I’m so excited to share with you an expert’s opinion on the best things to do in NYC. Due to the popularity of my Boston Bucket List, I asked my blogging friend Mary in Manhattan to share with us a NYC Bucket List! You’ll remember when Mary and I teamed up on the NYC Girls Getaway Guide, and now she’s sharing fifty things you absolutely must do in NYC. Read on for Mary in Manhattan’s NYC Bucket List!
New York City is basically its own country. There are cities within this city! My heart aglow with adventure, every weekend I go out and explore a new neighborhood, try delicious (and sometimes weird) foods and meet eccentric, fabulous people. Here is the ultimate New York City Bucket list – how many have you conquered?
1. See a broadway show for cheap.
2. Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge.
3. Climb the Belvedere Castle in Central Park – like Brittany did during her NYC trip!
4. Meet a friend for a true New York City brunch (with many mimosas).
5. See the 9/11 memorial, 9/11 museum and One World Observatory.
6. Grab a pint at Stone Street – a mini-Ireland within Manhattan.
7. Try a fancy cocktail at a hidden speakeasy like the Up & Up or the Back Room.
8. Snap a photo at the famous, ever-changing Bowery mural.
9. Walk the entire High Line.
10. People-watch in Union Square, or at any local park or cafe, really…
11. Head to expensive museums during their free hours.
12. Take the classic picture with the Charging Bull statue near the New York Stock Exchange.
13. Eat the best Asian food in New York City in Flushing, Queens.
14. Get stuffed on a bagel with lox at Russ & Daughters’ famous Lower East Side location.
15. Go dancing all night in a cave at Los Feliz.
16. Visit the King’s County distillery in Brooklyn.
17. Taste all the hot sauces you can at Heatonist in Williamsburg.
18. Nosh on the best cookie in the world at Levain cookies. Yeah, long line, but SO WORTH IT.
19. Get late night $1 pizza in the West Village.
20. Take a nap under the trees at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx.
21. Take a cooking class at Brooklyn Kitchen. Learn practical cooking techniques, meet new friends and FEAST.
22. See how your ancestors lived at the Tenement Museum.
23. Get a sense of the REAL Little Italy in the Bronx on Arthur Ave.
24. Frolic through the Cloisters in Upper Manhattan, then walk through the adjacent park for Hudson River views.
25. Do the Harlem Shake AT Harlem Shake. It’s the coolest retro burger joint in town.
26. Dance all night at Belle Reve in TriBeCa.
27. Celebrity-spot on Central Park South.
28. Indulge on dim sum in Chinatown – Jing Fong is where it’s at.
29. Get up at 6:00 a.m. to watch the TODAY Show in Rockefeller Plaza.
30. Tour the U.N. Headquarters.
31. Eat one of the largest pastrami sandwiches you’ve ever seen at Artie’s or another true NYC Jewish deli.
32. Locate the tiniest museum in the world.
33. Take the overhead tram to Roosevelt Island for adrenaline-inducing views.
34. Find the Little Red Lighthouse under the George Washington Bridge.
35. Volunteer for a few hours to give back – the Arts at Henson Parks nonprofit is a fun way to help children hone their creativity!
36. Find the gourmet donuts in the car wash on the West Side Highway.
37. Do some serious boutique shopping in the West Village or Lower East Side. Do your mainstream shopping on 5th ave.
38. See some really avant garde art at the MoMA PS1 on Long Island City. Be sure to hit up the rooftop for great views of Manhattan.
39. Go grafitti-hopping on the Lower East Side.
40. Grab a drink outdoors at the Boat Basin – near the Hudson River on 79th street.
41. Explore a true historic gem – the Museum at Eldridge Street on the Lower East Side.
42. Grab a pair of tickets to the Comedy Cellar – there’s always a great lineup of comedians, and sometimes the likes of Louis C.K. or Chris Rock show up unannounced.
43. Instagram a crazy-looking dessert just for kicks. The line at Black Tap may be too long, but the Amorino gelato rose won’t disappoint.
44. Grab a drink at historical bars like the Stonewall Inn or McSorley’s Old Ale House.
45. Shoot some pool at Fat Cat. The jazz bar has live music and games almost every night.
46. Try my favorite dish in Manhattan; Grilled Nueske’s Bacon with peanut butter and jalapeno jelly at Quality Eats.
47. Bring the parents to a fancy steakhouse – Bill’s in Midtown is out of this world.
48. See a game at Madison Square Garden or the Barclay’s Center.
49. Hamilton fans, head to the Hamilton Grange in Harlem – where Alexander himself lived.
50. See one of the first-ever skyscrapers; the Flatiron Building.
Guest post written by, and photographs courtesy of, Mary in Manhattan.
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