Things to do in New York

Here’s your key to the city. A definitive guide of the best local spots, as told by local Airbnb hosts



Best of the best

859 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Brooklyn Botanic Gardens has incredible architecture, rare plants, flowers, and meticulously cared for gardens. World famous Cherry Blossom Esplanade, Japanese and Rose Gardens are located at this ... read more

Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) is a botanical garden in the borough of Brooklyn in New York City. Founded in 1910, and located in the Prospect Park neighborhood, the 52-acre (21 ha) garden includes ... read more

In spring, the cherry blossoms are truly the main attraction. You get a nice view from above from the terrace, then you can go frolic in the grass between the rows of cherry trees. There are also s... read more

1299 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Located in Manhattan, Central Park is the nation's first major urban public space, attracting 25 million visitors every year. Covering 843 acres of land, this magnificent park was designated as a N... read more

Central Park is an urban park in middle-upper Manhattan, within New York City. Central Park is the most visited urban park in the United States, with 40 million visitors in 2013. It is also one of ... read more

Central Park is a National Historic Landmark and considered the most visited park in the United States, and for a reason! It is absolutely breathtaking and you can walk around and discover things a... read more

800 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Some of Bushwick's finest dining- amazing brick oven pizza, fresh breads and locally sourced ingredients. They recently won a Michelin star- foodies love this place. Worth the walk but expect long ... read more

Covered in hip-hop-influenced graffiti is Roberta’s, a popular Italian-inspired pizza & local dining establishment in Bushwick. Don’t let the exterior deter you – urban decay becomes haughty elegan... read more

This is my go-to dine in pizza restaurant, they have high temp, thin crust, brick fired, authentic italian style pies. Plan ahead there is always a wait for Lunch and Dinner. Honestly, everyone kn... read more

1033 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Among other great permanent works and roving exhibitions, the little-known Brooklyn Museum is the permanent home to an important collection of Feminist Art. Don't miss the iconic Dinner Party insta... read more

Among other great permanent works and roving exhibitions, the little-known Brooklyn Museum is the permanent home to an important collection of Feminist Art. Don't miss the iconic Dinner Party insta... read more

Beautiful, large museum with a beautiful array of permanent exhibitions (some of my favorite are some incredible paintings); as well as rotating exhibitions (such as a very interesting exhibit dedi... read more

1001 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A personal favorite. One of the finest museums in the US. "Suggested Admission" means if you buy tickets at a museum ticket counter, the amount you pay is up to you. Ticket includes same-day admiss... read more

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, colloquially "the Met", is the largest art museum in the United States, and is among the most visited art museums in the world. The permanent collection consists of ... read more

533 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The pizza is outstanding, and the wine list is well-priced. This is a great neighborhood place, suitable for parents with young kids, couples on a date, business partners at a working lunch, or eve... read more

Hip and happening neighborhood Italian spot with a mix of locals, tourists and adventurous Manhattanites looking for the Bed-Stuy buzz. Wonderful staff, relaxed and slightly ramshackle vibe and tr... read more

Our favorite place in the area! Great brick oven pizza, salads, appetizers, fish, steak in the best setting - indoors and outdoors! Wonderful shady garden. Always crowded, so go early if you can. C... read more

519 local Airbnb hosts recommend

One of the hottest additions to the Harlem soul food scene, Red Rooster's chef Marcus Samuelsson has created a Harlem dining destination that is both refined and popular. Reservations are essential... read more

Top Chef Marcus Samuelsson's restaurant is the heart and soul of Harlem's culinary scene. It offers live music or DJs every night. Ginny's Supper Club below the Red Rooster also offers Chef Samuels... read more

Ginny's superclub in the basement of Red Rooster Restaurant is a fun, fun place to dance the night away on a Friday and Saturday night. Start upstairs at Red Rooster's bar and enjoy a great drink a... read more

497 local Airbnb hosts recommend

You go there, buy tickets, sit at the bar before you line up to go in. Sit down and waiters take your food and drink orders and bring them to you while you watch the movie. Some new films are there... read more

Williamsburg is lucky to have a dine-in movie theater, especially one that screens new indie releases and offers a robust retro program. Each individual theater has full-service meals for brunch, l... read more

447 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Famous Aussie spot once owned by Heath Ledger. This place gets super busy during the evenings, and weekends but the food makes it worth the wait. Brunch and dinner are amazing. Another solid option... read more

Amazing brunch formerly owned by Heath Ledger! Recommend trying on a weekday because usually an hour wait on the weekend. The pancakes are soooo good! And the big brekkie is one of my faves.

Famous Aussie spot once owned by Heath Ledger. This place gets super busy but its worth the wait. Brunch and dinner are amazing. The burger is outstanding.

