It’s almost summer in NYC, and travelers are flocking to the city! If you have friends coming, and you need a quick roundup of the top spots to check out, then look no further. From outdoor activities, to food and drinks, we’ve got the full round up for you.
To take in the views (and have a beer or two): Pier A in Battery City
This is a spot for some amazing views and is a fun vibe. There is live music some evenings and Pier A Harbor House is located nearby, where you can stop in for a drink and a snack while taking in the view.
A luxurious dinner: Buddakan
The space is one of the prettiest in NYC and the vibe is quintessential NYC. Just think Sex and the City and this is what you should be envisioning. Your friends will be enamored with the sounds, sights and flavors of this Meatpacking hotspot. Make sure you get the edamame dumplings, they will blow your mind. Your out of towner’s will think they are so cool!
To go sky high: One World Observatory
Simply the best view you can ask for in New York City. You can see everything from there! Amazing exhibit put together by the staff there, to go along with phenomenal restaurants inside as well.
Take to the seas: Staten Island Ferry
An iconic NYC experience, the The Staten Island Ferry is one of the last remaining vestiges of the system that transported people to and from Manhattan before bridges were built. Some of the best views of the city’s skyline are from the water!
To get those steps in: The High Line
It is a beautiful walk, perfect for taking pictures, and ends above Chelsea Market where you can replenish your energy with donuts, tacos and shopping.
For a sweet treat: Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory
Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge to the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory. The Bridge itself is a great staple and the Manhattan Skyline view from the ice cream factory is great for pictures! You can even take a quick cruise if you so choose.
For a not your average museum: The Cloisters
Skip the crowded MET 5th Avenue and head all the way up to the Bronx for this museum. The MET Cloisters has great views of the Hudson River, and offers exhibitions of the architecture and gardens of medieval Europe. Very Instagram-worthy, may we add.
For the best (non-touristy) slice: L’Industrie Pizza
Recently voted best pizza in New York for 2017, this spot is guaranteed to make you crave their slice for days! Located in South Williamsburg, this pizza spot serves up a mix of classic Italian slices with a Brooklyn twist. Make sure to order at least one red slice and one white slice to really taste the unique flavors.
Drink a cocktail back in time: Holiday Cocktail Lounge
Around since 1835, this East Village spot is a classic element to the neighborhood. With a long list of cocktails to try, make sure you spend a few hours sitting back and imagining what this bar used to be. It’s said to have been frequented by writers and poets, such as WH Auden and Leon Trotsky.