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Checking into New York City? Here is a list of some of the places I was recommended to do and eat in New York City (through a friend who was interning there as well as friends of friends)! As the list is pretty long and I was only there for a few days, the bolded ones are those I actually got the chance to visit.

To Do

Attractions

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  • Times Square
  • Rockefeller Center $$
  • Chelsea Market & The High Line
  • 9/11 Memorial
  • Wall Street
  • Coney Island
  • Grand Central Station
  • New York Public Library

Live Entertainment

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  • Sleep No More – interactive show $$$$$+
  • Broadway musical $$$+

Museums

  • The Guggenheim $
  • MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) $
  • The Met (Metropolitan Museum of Art) $
  • Whitney Museum of American Art $

Parks

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  • Central Park – bike $+
  • Gantry State Plaza – beautiful unobstructed view of the skyline
  • DUMBO Park/Brooklyn Bridge Park
  • Washington Square Park
  • Battery Park
  • Four Freedoms Park

To Eat

Burgers/Cheap Eats (<$)

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  • Shake Shack – burgers & shakes
  • Unami Burger
  • Halal Guys

Pizza

  • Lombardi’s Pizza $+
  • Juliana’s $+
  • Grimaldi’s $+
  • Artichoke Basille’s Pizza <$

Breakfast/Brunch

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  • Boozy Brunch $$ – bottomless drinks
  • JAMS NYC $$$
  • The Smith $+
  • Black Seed Bagels $+

Other Western/Specialty Foods

  • Peter Luger Steak House $$$$
  • Kat’z Deli $ – deli meat sandwiches; cash only!
  • Russ & Daughters $ – lox sandwiches
  • The Grange Bar & Eatery $+ – locally sourced food & craft beers
  • Ellen’s Stardust Diner $+ – singing waiters

Eateries

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  • City Kitchen NYC $+
  • Hudson Eats (in Brookfield Place) $+ – Black Seed Bagel & Unami Burger are here
  • Chelsea Market
  • ABC Kitchen $$$ – locally & organically sourced (opened by Michelin star chef)
  • Eataly $+ – Italian marketplace

Asian

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  • Totto Ramen $+
  • Joe’s Shanghai $+ – dumplings; cash only!
  • Momoya $$+ – sushi
  • Sushi Nakazawa $$$$ – high end sushi (opened by Jiro’s apprentice)
  • Morimoto $$$$ – high end Japanese (opened by Iron Chef)
  • Golden Unicorn restaurant $+ – dimsum
  • Spice Market New York $$$ – southeast Asian; make a reservation

Coffee Shops

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  • Chalait $ – matcha
  • Blue Bottle $+ – cold brew

Rooftop Bars (best around 32-36th street)

  • The Press Lounge $$$
  • The Met
  • Standard Hotel $$$$ – group of girls is key to get in

Ice Cream/Desserts

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  • The Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory $ – cash only!
  • Big Gay Ice Cream Shop $
  • Dominique Ansel Kitchen $+ – frozen smore/ice cream
  • Wooly’s (in City Kitchen NYC) $ – shaved ice
  • Snowdays $ – shaved ice
  • Grace Street $$ – shaved ice/Korean desserts
  • Lady M $$ – cakes & crepes
  • Levain Bakery $ – cookies
  • Spot Dessert Bar $+
  • The Doughnut Plant $
  • Dough (in City Kitchen NYC) $ – doughnuts
  • Il Laboratio de Gelato $
  • Grom $ – gelato

See something that should be on the list? Visited one of these places and want to write about it? Have some more questions? Leave us a comment below!

Stone & Fern is a travel and lifestyle blog started by friends who have a passion for exploring cities, capturing moments, and trying new food. This is part of our Check In city guides series. To see more of North America, click here.

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