New York Travel Guide

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New York City is the United States’ most diversified and populated city (the city has a population density of over 27,000 people per square mile). New York is home to practically every race and language under the sun, earning it the nickname “the melting pot of the globe.” Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island are the five boroughs that make up the city, which was “grouped” together in 1898 to form a single city.


Native Americans lived in what is now New York City before selling it to the Dutch. Following a series of incursions by various European explorers, including Henry Hudson, who discovered Manhattan Island in 1609, the Dutch “colonized” the territory in 1624 with the establishment of the Dutch West India Holding Company and the city of New Amsterdam. The region was conquered from the Dutch by the English in 1664, as part of the Anglo-Dutch Wars that took place during that time period (1652–1784).

What makes New York City Special?

Because of the people, it draws, New York City is the center of the universe. From both extremes of the spectrum, the world’s best and brightest converge to New York City. On the “right,” as it were, NYC recruits the brightest, most combative, and most motivated business, law, and medical school graduates. You come to New York if you want to be the best. NYC attracts the most wonderful, gifted actors, musicians, painters, and philosophers on the “left.” They’re all here, working together, competing, and feeding off one another. This city’s concentration of amazing people never ceases to astound me, and I eagerly anticipate meeting a new one every day.

Top 6 Hotels in New York:

The St Regis New York
The St. Regis – New York
The St. Regis New York

Two E 55th St, New York, NY 10022, United States

From the sumptuous gold and marble lobby to the specialty themed rooms inspired by Dior (shown above), Tiffany & Co., and Bentley, this renowned New York landmark exemplifies the city’s fashion and splendor

Crosby Street Hotel New York
Crosby Street Hotel – New York
Crosby Street Hotel New York

79 Crosby St, New York, NY 10012, United States

Consider it a little slice of British charm in the midst of a bustling city. In its light-filled rooms and baths, the Crosby Street Hotel, a delightful hideaway tucked away on a quiet cobblestone street in the heart of SoHo,

Greenwich hotel NY pool
Greenwich Hotel – New York
Greenwich Hotel New York

 377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013, United States

The Greenwich Hotel, which is part-owned by Robert de Niro, retains an unpretentious, peaceful comfort. The tufted leather seats and fireplace fit the rustic sensibility of the wood-beamed ceilings and exposed masonry,

Mandarin Oriental – New York
Mandarin Oriental New York

80 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10023

Mandarin Oriental is a sleek, modern counterpart to its storied neighbors, on par in luxury and class with the surrounding Four Seasons and Ritz-Carlton hotels. The hotel, which is perched

Gramercy Park Hotel – New York
Gramercy Park Hotel New York

 2 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10010

The Gramercy Park Hotel is a luxurious and elegant choice of accommodation, as one would expect from a hotel in one of New York City’s most exclusive neighborhoods. For a really regal

Four Seasons Hotel – New York Downtown
Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown

27 Barclay St, New York, NY 10007

Four Seasons is the epitome of five-star luxury. The 52-story structure offers 360-degree views of the city, including the highly sought-after rooms with views of Central Park.

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Restaurants and Cafes

COVID-19 Disclaimer: We are working hard to keep our listings as up-to-date as possible (deliveries, outdoor dining, etc.), but given the evolving nature of local COVID-19 restrictions, we recommend double-checking the information in this guide with any business you plan on visiting. Also, please note that we have not vetted any businesses listed within our guides for their compliance with applicable safety regulations.

Moby’s East Hampton – New York

Moby‘s East Hampton – New York

Moby’s, a Hamptons wine and dining destination is making a comeback this summer. Its current location is at East Hampton Point, a waterfront resort complex suitable for a cocktail before grabbing a table on the vast outside deck or in the large dining room (an almost-life-size replica of a sailboat sets the nautical mood). A recent expansion means that, in addition to the dining room and terrace, diners can now relax on the backyard lawn (and play bocce), by the fire pit, or in the privacy of the courtyard. The food is similar to what you’ll get at many high-end East End restaurants, namely coastal Italian, but it’s executed well.


