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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.

  • 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

  • Two pastas at Perla (Photos: Henry Hargreaves/Courtesy of Perla)

    Top 10 Italian Restaurants in NYC

    Not too long ago in our city’s culinary history — say, 15 years back — “Italian restaurant” meant one thing: hearty red-sauce Italian-American. 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

  • 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

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    5 Best Restaurants for a Pre-Theater Dinner in New York City

    Finding a good restaurant for a pre-theater dinner in New York City isn’t easy. Sure, plenty of restaurants in and around the Theater Districtadvertise pre-theater meals, but it’s often the restaurants that court theatergoers the loudest Read More

  • Outdoor Cafe (Christopher Ames/iStockphoto)

    New York’s Best Sidewalk Dining

    New York may have Broadway, the world’s best museums and countless other attractions, but its most riveting show often unfolds every day in front of sidewalk tables across the city. Read More

  • Top Dog: CJ, a German Shorthaired Pointer, is Named Best in Show for 2016

    There’s a new top dog in town. The 140th Annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show took place this past weekend in New York, Read More

  • 8 Rooftop Restaurants with Awe-Inspiring Views

    Say goodbye tothe hustle and bustle of New York City streets with amazing bird’s-eyeviews from theserooftops. And while there are plenty of lovely roof lounges that shake a refreshing cocktail, many of them don’t serve Read More

  • 5 Wonderful NYC Hotels for the Holidays

    It’s not just theNYC department storesthat deck the halls for the holidays. So do many of the hotels. Read More

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

    New York City’s 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

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14 Fabulous Kid-Friendly Restaurants in New York

These top-tier restaurants in Manhattan and Brooklyn will have your taste buds -- and your kids -- singing their praises

PARKS AND RECREATION

The Great Lawn in Central Park (Photo: Yourdon/Flickr)

The Best Parks in New York City

Whenever you need a break from the concrete jungle, there’s always a patch of green nearby

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

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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