When it comes to things to do in NYC, you will be blown away by the amount on offer. The choice is staggering. You can eat pretty much any cuisine in the world, go clubbing with the in-crowd and absorb culture through every pore.
The rooftop bars and cafés here are fantastic, enjoy cocktails listening to jazz, or drink steaming cups of coffee while a poet recites new work. Shop for designer labels at the plethora of shops, or peruse Picassos and Gaugins at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Take a stroll over the illustrious Brooklyn Bridge, and browse for bargains at flea markets in Williamsburg. So get ready to take it all in with flights to New York.
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The ultimate guide to NYC’s rooftop bars
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Whether you’re in it for the killer cocktails or just want to drink in the city views, the experts at BarChick have the inside track on the city's best rooftop bars.
With over 20,000 cafés and restaurants in the five boroughs, you are sure to find something you want. From traditional pizzerias to upmarket eateries, New York caters to the full culinary spectrum. If you can think of a cuisine, then you will find it. Michelin-starred bistros, famous hot dog stands and gourmet steakhouses are competing for your attention on every corner.
New York nightlife
New York is famous for its nightlife, from live jazz clubs and comedy circuits to legendary music venues like the Apollo Theatre. Make your way to the Lower East Side for buzzing bars, or head to Meatpacking District for exclusive nightclubs. Don’t forget to venture over to Brooklyn, as this is the hippest place to be seen on nights out.
New York Shopping
In New York “shop ‘til you drop” takes on a whole new meaning. Visit flagship stores like Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s, find designer labels on Fifth Avenue and see stunning jewellery at iconic Tiffany & Co. Make the journey to Make the journey to the Meatpacking District and Soho for haute couture fashions. Or journey to Brooklyn for superb flea markets. You can even ask your hotel’s concierge about personal shoppers.
New York Culture & Museums
New York’s galleries are renowned around the world, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim being two of the best. MoMA and the Whitney are equally fascinating. But for something different, try the El Museo del Barrio, which hosts summer concerts. The Natural History Museum has to be seen to be believed, it is testament to New York’s prowess as a cultural city.
New York attractions
Manhattan’s awe-inspiring skyline is even better from above, so head to the observation decks of the Empire State Building and ‘Top of the Rock’. Tour the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, or ferry over to Governor Island. Babe Ruth’s home Yankee Stadium in the Bronx is a fun day out, and Central Park has everything you need in any season.
Secret New York
Stylish and sophisticated, New York is full of great bars and trendsetting night spots. The secret(ish) speakeasy PDT (Please Don’t Tell) is accessed through a hot dog restaurant’s faux-telephone booth. The Maison Premiere in Brooklyn serves absinthe and oysters, surprisingly a match made in heaven. And don’t miss out on a visit to The Dead Rabbit – an Irish bar par excellence.
Visit the Hamptons
If the New York streets are becoming a bit claustrophobic, then a trip to the Hamptons may be the remedy. In just one and a half hours, either by train or by car, you can be sat on sandy Ponquogue Beach supping a cold beer. The Hamptons is known for its surfing, hiking and fantastic seafood restaurants – especially the local clam chowder – perfect for a relaxing break away from the bustling city.
Experiences in New York
Book exciting New York experiences at the same time as your holiday
No visit to New York is complete without witnessing the awe-inspiring 360-degree panorama from the top of the Empire State Building. From 1,050-feet up on the Observatory of this iconic building, the vista will take your breath away. Gaze at the shimmering golds of New York at sunset and behold the spectacular sight of the illuminated city by night. Save your valuable holiday time and beat the queues by opting for a special Skip the Line Ticket or Express Pass.
For the most exhilarating way to see New York’s legendary landmarks, take to the skies on an unforgettable helicopter flight over the city. On this 15-minute flight, catch a glimpse of the Empire State Building and enjoy an incredible bird’s-eye view of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the humbling Memorial at Ground Zero. Enjoy a magnificent view of the world-famous Manhattan skyline and other essential sights during this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
For spectacular panoramic views of New York city, head to the ‘Top of the Rock’. From 70 stories up on the Observation Deck of the Rockefeller Plaza, the views are simply breathtaking. Legendary landmarks including the Chrysler Building, Times Square, Brooklyn Bridge and even the Empire State Building can all be seen from this superb vantage point. With a Rockefeller Center Tour Upgrade your ticket will include a guide to the rich history behind this cultural hub.
Create your own itinerary while on a hop-on hop-off tour of New York. See everything you want over Manhattan, Brooklyn and Harlem on this brilliant double-decker tour. Jump on the ferry to Liberty Island to see the iconic Statue of Liberty, then cruise round the harbour before heading back to Manhattan. Afterwards, see the city from above, with a choice of Rockefeller Center’s ‘Top of the Rock’ or Empire State Building admission. This is great way to see the city at your own pace.
Sip complimentary champagne while watching the sun set over the awe-inspiring Manhattan skyline on this relaxing one hour cruise. Gaze at the majestic Statue of Liberty and celebrated Brooklyn Bridge as you sail by gentle water taxi on the glistening waters of the East River. Enjoy a range of refreshments as you take in the unforgettable sight of New York’s twinkling skyline by nightfall. Suitable for all ages, the Statue of Liberty evening cruise is an experience not to be missed.
Don’t miss out on the best deal in the Big Apple – the New York CityPASS. Save time and money as you skip long ticket queues, including six of New York’s finest attractions. Your pass includes tickets to Empire State Building, Natural History Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art and a choice of tour options. The CityPASS is also packed with information about what you can do on your trip to NYC alongside opening times and transport links. You can save up to 39% on six admissions compared to booking separately.
See New York’s famous sights on this full-day tour, including travel by both bus and boat. Visit Times Square, Wall Street, the 9/11 Memorial before heading to the South Street Seaport. Then take a boat cruise around the Harbour, snap pictures of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, and journey under the Brooklyn Bridge. Then, back on dry land, continue uptown to Central Park and to the Upper West Side. This is a comprehensive tour of the streets and waterways of Manhattan, and should not be missed.
Take a trip to Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, a shopping plaza unlike any other in New York. With over 220 stores, including major brands and labels, and food hotspots, there is no better place for a day of low-price retail therapy. You can choose from a 4-hour or 8-hour tour, so you will not miss out on your favourite stores. Close by to the beautiful Harriman State Park and the Hudson River, this is a great location for shopping.
Fall in love with Central Park from the comfort of a rental bike – New York’s famous park has never been so easy to navigate. Pick up the bike at a convenient location, just two blocks away, and discover everything the area has to offer at your own pace. You can choose from 1-hour slots to two day rental options, it is simple way to explore the park. Be aware, the rentals regularly sell out weeks in advance during peak season, so book ahead to avoid disappointment.
Explore the site of the former World Trade Center and National 9/11 Memorial on this moving 1.5-hour walking tour. Learn about the acts of heroism on that fateful day on 11 September, 2001, and gain a better understanding of the events that rallied a nation. On the site, a guide with personal connection to the events at the World Trade Center shares memories with you, and pays tribute to those who lost their lives. Add on a ticket to the 9/11 Museum to see artefacts connected to that devastating day.