Crow’s Nest Montauk – New York

Crow’s Nest Montauk New York

The Crow’s Nest is the definition of off-the-beaten-path cool. Posh surfers, bohemian beachgoers, and urbanites seeking a respite from the hustle and bustle of New York City flock to the restaurant and a cluster of villas overlooking Lake Montauk. You may easily miss it because it is located off a twisty Montauk road. Those who are aware of the secluded location, however, are treated to relaxed luxury. It was designed by the same hotelier who brought you The Bowery Hotel and The Ludlow, and it’s packed with the same handpicked details. Each odd item adds to the cosmopolitan, exotic feel, whether it’s a portrait of John and Yoko or antler sconces.


Dopo La Spiaggia – New York

Dopo La Spiaggia New York

Dopo La Spiaggia’s two locations in the Hamptons are excellent for a casual but sophisticated lunch or dinner, and it’s a favorite of celebs and residents alike. The culinary devotion to Italian authenticity is remarkable, and it’s carried out with a Hamptons-style flair.
At Dopo La Spiaggia, we always begin our meals with the famous Fritto Misto, which consists of shrimp, calamari, and squash. You can’t go wrong with the Carpaccio, which is made with Wagyu steak and topped with a parmesan crisp. Next, we’re likely to order the squid-ink Tagliolini, and for those with a bigger appetite, there’s the Calamarata, which features a Neapolitan-style beef ragu.


Si Si East Hampton – New York

Si Si East Hampton – New York

Si Si in East Hampton Point is a great place to go if you want a tasty mix of Italian and seafood. This brand-new restaurant is ideal for a delicious summer supper. This Mediterranean-style restaurant not only serves delicious food, but it also has stunning views. Because the restaurant is located on the Marina, you will be treated to stunning vistas as well as stunning yachts while dining.

Without going into detail about the vistas, the cuisine speaks for itself. They serve a variety of appetizers, from salads to seafood. The burrata, on the other hand, is a must-try if you visit this restaurant. This burrata is wonderful with fresh mozzarella and tomatoes, and it can be found at most restaurants. Another delectable option.


Ruschmeyer’s Montauk – New York

Ruschmeyer’s Montauk New York

Ruschmeyer’s Montauk will help you make beautiful summer memories. This laid-back, luxurious camp-style vibe can’t be found anywhere else, making it a favorite weekend escape for New Yorkers looking to rest and decompress. The trendy home is located on three forested acres within a mile from downtown Montauk and the Long Island Railroad station. The rooms reflect Montauk’s rich heritage, with five different room styles and a contemporary spin on cabin décor. Local seafood, fresh artisan pasta, Neopolitan wood oven pizzas, and slow-cooked meats from a smoker are among the highlights of the on-site restaurant. If you’re seeking the ideal Summer getaway, you’ve come to the right place. Come make memories with Ruschmeyer’s Montauk.


Cafe Erzulie – New York

Café Erzulie New York

Dopo La Spiaggia’s two locations in the Hamptons are excellent for a casual but sophisticated lunch or dinner, and it’s a favorite of celebs and residents alike. The culinary devotion to Italian authenticity is remarkable, and it’s carried out with a Hamptons-style flair.
At Dopo La Spiaggia, we always begin our meals with the famous Fritto Misto, which consists of shrimp, calamari, and squash. You can’t go wrong with the Carpaccio, which is made with Wagyu steak and topped with a parmesan crisp. Next, we’re likely to order the squid-ink Tagliolini, and for those with a bigger appetite, there’s the Calamarata, which features a Neapolitan-style beef ragu.


Amagansett Restaurants

1. iI Buco Vita:

Il Buco Vita is for you if you’ve ever returned from Rome with a bag full of Italianate tabletop items and tablecloths. Along with this café-meets-homeware nirvana, the Il Buco group has moved beyond Manhattan with a new restaurant in the Hamptons. Start with an espresso from the quaint café in the store’s entrance before filling your basket with Italian-made glasses, trays, and ceramics, as well as some classic John Derian, finds. Noe DeWitt provided the images.

