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8 days in New York City (for the first-timer) • Eat Play Love Travel

Empire State Building, New York City, travel itinerary

Empire State Building, New York City, travel itinerary

New York City: gritty, cultured and scrumptious.

The Huge Apple is lots to take in that first go to. With all these museums, boroughs, bagels and parks, you want at the least eight days to correctly discover, and right here’s how I like to recommend you spend them (based mostly on our current US vacation) – strap your self in:

The place to remain in New York City

In the event you’re after…

  • Intense huge metropolis, vacationer insanity – keep in Midtown.
  • Loads of purchasing and consuming prospects – keep in SoHo.
  • A extra quiet, museum-filled New York expertise – keep in the Higher East Aspect.
  • The actual, gritty New York City – keep in the Decrease East Aspect or East Village.
  • A bohemian, enjoyable, fairly neighbourhood – keep in Greenwich Village.
  • One thing totally different that’s not on Manhattan Island – keep in Brooklyn.

The husband Jude and I discovered an Airbnb in the Decrease East Aspect. It was perfection, proper close to the Delancey Road/Essex Road subway station. Small however cute, proper in the coronary heart of plenty of scrumptious stuff and low cost (in relative phrases) – AUD$2890 for 9 nights.

New York streetscapes

Tips on how to get round New York City

New York City is a bit of Black Forest Cake to journey round, offering you get your self a seven-day limitless experience card for the New York subway system. The cherry on prime is a few good strolling footwear. Manhattan is sort of compact and flat, so it’s straightforward to stroll all over the place. Simply don’t drive, Uber or taxi – the island is traffic-choked as all buggery.

Day 1: Bus tour, Empire State Constructing and Decrease East Aspect

Take a hop on hop off bus tour

A superb good friend of mine, Bel (common EPLT readers will know her higher as my wine sister), advisable we spend that first day in New York City aboard a hop on hop off bus, insisting it will assist us get our bearings. Such a vacationer factor to do, however it’s a marvellous concept. You’re employed out the place all the landmarks are and get some good journey ideas out of your tour information.

There’s numerous bus corporations that provide hop on hop off excursions, however we packaged it up with The New York Move, doing the Downtown and Midtown loops.

New York hop on hop off bus tour, New York City

Head to the prime of the Empire State Constructing 

You must do it! The Artwork Deco skyscraper is an actual magnificence and the views from atop much more so. Decide a transparent day and you may see the metropolis’s 5 boroughs, in addition to 5 neighbouring states. Holy heck!

The Empire State Constructing has two remark decks: the 86th and 102nd flooring. The primary being open-air, the second being enclosed. Issue in about 45 minutes to navigate the line and safety.

Travel blogger, Empire State Building, New York City

I assume whenever you examine views of the world, this one’s okay

Stroll round the East Village and Decrease East Aspect 

One among the issues I loved the most about New York City was simply strolling round its totally different neighbourhoods and taking in the streetscapes – the East Village and Decrease East Aspect was a favorite. This decrease pocket of Manhattan Island is quintessential New York City, with rusty hearth escapes, street-art adorned alleyways, crimson brick and a gritty edge.

Stroll St Marks Place, Tompkins Sq. Park and Alphabet City, then end with a pastrami rye sandwich with a dill pickle from the legendary Katz’s Delicatessen.

Katz Deli, Lower East Side, New York City

Katz Deli: the place Meg Ryan faked an orgasm in When Harry Met Sally

Day 2: Midtown

Go to New York City’s prime vacationer points of interest

It’s time to tick off some NYC icons:

  • Grand Central Terminal – yeah, you won’t have a practice to catch, nevertheless it’s nonetheless value a stroll by way of this grand ol’ dame.

Grand Central Station, New York City

  • Chrysler Constructing – you’ll be able to’t go any greater than floor degree of this historic skyscraper, however the Artwork Deco foyer continues to be a deal with.
  • Museum of Trendy Artwork (MoMA) – with 150,000 works of recent and modern artwork – and names like Van Gogh, Picasso and Warhol – MoMA’s assortment is simply ridiculous. 
  • Occasions Sq. – the hyperactive coronary heart of New York City. This luminous intersection needs to be seen to be believed. The electrical energy invoice will make your eyes water.

