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Where to Stay
The Redbury New York: This hotel is in the heart of NoMad and is located on 29th Street between Park and Madison. This hotel has character, which I love, and a great restaurant on the bottom floor called Marta. It’s one block from the 28th Street Metro which runs the 6 line, three blocks from Madison Square Park, and a seven-minute walk to the Empire State Building.
The Chelsea Inn: This is small, boutique-type hotel in the heart of Chelsea. The rooms are small and some rooms have a shared bathroom, so be sure to read the descriptions before booking. With that being said, it’s super affordable. If small rooms aren’t your thing or you are expecting five-star treatment, this hotel is not for you. If you don’t plan on spending a lot of time in your room and don’t mind a small, quant room to lay your head down at night, then this is a good choice.
The Hudson Hotel: This is another budget friendly, boutique hotel centrally located near Columbus Circle. The hotel features a beer hall and burger restaurant that has nightly entertainment and a rooftop bar called Sky Terrace (open seasonally).
1 Hotel Central Park: Located on 58th Street between 5th and 6th, one block from Central Park South, this hotel is stunning. It is a five-star hotel, so expect to pay the price that comes along with it, but if you are looking for luxury, this is it. The outside of the building is covered in Ivy and is jaw dropping. The hotel has a very rustic feel to it, which I love, but is very chic at the same time. There are also several subway stations nearby that allow for easy access to the rest of the city.
Where to Eat
Marta – This is an Italian restaurant located on the bottom floor of the Redbury New York. It has really good, thin crust pizza cooked in a wood-burning oven.
Souvlaki GR – If you’re craving some authentic Greek cuisine then definitely check out Souvlaki GR. Once inside, you won’t know if you’re in Mykonos or NYC.
Mighty Quinn’s BBQ – If you’re in the mood for some BBQ, Mighty Quinn’s has you covered. Order the Dirty Frites and thank me later. You won’t regret it.
Joe’s Pizza – Located in the West Village, it’s been open since 1975 and for good reason. It’s a no-frills pizzeria that is open late for all you night-owls out there.
Veselka – Amazing Ukrainian food and even better pierogies. Do yourself a favor and check it out.
What to Do
Central Park: There is just something about Central Park. I prefer to explore it on a bike (you can cover more ground that way), but taking a nice stroll is also a great idea. It’s also pretty amazing how in the heart of Central Park, you don’t hear one car in a city with millions of people.
Brooklyn Bridge: I have been to NYC multiple times, and my most recent trip is the first time I have ever actually walked across Brooklyn Bridge. Let’s be honest – it’s a tourist spot, and I don’t particularly love tourist spots. BUT, I do love a good view and there is no shortage of good views from the Brooklyn Bridge.
Battery Park: I love Battery Park because I love the squirrels that will come right up to you and let you pet them. Yes, I am a weirdo, but I love animals. The park also has a decent view of the Statue of Liberty on a clear day, but lets be real, I only go there for the squirrels.
Trinity Church: Located in the Financial District, I visit this church every time I come to NYC. It’s beautiful. Walking the grounds around the church is my favorite part and it’s so cool to see all the history.
Top of the Rock: Seriously, the best views of the city can be seen from here. I suggest everyone go if for no other reason than to just take in the views. You can buy tickets online and I would suggest getting them a few weeks in advance. Oh, and go early! Less people.
There are also a ton of free things to do in New York City. So, click that link right there to the left and check those out!
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