Service options: In-store shopping

Address: 4 E 2nd St Fl. 1, New York, NY 10003, United States


Wednesday12–6 pm
Thursday(Thanksgiving)12–6 pm hours might differ
Friday(Black Friday)12–6 pm hours might differ
Saturday12 am–6 pm
Tuesday12–6 pm

Health and safety: Mask required · Staff wear masks · Staff get temperature checks · Staff required to disinfect surfaces between visits · More details

Phone: +1 917-261-2248

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2. iI Buco Al Mare

Il Buco, a New York City institution, has opened in East Hampton. You’ll find tinned fish like Spanish anchovies, grilled whole mackerel, and loads more seafood delights on the menu, which is an homage to Il Buco’s sister restaurant in Ibiza, Bottega il Buco. What are we having for dinner? Pecorino and goat cheese flecked fava beans, fluke Crudo, and grilled prawns Reservations are required.

Service options: Dine-in · Takeaway · No delivery

Address: 231 Main St, Amagansett, NY 11930, United States


Wednesday12–9 pm
Thursday(Thanksgiving)ClosedHoliday opening hours
Friday(Black Friday)12–10pmHours might differ
Saturday12–10 pm
Sunday12–9 pm

Phone: +1 631-557-3100



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3. The Round tree

Although the Round tree is a relatively new addition to the Hamptons hotel scene, the structure itself dates from the 17th century. Every aspect of this painstakingly renovated property is a tribute to what we all envision the Hamptons to be like back in the day. Traditional clapboard, working fireplaces, brown shingled barns, and a proper s’mores station by nighttime all contribute to a relaxed, inviting atmosphere. Choose from a variety of rooms and cottages (perfect for families), take advantage of strolling to supper (hello, Wölffer Kitchen), and relax.

Address: 273 Main St, Amagansett, NY 11930, United States

Phone: +1 631-267-3133

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4. Rosie’s Amagansett

In the Hamptons, Rosie’s is likely to become a must-visit all-day hangout. Morning smoothies packed with vegetables and a particularly filling breakfast burrito give way to lunches of Castelfranco salads, charcoal-dusted pickles, and miso-glazed pulled pork sandwiches that last until late afternoon when the après-beach menu takes over. Mussels in a cider broth, blistering chicken, and cool rosé did indeed set us straight after a long, salty day on the dunes and in the water. All of Rosie’s food comes from nearby Bhumi Farms, and it’s prepared by two extremely exceptional chefs—Josh Cohen, formerly of Flower Shop, and Leo Mamaril, formerly of Blue Hill at Stone Barns.

Address: 195 Main St, Amagansett, NY 11930, United States

Health and safety: Staff wears masks · Staff required to disinfect surfaces between visits · 


Phone: +1 631-604-5095

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Things to do in New York:

New York is so large and diversified that you might live here for four lifetimes and still not see everything the city has to offer. Even deciding where to begin your NYC trip might be difficult. However, we’d want to assist you in narrowing down the seemingly endless number of things to do with your day. These crucial steps will help you catch a glimpse of the city’s beating heart, whether you’re a local who realizes you haven’t thoroughly explored the city’s parks and history or an out-of-towner who doesn’t know the Met from the MoMA.

Central Park New York City.

When you enter Central Park from the busy sidewalks of 59th Street, you won’t believe what you’re seeing: 693 acres of man-made gardens, meadows, woodlands, and rolling hillsides. You could walk 58 miles if you walked down every route in Central Park. You’ll see fountains, monuments, sculptures, bridges, and arches along the road, as well as 21 playgrounds, a winter ice rink, a zoo, and even a castle. However, the four major cross-town thoroughfares, which skillfully disappear into foliage-covered tunnels, are barely noticeable.

