You’ve bought your ticket; your bag is almost packed. Now you just need to plan some adventures. Do you want to hit the hot spots or discover some unforgettable hidden gems? Either way, we got you covered.
Hitting the hot spots
If you're looking for a spectacular view of the city without getting trapped in a line, check out the iconic Rockefeller Centre. We recommend you either head there as your first stop in the morning or check out the amazing view at sunset. You can get your tickets in advance if you want to fast-track your experience, but it is fine to just show up on the day. To get the full 30 Rock experience, while you are there, take a tour at NBC Studios or grab a bite in the Rainbow Room.
Picnic in the park without actually picnicking in the park. Head to this iconic restaurant in Central Park for a well-deserved bite after hours of exploring the city on foot. The weekend brunch is particularly amazing. We recommend making a reservation so that nothing gets between you and your plate of maple brown sugar bacon.
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2) If you have one special show in mind, head to the theatre as soon as it opens to find out if rush tickets are available (they usually open around 10 a.m.).
3) Sign up for a membership. If you’re planning to make trips to NYC a regular adventure, there are great options for discounted tickets. Check out the membership at Theatre Development Fund; it’s excellent for those eligible, including those aged 26 and under, retirees and individuals working in the arts.
The High Line is a gem of a park. Thirty feet above street level on an abandoned 1930s freight railway, this park along the Hudson River runs from the Meatpacking District to Hell’s Kitchen. A great place for a leisurely stroll, avoid the area on the weekends unless you don’t mind a crowd.
Exploring the city
In the Meatpacking District, steps from the High Line, this museum is home is an impressive collection of modern and contemporary art. Swing by on Friday nights when the museum has pay-what-you-can nights. Next door is the delicious Italian restaurant Santina for a tasty reward after taking in culture.
For comedy fans, this place is a mecca; it’s a training ground for rising stars and a favourite spot for legendary comedians to drop in for a surprise set. Reserve a spot at least two weeks in advance to ensure you’ll get into the shows, where you’ll see a lineup of comedians do short sets. On one unforgettable night, comedy greats Jerry Seinfield, Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle and Amy Schumer all took the stage. For the best deal, avoid Friday/Saturdays dates, pick up a $14 ticket (US) and get ready to cackle.
If you go to one place from Chef’s Table, make it this one. The Greenwich Village restaurant (a short walk from the Comedy Cellar) showcases food from local farms with the option of a four-course tasting menu or the six-course “Farmer’s Feast.” The food is unbelievably delicious. This is a smaller restaurant so make a reservation; you can book up to a month in advance.
A speakeasy where you can get a hot dog – this place is a dream come true. Head down the stairs into Crif Dogs restaurant, step inside the old-fashioned phone booth and press the buzzer once to gain entry into the secret bar. You can order food from Crif’s while enjoying a cocktail. Getting in without a reservation can be tricky. To secure a spot, the phone line opens at 3:00 p.m. for reservations that day.
Up for a fun day trip? Take the train to Brooklyn to stroll along the boardwalk, catch some rays on the beach, visit the New York Aquarium and brave the landmark wooden roller coaster, the Cyclone. On the weekends, the rides are open between Easter and Halloween. Once it’s summer, the rides are open daily. You can check out the beach and boardwalk all year.