Watch the sundown from Prime of the Rock

My tip: Empire State Constructing throughout the day, Prime of the Rock at night time, or vice-versa. Should you’re solely going to do one, make it the Rockefeller Plaza’s statement deck as a result of the New York City skyline isn’t actually the New York City skyline with out the Empire State Constructing piercing the clouds. It’s like admiring the Paris skyline from the Eiffel Tower, not the similar.

Subsequent tip: if you wish to watch the sundown from Prime of the Rock (i.e. hit the jackpot), pre-purchase tickets. In any other case, you’ve obtained no probability. When you’re shopping for tickets on the day, there’s a several-hour delay. For instance, we arrived at 6pm, got tickets for 8:45pm after which it took 45 minutes to get via safety, so weren’t on the platform till 9:30pm.

Ultimate tip: when you arrive at the 70th flooring, head straight on as much as the third viewing deck, which has no finger-print smeared glass and subsequently is best for pictures.

Top of the Rock Observatory, New York City

Day three: Higher East Aspect

Be amazed by The Metropolitan Museum of Artwork (The Met)

Put together to be completely overwhelmed, as a result of The Met, my golly, is one thing else. You might spend a whole yr getting misplaced amongst this sprawling museum. It’s crammed to the rafters with the whole lot from well-known European work to armoury, antiques, Egyptian artwork and completely all the things in between.

Don’t depart with out taking the elevator to the rooftop bar. The Met’s sky backyard provides a reasonably unimaginable view of Central Park and New York City, in addition to sundown drinks and snacks.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Met, New York City

Didn’t spot Blair Waldorf on the steps of The Met

… and wowed by the Guggenheim Museum

Proceed alongside NYC’s Museum Mile, and make for the museum that’s a sculptural murals itself. Stroll the spiral ramp of the Guggenheim Museum and admire rotating trendy artwork exhibitions. Be warned, the queue may be fairly savage.

Guggenheim Museum, New York City

Day four: Central Park

Really feel the hayfever burn in Central Park

The lungs of New York City. We spent a very good six hours getting misplaced in Central Park and it was superb. Beginning at the north-west nook, zig-zag your means south, taking in the Conservatory Backyard, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, Belvedere Fort, Bethesda Fountain, Strawberry Fields and Central Park Zoo.

In fact, you have to be all Ryan Gosling/Rachel McAdams, and rent a rowboat from The Loeb Boathouse ($15 for an hour – money solely) and get out on The Lake.

Central Park, New York City

Dinner someplace scrumptious

New York is a backyard of culinary delights, with precise a lot selection with regards to unimaginable restaurant experiences. A go to to New York City isn’t full with out no less than one swanky meal.

We selected Buddakan in the Meatpacking District and didn’t look again, having a few of the greatest dumplings, fried rice and pork buns of our lives. The opulent Chinese language restaurant can also be the place Carrie and Huge held their rehearsal dinner in the first Intercourse and the City film – gotta love NYC.

Dim sum, Buddakan, New York City

Buddakan’s dumpling boats – so good!

Day 5: Decrease Manhattan and Monetary District

Take a Statue of Liberty Categorical Cruise

In fact, you need to see the statue of Liberty as a result of, nicely, it’s your job as a first-time customer to New York City. Though, Jude and I couldn’t be arsed spending an entire day coping with the strains and crowds of Liberty Island itself, so went with the lazy choice – a Statue of Liberty cruise.

Departing from Pier 16, the one-hour cruise will get you up shut and fairly private with Woman Liberty. Plus, you additionally get to scoot beneath the Brooklyn Bridge, see the skyscrapers of Downtown NYC (together with the One World Commerce Middle) and expertise New York Harbour in the course of – so environment friendly.

Statue of Liberty harbour cruise, New York City

She one very fashionable woman!

Nationwide September 11 Memorial & Museum

Jude was hesitant about visiting the 9/11 memorial and museum, feeling it too morbid and crass. But, I don’t assume you possibly can go to New York with out visiting the museum, given 9/11 is such a big second in the metropolis’s historical past.

And, the Nationwide September 11 Memorial & Museum does a radical job of documenting the day’s occasions and offering a glimpse into the private experiences of loss.

We’re each glad we went and wished we had extra time there (two hours wasn’t sufficient). Simply don’t plan a lot afterwards, as you’ll be in a reflective temper.

