100 Things to do in New York | Drink on Rooftops, Eat Gospel Brunch, And More...
Features

100 Things to Do in New York

100 Things to Do in New York

100 Things to Do in New York

At last count, there were approximately 6,956,096,248,754,122 things to do in New York.

Which is slightly too many for the average trip.

So we’ve taken the time to look at the full list, and whittle them down to the only the very best 100. It took a long time, but it was worth it. So without further ado, here they are:

1. SIP COCKTAILS ON THE ROOFTOP AT GALLOW GREEN
Chelsea | $$$

It’s LUSH. VIEW MORE INFO

2. WALK THE MUSEUM MILE
Upper West Side | $$

It’s like half the great museums in the city, squeezed into one spot. VIEW MORE INFO

3. GO TO THE WORLD’S BEST BAR
Financial District | $$$

The Dead Rabbit has had praise heeeeaped on it. VIEW MORE INFO

4. GET COMPETITIVE AT THE ROYAL PALMS SHUFFLEBOARD CLUB
Brooklyn | $$$


Drinks are on whoever loses. VIEW MORE INFO

5. WATCH THE SEA LIONS BEING FED, FOR FREE, BEFORE TOURING CENTRAL PARK
Upper East Side | $

See sea lions eat. VIEW MORE INFO

6. CHECK OUT AN OYSTER HAPPY HOUR AT GRAND CENTRAL STATION
Midtown East | $$

Oysters are a buck twenty five each. Views are free. VIEW MORE INFO

7. TOUR THE BROOKLYN BREWERY
Brooklyn | $$

Then let the Brooklyn Brewery’s goods take a tour of your stomach. VIEW MORE INFO

8. TAKE A RIDE ON THE ROOSEVELT ISLAND TRAMWAY
Roosevelt Island | $

Roman Hofer / Flickr

It costs $2.25, and you’ll never forget it. VIEW MORE INFO

9. GO TO A GALLERY OPENING
Various | $

Not only are they free, but they usually have complimentary wine. VIEW MORE INFO

10. CHECK OUT THE LARGEST HOT DOG MENU IN MANHATTAN AT CRIF DOGS
East Village | $$

Shawn Hoke / Flickr

The Tsunami is wrapped in bacon, then topped with teriyaki, pineapple, and spring onions. VIEW MORE INFO

11. GO TO A HIDDEN BAR
East Village | $$$$

Jan Mark Holzer / Flickr

That hotdog place? Has a bar hidden beneath it. You can access it through the phonebox (but you’ll need a reservation). VIEW MORE INFO

12. EAT CRACK PIE AT MOMOFUKU’S MILK BAR
Various | $$

Let’s just say it’s quite moreish. VIEW MORE INFO 

13. GRAB A GOSPEL BRUNCH
Harlem | $$$

Fried chicken, waffles, and soul-singing entertainment on a Sunday. VIEW MORE INFO

14. HIT CHINATOWN FOR DIM SUM
Chinatown | $$

Madhu Nair / Flickr

Have an ‘ethnic neighbourhood-off’ with Little Italy

15. HIT LITTLE ITALY FOR NOT-DIM SUM
Little Italy | $$

Have an ‘ethnic neighbourhood-off’ with Chinatown

16. DRUNKENLY BELT OUT SHOW TUNES AT MARIE’S CRISIS CAFÉ
Greenwich Village | $$

Ed and Eddie / Flickr

You’ll be accompanied by a piano, and plenty of other drunk people, if that’s important to you. VIEW MORE INFO

17. DROP IN TO SOHO HOUSE
SoHo | $$$$

You’ll have to book a room there, of course. But you can swan around the pool like a fully fledged member. VIEW MORE INFO

18. TAKE A BOAT RIDE DOWN THE HUDSON
Hell’s Kitchen | $$$$

On a 3-story, 160ft yacht. VIEW MORE INFO

19. GO TO GOVERNORS ISLAND
Brooklyn | $

They squeeze a LOT into 172 acres. VIEW MORE INFO

20. SEE MOVIES THE AMERICAN WAY
Brooklyn | $$$

Get a beer and a meal delivered to your seat at the Alamo Drafthouse. VIEW MORE INFO

21. WALK THE HIGHLINE
Chelsea | $

It’s a former elevated train track turned into a public park. Which is cool as fuck. VIEW MORE INFO

22. SHAKE OFF YOUR JETLAG WITH AN EARLY MORNING DANCE PARTY
Various | $$$

It’s called Daybreaker, and it will break the living shit out of your day. VIEW MORE INFO

23. HEAD OVER TO THE HUA MEI BIRD GARDEN IN ROOSEVELT PARK
Nolita | $


If you go there on a sunny Sunday morning, you’ll hear exotic songbirds competing in singing competitions. Seriously. VIEW MORE INFO

24. GRAB SOME BRUNCH
Various | $-$$$$

Can be done virtually anywhere, but The Clinton St. Baking Company is highly recommended.

