Hey guys, it’s me again :). After I gave you the ultimate itineraries for day 1-5 in New York City, today I have the final to-do and to-see list for the last two days in the city that never sleeps. Enjoy it!
1. Bagels at Ess-a-Bagel
When you think of New York and food, the first thing that crosses your mind is probably the bagel. If you want the best bagel in the city, go to Ess-a-Bagel, 831 3rd Avenue. It’s delicious and perfect for breakfast. I recommend the classic – a bagel with a schmear (cream cheese). Yum! The hot chocolate is delicious too!
2. American Museum of Natural History
Does this picture look familiar to you? Right, it’s the filming location of „Nights at the Museum“. I love this movie!!! The American Museum of Natural History is one of the most interesting museums I’ve ever visited. Definitely a must-see. And when you’re already there, there is a dish that you must try when you’re in NYC. It’s the
3. Lobster Roll at Luke’s Lobster
The lobster roll is a typical dish that you must try when visiting New York. If you don’t know what a lobster roll is – it’s a sandwich filled with lobster meat, served in a hot dog bun. It’s sooooo delicious. The best lobster roll I’ve had was at Luke’s Lobster on 426 Amsterdam Ave. Since it’s just a few minutes walk from the Museum of Natural History, it’s great for a lunch after visiting the museum.
4. Shopping at Century 21
New York City is famous for its great shopping facilities. If there’s something you can’t find anywhere in the world, you’ll certainly find it here. There is one place that is perfect if you want to bargain some great designer stuff – the department store Century 21, 1972 Broadway. It’s about 15 minutes walking distance from the Museum of Natural History.
I had a very funny experience there. While I was waiting in line for the dressing room, the employees were talking about some Stella McCartney pants they got in the shop, which only cost $3, but they didn’t know which ones exactly. Then a lady came out of the dressing room with pants in her hand and asked the employees for the price. Then they said: “It’s them! OMG! Congratulations, you just found the Stella McCartney’s for $3!” The woman started screaming and jumping around. Unbelievable. See? You can find some great stuff there and save a lot of money.
5. Cafe Lalo
The place where Meg Ryan was waiting to meet Tom Hanks in the classic movie “You’ve Got Mail”. Since this is one of my favorite movies of all time, it gave me goosebumps sitting there… Cafe Lalo, 201 West 83d St., is one of the cutest cafes in New York. It’s perfect for a romantic evening with your beloved one. They serve delicious cakes, soups, salads and much more. Have I already mentioned the delicious cakes?
1. Soho and China Town
Soho is THE hotspot for fashionistas – perfect for shopping (you have here every shop you can imagine) and the place in New York where the chance of seeing celebrities is probably the highest. If you don’t want to get lost in these little streets with thousands of shops, take a Soho shopping map, which is handed out on the streets. It’s pretty convenient. And don’t forget to stop at Ladurée, 398 W Broadway and treat yourself with some yummy macarons.
When you’re done shopping, take a stroll to the famous China Town. It’s a must when visiting New York. Great if you feel like having some delicious Chinese food. However, there is one dish that I absolutely recommend eating when in China Town. It’s the dumplings.
2. Eat the Best Dumplings in New York
The best and probably the cheapest dumplings in New York City (5 pieces for $1,25) you’ll get at Tasty Dumplings, 42 Mulberry Street. Take a batch, head over to the beautiful Columbus Park, savor in your tasty dumplings and watch the people practice Tai Chi :).
3. The Brooklyn Bridge
The late afternoon is the time for visiting the Brooklyn Bridge. Take a a stroll across the beautiful bridge over the East River, connecting Brooklyn and Manhattan and enjoy the breathtaking view of Manhattan’s skyline. Start in Brooklyn and walk towards Manhattan. I really recommend doing this in the early evening, so you can watch the bright lights of the big city slowly going on. Just beautiful.
4. Brooklyn Bridge Park
The Brooklyn Bridge Park is perfect for romantic evenings in the open air. Also a perfect location for taking stunning pictures. My favorite thing to do there ist to grab a pizza at Juliana’s, which is right under the Brooklyn Bridge (note – one small pizza is totally enough for 2 persons, if not too much), take a seat on a banquette and savor the breathtaking view. The perfect end of your New York trip.
I hope you liked my tips for your trip to New York City and I also hope that it will help give you an overview of the best things to do and to see in the city that never sleeps. Are there any other things, that in your opinion everyone has to see when in New York City? If you have any further recommendations, please leave a comment below.