The Best Things To Do in Downtown Manhattan

The Ultimate Guide for Downtown Manhattan

Downtown Manhattan consists of several beautiful neighborhoods that should not be missing from your itinerary when visiting New York. Besides Soho, Little Italy and Tribeca, I really like the Lower East Side, which is still an insider tip.

What you must have done in downtown Manhattan, I show you here in my ultimate guide. You can also find the best bars and restaurants in Downtown Manhattan, which stretches from 14th Street to Chambers Street in the south.

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My TOP 5 Things To Do in Downtown Manhattan

Best Things to Do Downtown Manhattan

Where is Downtown Manhattan located?

Downtown Manhattan is the area above Lower Manhattan (Chambers Street, including the Financial District, Battery NYC und Battery Park City) and below Midtown Manhattan (14th Street).

Downtown Manhattan Map

How to Get to Downtown Manhattan

  • Subway: There are multiple trains that you take to the neighborhood. You can take the R W to Prince Street. The B F M and to Broadway/Lafayette, or the 6 to Spring Street Station.
  • Hop on Hop Off Bus: Stop 7 of the downtown loop of BIG BUS or stop 14 of the downtown loop of Gray Line Sightseeing. Here you find more about Hop on Hop off in NYC.
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  • By boat: Take the NYC Ferry, which arrives and departs from Stuyvesant Cove.

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The 23 Best Things To Do in Downtown Manhattan

Downtown Manhattan is filled with a bunch of activities and events. There’s always something going on here – and these are our favorites:

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    Manhattan By Sail - Craft Beer Tasting Sail Aboard Clipper City Tall Ship

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    You like beer and sailing? Then this boat tour is just the right thing for you! Not only can you enjoy a great sailing trip with unbelievable views, but you can also test yourself through various beers. A fun evening is guaranteed with this boat trip!

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    Soho, Little Italy & Chinatown Walking Tour

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    Now known for their many excellent restaurants, shops and tourism, Manhattan’s SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown neighborhoods offer the most varied stories of New York City. Take a 2-hour tour with a local guide and discover hidden gems and 19th century buildings.

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    CloudM New York Bowery Rooftop Bar: enjoy stunning views

    Rooftop Bar in Lower East Side
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    For me, the cloudM Rooftop Bar is one of the most beautiful rooftop bars not only in the Lower East Side, but in all of New York. It is located on the roof of the citizenM New York Bowery Hotel and offers everything that makes a good rooftop bar: a great view, beautiful design and relaxed atmosphere.

    Recommended: The Best Rooftop Bars in NYC

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    Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral

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    The Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral is the only basilica in New York and New York’s very first cathedral. You will be surprised how beautiful it is from the inside – and that it hides some secrets. The best way to find out what they are is to take a tour that takes you to different parts of the church, including the catacombs. It is one of the absolute insider tours in New York. You can learn more about it here.

    Courtesy of the picture: Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral

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    Visit the Mahayana Temple in Chinatown

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    This is the oldest Chinese temple on the east coast of the united states. It is a beautiful expression of Chinese culture and architecture and is open to the public year-round. On the weekends you will also find Buddhist services taking place here often completely in Mandarin. Bring a dollar for a fortune!

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    Lombardi's Pizza: Eat Pizza in New York's first Pizzeria

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    Lombardi’s is a pizza restaurant in Nolita and prides itself in being the first pizzeria in the United States. Here you can eat really well and enjoy a welcoming Italian atmosphere. Also make sure to try the Meatballs!

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    Mmuseumm

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    New York’s smallest museum and an absolute insider tip: Here a freight elevator was converted into a museum. The exhibits are treasures from all over the world that present their view of life. In short: Small miracles – more really doesn’t fit in the elevator. A view through the window is possible at any time of the day or night – but this museum is only open on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 to 6 pm.

    Recommended: The Best Museums in NYC

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    Take a photo from Manhattan Bridge

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    A very famous photo motif of Chinatown with the One World Trade Center in the background can be taken from the Manhattan Bridge. The view is unique – especially at sunrise!

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    The Mysterious Bookshop

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    58 Waren Street is home to probably the most unusual bookstore in Manhattan. The Mysterious Bookshop mainly sells crime books, thriller and horror stories. Most of the product their is about murders, blood and their investigations. It’s different, special and really worthwhile.

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    Grand Banks

    Sea Food Restaurant in Tribeca
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    Water, a great view of Manhattan and a great atmosphere – the location is simply the best. You are sitting on a historic ship called F/V Sherman Zwicker on the Hudson River and can enjoy New York from the water when the weather is fine. The place also serves great drinks and seafood.

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    Enjoy free art exhibitions at Little Island

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    Not far from the Meatpacking District and the High Line, Little Island is one of the newest attractions in New York and is something very special: a park on 132 beautiful tulip-shaped concrete stilts in the Hudson River!

