“New York, I love you” is one of my favorite movies, it makes me want to be there instantly. As a matter of fact, growing up to all these American movies will put New York on the top of your bucket list. And it has earned its way up there. The city is an extreme in everything. You’re either going to love it, or hate it, no middle grounds. For me, it’s the only other city in the world where it feels like home.
So, below is a list of the ultimate things that I love doing in the Big Apple. it doesn’t have everything, and it leaves out some important sites. But this list is derived from my own life (and movie) experiences, so you will still need to do your own list when you’re going there.
Stuff to do
- Attend a Broadway show
- Watch the skyline at Top of the Rock – Here’s where you get the next view of the New York Skyline. You have other places too, the Empire State for one, but I like this place better. It’s also not as crowded.
- Go to Tiffany’s – This is for no other reason except the fact that it’s fun pretending to be Audrey Hepburn for a bit. It’s on 5th Avenue, which also has many other high end stores. And walking around is nice. If you’re there, check the Apple store since it’s huge. Also, do check out the Plaza.
- Check the MOMA – the Museum of Modern Art and it’s beautiful. And it showcases works for Van Gogh and other amazing artists. There are many museums in New York, this one however, would be the best (from my own humble opinion).
- Check the MET – the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It’s so huge, you’ll probably won’t be able to finish it in a day. But it has antiquities from all over the world including a pharaonic section, and it’s worth checking out.
- Walk the High Line – This used to be an abandoned train line which was transformed into a long green walking space. It’s so beautiful to walk around most of the year (it gets super cold in winter though).
- Take the ferry to Statin Island – First, it’s free. Second, you get an amazing view of the city and the Statue of Liberty without doing this touristic cheesy tour.
- A bar crawl in Brooklyn – Brooklyn is so hipster, and artsy, and has great graffiti. And it’s got quite a good selection of bars, so spend at least an evening there.
Places to eat
- Grey’s Papaya’s – the best hot dog place ever. It’s on 72nd and Broadway, and they have the most amazing dressing on the sandwiches. They’re quite small though, so order enough.
- Eataly – In front of the Madison Square Garden. It’s a chain store, however, NY’s is the best one (in my opinion). There, you’ll find everything Italian to eat. There aren’t enough tables though, so be patient and just wait. Or you can always get your food and make a little picnic in the park outside.
- Serendipity – Best ice cream place. Remember that movie; Serendipity? Well, watch it before you go. (it’s a chick flick though, just giving you a heads up)
- Cafe Lalo – Because any place Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks like, is a place that I would like. They also have the most amazing cheesecakes you’ll ever try in your entire like. Be prepared!
- Max Brenners – Amazing chocolate. Basically everything on the menu is great (and yes, I almost tried them all). Eat as much chocolate as you can. You will not regret it.
- Chelsea Market – It’s this really nice closed market with a lot of food choices. It’s cool to just spend an afternoon there and it has interesting stuff around as well, like the Guggenheim and the High Line.
- Street food – That are mostly owned by proud Egyptians. Try them, they’re really good.
Things to see
- Times Square – Okay, that’s a bit cliche, but it’s THE place to see. Also, go to the Disney store when you’re there. Your age is irrelevant, you’ll love it.
- New York Library – If you like books and architecture, you will like that building.
- Wall Street – Because you have to see that one street that controls this planet.
- Brooklyn Bridge
- Little Italy – Well, if you’ve watched the God Father, you understand why. And it has amazing Italian restaurants as well.
- China Town – Where everything is Chinese, even the street signs. It’s very interesting!
How to enjoy
- Walk the streets – Just walking those dirty crowded streets is one of the best things you can do. I am not even kidding, it’s so vibrant and full of life. I can’t even explain it, but you’ll feel super alive doing it.
- Ride the Subway – This sounds basic, but believe me, you can spend a whole day on the subway and you’ll never get bored. Just its diversity is incredible. With every ride, you’ll hear at least 5 different languages being spoken at the same time, people from all over the world standing next to each other. It’s like a mini globe.