Loving New York https://loving-newyork.com Eine weitere WordPress-Seite Wed, 21 Aug 2019 14:45:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.2 Best Things to do in Williamsburg Brooklyn https://loving-newyork.com/things-to-do-williamsburg-2/ https://loving-newyork.com/things-to-do-williamsburg-2/#respond Wed, 21 Aug 2019 14:45:28 +0000 https://loving-newyork.com/?p=88851 Loved by musicians, artists, and the creatives of NYC, Williamsburg has become increasingly popular and has grown in recent years. The vibe […]

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Loved by musicians, artists, and the creatives of NYC, Williamsburg has become increasingly popular and has grown in recent years. The vibe here is incredible and attracts people from across the globe. From street art, unique shopping opportunities and coffee shops to restaurants and food trucks, the area is bustling with creativity and unique individuals. Below you will find our detailed guide to the area filled with insider tips on things to do, places to eat, bars to visit and shops to explore.

How to get to Williamsburg

There are multiple trains that lead to SoHo. You can take the L to various stations, The G train from Queens or the M train. To be completely honest there aren’t many commuter options to Williamsburg, but it is definitely worth checking out.

Walking through Williamsburg Brooklyn

Things To Do in Williamsburg

Williamsburg is another tale of a former NYC working class neighborhood turned into one of the city’s most trendy and desirable locations. Williamsburg is located on the north side of Brooklyn and just south of Greenpoint. This area has skyrocketed in to popularity with the younger crowd. The neighborhood has come a long way from its reputation of danger and widespread crime in the 1970’s.

The area has drastically changed since the mid 1990’s when low rents attracted young creatives and young professionals from around the world. It is hard to imagine that this trendy, hipster, district was once unsafe and undesirable. Today when you visit Williamsburg, you will find a very special place with a great atmosphere. It’s a place that is loved by the people that reside there. Williamsburg is more than a huge contrast to the busy, noisy, and sometimes strict life in Manhattan. In Williamsburg it seems like it’s more carefree which is refreshing and you certainly notice that vibe once you step foot in the neighborhood.

Top 5 Things to do in Williamsburg

Top 5 Sights

  • Walk or Bike Across the Williamsburg Bridge – The bridge starts in the Lower East Side in Manhattan and it takes you directly to Williamsburg. Walking or biking across this bridge will give you awesome views and a great experience. If you don’t have a bike, go rent one with CITI Bike.
  • Visit Brooklyn Brewery for Some Great Beer – This brewery opened up in 1988 and is one of the most popular, if not the most popular beer in Brooklyn.
  • Domino Park – This park is named after the original Domino Sugar Factory because, well it was literally right there. Actually, the factory is still there, but isn’t running anymore. It’s NYC’s newest park and it is beautiful.
  • Vintage Shopping/Thrift Stores – There are thrift stores everywhere in Williamsburg. If you’re looking for vintage anything, this is the place to be. Check out L Train Vintage or other stores in the area.
  • Go Bowling – It’s a vintage scenery so why not go bowling. Brooklyn Bowl is a great place to check out if you’re in the area.

Things To Do in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Bedford Ave in Williamsburg

Williamsburg is continuously growing and is a place for creatives and young professionals. There are numerous things to do here.

Creative Scene in Williamsburg

Neighborhood in Williamsburg

Meanwhile more than 6500 artists are living their creative life in Williamsburg. Actors, musicians, photographers and anyone with a creative background enjoy and have helped foster an environment for great restaurants, clubs, galleries and unique shops.

Residents of Williamsburg live in urban lofts that used to be former factories/warehouses or rent a luxury apartment at the waterfront giving them sensational views of the Manhattan skyline. Most of the old factory buildings are full of graffiti giving the area are an artistic flair. While walking around you will see an overwhelming amount of bikes and skateboards compared to Manhattan. There’s no stress or hurry in Williamsburg. It’s a different lifestyle in this neighborhood. Check out this amazing walking tour in Williamsburg to experience the history and culture of the area.

Food, Food and More Food

Smorgasburg in Williamsburg Brooklyn

At the Smorgasburg Food Market, you can find all the unique foods Williamsburg has to offer. From pastries to Ramen Burgers, this is the place for foodies. Smorgasburg means “a mix of food” and offers a huge selection of small stalls offering the most delicious local delicacies.

The most popular open food market in New York City takes place every weekend during spring and summer months, attracting New Yorkers and tourists to Williamsburg. There you can eat, drink and enjoy the magnificent view of the Manhattan skyline on the East River Waterfront.

