by Leslie, New York Guest Concierge
New York City has a million things to see and like most of us have very little time to see it! This post shares some insider tips from a New Yorker who made all the touring mistakes. In the hope that it helps the fellow traveler, the man or woman who wants to see everything in New York in a short amount of time.
Let’s start with those major sites that are featured in every high budget action flick, The Statue of Liberty and Empire State Building. You will be one of the millions that come to NYC each year to see these sights so avoid the Lines to Liberty Island by taking a harbor cruise. The City Sights Midtown Cruise sails by Lady Liberty daily while a tour guide provides vast knowledge of the statue. While learning about all of her secrets you can take amazing pictures and view other architectural wonders like the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridge and get shots of the iconic NYC skyline.
The Empire State Building offers fantastic views but also fantastic long lines. Consider visiting the Top of The Rock at Rockefeller Center instead. The large viewing area guarantees a crowd free experience and provides a fantastic view of The Empire State Building as well as The Chrysler Building and Central Park.
One of the most famous treats in New York City is the Cupcake. Rising to fame on the coattails of the HBO comedy Sex and The City, Magnolia Bakery has become a hotspot for the individual with a sweet tooth. While the cupcakes are delicious I don’t want to wait in line when the craving hits. Check out Sugar Sweet Sunshine Bakery on the Lower East Side for a cupcake that isn’t too sweet. The bakery is decorated with a hippie flair making you feel like a time traveler. Billy’s Bakery in Chelsea is a posh bakery with pretty cupcakes. The frosting is delicious and is generously atop each cupcake. Lastly is Sprinkles Cupcakes, this bakery claims to be the world’s first cupcake bakery and talk about adorable, this bakery gets me over to the East Side of Manhattan on a regular basis.
Before moving on from sweet treats let’s talk about Dylan’s Candy Bar Café. I’m not going to lie to you; Dylan’s is probably the cutest candy store I have ever seen, probably due to the fact that the owner is the daughter of fashion designer Ralph Lauren. But the long lines and gobs of loud children keep most locals out of the store and on their way to Economy Candy. Located on the Lower East Side Economy candy has an old fashioned charm. The doors opened here in 1937 and offer a wide variety of classic candy and new favorites.
Looking for a great restaurant but don’t want to wait in line for an hour or more to get a table? Check out Restaurant Row located in the theater district on West 46th Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenue. Even the pickiest eater will find a restaurant to his or her liking and hungry travelers can do cuisine window shopping before deciding on one of the sixteen eateries. Also remember that a hotel concierge is available to make dinner reservations for you at any restaurant and can also make great recommendations of the best places to dine.