New York City, also known as the city that never sleeps isn’t short of restaurants, bars and attractions for out of town visitors. Whether you’re planning a weekend getaway with your partner, visiting with family or taking a break with friends in the big apple, it can get a little confusing when you’re looking for the best things to do in Manhattan.
Traveling in New York can be a difficult, especially if you don’t know where to go. That’s why we’ve put together a comprehensive list of things to do in Manhattan so know exactly where to go for the must-see attractions in New York.
Empire State Building
The famous building that’s been featured in famous movies like Sleepless in Seattle, King Kong and Affair to Remember. Get an amazing 360-degree view of the city from the Empire State Building’s 86th-floor observation deck.
The Empire State Building has late night opening hours and stays open until 2 am, 365 days a year. That should give you plenty of time to squeeze one of the best views in the city into your itinerary.
Broadway and 42nd Street
You can find plenty of Broadway theatres surrounding Times Square. There, you’ll find some of the most phenomenal shows to ever grace the theatre, from stage debuts with Hollywood stars to big-budget musical shows.
Make sure you purchase advance tickets for the major shows to ensure that you get a seat. Times Square does have booths where you can buy tickets for same-day events. Check out TKTS booths to score yourself some discounted tickets for your family and friends when visiting in NYC.
Walk the High Line
The High Line is one of those Manhattan spectacles that you need to do, just to say you’ve experienced it. It’s a long pathway that has many attractions such as art installations and amazing views of Manhattan.
The High Line runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meat Packing District all the way to West 34th Street and spans 2.3 km long.
You can access the High Line via elevator and various stairways at numerous points between 14th Street and 30th Street. To view all of the access points, go here.
Go uptown – way uptown
There are plenty of sights, sounds and tastes to indulge while venturing in the upper half of Manhattan. Head up to Harlem Burger on the west side for a classic burger and then to a jazz show at Minton’s.
Don’t miss – The Crown
The Crown is a rooftop bar that’s located on the 21st floor of Chinatown’s 50 Bowery hotel. Here you’ll find breathtaking views of the Empire State Building, Manhattan Bridge and Freedom Tower. Enjoy great views with some casual drinks on your visit to NYC with family or friends.
Sip cocktails at a hidden bar
There are hidden bars all across Manhattan but you probably won’t have heard of them because — they’re hidden. If you want to be kept in the loop and hang out with the cool kids, gain access to the secret bar called PDT, short for Please Don’t Tell. You can get into PDT via a phone booth inside Crif Dogs and once inside, you’ll find craft cocktails and plenty of greasy food.
Staten Island Ferry
You can board the infamous Staten Island ferry from Whitehall Terminal for the bargain price of — absolutely free. You can enjoy sites like Lady Liberty and One World Trade for absolutely free. We recommend going in the warmer months as it can get a bit chilly over the water.
Explore Grand Central Station
Finding transport in NYC can be a stressful task, especially if you’re an early morning commuter. Grand Central Station in Midtown is a spectacle to only be witnessed in person and It’s far less stressful when you’re there to enjoy the architectural wonders, instead of hopping onto your morning commuter train. Check out the famous Grand Central Oyster Bar for the highly-rated oyster pan roast.
As one of the most popular tourist attractions in Manhattan, Chelsea Market boasts a famous food hall that’s great for couples and families to grab a bite. Whether you’re in the mood for Mexican from Los Tacos No.1 or Korean food from Mŏkbar, there’s good food for everyone.
Drink on the Hudson
You’ll be able to appreciate the delights of Manhattan’s waterfront that overlooks the Hudson. There are plenty of bars and restaurants to dig into for casual drinks or a fresh spring salad when the sun is out to play.
Check out Pier 66 Maritime restaurant for drinks, appetizers, seafood and outdoor seating for a pleasant atmosphere and food with a view. During the warmer months, you’ll also find Grand Banks at Pier 25 — a floating bar with oysters and cocktails.