If you are anything like me, you probably like to make the best out of outing. Meaning, if you are visiting a neighborhood, you want to make sure you are seeing/eating all the good stuff in one visit. As a Native New Yorker, I have practically clustered all the cool places to see, making my treks around the City worthwhile. Below are some great combinations of my favorite things to do:
Dumbo- Brooklyn Bridge + Grimaldi's Pizza + Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory
When I tell my peers that I am from Brooklyn, they are either terrified or impressed by it. Dumbo is one of the most beautiful areas of Brooklyn, and NYC in general. If you are up for a day of fun, walk the Brooklyn Bridge, and a few blocks off the Bridge you will find Grimaldi's, which has been rated as having the #1 pizza in New York City. Their original pizza does it for me, but there is a wide array of topics to choose from, but make sure you go with cash!
If you are up for something sweet, the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory will hit the spot. The ice cream is homemade, and the flavors are all so good (but my favorite is coffee with hot fudge). If you are up for a coke float, you can find it there, as well! The Factory is located right on the water, so you have a view of Manhattan.
SoHo/Lower East Side- Eileen's Cheesecake + shopping + Katz's Deli
If you want to go shopping, and are sick of the Staten Island Mall, your best bet is heading into the City to SoHo. You can take the ferry, and then the R train to Prince Street, which is the center for shopping.
Eileen's Cheesecake is arguably one of the best cheesecake spots in NYC. It is a hole-in-the-wall, so you have to keep a look out for it, but their cheesecake is AMAZING! They have original flavors, but then they get creative with flavors like red velvet, dulce de leche, chocolate banana, salted caramel, coffee, and more!
Take a little walk to the Lower East Side, Katz's Deli is a must! It's a little pricey, but worth the splurge, because those sandwiches are so filling and so delicious. It;s an experience on its own, to be quite honest.
Upper West Side- Museum of Natural History + Shake Shack + Central Park
Chances are you love museums if you live in NYC, and my all-time favorite one is the Museum of Natural History, which you can take the 1 train to 79th Street for. They have the coolest galleries and exhibits on people and animals, and tons of interactive activities for the guests to participate in. The best part of the Museum is that it is free, with the option of a suggested donation. I have honestly been to this place over 10 times, and it is just as exciting as the last time.
Two blocks down from the Museum is a Shake Shack, which is kind of the East Coast In-N-Out. They have pretty good fries, and those burgers are just on point. Grab some Shake Shack and eat it at Central Park, which is two blocks up, where the Museum is. If you are not a Shake Shack person, there are plenty of carts by the Park, and many trendy restaurants in the area.
On a lazy weekend, you can stick it out on Staten Island, and check out these places from another post I made!