The market is always open on Saturday rain or shine from 11AM – 6PM.

Another great way to explore the Brooklyn cuisine is during the 3-Hour Brooklyn Food Tour. It’s a foodie tour of  Williamsburg where you get to taste the dishes of the best eateries in the neighborhood. Also learn about Williamsburg history as you walk through town.

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Restaurants in Williamsburg

There are a lot of amazing restaurants so theres a bunch to choose from. Here are some articles for more in-depth details.

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1. Allswells

(Address: 124 Bedford Avenue   |   http://allswellnyc.com)

Great American kitchen with an amazing atmosphere on the famous Bedford Avenue.

2. The Elm

(Address: 160 North, 12th Street   |   http://theelmnyc.com)

French food at the King & Grove Hotel!

3. Peter Luger

(Address: 178 Broadway   |   http://peterluger.com)

The best steak in Williamsburg

4. Roberta’s

(Address: 261 Moore Street   |   http://www.robertaspizza.com)

Classic Italian – one of our favorites

Awesome Views in Williamsburg Brooklyn

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Our  favorite place in Williamsburg has nothing to do with hip clubs, vegan restaurants, or thrift shops, but it has great views and a lot of places to rest. It’s NYC’s newest park as well.

What are we talking about?
It’s Domino Park in Williamsburg located right on the East River. To get there, you just walk Grand Street to the water and it will be right there. You can’t miss it. Domino Park on the East River invites you to play volleyball, picnic and go for a walk. The view of Manhattan is terrific. Our tip: come during sunset

Shopping in Williamsburg

Williamsburg is a great destination for shopping, if you like flea markets, second hand stores or vintage items. What you won’t find here are big retailers like ZARA and H&M. Stores that sell unique products dominate this part of town. A famous example of the type of stores that thrive in Williamsburg is the second hand and exchange store Buffalo Exchange or L Train Vintage.

Other shops & flea markets are ran by artists themselves and offer a variety of handcrafted products made by locals. Bedford Avenue is a great spot to find clothes or a special gift for someone. Shopping in Williamsburg is in complete contrast to Manhattan and the glamorous shops of Fifth Avenue. 

Art Scene in Williamsburg

Art is everywhere in Brooklyn, especially in Williamsburg. All you have to do is take a walk around the area and you’ll see it everywhere. It’s embedded in the neighborhood and it’s what defines the area.

Walking tours in Williamsburg

Staying in Williamsburg Brooklyn

Many young people love staying in Williamsburg during their trip to New York City.  Due to its reputation and relaxed atmosphere Williamsburg has become an increasingly popular spot to stay. It promises a different experience than Manhattan and shows people the less commercial side of New York City. The Wythe Hotel at the Williamsburg Waterfront is a good choice for those wishing to experience the atmosphere of the district as well as get some amazing views of the city.

This trendy location has 72 stylish rooms in different sizes, a fancy rooftop bar and is close to the city making it perfect as a hub for exploration. Hotel Le Jolie is a small boutique hotel and a cheaper option. Located on Meeker Avenue you’ll find cozy and comfortable rooms in the heart of the unique neighborhood. Our personal recommendation for those who want to live in an apartment, would be to try to find a place with Airbnb. This way you will get the chance to experience and live in a Williamsburg apartment and get the most value for your money.

Nearby Neighborhoods To Check Out

If you’re in Williamsburg, make sure to check out these nearby neighborhoods.

Neighborhoods That are Similar to Williamsburg

If you enjoyed Williamsburg in Brooklyn, then make sure to check out these neighborhoods below.

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For food lovers, there’s Restaurant Week and for theater lovers, there’s Broadway Week! Regardless of whether you’re new to Broadway or you’re just looking for an excuse to watch another show, you can’t miss this attractive offer of half-price tickets!

NYC Broadway Week 2019: The next NYC Broadway Week will take place from September 3 – 15. Tickets are already available!!


What is Broadway Week?

Broadway Week is a bi-annual theater celebration offering discounted Broadway tickets since 2011. For every ticket you purchase, you get another one for free! Even though it is called Broadway Week it actually lasts much longer than 7 days.

When is Broadway Week?

Broadway Week is celebrated in New York twice a year – every winter and every summer.  The next New York Broadway Week will run from September 3rd through September 15th. You should already check for tickets from August 16 onwards, as they are extremely popular and go quick. Broadway Week is followed by Off-Broadway Week about one week later.

How much are Broadway Week tickets?