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    Feel the New York of the 1920s in the Brandy Library

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    Even if the name suggests otherwise: the Brandy Library has a huge selection of even very rare whiskeys in its program, which will make the heart of every whiskey fan beat faster. More than 1,000 bottles are used as decoration, especially in the evening it looks like a library of high-proof drinks. What we found very exciting are their events where you can learn more about Bourbons, Cognacs etc. Conclusion: Super-atmospheric and a real highlight!

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    Visit the Museum of Ice Cream

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    The Museum of Ice Cream is located in SoHo and features 13 all-new interactive art installations across 25,000 square feet over 3 floors. Besides multi-sensory installations, it boasts the biggest sprinkle pool to date. With exhibits like these, the Museum of Ice Cream NYC is not a traditional museum. It’s more of an experience and is great for kids. Photo opportunities are everywhere and each installation is set for the perfect Instagram photo. The Museum of Ice Cream aims to connect, create moments of joy and stimulate your imagination.

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    New York West Village Food Tour

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    Go on one of the famous Food on Foot Tours. During the 3-hour tour, you will discover many great little restaurants and bakeries. A total of 6 of them are on your program on this walking tour, which is one of the most popular in the West Village. For foodies this tour is a must!

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    Washington Square Park

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    Washington Square Park, centrally located in the Village, extends over almost 4 hectares. Close to New York University with its distinctive Washington Square Arch, a triumphal arch inaugurated in 1895, the park is a popular place to be when the weather is fine. Through the Arch you have a wonderful view along 5th Avenue to the top of the Empire State Building. 

    If you are lucky, you can even enjoy a free jazz concert from the many jazz artists of the Village. Here, friends and family meet to relax, play chess, or just in general have a good time.

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    NYC Lower East Side Food and Culture Small-Group Tour

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    This is a really unique walking tour in NYC that will introduce you to the wonderful Lower East Side. The Lower East Side Food and Culture Tour shows you the many lovely little delis, Jewish specialties, bakeries and everything that makes up the soul of the city. 

    You’ll visit places that are an important part of the community, having operated in the same spot for generations. You’ll get a glimpse of authentic life and become part of the real New York. 

    With nearly 500 positive reviews, it’s the most popular walking tour in New York of them all!

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    High Line

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    There are few parks as unique as the High Line. The elevated freight rail line was repurposed as a public green space that opened in 2009 and now offers amazing views of the city, as well as a place to relax and unwind. Its plant life is based directly off what was growing there while it was abandoned, giving this park a unique and interesting atmosphere! The High Line stretches from The Meatpacking District all the way to Hudson Yards-34th Street.

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    Whitney Museum

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    Newly opened in 2015, the Whitney Museum in New York shines in a whole new light. The Whitney Museum has one of the most spectacular collections of contemporary art that focuses on American art of the 20th and 21st centuries. Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Edward Hopper, Jackson Pollock, and Robert Rauschenberg are just a few of the names whose paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs, and installations are part of the exhibits at the Whitney Museum. More than 21,000 works of art are permanently showcased here. The museum is located in The Meatpacking District in Manhattan.

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    Sex and the City Tour by Bus

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    The Sex and the City tour through Manhattan is the ultimate experience for fans of the show. For many, it has always been a dream to dream to see all the spots featured in the show. Follow Carrie (played by Sarah Jessica Parker) through New York City and see where Sex and the City was filmed. This is also an interesting tour for those who are generally interested in the areas around West Village and SoHo.

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    Chinatown and Little Italy Food Fest

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    Explore the flavors and traditions of  New York’s Chinatown and Little Italy during this exciting food tour. You’ll leave with a full stomach and lots of interesting information about the history and culture of these two neighborhoods.

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    Shopping in Soho

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    The shopping paradise par excellence. Every shopping heart beats faster here.

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    Take photos of the Audrey Hepburn-Graffiti

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    Each neighborhood has their own vibe and culture. New York City has some of the best street art and Little Italy is known for their great hidden graffiti. One of the most well-known of the city is located at 176 Mulberry St which features a mural of the the icon, Audrey Hepburn. Many more great spots can be photographed and admired there.

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    Stroll through SoHo

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    If you’re big into photography, then make sure to bring your camera to this neighborhood. SoHo fashion is some of the best fashion in the country and the art scene is top-notch as well. If photographing people isn’t your thing, then you also have the option of shooting the cast-iron buildings.

    During the industrial revolution, cast-iron architecture was very popular as everyone was convinced that iron was much more substantial and fireproofed than steel. At the time, cast-iron fronts were built more often than normal wooden houses. These typical cast-iron buildings are the reason why so many producers decided to shoot their films or commercials on the streets of SoHo.

    The fire escape staircases along with the architecture give the neighborhood its unique look. These beautiful buildings belong to SoHo similar to how yellow cabs belong to NYC.

Best Attractions in Downtown Manhattan

Interestingly, there aren’t that many famous New York attractions in Downtown Manhattan – these are rather in the adjacent Lower Manhattan in the south and Midtown in the north.

