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Patricia from Irvine asked

NY attractions

What are the best 5 tourist attractions in NY and good restaurants?

New York City (New York)

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Sean from Hudson Valley

Hello Patricia,

The best attractions depend largely on who you are, what you like, and what you mean by "best".  I can tall you which are most popular, or most visited, but does that make them "the best"?  So, instead of telling you what's best,  I'll tell you what I like.  Maybe you'll like them too.

If you really want to get a feel for the real New York, visit one of the many of the historic neighborhoods, such as Greenwich Village, SoHo, Garment District and what's left of Little Italy.

Many people enjoy visiting Grand Central Terminal.  The building is historic, full of many market type shops, and is an excellent jumping off point for exploring beyond the city.

Although there are many fine museums in New York a trip to the American Museum of Natural History should be toward the top of your list.  This is especially true if the weather is inclement.

An often overlooked museum is the Tenement Museum, located at 97 Orchard Street. This 1860's building is set up to reflect the various immigrant groups the settled in that area throughout the years. Each apartment is setup to reflect immigrants of different origins, and costumed actors recreate the day to day lives of these people. The ground floor is set up as a business from the past. There are walking tours of the neighborhood, as well as various events throughout the year. Highly recommended!

If the weather is nice there is any number of outside venues to explore.  Among my favorites are Battery Park and the River Walk.  Probably the best (and free) thing in New York is Central ParkEven if you just take a short stroll through it, it's worth the visit. The park itself has many an attraction, including the lake, the Central Park Zoo, and many pleasant walking trails. There are walking tours and bicycle tours available, and of course, you can do it on your own. 

Another popular and free attraction is a walk over the Brooklyn BridgeIt’s not only a good place to visit on a trip to New York City, Brooklyn can be a destination in, and of itself. For about the last ten years Brooklyn has been on the rise. It's now a splendid mixture of traditional "ethnic" neighborhoods and newer, hipper enclaves. Take a look at Wikipedia's entry for Brooklyn and you'll find a rundown on the various ethnicities in various sections of town. It's in these places you'll find some great food.

You can always take a ride on the Staten Island FerryIt’s free, and offers a splendid view of New York’s waterfront. 

If you find ferries enjoyable, take the ferry out to the Statue of Liberty.  It’s a national icon, and with good reason.

Eventually, everyone that goes to New York visits Times Square.  It’s fun (sort of), it’s very touristy, and you’ll be done with it in short order.  Don’t bother eating in any of the restaurants in the area.  If they’re not “theme” restaurants, they’re chain restaurants.  Either way their primary purpose is to pry money from the pockets of tourists.

If you are looking for an authentic New York dining experience consider eating a Katz's Deli.  It is Located on the corner of Houston and Ludlow. Open since 1888, it's one of the last real delicatessens in New York City. If you've ever seen the film "When Harry Met Sally", it's where Meg Ryan's famous scene was filmed. It still serves the best Pastrami, anywhere!

For afterhours relaxation I’d recommend McSorley's Old Ale House, at 15 E. 7th Street in the east village, or Pete's Tavern. Both claim to be the oldest pub in New York.

McSorley's was the last of the "men only" bars in New York. Women weren't allowed in until August of 1970, and that was a result of legal action taken against them. It is said that nothing has been removed from the walls since 1910.

I hope these observations help get you started.

Happy Travels!

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Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Greenwich Village (neighborhood)
  2. SoHo (neighborhood)
  3. Garment District (attraction)
  4. Little Italy (attraction)
  5. Grand Central Terminal (attraction)
  6. American Museum of Natural History (attraction)
  7. Tenement Museum (attraction)
  8. Battery Park (attraction)
  9. Central Park (attraction)
  10. Brooklyn Bridge (attraction)
  11. Staten Island Ferry (attraction)
  12. Statue of Liberty (attraction)
  13. Times Square (attraction)
  14. Katz's Deli (attraction)
  15. McSorley's Old Ale House (restaurant)
  16. Pete's Tavern (restaurant)
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Michelle from Melbourne

It depends on what you're into; obviously the museums are world class - my favourites are MoMA, the Natural History Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Walking the Brooklyn Bridge gives an amazing view of the NYC skyline, as does taking the Staten Island Ferry and both of these activities are free. We did the latter at night and thoroughly enjoyed seeing the building lights as well as the Statue of Liberty illuminated. If you want to do the Empire State Building, I'd also recommend this at night - as late as you can manage. I know friends who've literally taken the last elevator of the evening and avoided waiting in lines. The view can also be very hazy during the day. Don't miss walking through Central Park. It's a respite from the busy pavements. Restaurants? You're spoiled for choice. There are loads of groovy, cheaper places and, of course, the world's best fine dining. If you're a foodie and looking to really have a treat, Eleven Madison Park is just extraordinary. We stayed in the Lower East Side on our visit (which we finished just days ago) and there's a host of great cafes and bars. We loved the Russ and Daughters cafe in Orchard Street and another fun time was at the Back Room, in Norfolk Street - an original speakeasy dating back to prohibition times.

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Michelle from Los Angeles

Republic in Union Squareis great for Asian fusion and is a terrific spot to stop at if you are doing some shopping / site-seeing in the area. They offer family-style seating which may require your party to share a table with other diners, but that's the fun part of being in New York. It's definitely a noisier place with a lovely, contemporary ambiance.

Becco is in the Theater District and is an awesome Italian spot. Make reservations first to make sure you get seated at a reasonable time (especially for larger parties). The inside is pretty tight considering the tables are basically on top of each other, but I find it to be a cozy. You also can order their "Sinfonia Di Pasta" special for $20 which offers an unlimited sampling of three different pastas that they serve table-side.


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amery from Chinatown New York

I would say that New York City is one of most promising one destination that offers plenty of places not just one of two many options you have if New York City is your destination. Here i am going to mention few of mine favourite, hope could justify

Niagara Falls

Watkins Glen State Park

New York City Hall

Times Square

Buttermilk Falls

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  2. New York City (city)
  3. Niagara Falls (city)
  4. Watkins Glen State Park (attraction)
  5. New York City Hall (attraction)
  6. Times Square (attraction)
  7. Buttermilk Falls (attraction)
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