During Broadway Week you can claim 2-for-1 tickets, meaning you get half-price Broadway tickets. Tickets can be purchased for as little as $30! Tickets typically go on sale about two weeks earlier. As Broadway Week offers some of the best deals in New York, you should definitely take advantage of it and book as early as possible. 

Shows you can see during Broadway Week:


How can I get cheap Broadway Tickets?

Broadway Week is the best way to get guaranteed cheap Broadway tickets. All you need to do is to book in advance! It’s the best way to secure discounted tickets. Another way to score cheap Broadway tickets is through lotteries, the box offices or the TKTS counters at Times Square and South Street Seaport. However, these tickets are not guaranteed and depend on luck and availability. Cheap Broadway tickets are only available at the box offices and TKTS counters last-minute.

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The Lookup is one of the newest rooftop bars in Midtown and a real insider tip! It’s a super casual place to go which is not so crowded yet. On top of that you have a great view of the Empire State Building. That’s by the way where the this rooftop bar got it’s name. In order to see the famous landmark, your have to look up.

The location of the Rooftopbar is perfect, you will find it on the roof of the Hotel Metro (soon to be renamed “Kixby Hotel”). Adjacent to some of the main highlights in Midtown like Macy’s at Herald Square, Keens Steakhouse, the Empire State Building and Bryant Park.

Pictures of the Rooftop Bar

What I particularly like about the Rooftop Bar is the atmosphere. From the location itself to the guests, everything is very relaxed and casual. Many rooftop bars at Meatpacking District for instance have turned into “snobby spots”, which I personally don’t like very much. The Lookup is the exact opposite. Here you can really relax and enjoy your drinks (and the delicious bar food) and be part of the locals.

Now it’s getting delicious!

Beside the cocktails (pitcher size) the Lookup offers also a great variety of different wines and beers. Take advantage of the oversized cocktails when you are heading here with a group of friends.

Check out their Negroni Cocktail!

Like many other rooftop bars, it’s only open in summer, so hurry up and visit it! Also make sure to check out our list of best rooftop bars in NYC.

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Enjoy a beautiful sunset while sailing on the Hudson River during this 1-hour nighttime cruise to the Statue of Liberty. Let the magic of New York City blow you away while listening to a commentary by a native tour guide on the cruise.

Statue of Liberty Night Cruise: What you need to know

Statue of Liberty Night Cruise NYC SkylineThe tour starts promptly at 7 PM from Pier 16 at South Street Seaport (between April 1 and October 31st). The area offers stunning views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Lower Manhattan Skyline. So make sure to snap a photo while waiting for the tour to get started.

During the 60-minutes tour, you’ll pass some of the main sights in Lower Manhattan such as the One World  Trade Center, Brookfield Place, and Brooklyn Bridge before arriving at the highlight of the tour, the Statue of Liberty. The boat stays at the landmark for a little while so that everyone is able to take pictures and videos.

Is the Statue of Liberty Night Cruise worth it?

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The tour is only an hour-long which is why we think it’s a nice add-on to other boat trips New York City has to offer during the day. Watching the sunset is an unforgettable moment that you shouldn’t miss. If you want to see more than just the Statue of Liberty, make sure to check on other cruises during the day, or at night, as well.

Also, taking a selfie with Miss Liberty is not such a bad thing to do in NYC either. You’ll be able to shoot your photo super close to the Statue of Liberty which already makes this trip worth going.

Tickets for the Statue of Liberty Night Cruise

The tour during sunset to see the Statue of Liberty is super popular which is why we highly recommend booking the tickets in advance online.

Make sure to get there at least 30 minutes before the tour starts to exchange your voucher for the actual ticket. We didn’t know better and waited in line to board the ship but then had to go back to the ticket booth to get our tickets printed out.


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The New York City Fire Museum https://loving-newyork.com/new-york-city-fire-museum/ https://loving-newyork.com/new-york-city-fire-museum/#respond Tue, 13 Aug 2019 17:51:57 +0000 https://loving-newyork.com/?p=88716 The New York City Fire Museum is a small museum in SoHo which tells the story about the FDNY. You’ll […]

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The New York City Fire Museum is a small museum in SoHo which tells the story about the FDNY. You’ll get to see fire-related art, artifacts, gear, and apparatus from the late 18th century to the present.

Fire Museum NYC: What you can expect

NYC Fire Museum for kidsLocated in the former quarters of the FDNY’s Engine Company No. 30, a renovated 1904 fire house at 278 Spring Street between Varick and Hudson Streets, the NYC Fire Museum is hard to miss. In beautiful SoHo, it offers on three floors everything you need to know about the history and present about the FDNY.