25. SEE THE LADY IN GREEN
The Hudson | $-$$$$

Preferably by boat. At twilight. VIEW MORE INFO

26. HIT THE UNION SQUARE GREENMARKET
Flatiron District | $-$$


Buy lunch with some of the best chefs in the city. VIEW MORE INFO

27. HIT THE MET
Upper East Side | $$

See some of the best art in NYC. VIEW MORE INFO

28. ACTUALLY, HIT THE FRICK
Upper East Side | $$

It’s just down the street from The Met, and it’s where the locals go. VIEW MORE INFO

29. EAT A CRONUT
SoHo | $$

Head to Dominique Ansel’s bakery, and eat a doughnut and a croissant simultaneously while you queue to mentally prepare yourself. VIEW MORE INFO

30. GO TO A YANKEES GAME
The Bronx | $$$

Ballpark hotdogs for lunch! VIEW MORE INFO

31. TAKE A BRIEF LOOK AROUND TIMES SQUARE
Midtown | $

You know, so you can say you did.

32. PRACTICE YOUR ARGENTINE TANGO IN CENTRAL PARK
Upper East Side | $


It happens every Saturday from June – September at 6pm, free. VIEW MORE INFO

33. TAKE A BITE OF KIM KARDASHIAN’S FACE AT THE CUPCAKE MARKET
East Village | $$

Why no-one else makes face-cookies, we’ll never know. VIEW MORE INFO

34. PRETEND YOU’RE IN AN EPISODE OF SUITS AT THE NIGHT COURT
Financial District | $

Seriously. You can go see someone get thrown in the slammer. VIEW MORE INFO

35. PICNIC IN THE PARK!
Hudson Heights | $$


No, not that park. Fort Tryon Park, overlooking the beautiful medieval cloisters nearby. VIEW MORE INFO

36. GO TO THOSE CLOISTERS!
Hudson Heights | $$

Evan Lee

They’re genuinely amazing. VIEW MORE INFO

37. GO TO THE WHISPERING GALLERY AT GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL…
Midtown East | $


…and talk to a friend on the other side of the terminal, while whispering, thanks to the ultra-weird acoustics. VIEW MORE INFO

38. GET BADASS SNEAKERS AT FLIGHT CLUB
East Village | $$$


The first rule of Flight Club is that you do indeed talk about Flight Club. VIEW MORE INFO

39. ACTUALLY HAVE BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S
Midtown | $$

…their flagship store has finally opened a Tiffany blue-slathered restaurant for brunch. FIND OUT MORE

40. HEAD TO TRUMP TOWER AND PROTEST FOR TEN MINUTES
Financial District | $

m01229 / Flickr

When in Rome…

41. LISTEN TO JAZZ AT JAZZ STANDARD
Midtown | $$$

Ironically, it’s anything but standard. VIEW MORE INFO

42. WATCH AN ICE HOCKEY GAME AT THE BARCLAYS CENTER
Brooklyn | $$$


Because that’s what everyone thinks of when they think about New York. They have concerts and stuff too, though. VIEW MORE INFO

43. CHALLENGE A LOCAL TO A GAME OF POOL AT DOCK HOLIDAYS
East Village | $$

superde1uxe / Flickr

And win. VIEW MORE INFO

44. SPEND AN EVENING UNDER THE STARS AT ONE OF HAYDEN PLANETARIUM’S SPACE SHOWS
Upper West Side | $$$

Bree Collins / Flickr

And given that you’re on the Upper West Side, you’ll probably see some stars outside the planetarium, too. VIEW MORE INFO

45. TRY SOME OF THE GRASS-FED GREEK YOGHURT AT GREECOLOGIES
Lower East Side | $

That’s right, they feed grass to the yoghurt. VIEW MORE INFO

46. HAVE DINNER IN THE DARK AT CAMAJE BISTRO
Greenwich Village | $$$


If your partner makes a ‘blind date’ joke, dump them. VIEW MORE INFO

47. WANDER UP TO GREENPOINT…
Brooklyn | $

John Gillespie / Flickr

…and soak up the glorious views of Manhattan

48. GO TO A CLASSIC US DINER
Upper West Side | $


You recognise it from Seinfeld. VIEW MORE INFO

49. GET A WHISKEY TASTING FLIGHT AT THE FLATIRON ROOM
Flatiron District | $$$

It’s home to one of the most extensive whiskey lists on all of the East Coast. VIEW MORE INFO

