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shhh - The NYC guide to its secret side

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After your first visit to NYC you will definitely be hungry for more! Like a meal of several courses, your starter visit would consist of the Empire State Building, a visit to (or a sail by Lady Liberty), maybe a walk over The Brooklyn Bridge and the buzz of Times Square. So what would your choices be for your second trip to this amazing city? Lots of returning visitors are usually hungry for something a bit different than the touristy NYC of their first trip. The city draws you in like a magnet and leaves you wanting to discover every inch of the five boroughs - but where to start? Here are a few off the beaten track but easy to get to (& most of them free) places to visit, which are family/couples/groups friendly.

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  • History Buff
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  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
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16 Places

3 City Tips

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16 Places

The High Line

Parks, Scenic Walking Areas

Chinatown Ice Cream Factory

Restaurants

Big Gay Ice Cream Shop

Restaurants

East Village

Neighbourhoods

Manhattan Skyline

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Top of the Rock Observation Deck

Observation Decks & Towers, Lookouts

Central Park

Parks, Scenic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Art Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Hudson River Park

Parks

The Crosby Bar

Restaurants

Museum at Eldridge Street

Speciality Museums

Pershing Square

Restaurants

Refinery Rooftop

Bars & Clubs

The Bowery Hotel

Hotels

Chinatown

Neighbourhoods

shalovesny's City Tips

  • If this is your 2nd trip, chances are you've already used the subway - if not, why not? - it's a great way of getting around NYC, is relatively cheap (buy the 7 day metro card if you are there long enough - $31 for 7 days of unlimited travel) and will save you time getting you where you want to go and quickly - and it's all part of the NY experience!
  • New York is one of the easiest cities to explore - if you look at a map of Manhattan the streets are set out in a grid pattern with the avenues numbered from East to West and the streets starting around Greenwich/West Village in the tens and numbering upwards the further north you go. Below this point and working back downtown (South) the streets are named.
  • Other than the subway the absolute best way to get around NYC is to get a good map (or you can buy a box of map cards - the size of playing cards with portions of Manhattan on each card and a guide on the back). Don't be afraid to get lost - as long as you have the address of your hotel and your cab fare the best thing to do is to explore to your heart's content and soak up the unique vibe of this fab city.
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    The High Line
    Parks, Scenic Walking Areas
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    shalovesny Says:

    The Highline is a must see whilst in NYC - its basically a landscaped walkway which has been developed from an old elevated railway track, many of which are now extinct in New York, but nevertheless still a part of the city history. It's free and a walk on the Highline will reward you with some brilliant views of the Hudson to the west runs through the Chelsea / Meatpacking areas. Beautifully landscaped, the Highline is open from 7am till 10pm spring and fall, up to 11pm in the summer months but will close at 7pm in the winter. Like an urban garden in the sky - the Highline offers wooden sun loungers (these even move along the old tracks to follow the sun) and benches to relax and eat an impromptu lunch (there is a cafe and seating area during the summer and some market stalls). Best of all it's free and it's another unique place to tick off your list whilst also getting you from W34th st to Gansevoort st in the West Village.

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    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • plan your visit to the Highline to combine with places nearby such as breakfast at Chelsea market, a walk around the West Village and maybe finish off with lunch and a stroll into Greenwich Village.
    • ...or do the walk in the evening where you can sit and watch the sunset over the Hudson maybe starting out at the Gansevoort end and making your way up to W34th St end.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 1,116 things to do in New York City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Peaceful Walk 24/09/2017
    • Great idea and great walk! 24/09/2017
    • The High Line
    Phone:
    +1 212-206-9922
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    10:00 - 20:00
    Fri - Sat
    10:00 - 22:00
    Other:
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    Chinatown Ice Cream Factory
    Restaurants (Fast food)
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    shalovesny Says:

    Chinatown is well worth a visit whilst in NY - if only to experience the hustle and bustle of one of the largest thriving chinese communities in the world outside of China! Starting at the south end of Mulberry St just past Columbus park on the left, make a right turn onto Bayard St, where you can sample the delights of the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory. Seriously if you are an ice cream fan, you must visit here and sample some of the most unusual flavours listed on their menu. The waffle cone i had was huge and lasted quite a while around my stroll in Chinatown.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • they are happy to offer samples of any flavours you may be unsure about so do ask. (i can recommend the black sesame)
    • behind and parallel to Bayard St is Pell St, and just off here is Doyers St which is one of the few curved streets on Manhattan and almost feels like stepping back in time. The Nom Wah Tea Parlour is here in all its faded grandeur which is worth a visit.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #848 of 9,655 restaurants in New York City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Something for everyone! 29/08/2017
    • Great Chinese Ice Cream 06/08/2017
    • Chinatown Ice Cream Factory
    Address:
    65 Bayard St
    New York City, NY 10013-4931
    Phone:
    +1 212-608-4170
    Price range:
    USD 5 - USD 10
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 - 22:00
    Other:
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    Big Gay Ice Cream Shop
    Restaurants
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    shalovesny Says:

    Ice cream fanatics must visit The Big Gay Ice Cream shop in the East Village. first timers have to try "the salty pimp" a big cone consisting of vanilla and dulce de leche flavoured ice creams, sea salt and chocolate dip. Many other fun titles and flavours on the menu.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • continue with your treat 5 minutes up the street to Tompkins square park
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #597 of 9,655 restaurants in New York City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great stop foe ice cream 21/09/2017
    • yummy cheap treats 07/09/2017
    • Big Gay Ice Cream Shop
    Address:
    125 E 7th St
    New York City, NY 10009-5748
    Phone:
    +1 212-533-9333
    Hours:
    Sun - Wed
    12:00 - 22:00
    Thu - Sat
    12:00 - 00:00
    Other:
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    East Village
    Neighbourhoods
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    shalovesny Says:

    During a wander around each of the neighbourhoods during your visit to NYC you will find something different - The East Village is very bohemian, a result of the Greenwich village overspill of artists and musicians putting down roots in the 70's. Do a little digging before coming to The East Village and it becomes almost like a treasure hunt - trying to find McSorleys, the oldest Irish tavern in New York City, Colonnade Row, which was once an estate of 9 terraced mansions belonging to The Astors (now only 4 remain), and the cube sculpture, which teeters impossibly on one corner and sits in front of the historic and beautiful Cooper Union building. A mixture of ancient and modern art and history sitting comfortably side by side.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Read up a little about the area and plan your stroll around the East Village to search out specific sights - or just wander and enjoy!
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #223 of 1,116 things to do in New York City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice area 07/06/2017
    • Love this area! 30/05/2017
    • East Village
    Address:
    Between Houston Street, Bowery, & 14th Street
    New York City, NY
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    Manhattan Skyline
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    shalovesny Says:

    Ok - the Manhattan skyline ... photographic proof that you HAVE been to New York! Of course all the while that you have been walking around the streets of Manhattan, you have not actually been able to step far enough back to photograph the Skyline in one whole piece! So here are a few suggestions of photo ops (and other places to visit) to get that whole iconic view to fit into your lens without either A) falling off one of the piers into the Hudson river or B) disturbing the person next to you in the window seat of the plane as you take off on your return flight home. 1) One of the easiest ways to photograph the skyline is to get the subway over to Brooklyn (Clark St/Court St) and take a stroll over to the Brooklyn Heights promenade - here you will get a fab view of not only the Manhattan skyline but another iconic NYC landmark The Brooklyn Bridge. 2) Roosevelt Island - a morning or afternoon spent on Roosevelt Island. you can stroll the outer path around Roosevelt Island (approx 2 miles long x 800ft wide) and not only get amazing pics of Manhattan, but you also get to photograph the East River and a portion of Long Island over to Gantry Plaza State Park (home of the famous vintage illuminated Pepsi sign). 3) If you have time and have spent the morning at Roosevelt Island you could carry on over to long Island to visit Gantry State Plaza Park - recently the park has undergone lots of refurbishment and is a great place to spend the afternoon and get some more shots of Manhattan and Roosevelt Island. 4) Take the train or ferry over to Staten Island - the ferry is free and sails right by the statue of Liberty so you are usually able to get good close up pics (if you are not too concerned about getting real up close and personal to Lady Liberty - if so you will need to get one of the Liberty cruises to go inside the statue). 5) Visit the Statue of Liberty! Obviously a view from the plinth balcony of Lady Lib gives you great pics of Manhattan. 6) Ferry/train over to New Jersey - not a must see - but if you have been to NYC a few times and would like to see beyond Manhattan without going too far away, there are a couple of Malls over on the New Jersey side where, whilst you are over there can enable you to get more views of the skyline.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • If you decide to head over to Brooklyn for your skyline view - get the subway over and walk back over the Brooklyn bridge so that you are not forever looking back over your shoulder at the Manhattan side - perhaps time your walk back just before sunset or as the lights are popping on in the early evening.
    • Alma restaurant in the waterfront district of Brooklyn has a rooftop view for great photos of the skyline.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 1,116 things to do in New York City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • View from beacon hotel 24/09/2017
    • something should not miss. 23/09/2017
    • Manhattan Skyline
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 00:00
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    Top of the Rock Observation Deck
    Observation Decks & Towers, Lookouts
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    shalovesny Says:

    Top of the Rock is actually the viewing deck at the top of the Rockefeller plaza building - and a ride up to the top will not only reward you with a fab view of the city from up above but unlike the view from the top of the Empire State Building you are also able to photograph the Empire State Building. Visit TOTR during the day and you get a brill view of Central Park - being up there at night you will just see a huge black rectangle in place of Central Park - however the rest of the view of the city lit up at night is a spectacle in itself. Perhaps this is the reason that TOTR offers a ticket option titled "sun & stars" a combo offer to enable visitors to visit twice in one day to experience the view during the day and at night.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Why not start your day with breakfast at The Sea Grill restaurant at the base of The Plaza and right beside the Rockefeller ice rink during the winter months and then straight up to TOTR. If time allows this is a great way to spend your last morning/afternoon in NYC.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 1,116 things to do in New York City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Top of the Rock Observatory 24/09/2017
    • Nice view on sunset 24/09/2017
    • Top of the Rock Observation Deck
    Address:
    30 Rockefeller Center
    New York City, NY 10112-0015
    Phone:
    +1 212-698-2000
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 23:00
    Other:
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    Central Park
    Parks, Scenic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    shalovesny Says:

    Seriously there is so much to see in Central Park that you will always come across some secret hidden treasure every time you visit - whether it's the changing view from season to season to the multitude of free mini performances from magicians, musicians, circus performers or a hip hop dance group - each day in Central Park Is different and a treasure in itself. You could visit Central Park time and time again and discover a new experience each time. Enter the park via 81st street passing The American Museum of Natural History and begin your exploration of the park through the Rambles where you can get a great shot of the skyscrapers in the distance peeping above the treetops and reflecting in the lake, enjoy the view across the park from one of the balconies of miniature Belvedere Castle, cross the beautiful filigree Bow Bridge, and read the numerous messages and poems and dedications on the benches throughout the park.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • A morning walk through Central Park is very special - stop for breakfast at The Boathouse and enjoy the view of the lake.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 1,116 things to do in New York City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful 24/09/2017
    • Awesome 24/09/2017
    • Central Park
    Address:
    59th to 110th Street
    Manhattan Borough, from Central Park West to 5th Avenue
    New York City, NY 10022
    Phone:
    (212) 310-6600
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    06:00 - 01:00
    Other:
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    The Metropolitan Museum of Art
    Art Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    shalovesny Says:

    Wow - where to start as regards visiting the Met? You could spend days here as The Metropolitan Museum of Art holds several of the largest collections of art and artifacts from around the world - Egyptian, African, Asian, classical - the list goes on and on. However, since this is the NYC guide to its secret side - another little secret is the 5th floor rooftop garden and cafe (where during the summer months you can also enjoy an early evening cocktail or two). If you have only an hour or two to spare and wish to save a more thorough visit to the Met for another day - make a donation (it's polite to check with concessions desk first), take the elevator up to the first floor, across to a second set of elevators which will take you up to the 5th floor and the most amazing view over Central Park and the skyline in the distance looming over the treetops.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • A visit to The rooftop should only take an hour or two - you will need longer if you wish to visit the Met's exhibitions.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 1,116 things to do in New York City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Must See 24/09/2017
    • Frank Lloyd Wright exhibit 24/09/2017
    • The Metropolitan Museum of Art
    Address:
    1000 5th Ave
    New York City, NY 10028-0198
    Phone:
    +1 212-535-7710
    Price range:
    USD 25 - USD 25
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    10:00 - 17:30
    Fri - Sat
    10:00 - 21:00
    Other:
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    Hudson River Park
    Parks
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    shalovesny Says:

