Solo Weekend in New York
New York City
New York City is the type of place that you can visit dozens of times and never get bored. There is always something new to do, see, shop or eat. Even if you've been here before (like I have) you can always make an unforgettable weekend out of it.
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Where to stay in New York City
Andaz 5th Avenue - a Concept by Hyatt
Located in trendy Bryant Park, this chic boutique hotel has beautifully designed rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, a cellar bar and an American restaurant.
$100 hotel / resort credit.
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Kimpton Hotel Eventi
Stylish high-rise property in New York City with locally-decorated, upscale rooms and suites.
$50 hotel / resort credit.
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Marriott Vacation Club Pulse, New York City
Experience the heartbeat of the city at Marriott Vacation Club Pulse, New York City, where comfortable accommodations, convenient location and a vibrant urban ambiance come together to offer an unforgettable stay in the heart of the Big Apple.
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Things to do in New York City
Watch the sunset from the Empire Fulton Ferry park
Located in DUMBO, Brooklyn, this green area offers a fantastic vantage point to see the sun set behind the Manhattan skyline and the Brooklyn Bridge. Head over to Time Out Market if you prefer to enjoy the view from a terrace holding an Aperol Spritz.
Visit the 9/11 Memorial & Museum
September 11, 2001 is a date that New Yorkers and people around the world will never forget. The 9/11 Memorial and Museum does a fantastic job in both informing the public about the events and honoring the lives of those directly impacted. Take the guided tour – it's worth it.
Walk 5th Avenue
One of my favorite things about New York is how walkable it is. Start on 5th Avenue in lower Manhattan and walk north until your feet can take it. I always marvel at how much the scenery changes every few blocks. There is no shortage of shopping opportunities or people-watching.
Watch the Sunset from the Top of the Rock at the Rockefeller Center
Get your timed tickets in advance for about thirty minutes before sunset. This will give you the change to go all the way up to the upper deck and grab a spot. Yes, this is a very touristy thing to do and chances are it will be packed, but it's worth doing at least once to see the city lights turn on before your eyes. Not to brag, but I also managed to take some pretty amazing photos.
Finish the night with a craft cocktail at a rooftop bar
There is no shortage of rooftop bars in New York, and if you visit while the weather is nice, I cannot recommend it enough.
Explore a neighborhood
Go beyond the mainstream landmarks and spend time in one of the residential neighborhoods. I decided to explore West Village in Manhattan because it was easy for me to get to and I had heard great things about their food scene. Walk around, get a bite and/or a coffee, sit at a park and just watch life happen. West Village in particular has its own landmarks to offer, including The Stonewall Inn and Christopher Park.
Catch a Broadway Show
This is probably on every New York itinerary ever written, but it never gets old. With the incredible variety and quality of Broadway productions, there will always be something to enjoy. This time around, I picked Moulin Rouge, which did not disappoint.
Eat your way through a food market
Food markets are an excellent way to try various cuisines without the commitment of a sit-down dinner, and New York of course, has a broad selection to choose from. Chelsea Market, Mercado Little Spain, and DeKalb Market Hall never disappoint.
Places to eat & drink in New York City
You must have pizza while in New York, and Rubirosa is the perfect spot for that. Treat yourself to a carb fest and enjoy the lively vibe.
I'm a big Mediterranean food fan, and everything I tasted in Kubeh was delicious. Kubeh is actually the name of the house specialty dish, which is not to be missed.
Excellent spot in Greenwich Village to enjoy high-quality Italian fare in a casual atmosphere. They have a grocery section too, in case you're looking to take some goods home with you.
Best falafel I've ever had in my life. Perk: Their MacDougal St location closes at 4:00am!
I enjoyed the old world vibe of their Manhattan location and every single thing I ordered was fantastic.
If you're walking around Midtown and you need to grab a quick bite that is not fast food, try this spot. Great value, nice presentation and friendly staff.
Korean barbecue with a view! Right on Koreatown, in case you want to swing by a karaoke bar afterwards...
Great for a cocktail and some oysters while exploring Hudson Yards. Their outdoor area is wonderful when the weather cooperates.
Need to Know
For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Clara Raposo's guide, A Modern Luxury Guide to New York City.
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