Expect to see everything from fire-related art, artifacts and their original gear to apparatus from the late 18th century to the present which will blow your mind. It’s a great place to take your kids but also for you to learn more about the FDNY.

NYC Fire Museum for Kids

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They have special events for the little ones, where the kids learn how the FDNY operates during a fire in a building. Get ready, because there will be (real) smoke/fog to stage a real fire situation. Our kids were amazed by it.

Reservations not needed for General Admission
$10.00 for Adults
$8.00 for Students, Seniors , Firefighters, AAA members, Federally Disabled (with ID)
$5.00 for Children

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M&M’s World Times Square NYC https://loving-newyork.com/mms-world-nyc/ https://loving-newyork.com/mms-world-nyc/#respond Fri, 09 Aug 2019 17:04:02 +0000 https://loving-newyork.com/?p=88651 In the heart of Midtown Manhattan, on famous Times Square, M&M’S World Times Square is probably the most colorful store […]

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In the heart of Midtown Manhattan, on famous Times Square, M&M’S World Times Square is probably the most colorful store in town. At M&M’s World Times Square NYC, you can purchase M&M’s of almost every color and flavor.

A paradise for kids: M&M’s World Times Square NYC

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At M&M’s World Times Square NYC your heart will skip a beat, when you like chocolate and  M&M’s. The selection of the different flavors is impressing and especially the little ones will love this funny looking store. Over 20 colors with new flavors that you can’t buy in a regular store M&M’s World Times Square NYC attracts thousands of visitors every day.

Print your name on your favorite M&M’s

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The highlight of the store is the the two-story color wall filled with M&M’s (Milk, Peanut and Specialty M&M’S Candies). Are you looking for a special gift or give-away? For a couple of years now costumers can use the personalized printer, which will allow guests to create customized M&M’S right in the store.

Select from different images (Big Apple, “I Love NY,” the Statue of Liberty, as well as the New York Giants, New York Jets, New York Yankees and New York Mets logos and many more), or just create your own message on your favorite M&M’s.

The M&M’s store in New York is one of the things you shouldn’t miss while visiting Times Square in Manhattan. And even if you don’t like chocolate, the store offers great views of Times Square from the upper level.

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SoJo Spa Club in New Jersey https://loving-newyork.com/sojo-spa-club-nj/ https://loving-newyork.com/sojo-spa-club-nj/#respond Tue, 06 Aug 2019 17:46:07 +0000 https://loving-newyork.com/?p=88352 Are you looking for a unique and relaxing experience during your New York trip? If so, we’ve found something that […]

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Are you looking for a unique and relaxing experience during your New York trip? If so, we’ve found something that may make crossing the Hudson River worth it for you! In addition to a myriad of other pampering services, New Jersey’s SoJo Spa in Edgewater is particularly known for its infinity pool with amazing views of New York City.

About SoJo Spa Club in Edgewater

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SoJo is a spa club that offers you the ultimate wellness experience in the NY/NJ area, including a variety of indoor and outdoor pools, hot tubs, saunas, a cold waterfall, and lounges across several floors. In addition to relaxing in those areas, you can choose to add various treatments, like massages and facials.

What the Spa Club is most famous for, however, is its infinity pool overlooking the Hudson River and Manhattan. Though it’s the same height as Central Park you can see Midtown Manhattan and even Downtown Manhattan in the distance.

A trip to SoJo could encompass several hours of relaxation, so it’s an incredible way to spend a day off from the rigors of sightseeing while still being able to drink in one of the greatest skylines in the world. If you ever find yourself hungry while enjoying SoJo’s world-class services, there’s a café with lots of snacks as well.

SoJo Spa Prices

In order to take advantage of its facilities at SoJo Spa, you need to purchase a day pass. With a day pass, there are no limitations as to how long you can stay. You are welcome to stay all day if you want to.

Here are the rates:

  • Weekday admission: $60
  • Weekend admission: $80

It’s a little pricy, but spoiling yourself can be worth it. After all, it’s a luxury experience! Admission covers access to all pools, hot tubs, and saunas but does not include any additional treatments like massages or facials. To add on spa treatments, be sure to make an appointment in advance. Based on the price alone, you should try to come on a weekday if you have the option.