Central Park New York
Central Park New York

The Grand Central Terminal is located in New York City

Grand Central Terminal is more than simply one of the world’s busiest train stations; it’s a portal into old New York and a time when train travel was both a luxury for the wealthy and a necessity for the working man. Avoid arriving during rush hour if you aren’t commuting in or out of the city, and take your time enjoying the iconic architecture and checking out the top-notch dining and retail options.

Grand Central Terminal New York
Grand Central Terminal New York

The Morgan Library & Museum is a public library and museum in New York City.

Instead of actress/model/influencer/whatever, The Morgan is a museum/library/landmark/historic site/music venue. Rare relics, paintings, and books, some dating back to 4000 B.C., may be found inside the multimillionaire’s personal library, which has been transformed into a must-see museum and cultural venue. The museum houses only 23 copies of the original Declaration of Independence, Mozart’s handwritten music for the Haffner Symphony, African American poet Phillis Wheatley’s collected works, Milton’s only extant copy of Paradise Lost, and Charles Dickens’ manuscript.

The Morgan Library & Museum
The Morgan Library & Museum


Seeing a Broadway performance is a once-in-a-lifetime event for both natives and visitors, and one that is unique to New York City. Times Square is normally a pain, but when you’re strolling into Midtown Manhattan for a show, the bright billboards and lights dazzle in your eyes instead of flashing in your face. Costumes, sets, melodies, and storylines from a Broadway production are the stuff of fantasies. And, after a hiatus during the pandemic, Broadway will reopen this fall; what better way to commemorate the city’s reopening?

The Brooklyn Bridge is a landmark in New York City

When the Brooklyn Bridge was built in 1883, it was the world’s longest suspension bridge, stretching 1,595 feet across the East River and connecting lower Manhattan to Brooklyn Heights. It’s now a historic landmark of the New York City skyline, carrying commuter car traffic below and tourist foot traffic above. Standing in front of arches and rectangles with city skyscrapers rising in the distance will give you a sense of both grandeur and modesty.

Brooklyn Bridge New York
Brooklyn Bridge New York

Kids Interest

Looking for family-friendly activities in New York City? No need to look any further: Our list of 101 must-see activities, events, and sites in the city will make experiencing New York a blast for the whole family!

1.      Head to this former military base with brick buildings and green grounds for a unique NYC experience: it feels like a New England college was relocated to an island in New York Harbor. Take a ferry (the island is only 800 yards from Manhattan!) to a park-like environment with winding walks and play zones, as well as some excellent food trucks. It’s a children’s heaven, a place where they can run around and let off steam. Every spring, this seasonal venue reopens, and it comes to life in the summer, when the fresh coastal breezes make a trip to Governors Island a must.

Governors Island New York
Governors Island New York
Governors Island

2.      We can all agree that pizza is an important part of any New Yorker’s diet. Although we have an opinion on the subject, where you will find the tastiest pizza in town is up for debate. From classics like di Fara to new-style joints like Paulie Gee’s to surprises like Archie’s (have you been? I didn’t think so), New York pizza joints keep us going back for more. It’s possible that we’ll never agree on who makes the best pizza in town. Instead, why not go to all of the greats and make your own decision?

New York Pizza
New York pizza
New York Pizza

3.      Central Park is New York City’s most famous park, and one of the most celebrated green spaces in the world, because of its unique history, accessibility, and design. It was the first public park in the United States, with 36 bridges and arches, as well as around 50 monuments, sculptures, fountains, and a castle! It attracts about 25 million visitors each year. The park has 21 playgrounds, the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater, lovely paddleboat rentals, and, of course, the Central Park Zoo, which is perhaps most essential to families.

Central Park New York
paddle boats at central park New York
Activities at Central Park NY

4.      Despite the fact that it receives 750,000 visitors every day, Grand Central Station’s heavenly ceiling in the main terminal has the ability to almost suspend time. But, despite its lovely dark green color and depiction of the traditional zodiac, it has one flaw: it’s technically incorrect. A visitor observed certain astronomical discrepancies shortly after it was installed in 1913, such as the positioning of Orion. Kids, on the other hand, will be awed, unless they’ve just undergone a very thorough constellation course in school.

