I figure I can’t preach experiences and memories without sharing a few of my own, so here’s my list of very favorite things to do in New York! (Most of them will be food related and you’ll leave this page hungry, you’ve been warned).
Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge in the late afternoon and stop for fruit blended lemonade in Dumbo at Lizzmonade.
Head to Bryant Park and explore. Stop for lunch or a snack at one of the small stands, I like the Macarons over by the library.
Starting near Penn Station, walk down the Highline to near Chelsea Market. If it’s warm, take off your shoes and wander through the water around 16th street. Maybe sit and watch the sunset or read a book on one of those giant wooden chairs.
When you get to Chelsea Market, go into Anthropologie because it’s one of the best locations in the city, and who can resist their clothes? Then go to the Fat Witch bakery and get a brownie. They’re ridiculously good.
Go to the Met and head to the Period Rooms. My favorites are the French and Roman rooms, but bring this list and decide your favorites for yourself.
Take the subway all the way up to Fort Tryon Park and wander. The gardens there are amazing, the view of the Hudson is incredible, and the Cloisters aren’t too bad either. (Kidding, they’re awesome).
If you like Chinese food, go down to Chinatown and walk to Pell Street. Go to Joe’s Shanghai for dinner, but arrive early if you’re there on a weekend – if there’s a line, wait in it anyway. You’ll end up sharing a table with strangers and it’s a noisy, slightly weird place, but get their soup dumplings and sesame chicken, you’ll thank me later.
Go up to Grand Central Terminal, especially on a rainy day. I know, it’s odd, but it’s one of my favorite places in NYC. The building is breathtakingly beautiful and the market-shops combo is fun with friends or when trying to avoid bad weather.