I used to live in New York, and from time to time, people ask me for my recommendations and thoughts on the best things to do in the city. I’m always sort of hesitant, since a city like New York is so big and there are so many things to do that recommending things really only seems to me to be an exercise in describing myself. If you’re me, I say, then this is what you would do. Nevertheless, I am here going to give some recommendations for things to do in New York, divided by category.
Good restaurants to eat at
A slight caveat, before you get started: I'm a vegan, so these are going to be vegan and vegan friendly restaurants. Apologies if that isn't super helpful to everyone. Another caveat is that I became a vegan after I left the city, so my list of recommendations has sort of warped and shrunk as time has passed.
jajaja - Mexican - Vegan only, $$, Lower East Side, Manhattan
This place is great for lunch or brunch or dinner. Everything on the menu is plant based as well.
Champ's diner - American diner food - Vegan only, $, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Diner with breakfast, lunch and dinner. Everything is vegan
Screamer’s pizzeria - Pizza - Vegan only, $, Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Mamoun’s falafel - Falafel - Vegan options, $, Multiple locations, Manhattan
Orchard Street Grocery - Deli sandwiches - Vegan only, $, Lower East Side, Manhattan
Avant Garden - Fine dinning - Vegan only, $$$, East Village, Manhattan
Dirt Candy - Fine dinning / Experimental - Vegan only, $$$, Lower East Side, Manhattan
Nakamura - Ramen - Vegan options, $$, Lower East Side, Manhattan
Ivan Ramen - Ramen - Vegan options, $$, Lower East Side, Manhattan
Places I liked to drink
anywhere around - everywhere in the city
I did have a neighborhood bar, but, honestly, I don't want anyone making any trips out to anywhere special for a drink. The truth is, the best bar is the one that's close to you that you can tolerate. Personally, that typically means a dive bar of some kind.
Things I liked to do
Whitney Museum - Manhattan - Fine art museum, on the Highline park on the west side of Manhattan. Great for a whole afternoon. (Whitney)[https://whitney.org/]
MoMA - Manhattan - the classic Modern art museum. Does not really need my recommendation.
MoMA PS1 - Queens - the experimental gallery of the MoMA, where the real modern art is. It's great!
Metropolitan Museum of Art - Manhattan
Brooklyn Museum - Brooklyn - Fine art / history
Nets Game - Brookyln - I just like basketball, but I don't want to pay to go to Madison Square Garden
Mets Game - Queens - I like baseball, but I don't like the Yankees
Plays and such
Surprisingly, I haven't seen any currently running plays or musicals in New York. I mostly saw smaller and off and off-off broadway stuff when I did go and see things, as I didn't like spending money on the big shows. There is a lot of good stuff in those two categories though. These links are good places to start:
Central Park - Manhattan
Elizabeth Street Garden - Manhattan
The Highline - Manhattan
Random Tourist Stuff
Staten Island Ferry - Manhattan / Staten Island
It's free, and it gives you the best view of the Statue of Liberty
Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge - Manhattan / Brooklyn
Imagine what it must have been like to see it built and then to walk across it