Our SoJo Spa Review

For us, SoJo Spa in NJ was a spectacular experience! For all those who want to experience the highest level of relaxation while taking in mesmerizing views of the city, this is a great place to go to. It’s just as nice in the summer as it is in the winter so you can really go there any time: it’s open 365 days a year! The luxury experience comes with a high price, but if you’re only visiting New York, it may be worth it to come here.

If you do choose to include SoJo Spa in your itinerary, I’d recommend coming on a weekday, not only because it is cheaper but also because it’s typically less crowded. I myself went on a Saturday and it wasn’t overcrowded, yet I anticipate this place to gain more popularity in the future!

Go have breakfast at Brownstone Pancake Factory beforehand!

Because you’ll already be in the area, be sure to check out Brownstone Pancake Factory located in Edgewater as well. Of course, a visit here makes the most sense if you’re heading over in the morning. With almost 2,000 positive Google reviews, it’s no secret that you can have the most delicious and gorgeous-looking pancakes, waffles, omelets, milkshakes, and more. While Edgewater may seem a little far at first simply because it’s not located directly in NYC, it’ll only take you 25 minutes to get there.

All in all, I’d say SoJo Spa is a great place to visit. It’s a fun break from hectic sightseeing and large crowds. New York truly looks peaceful from up there.

How to get to SoJo Spa in Edgewater

SoJo Spa in Edgewater

The good news is that even though SoJo Spa is located in NJ, across the river, it only takes about 25 minutes to get there from New York City. You cannot take the New York subway as you’ll be leaving the city, nor is there a PATH connection to that part of New Jersey. Luckily for us, SoJo Spa offers a complimentary shuttle service from NYC ensuring your visit is relaxed from beginning to end. To take advantage of the free shuttle, you need to reserve over the phone. Read how to reserve the shuttle here.

If you want to get there on your own because you’re planning on exploring something else in the area, then taking the bus is your best bet. Head to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan and take NJ Transit bus line 158 towards Fort Lee. Stay on the bus for 17 stops and get off at River Rd at Vreeland Terrace. You’ll be dropped off on the opposite side of the street. It’ll take about 25 minutes to get there which is not bad at all!


Can I take photos at SoJo Spa Club?

Yes, you can! You can take photos in the infinity pool and other community spaces. However, you cannot take photos everywhere. SoJo Spa is very strict when it comes to locker rooms or bathhouses. At no time is anyone allowed to take photos or videos in there. I’ve seen staff call out multiple people during my visit though I am not sure whether they actually tried to snap a photo or if they were just on their phones. When using your phone, try not to disturb other guests. Extended photoshoots are frowned upon, so try to keep it to a minimum.

Is there a dress code at SoJo Spa Club?

Yes! After buying your day pass, upon entering the spa, you’ll be asked to take off your shoes right away. They will be stored on the ground floor until you leave the spa. When you get to your locker rooms, you’ll be handed a towel and a bathrobe that you are asked to wear indoors at all times. In the pools, you should wear appropriate swimwear (nothing that overly exposes your body).

Is there an age requirement at SoJo Spa Club?

Yes. SoJo Spa in Edgewater only allows guests 16 or older. Anyone under 16 will not be permitted. Anyone from 16 to 18 needs to be accompanied by an adult.

Can I drink alcohol at SoJo Spa Club?

While the idea of having a drink in a pool while overlooking New York City may seem attractive, it is not allowed. Alcohol consumption (and smoking) are not allowed at the facility.

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Pilot Brooklyn https://loving-newyork.com/pilot-brooklyn/ https://loving-newyork.com/pilot-brooklyn/#respond Tue, 06 Aug 2019 15:54:44 +0000 https://loving-newyork.com/?p=88529 As you probably already know, we are very big fans of “Grand Banks” – the two-masted sailing vessel at Chelsea […]

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As you probably already know, we are very big fans of “Grand Banks” – the two-masted sailing vessel at Chelsea Piers, where you can have a relaxed drink and enjoy incredible views of the Hudson River and the Statue of Liberty. If you don’t know Grand Banks yet, be sure to check it out – you’ll find our article and video here.

Now, you can also find an offshoot of Grand Banks in Brooklyn. It’s called Pilot and is located directly at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6. Once we learned about Pilot, we knew we had to stop by and check it out. Our summary of the spot? It’s simply awesome! Its superb location right at the Brooklyn Bridge Park lets you enjoy picture-perfect views of Lower Manhattan, the Downtown Manhattan Heliport and the Statue of Liberty – all that in the most comfortable ambiance you can imagine!

Pilot Brooklyn

The spot is still a real insider tip in Brooklyn!

