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Best of New York

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.

  • One If By Land, Two If By Sea (Photo: Courtesy of One If By Land, Two If By Sea)

    New York City’s Top 10 Most Romantic Restaurants

    The truth is that New Yorkers don’t need an overpriced prix-fixe menu as an excuse to slip into heels or a fancy shirt and park it in a sexy banquette for the evening. Whether it’s the first date or monthly date night, we love cozying up with some good food and someone special. Read More

  • Best Hotels for Families (Photo: iStockphoto)

    10 Top Family-Friendly Hotels in NYC

    Picking the right hotel can make or break a vacation, and the right choice becomes even more critical when you are traveling with kids. Suddenly the whirlpool tub and king size bed you dreamed about are replaced by the desire for a mini fridge Read More

  • Empire Diner (Photo: Daniel Krieger)

    8 Best Vintage Diners in New York City

    Remember when you could order a stack of flapjacks for less than a buck from a waitress in a beehive hairdo? Even if the memory of the “good old days”comes more from watching reruns of Alice than personal experience, Read More

  • New York City skyline

    10 NYC Hotels with the Best Views

    As logic dictates, for the best views of Manhattan, you either need to leave the island or go up — the higher the better. From head-on vistas of Lady Liberty to eyefuls of Central Park green, Read More

  • Tempura Matsui (Photo: Tempura Matsui)

    10 Fantastic Japanese Restaurants in NYC

    Though sushi is what immediately comes to mind when thinking of Japanese restaurants, here’s a newsflash: sushi is just one of about three dozen cuisines in Japan. In New York City, one can Read More

  • Central Park Walking Tour (Photo: Central Park Sightseeing)

    10 Fascinating Walking Tours of NYC

    It’s one thing to see the city from an air-conditioned bus or via the exhibits in a museum.It’s another thing entirely to walk the streets — along the famous avenues, down hidden alleys and across iconic bridges Read More

  • Statue by Night tour (Photo: New York Water Taxi)

    10 Tours to Take for Captivating New York Views

    An image of New York City on a postcard is eye-catching. In person, that view is even more thrilling. But, you don’t have to own a penthouse apartment to take in million-dollar vistas of the city. These ten tours take you soaring Read More

  • Catch the breeze on the Central Park Pedicab Tour (Photo: Central Park Sightseeing)

    10 Fabulous NYC Tours for Spring

    After hibernating all winter, New Yorkers emerge from their cozy apartments and corner watering holes with a renewed spirit to once again explore the city. Follow in their footsteps this spring, with tours that set the stage for brunching Read More

  • Cross the Brooklyn Bridge to Brooklyn and beyond on Open Tours Triboro Tour (Photo: Open Tours)

    Escape Manhattan: The 10 Best of the Borough Tours

    Manhattan may get the lion’s share of visitors — and media coverage — but the outer boroughs offer an equally memorable cultural experience, with fascinating history, landmark museums and parks Read More

  • 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 Picks

New and notable in the city

  • 8 One-of-a-Kind Spectacles in New York City

    When it comes to New York, bigger is better — and this is especially evident in its wild and wonderful spectacles. No idea is too outlandish and no show too flashy Read more »

  • 10 Most Unique Cuisines of NYC

    One of the most exciting ways to eat through New York City: stamping your culinary passport. With an estimated 140 cuisines to offer across five boroughs, it’s easy to bring the palate on a trip around the globe, without ever leaving city limits. Read more »

Everything New York

Looking Back

Bedford-Stuyvesant (Photo: Elisfanclub/Flickr CC)

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

Kid-Friendly Restaurants (Photo: iStockphoto)

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.


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


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

Where to eat now


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

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

hot and cool

jazz club

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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