New York

“From the dazzling signs of Times of Square to the vivid beauty of Central Park, from the Statue of Liberty by the harbour to the towering Empire State Building over Manhattan’s iconic skyline. The city’s neighbourhoods and streets are so symbolic they have become deep-rooted into American consciousness”

Off the beaten path guide to

New York

Places to See

Battery Park
6AM to 12AM
New York, NY 10004, United States
By strolling through Battery Park, you can get one of the best views in the city of the Statue of Liberty
High Line
10AM to 6PM
New York, NY 10011, United States
Walking the highline is a great way to see some of the city. Just try to go during off-times (late in the evening, early morning
Mudpark
7AM to 11PM
New York, NY 10018, United States
Speaking of coffee, Mudpark has some of the best coffee in the city and it is located outside with plenty of benches to sit on. Plus, there is a small playground for parents with small children
Times Square
6AM to 1AM
Manhattan, NY 10036, United States
While this is one of the most known tourist locations of Manhattan, it is still worth a visit. The view is breathaking. Just watch out for locals who will elbow you out of the way, and scammers.
Central Park
6AM to 1AM
New York, NY, United States
Central Park is a must see when traveling to Manhattan. There are several coffee shops lining each side of the park so you could grab a coffee on your way into the park for those cold winter days.
Statue of Liberty
8:30AM–4PM
New York, NY 10004, United States
You can pay to go to island, or go up the statue of liberty, but the view is just as cool from the Staten Island Ferry which is free

Places to Eat

Morgenstern’s Ice Cream
10AM to 6PM
2 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002, United States
I just discovered this Lower East Side gem a few days ago. Think old fashioned ice cream parlor… but new. Reinvented. The flavors are crazy unique (When we went we tried and loved the Salted Caramel Pretzel, Raw Milk, Salt and Pepper Pinenut, and Angel Food Vanilla). The toppings, stored in glass apothecary jars (way cool), are equally amazing. The caramel was some of the best I’ve tasted.
Mollys
10AM to 6PM
287 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10010, United States
I don’t like using the world “cute”, but this Greenwich Village cupcake shop totally is. You can enjoy your cupcake on one of the few swings they have lining their counter, or grab a board game and sit at a table to relax. The cupcakes are totally legit as well. I’m a fan of their peach cobbler, ron bennington (chocolate pb), and… oh gosh, they are all amazing!
Taquitoria
10AM to 6PM
168 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10022, United States
three guys that worked at Iron Chef Marc Forgione’s restaurant branched off to create this lower east side gem. It’s the ultimate comfort food, especially after a few drinks. All the fillings are really fantastic (and they even have a vegan black bean option that is legit), and definitely top it cheesy (cheese sauce, sour cream, and pickled jalapeno relish).
Ivan Ramen
10AM to 6PM
25 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002, United States
you wouldn’t think a Jew from Long Island would end up becoming one of the world’s leading experts on ramen. After his creative and unique ramen blew up big time in Tokyo, Ivan Orkin brought his ramen to NYC in two locations. It’s darn good. And looking for something different? Try one of his mazemens, which is less brothy than the traditional ramen.
Ippudo Ramen
10AM to 6PM
65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003, United States
a more classic, traditional approach to ramen, Ippudo serves up perfect bowls of the stuff every time. I love the spicy one. There are two locations, one in the East Village and right in the Times Square area.
Taim
10AM to 6PM
home to the best falafel in NYC, Taim has an incredible falafel sandwich. It’s my buddy Tyler’s favorite sandwich in the city. There are a few locations scattered around the city.
Shake Shack
10AM to 6PM
E 23rd St and Madison Avenue Madison Square Park, New York, NY 10010, United States
a NYC icon, this fast food joint (with many locations) is a must for locals and tourists. Get the Shack Stack, which is a burger topped with a cheese-stuffed fried mushroom. And don’t you dare even try to leave without getting a Concrete, which is made with their super thick, creamy, and rich custard. Just do yourself a favor and skip the shakes… they are mediocre at best.
Zucker's Bagels and Smoked Fish
8:30AM to 4:30PM
146 Chambers St, New York, NY 10007, United States
Snug stop for hand-rolled bagels with smoked fish & cream cheese toppings, plus coffee & sandwiches.
Russ and Daughter
8:30AM to 4:30PM
179 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002, United States
the bagels are actually just okay, but you are here for their lox sandwiches (with scallion cream cheese)… and they are legendary. Russ & Daughters is a super famous Lower East Side establishment that’s been in business for 100 years. That’s a long time to be on the top in NYC. And expect a line… there is always a well-deserved wait for these sandwiches.
Artichoke Pizza
11AM to 4AM
321 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003, United States
Quirky little restaurants hidden inside of Bushwick's art district
Pizza
11AM to 5AM
145 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10003, United States
A quick Google search will indicate the nearest $1 pizza joint. New York is littered with them, and they are amazing.
Momofuku
3 to 9PM
171 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10003, United States
These days, the city is littered with a wealth of pork buns -- but the often imitated, never duplicated OG bun is surprisingly simple: steamed bao, roasted pork belly, cucumbers, and scallions. The proportions are perfect; it’s savory and sweet; and it puts food market copycats to shame.
The Spotted Pig
Permanently closed
314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014, United States
April Bloomfield’s first nose-to-tail gastropub is essential for serious carnivores. Renowned for its hefty cuts of tasty, local meat, this place is trading in the best of the best -- like the beer-and-apple-braised pork shoulder with roasted mashed potatoes
Local Bodega
9AM to 6PM
192 S 9th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211, United States
Forget artisanal bacon and farm-fresh eggs -- the real-deal NYC breakfast is a greasy bodega bacon, egg & cheese. There is no hangover it can’t cure.

