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When you're searching for things to do in New York City, you want only the best, and that's exactly what the Best of New York provides. Whether it's the 10 Best New York City Cheesecakes, the 10 Hotels with the Best Views or 10 Broadway Musicals that Make the Grade for Kids of All Ages, we recommend the top places to see and things to do while in New York for locals and visitors. From Broadway and hotels, from tours to attractions, from dining to nightlife, we provide an insider's look at the best of the Big Apple.

  • Pampano dining room (Photo: Pampano)

    8 Best Mexican Restaurants in NYC

    New York City used to be sorely lacking in quality Mexican cuisine. That’s no longer the case. NYC now rivals its West Coast counterparts with its terrific Mexican comida, Read More

  • Sample New York suds around the city (Photo: Steven Guzzardi/Flickr CC)

    Top 5 Made-in-New York Beers — And Where to Drink Them

    Ideally, you’ve spent the last few days sampling a plethora of craft brews atNew York City Beer Week. But even if you didn’t snag a ticket to one of these formal tastings, Read More

  • Tacos al Pastor at Empellon al Pastor (Photo: Daniel Krieger)

    5 Top New Mexican Restaurants in NYC

    For the record: New Yorkers are tired of hearing how much better the Mexican food is in LA or Chicago or the entire state of Texas. Read More

  • Top 8 New Jersey Hotels with Easy Access to Manhattan

    Visitors to New York — overlook New Jersey at your own risk. The state has all of the hallmarks of an ideal base for exploring New York City Read More

  • Sigiri (Photo: Yelp)

    The 10 Best BYOB Restaurants in New York City

    Many restaurants in New York have extraordinary wine lists, cutting-edge cocktail programs, rare beers on tap, hundreds of spirits but more often than not, you’ll pay quite a bit for them. One of the best ways Read More

  • Best in Show: Top 5 Pet Boutiques in NYC

    The Westminster Kennel Club’s 139th Annual Dog Show comes to NYC’s Piers 92/94 (at 55th St. and the West Side Highway) this year on February 13-17, ensuring that the city will be overrun with dogs of all shapes, sizes, breeds and colors. Read More

  • Fried chicken at Birds and Bubbles (Photo: Birds and Bubbles)

    The 10 Best Southern Restaurants in New York City

    It was one of the big dining trends of 2014: New York City developed an appetite for soulful, honest-to-goodness, real down-home Southern cuisine, from saucy barbecue to crispy fried chicken. Read More

  • The Tonya Charding pie at Roberta's (Photo: Roberta's)

    The 10 Best Pizzas in New York City

    It’s one of New York’s most iconic dishes, yet also one of its most polarizing, which is why it is not uncommon to overhear debates about what constitutes a good pizza — thin crust, thick crust, wood-fired, coal-charred and that’s before we even Read More

  • Jeff Koons, ‘Tulips,’ 199598 (Private collection.  Jeff Koons)

    Top 10 Museum Shows of 2014 and 10 Most Anticipated of 2015

    New York City is the culture capital of America — and this year’s stellar lineup of museum exhibits were again proof of this. From the elegant prints and posters Read More

  • Oratorio Society of New York, which will perform Handel’s 'Messiah' at Carnegie Hall (Photo: Tim Dwight)

    Fa La La: Best Holiday Concerts and Carolers in NYC

    ‘Tis the season for singing. Whether you’re in a church, a park or in a neighborhood bar, Christmas carolers are out in force, Read More

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15 New York Landmarked Neighborhoods to Visit

History pops up on many a New York City block, and we've got the skinny on 15 of the city's most interesting landmarked districts, from the city's oldest in Brooklyn a gated "village" tucked away on the Upper West Side

Beyond Chicken Fingers

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14 Fabulous Kid-Friendly Restaurants in New York

Dining with children doesn't have to mean lowering your foodie standards, especially in NYC; these top-tier restaurants in Manhattan and Brooklyn will have your taste buds—and your kids—singing their praises

Little Kids, Big City

Girl at a New York zoo (Photo: Michael S. Yamashita/Corbis)

10 Things Every Kid Should See Before College

New York is a magical place, filled with museums, monuments and experiences that you can not find anywhere else. So we tasked ourselves with selecting 10 that were absolute must-sees for all kids. And it wasn’t easy to choose.

PLAYTIME

Imagination Playground (Photo: Courtesy of Rockwell Group)

New York’s Most Amazing Playgrounds

Forget monkey bars and slides. These nine playgrounds across New York City keep kids busy with rocks for climbing, intricate water labs and sandboxes the size of studio apartments.

No Hamptons? No Problem

Central Park (Photo: Yourdon/Flickr CC)

7 Reasons to Stay in New York City This August

DAY TRIP

City Island (Photo: Fausto Giovanny Pinto/CUNY Journalism Photo)

A Perfect Day on City Island, the Bronx

The city gets downright steamy in the summer, with temperatures soaring and pavements boiling. Leave it all behind with a trip to breezy City Island, New York City’s very own slice of New England seaside.

Uncover History

Roosevelt Island tram (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Roosevelt Island: A Day Away from the City Without Leaving the City

Take a three-hour tour of this New York anomaly with plenty of open space, few cars, fewer pedestrians and very little noise

Day Tripper

Coney Island

The Top 10 Beaches In and Around NYC

Escape the concrete jungle and spend a day at one of New York City’s many nearby beaches. Surf, sand and sun are a lot closer than you think

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Top 10 New and Noteworthy New York City Restaurants: May 2013

What's hot in the New York City restaurant scene right now

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Harlem Jazz: Where to Go Now

From old-time music bars to new-school supper clubs, what's happening above 125th Street

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