American author E.B. White once commented on this city of eight million residents: “New York provides not only a continuing excitation but also a spectacle that is continuing.”
And although he said that almost a century ago, his words remain valid. The city that never sleeps is constantly moving, even at 3 am, and although the city is constantly changing, the energy never really changes. Spend a day in Manhattan and walk another day through the heart of Brooklyn’s global hipsterism. There is no better time to explore this bustling metropolis.
New York City is not cheap. The Big Apple is regularly one of the most expensive cities in the world, and Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens together occupy three of the world’s five most expensive cities in the United States according to the Council for Community and Economic Research.
Things To Do in NYC
Here’s our ultimate guide to New York City on a weekend.
Walk the Streets of New York
New York is best discovered on foot. In this way, you can explore at your own pace, discover hidden treasures, buy a cup of coffee and a donut from the vendors around the corner and continue your journey. Getting around in New York becomes easier by being easy to navigate.
The Brooklyn Bridge has a pedestrian walkway and beautiful views of Manhattan. It can be seen in daylight, especially at night when the city lights are on. And watching the sunset over Manhattan on the Brooklyn bridge is just breathtaking.
New York City is known for amazing food. The city is a melting pot of cultures from around the world, so you can find any type of food you desire in New York. It’s also one of the largest and most popular cities in the United States and the world, so it attracts some of the greatest, renowned chefs.
Visit some of the most upscale restaurants in the country in New York, or search for a hole-in-the-wall place with great food. There are endless NYC food guides online to help you find the best food in the city. Tour companies even hold food tours that will take you to some of the city’s favorites.
If you’re looking for a specific type of cultural food, different neighborhoods are known for different foods. Little Italy has some of the best, authentic Italian food in the city. Chinatown is the perfect spot for Chinese food. Other great New York foodie neighborhoods may not be so obviously named, but you’re sure to find something great to eat.
If you’re in the city for a special event, make reservations that best fit your itinerary! Whether you’re looking for private dining in Midtown, NYC or a want quiet family dinner in Brooklyn, there are endless options to choose from.
Statue of Liberty
Although the Battery Park ferry line is long, you can avoid waiting too long if you arrive earlier. If you come too late then you may have to wait a few hours. The Statue of Liberty is spectacular to see up close (as big as you can imagine), but the highlight of this combination is Ellis Island, where you can get more information about the experience of immigrants and get an idea of the people who helped build New York. There is such a sense of history that you have to be impressed.
Brunch in New York City
New York City is the perfect place for an early afternoon. Brunch has grown in popularity, especially in New York, so for the total package New York City weekend, be sure to make brunch reservations! Most popular brunch spots will be full of eager customers, and many may have a long wait time. Try to get to brunch early, or make reservations in advance.
Spend your late morning and early afternoon feasting on the city’s best brunch foods. Kick back with a mimosa or bloody Mary, and enjoy brunch classics like eggs benedict, pancakes, and much more! In such a diverse city, there are varied types of brunch to enjoy, whether you’re looking for a classic brunch or a more unique experience.
Shop til You Drop
No weekend in New York is complete without at least a little shopping. Every New York-based brand has at least one fantastic Manhattan flagship store, like Tory Burch and Ralph Lauren on Madison Avenue or Tommy Hilfiger on Fifth Avenue.
But department stores not only have great shopping concepts in the city, there are also many small brands and great shops to discover. I especially like Greenwich Village, Soho, and the Meatpacking District for shopping in a more relaxed environment. If you like beauty products and just want to try new products, be sure to visit the first Birchbox concept store in Soho and design your personalized beauty box.
Where to Drink in NYC
Every night of the week, New York Magazine gives an excellent account of where to drink in New York. Mandarin Oriental’s lobby lounge serves cocktails and offers beautiful views of Central Park.
It is not necessary to limit alcohol consumption at night; New Yorkers also like to drink a lot for brunch. Try a coffee with brunch in the Sons of Essex or get started early with mimosas, bloody Mary’s, and bellinis.
To drink for free, you can visit an art exhibition. Try the Skint for more information. They are often very funny. You can come in, chat with people, and have a drink.
Enjoy Your Weekend in NYC
Whether you’re in town for a Broadway show, travelling to visit friends or family, or just checking out the Big Apple, plan ahead to make the most of your weekend in New York!