Places to Drink

Under 21 Art Gallery Opening Receptions
10AM to 4AM
Every Thursday night (Every night of the week, but Thursday/Friday are the busiest nights), galleries in New York throw opening receptions for various new shows. These events are great for meeting new people and experiencing upcoming artists and different mediums. Go gallery hopping and discover the art critic in yourself! (Pro tip: they never ID for the free wine.)
Under 21 Baby’s All Right
10AM to 4AM
Described on their website as, “Part circus, part astrological mysticism, and part quirky homestead”, this venue is the perfect place to go to see some of the best live bands in Brooklyn. Check their calendar for varying show age restrictions and ticket sales
Under 21 Gonzalez y Gonzalez
10AM to 4AM
192 Mercer St, New York, NY 10012, United States
Located right in Greenwich Village, Gonzalez y Gonzalez is the perfect place for salsa dancing and guacamole eating (and has an inexpensive cover charge).
Under 21 Caravan of Dreams
10AM to 4AM
1650 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, United States
Caravan of Dreams is a romantic bohemian style cafe in East Village that serves as the perfect place to experience delicious vegan cuisine in an intimate environment full of live music every night.
Under 21 Ellen's Stardust Diner
10AM to 4AM
1650 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, United States
Ellen's Stardust Diner is a classic dining experience where the waitstaff takes dinner and a show to a whole new level. This place is perfect for groups who can't help but sing along to their favorite show tunes.
Under 21 Bowlmor Lanes
10AM to 4AM
222 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036, United States
Bowlmor Lanes provides clients with the chicest bowling experience possible. The Manhattan locations are at Chelsea Piers and in Times Square. Go to Bowlmor with a group for a guaranteed good time at any age
Under 21 Nuyorican Poets Cafe
10AM to 4AM
236 E 3rd St, New York, NY 10009, United States
Get your culture on at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe with live works of literature, music, theater, performance art, poetry slam, hip hop, and visual art presented by people of all backgrounds. This is the perfect place to go if you're looking to fall in love with a handsome, brooding poet over a fresh cappuccino.
Under 21 BAMcafé
10AM to 4AM
The cafe directly above the Brooklyn Academy of Music lobby hosts a weekly performance series featuring everything from Spoken Word and Jazz to Afro-pop and Experimental music. Join in on Thursdays and Fridays for live music, and Saturdays for the dance parties.
Under 21 Pacha NYC
Permanently closed
18 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036, United States
The Hell's Kitchen venue hosts EDM parties every weekend for those 18+ and is known for having huge DJs, so be prepared to dance.
Under 21 Terminal 5
7PM to 1:30AM
610 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019, United States
What was originally a nightclub, is now owned and operated by The Bowery Presents and serves as one of New York's best music venues.
Under 21 Webster Hall
7PM to 1:30AM
125 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003, United States
doubles as home to a top notch 19+ nightclub and host of concerts for all ages, making it one of the most popular venues for the underage masses to find a good party.
Under 21 Santos Party House
7PM to 1:30AM
96 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10013, United States
The venue serves as a concert hall, dance club, and lounge allowing for a diverse schedule of events.
21+ LITTLE BRANCH
7PM to 1:30AM
20 7th Ave S, New York, NY 10014, United States
This basement speakeasy has an elegant 1920s feel, and if you can reserve a table, it’s perfect date-night material. Candlelight lends a sexy glow to the cozy, leather-lined booths, and if you order the “Bartender’s Choice,” the bartender will make a custom cocktail based on your tastes. Get there late and you’ll likely find a jazz trio stationed at the piano.
21+ LEE’S TAVERN
7PM to 1:30AM
60 Hancock St, Staten Island, NY 10305, United States
The thin-crusted bar pizzas at this beloved Staten Island tavern may be its best-known feature, but it’s much more of a neighborhood bar than a pizzeria. Now nearly 80 years old, Lee’s remains family owned, and on any given day you'll find the bar filled with longtime regulars. There’s no sign outside because no one needs it, everyone knows this is Lee’s.
Employees Only
7PM to 1:30AM
510 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014, United States
Employees Only was one of the city’s first not-so-secret, super-popular NYC speakeasies, and it’s a favorite among bartenders and other industry folks, thanks to a kitchen that’s open ‘til 3:30am. It’s the sort of place that inspires devotion: Every bartender here has the Employees Only logo tattooed on them, and even barbacking is a coveted position.
BOHEMIAN HALL & BEER GARDEN
7PM to 1:30AM
29-19 24th Ave, Queens, NY 11102, United States
This sprawling Astoria spot is not only the city’s oldest beer garden, it’s also one of the biggest with friendly crowds, affordable drinks, and a great outdoor space. The grilled brats, schnitzel, and $18 pitchers of beer are great year-round, but the bar really hits its peak when the weather is warm and you can settle in for an afternoon at one of the many picnic tables outside.

