3 things to do in New York, 3 recommendations that I am really glad we did in New York, ideas for New York

Things to do in New York – 3 recommendations that I’m really glad we did!

New York, what an amazing city!  The list of things to do is never ending.  When planning our trip to New York it was so hard to decide what to put on our itinerary and what would have to wait for another trip.  We also got given so many ideas and recommendations from friends and family that had been.  My guide book was full of post it notes of ideas on places to go, things to see and where to eat and drink.  We were in New York for 5 days and it was a jam packed trip.  We did many of the main tourist attractions (see 5 sights to see when in New York) including Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge and Grand Central station.  There are three things we did on our trip that were recommended to us by friends that I am really glad we experienced.  Here are 3 things to do in New York that I would recommend you add to your itinerary.

3 Things to do in New York

Baseball game

3 things to do in New York, things we were recommended to do in New York and so glad we did, Baseball game, New York Yankees

This is definitely a must if going to New York!  We knew nothing about the rules of Baseball (and still don’t) but we both thoroughly enjoyed watching the game.  We watched the New York Yankees play the Toronto Blue Jays.  You can take the subway to the stadium which is really easy and the subway stop is just outside the stadium.  Just beware the train was full and we were packed in like sardines!  It takes about 25 minutes to reach the stadium from midtown Manhatton.

3 things to do in New York, things we were recommended to do in New York and so glad we did, Baseball game, New York Yankees

We booked tickets through the New York Yankee website before we arrived which I would recommend doing.  The baseball season runs from April to the beginning of October.  You will also need to check whether there is a home game scheduled during your trip.  You could also try the New York Mets to see if they have a home game scheduled.

What I loved about watching the game is all the entertainment that goes along side it.  Baseball is a long game and there are lots of breaks but don’t worry there are always lots of things being shown on the big screens to keep you interested.  I also loved it when the grounds people came on to rake the ground and they did a routine to YMCA.  It was just genius!

3 things to do in New York, things we were recommended to do in New York and so glad we did, Baseball game, New York Yankees

There are lots of places to buy food and drink in the stadium and hotdogs, nachos and beer seem to be the snacks of choice for most people.  On my list of things to do in New York before I left was to watch a Baseball game eating a hotdog wearing a Baseball cap (think I have watched too many American films) and this is exactly what I did!

3 things to do in New York, things we were recommended to do in New York and so glad we did, Baseball game, New York Yankees

It was really hot the day we went but some of the seating is in the shade so if it is a chilly day wrap up.  We had such a great time and would definitely go again if I got the chance.

Boat Trip around Manhatton

3 things to do in New York, things we were recommended to do in New York and so glad we did, Boat trip around Manhatton

This was a last minute add on to our itinerary and we booked it while we were in New York.  A friend had done a boat trip and said it was a great way to see New York.  We booked on a tour with Classic Harbour Line which turned out to be an Architecture tour but we chose it as it run on the day we required and it went the whole way round Manhatton island and passed all the main sights.  Even though it was an Architecture tour it was a great way to see all the iconic sights.  We also learnt some interesting facts about the buildings on our way round.  The boat was clean, modern with lots of viewing space and large windows.  There was also a bar on board and the tour included one free drink, always a bonus.

3 things to do in New York, things we were recommended to do in New York and so glad we did, Boat trip around Manhatton

The tour latest 2 hours and 45 minutes and took you all the way round the island.  It also gave us a chance to sit back and relax and take the weight off our feet after all the walking we had done!

3 things to do in New York, things we were recommended to do in New York and so glad we did, Boat trip around Manhatton

The highlight for me was getting a great view of the Statue of Liberty.  We also passed under Brooklyn Bridge and many other fascinating bridges.  The sheer scale of the buildings that you pass is just breath taking.

3 things to do in New York, things we were recommended to do in New York and so glad we did, Boat trip around Manhatton

3 things to do in New York, things we were recommended to do in New York and so glad we did, Boat trip around Manhatton

3 things to do in New York, things we were recommended to do in New York and so glad we did, Boat trip around Manhatton

3 things to do in New York, things we were recommended to do in New York and so glad we did, Boat trip around Manhatton

We both thoroughly enjoyed the boat trip, getting to travel the whole way round Manhatton Island and seeing some amazing views of the New York Skyline.  As mentioned its such a relaxing way to see some of the sights and a welcome relief from all the walking that you are bound to do in New York.

One World Observatory

3 things to do in New York, things we were recommended to do in New York and so glad we did, One World Observatory

New York should definitely be seen from a height and there are lots of tall buildings that will give you a great view.  Friends of ours had recently visited the One World Observatory during a trip to New York and recommended that we did the same.  I am really glad we did, the views were amazing and it was a really enjoyable visit.

3 things to do in New York, things we were recommended to do in New York and so glad we did, One World Observatory

The ride in the lift to the top is an experience in itself.  You cleverly pass through 500 years of New York city evolution, all in just 60 seconds.  There is a café, bar and bistro and a fine dining restaurant (reservations required) all on the 101st floor.  We enjoyed a cocktail at the bar while taking in the views.

3 things to do in New York, things we were recommended to do in New York and so glad we did, One World Observatory

Its worth booking tickets through their website before you go to secure a time slot to visit.  It really is worth a trip to experience panoramic views of Manhatton, Brooklyn and New Jersey.

I had such an amazing trip to New York and there is still so much more I would love to see and do.  I hope this gives you some inspiration for your trip.  For some information on foods to try in New York check out my other post – Must try foods in New York.