Impressions of the vintage boat Pilot Brooklyn

Take in the sunset views with a glass of wine in your hand and, if you like, choose from different oysters or smaller seafood dishes to complement the wine.

PILOT vessel Brooklyn

Fun fact: The boat Pilot is over 100 years old and used to be the United States’ fastest ship back in the days.

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My Top 6 Fun Things to Do in Manhattan https://loving-newyork.com/fun-things-to-do-in-manhattan/ https://loving-newyork.com/fun-things-to-do-in-manhattan/#respond Mon, 05 Aug 2019 17:46:53 +0000 https://loving-newyork.com/?p=87636 It is no secret that Manhattan is the epicenter of entertainment in New York. Wherever you go, you’ll find plenty […]

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It is no secret that Manhattan is the epicenter of entertainment in New York. Wherever you go, you’ll find plenty to do! With choices this abundant, it’s time to filter out some most fun things to do in Manhattan.

The 6 most fun things to do in Manhattan

We don’t need to tell you to visit the Empire State Building, the MoMA or Central Park even though they are certainly all a lot of fun to visit. Instead, allow us to present to you the most fun activities that are truly unique to Manhattan.

1. Visit Gayle’s Broadway Rose Café

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Broadway shows belong to New York like Times Square and the Empire State Building. The excitement for Broadway, however, goes way beyond attending the shows. Whether you are seeing a Broadway Show in New York or not, Gayle’s Broadway Rose is a café you should go to for a fun experience in Manhattan. What’s offered here? At Gayle’s Broadway Rose you can enjoy your favorite Broadway tunes while having delicious and fabulous-looking milkshakes. The songs are sung to you by extremely talented, aspiring Broadway performers. It’s a great alternative to Ellen’s Stardust Diner.

Address: 694 8th Ave

2. Participate in a Central Park event

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Anyone who is visiting New York is probably going to walk in Central Park at some point during their trip. It is one of the must-dos that you simply cannot skip. There is more to Central Park though; it’s more than just a beautiful scenic green space. Did you know that there are lots of fun events hosted in Central Park throughout the year? The fun activities and events hosted in Central Park are endless, making them some of the most fun things to do in Manhattan.

A park of this size is sure to offer a great variety. You can choose from participating in sports, attending concerts and performances, joining activities, and taking tours, including:

  • Shakespeare in the Park
  • 5k runs (for example the New Year’s Eve Midnight Run)
  • Yoga classes
  • Ice skating in the winter season
  • Walking tours
  • Scavenger Hunts
  • The Summerstage Festival
  • GMA Summer Concert Series
  • New York Philharmonic Concerts
  • OZY Fest Summer Performance Series
  • Jazz Performances

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Central Park is not the only park in Manhattan that offers fun activities throughout the year. You may as well check out what is offered in Bryant Park’s program. Learn how to juggle? See Broadway performances? Watch a movie? Do yoga? No problem, the parks have got you covered! The best thing about those fun offers? Most of them are free!

3. Forget reality at the Museum of Illusions Fun things to do in Manhattan

During my recent visit here, I quickly concluded that the Museum of Illusions (MOI) needs to be on our list of the most fun things to do in Manhattan. At the Museum of Illusions, NOTHING is as it seems. Wherever you look, you can’t trust your eyes. The illusions are surreal and it takes a while to understand what you’re looking at or experiencing. The Museum of Illusions calls itself a “fitness center for the brain” and that is a great summary. They did a great job of displaying a wide range of different exhibits so that no one is like another. The exhibits include optical and photo illusions as well as an anti-gravity room, infinity room and a rotated room. Visiting the museum is also a fun thing to do in NYC with kids.

Address: 77 8th Ave, Meatpacking District

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4. Join a cooking class at Eataly

Eataly Cooking Class Manhattan

Eataly is an Italian food market where you can either purchase fresh, authentic Italian products or go for a great dining experience or snack. Be sure to prepare your taste buds to be spoiled when you come here. Eataly is no longer a secret spot and has currently two locations in Manhattan: one in the Flatiron District and one in Lower Manhattan.

What many people don’t know, however, is that the experiences at Eataly go beyond buying and tasting delicious food. Apart from the obvious, you can also learn how to cook authentic Italian dishes at Eataly. At “La Scuola” in the Flatiron District, you can sign up for many different classes. Naturally included are pasta or pizza workshops, but the list goes much further. You can even take advantage of special seasonal offers. Just have a look and you’ll find a class that gets you excited.

