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  • Dalit Gliksman

New York City Boy

Updated: Sep 21, 2019

The capital of shopping, fine dining and one-dollar-pizza. This travel guide was planned so you could visit in every neighborhood and it's highlights, without spending too much time traveling from one edge of the city to another.

My two favorite seasons are defiantly the Fall; early October before Halloween and Thanksgiving, the city stars to wear the holidays' decoration. And the early signs of fall appears on top of the trees. And the Spring; late May when the weather gets warm and everything blooms. If you are a summer type of person, travel during June-September (avoid mid- September when the U.N. Annual General Assembly takes place and the city is sold-out)

Fall in New York

The High Line, Chelsea Market, Whitney Museum, The Standard Hotel rooftop; Walk the old train tracks of Manhattan, starts at 34th street &11th ave (take the 7 train). Eat lunch at Chelsea Market, Visit the amazing Whitney Museum of Modern Art (Pay-as-you-wish every Friday 19:00-21:30 ) and grab a drink on top of the stunning Standard Hotel.

Brooklyn Bridge and Grimaldi’s Pizza; cross Brooklyn Bridge, start at City Hall station and later eat at Grimaldi’s Pizza, enjoy Dumbo area.

Brooklyn Bridge

South Ferry, Statue of Liberty, Wall Street and 9/11 Memorial; Take the 1 train downtown to the south ferry station, walk through Battery Park and take the ferry to Staten Island (free during the weekends) see the Statue of Liberty. Later visit Wall Street and the 9/11 Memorial and the 9/11 museum.

Williamsburg and Bushwick, Brooklyn; Take the L train to Bedford station, walk the streets of Williamsburg to Smorgasburg's food market (Saturday at East River state park, Sunday at Prospect Park). Visit second-hand shops; Monk or Junk. Try Odd Fellow Ice Cream, Visit Mast Brothers Chocolate Factory. Recommended Bars and Restaurants; Juliette, Radegast Hall & Biergarten, Five Leaves Burger, Antica Pesa, Cafe Colette, Lillia.

Take the subway to Bushwhack neighborhood and join graffiti tour (FREE-BY-FOOT) eat the best pizza ever at Roberta’s Pizza (Morgan station)

SOHO and The West Village; Soho area is best for shopping. Try Chobani yogurt, Sadelle’s Bagel with lax for brunch, Cafe Havana is well known for their corn on a cob and Mexican style food. keep walking toward the west village and visit Murry’s cheese shop, eat some more and enjoy the narrow streets of the village

Brunch at Sadelle's, Soho

Shopping Day at Woodbury outlet; The best outlet in New York is definitely Woodbury. Search for a bus coupon or rent a car and visit Bear Mt. for a short hike and view of the Hudson River, Or visit the Storm King art center (both located near the outlet)

MOMA museum and The Fifth Ave; Visit the Moma museum (pay-as-you-wish every Friday 16:00-20:00) one of my favorite museum in the city. Later walk through an Urban Water Fall at Paley Park and grab a snack. Keep walking towards Rockefeller center and shop along the fifth ave. Keep walking south to Flat Iron building and Eatly market for lunch/Dinner.

FlatIron Building

Cooper Hewitt Museum and Central Park; Bike Central park and stop for an afternoon picnic, later visit Cooper Hewitt museum of design (pay-as-you-wish Saturday 18:00-21:00)

Mexican night at Pulquria, China Town

China Town and The Lower East Side; touristic but worth a visit, China town has a lot to offer.

Eat the famous Japanese ice cream - Taiyaki, and you must try the best cheesecake you'll ever taste at Keki.

Pulqueria is a must try fun Mexican spot for the evening. Try some Chinese cuisine or just snack some dumplings at Venessa’s Dumpling House. Don't Miss - the Museum at Eldridge Street, the first eastern European synagogue from 1887(closed on Saturday). Later walk towards lower east side, Delaney and Essex streets for shopping and some more food, try famous Katz’s Deli Pastrami sandwich, Beauty & Essex, Black Tree.

The Museum at Eldrige Street, China Town

Keki Japanese cheesecake, soft as a cloud

Winter time (and year round); visit Bryant Park for ice skating and hot chocolate. Don't miss the Public Library of New York next to it.

One day trip outside of NYC

Philadelphia; only two hours from the city, take a guided tour in the street of Phili, taste the famous Philli cheesesteak sandwich. Visit the Amish market and secret Elfreth's Alley street.

Amish Town, Lancaster

Bear Mountian, Upstate New York; Storm King Art Center and Woodbury outlet

Cold Springs; Breakneck Ridge trail

Minnewaska Lake

Fire Island - summer time

My Favorite Broadway Show’s; try your luck and sign up for Broadway's direct lottery for Lion King, Aladin, Book of Mormon, Wicked and many more. (don't forget to check your email when results are published, unless you'll miss your winning ticket).

Hamilton Lottery is almost impossible to win, and still very expensive but probably worth it.

Off-Broadway show’s; The curious incident of the dog in the midnight time, Fish in the dark, sleep no more, Shakespeare in the park (free during the summer, get tickets in advance)

Spring in New York

Rooftop Bars (May - October )

Park south (28th & Park)

Ink48 ( 48th & 11th ) for New York's best skyline view, cross the street to eat at Cantina Rooftop

Rare View rooftop (37th &Lexington)


Employees Only (if you’re lucky, try the late night menu from midnight)

The Wren

City Vineyard

Jazz Clubs

Red Rooster Harlem -(Ginny’s Supper Club) good southern food

SMOKE - upper west side

Village Vanguard - west village

More Restaurants:

Nur - Lebanese by Meir Adoni

Jin Ramen- Japanese

Ruby’s Cafe -American & Italian

Sushi Yasuda - for Japanese sushi experience. Try their lunch prix menu for $30 and book in advance MUST TRY

RedFarm - for the best dumplings, Asian - MUST TRY

Rosemary’s - Italian

Awadh - Indian

Aria - Italian wine bar

Dos Caminos- Mexican

Cafe Frida - Mexica

Mari Vanna - Russian

Cyclades - Greek

Via del pace - Italian

L'Artusi - for the BEST Italian food in New York City! If you can't manage to book a reservation, get there by 18:00 to seat on the bar (it's a first-come-first-serve)

Grand Banks

Coffee shop and bakeries for a daily snack;

Maison Keyzer

La Pain Quotidien

Pret a Manger

Breads Bakery

Famous Desserts

Levain Bakery for the most famous chocolate chips cookie (74th & Amsterdam)

Banana pudding at Magnolia Bakery

Steve's Key Lime Pie Brooklyn - advanced (only if you've got time, check for opening hours, combine with a tour at Red Hook area (arrive by ferry from pier 11 Wall Street)

My favorite stores



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Urban Outfitters


Made well

Lulu lemon

Rag & Bone

Furniture and design


West Elm

Crate and Barrel

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