St Patrick's Cathedral ©David Shankbone

Grand Central Station

One of New York's most famous and best loved landmarks, Grand Central was opened in 1913 opposite Rockefeller Center. It is one of the world's largest train stations, with 44 platforms, but its true distinction is its magnificent architecture and striking ambiance, anchored by enormous w
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Grand Central Station ©Diliff

Central Park Zoo

Home to some exotic and beautiful animals the Central Park Zoo is a must for all children and animal lovers visiting the city. Residents at the zoo include the elusive red pandas, polar pears, snow leopards and snow monkeys to name a few. The Tisch Children's Zoo is a great place for you
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Duck in Central Park Zoo ©x-eyedblonde

Trump-Wollman Rink

This public ice rink, located in Central Park and made famous by many movies, is a fantastic place to take the kids for the day during the winter months in New York City. The setting is beautiful, surrounded by trees with the New York City skyline above them. Children can even attend ska
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Wollman Rink by night ©specialkrb

Brooklyn Childrens Museum

The Brooklyn Children's Museum is a great place to take the little ones while on holiday in New York City. It was founded in 1899 and is said to have been the first museum in the United States. Its collections and exhibits include hands-on activities, role-playing opportunities, resident
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Brooklyn Children\'s Museum ©Diane Bondareff

The Frick Collection

The Frick is quite possibly New York's most underrated art gallery, a collection of exceptional paintings featuring important works by Vermeer, Manet, Rembrandt, Whistler, Goya and Van Dyk. A highlight of the collection is the renowned pair of Holbein paintings of Thomas More and Thomas
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The Frick Collection, NYC ©Gryffindor

Staten Island Ferry

A must-see New York attraction that doesn't cost a dime? The ferry from Battery Park to Staten Island and back is a great way to see the Lower Manhattan skyline and Hudson river life while resting your feet. The ferry also skirts the Statue of Liberty affording decent views of this iconi
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Staten Island Ferry, NYC ©Norbert Nagel

Greenwich Village

Greenwich Village (affectionately referred to as 'The Village') started out as an industrial park, but was taken over by artists, poets, beatniks, radicals, and other bohemians that founded a vibrant arts community. These days the area has been gentrified and rents are sky-high; you'll s
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Greenwich Village ©GK tramrunner

Wall Street

Home to the New York Stock Exchange, Wall Street has attained near-mythical status as the financial heart of the US, and indeed the world. The narrow street runs from Broadway to the East River, and is home to landmarks like Federal Hall, where George Washington was inaugurated as the fi
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Wall Street, NYC ©Vlad Lazarenko

Coney Island

Coney Island has been a tourist attraction in New York City since the 1830s, when New Yorkers would flock to the beaches. Its movie theatres, amusement parks, museums, circus, aquarium and restaurants still attract crowds each summer, and each Friday there is a fireworks show at about 9.
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Wonder Wheel, Coney Island ©DangApricot

Ellis Island

From 1892 to 1924, nearly every immigrant (totalling more than 20 million) moving to the US was funnelled through the crowded halls of Ellis Island, just off the coast of New York. No longer in use as an immigration port, today the island draws millions of people each year as one of the
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Ellis Island Immigration Building ©chensiyuan


Visitors to the Big Apple will be blown away by the amount and calibre of stores in this city. Offering some of the best and most expensive shopping in the world, 5th Avenue is synonymous with classy high-end department stores such as Bergdorf's and Saks. Madison Avenue is known as 'the trendy road', boasting 15 blocks of celebrity designer shops such as Chanel, Jimmy Choo and Prada, to name a few. Soho is one of New York's poshest outdoor malls, with cobblestone streets and loft-like spaces creating a pretty and unique shopping experience.

As cosmopolitan as New York may be, visitors on a tighter budget can still find plenty of bargains at the city's flea markets, which offer some top quality goods with stores touting designer knockoffs, antiques, jewellery, curios, thrift wear, home furnishings and cosmetics. Farmer's Markets are a must for foodies with high-quality vegetables, meat, dairy, poultry and fish as well as baked goods, honey, maple syrup, jam and wine to sample.

