Itinerary compiled with best places to eat, determined by Yelp and locals.
Stomach space is limited. Only eating at places that are Yelp 4 stars and up!
Bolt Bus Our transportation from Boston to New York
4 stars, ~150 reviews, $
$15 for the 4 hour bus ride. It’s cheap and comfortable.
Need to book in advance. Complimentary super slow wifi on board (for the desperate)!
4 stars, ~1000 reviews, $$
Known for grilled corn, roast pork and cuban sandwiches
Anticipate a 1 hour wait. Also has a separate To Go store if you’re in a hurry
4.5 stars, ~500 reviews, $
Super CHEAP fried and boiled dumplings. $4 will fill you up. Opens early @ 7:30am.
Very small, hole in the wall atmosphere. Very small bar seating.
David Letterman Studio Audience
4 stars, ~30 Reviews, FREE
Go to Ed Sullivan theater the day of taping between 9am-12pm to enter in a lottery for free tickets. Usually has no line!
Jimmy Kimmel Live, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Saturday Night Live, The View, etc.
4.5 stars, ~180 reviews, Free
Right off a subway stop. Great place to people watch.
They even have ping pong tables!
Sometimes they have street fairs, concerts or a ice skating in the winter.
4 stars, ~140 reviews, Free to $
You can go to the “Top of the Rock” For $21 admission. I was feeling too cheap to go up. Someone send me pictures of the view!
Took pictures of 30 Rock Golden Statue. Ice Skating rink in the winter.
4 stars, ~425 reviews, $
Famous hot dog joint. However, hot dogs taste average. Recession special = 2 hot dogs + drink. Recommend the Pina Colada!
4 stars, ~100 reviews
About $4 for an Oreo cupcake
Perfect snack while waiting to get into David Letterman
David Letterman Studio Audience
4 stars, ~30 reviews, Free
We got the call for free tickets. wOOt!
Does anyone know if they put the pretty people in front? Because my friends and I ended up sitting near the back :-/ We got to see David Letterman scold Joaquin Phoenix.
They make you practice laughing beforehand.
4 stars, ~1800 reviews, $$ MUST TRY
Recommend the Akamaru Modern Ramen, adding egg & pork belly
Best ramen I’ve had in the US!
Wait time is ridiculous. We waited 1.5 hours on a Wednesday night!
4 stars, ~50 reviews, $
This place wasn’t originally planned for us, but it was close to our hotel.
Interesting pizzas and great plain olive oil bread. Recommend the champagne grape pizza and potato pizza. I wouldn’t go out of my way to come here though.
Bike entire Central Park
5 stars, ~560 reviews, free (not counting renting of bikes)
Book rentals online for 50% off @ bikerentcentralpark.com AWESOME
$13 for 2 hour rental. Nice employees gave us an extra 30 mins.
Hard to find bike place, located IN a parking garage next to Mandarin Hotel
Check out the lakes and castle in central park. Bring food and water to stop and relax!
Metropolitan Museum of Art
5 stars!, ~600 reviews, $
$10 entrance with student id. HUGE and BEST museum
Allot enough time to see this place. I recommend at least 3 hours+ of museum bliss
Peter Luger Steak House
4 stars, ~1000 reviews, $$$$
Brooklyn location is the original and most popular
Known for the Porterhouse steak
MUST make reservations
4.5 stars, ~100 reviews, $
Warm Chocolate Bread Pudding won in Bobby Flay’s Throwdown!
4.5 stars, ~170 reviews, $$ MUST GO!
Hilarious! Often features famous comedians
Recommend making reservations online, cover + 2 drinks minimum
Sake Bar Decibel
4 stars, ~300 reviews, $$
Small Japanese underground sake bar, Also serves food
Average 4 stars on yelp
All over New York, Grab a donut/coffee for breakfast
Accomplice: New York
4.5 stars, ~25 reviews
Scavenger hunt, mixed with actors. Fun way to sightsee, and even includes a few drinks.
Look online for discounted tickets around $50. No pictures, so there are no spoilers 😉
4 stars, ~1200 reviews, $$
Supposedly the first pizza joint in NY
They use coal ovens
Eileen’s Special Cheesecake
4 stars, ~125 reviews, $
Gotta try New York Cheesecake! It’s got a good name too. Also, very close walking distance from Lombardi’s Pizza.
Strawberry and Oreo cheesecake FTW
4 stars, ~1000 reviews, $$
Famous for Xiao Long Bao (dumplings)
Also liked the Shanghai thick noodles
4 stars, ~400 reviews, $$
Japanese desserts, they actually have a restaurant in Kyoto.
Recommend the black Sesame sweet tofu and Miso Chocolate cake
4 stars, ~300 reviews, $
Bar with live music and tons of games!
Pool, Shuffle Board, Ping Pong, Scrabble, etc.
53rd and 6th Halal Cart
4.5 stars, ~1300 reviews, $ MUST TRY
Only open 7:30pm to 4am
FAMOUS chicken and rice cart, can have long wait times
$6 a bowl, don’t forget the red & white sauces
Also, there are different types of red sauce, the hot is REALLY HOT
4 stars, ~1400 reviews, $$
FAMOUS pastrami sandwich. Steak like pieces of pastrami. Drool.
Only one sandwich allowed per ticket. Boo!
TKTS Discount Booth – Broadway Musical Tickets
4 stars, ~85 reviews
Around 50% off Broadway shows the day of. You must line up EARLY for tickets.
Chicago the Musical
3 stars, ~20 reviews
We ended up with 3rd row tickets at student pricing! We bought it only a few hours before the show Amazing! It’s the longest running musical on Broadway. The theater is older. Barebones good singing and acting. The sets are NOT flashy, very simple. There isn’t even an orchestra pit, so the orchestra is all on stage, in risers.
4 stars, ~1700 reviews, $$
Get the Shack Stack burger and frozen custard.
Website has online camera to monitor lines. Expect to wait.
4 stars, ~1300 reviews, $
Belgain fries with 26 different sauces. Large fries was enough for 4 people to split.
Notable sauces are the Mango Chutney Mayo, Parmesan Peppercorn and Pomegranate Teriyaki
Saint’s Alps Teahouse
4 stars, ~260 reviews, $
Walking distance from Pommes Frites . Grabbed a refreshing boba tea to go!
3 stars, ~260 reviews, Free
Metro to here. No visit to New York is complete without seeing Times Square.
Walk around to soak in the lights and vendors.
4 stars, ~100 reviews, $
Indian food cart that is walking distance from Time’s Square.
Kati roll was pretty good. Although the 53rd & 6th Halal cart is FAR BETTER.