So when you’re looking for fun things to do in Manhattan, definitely consider these cooking classes as an option! They are great for any occasion, especially for a fun night out with friends and date nights. Because there is limited availability for each class, try to book way in advance!

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5. Eat or drink at a unique restaurant

Fun restaurant in Manhattan

Manhattan is packed with restaurants, so going hungry is something you will not experience here. It truly is a culinary melting pot in which you can find any cuisine within a few minutes. For a restaurant to survive here, it’s got to be creative leading to a great number of fun restaurants in Manhattan. They stand out from the crowd not only due to their cuisine or particular dishes but especially because of the unique dining experience they offer to their guests.

Here’s a list of some fun restaurants in Manhattan we’ve been to:

  • Abigail’s Kitchen
    According to Abigail’s Kitchen, the best way to truly taste your meal is by eating it blindly. By being blind-fold, you can focus on the smells, textures, and sounds of your secret meal.
  • Jekyll and Hyde Club
    This haunted dining adventure is for those you enjoy spooky special effects. Every 10 minutes, something unusual happens in the restaurant. Not for the faint-hearted!
  • Raclette
    Do you love cheese? We do too! The best way to satisfy your cheese cravings is going to the Swiss restaurant Raclette. The decadent melted cheese will be scraped directly onto your plate.
  • Nutella Café
    Attention Nutella fans: this café is entirely dedicated to Nutella, meaning that everything on the menu has a Nutella component in it! It’s a little pricey, but worth the experience.
  • Apotheke
    Apotheke, German for pharmacy, is not just a cocktail bar. They work with great attention to detail making the presentation of the drinks just as “dramatic” as the drinks themselves.

If any of the restaurants made it onto your bucket list, be sure to make reservations beforehand.

6. Teleport into Virtual Reality at VR World

Virtual reality fun in Manhattan

Without a doubt, visiting VR World has been one of the most fun things to do in Manhattan for me and my friends. I greatly recommend checking it out whether you have or haven’t experienced Virtual Reality before. At VR World, which is located conveniently in Midtown Manhattan, you truly dive into different worlds. There are more than 50 immersive, single and multiplayer games to choose from. Yet, VR World is not just limited to games, hosting an impressive collection of virtual reality movies and even a meditation area where you can transport yourself to a surreal landscape and find your Zen. You don’t need to be a gamer at all to enjoy your time here. I personally couldn’t believe how real Virtual Reality experiences are. Once you put on your VR headset, you’ll forget everything around you, I promise!

Address: 4 E 34th St, Midtown

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More fun things to do in New York

Do you need more inspiration on fun stuff to do in Manhattan? You’re in luck! For more fun stuff, check out our extensive list of fun things to do in NYC that includes many more fun activities, many of which can be found in Manhattan. If you’re traveling with kids, you may want to take a look at the best things to do in NYC with kids.

Do you know about other super fun activities in Manhattan you’d like to share with us? Please let us know in the comments! We’re always looking to expand our list with cool ideas!

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The answer to whether you should or should not see a Broadway show when visiting New York is crystal clear: YES, it absolutely belongs on your bucket list! What is not always as clear, however, is which show to pick. In order to help you out, we’ve created an overview of the absolute best Broadway shows in NYC right now.

Our favorite Broadway shows

It’s tough for us to keep the list of our favorite Broadway shows short, but we’ve finally concluded on our top Broadway shows. We’ve enjoyed some of them so much that we have seen them multiple times! We are confident that, no matter what show you go for, it will be an unforgettable experience!


📍Richard Rodgers Theatre 💲 from 200

best musical in new york

Hamilton holds the record of being the Broadway show with most Tony nominations. It has belonged to the most popular Broadway shows in New York since its opening nights and worldwide. The innovative idea of combining the story of the United States’s founding father Alexander Hamilton with hip hop. Music is incredible and the first of its kind so that even today, all shows are completely sold out. All in all, Hamilton is a true masterpiece by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Learn more…


Dear Evan Hansen

📍Music Box Theatre 💲from 200

best musical on broadwayDear Evan Hansen is hands-down one of the best Broadway shows in New York since its debut. It’s a relatable musical that takes you on an emotional roller coaster ride. While it covers some serious topics, it doesn’t fail to incorporate lots of funny moments that have the whole theater giggle. The music will be stuck in your ears long after you’ve left the Music Box Theatre. Learn more…