Chinatown is a budget shopper's paradise with cheap knockoffs on offer, and haggling common practice. Century 21 is considered 'New York's best kept secret' for bargain hunters with more than 15 departments of quality and designer merchandise at 25 to 75 percent off retail prices. Whether shopping in upscale Madison Avenue or the bargain-friendly Lower East Side, New York has something to offer everyone.

Popular New York City souvenirs run to tacky tourist merchandise: you'll be inundated with miniature Statues of Liberty and the ubiquitous 'I (Heart) NY' gear. Other popular buys include New York Yankees merchandise and theatrical posters from Broadway.


The nightlife in New York City is second to none. Encompassing jazz bars, nightclubs, lounges, comedy clubs and live shows, there's literally something happening around every corner. The Village, Broadway, Bowery and Madison Square Garden are just a few of the best destinations for evening entertainment in New York.

As a hub of the jazz world, New York is home to venues such as 55 Bar and Arthur's Tavern. Jazz tours from Greenwich Village to Harlem are a fun option for enthusiasts, with a stop at the legendary Apollo Theatre. As the launching pad of comedians such as Jerry Seinfeld, New York also has many comedy shows; catch some of the best at the New York Comedy Club or the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater (UCB).

There are, of course, always famous Broadway shows to be seen: try the Palace or Eugene O'Neill theatres for the latest new shows. Broadway shows are expensive, hence the popularity of the three TKTS discount ticket booths, the most popular of which is in Times Square. They open every day at 11am, but the queues form well before this. You can pick up last-minute tickets for half of the regular price, depending on what's available. For the super-flexible theatre goer, visit the booth around 5pm when there is seldom a queue and last minute prices have dropped even further.

Nightclubs come and go quickly in New York City, as the fickle population becomes enamoured with the newest venue, but you can always be assured that whatever you want, New York will have plenty of it. Live music venues covering hip hop, rock, indie and almost any other genre imaginable abound in NYC, and there are also well-established venues offering things like poetry readings. But if what you're after is simply a pumping dancefloor be assured that at any given time internationally-acclaimed DJs are steaming up the New York darkness.

World-class performing arts venues are a dime a dozen in a city that boasts Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, Lincoln Centre and Carnegie Hall, and you can take your pick of ballet, opera, symphony orchestras, or chamber music.

For up-to-date events information for New York City, pick up a copy of the Village Voice or Time Out New York, both of which can also be accessed online.


This aptly named restaurant, with gorgeous patio seating, produces wonderful home-style cooking and is a favourite with locals. The cuisine takes comfort food to an entirely new level, while steak, pork chops, quail and seafood preparations excel. Signature dishes include a rich, creamy blue cheese fondue and the wine list gathers a number of bottles from Long Island vineyards. Open for brunch on Saturday and Sunday, lunch Monday to Friday, and dinner nightly.

Food Type: American     Style:     Price: 3

Address: 20 Cornelia Street, between Bleecker and West 4th Street


Tribeca Grill

Located in Tribeca's Washington Market area, Tribeca Grill radiates excitement and energy. Co-owned by Robert DeNiro, 'The Grill' is a classic New York social venue. It is a massive restaurant with high ceilings and exposed brick walls - not the place for a romantic dinner, but great for celebrity spotting. The menu includes enticing grilled and sautéed selections with cross-cultural creative influences of many different cuisines. Favourites on the menu include short ribs braised in red wine, the grilled duck and the pan-roasted cod. Open for dinner nightly, lunch during the week and brunch on Sundays.

Food Type: American     Style:     Price: 3

Address: 375 Greenwich Street


Le Bernardin

Le Bernardin, New York's internationally acclaimed seafood restaurant, opened in New York in 1986 and in no time became a four-star restaurant that is renowned for setting standards in the cooking of seafood in America. The sliced conch in a Peruvian marinade is delicious, and the crispy black bass with Masala spice is also very good. Open for lunch Monday to Friday and dinner Monday to Saturday, closed Sundays. Reservations are essential.