Nevertheless, there are a few small highlights that are worth a visit:

  1. 01 Anthology Film Archives

    If you’re a movie fanatic and you use quotes that come from movies then pay a visit to Anthology Film Archives in the East Village. The place has independent movies that you can’t really find anywhere else. 

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    02 Astor Place

    South of East 8th Street is Astor Place – the site of the Cooper Union – where many art schools, architecture offices and schools can be found today.

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    03 Audrey Hepburn-Graffiti

    Each neighborhood has their own vibe and culture. New York City has some of the best street art and Little Italy is known for their great hidden graffiti. One of the most well-known of the city is located at 176 Mulberry St which features a mural of the the icon, Audrey Hepburn. Many more great spots can be photographed and admired there.

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    04 Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral

    The Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral is the only basilica in New York and New York’s very first cathedral. You will be surprised how beautiful it is from the inside – and that it hides some secrets. The best way to find out what they are is to take a tour that takes you to different parts of the church, including the catacombs. It is one of the absolute insider tours in New York. You can learn more about it here.

    Courtesy of the picture: Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral

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    05 Bleecker Street

    Bleecker Street is a nice change from the turbulent Herald Square or 5th Avenue. It is considered one of the best shopping streets in the world. Why? Here a hip designer store and second hand shop follows one another.

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    06 Bowery Ballroom

    The nightlife of the Lower East Side is considered one of the best in the city. And one of the most popular locations for live music is the Bowery Ballroom (address: 6 Delancey St). The former ballroom offers many concerts worth seeing every week. Bruno Mars played here many years ago, when not the whole world knew him.

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    07 Broadway

    Broadway is probably the most famous street in New York City and SoHo’s main shopping street. It is not only the longest shopping street, but also a commercial heart of the city.

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    08 Cast iron architecture

    If you’re big into photography, then make sure to bring your camera to this neighborhood. SoHo fashion is some of the best fashion in the country and the art scene is top-notch as well. If photographing people isn’t your thing, then you also have the option of shooting the cast-iron buildings.

    During the industrial revolution, cast-iron architecture was very popular as everyone was convinced that iron was much more substantial and fireproofed than steel. At the time, cast-iron fronts were built more often than normal wooden houses. These typical cast-iron buildings are the reason why so many producers decided to shoot their films or commercials on the streets of SoHo.

    The fire escape staircases along with the architecture give the neighborhood its unique look. These beautiful buildings belong to SoHo similar to how yellow cabs belong to NYC.

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    09 Children’s Museum of the Arts New York

    This museum is for the kids. It introduces children and their families to art. They are able to create art with current working artists. The museum was founded in 1988 and is perfect for kids up to age 15.

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    10 City Hall Park

    The City Hall Park in Manhattan New York is one of those parks that you don’t immediately notice. The names of the other parks are too big. But there is a lot to see and to discover in its area. As the name suggests, it is located at the foot of the New York City Hall. It is the oldest of its kind in the USA (already over 200 years old) and is the seat of government of the mayor of NYC.

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    11 Columbus Park

    Columbus Park is the biggest park in Chinatown and is a great place to have a seat and watch life unfold around you. You will see that many of the locals meet here to do everything from play chess and exercise to just sitting down reading a book. It is a well known social hangout in the city and is a great place to sit down and have some of the street food you picked up in the nearby streets. 

    In the morning you will see people doing Tai Chi to fuel up for the day. In the afternoon there are mainly fortunetellers and people who play cards. During the warmer months, Columbus Park becomes a popular place to escape the tumultuous Chinatown.

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    The Comedy Cellar is a Manhattan comedy club where many of New York’s top comedians perform. It was founded in 1982 by the then stand-up comedian and the current TV writer and producer, Bill Grundfest. A show consists of five to seven comics, each lasting about 20 minutes. The club isn’t just exclusive to two New Yorkers. Notable comedians have also performed here such as Chris Rock, Dave Chapelle, Kevin Hart and Aziz Ansari.

    On the weekends, it can get pretty busy. A visit to the Comedy Cellar is an insider tip for anyone who wants to feel like a true New Yorker and is one of the best things to do in Greenwich Village. 

  13. 13 Film Forum

    The Film Forum in SoHo/Greenwich Village is a non-profit theater that’s known for showing independent flicks. If you’re a big movie person, this place is for you. The theater opened in 1970 and is an iconic spot.

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    14 Foley Square

    Foley Square is quite small, but from here you have a great view of the various beautiful buildings of the Civic Center district. The view of the United States Courthouse and the New York County Supreme Court is unique in NYC and really impressive. 

    Sit on a park bench with a coffee in hand – preferably the one from Think Coffee (350 Broadway) – and watch the action. There is always something interesting to see!

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    15 Friends-Apartment

    Everyone is familiar with the TV sitcom “Friends.” It’s considered one of the greatest sitcoms of all-time. Lucky for you, the Friends apartment is located right here in Greenwich Village. The exterior of the apartment was shot in NYC, but the rest of the show was shot in a studio in Los Angeles. 

    The apartment is located on the corner of Bedford and Grove St. You’ll always see a flock of people taking pictures, so you can’t miss it. If you’re a true Friends fan, you definitely won’t miss it.

