WHERE YOU SHOULD VISIT
Neighborhood: Chelsea/Meatpacking District
Visit this indoor market with clothing, nifty gifts, books and (lots) of food shopping! Choose from wine bars, dessert bars, cheese bars and so much more!
Food Recommendation (s): Try the Australian Meat Pies, crepes and gelato
Tips: Bring cash- most places only accept cash, but there are several ATM's available. Try to go during the week because it gets very crowded on the weekends.
The High Line
Neighborhood: Meatpacking District, Chelsea, Hell's Kitchen
Walk along the west side of the city above the sidewalks in this above ground park. The High Line spans from The Whitney Museum of American Art and stretches uptown to 34th Street. See the gorgeous views of the Hudson River, the lovely New York architecture, outdoor movies during the summer and street art.
Tips: It get crowded when the weather is nice and there aren't many exits to get down to street level.
Neighborhood: Little Italy
Taste the fine foods of Italy! Eat at all the pasta, pizza and fine Italian restaurants and see what New York Italians offer the world! If you're looking for the perfect Christmas ornament, visit It's Always Christmas In New York! Watch for the creative street art in places you'd never expect them.
Food Recommendation(s): Try the locally owned restaurants-you usually get better service and more authentic meals. Visit Rice to Riches for the best (and most variety of) rice pudding. Make sure to stop at any Italian Bakery--they are all so amazing and wonderfully delicious!
Tips: Skip the long lines at Lombardi's Pizzeria and go somewhere less touristy.
See this iconic building settled next to Madison Square Park. Walk around this beautiful area, a little less hectic than Midtown.
Food Recommendation(s): Shake Shack (located in Madison Square Park), Eataly (indoor market and grocery store of everything Italian)
Tips: There are several shops and restaurants up and down 5th Ave and Park Ave, great views of other New York classics like the Empire State Building, Shake Shack will be busy and it's an outdoor location. There's a Nutella cafe inside Eataly and the crepes are amazing!
Grand Central Station
Neighborhood: Midtown East
Take in the gorgousness that is Grand Central Station. I could probably spend an entire day here just looking at the beautifully painted ceiling, the sounds of commuters rushing to catch their train and the excitement of loved ones finally seeing each other. It's a wonderful area to walk around and see Bryant Park, the Chrysler Building and much more!
Food Recommendation(s): Campbell Apartment, secretly located inside Grand Central, is a great place for delicious flavored cocktails and romantic atmosphere
There is so much to do around Rockefeller Plaza! You can see the Today Show, watch the skaters at the ice rink, shop around 5th Ave, roam around the restaurants and shops below 30 Rock Plaza, or go to the Top of the Rock!
Tips: If you're planning on going to the Top of the Rock, you MUST buy tickets in advance! If you want to be at the top at a specific time, plan on getting tickets 45 minutes earlier than that time slot to allow yourself to get through security and travel to the top.
Neighborhood: Between Upper West Side and Upper East Side
There's so much to see and do in Central Park! Aside from the beautiful views just walking around the park, you can ride Citi Bikes, visit the Central Park Zoo, visit museums like the MET, the Natural History Museum and the Guggenheim, take a carriage ride and more!
Tips: Most museums like the MET and the Natural History Museum have "recommended" admissions prices, but the museums are actually free. They request some kind of donation to get into the museum even if it's just $1.
Most places on my NYC Bucket List are dessert places, so make sure to continuously check as I hope to update the list. Some places are a bit touristy so be prepared to wait a little while, but trust me, it's totally worth it!
Ladurée Soho- French pastries and tea house
Levain Bakery- desserts and coffee- an absolute MUST! Seriously the most delicious, warm, chewy and amazing cookies you will ever have!
Crumbs- HUGE cupcakes for $3! What more could you want?!
Serendipity 3- American restaurant and delicious frozen hot chocolate
10Below Ice Cream- Thai ice cream style rolls
Nutella Cafe- literally a dream come true with crepes, gelato, cappuccinos and coffees