New York City is a never-ending collection of food, fun, and culture, not to mention its diverse people. Visitors who come to NYC want to see it all, but most will barely scratch the surface of what the city offers, which keeps them coming back. Tourist attractions are on everyone’s “must see” list, but there is a totally different side to the city; the one New Yorkers live and breathe everyday in a city they call home.
From favorite restaurants to quaint neighborhoods to hidden treasures, all are at your disposal with 3 Days in NYC Like A Local.
- Stay out of Times Square, unless you’re going to the theatre.
- Take the subway. It will save you time and money.
- The best way to really explore NYC is on foot and you never know what surprises await you.
- If there is a line, only wait in it if it seems to be locals. You'll be able to tell.
Where To Stay
There are two brands we love that offer hotels in multiple neighborhoods and feel like you are walking into your home when you arrive. They are boutique-type hotels that offer excellent value.
Affinia Hotel Collection has five hotels in NYC, each with its own personality and character related to its neighborhood. If you need a room with a kitchen, a bike, a picnic, or a bed for your pet, Affinia offers it all.
Kimpton NYC offers three hotels, from chic to luxury to modern, each one offering special amenities. Choose from a Runner’s Amenity Kit complete with a pre-loaded iPod or all the technology you need, including an Instagram printer. The staff is like family; from the welcome “cheers” to wine hour.
Where To Eat
This is a tough one, because options are endless and depend upon where you want to venture. Here are some of our favorites.
A go-to restaurant is Kellari Tavern in midtown. The restaurant serves delicious Greek dishes with fresh, sustainable fish options and is as close to being in Greece as it gets.
Chalk Point Kitchen in Soho is a local favorite among artists and anyone in search of a true farm-to-table meal. Handy Liquor Bar offers a warm welcome after a day hanging in the city.
The Butcher’s Daughter has 3 locations and does not serve meat, but chops, fillets, and carves fruits and vegetables into magical meals. The menu changes daily based on available ingredients.
Rosemary’s in the West Village is a very popular rustic Italian spot with its own rooftop farm. The only downside is they don’t take reservations and can get very busy.
Red Farm NYC on the Upper West Side brings classic dim sum and farm-to-table dining together. The food is clean and market fresh yet has an authentic traditional feel and a wonderful presentation.
While you sip your morning coffee in the lobby, ask the front desk for a copy of Time Out or pick one up at the newsstand. Browse through what’s happening in town and choose some activities. We suggest gallery openings and sample sales and a day on the west side.
Running from 34th Street to the Meatpacking District, you’ll find the High Line, an old train track converted into an urban oasis filled with gardens, food stalls, and public art. It is a must see and has fast become a local favorite, especially for its gorgeous sunsets.
While you’re in the area, stop off at the Whitney Museum of American Art. The building itself is stunning. Then, hit Chelsea Market for the perfect dinner spot after a day of gallery hopping and shopping.
Start your day where locals like to play tourist. First, hit the West Village with its beautiful tree-lined streets, classic townhouse stoops, and an abundance of shops and restaurants. Then, take the subway to Grand Central Terminal and enjoy the history and magic. Don’t forget to look up at the never-gets-old celestial ceiling.
Take a short walk to The Plaza Hotel and stop at the Todd English Food Hall. Pick up a picnic lunch and head to Central Park. Spend time doing any of the seasonal activities or enjoy our favorite pastime, people watching. Wander deep into the park and discover some of its hidden treasures.
Stop at the Metropolitan Museum’s Roof Garden Café and Martini Bar for free gorgeous skyline views, either for drinks or a light dinner.
Take a stroll or bike ride across the Brooklyn Bridge for sweeping views of Manhattan and the East River. Your reward will be Brooklyn Bridge Park and its carousel, food trucks, and pop-up restaurants, or Brooklyn proper, where your choices for food and fun are endless. Be sure to visit DUMBO and enjoy the art installations, including “OY/YO.”
Stop off at Scot Rossillo’s Original Rainbow Bagels before returning across the less-crowded Williamsburg Bridge, which connects the Lower East Side and Williamsburg and exhibits amazing graffiti art.
Wrap up day 3 at a theatre. Think outside the box and your comfort zone when you look for tickets. TXTS offers wonderful on and off Broadway options, but the one in South Street Seaport usually has a much shorter line than Time Square.
Armed with this 3-day itinerary, you can get a true slice of everyday life in New York City.