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    16 Gay Pride Week & Christopher Street Parade

    The New York Gay Pride is one of the oldest parades for gays from all over the world. The beautiful Greenwich Village has been hosting it every year since 1970. Especially Christopher Street is colorfully decorated and you can find the famous rainbow flags everywhere. Also the global company Google decorates its outer facade at this time and shows tolerance. The parade taking place at the end of June is one of the biggest parades in New York. It leads along 5th Avenue to Greenwich Street.

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    The Gay Street in the West Village in Manhattan is with its length of 85 m one of the shortest streets in New York City and is located near the Gay Liberation Monument in Christopher Park. The name of the street does not actually come from the LGBT movement, but probably from a colonial era landowner living there. 

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    18 Grey Art Gallery NYU

    This is New York University’s fine art museum in Greenwich Village. It is right on Washington Square Park therefore making it a great location to visit. The museum puts on exhibitions about human culture where they acquire and preserve different artifacts that pertain to that specific subject.

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    19 Ground Zero Museum Workshop: Hands-On 9/11 Tour

    The Ground Zero Museum Workshop is a child-friendly attraction for 9/11, has won several awards and is one of the best 25 museums in the USA.

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    20 Grove Court

    Nestled between six brick red townhouses on Grove Street in the West Village, Grove Court is one of many courts spread throughout the city of NYC. The court is between 10 and 12 Grove Street and even though it’s pretty exclusive, there are always people at the game peeking in. If you’re ever in the West Village make sure to check this out.

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Best Guided Tours in Downtown Manhattan

NYC is filled with many tours and a lot of them pass through Downtown Manhattan. Whether it’s a movie-walk or just a general sightseeing tour, this part of NYC will most likely be involved. The neighborhood is known for its stores, fashion and a lot (!) of restaurants and bars.

Below are some of our favorite Downtown Manhattan tours:

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    01 A Slice of Brooklyn Pizza Tour

    The A Slice of Brooklyn Pizza Tour is a combination of sightseeing tour, bus and walking tour. It starts not far from Union Square Park in Manhattan: with your New York guide you drive to Brooklyn to get to know one of the most important neighborhoods like  Sunset Park, DUMBO, Bay Ridge and also Coney Island. 

    On this sightseeing tour you will learn where movies like Goodfellas, Once Upon in America or Annie Hall were filmed and you will stop at two of the best pizzerias in Brooklyn. Because pizza and New York simply belong together!

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    02 Brooklyn Bridge & DUMBO Walking Tour

    Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and learn about the exciting and dramatic history of this world-famous New York City neighborhood, all while enjoying breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline. On the other side of the Brooklyn Bridge you will discover DUMBO, a newly popular and up and coming part of Brooklyn. 

    Meeting point is 52 Chambers Street in front of the Tweed Courthouse.

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    03 Chinatown and Little Italy Food Fest

    Explore the flavors and traditions of  New York’s Chinatown and Little Italy during this exciting food tour. You’ll leave with a full stomach and lots of interesting information about the history and culture of these two neighborhoods.

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    04 NYC Lower East Side Food and Culture Small-Group Tour

    This is a really unique walking tour in NYC that will introduce you to the wonderful Lower East Side. The Lower East Side Food and Culture Tour shows you the many lovely little delis, Jewish specialties, bakeries and everything that makes up the soul of the city. 

    You’ll visit places that are an important part of the community, having operated in the same spot for generations. You’ll get a glimpse of authentic life and become part of the real New York. 

    With nearly 500 positive reviews, it’s the most popular walking tour in New York of them all!

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    05 NYC Lower East Side Walking and Food Tour

    The Lower East Side is still an absolute insider tip among the neighborhoods of New York City and a part of Lower Manhattan that I love to visit. There are countless authentic bars and delis, some of which have been family-owned for more than 100 years and are thus an important part of the community.  

    The NYC Lower East Side Walking and Food Tour deals exactly with these small spots and stores and is therefore a TOP Thing to do for foodies!

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    06 Soho, Little Italy & Chinatown Walking Tour

    Now known for their many excellent restaurants, shops and tourism, Manhattan’s SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown neighborhoods offer the most varied stories of New York City. Take a 2-hour tour with a local guide and discover hidden gems and 19th century buildings.

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    07 2-Hour Cupcake Tour of Greenwich Village

    If you’re into sweets and desserts you should try the famous Cupcake Tour. Sample colorful cupcakes at boutique bake shops, and build your own custom cupcake during this 2-hour tour in Greenwich Village. New York clearly has the best cupcakes and this will be the chance to try the best of them.

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    08 East Village Haunted Manhattan Walking Tour

    On this haunted walking tour you’ll explore one of the oldest neighborhoods in Manhattan: the East Village (and Alphabet City). And at night! There are 13 haunted locations on the list – from historic pubs to the Public Theater to a subway stop known for its “ghost train”.