1214 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Five minutes from my place a 585 Acre (2.37 km) Urban Park. Main attractions of the park include the 90acre Long Meadow. Prospect Park Zoo a large nature conservatory, the Boathouse housing a visi... read more

Prospect Park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux after their completion of Manhattan's Central Park. Main attractions of the park include the 90-acre (36 ha) Long Meadow; the Pi... read more

724 local Airbnb hosts recommend

MoMA has been important in developing and collecting modernist art, and is often identified as one of the largest and most influential museums of modern art in the world. MoMA's collection offers a... read more

UNIQLO Free Fridays Admission is free for all visitors during UNIQLO Free Friday Nights, every Friday evening from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. To avoid long lines, visitors are strongly encouraged to arrive ... read more

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) has been important in developing and collecting modernist art, and is often identified as the most influential museum of modern art in the world. It is also one of t... read more

379 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Smorgasburg Williamsburg: SATURDAYS 11am-6pm (spring/summer/fall) "Buzzy seasonal outdoor foodie market on Saturdays, offering 75+ vendors & city skyline views." Enjoy the views of Manhattan acro... read more

Following the runaway success of the Brooklyn Flea market, founders Eric Demby and Jonathan Butler unveiled this food-only Saturday affair—a glutton’s paradise packed with more than 100 vendors haw... read more

Smorgasburg market happens every Saturday on the Williamsburg waterfront at East River State Park from 10am - 5pm April through November. It's 100 of the most unique food vendors from all over Broo... read more

368 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Made famous in the movie "When Harry Met Sally" - the famous Katz's deli is a great place to stop for lunch. Probably some of the best pastrami, hot dogs and knishes in the world.

In 127 years, little has changed at Katz's. It remains one of New York's — and the country's — essential Jewish delicatessens. Every inch of the massive Lower East Side space smells intensely of pa... read more

A tourists & celebrity haunt founded in 1888, Katz's Deli is known internationally for its sandwiches and hot dogs, widely considered among New York's best. When Harry Met Sally was filmed here.

320 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Grand Central is not only the world's largest (76 acres) and the nation's busiest railway station—nearly 700,000 commuters and subway riders use it daily—but also one of the world's most magnificen... read more

New York City Subway station that is underneath the terminal.Grand Central Terminal is a commuter (and former intercity) railroad terminal at 42nd Street and Park Avenue in Midtown Manhattan in NYC.

Grand Central Terminal is a commuter, rapid transit (and former intercity) railroad terminal at 42nd Street and Park Avenue in Midtown Manhattan in New York

633 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Very big, natural history museum. The American Museum of Natural History (abbreviated as AMNH), located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, New York City, is one of the largest museums in the worl... read more

Charles has been attending this museum since childhood and highly recommends it and the Hayden Planetarium. The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world’s preeminent scientific and ... read more

294 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The word “atmospheric” doesn’t begin to describe Maison Premiere’s lush, straight-out-of-New Orleans backyard. Where better to spend a sultry summer night than seated at a wrought-iron table with l... read more

Do you love oysters as much as we do? Then you've come to the right place. This sexy Williamsburg favorite serves $1 East Coast and $1.25 West Coast oysters every weekday from 4-7pm. Get there early!

Certainly one of the top cocktail bars in the city, if not the country. MP is often written up in magazines, blogs, etc. High quality cocktails in an old New Orleans atmosphere. They have an excell... read more

348 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The Wythe Hotel has a wonderful restaurant called the Reynard and a fabulous rooftop bar where many local residents go to wet their whistles whilst listening to good music and enjoying great views.

Housed in a historic, refurbished factory on the Brooklyn waterfront, this trendy rooftop bar and French-inspired restaurant has incredible views of the East River and Manhattan's skyline. Deliciou... read more

First-time visitors should beeline to the rooftop bar, The Ides, for a drink at sunset. The views are incredible! Then head downstairs to the hotel restaurant, Reynard, for supper.

499 local Airbnb hosts recommend

If you like food and shopping this is a great place to see. Indoor market w/ food vendors (some shopping too). Great place to grab a snack and walk the Highline. Best coffee from Ninth St Expresso.... read more

If you like food and shopping this is a great place to see. Indoor market w/ food vendors (some shopping too). Great place to grab a snack and walk the Highline. Best coffee from Ninth St Expresso.... read more

If you like food and shopping this is a great place to see. Indoor market w/ food vendors (some shopping too). Great place to grab a snack and walk the Highline. Best coffee from Ninth St Expresso.

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Chavela's

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$· 736 Franklin Ave·Map·Hours·Website·

308 local Airbnb hosts recommend

NOTE: the Airbnb address for Chavela's is incorrect. This restaurant is located at 736 Franklin Ave at the corner of Sterline Place. Chavela's is a wonderful place for authentic Mexican cuisine in ... read more

Great authentic Mexican food w/ a good vibe, and I don't just say that because I know the owners. He actually /is/ Mexican and she is lovely. Great team! Go for the Mexican corn and guacamole!

Favorite Mexican place in Crown Heights. All of Franklin Avenue is great. Lot's of Cafe's and new Restaurants. A lot less touristy than Williamsburg and you can walk there in 25 min from my house.