Food Type: Seafood     Style:     Price: 5

Address: 155 West 51st Street (Midtown West)



This attractive Wall Street landmark first opened its doors in the 1830s as the first restaurant in America and has an impressive history, even providing the setting for Mark Twain's birthday party. Serving up delicious steaks in a leather and mahogany setting, it attracts a loyal crowd of businessmen, who feel at home sitting at the low-key bar. Signature dishes include the 'Delmonico Steak' and 'Lobster Newberg'. Reservations recommended, open Monday to Friday for lunch and dinner.

Food Type: American     Style: Business     Price: 4

Address: 56 Beaver Street, near Wall Street



Since its 1997 opening, this SoHo bistro has retained its buzz and irresistible allure. It exudes the look and atmosphere of an aged Parisian brassiere with pastel colours, oversized mirrors and powdery homemade bread. Nightly specials are based on classic French dishes, such as duck confit with wild mushrooms. Open for breakfast and dinner all week, lunch Monday to Friday and brunch on weekends. Reservations recommended.

Food Type: French     Style:     Price: 3

Address: 80 Spring St, SoHo


Gramercy Tavern

This iconic Union Square eatery's spacious, rustic-looking interior includes a casual street-facing tavern, a lively bar and a series of formal dining areas. The dining room menu offers inventive American cuisine such as lobster salad, and venison with onion marmalade, while the tavern is good for seafood chowder or pork sandwiches. The tavern is open for lunch and dinner daily, and the dining room is open for lunch Monday to Friday and dinner all week. Reservations recommended.

Food Type: American     Style:     Price: 4

Address: 42 East 20th Street (between Broadway and Park Avenue)


Nobu New York

Nobu opened in 1995 bringing innovative 'new style Japanese cooking' to New York City. The restaurant is a visual and culinary delight - tall birch tree columns rise into the ceiling, which is painted copper with patches of open brickwork showing through, giving the effect of a Zen mountain retreat. Nobu's new style Japanese cuisine weds South American sensibility with Japanese traditions. Try the mussels with the signature Nobu salsa, or the yellowtail with jalapeño. Open Monday to Friday for lunch and all week for dinner, reservations essential.

Food Type: Japanese     Style:     Price: 4

Address: 105 Hudson Street (Tribeca)



One of the city's best venues for classical French fare, this restaurant has been restored to its original 1920s Renaissance splendour. Using the freshest ingredients, seasonal masterpieces include squab with swiss chard barbajuan, radish and artichoke barigoule. Leave room for the huckleberry sorbet... Jacket and tie are required for gentlemen. Open for dinner Monday to Saturday, closed on Sundays. Reservations recommended.

Food Type: French     Style:     Price: 5

Address: 60 East 65th Street (between Madison Avenue and Park Avenue)


Keens Steakhouse

For a thick cut of New York steak, one of the best places to go is Keen's Steakhouse. The buzzing dining room has an old-fashioned charm with classic elegance, and though it can be loud, there's always a great atmosphere. Don't expect a variety of vegetarian options on this menu, as it focuses on meat and seafood. Reservations are recommended.

Food Type: American     Style:     Price: 4

Address: 72 West 36th Street


Acme Bar & Grill

With its exposed brick interior, the world's largest collection of hot sauce and catfish and hickory chips delivered fresh from Mississippi, Acme Bar & Grill is as far south as you have to go to enjoy the cuisine of the Deep South. Creole delights, such as Louisiana seafood gumbo, Creole jambalaya and 'Catfish Po-Boys' (a traditional submarine sandwich originating from Louisiana) are in abundance - the mashed potato is famous! Open daily for lunch and dinner, and brunch on weekends.

Food Type: Southern     Style: Trendy     Price: 3

Address: 9 Great Jones Street



When you're eating on the run in New York City, there's nothing like a big chewy bagel to sink your teeth into. One of the most popular bagel shops in town is Ess-a-Bagel, which serves fresh-boiled bagels with nearly any filling you can think of... far beyond the usual 'lox and schmear' (salmon and cream cheese). They even have a selection of tofu bagels for vegetarians. You can grab one on the go, or sit inside and relax. Great for breakfast and lunch, or a cheap dinner in New York.