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    09 Friends of the High Line Walking Tours

    The High Line Park takes you along the old tracks of the elevated railway to the Meatpacking District. Thanks to the initiative “Friends of the High Line” the park exists at all, because originally the construction was supposed to be torn down. And the best thing? They offer free tours!

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    10 Ghost Tour of Greenwich Village NYC

    Greenwich Village is for me one of the most beautiful neighborhoods of New York and has a lot to offer. But it also has a haunted side in stories, which will be shown to you on this walking tour. This ghost tour through Greenwich Village is full of spooky tales of lost children, phantoms and celebrity ghosts – and not only at Halloween a popular tour. 

    Along the way, you’ll learn many interesting anecdotes as you stroll through Washington Square Park, West 10th Street and the campus of New York University. The Greenwich Village Ghost Tour is a real highlight!

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    11 Ghosts of Greenwich Village: 2-Hour Private Walking Tour

    Do you like stories about ghosts? Then this private haunted tour of Greenwich Village in the evening is a great option! In two hours, you’ll hear lots of haunted stories about people who have suddenly disappeared or are haunted around Washington Square Park and New York University. And of course: also a lot about this beautiful neighborhood of NYC!

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    12 Greenwich Village Pizza Walk

    Pizza and New York simply belong together! Next to the famous Brooklyn Pizza Walking Tour, this tour through Greenwich Village and Little Italy is one of the most popular food tours in NYC. Included in the price are 3 slices of pizza from different stores and during the tour you will also learn a lot about these neighborhoods from a New York guide.

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    13 Greenwich Village Walking Tour

    Greenwich Village has a reputation as a magnet for Bohemians and intellectuals. Generations of artists and writers have given the neighborhood its free-spirited identity. From Bleecker St. to MacDougal St. and Sheridan Square, this tour will show you some of the best sights in Greenwich Village and tell you the story behind them.

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    14 Manhattan Neighborhood Private Customized Walking Tour

    You already have an idea of which neighborhoods and sights of New York you want to see? Then this walking tour is perfect for you, because you can create your individual route with your New York guide. 

    Each of the many neighborhoods has its own charm and character, which is what makes New York so charming and interesting. Therefore, the right mix can show you the best picture of the city. Combine Times Square and Broadway with Greenwich Village and Soho, or schedule Greenwich Village or Chelsea with the High Line. The beauty of this private tour is that you set the schedule. If you particularly like a place, you can just stay longer!

    With over 350 positive reviews, this private walking tour of NYC is one of the best!

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    15 New York Catacombs by Candlelight

    You will be surprised how beautiful Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral in Nolita is from the inside – and that it hides some secrets. The best way to find out what they are is to take a tour that takes you to different parts of the church, including the catacombs. It is one of the absolute insider tours in New York.

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    16 New York West Village Food Tour

    Go on one of the famous Food on Foot Tours. During the 3-hour tour, you will discover many great little restaurants and bakeries. A total of 6 of them are on your program on this walking tour, which is one of the most popular in the West Village. For foodies this tour is a must!

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    17 Sidewalks and Skyscrapers: Street Art Is This Way

    This walking tour shows that there is also street art and graffiti worth seeing in Manhattan. You start your exploration in Soho, and then in two hours learn the stories behind the large and small works of art. Some of the graffiti is an impressive 20 meters high, so always have your cameras ready!

If guided tours interest you, be sure to check out the Best Walking Tours NYC!

Best Restaurants in Downtown Manhattan

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    01 Balthazar

    The stylish restaurant serves traditional French cuisine. Outside the menu you can also choose from the seafood bar and the delicacies from the Balthazar Bakery. The breakfast is legendary and the home-baked bread is especially convincing. By the way, you can get a lot more of it in the adjacent bakery.

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    02 Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya

    Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya is a Japanese-style tavern and a traditional sushi bar with a fine dining experience. This spot is all about bonding together at a fun place to drink with delicious food selections. From small plate options to family-style platters, Blue Ribbon has got you covered. The location of this Lower East Side restaurant is also beautiful and convenient if you want to jump right into the East Village. 

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    03 Boqueria

    One of our highlights is the Boqueria in SoHo. We have walked past it 100 times and have not noticed it at all. Then it was recommended to us during a conversation and what can we say: it is really really good! We had to wait almost 30 minutes until we had two of the coveted seats. Both Tino and I would describe ourselves as Spain connoisseurs, so we were all the more surprised at HOW good the tapas were here. Took us right back to our summer vacations!

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    04 2 Bros Pizza

    2 Bro Pizza is one of the most famous and best shops in town if you are looking for Pizza Slices!

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    05 5 Guys Burger and Fries

    Just like Shake Shack, the 5 Guys Burger and Fries have become a burger chain that is very popular. Again, the good ingredients are the basis of everything – if you’re looking for a 5 Guys in New York, there are several of them!

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    06 American Cut

    The restaurant is very modern and here you can get very tasty steaks.

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    07 Angelica Kitchen

    Fresh, vegan food has been served here since 1976. Many of the ingredients are organically grown and Fairtrade certified.

