Tuesday 22 Nov, 2016

NYC Top 10: What to Eat, See and Do

People love New York City. They even filmed a movie, “New York I Love You,” based on that fact. The most populous city in the U.S., it can be overwhelming to plan what to do. Luckily, some of our staff and Group Leaders can help you out!


  • If you have a sweet tooth, our Marketing Manager, Melissa G., suggests authentic New York cheesecake at Junior’s Cheesecake in Brooklyn. Junior’s self-styles itself the ‘World’s Most Fabulous Cheesecake’, and we urge you to test that claim!
  • Our ETA Coordinator co-op, Kyle M., always makes a stop at The Original Soupman, especially during the cold winter months. This restaurant is known for their delicious soups, but became even more famous after Seinfeld introduced the ‘Soup Nazi’ character, based loosely off of the Soupman.
  • Hungry for some authentic New York pizza? Tour Director Larry F. recommends stopping by Ray’s Pizza for a classic New York slice. There are locations throughout the city  to grab a mouth-watering slice.


  • If you’re in the city and have a free night, Melissa recommends wandering down to the Theatre District to catch a Broadway show at any of forty theatres. Shows ranging from comedies to dramas to thrillers are performed throughout the week, so it’s easy to find one that will fit everyone’s taste.
  • If you’re visiting Lower Manhattan, Larry says that a stop at the National September 11 Memorial is a must. Twin reflecting pools surrounded by trees provide a place to pay your respects to the lives lost on September 11, 2001.
  • What advice does Tour Consultant Sam B. offer? Explore the 843 acres of Central Park! The park is filled with countless sights to see, such as statues, bridges, and memorials. This urban oasis gives city dwellers a nice break from the chaotic streets, while also introducing tourists to a different side of New York City.
  • Have some free time? Sam also suggests heading to Times Square since so many restaurants, stores, and other attractions can easily fill up an empty afternoon! The figurines at Madame Tussauds wax museum are so intricate you might mistake them for the real people!


  • Located in New York Harbor, Sarah K., our Digital Analyst, suggests a ferry ride to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. See Lady Liberty up close and personal, and then head to the Ellis Island Immigration Museum to learn more about the history of immigration in America.
  • New York City Area Manager, Kat S. says not to miss a visit to Rockefeller Center, one of the greatest places to visit during the holidays, as it’s lit up and features a massive Christmas tree. You can also take a spin around that famous skating rink. Or, year-round, head up to The Top Of The Rock observation deck for some amazing views of Central Park and the rest of the city!
  • The Empire State Building Observatory provides the most breathtaking view of the Big Apple, and is highly recommended by Tour Director Larry. The observatories, located on the 86th and 102nd floors, offer amazing views. When the sky is clear, visitors can see all the way to New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Delaware. Be one of over four million yearly visitors to this magical attraction, and don’t forget to bring your camera!

Ready to explore? Browse tours to New York City here.