Food Type: Delicatessen     Style: Trendy     Price: 2

Address: 359 1st Avenue


Pauls Da Burger Joint

Sometimes in life, and frequently in New York, it is essential to eat a truly great burger. Satisfy this urge in the most complete and delicious way possible at Paul's Da Burger Joint, an East Village classic famous for its huge variety of perfectly prepared burgers. The decor is wonderfully kitsch, and the joint is staffed by eccentrics and wacky waiters. As one customer described sais, 'It's vintage New York!'. Open daily from 11am till late.

Food Type: American     Style:     Price: 2

Address: 131 2nd Ave


John’s Pizzeria in Bleeker Street

New York-style pizza is world-famous for being thin, crispy, and humongous! John's Pizzeria is consistently rated one of the best in New York City, and their coal-fired brick-oven pizzas are sure to fill your stomach. The restaurant is unassuming, but the food is divine. They don't take reservations, so you can expect to wait at peak times. A real slice of New York!

Food Type: Pizzeria     Style:     Price: 3

Address: 278 Bleecker Street,


Chinese New Year

New York City's Chinatown is the largest in the United States and the site of the largest concentration of Chinese people in the western hemisphere; a visit here feels like being in the country itself. It is a must-see on the opening day of the Chinese New Year celebrations when performers dance in the street in colourful costumes followed by a parade of dragon floats. Traditionally, the New Year marks the beginning of the spring and the rebirth of the earth. It is a time for family togetherness, and begins with the 'sweeping of the grounds' - a spring clean to sweep out the old and evil, which is followed by festivities and feasts. Chinatown has over 200 restaurants representing cuisine from all the regions of China, and at New Year the suspicious should eat a whole fish as, to the Chinese, this represents togetherness and abundance; also don't chop up your noodles, as their length represents long life! Colour is also important at New Year. The luckiest colours are red, orange, yellow, gold and pink. Black and white are unlucky.

Date 2018-02-16 to 2018-02-16     Website
Chinese New Year NYC ©Jeffery DelViscio

Central Park SummerStage

Summer Stage is one of New York's greatest institutions, and every summer Central Park is filled with music, theatre, opera and dance. There is a different performance every Saturday and Sunday afternoon, and also usually on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings, and most are free. Some famous performers and musicians grace the stage in Central Park and the atmosphere at the concerts is one of the great joys of a New York City summer. Bring a picnic if you don't want to pay for overpriced beer and French fries, and arrive early to get a good spot. For a list of events visit the official Summer Stage website listed below.

Date 2017-06-01 to 2017-09-30     Website
Central Park SummerStage ©Matt J Carbone

TCS New York City Marathon

As the world's largest marathon, with more than 35,000 runners from around the world participating, only London ranks alongside New York in terms of running prestige. The race passes through all of New York City's five boroughs, before finishing in Central Park and is an entertaining spectacle with many runners in fancy dress; it is also a good opportunity to see some celebrities offer their athletic best. Participants are treated to a whirlwind tour of the famous city, and spectators line the route, making a festival of the event. As so many people are keen to run, the general participants are usually selected in a lucky draw - check the official website listed below for details.

Date 2017-11-05 to 2017-11-05     Website
Runners draw near to the finish line ©Postdlf

Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade

Thanksgiving (originally a harvest festival) is celebrated across the United States as families get together and feast on huge helpings of roast turkey. Macy's Thanksgiving Parade is one of the Big Apple's most dynamic and colourful events that takes the celebrations one stage further. Its origins date back to the 1920s when the city's European immigrants decided to celebrate the American Thanksgiving Day holiday with the sort of festivities they had known in their homelands. Hundreds of people marched from 145th Street to 34th Street in costume; accompanied by floats, live animals (on loan from the zoo) and musicians. The parade attracted over 250,000 spectators and quickly became an institution. Today the colourful parade features clowns and marching bands, but the biggest attraction are the Floats and Falloons (a Macy's hybrid of a cold air balloon and float) that tower over the crowds; they usually include Angelina Ballerina, The Statue of Liberty and of course, the man of the season, Santa Claus on his sleigh. The parade starts on 77th Street and proceeds down Central Park West to Columbus Circle, then down Broadway to Macy's at 34th St, finishing on Seventh Ave. Good places to watch it include Times Square and Columbus Circle, but get there early as by the afternoon the crowds are thick.