50. GET DOWN WITH SOME HIP-HOP YOGA AT Y7
Various | $$$

Try to avoid getting into a yoga beef. VIEW MORE INFO

51. GET THE COOLEST ICE CREAM IN TOWN AT BIG GAY ICE CREAM
Various | $$


Try the Salty Pimp. You won’t regret it. VIEW MORE INFO

52. GO TO DYLAN’S CANDY BAR AND TEST YOUR SELF-RESTRAINT
Union Square | $$

Spoiler alert: you have none. VIEW MORE INFO

53. GO TO THE TOP OF THE ROCK
Midtown | $$


It’s better than the Empire State Building because you can SEE the Empire State Building from it. VIEW MORE INFO

54. TRY THE BANANA PUDDING FROM MAGNOLIA BAKERY
Various | $$

Then frantically Google “Magnolia Bakery UK”. VIEW MORE INFO

55. RE-CREATE THE “WHEN HARRY MET SALLY” ORGASM SCENE AT KATZ’S DELI
Lower East Side | $$

The staff there LOVE it when people do that. VIEW MORE INFO

56. GO SHOPPING IN SOHO
SoHo | $-$$$$

Fuzzy Images / Flickr

Window, or regular

57. DEVELOP DIABETES AT ECONOMY CANDY
Lower East Side | $

Sean Ganann / Flickr

You’ve never seen more sweets in one place, ever. VIEW MORE INFO

58. SIT NEXT TO JAY Z & JACK NICHOLSON WITH COURTSIDE KNICKS TICKETS
Midtown | $$$$

But first sell a body part for $10,000, to cover the cost. Or, if you have none to spare, get regular (ugh, non-Jay Z) tickets for $120 each. VIEW MORE INFO

59. TAKE A TRIP THROUGH NYC’S HISTORY, AT THE TENEMENT MUSEUM
Lower East Side | $$

Then come back for one of their Taster Menu evenings. In the name of research. VIEW MORE INFO

60. RISK ALMOST CERTAIN DEATH AT CONEY ISLAND
Coney Island | $$

The Cyclone ride is 90 years old this year. Is that a good thing? We don’t know. VIEW MORE INFO

61. HIRE A ROWING BOAT AND ROW AROUND CENTRAL PARK LAKE
Upper East Side | $$

It’s $15 an hour, but it’s craaaazy romantic. VIEW MORE INFO

62. DO EVERYTHING AT BROOKLYN BAZAAR
Brooklyn | $$$

There’s ping pong, mini-golf, live music, you name it. VIEW MORE INFO

63. IS IT CHRISTMAS RIGHT NOW?  IF SO, GO TO THE RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR
Upper West Side | $

It’s cliched but, you know, for a reason. VIEW MORE INFO

64. WALK THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE
Brooklyn | $

And take approximately 6k photos while you do

65. GO TO THE MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
Upper West Side | $$

Try to find all of the main characters from Night At The Museum. VIEW MORE INFO

66. CATCH A SHOW ON BROADWAY
Midtown | $$$

And by “catch” we mean “book months in advance”.

67. HEAD TO LA COLOMBE COFFEE ROASTERS ON WALL STREET
Financial District | $$

Take a copy of the New York Times, wear suits, pretend you’re bankers & discuss business stuff. Have a pastry with your coffee. In fact fuck it – have two. Greed is good. VIEW MORE INFO

68. TAKE A HELI RIDE OVER THE CITY
Various | $$$$

Amaaaazing. VIEW MORE INFO

69. HAVE A CHERRY BLOSSOM PICNIC AT THE BROOKLYN BOTANIC GARDEN
Brooklyn | $$

We’re assuming you’re in New York for cherry blossom season, of course. VIEW MORE INFO

70. CHECK OUT SOME LIVE COMEDY AT ASSSCAT 3000
Chelsea | $

Alumni include Amy Poehler, and evening shows are free. No, that’s not a joke. VIEW MORE INFO

71. GO TO ONE OF THESE BARS
Various | $-$$$$

They’re the best in the city. Trust us. VIEW MORE INFO

72. GO TO ONE OF THESE RESTAURANTS
Various | $-$$$$

They’re the best in the city. Trust us. VIEW MORE INFO

73. PLAY BOARDGAMES AT FATCAT
West Village | $$

Understatement alert: they’re known for jazz as well. VIEW MORE INFO

74. GET SOME GENUINE NYC PIZZA
Various | $

You can get a life-changing slice for a buck. VIEW MORE INFO

75. GRAB LUNCH AT A JEWISH DELI
Various | $$

We recommend Russ & Daughters. They’ve only had a century and four generations to get it right. VIEW MORE INFO