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    08 Antique Garage

    As the name suggests, the location used to be an old screwdriver garage, which was brought to life in 2003. The furnishing with antique paintings and lamps creates a relaxed, cosy atmosphere.  And then the food: the starters alone are already a blast. Try “Mezze” – these are Mediterranean little treats.

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    09 Avant Garden

    In the cozy restaurant in the East Village, the food is served in a very stylish way. The quality is excellent and it tastes fantastic.

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    10 Bagatelle NYC

    The Bagatelle NYC is a French-Mediterranean restaurant with nightclub character

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    11 Bar Primi

    The Bar Primi is a small pasta shop that offers brunch, lunch and dinner with great Italian wines. Of course the typical Italian desserts are not missing. Everything is handmade – from the pasta to the sauce – and the authentic interior makes you feel as if you have made a little detour to Italy.

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    12 BigA Bite

    As the name suggests, there are big pizzas here. They can be up to 8 feet long – so BigA Bite is a great experience especially for groups (or for families with big appetites). The pizza dough is very fluffy, tasty and you have a great choice of toppings. Be sure to try the Pizziri to start beforehand. Or the Spicy Burrata!

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    13 Black Seed Bagels

    Black Seed Bagels offers delicious homemade bagels and homemade cream cheese options at a low price. You can also get fresh sandwiches, classic or fancy, with all the ingredients of your choice. Delicious classics are definitely the Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese, Smoked Turkey or Tuna Melt. Black Seed Bagels is a great shop with a lot of character and good food for New York’s smart spenders.

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    14 Black Tap NYC

    Black Tap NYC is known for its delicious milkshakes & burgers and really worth a visit!

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    15 Bobwhite Lunch and Supper Counter

    Bobwhite counters are known for their fried chicken, which is particularly juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside. The Coleslaw is sensational and the chicken is served with a homemade spicy BBQ sauce and honey. The menu is small and manageable, but if you’re hungry for good Southern fried chicken, there’s no way around it.

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    16 BoCaphe

    The BoCaphe is one of our favourite spots if we want to enjoy “Vietnamese French Cuisine” in a relaxed atmosphere.

  17. 17 BONDST

    BONDST is a very exceptional Japanese restaurant that is one of the best in all of New York City. Here, fine dining meets high-class and creative sushi creations – all in a very relaxed atmosphere.

    Located on three floors, BONDST is housed in a typical Soho-style building (Soho borders NoHo). A stylish lounge with its own sushi bar is located on the lower level. The Main Room is located on the first and second floor.

    If you want to eat really good and authentic sushi in New York, there is hardly any way around BONDST. It’s definitely not cheap, but worth every penny.

    By the way, the name is the only uncreative thing about BONDST in my opinion. Where does it come from? The Japanese restaurant has the address “6 Bond Street”.

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    18 Bubby’s High Line

    Bubby’s restaurant and bar is a stylish and modern spot with excellent food and great local beers. Bubby’s is a great place to grab some comfort food for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

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    19 Chinatown Ice Cream Factory

    The Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory offers some of the most unique ice cream flavors in New York City.

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    20 Cuba

    New Yorkers love the restaurant, especially because of its authenticity. The Cuban music, Latin American interior, excellent mojitos and friendly Cuban staff make this restaurant a must-go. The cuisine is absolutely recommendable. Everything is to the point and it tastes great. My tip: the Churrasco. With it a good wine or a glass of sangria.

Looking for more recommendations? We’ve got you covered! Here you find the Best Restaurants in Manhattan.

Best Bars in Downtown Manhattan

And these are my personal recommendations when it comes to bars in Alphabet City – you will love it!

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    01 Angel's Share

    Angel’s Share is the name given to the proportion of whiskey that evaporates when the casks are stored. In this little bar in the East Village you can definitely get the best whiskey.

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    02 Brandy Library

    Even if the name suggests otherwise: the Brandy Library has a huge selection of even very rare whiskeys in its program, which will make the heart of every whiskey fan beat faster. More than 1,000 bottles are used as decoration, especially in the evening it looks like a library of high-proof drinks. What we found very exciting are their events where you can learn more about Bourbons, Cognacs etc. Conclusion: Super-atmospheric and a real highlight!

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    03 169 Bar

    The bar is very popular with New Yorkers, the prices are sensational and the audience is mixed. Colourful is also the bar and for this reason alone worth a visit.

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    04 55 Bar

    A great bar with a good atmosphere, delicious drinks and cool music. The waiters are very nice!

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    05 Amelie Wine Bar

    When Paris meets New York, such wonderful places like the Amelie wine bar in Washington Square Park are born. Fantastic wines and little treats are available here at affordable prices. Definitely one of our favorites in the city.

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    06 Amity Hall

    Especially when the Carolina Panthers play, the atmosphere in Amity Hall is boiling! The bar is huge and the game is broadcast here on a 6 meter flatscreen and many other screens. Besides the classic Chicken Wings you can also get great burgers here.

