Four Day Getaway in New York City
I am super excited to put together this four-day guide to New York City. It's an understatement when I say, there is SO much to see. I think the strategy here is: plan the visit by areas/neighborhoods. It'll make a lot more sense and you won't 'waste' any time going back and forth. The important thing to remember is that 4 days isn't a lot of time, but you can still pack a lot of sight-seeing and activities. I know the lists each day are very packed- you don't have to do it all!
Important tip: Bring walking shoes! and if you travel in the winter months, bring a good warm jacket, a hat, and gloves!
Also, If you plan on taking the subway (I 100% recommend you do, look into getting the week pass, even if you're not there the whole week). The 7 day unlimited pass is $32
Ok! Let's go!
- One World Trade Center
- 9/11 Memorial & Museum
The memorial commemorates the September 11, 2001 attacks. It's quite impressive. Be respectful of the space.
The museum truly is beautiful. It's an emotional visit so allow some time to walk and read the installations of the museum.
TICKETS to the museum: $24 (Adult) / $18 U.S. College Student / $15 Youth (7-17)
- Rockefeller Center - Top of the Rock
Breathtaking views from the top! This spot is my favorite spot to see the city from above! The views are really amazing. The best aspect is that you can see the empire state building on one side and Central Park on the other side.
TICKETS to Top of the Rock: $37 (Check their website because ticket prices may vary depending on dates of visit).
- Times Square
There's no way around it. Times Square truly is impressive. At any point you go, it'll be swarmed with tourists. It's still pretty cool to see, especially at night with all the billboards lit up.
- St Patrick's Cathedral
A beautiful Gothic Cathedral that's open for the public to admire. They also offer tours to learn more about the cathedral. They ask for a $5 donation
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art
If you're not sure which museum to visit in NYC, my highest recommendation would be to go to the MET. You won't regret it. Just the building on its own is beautiful and quite big! In fact, it is the largest art museum in the United States. The permanent collection consists of works of art from classical and ancient Egypt, paintings and sculptures from nearly all the European masters, and an extensive collection of American and modern art.
TICKETS to the MET: If you buy tickets at a Museum ticket counter, the amount you pay is up to you. Suggested admission is $25 for adults.
No matter where you buy them, all admission tickets include entry to The Met collection and all exhibitions. Tickets include same-day admission to The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Breuer (closed Mondays) and The Met Cloisters.
Lunch at Johnny's Luncheonette - breakfast and lunch served all day
Dinner at Dhaba
If you like Indian food, go here! In Midtown there is quite a bit of Indian restaurant. This one was delicious and reasonably priced. It's small with cute lights and decorations
- Walking Tour - Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO
There's no better way to see the city than walking. Despite the crowds of people, you'll see so much more if you're waking and really absorbing the sights. Reserve your spots online for the walking tour - it' s FREE! You just have to tip your tour guide at the end.
The guide will take you from City Hall Park in Manhattan, you'll walk across the Brooklyn Bridge into Brooklyn Heights and make your way to the DUMBO area (Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass). The views of the Manhattan sjyline are INCREDIBLE. You won't regret this.
- Coffee stop at Vineapple
Cute little coffee shop to enjoy a delicious cappuccino and croissant if you're hungry. They have couches and tables to enjoy and relax for a bit. The music is also quite nice!
- Explore Williamsburg neighborhood
Williamsburg is one of Brooklyn's foodiest neighborhoods. You'll find all sorts of different restaurants so the list to choose from is quite long. For a relaxed experience, visit the Brooklyn Brewery.
- The High Line
Making your way back to Manhattan go visit The High Line - a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. There's a pathway, between West 14th and West 15th Streets, is flanked by lounge chairs and a water feature that offers visitors a chance to dip their toes during the spring and summer.
- The Whitney Museum
- Chelsea Galleries
All around Chelsea there are a bunch of free art galleries to visit. Check out Jonathan Levine's and Gladstone.
