These are my 4 reasons to love NYC!
There is never a dull moment in this beautiful city. I’m fascinated by the fact that there is so much to see and do in such a small area. The island of Manhattan is only 13.4 miles long and 2.3 miles wide. I visit as often as I can since my best friends live there.
Here are some reasons to love the city:
REASONS TO LOVE NYC: ENDLESS DINING OPTIONS
There are 24,000 restaurants in Manhattan alone! My favorites in no particular order are…
Breakfast: Banter, Buvette, Friend of a Farmer
Lunch: Marea, Sushi Yasuda, Milos
Dinner: abcV, Kappo Masa, Black Tap
Tea or Dessert: Cha Cha Matcha, Two Little Red Hens, Il Laboratorio del Gelato
Drinks: Bemelmens Bar, NoMad Bar, The Blonde (go late)
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you would like my recommendations on what to order or advice for any other restaurants in the city. I’m always happy to share my foodie expertise.
My favorite museums are in the Upper East Side. Be sure to check their websites for up-to-date timetables, ticket information, and exhibitions.
The Frick Collection, former home of industrialist Henry Clay Frick, is absolutely beautiful. This 18th-century mansion boasts an impressive art collection and offers free entry on Wednesday afternoons between 2 – 6 PM.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art: The Met is the largest art museum in the USA. It’s world famous with over 2 million works of art. The admission fee, $25 per adult, is valid for 3 consecutive days and includes exhibitions. NY State residents, students in NY, NJ, and CT, and children under 12 may enter the museum for free.
The Neue Gallerie features Austrian and German art. I was inspired to visit after watching the movie, Woman in Gold, to see Gustav Klimt’s paintings. I love his portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer. The museum welcomes the public for free the first Friday of every month between 6 – 9 PM.
Every neighborhood in the city has a different vibe. It’s hard to choose a favorite. Start your day by walking from the Upper West Side through Central Park to the Upper East Side. Continue all the way down to Lower Manhattan if time permits. I always discover new places and make frequent stops along the way.
The Upper East Side is posh. Dress to impress before you stroll along Madison Avenue.
Midtown is the reason NYC is known as the city that never sleeps. Times Square has bright lights and intense crowds.
SoHo is the definition of trendy. Expect excellent cafes, shopping, street art, and hotels.
Greenwich Village is charming and quiet. Don’t miss the boutiques on Bleeker Street and the narrowest house in New York.
REASONS TO LOVE NYC: ROOFTOP VIEWS
NYC is often referred to as a concrete jungle. The Top of the Rock Observation Deck has stunning 360-degree views of the city’s skyscrapers and surroundings. Buy tickets online to save time. There are countless rooftop bars in the city but I prefer the views from Brooklyn. Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge to the swanky 1 Hotel and enjoy the NYC skyline with a glass of wine in hand. Westlight, the rooftop bar at The William Vale, also offers stunning views, cocktails, and small bites. Arrive before sunset.