Ultimate New York City Travel Guide

Ultimate New York City Travel Guide

ultimate New York City travel guide

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New York City is a city like no other. The hustle and bustle, the lights, the buildings. Everything is on such a grand scale, so fast-paced, and I love it. I have been multiple times and it’s a city I could visit every year and never get tired of. From the Empire State Building to Central Park to the Financial District and everything in between, here is my ultimate New York City travel guide.

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Ultimate New York City Travel Guide

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.

Park Terrace Hotel

This hotel is in a great location. The 42nd Street – Bryant Park subway station is at the end of the block, but the hotel is also within walking to Rockefeller Center and Times Square (about 8 blocks), and obviously Bryant Park, since it’s right across the street. There is also a pretty amazing rooftop area with an incredible view of 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


Sadelle’s – The french toast is to die for. Get it and thank me later. The bagels are also delicious and you should definitely try one of those, too.

La Mercerie – The best croissants you’ll ever have in your life outside of France.


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.

Little Prince – This charming, Parisian inspired bistro located in SoHo is the perfect place to stop for lunch while out shopping. Try the Steak Frites and definitely order a cocktail. They have a fun little drink menu.

Misi – If you find yourself in Brooklyn, you’ll want to stop and have some great Italian food at Misi. Seriously, everything on the menu is amazing. Do yourself, and your stomach, a favor and just go.

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 also open late for all you night-owls out there.


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. 

Veselka – Amazing Ukrainian food and even better pierogies. Do yourself a favor and check it out.

What to Do

Bike Around 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.

Walk Across the 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.

Play with the Squirrels in 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.

Walk Around 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.

Enjoy the Views at Top of the Rock

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, which are perfect for the budget-conscious traveler!

Complete travel guide to New York City

Did you find this ultimate New York City travel guide helpful? What are some of your favorite places in New York City? Leave me a comment below!

Complete travel guide to New York City



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