World Trade Centre September 11 Memorial and Museum, New York City

Day 6: Brooklyn and Williamsburg 

Stroll throughout Brooklyn Bridge

Time to get out of Manhattan. It takes about 30 minutes to stroll throughout the Gothic Revival masterpiece that’s Brooklyn Bridge, and ideally you need to forgo sleep and time this for dawn.

Brooklyn Bridge, New York City, travel itinerary

Spend a while in Brooklyn

New York’s most populous borough, Brooklyn is a hive of creativity and consuming. It’s additionally big – you want a strong plan of assault. We principally mooched round Brooklyn Bridge Park, admiring some cracking views of the Manhattan skyline. Then naturally went to taste-test NYC’s well-known Grimaldi’s pizza.

Grimaldis Pizza, Brooklyn, New York City

Should you didn’t have Grimaldi’s pizza did you even go to Brooklyn?

Manhattan skyline, New York City

Take a look at Williamsburg

Brooklyn’s hipster-chic neighbour is filled with fashionable espresso jaunts, vegan cafes, classic outlets, road artwork and simply an general arty really feel. It’s additionally an amazing place for a beverage. The issue is simply deciding the place: Maison Premiere (for cocktails and oysters), The Ides Bar (a rooftop bar with elaborate cocktails and metropolis views) or Honey’s (the tasting room and cocktail bar for Enlightenment Wines – NYC’s first meadery).

Street art, Williamsburg, New York City 

Day 7: SoHo, Chinatown and the Flatiron District

A stroll via SoHo and Chinatown

A brand new day, a brand new neighbourhood. This time the mission at hand is to discover the contrasting crowded streets of Chinatown and the polished cobblestone thoroughfares of SoHo, with Little Italy tucked someplace in the center. In fact, when in SoHo, you’re gonna wanna comply with in the well-heeled footsteps of Carrie Bradshaw, with a few of New York City’s greatest purchasing discovered in this elegant neighbourhood. You’re additionally gonna wanna hope you introduced an additional suitcase.

Things to do in New York City

Lunch at Eataly

Italian is my favorite delicacies, so the prospect of Eataly and its Italian food-filled market, six Italian eating places and rooftop beer backyard (Birreria) had me past excited. That pleasure reached some fairly embarrassing ranges once I found at certainly one of the eating places a 10-course tasting menu of pasta, with wine pairings, for $50pp. Shut up!

The primary three programs, I used to be fairly proud of life, fairly proud of my ravioli, cacio e pepe, agnolotti and matching wines. By course 4, I realised I used to be in America and People don’t do meals parts for the weak. By course six, I wasn’t having enjoyable anymore and by course eight, we’d tapped out.

Lesson learnt: by no means do a meals problem in America and assume you’ll be able to win. Regardless of nonetheless feeling a bit sick at the considered it, Eataly was one among my favorite New York experiences.

Pasta lunch, Eataly, Flatiron District, New York City

Day 8: Greenwich Village, Chelsea and the Meatpacking District

Final day in New York City and, apart from consuming as many scorching canine and bagels as you possibly can, there’s a couple of last issues to tick off:

  • Chelsea Market – decide up lunch from this 800-foot-long city meals courtroom that housed inside a really cute historic constructing (the Nationwide Biscuit Firm manufacturing unit – the place the Oreo was invented).
  • The Excessive Line – everyone knows the story: disused elevated practice tracks transformed right into a two-kilometre park in the sky. The Excessive Line is definitely widespread. Attempt to jag a park bench to take pleasure in your haul from Chelsea Market.

The High Line, New York City

  • Washington Sq. Park – yet one more NYC inexperienced area to see. This one has outside chess, buskers, hearth twirling road performers and a grand white arch.
  • Murrays Cheese Bar – I fairly recognize a cheese and wine flight, so in fact I discovered a spot in New York City that does a very good pairing. Murray’s Cheese is one in every of New York City’s greatest cheese outlets – the cheese bar is a number of doorways down.
Murray's Cheese Bar, Greenich Village, New York City

A cheese and wine pairing not for the weak

Gosh! What a jam-packed eight days and we didn’t even get to a baseball recreation, Broadway present or basketball recreation. Subsequent time – as a result of, in fact, there will probably be a subsequent time.

In the meantime, the subsequent metropolis on our US journey tour is San Francisco.

Manhattan Bridge, New York City

This one’s Manhattan Bridge

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