Thursday, 5 January 2017

New York City Guide - Itinerary Split by Area - NYC Travel Tips

I can promise you, creating a New York City guide isn’t an easy job. Months prior to our holiday, my boyfriend probably read every online itinerary known to man, along with the Lonely Planet travel guide from cover to cover. However, if you want to make the most of your limited time away in an amazing city, you need to put in the time and plan in advance. Being the nice guy that I am, I thought I would share our NYC itinerary, split by area, to save you time and make your holiday that little bit easier.

Sadly, we didn't manage to tick off everything on the list, but we did walk our socks off and completed around 3/4 in just 6 days. 170,000 steps later, we definitely needed another holiday when we got back. Feel free to share this post, print the itinerary or make your own notes. Trust me, you won't be disappointed!

Times Square - New York City Guide - Bearded Couture

Midtown/Hell’s Kitchen
- Grand Central Station - Midtown east 
- Rockefeller Tower - Views of the Empire State (Need tickets in advance)
- Lincoln Center - Jazz bar with cocktails (Skyline views) 
- Empire State Building 
- Chrysler Building 
- MoMA (Museum) 
- Times Square
- Broadway - Get tickets at TKTS Booth (Kinky Boots was incredible) 
- Bryant Park
- Walk 7th Avenue
- Ess-a-bagel (Amazing bagel takeaway) 
- Top of the Rock Observation Deck
- Top of the strand (Views of Empire State)
- Little Collins - Melbourne style coffee 
- Ellen’s Stardust Diner - Singing Broadway Brunch

The High Line - New York City Guide - Bearded Couture

Chelsea and Meat Packing District
- The High Line - Old train track with amazing views
- Hectors cafe and diner 
- Madison Square Gardens
- Chelsea market - Great for foodies
- Takumi - Japenese restaurant
- Lobster place - For the seafood lovers
- Washington Square Park  
- Carrie Bradshaw’s Apartment on 66 Perry Street 
- Friends Apartment on 90 Bedford Street/Grove Street
- Joe's Pizza - Celebrities go here! 

Park Rainbow - New York City Guide - Bearded Couture

Flat Iron District
- Flat Iron Building on 5th Avenue
- Empire State Building
- Eataly - Next door to Flat Iron Building
- Madison Square Park 
- Clock Tower
- Union Square 
- MetronomeArrt
- DSW - Aiscount warehouse for shoes and accessories

9/11 Memorial Museum - New York City Guide - Bearded Couture

Lower Manhattan
- 9/11 Memorial Museum - Get there early on Tuesday afternoon as it's free entry!
- Reflecting pools  
- Santiago Calatrava’s Oculus 
- One World Observatory - 102th floor view (pre-book tickets)
- Wall Street
- NY stock exchange
- Staten Island Ferry to see Statue of Liberty 
- Bloomingdales
- Little Italy - Lombardi’s (best pizza)
- Chinatown
- 456 - Shangai cuisine 
- Fried Dumpling - Best $1.50 I have ever spent with a crazy dumpling lady
- Shopping on 5th avenue and Century 21  
- Prince Street Pizza
- Ruby’s - Aussie cafe
- Eataly

Wall Street Sign - New York City Guide - Bearded Couture

East Village
- Alphabet City - Streets that follow A-Z 
- Graffiti bricks
- Tompkins Square Park 
- Shake Shack - Amazing burgers
- North End Grill - Fancy dinner but a bit expensive

New York City Guide - Bearded Couture

Greenwich Village
- Walk around for arty vibes 
- Bluestone Lane - Aussie style coffee  
- Bagel Bobs - Most amazing sundried tomato cream cheese and smoked salmon bagel

Central Park - New York City Guide - Bearded Couture

Upper Eastside
- Central Park
- The metropolitan museum of art (MET) - Has a rooftop bar with amazing views of Central Park 
- Central Park Zoo
- Loeb Boathouse - Nice dinner on the lake in Central Park
- Rent a boat for $15 an hour and row through Central Park
- The Plaza
- Oslo Coffee Roasters
- Roosevelt Island Tramway - Ccable car to island which takes about 4 minutes
- Earl's Beer & Cheese - Cheap brunch on Park Aveenue, 97-98th Street
- Lexington Candy Shop - Restaurant

Boat Hire Central Park - New York City Guide - Bearded Couture

Upper Westside
- American Museum of Natural History
- Alice in Wonderland statue 
- Grey's Papaya - Cheap amazing hotdogs
- Barney Greengrass - Great deli and bagels

Natural History Museum - New York City Guide - Bearded Couture

Williamsburg and Brooklyn
- Brooklyn Bridge 
- Brooklyn Bridge Park
- Brooklyn Heights Promenade 
- Empire Fulton Ferry State Park
- Prospect Park
- Williamsburg Bridge
- Rabbit Hole - Amazing brunch
- Montana's Trail House
- Archway Cafe
- Grimaldi's
- Blue Bottle Coffee 
- Basketball and Ice Hockey at Barclays Centre

Brooklyn Bridge - New York City Guide - Bearded Couture

- Governor’s Island
- Ellis Island
- Ellis Island Immigration Museum 
- Main Building Architecture 
- Coney Island

Ice Hockey Barcleys Centre - New York City Guide - Bearded Couture

Bars, Rooftops and Clubs in New York
- Industry - Gay bar/drag on weekdays
- XL Nightclub - Gay club
- Flaming Saddles - Western “Coyote Ugly” bar
- Le Bain - Ontop of standard hotel, views near Chelsea market, turns into a club at night
- Bathtub Gin
- Birreria - Rooftop deck bar
- 230 on 5th Avenue - Rooftop bar near Flat Iron Building
- Jimmy’s Rooftop bar
- Dead Rabbit - Possibly the best cocktail bar in the world
- Genuine Liquorette - Make your own cocktails
- Cielo - Nightclub
- Bemelmans bar

The Solomon - New York City Guide - Bearded Couture

I hope you find this helpful and be sure to say thank you by following my boyfriend on his blog Core Travel Co. It's the least you can do haha.