- Chelsea Market
A quick stop at the Chelsea Market is quite worth it. It's officially considered a food hall with all sorts of vendors from soup, nuts, wines, coffee, cheeses, and cheesecakes.
- The Standard Biergarten
Get some delicious beer at the Standard Biergarten. A bit crowded sometimes but it's a great experience with friends.
- Breakfast at Krupa Grocery
We stayed near Prospect Park in Brooklyn so it made sense to have breakfast in a nearby place. We found Krupa Grocery. Great service and delicious food. I recommend the lemon ricotta pancakes, SO delicious!
- Lunch: at Cookshop in Chelsea or Mimi's Hummus in Prospect Park
- Dinner at Riko Peruvian Cuisine in Chelsea or Aria Wine Bar in the West Village
- Central Park
Central Park is just so beautiful and there's so much to see. Plan to stay at least a couple of hours to really take in the views of this awesome par. It has over 25,000 trees!! We visited in December so the trees were leafless, it's nice to see it in the summer with the trees are in full bloom. Each season is special in its own way. Some of my favorite spots to visit within the park: Jackie Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, Belvedere Castle, Bethesda Fountain, Strawberry Fields, Bow Bridge, and Shakespeare Garden.
- Fort Tryon Park
- Bryant Park
- New York Public Library
- Grand Central Station
- Lunch: Kiki's (lower east side)
- Dinner: Song (Thai)
Ferry to Staten Island
This free ferry leaves from Whitehall terminal in Manhattan to Staten Island and you get to see the Statue of Liberty! The ferry has many schedules every day, it takes about 20 mins each way.
The alternative would be to go to see the Statue from up close with Statue Cruises – they have different types of tickets that give you access to different things.
A really lovely park, especially if you’re in the area after taking the ferry. It’s right on the water so you get a very nice view of the bay.
The Museum of Modern Art
The MoMA is another one of those NYC attractions I recommend, especially if you like art. The MoMA is considered one of the most influential museums of modern art in the world. It holds pieces from Picasso, Dali, Diego Rivera, Joan Miró, Georgia O’Keefe, van Gogh, and so many more.
TICKETS to the MoMA: $25 (adults) / $14 Students (with I.D)
Lunch: Oggi Pizza Bar
Dinner: Dinner: Bedawi Café in Prospect Park
I must rave about this meal. The food is 100% homemade. Even the pita bread, they make it right there in the moment. I had a falafel platter and it was so tasty and so delicious! If you’re in the Prospect Park area, you should go here.
There are SO many delicious and great places to eat all over New York City.
Here is a (very) brief and quick list of restaurants to keep in mind that were not listed on the post.
Cheap eats & delicious:
Jack’s Wife Freda (Mediterrenean) – little italy
Johny's Luncheonette – MIDTOWN
Lumpia Shack Snackbar (Filipino) - GREENWICH
Maoz Falafel & Grill (multiple locations)
Eastwood (lower manhattan)
Pomme Frittes (GREENWICH)
The Halal Guys (multiple locations)
Between the bread
Manousheh (lebanese) (West Village)
Cheese Grille (East village)
Avenida Cantina (east village)
BZ Grill (Astoria, Queens)
Mamoun's (Lower manhattan)
Two8Two Burger (Brooklyn)
Mission Cantina (East village)
Injera (Ehtiopian) – West village
Bunna Cage (Ethiopian) - Williamsburg
Song (Thai) (brooklyn)
Charrua – Lower east side
El Almacen - Williamsburg
Riko Peruvian cuisine – Chelsea
Thai Villa – Flat Iron
Milk and Roses (Brooklyn)
Kiki’s (lower east side)
Aria Wine Bar (west village)
The smile (noho)
Supper (east village)
The Meatball shop
New York City is an amazing place to discover and you won't get bored. It's a city to visit multiple times and i feel pretty certain 4 days isn't enough time to see it all but at least it's a start. Do you have a favorite spot in the city?
Let me know in the comments!
Thanks for reading!