Come From Away

📍Schoenfeld Theatre 💲from 200

best broadway shows in new yorkCome From Away truly deserves a spot in our list of best Broadway shows in NYC. The heartfelt musical reminds us of the importance of human kindness. The minimalist stage design helps focus even more on the superb performance of the cast. What else is so special about it? Each of the 12 actors plays 2 different characters. The execution is done in a simple yet extremely clever way. You’ll be surprised! Learn more…

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📍Walter Kerr Theatre 💲from 200

Best musical on Broadway

When talking about the best Broadway shows in New York, Hadestown cannot be left out. It won the Tony Award for Best Musical 2019. Hadestown retells the Greek myth of Orpheus and Euridice. The tragic love story wins over its audience not only by its stage design but also by the songs. Learn more…

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The best Broadway shows according to critics

Every year, new musicals covet the honor of being recognized as Broadway’s best. The most notable ceremonies praising Broadway shows are the Oscar, Tony and Grammy Awards. These awards, particularly the Tonys, are a great indicator if you are not sure which Broadway shows to watch. Apart from the best musicals below, you’ll find more critics picks (Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, and Hadestown) in the other categories.

The Phantom of the Opera

📍Majestic  Theatre 💲from 200

Best Broadway shows of all time

After 30 years on Broadway, the Phantom of the Opera remains one of the best Broadway shows of all time. Even after all this time, the classic musical is seeing sold-out performances on a daily basis. And there is no end in sight. With this level of popularity in mind, it is a must-see Broadway show in New York for everyone. Learn more…

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The Book of Mormon

📍Eugene O’Neill Theatre 💲from 200

best broadway shows in NYCWith 14 Tony nominations in 2011, the Book of Mormon is still one of the most-nominated musicals of all time. At the evening of the ceremony, it took home 9 Tonys. Critics agreed that musical comedy is one of the best Broadway shows in New York. If you decide to see it, laughs are guaranteed. Learn more…

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

📍Lyric Theatre 💲from 200
Best Broadway plays

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the best play on Broadway, making it also one of the best Broadway shows. The special effects in the play are unparalleled and involve not only the stage but the entire theater. Even for non-Harry Potter fans, there is some good news: You don’t necessarily need to be a Harry Potter fan to enjoy the play. What’s unique about this show is that it’s divided into two parts. Learn more…

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The best Broadway shows for kids

Shows are surely one of the most special things to do in New York with kids. When talking about the best Broadway shows in New York for kids, Disney musicals are almost unbeaten. Yet, there are several more shows in NYC beyond Disney musicals that are geared towards children. So here’s a list of kid-friendly shows in New York.

The Lion King

📍Minskoff Theatre 💲from 200

best kids broadway shows

There’s no denying that the Lion King is one of the best Broadway shows, period. However, especially when you are traveling as a family, the Lion King is a great choice because it’s enjoyable for adults and kids alike. It’s bringing to life one of Disney’s most popular movies and truly immerses you into the heartfelt coming-of-age story. Learn more…


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📍New Amsterdam Theatre 💲from 200

best broadway shows for kids

Another one of New York’s top Broadway shows is Disney’s Aladdin! With a show like this, you can never go wrong! There is no doubt that your kids will love it, too. The stage design is out of this world, giving you so much to marvel at. Keep an eye out for the magic carpet; visitors are still speculating about how it works. Learn more…


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📍St. James Theatre 💲from 200

best broadway shows for kids

If you are looking for the best kid-friendly Broadway shows right now, you should know that Frozen’s popularity among kids is currently unparalleled. The musical is newer compared to classics like The Lion King and Aladdin and took Broadway by storm upon opening. You’ll be happy walking out of St. James Theatre singing “Let It Go” at the top of your lungs. Learn more…


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📍Gershwin Theatre💲from 200

best broadway shows in nycWicked is a prequel to the story of The Wizard of Oz that tells the story of Elphaba before she became the Wicked Witch of the West. Elphaba and her classmate Glinda are two witches that could not be any more different, yet they develop a profound friendship. The musical Wicked will always be a crowd-favorite and its popular song “Defying Gravity” gives us goosebumps every time. Learn more…


Mean Girls

📍August Wilson Theatre 💲from 200

best teen musicals

The musical Mean Girls is based on the teen movie of the same name. Though you don’t need to know the movie to enjoy the musical, you’d surely appreciate the clever references more if you do. Most high school kids will enjoy the “fetch” Broadway show. It stands out due to its catchy tunes and countless hilarious moments throughout the entire performance. Learn more…


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What are your must-see Broadway shows 2019 and why? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!

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