A weekend in New York City can probably give you an experience of a lifetime. It could be a trip as a family, road trip with some of your friends or a solo trip to explore what the Big Apple has to offer. New York City is filled with culture, great architecture, diverse history, variety of restaurants and loads of entertainment for everyone. If you are a fan of hot chocolate, New York City has some great hot chocolate cafes for you to explore. Here are my picks on hotels, restaurants and thing to do, to have a great weekend in New York City!
Weekend In New York City
Hotels In New York City
Gild Hall is a perfect weekend getaway place to stay in New York. Gild Hall blends classical Europe with the energy of NYC to give you a relaxing weekend in New York City. Though it is in the financial district of New York area, prices are affordable.
Hotel le Bleu
Hotle le Bleu is a clean, classy and cool boutique hotel in New York City. Located on Fourth Avenue in the heart of Brooklyn, it towers above historic Brooklyn Brownstones. The hotel is conveniently located minutes away from attractions and the subway system, so you can just jump on the subway and head to nearby Manhattan.
The location itself of NU Hotel will be a treat. It is located at the intersection of 4 neighborhoods – Downtown Brooklyn, Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens. This hotel is the perfect spot, if you want to get most for your money and really explore New York City over the weekend.
Super luxurious and chic hotel from the world of Trump introduces Trump SoHo. It is conveniently located close to famous New York attractions like Statue of Liberty, Central Park, Empire State Building, Times Square, Chrysler Building and Rockefeller Plaza. Prepare to be pampered and spoiled while staying in this hotel over your weekend in New York City.
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Looking for a place to exercise with a great view? Brooklyn Bridge is the perfect place for some exercise and great views of Manhattan. Be sure to take your camera before you cross the Brooklyn bridge on foot to capture some great pictures of the bridge itself and boats that go by.
Eataly is a great place to walk around during your weekend in New York City trip. Located on 23rd street in the Flat Iron District, Eataly brings favorite Italian food to everyone who loves a taste of authentic Italy. You can enjoy the day by walking around the Eataly market and taste everything from authentic espresso, pastas, pizzas, fish, meats, gelatos and breads.
SPiN New York
A friendly game of ping pong among some friends over a weekend in New York City is great and there’s no better place for this than SPiN New York. Located in East 23rd street, it is a great place to hangout and stay active over your trip to the City That Never Sleeps.
Statue of Liberty
If you visit NYC, there is no excuse you can give to pass on the opportunity to see the Statue of Liberty. Lady Liberty is celebrating her 125th anniversary this year on October 28th, 2011. That makes this weekend a perfect excuse to enjoy your weekend in New York City. After this weekend, the Statue of Liberty will be closed for a year long upgrade project. However, the Liberty Island will remain open to visitors, and the views of Lady Liberty.
New York City Restaurants
Looking for some true Italian pasta with a New York vibe? Take a trip to Lupa, where you will have pasta specials to fill your taste buds. Lupa is a very casual place you can dine for an affordable price. The concept of Lupa is to give you traditional dishes with fresh ingredients.
Location: 170 Thompson Street #1, New York
Telephone: (212) 982-5089
The Meatball Shop
There is nothing that fills your stomach like some deliciously cooked meat. If you are looking for chicken, pork or beef, The Meatball Shop will have it for you. The concept of this shop is fun and great food. Great option for lunches and dinners over the weekend in New York City. No reservations needed, just drop by to a friendly atmosphere and enjoy dishes like naked balls, sliders and smash. Though you will have to go there to find out what these dishes they serve, it is guaranteed that your tummy will say yummy!
Location: 84 Stanton Street, New York
Telephone: (212) 982-8895
Norma’s is a great place for weekend brunch in New York City for both adults and kids alike. Norma’s will offer you comfort food to fill you up and ask for more. The menu offers dishes like hazelnut filled crepes, chicken pot pit and lobster mac ‘n cheese. Keep in mind that the place closes at 3:00pm, so head out early. Norma’s is the go to spot for brunch in New York City.
Location: 119 West 56th Street, New York
Telephone: (212) 245-5000
Pizza anyone? Well, if you are in the area of Brooklyn, you got to try the pizza at Di Fara. You might have to wait in line until they make the perfect sizzling crispy pizza with melted cheese but it is worth the wait when you take a bite out of that pizza slice.
Location: 1424 Avenue J, Brooklyn, New York
Telephone: (718) 258-1367
Nightlife in New York City
If you are in NYC for the weekend and want to feel like an A Lister, head out to Butter and you can be just that. Depending on your mood over the weekend in New York City, Butter will offer you three atmospheres to choose from – The Great Room, The Birch Room and Gallery Lounge. So when the sun sets, head out to Butter for a laid back time with great food, drinks and friends.
What to Order: The Veranda, Sparkling Cava, St. Germain and Green Grapes
The Boom Boon Room
Located on top of the Standard Hotel, The Boom Boon Room is a place with stunning 360 degree views of New York skyline. The place is home to a bar, cocktail lounge, rooftop lounge and a hot tub. It’s undoubtedly a perfect way to spend a night of weekend in New York City.
What to Order: Tell the bartender your pleasure, and let him create something magical for you!
Embrace art, fashion and night life of New York City at 1 Oak. An intimate, seductive and classy nightclub with fun beats will make you dance the night away. So add 1 Oak to to your New York City travel schedule.
What to Order: The popular Mixed Berry Gimlet
New York is a vibrant and eclectic place. I was surprised first time when i visited New York. There are many enjoyable places for weekend. Thank you Shamis for sharing useful and worthy information.
There is no doubt that New York is filled with events! So you can always find something to keep yourself engaged while in New York.
I would like to add few most fabulous places like Rockefeller Center, American Museum of Natural History that catched my attention. I was not aware about Meatball Shop, so thanks for your valuable inputs.
You’re welcome, and thanks for mentioning some more places!
Great list, Shamis! I gotta admit that the Statue of Liberty was one of the places in NYC that I didn’t get to visit. My friend and I stayed up until early the next morning and by the time we got to Manhattan, it was lunch time. :) Next time I go there, it’ll be number one on my list.
Ground Zero (I’m not sure if they still call it that) would also be one great place to visit while in NYC.
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The Statue of Liberty is a must see for sure when in New York City! If I am in New York, maybe we could make a trip out of is :)
As for Ground Zero, yes it is still called that. There are thousands of tourists that stream into lower Manhattan daily to observe the area it seems. If people are planing to visit the area, they say that you should keep in mind the place for emotional outpouring to this day.