Okay, okay this I promise is my last NYC post. I just thought that I would very quickly compile a post of places that I feel are must see’s and where to get some seriously good food. I’ve been to NYC twice, which obviously doesn’t make me some expert or local or something, but I do know what I feel we really enjoyed doing so here’s a little list of places that if you get a spare sec or so in the big apple, you must go visit!!
The Tourist Things
Okay so you’ve never been to NYC before and want to see all the sights? We’ve all been there and you must visit all the tourist stops at least one. It’s the law.
- Top Of The Rock: Going to the top of The Rockefeller Centre is one of my highlights from my two trips to NYC. It cost $30, you were straight up, no long queues and the views were insane! Also I’m very nervous about heights and I didn’t feel anxious up there at all! Go up there even just to get some good snaps for your Instagram.
- Bus Tours: If you’re going in Spring/Summer, I would recommend going on a bus tour. Yes it is full on tourist mode, but it’s a great way to see all the sights across the city. If some of them you just want to ‘see’ then you can from the comfort of the open top bus. We got 3 day passes from Gray Line which you can buy from ticket touts on the street (completely legit) we did the uptown/downtown tour and the night time route. You can also do tours round Brooklyn and The Bronx. It’s hop on and hop off so you can just get back on when you’re ready.
- Staten Island Ferry/Statue of Liberty: want to see the Statue of Liberty? But maybe a bit tight on funds? Well I have this option for ya, this ferry to Staten Island and back is completely free, yes you heard that right. It takes 20/30 mins both ways and takes you pretty darn close to the Statue of Liberty. You get great views, and it’s free. COMPLETELY FREE. Come on, if that’s not a good offer then I don’t know what is.
- Ground Zero: Go to see the memorials, take in just how huge the area is, and just stay a little while. It’s so peaceful and tranquil, but also so very sad as it brings it all home how awful 9/11 was.
- Times Square: You’ll either love or hate Times Square, it’s extremely busy, crowded and well bright. But you must visit at least once. It’s a lot smaller than I imagined it would be, I’d recommend going either late at night or first thing in the morning when it’s a little quieter.
- Central Park: If you’re feeling a little over whelmed by NYC, then get yourself down to Central Park for a couple of hours. Our favourite area was round by Strawberry Fields, there’s a lot of places to visit round there. If you enter the park by Strawberry fields, turn left, till you get to a grassy bit by the lake with a wooden hut thing, you’ll see some rocks, walk through the little lane by the wooden hut and you’ll find you can sit on the rocks. It’s a great place to chill and take in the atmosphere.
- Fifth Avenue: down here is a lot of iconic shops. Think Bloomingdales, Tiffany’s, Dylan’s Candy Store, The Apple Store, etc….
If You’re A Fan Of Gossip Girl:
If you;re obsessed with Blair Waldorf like I am, and are always looking out for a Chuck Bass. You have to visit all the iconic Gossip Girl scene locations.
- The Gossip Girl tour: the first time we visited NYC we did a Gossip Girl tour. We did this in 2012, so I imagine there are more locations now as the final season hadn’t even aired yet. We booked it before we went and I think it was about $30/40 each. We saw places like The Palace hotel (where Serena lived/where Serena and Dan met) Henri Bendel’s (where Blair bought her headbands) The buildings that were the school/nate’s house and Blair’s apartment block. Worth doing if you’re OBSSED with GG.
- The Met Steps: You have to go and sit on them and pretend you’re Blair. You have to.
- The Empire Hotel: Yes Chuck’s hotel is actually real, but unfortunately Chuck is not. They have capitalised on this and in the bar have a menu of Gossip Girl themed cocktails!
- Grand Central Station: You know that opening scene where Dan sees Serena come back in her tan biker jacket. Yep again a must see, even if you’re not a GG fan.
- The Bethesda Terrace : This is in Central Park and it’s where Blair and Chuck get married, I could’ve stayed here for hours!
Places To Eat:
- Breakfast: If you want that proper american breakfast experience, I’d recommend the Tick Tock Diner by Penn Station. Huge pancakes, milkshakes as big as your head… need I go on?
- Pizza: our favourite pizza place by far is New York Pizza Superma which is just opposite Maddison Square Garden, each pizza is about UK 3/4 slices big, and each slice is $3/5 which is a bargain. Honestly, best pizza we had out there and we tried a few places!
- Burgers: Shake Shack- I’d visit the one by Brooklyn Bridge Park, which you must go visit at sunset! It’s not as busy as the Shake Shack just off Times Square. Good burgers, and the cheese fries omg. But if you like your burger well done, make sure you ask for this as all burgers are medium.
- Mexican Fast Food: Chipotle: We didn’t find a Mexican restaurant for some reason, but one night we had take out burritos which were one of my food highlights from NYC. I know we have a few of these in the UK now, but I’d never been to one before, but if you like huge burritos then you probably like these. Next time in NYC, I want to find an actual Mexican Restaurant, so if you have any recommendations hit me up.
- Pasta: Joe’s at Little Italy was where we had lunch one day, and we had amazing pasta. It wasn’t too expensive either. Wahoo.
- Cheesecake: Want some authentic NYC cheesecake? Head to Eileen’s Cheesecakes in Soho, swear down best cheesecake I’ve ever had.
Shops You Have To Visit:
- Brandy Melville: Soho & Princes Street: Cool, basics shop, I found the perfect skater skirt here and I feel like my life is complete. Just be aware the sizing is a bit weird, most things are one size which basically means 6-10. I felt like my lack of boobs finally paid off for something.
- Victoria’s Secret & Pink: Cause you must visit. Grab some pants/pjs/body spray and you’ll always feel sassy when you wear them. The US prices are SO much cheaper than the UK prices, so stock up!
- Sephora: Obsessed with beauty? This will be your Disneyland. Pick up all the stuff we can’t get in the UK, watch as many Sephora Hauls as you can before you go and then get shopping!
- The US Drugstores: omg the make up in US drugstores is so much cooler than UK ones. There’s so much more choice, and whilst you’re there check out the sweets/snacks section. OMG.
- Dylan’s Candy Bar: You will literally be like a kid in a sweet shop. Omg.
Okay, I think that is everything. Phew. So there we have some NYC recommendations, if you’re going soon, I hope you have the BEST time.