Grand Central Station New York
Grand central station New York
Grand Central Station New York

5.    If you only have a minute in New York, let Time Out guide you through the best of the city. We guarantee it will be simpler than before. The 21,000-square-foot dining and cultural center, Time Out Market New York, allows hungry tourists big and little to sample the city’s best delicacies all in one place. We’ve got everything from hearty breakfast dishes at Clinton St. Baking Co to a marguerite pizza at Juliana’s and Jacob’s Pickles’ Mac and cheese. All ages are welcome.

5 top beaches/hikes

Staten Island Greenbelt White Trail

The Staten Island Greenbelt White Trail is a moderately frequented 11.4-kilometer point-to-point trail near New York City, New York that features a lake. The route is open year-round and offers a variety of activities. This trail is also open to dogs, although they must be kept on a leash.

Route length 11.4 km Elevation gain 91 m

From one point to the next

Staten Island Greenbelt white trail New York
Staten Island Greenbelt White Trail

South Beach and Franklin Delano Roosevelt Boardwalk

The South Beach and Franklin Delano Roosevelt Boardwalk is a 4.0-kilometer heavily frequented point-to-point trail that offers magnificent vistas and is suitable for all ability levels and is located near New York City, New York. The track is open all year and is largely utilized for walking, fishing, and road riding. This trail is also suitable for dogs.

·         4.0 kilometers in length

·         Gain of 2 meters in altitude

 Type of route

From one point to the next

South beach and franklin Delano Roosevelt boardwalk NY
South Beach & Franklin Delano Roosevelt Broadwalk

Interstate Park of the Palisades

This route is one of the tri-state area’s most underappreciated gems for one very good reason: it offers roughly 2,500 acres of pristine Hudson River shoreline viewing. The Palisades, which are bluffs that overlook the Hudson, offers breathtaking, picnic-worthy views of Manhattan and Westchester. This mere 30-minute journey from Manhattan is a must-do due to hawk sightings.

  • Palisades Interstate Park NJ

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

The magnificent Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, which is shockingly close to John F. Kennedy Airport, is overlooked by most New Yorkers. “Most people aren’t even aware of it,” Tittel says of the refuge, which is home to over 330 bird species, reptiles, amphibians, small mammals, and 60 butterfly species. The land’s terrain consists of a mysterious combination of salt marsh, gravel paths, and ponds, as well as wildlife such as yucca bushes and prickly pear cactus. It’s an exotic must-see for avian and butterfly fans alike, similar to Nabokov.

Jamaica Bay wildlife refuge
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

Sandy Hook

Sandy Hook is an often-overlooked wonderful chance for individuals who enjoy being near the ocean (plus a splash in the Atlantic). During the hot summer months, Tittel explains, this maritime excursion is easily accessible from Manhattan via public transportation. Get moving on the Old Dune Trail, where you may listen to the sounds of ring-billed and herring gulls while looking for mole crabs and collecting shells. The location is a favorite with cyclists and kite surfers. Enjoy a sunset picnic on the beach with views of the Manhattan skyline to cap off your day. 

Kite Surfing in Sandy Hook NJ

To Sum it up:

 Even if the city’s soaring buildings and landmarks don’t captivate you, the city’s thriving arts, cuisine, fashion, and nightlife scenes will. You may spend your morning exploring Fifth Avenue’s designer shops and your afternoon taking in breathtaking views of the city from the Top of the Rock Observation Deck or a helicopter. Alternatively, if you’re an art fan, you may visit the Met and the Guggenheim to see the magnificent works on the show before dining on ethnic cuisine in Chinatown or Little Italy. If you still have any energy (and wallet) left, don’t miss out on tickets to an award-winning Broadway musical or a visit to one of the Meatpacking District’s low-key rooftop bars and jazz clubs after dark.

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