    A walk right alongside the Hudson river via Hudson River Park will once again give you a different perspective of Manhattan. Starting downtown at Battery Park Place you will get a great view of the Statue of Liberty - amongst other hidden gems, sculptures and memorials and a great view over to New Jersey (although you can enter the park at various other places should you not wish to do the whole 550 acres). It's a great walk with resting spots, cafes, activities - you may get distracted along the way before you reach the end of HRP at 59th street!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • dependent on where you are staying in the city - start at either 59th and work your way south or do the walk in reverse - if you don't wish to stick to the park walkway, exit anywhere and you are able to easily explore other neighbourhoods such as Soho, West Village, Greenwich Village, Chelsea and parts of midtown such as Hells kitchen all run alongside the inland exits of the park.
    • Study the online map of HRP before your visit to see what activities the park has to offer and plan your day to include whatever interests you.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #74 of 1,116 things to do in New York City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Uplifting vibes on the waterfront 23/09/2017
    • THE best place to take it easy and envy people who live in Manhattan 23/09/2017
    • Hudson River Park
    Address:
    40 Hudson River Greenway
    New York City, NY 10014
    Phone:
    +1 212-627-2020
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    06:00 - 01:00
    Other:
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    The Crosby Bar
    Restaurants (American)
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    shalovesny Says:

    Granted - although not an option for the thrifty traveller - it is a little treat to come and have afternoon tea at The Crosby street hotel. Sit in the little enclosed courtyard garden at the back with all the hustle and bustle of everyone strolling through Soho just on the other side of the wall, or sit at the bar or in the bar lounge area and enjoy the trendy decor and quirky artifacts. Crosby street itself is cobbled in parts and was used for the scene in Ghost where poor Sam met his demise at the hands of hoodlum Willy.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • smart casual - no trainers or flip-flops, but smartish flats will be fine.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1,220 of 9,655 restaurants in New York City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wonderful place 16/08/2017
    • Upscale trendy spot in SOHO 19/07/2017
    • The Crosby Bar
    Address:
    79 Crosby St
    Crosby Street Hotel
    New York City, NY 10012
    Phone:
    +1 212-226-6400
    Price range:
    USD 30 - USD 30
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    07:00 - 01:00
    Other:
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    Museum at Eldridge Street
    Speciality Museums
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    shalovesny Says:

    The Eldridge St Museum is one of Manhattan's hidden little treasures. Built during the late 1880s in The Lower East side, the congregation of the synagogue flourished for 50 years, but sadly began to dwindle during the great depression - this led to the slow demise of the building over time and the future of the Eldridge St synagogue was uncertain as the main sanctuary was empty for twenty five years. However after 20 years of work, the building has now been beautifully restored and the stained glass window is truly a work of art. Tours are offered of the building, the staff are extremely helpful, welcoming and friendly.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • there is always an ongoing programme of activities at Eldridge St, it's worth visiting their website for more info. If you are on a budget, free tours are offered Mondays after 3pm, however a small donation can only help to keep this beautiful building and hidden treasure alive for many more years.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #54 of 1,116 things to do in New York City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful piece of history 19/09/2017
    • Beautiful Synagogue and Informative Tour!!! 10/09/2017
    • Museum at Eldridge Street
    Address:
    12 Eldridge St
    Between Canal and Division Streets
    New York City, NY 10002-6204
    Phone:
    +1 212-219-0888
    Price range:
    USD 14 - USD 14
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    10:00 - 17:00
    Fri
    10:00 - 15:00
    Other:
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    Pershing Square
    Restaurants (American, Gastropub)
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    shalovesny Says:

    Pershing square is worth a visit as not only do they do a great breakfast - the secret about this place is the decor!- you go back to early 1900's chinoiserie with its red panelled walls, black and white flooring and ornate lighting hanging from tin embossed ceilings. Ask to be seated down the left side by the window and you can fully appreciate all of the filigree workmanship in the stonework of Grand Central station.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #212 of 9,655 restaurants in New York City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Looks wonderfull 19/09/2017
    • Awesome 14/09/2017
    • Pershing Square
    Address:
    90 E 42nd St
    New York City, NY 10017-5409
    Phone:
    +1 212-286-9600
    Price range:
    USD 15 - USD 50
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    07:00 - 22:30
    Sat - Sun
    08:00 - 22:30
    Other:
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    Refinery Rooftop
    Bars & Clubs
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    shalovesny Says:

    Not a thrifty choice - but The Refinery is a great rooftop bar - great indoor space in inclement weather, and fab out door terrace affording great views of The ESB. Located in Midtown on W38th street on the rooftop of The Refinery Hotel, the reception staff are welcoming and will direct you in the elevator up to the bar level.

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #63 of 871 Nightlife in New York City
    • Great view over Empire State, good atmosphere. 17/06/2017
    • Super expensive 15/05/2017
    • Refinery Rooftop
    Address:
    63 W 38th St
    New York City, NY 10018-3818
    Hours:
    Mon - Thu
    16:00 - 01:00
    Fri
    16:00 - 03:00
    Sat - Sun
    14:00 - 01:00
    Other:
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    The Bowery Hotel
    Hotels
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    shalovesny Says:

    If you just happen to be strolling through the Bowery and are passing The Bowery Hotel it's worth a look inside. You can't miss The Bowery Hotel in all its quirkiness, with the doormen dressed in their Bowler hats, white shirts and waistcoats, the lines of bicycles outside (for residents use). You may get asked if you are a resident on the way in, but just explain that you are thinking of staying there next time and would like to take a look or just enjoy a drink in their lobby bar. It's worth a peep to experience the faded grandeur of the decor - the huge fireplace and the comfy leather sofas and chairs.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Be polite on the way in as dependent on the doorman, they do check if you are staying there, but generally you will be welcomed in.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #142 of 468 Hotels in New York City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Comfort, glamour and excellent staff. 18/09/2017
    • Unique little hotel 14/09/2017
    • The Bowery Hotel
    Address:
    335 Bowery
    New York City, NY 10003-7138
    Phone:
    (646) 374-1280
    Other:
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    Chinatown
    Neighbourhoods
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    shalovesny Says:

    Seriously Chinatown is huge - and there will doubtless be hundreds of hidden gems I've not yet come across - but here are some of my favourites. 1) The backstreets - one minute you can be walking through the crowded mainstreets of a busy working everyday part of chinatown with everyone going about their daily business, and take a turn and find yourself in a quirky quiet little backstreet almost as if you have stepped back in time and if you were to walk through one of the tiny doorways you may even be able to purchase yourself a magical mogwai (although its advisable not to if you've seen the movie). My favourites are Doyers (home of the Vintage Nom Wah Tea Parlor) and Bayard (home of The Chinatown Ice Cream Factory). 2) Pearl River Mart - not strictly chinatown, but on the edge of at 477 Broadway btw Grand and Broome and parallel to Crosby St. this is a huge store dedicated to Chinese souvenirs, housewares, furniture, clothing and you can find yourself a few unusual little bargains here - worth a visit if you are in the area. 3) The Mahayana Buddhist Temple - located at 133 Canal Street right opposite the entrance to The Manhattan Bridge and home to the beautiful 16 foot Buddha.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • a sacred tranquil space, meet the lovely lady in the little gift shop upstairs
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #153 of 1,116 things to do in New York City
    • Worth a Visit 23/09/2017
    • Manhattan Chinatown is OK, but Visit Chinatown in Flushing, Queens - its great! 22/09/2017
    • Chinatown
    Address:
    Canal Street to Bayard Street
    New York City, NY
    Phone:
    +1 212-346-9288
    Other:
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