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An ultimate guide to Must try foods in New York, Banana Pudding, Huge Sandwich, Pizza, Bagels

Must try foods in New York

There is so much I liked about New York, the views, the energy, the iconic sights and most of all the food!  I definitely came home quite a few pounds heavier (even with all the walking we did!).  When planning my trip to New York I had a long list of foods that I wanted to try and eating was a big part of my visit.  Here are my favourite must try foods in New York.

Banana Pudding

I had read a lot about the famous banana pudding that is served at Magnolia Bakery and it didn’t disappoint.  This pot of gorgeousness is served to take away in three different sized cups.  If I could have fitted it in I would have definitely opted for the largest but as I had a lot of eating to do I went for the smaller option!  It is my sort of dessert, sweet and creamy (my hubby wasn’t a fan).  There are a number of Magnolia Bakery’s in New York but we went to the one on Bleeker Street surrounded by some lovely shops including Marc Jacobs which happened to have a handbag with my name on it!

Banana Pudding, Magnolia Bakery, New York, must try foods in New York

 

Huge Sandwich

For me this was a must during my visit to New York and it had to be done at Katz’s Delicatessen, where the famous scene from When Harry Met Sally was filmed.  If you love classic deli grub like Salami or Pastrami sandwiches you will enjoy eating here.

Katzs Delicatessan, New York, must try foods in New York

Katzs Delicatessan, New York, must try foods in New York

Another yummy sandwich we ate was from Stage Door Deli which we found after visiting the One World Observatory.  This no frills deli serves really good sandwiches and is worth a visit for a bite to eat when in the area.

Stage door deli, New York, huge sandwich, must try foods in New York

 

Pizza

There are so many places to grab a slice of NYC pizza (and trust me we did!) but the one I have to recommend is Joe’s Pizza.  This pizza joint has been around since 1975 and attracts everyone from students and tourists to celebrities!  Check it out for an amazing slice of Pizza.

Joes Pizza, New York, must try foods in New York

 

Bagels

For me Bagels are something I associate with New York so it had to be on my list.  Again, there are lots of great places to eat them but my recommendation is to try Murray’s Bagels.  There are so many different options to choose from when deciding on which bagel to have but whatever you choose I don’t think you will leave disappointed.  My regret is not being able to try a few more!

Murrays Bagels, New York, must try foods in New York

 

There were a number of foods that were on my list that I didn’t quite get to fit in (either ran out of time or physically couldn’t eat anymore!) and they will be on my list next time.  Maybe you will be able to try them on your trip –

As you can see there are so many must try foods in New York and I can’t wait to go back to tick some more off my list.

Would love to know if you have eaten at any of these places or other recommendations you might have.

5 Sights to see when in New York, top sights, things to do in New York, Central Park, Times Square, Brocklyn Bridge, Grand Central station, Highline

5 sights to see when in New York

I was lucky enough to take a trip to New York with my husband last year.  It has been a city I have wanted to visit for a long time and it didn’t disappoint.  It was a jam packed few days but absolutely loved every minute of it.  Here is a list of 5 sights to see when in New York.

Central Park

Central Park, New York, top sights
Central Park

There is so much to see and do in Central Park so you may have to visit a few times to do it all but we walked through some of the 843 acres and enjoyed the picturesque meadows, ponds and lakes.  We also took a ride on a rickshaw which helped us see more of the park.  You could also consider hiring a bike.  We stopped at Loeb Boathouse and sat at the outside bar for a drink.

Top tip – If the weather is good head to Zabar’s and grab some delicious gourmet goodies for a picnic.  This local kosher market sells all sorts from cheeses, meats and olives to baked goods.

Zabar's, Central Park, New York, picnic
Picnic from Zabar’s

 

 

 

 

 

Times Square, New York, top sights
Times Square

Times Square

Our accommodation was very close to Times Square so we had to pass through it quite a bit on our trip.  Its one of those places that you have to say you have seen when visiting New York.  Its a place that always springs to mind when I think of New York with its soaring skyscrapers, colourful billboards and yellow cabs.

Top tip – To get a good view of Times Square from above we headed to Renaissance Hotel’s R Lounge.  This gave us panoramic views and a break from the busy crowds.


Grand Central Terminal

Grand Central Terminal, New York, top sights
Grand Central Terminal

I was shocked by the sheer beauty of this building with its chandeliers, marble and painted ceilings.  We went one evening for a short visit and had a drink at Campbell Apartment, one of the many bars at the station.  This 1920’s cocktail bar is tucked away from the crowds and is a place to go for a special treat.

Top tip – Try the Whispering Arch, it really does work.  Located on the walk down to the lower level of the station, stand facing the corner of the arch and ask a friend (or stranger) to stand in the opposite corner and hear their voice even when speaking at a normal volume over the noise of the crowds.

Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge, New York, top sights
Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge was the world’s first steel suspension bridge and is a New York icon.  Crossing the bridge was a must do for me while in New York.

Brooklyn bridge, New York, top sights
Views of Manhattan

Top Tip – We took the water taxi across to Brooklyn and then walked back over the bridge.  I believe this is the best way to do it as you get great views of Manhattan when walking back over the bridge.

The High Line

The high line, new york, top sights
The High Line

We took a lovely stroll along these refurbished rail tracks which is now one of the city’s best loved public spaces.  It is a mile long and well worth walking from start to finish.  We went early in the morning to beat the crowds and had a quick stop at Chelsea Market for something to eat (14th Street exit).

people's pops, the high line, new york, top sights
People’s Pops

 

Top Tip – The High Line also has a number of food and beverage stalls which set up and sell to-go items in the warmer months.  One to try is People’s Pops which sell really yummy fruit lollies.

 

 

 

There is so much to see and do in New York but I hope this gives you some ideas for your trip!