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    07 Amor y Amargo

    The Amor y Amargo is one of the bars we really love! From the outside it is totally inconspicuous, but when you go inside you will immediately feel the charm of the bar. Such spots are what makes New York for me (similar spots are the Proletariat and Fools Gold NYC in the Lower East Side for me). It is small, cozy and absolutely relaxed – just great!

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    08 Analogue

    In the bar in the heart of Greenwich Village you can enjoy your drinks in a relaxed atmosphere. Live music is also played here from time to time.

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    09 Apotheke in Chinatown

    If you know, you know. Apotheke in Chinatown is one of those speakeasy types of bars that are still super trendy to go to. It still maintains the classic look and almost speakeasy vibe from back in the days.

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    10 B. On Top

    B. On Top is a small rooftop bar in the Meatpacking District, where you can end the day in a very relaxed way.

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    11 Barcade

    Nostalgic for arcade games and want to relive your childhood? Then head on over to Barcade. There are multiple locations in NYC, such as Williamsburg and the East Village. Barcade has the classic arcade games that you’re accustomed to such as Pac-man, Donkey Kong and Tetris. The only difference between your childhood and now is that if you wanted to (and we don’t encourage this), you can play drunk. Yes, they serve beer. Arcades and beer is an amazing time.

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    12 Brass Monkey NYC

    The Meatpacking District is known for its chic clubs, expensive cocktails and bars such as the Brass Monkey NYC.  Many of these locations are very exclusive and are unfortunately closed to tourists and visitors alike. If you want to get a taste of the Meatpacking District’s nightlife, Brass Monkey is definitely a spot to try.

    The Brass Monkey NYC, which is very popular with locals, opened in the summer of 2004 in the Meatpacking District and is considered as one of the hotspots in the area. The bar welcomes you to a relaxed atmosphere decorated with wood, copper and long tables where you can simply chat with others. Spread over 2 floors, there are 3 bars and a huge selection of beer. On the rooftop, there is a beer garden with amazing views of the Hudson River and New Jersey.

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    13 Cafe Wha?

    A classic spot in Greenwich Village is Cafe Wha?.  Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Bruce Springsteen, The Velvet Underground, Cat Mother & All Night Newsboys, Kool and the Gang, Peter, Paul & Mary, Woody Allen, Lenny Bruce, Joan Rivers and Bill Cosby are just some of the greats that were frequent visitors when they were just starting out their careers. 

    Today, you can listen to live music here and you should definitely have an evening at Cafe Wha?

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    14 Catch Roof

    The Catch Roof is the destination of many real locals to eat or drink cocktails here. The rooftop bar offers a sensational view of the old new Manhattan and has a great lounge. The restaurant is very stylish and there are areas that are great for a romantic dinner.

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    15 City Vineyard at Pier 26

    Are you looking for an nice bar with great wines, located directly on the water and with a great view of the One World Trade Center? Then the City Vineyard at Pier 26 is THE spot for you!

Looking for more recommendations? We’ve got you covered! Here you find the Best Bars in Manhattan.

Best Hotels in Downtown Manhattan

Staying in Downtown Manhattan has many advantages. You’ll always be surrounded by some of the best atmosphere, bars, restaurants, cafes, and shops in NYC – but it is not as busy as Midtown Manhattan. If you decide to stay in the neighborhood please check out these amazing hotels.

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    01 citizenM New York Bowery

    4 Stars | The citizenM New York Bowery is my favorite hotel in this area, because it combines a lot of things I like: stylish, bright rooms, a sensational bar and even a rooftop bar with a fantastic view. 

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    02 Moxy NYC East Village

    4 Stars | Such a stylish hotel! The Moxy NYC in the East Village is the sister hotel of the Moxy Chelsea NYC and is a boutique hotel at its best. The interior is a blast, the people super nice and the location top-notch. Can highly recommend!

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    03 PUBLIC Hotel

    4 stars | PUBLIC Hotel is one of the newest and, in my opinion, most beautiful hotels in New York. It is located in the Lower East Side neighborhood, right on the corner of Nolita and the East Village, and thus has many trendy bars and restaurants to offer.

    The ambience in the PUBLIC Hotel is really nice: harmonious colors, stylish interior and many plants create a very relaxed atmosphere. The hotel’s restaurant and bar are amazing and you can end the evening in the rooftop bar.

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    04 Arlo Soho

    4 Stars | The Arlo is a really cool hotel in right on the border of Soho, Hudson Square and Tribeca: it’s in a great area, the interior is stylish and the bar is amazing. What’s not to like? 

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    05 Crosby Street Hotel

    5 stars | In my opinion, the design hotel “Crosby Street Hotel” is one of the most beautiful hotels in all of New York. Like “The Mercer”, it is located in trendy and exclusive SoHo in the direct vicinity of the Museum of Modern Art Design (MOMA). The area is perfect for going out, shopping and eating!

