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Things to do in Manhattan

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Park
“A walk, peddle, or carriage ride through the crisscrossing pathways of Central Park is a must-do on anyone's New York City itinerary. In winter, you can even lace up your skates and glide across Wollman Rink. This huge park in the city center, a half-mile wide and 2.5 miles long, is one of the things that makes New York such a beautiful and livable city. Besides being a great place to experience a little nature, Central Park has many attractions within its borders, and most of them are free, making it one of the few cheap things to do in NYC. Some of the most popular places to visit include the Belvedere Castle, Strawberry Fields, the Central Park Zoo, and the Lake. If you are exploring the park on your own, start by picking up a map at one of the visitor centers and plot your routing.”
  • 1156 locals recommend
Art Museum
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“One of the most beautiful museums and has a nice rooftop terrace as well! Bring sneakers / comfortable shoes because it’s huge! ”
  • 953 locals recommend
Park
“The High Line is a 1.45-mile-long elevated linear park, greenway and rail trail created on a former New York Central Railroad spur on the west side of Manhattan in New York City. The High Line's design is a collaboration between James Corner Field Operations, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and Piet Oudolf. The abandoned spur has been redesigned as a "living system" drawing from multiple disciplines which include landscape architecture, urban design, and ecology. Since opening in 2009, the High Line has become an icon of contemporary landscape architecture. The park is built on a disused, southern viaduct section of the New York Central Railroad line known as the West Side Line. Originating in the Meatpacking District, the park runs from Gansevoort Street – three blocks below 14th Street – through Chelsea to the northern edge of the West Side Yard on 34th Street near the Javits Center. The West Side Line formerly extended south to a railroad terminal at Spring Street, just north of Canal Street, and north to 35th Street at the site of the Javits Center. The southern portion of the viaduct was demolished in segments during the late 20th century”
  • 1061 locals recommend
Plaza
“Times Square is a major commercial intersection, tourist destination, entertainment center, and neighborhood in the Midtown Manhattan section of New York City, at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue. Brightly lit by numerous billboards and advertisements, it stretches from West 42nd to West 47th Streets, and is sometimes referred to as "the Crossroads of the World", "the Center of the Universe", "the heart of the Great White Way", and "the heart of the world". One of the world's busiest pedestrian areas, it is also the hub of the Broadway Theater District and a major center of the world's entertainment industry. Times Square is one of the world's most visited tourist attractions, drawing an estimated 50 million visitors annually. Approximately 330,000 people pass through Times Square daily, many of them tourists, while over 460,000 pedestrians walk through Times Square on its busiest days. Formerly known as Longacre Square, Times Square was renamed in 1904 after The New York Times moved its headquarters to the then newly erected Times Building, now One Times Square.”
  • 505 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Roberta’s literally put Bushwick on the map: before Roberta’s very few people were venturing out to this corner of Brooklyn. Opened in 2008, Roberta’s still has the best pizza around. They don’t take reservations and you should be prepared to wait. Our favorite item on the menu is the Bee Sting Pizza, featuring spicy soppressata with a drizzle of honey.”
  • 850 locals recommend
Science Museum
“I’ve never personally been here, but many visitors and locals love to go see the different museums! I’m pretty sure y’all would enjoy this! ”
  • 565 locals recommend
Building
“Iconic, art deco office tower from 1931 with exhibits & observatories on the 86th & 102nd floors”
  • 427 locals recommend
Bridge
“Celebrated in song, glamorized on celluloid and immortalized in poetry, the postcard-perfect Brooklyn Bridge stands as one of New York City’s most recognizable symbols—not to mention a magnificent feat of engineering.”
  • 468 locals recommend
Art Museum
“One of the most unique museums I’ve ever been to - the spiral walk way is incredible and the exhibits that come through these doors are some of the best.”
  • 361 locals recommend
Market
“Chelsea Market is a food hall, shopping mall, office building and television production facility located in the Chelsea neighborhood of the borough of Manhattan, in New York City. The Chelsea Market complex occupies an entire city block with a connecting bridge over Tenth Avenue to the adjacent 85 Tenth Avenue building. The High Line passes through the 10th Avenue side of the building. Chelsea Market was constructed in the 1890s and was originally the site of the National Biscuit Company factory complex where the Oreo cookie was invented and produced. The complex was redeveloped in the 1990s and features a retail concourse at ground level with office space above. Chelsea Market is currently owned by Alphabet Inc., parent company of Google. Chelsea Market lies within the "Gansevoort Market Historic District", which is recognized by New York State and National Register of Historic Places.”
  • 559 locals recommend
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
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“A must-try for lunch or dinner, they offer outdoor dining with amazing food and a wide variety of dishes on the menu. Enjoy a meal by your lonesome for some good quality sightseeing or a meal with your group/family with delicious food.”
  • 562 locals recommend
Movie Theater
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“This theater shows independent/arthouse/foreign films/nostalgic films. It has an in-theater full wait service with a full menu of food and drinks so you can eat/drink during your movie! ”
  • 641 locals recommend
Park
“A marsh. A cemetery. A parade ground. A gathering spot for avant-garde artists. A battleground for chess enthusiasts. A playground for canines and children. Washington Square Park has served various roles for its community throughout the years, adapting to meet its needs. Well-known for its arch, honoring George Washington, the man for whom the park is named, and its fountain, the arch's elder by 43 years and a popular meeting spot, Washington Square Park also houses several other monuments and facilities.”
  • 435 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Channel your inner art connoisseur at this Meatpacking District museum. View influential artists like Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, and Edward Hopper with the Whitney’s Friday night “pay what you wish” ticket, available from 7 p.m. to 9:30 pm”
  • 322 locals recommend
Park
“Beautiful park with excellent views of Manhattan skyline and Brooklyn Bridge”
  • 469 locals recommend
Theater
“The famous Apollo Theater, is a historic theater in the Heart of Harlem that was pivotal in launching the careers of many legends of entertainment. Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross and the Supremes, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Etta James and many many more all performed on this historic stage. ”
  • 382 locals recommend