Places to Network

Sweet and Vicious
1 to 11PM
5 Spring St, New York, NY 10012, United States
might not quite accurately describe the vibe at this Nolita bar, which is a hot spot for online entrepreneurs and biz folks. It has hosted the Obliterati Internet Week party for three years running and is known for being a new media hub.
Gaslight Lounge
10AM to 4AM
110 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002, United States
If you’re looking for a more casual and relaxed bar in the upscale Meatpacking District, home of Google’s New York offices, look no further than the Gaslight Lounge. You can get everything here from a classy cocktail to a slice of pizza, and with multiple lounges and a dance club, you can rub elbows with New York’s finest in whatever setting you choose.
The Lobby Bar at the Ace Hotel
10AM to 4AM
47-02 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, NY 11101, United States
is a trendy spot right in Midtown, where you’re just as likely to see a celebrity as you are to bump into an entrepreneur. It’s a great place to grab a networking drink or set up shop with your laptop and some Stumptown Coffee, and if you’re feeling like striking up a conversation with a stranger, you just never know who you’ll meet.
Art Gallery Openings
10AM to 6PM
472 W Broadway, New York, NY 10012, United States
These openings are a great way to meet NYC locals. You will meet everyone from gallery owners to portfolio managers

Places to Shop

Luxury

Watch Out

Free Comedy Clubs

254 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001, United States
These arent actually free and a rarely very funny. There is a two-drink minimum that can be very expensive!

Parking

100-15 Ditmars Blvd, East Elmhurst, NY 11369, United States
Parking is extremely expensive and hard to find in the city. Parking could easily cost you 50 dollars in a garage.

The Costumed Characters of Times Square

Time Square, New York, NY, United States
Pictures with these characters are never free

Discount Stores

132 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016, United States
Many discount sotres and 99 cent stores are actually more expensive than their competitors. This includes electronic discount stores! Dont buy something if you feel you are being overcharged (you probably are)

Fake Metro Card and Subway Swipes

Only buy cards directly from machines or MTA Booths

The Buddhist Monks

500 State St, Brooklyn, NY 11217, United States
fake monks that try to get tourists to donate to their charity.

Pedicabs in Central Park and mid Manhattan

1391 6th Ave, New York, NY 10019, United States
tourist could get caught with a couple hundred dollar tab after riding in one of these. (unclear rates, extra fees, pay per minute)