296 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Diner is built inside of a refurbished dining car from 1926. Once inside you're whisked back to the Gatsby era of New York City. Delicious seasonal menu that changes daily but the burger is always ... read more

This linchpin of a modest neighborhood food empire is one of Williamsburg's original dining destinations, housed in a ramshackle old train car-looking space just south of the bridge. The menu is co... read more

447 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Bowling + Blue Kitchen food + full bar + live music venue = a fun night out! This bowling alley + live-music venue is a blast! They also have a Blue Ribbon menu known for their brisket and Old Bay–... read more

This is not your average bowling alley, in fact, bowling is just a pleasant aside to the awesome food and music with a decent sized dance floor. Think: nightclub meets restaurant meets bowling alle... read more

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Fette Sau

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$$· 354 Metropolitan Ave·Map·Hours·Website·

285 local Airbnb hosts recommend

You'll notice I mention a lot of BBQ, as it is probably the one food item I could eat daily and never grow tired of it. The best thing on their menu is the pork belly, and pastrami. Side items I li... read more

Once a trendsetter, now a member of the Williamsburg establishment, Fette Sau serves up a rotating menu of pork and beef ribs that leads some to tag it as the best BBQ in NYC. If you're into BBQ, t... read more

Fette Sau is how Brooklyn does BBQ - dry rubbed smoked meats by the pound with the bbq sauce on the side. Stylishly industrial look and feel with a hip crowd.

1053 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Once upon a time (like 1800's time) there was an elevated railroad line running along Manhattan's west side. The RR eventually turned into what was known as "the West Side Highway' but fell into di... read more

The High Line is an elevated abandoned rail track that has been turned into a stunning and innovative city park -- a must see. It starts around 31st St., just past 10th Ave., and stretches all the ... read more

278 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Awesome pizza with a tiny backyard and good cocktails. Take out available and their kitchen is open late every night (often until midnight/1am) with two happy hours (a "normal" early happy hour fro... read more

Romantic, dimly lit place with good music and lots of nooks and crannies to get private, as well as a pretty good bar crowd if you're feeling company! They also do fantastic wood-fired pizzas and ... read more

Absolutely amazing. Really cool and laid back, low lighting, candles on every wooden table, a clear view of the wood-burning pizza oven. Best pizza ever! My go to place and winner consistently!

297 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Columbia University was founded in 1754 as King's College by King George II of England. It's the oldest high learning institution in New York. In 1784 it became Columbia University and in 1897 it m... read more

Columbia University is a private, Ivy League, research university in Upper Manhattan, New York City. It was established in 1754 as King's College by royal charter of George II of Great Britain.

The best time to visit Columbia University is in the afternoon when the sun is shining. People come to hang out on the steps of Low Library and you can get a good feel of how student life goes in N... read more

245 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Proper beer garden setup with two full bars, loads of indoor and outdoor seating, video games near the restrooms, DJs, trivia, open mic and poetry nights in the back bar on occasion and (bonus) the... read more

Franklin Park is behind Dutch Boy Burger. You can get to Franklin Park through Dutch Boy Burger- the passage in between the two spots has arcade games which is fun- but there’s also a separate entr... read more

It's kinda hard to find because the front of it is a burger joint called Dutch Boy Burger. But if you go down the hallway in the back of the restaurant, you'll be greeted by a HUGE bar with video g... read more

329 local Airbnb hosts recommend

DOUGH Donuts. All you need to know really, plus the line on weekend mornings. Open 6am-9pm, doughnuts made fresh by hand THROUGHOUT the day, filling orders from fans in Tokyo and Dubai, flavors lik... read more

A whole store dedicated to donuts. Proof that if you focus on one thing you do it well. The hibiscus donut is the must ... closely followed by the blood orange. In fact, you'll want one of each.

Secret spot to buy the best donuts in town! You can watch them making the donuts through a window while at the store. It is not uncommon that there is a little line on weekends because everybody wa... read more

250 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Although a slew of Luger copycats have prospered in the last several years, none have captured the elusive charm of this stucco walled, beer-hall–style eatery, with well-worn wooden floors and tabl... read more

Hungry carnivores salivate at the thought of steak from Peter Luger. The iconic steak house, located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, just a short trip over the bridge and well worth visiting. It is not... read more

If you love steak, you should not miss out on Peter Lugar's. This iconic steak house is worth visiting. Although it is a bit noisy, pricey and quite busy, this is the place to splurge on an excel... read more

246 local Airbnb hosts recommend

East River State Park is a seven-acre waterfront park located along the East River in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn. It offers visitors a stunning view of the Manhattan skyline, a delig... read more

This park runs along the east side of Manhattan all the way around the tip of the island and up the west side. Take 10th street from Avenue D across the FDR and head south along the East River.

Turn left when you leave the building, cross Ave D and continue to the bridge that goes over the FDR Highway. You'll find yourself at the park. There's a track and workout area right at 6th stree... read more

244 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Tucked away beneath the Williamsburg bridge in the increasingly posh South Williamsburg, Marlow & Sons has been pleasing crowds for nearly a decade. The bars back room feels like a saloon and expec... read more

Popular all-day restaurant with a small selection of specialty food products. You can always find oysters, cured meats, and the famous brick chicken on the dinner menu, as well as rustic, market-dr... read more

Mark Firth, an old pal, would be considered by most - a legend in these parts. Marlow & Sons, his early 2000s collaboration with Andrew Tarlow is to this day writing the rule book for classic cool BK