Top-rated experiences

Top restaurants

Bakery
“Roberta’s literally put Bushwick on the map: before Roberta’s very few people were venturing out to this corner of Brooklyn. Opened in 2008, Roberta’s still has the best pizza around. They don’t take reservations and you should be prepared to wait. Our favorite item on the menu is the Bee Sting Pizza, featuring spicy soppressata with a drizzle of honey.”
  • 850 locals recommend
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
“A must-try for lunch or dinner, they offer outdoor dining with amazing food and a wide variety of dishes on the menu. Enjoy a meal by your lonesome for some good quality sightseeing or a meal with your group/family with delicious food.”
  • 562 locals recommend
Movie Theater
“This theater shows independent/arthouse/foreign films/nostalgic films. It has an in-theater full wait service with a full menu of food and drinks so you can eat/drink during your movie! ”
  • 641 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“This chill Greenpoint bistro offers New American fare with an Aussie accent & brunch options. Pretty popular spot, cool vibe. We like Mussels there. ;)”
  • 488 locals recommend
Deli / Bodega
“Probably the best Pastrami Sandwich you will ever find! When Sally meet Harry Movie place!”
  • 404 locals recommend
Gourmet Shop
“Eataly NYC Flatiron is a vibrant Italian marketplace that features an array of cafes, counters, restaurants, and a cooking school. Eat, shop, and learn. Remember to check out the rooftop, it's sorta hidden so ask if you need help finding!”
  • 348 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Oysters, cocktails and small plates in a New Orleans styled setting with an atmospheric garden in the back. The oyster bar and cocktails is what to come here for!! ”
  • 328 locals recommend
Steakhouse
“Cash-only steak icon where old-school waiters serve aged beef in a German beer hall setting. ( Operating since 1887). Great steak. Period. Must need reservation ( please do it ahead of time)”
  • 281 locals recommend

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