76. GO TO A DIVE BAR
Various | $

Just don’t plan on doing anything after. VIEW MORE INFO

77. TAKE IN SOME SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK
Central Park | $

It would be a tragedy if you didn’t go. Especially given that it’s free. VIEW MORE INFO

78. GO TO A BEER HALL
Soho | $$

Huge halls, huge beers. VIEW MORE INFO

79. SEE THE BERLIN WALL
Midtown | $

Yes, we are in the right city. There’s a huge hunk of it located in Paley Park. VIEW MORE INFO

80. SEE THE STATEN ISLAND BOAT GRAVEYARD
Staten Island | $

There are signs saying ‘no trespassing’, but you’ll likely see people breeze right past them. VIEW MORE INFO

81. LOOK COOL AS HELL AT LITTLE BRANCH
West Village | $$$

Buzz Anderson / Flickr

It’s one of those “if you don’t know about it, you’ll never find it” places. And it’s awesome… VIEW MORE INFO

82. HEAD DOWN TO PIER 17
Lower Eat Side | $$

Holy ship. VIEW MORE INFO

83. GET TACOS AT THE CHELSEA MARKET
Chelsea | $$

They do other stuff too. The tacos are just delicious. VIEW MORE INFO

84. GET HUSTLED BY CHESS PLAYERS IN WASHINGTON SQUARE PARK
Greenwich Village | $-$$$$

Don’t get fleeced though, otherwise you won’t be picking up many checks, mate. VIEW MORE INFO

85. CATCH AN INDIE FLICK AT NITEHAWKS
Williamsburg | $$$

If it isn’t great, they don’t screen it. VIEW MORE INFO

86. GO TO THE SEPTEMBER 11 MEMORIAL
Financial District | $

See it from the observation deck at One World Trade. VIEW MORE INFO

87. TAKE A FRIENDS TOUR
Greenwich Village | $

Rob Young / Flickr

Ugly Naked Guy not guaranteed. VIEW MORE INFO

88. VISIT CARRIE’S HOUSE FROM SEX & THE CITY
Greenwich Village | $

Rob Young / Flickr

See if you CAN help but wonder. VIEW MORE INFO

89. TAKE IN CANDLELIGHT, CHANDELIERS, AND BOOZE AT THE BELFRY
East Village | $$

AKA, “How to set the mood for dummies”. VIEW MORE INFO

90. LISTEN TO JAZZ AT VILLAGE VANGUARD
Greenwich Village | $$$

Miles Davis used to play here. That’s more or less all you need to know. VIEW MORE INFO

91. SING KARAOKE UNTIL THE EARLY HOURS AT KARAOKE CAVE
Greenwich Village | $$

When you’re singing the Friends intro on repeat, it’s time to leave. VIEW MORE INFO

92. CYCLE AROUND CENTRAL PARK
Upper East Side | $

Sarah Browning / Flickr

Try and make someone shout “I’m walkin’ here!”. It’s tradition. VIEW MORE INFO

93. TOUR THE CHRYSLER BUILDING
Midtown | $

Art Deco domination. VIEW MORE INFO

94. HAVE A WHISKY AT COPPER & OAK
Nolita | $$$

It may be the city’s smallest bar, with maybe the city’s largest whiskey collection. VIEW MORE INFO

95. GO TO MEDIEVAL TIMES
New Jersey | $$$

Appropriately, it’s in New Jersey. VIEW MORE INFO

96. GET SUSHI SERVED BY NINJAS
Tribeca | $$$$

There are five in this picture. VIEW MORE INFO

97. GO TO THE BROOKLYN BOWL
Brooklyn | $$$

They have more than just bowling. A LOT more. VIEW MORE INFO

98. EXPLORE GRAND CENTRAL STATION
Midtown | $

Even if you’re literally just there for the oyster bar. VIEW MORE INFO

99. GO TO A FREE TV SHOW TAPING
Midtown | $

Just head to 30 Rock (the place, not the show), and you can be on The Tonight Show that very night. VIEW MORE INFO

100. TRY AS MANY FLAVOURS OF COOKIE DOUGH AS YOU CAN PHYSICALLY HANDLE FROM DO
SoHo | $$

You’ll be surprised just how much you can physically handle. VIEW MORE INFO

Main image: Ted McGrath / Flickr 

You look like you could do with a good night’s sleep after all that. Here are a few recommendations...



More Ideas


Our Top Picks