With an endless amount of things to do, places to eat, and sights to visit, it’s hard to know where to start when planning a trip to New York City. Here I’ve gathered a few of the best spots in the city for a weekend getaway and though it’s hard to include every single amazing thing to do in this wonderful city, it will serve as a good starting point as you plan your trip to the Big Apple!

Stay

For the budget-friendly check into The Pod. It boasts solid amenities, good food, and free wifi for all guests. Like just about every hotel room in the city, you won’t be in the most spacious of accommodations but when you’re in a city with this much going on, it hardly matters. There are several room types, from spacious suites to bunks mean there is something for everyone and every budget.

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If you have a little more wiggle room in your travel budget go ahead and check into the Nolitan Hotel. Located in NoLita, the Nolitan Hotel is a beautiful mix of luxury amenities and boutique hotel charm. The rooms are plush and well designed with lots of great extras like bathrobes, slippers, and a fully furnished bath. There are also daily free wine and cheese hours, rentable bikes, and access to a nearby gym.

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To quote one of my two favorites Characters, Tom and Donna (Parks & Rec), if you’d like to “Treat Yo’Self” feel free to stay at the Ludlow Hotel. With its impossibly stylish chic rooms, swanky lounge area,  fantastic adjoining French bistro, and convenient location The Ludlow is one of those “can I please move in?” hotels. Room rates include breakfast at the restaurant downstairs (Dirty French), something guests should most definitely take advantage of. The beds are comfy, the lounge is lively, and the rooms are a dream. What else could you ask for?

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Eats

Two Hands– If you’re looking for the best healthy, fresh, nourishing lunch in NYC, Two Hands in Tribeca is it! Bringing the laid-back and nutritious Australian culinary scene to New York, it truly feels like being transported to the land down under when entering this shop.

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Mamoun Falafel– In a city that is notoriously expensive, there really is something to be said about a $3.50 falafel sandwich. Though the food is inexpensive, Mamoun’s is home to some truly fantastic Middle Eastern food. In addition to falafel, there are a number of meat options including kebabs and shawarma.

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Egg Shop– Head to Egg Shop for an easy breakfast or lunch. As the name suggests, egg sandwiches are the name of the game. You can create a custom egg sandwich for under $10 and get the toppings and ingredients you choose or order from their regular menu. With their fresh and high-quality ingredients, you can’t go wrong with any of the items on the menu.

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Lombardi’s– With a plethora of pizza places in NYC boasting to the best it’s hard to narrow down to just one, and as a huge fan of New York pizza, Lombardi’s is definitely at the top of the list. Located in Nolita, there will most definitely be a wait to get in so plan accordingly. The pizza is wood-fired, reasonably priced and, most importantly, some of the best pizza you’ll (probably) ever have.

Libations

Salon de Ning Roof Top Bar– Located in the Peninsula Hotel in the heart of Midtown Manhattan this rooftop bar offers an exquisite central view of the city. With 1930s Shanghai décor, this high-end bar offers an array of cocktails with incredible views.

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Copper & Oak– For any whiskey lovers out there, this locale has more of their fair share of options. Tucked away on the Lower East Side this small bar is cozy and a great place to hang out with a couple of friends!

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The Palm Court– Located in the Plaza Hotel this iconic venue is a must visit. Return to the grandeur of The Plaza dating back to 1907. Savor this ritzy setting for their acclaimed afternoon tea or for some evening cocktails inspired by a few of their most renowned guests.

 

Time to Caffeinate

Toby’s Estate Coffee– This Aussie coffee shop offers some of the best coffee around. The large crowds gathered to grab their cup of joe despite their limited indoor seating is a true testament to how delicious their coffee is.

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Abraco– New Yorkers come from all around the city to visit Abraco solely for their fresh brewed coffee. Offering a variety of blended brews and drip coffee this place keeps the customers coming.

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Culture Espresso– With chain coffee shops splattered across Midtown, Culture Espresso is a refreshing little shop that offers insanely good espresso. Drink it straight in a cortado or tempered down in a latte, but this espresso will keep you at New York pace.

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 Sweets

Levain Bakery– Tourist and residents alike line up the streets for this bakery, especially for these cookies. These massive cookies resemble monster scones, but are rich, buttery, and oozing with flavor. They come in chocolate chip walnut, dark chocolate chip, dark chocolate peanut butter, and oatmeal raisin. I don’t say this lightly, but these are the best cookies I have yet to taste.

Magnolia Bakery– The famous New York bakery, Magnolia Bakery. Magnolia Bakery is a New York staple, but you haven’t gone unless you tried their renown banana pudding

Momofuku Milkbar– Momofuku Milk Bar is the place to go for all things sweet, salty, creamy, and downright delicious, and although they offer a variety of tempting treats their crack pie and cereal milk soft serve are fan favorites.

 

Things To Do

The Highline– Opening in 2009, The Highline is a converted railroad track that runs above ground. It runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District all the way up to 34th street. It’s open to all and is credited as a New York park. Great for a stroll or a picnic you’ll find benches, tables, and chaises lining the walkway amongst beds of greenery. Wander along and enjoy the views of Manhattan.

Broadway Show– There is nothing quite as spectacular as seeing a show on Broadway. Broadway is renowned for its incredible musicals and world-class shows, and in no other place will you be able to experience this kind of entertainment on a grand scale. Recommend buying tickets in advance to any shows that capture your interest.

The Met– Overlooking Central Park, The Metropolitan Museum is a massive museum with multiple wings displaying some of the finest artworks in the world. While exploring the collections of art check out the Temple of Dendur where the Met Ball is held each year, it’s exquisite. While New York is home to a variety of museums, the Met is the largest art museum in the world.

Chelsea Market– There is nothing quite like exploring a great food market in a new city and though New York has several, Chelsea Market reigns supreme. You can get everything from wine, spices, and popsicles here as you roam through the stalls. If you really want to experience the ins and outs of the market, you can even take a food tour to learn (and sample) more