Date 2017-11-23 to 2017-11-23     Website
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade ©tweber1

Macys Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular

Independence Day is celebrated throughout the States, but nowhere more than in New York City. Although many locals leave to spend the holiday on Long Island or in Upstate New York, thousands of others stay behind to watch Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular. This is probably the biggest and best firework extravaganza in the country, culminating in a massive party. More than 10,000 fireworks explode from barges along the west side of Manhattan, synchronized and choreographed to music. It starts at sunset and the best place to watch is from the banks of the East River.

Date 2016-07-04 to 2016-07-04     Website
Macy's Fireworks ©drewgeraets

TD Five Boro Bike Tour

The biggest cycling event in the USA, the Commerce Bank Five Boro Bike Tour sees 30,000 cyclists pedalling through the five boroughs of New York City on 42 miles (68km) of traffic-free avenues, highways and bridges, including the world's longest single-span suspension bridge, the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. The route travels through Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island. The day ends with a festival at Fort Wadsworth featuring live music, food and exhibitions. Spectators make a festival out of the event and line the route to cheer the cyclists on. For more details, and information on how to enter, check out the official website listed below.

Date 2017-05-07 to 2017-05-07     Website
TD Five Boro Bike Tour ©Mikel Ortega

Gay Pride Week and March

Rainbow flags flutter in Greenwich Village and crowds of people dress up in outrageous costumes during New York's Lesbian and Gay Pride Week, with numerous events arranged to commemorate the Stonewall Riot and to show support for the LGBT community of New York City. Highlights of the week's festivities include a massive rally, the dance on the pier and the culminating march. Some huge sponsors get involved in Pride Week and people travel from all over the world to participate. New York City has a vibrant gay community year-round and many locals come out in support of the community during the many events. For more information and a full programme of events check out the official website listed below.

Date 2017-06-23 to 2017-06-26     Website
NYC Pride Parade ©May S. Young

Times Square New Years Eve Celebrations

Times Square boasts one of the largest New Year's Eve celebrations in the world and the biggest party in New York. The famous lowering of the New Year's Eve Ball signifies the 60-second countdown to midnight and the tradition has become a worldwide symbol of welcoming in the New Year, viewed by millions across the globe. The festivities include the raising and lighting of the Ball, music, an hourly big screen video countdown, the lowering of the ball and a spectacular burst of fireworks. Revellers are showered with colourful confetti and are given celebratory hats, pom-poms and balloons to welcome in the New Year.

Date 2017-12-31 to 2017-12-31     Website
Times Square Countdown ©Quentin Yang

US Open Tennis Tournament

The top names and seeds in international tennis vie for victory in the final Grand Slam event of the season in New York each year. Singles, doubles, men's and ladies, and mixed doubles, make up the five separate tournaments within the championship. Held annually at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, the event dates back to 1881 when it was played in the State of Rhode Island as a men's singles event only, and it was not until 1968 that The US Open took the shape and structure that it has today. Those wanting tickets for big games are advised to book as far in advance as possible. For more details check out the official website listed below.

Date 2017-08-28 to 2017-09-10     Website
US Open Tennis Tournament ©manalahmadkhan

New York Fashion Week

The fashion gurus, gorgeous models and Hollywood brass pop into the Big Apple to check out the latest on the catwalk for next year's Spring Collection annually at New York Fashion Week. All the top names in the industry will be displaying their stuff but it is almost impossible for the general public to gain access to the event. Even so, budding fashionistas flock to New York at this time to enjoy the many associated events and spend some time celebrity-spotting and strutting their designer threads. For more information of this prestigious fashion extravaganza check out the official website listed below.

Date 2017-02-09 to 2017-02-17     Website
New York Fashion Week ©Peter Duhon

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