Luxurious Destinations
New York City
Destinations Within New York City

New York City Trip Itineraries

Best NYC Brunch Spots

Best NYC Brunch Spots
Destination(s): New York City

Whether dining with your family, a date, or a group of friends, brunch is one meal everyone can agree on. These six spots offer some of the city's most remarkable brunching experiences. From the deluxe Sunday smorgasboard at Aquavit to the endless Bloody Mary menu at Prune to the stunning skyline views of the River Cafe, make your morning-into-the-afternoon meal something to remember.

Photo: Waiting for Sunday brunch at Prune. By advencap. read more about Best NYC Brunch Spots... Read More

Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn Highlights

Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn Highlights
Destination(s): New York City

This trip takes you through my early years in Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn, with an eye towards architecture, open spaces, local libations and nibbles, a gorgeous botanical garden and lots more to gape at and photograph. Be a local for a few days! Comfy shoes are a must, as is public transportation and your best New Yorker impersonation. Hint: They're actually some of the nicest, most helpful and friendliest people in the world!

Photo: Brooklyn Bridge
by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML read more about Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn Highlights... Read More

New York for Kids

New York for Kids
Destination(s): New York City

New York's ever-changing mix of restaurants, bars, theater and other nightlife may make it the ideal playground for adults--but it's also a great destination for you to explore with kids of all ages.

Photo: Entrance to F.A.O. Schwarz. By Daniel Morris. read more about New York for Kids... Read More

Top 10 Five Star Restaurants in New York

Top 10 Five Star Restaurants in New York
Destination(s): New York City

New York has the best of everything - our top 10 5-star restaurants in New York guide assures you'll dine like a king during your stay in the Empire State. E.B. Green's Steakhouse is only open for dinner - so make your reservations to enjoy steaks of all shapes, sizes, and thickness. You can also opt for Maine lobster, which is flown in fresh every day. Blue Fin is the critic's choice as best restaurant in Times Square. Traditional American cuisine along with seafood make this one of the busiest restaurants in the entire city. Aquavit is a Scandinavian restaurant that excels with menu favorites such as smoked salmon, arctic char, and several vegetarian options. You'll need reservations for the formal dining area downstairs, but there is a more informal dining area upstairs where seating is more easily available. Gramercy Tavern is popular with Manhattan's elite for their superb food and service, as well as an extensive wine list. read more about Top 10 Five Star Restaurants in New York... Read More

Top 10 Fun Restaurants in New York

Top 10 Fun Restaurants in New York
Destination(s): New York City

Add an extra bit of ambiance to your dining experience with our top 10 fun restaurants in New York guide. Darcy McGee's Irish Pub has all the the fun and excitement you'd expect to find at an authentic pub from the old country. Irish home cooking and delicious fish and chips are just some of the dishes that keep 'em coming back for more. The Italian Fisherman is a lakeside entertainment mecca in addition to being a great place to find a wide variety of pasta, steaks, and seafood. RUB, which stands for Righteous Urban Barbeque, is run by a world champion barbecue cook-off winner. We suggest their pulled pork specialties and don't forget to try the deep-fried Oreos, they're sinfully good. Bar Jamon has delicious Spanish cuisine along with cheeseburgers and other American fare. Grab a stool at the bar and enjoy some of the wine from their extensive list - but get here early, it's a small venue with limited seating. read more about Top 10 Fun Restaurants in New York... Read More

Best After-Hours Eats in NYC

Best After-Hours Eats in NYC
Destination(s): New York City

What do you do when you're leaving the bar or club or concert and haven't a chance to eat? Or you had a late lunch and missed the dinner hour? In New York, that's no problem--you can still get great food. Here are eight spots that stay open until 2 am or later--some of them all night long.

Photo: Veselka, a late-night tradition in the East Village. By Maggie Hoffman. read more about Best After-Hours Eats in NYC... Read More

NYC Weekend on a Budget

NYC Weekend on a Budget
Destination(s): New York City

Make no mistake--New York is an expensive city. But with a little effort, you can enjoy a great long weekend here without blowing your budget.

Photo: Staten Island Ferry. By robertpaulyoung. read more about NYC Weekend on a Budget... Read More

Your First Time in New York City

Your First Time in New York City
Destination(s): New York City

If you've never been to New York City, chances are you have a good idea of some of the places you want to check off your list. One of the most-photographed and most-filmed cities in the world, New York is home to the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty and Times Square—and these are just three of the many iconic spots that attract close to 50 million tourists every year.

Unlike many top tourist destinations, New York is appealing to visit in the rain, the snow and the heat of summer, though spring and fall are undoubtedly when the city seems to shine the brightest. It's not a cheap vacation destination, though there are bargains to be found, and some of the best dining in the city can be enjoyed for very little money. (There are even some who swear that the "real" New York City dining experience can only be found by sampling the hot dogs, sandwiches, roasted nuts, dumplings and other products sold by street-cart vendors from Central Park to Chinatown.)

Here are the top 10 must-see attractions in New York City, the ones that draw the biggest crowds and the ones your friends will ask you about when you come home. Five can't-miss dining destinations offer some of the best "local" cuisine, including overloaded deli sandwiches at Katz's and authentic brick-oven-style pizza at Lombardi's. After dinner, unwind with a little musical entertainment, a cocktail, or a beer at some of the city's most welcoming culture clubs and watering holes. Finally, go a little bit beyond the usual tourist checklist for a better idea of what makes New York City one of the most vibrant, most historic, and most interesting cities in the world.

Photo: The Empire State Building. By Matti Mattila. read more about Your First Time in New York City... Read More

Foodie's Guide to New York

Foodie's Guide to New York
Destination(s): New York City

From burgers in the park to fine French dining, New York City is a food-lover's mecca--here are three days' worth of great eating experiences.

Photo: Gramercy Tavern's tavern room. By Doug Letterman. read more about Foodie's Guide to New York... Read More

Ten Best Hidden Gems in NYC

Ten Best Hidden Gems in NYC
Destination(s): New York City

Some of these gems are hidden in plain sight--The Museum of the City of New York, for example, or the fascinating Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, which looms over the Hudson River just west of the West Side Highway. A ferry ride will take you to Governor's Island during the spring and summer months, when you can enjoy great views of the city skyline and picnic on the island's main green. Hop on the subway for the rest of these destinations, including the majestic Cloisters in the Bronx; City Island, with its old-fashioned fishing-village feel; Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park in DUMBO (featuring equally spectacular views, but from a different angle); or the funky P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center in Queens. Queens is also home to one of the city's only remaining beer gardens, Astoria's Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden. It's one of the three featured eating/drinking gems on our list, alongside the spare, charming Soho eatery Salt and Applewood, a temple to local/seasonal dining located on a quiet street in Park Slope.

Photo: The bow of the USS Intrepid. By Rob Young. read more about Ten Best Hidden Gems in NYC... Read More