    The 86 rooms and suites are super-stylish. The rooms are large, high, open and bright. The interior – for which Kit Kemp is responsible – offers a wonderful contrast to the loft-like windows, which are huge and reach down to the floor. Everything looks modern, but not without warmth. An absolute design highlight! The Crosby Bar & Terrace offers high standard food at any time of day – the cocktails in particular have a very good reputation.

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    06 East Village Hotel

    3 Stars | The spacious studios at the East Village Hotel are equipped with a kitchenette, dishwasher and cooker. So it’s great if you are on a budget and don’t want to constantly eat out. Astor Place underground station is a ten-minute walk from the hotel.

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    07 Gansevoort Hotel Meatpacking District

    5 Stars | The owners of the Gansevoort hotels place great emphasis on design, which you will immediately notice. Its location in the Meatpacking District puts you right in the middle of everything: the High Line, great restaurants and bars are in the immediate vicinity (the Meatpacking District is one of my favorite parts of the city). It also has a large pool from where you can look out over the rooftops of the city. It feels so luxurious! 

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    08 Hotel 50 Bowery

    4 Stars | Hotel 50 in Chinatown New York is a stylish boutique hotel with a cool roof terrace and very stylish rooms. You’ll be right in the middle of the action and within easy walking distance of great spots like the Lower East Side, East Village and Soho. 

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    09 Hotel Hugo

    4 Stars | The Hotel Hugo in SoHo was designed by architect Marcello Pozzi and is a successful blend of industrial design and art. The perfect location in the trendy SoHo district is just as brilliant as the excellent service and the wonderful rooms.

    The rooftop lounge on the top floor is a real highlight! The rooms are loft-style and if you’re hungry, the Italian restaurant at Hotel Hugo should be your first choice!

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    10 Hotel Indigo Lower East Side New York

    4 Stars | The rooms of the Indigo Hotel are stylishly furnished and each bathroom has a bathtub. And notable for anyone that isn’t the greatest fan of air-cons: The windows in the rooms can be tilted. Where else do you find that in a Manhattan hotel? 

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    11 Incentra Village Hotel

    3 Stars | The Village House with its Victorian style also impresses with its location. The High Line Park is only a few minutes’ walk away. There is a small kitchen in each of the rooms.

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    12 Mimosa Hotel Chinatown

    3 stars | The Mimosa is one of the most authentic and best value for money accommodations in New York’s Chinatown. Its location in the heart of this popular neighborhood makes it especially popular with Asian travelers. The rooms are always very clean and the service is excellent. 

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    13 Mulberry Hotel

    3 stars | The Mulberry is a basic hotel but in very good condition. Always clean and with attentive and efficient service and great value for money for this area of Downtown Manhattan. The best part? Some rooms even have terraces overlooking the city!

    Its location just a few meters from one of the city’s main subway stations makes it ideal for sightseeing and shopping days.

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    14 NobleDEN Hotel

    4 stars | NobleDEN Hotel is located in the heart of Little Italy, just a few meters from Ferrara, one of the neighborhood’s most famous bakeries. It is also within walking distance of important landmarks such as the Brooklyn Bridge, and just a few minutes by subway to the main attractions of Manhattan.

    The spacious and comfortable rooms are the ideal starting point for a trip to New York, no matter your preferences. From dining and drinking to shopping and sightseeing, the Hotel NobleDEN is sure not to disappoint.

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    15 Off Soho Suites

    2 Stars | Each of the modern suites has a chic living room with a flat-screen TV, a dining area and a sofa bed. For all gym fans among you, there is a fitness centre which you can use free of charge.

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    16 Roxy Hotel

    4 Stars | The Roxy Hotel is a small boutique hotel known for its first-class service. Relaxed jazz music plays in the lobby, and you can have a great dinner or just a meal in the beautiful courtyard of the hotel. 

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    17 Sheraton Tribeca New York Hotel

    4 Stars | The Sheraton Hotel in Tribeca is a truly outstanding hotel: the rooms are bright, big, and you can enjoy the view of the city from the rooftop terrace. Here you are right in the center of all the hustle and bustle of New York City. But inside the hotel, you won’t even notice that. It’s such a perfect combination.

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    18 SIXTY LES Hotel

    4 Stars | The highlights of the Sixty LES are definitely the rooftop pool, gym, and spa. The stylish rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows. My advice: When booking, definitely ask for a room on one of the higher floors and, with a little luck, enjoy a great view of the Empire State Building.

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    19 SIXTY SoHo

    5 Stars | The SIXTY SoHo is not just one of the many 5-star hotels on this list – it’s a real gem. The SIXTY also has to be among the most stylish hotels in the city, for sure. There is a real feel-good atmosphere all around. It almost feels like a stylish, luxurious loft at times and from many of the rooms you have a great view of the city. A luxury hotel with a twist! 

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    20 Sohotel

    4 Stars | This stylish hotel is located just a two-minute walk from the Bowery subway station and a five-minute walk from New York’s legendary Little Italy. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel and the friendly staff are on hand 24 hours a day and happy to assist. 

Recommended article: The Best Best Hotels in Manhattan and the Best Hotels in New York.

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