Best things to do in New York

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Locals’ favorite places

Here’s your definitive guide to the best parks, restaurants, landmarks and local spots, all according to locals

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1. Brooklyn Botanic Garden
990 Washington Ave
859local recommendations
Michelangelo
Michelangelo says “Brooklyn Botanic Gardens has incredible architecture, rare plants, flowers, and meticulously cared f...” ·
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2. Central Park
1299local recommendations
Tamar
Tamar says “Located in Manhattan, Central Park is the nation's first major urban public space, attracting 25 mil...” ·
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3. Roberta's
261 Moore St
800local recommendations
Katrin
Katrin says “Some of Bushwick's finest dining- amazing brick oven pizza, fresh breads and locally sourced ingredi...” ·
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4. Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Pkwy
1033local recommendations
Michelangelo
Michelangelo says “Among other great permanent works and roving exhibitions, the little-known Brooklyn Museum is the pe...” ·
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5. The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 5th Ave
1001local recommendations
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6. Saraghina
435 Halsey St
533local recommendations
Benjamin
Benjamin says “The pizza is outstanding, and the wine list is well-priced. This is a great neighborhood place, suit...” ·
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7. Red Rooster
310 Lenox Ave
519local recommendations
Tamar
Tamar says “One of the hottest additions to the Harlem soul food scene, Red Rooster's chef Marcus Samuelsson has...” ·
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8. Nitehawk Cinema
136 Metropolitan Ave
497local recommendations
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9. Five Leaves
18 Bedford Ave
447local recommendations
Nancy
Nancy says “Famous Aussie spot once owned by Heath Ledger. This place gets super busy during the evenings, and w...” ·
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10. Prospect Park
1214local recommendations
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11. The Museum of Modern Art
11 W 53rd St
724local recommendations
Russell
Russell says “MoMA has been important in developing and collecting modernist art, and is often identified as one o...” ·
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12. Smorgasburg
90 Kent Ave
379local recommendations
Vee
Vee says “Smorgasburg Williamsburg: SATURDAYS 11am-6pm (spring/summer/fall) "Buzzy seasonal outdoor foodie ma...” ·
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13. Katz's Delicatessen
205 E Houston St
368local recommendations
Deborah
Deborah says “Made famous in the movie "When Harry Met Sally" - the famous Katz's deli is a great place to stop fo...” ·
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14. Grand Central Terminal
89 E 42nd St
320local recommendations
Danielle
Danielle says “Grand Central is not only the world's largest (76 acres) and the nation's busiest railway station—ne...” ·
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15. American Museum of Natural History
633local recommendations
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16. Maison Premiere
298 Bedford Ave
294local recommendations
Patrick
Patrick says “The word “atmospheric” doesn’t begin to describe Maison Premiere’s lush, straight-out-of-New Orleans...” ·
17. Wythe Hotel
80 Wythe Ave
348local recommendations
Liz
Liz says “The Wythe Hotel has a wonderful restaurant called the Reynard and a fabulous rooftop bar where many ...” ·
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18. Chelsea Market
75 9th Ave
499local recommendations
Michelangelo
Michelangelo says “If you like food and shopping this is a great place to see. Indoor market w/ food vendors (some shop...” ·
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19. Chavela's
736 Franklin Ave
308local recommendations
Joshua
Joshua says “NOTE: the Airbnb address for Chavela's is incorrect. This restaurant is located at 736 Franklin Ave ...” ·
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20. Diner
85 Broadway
296local recommendations
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21. Brooklyn Bowl
61 Wythe Ave
447local recommendations
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22. Fette Sau
354 Metropolitan Ave
285local recommendations
Stan
Stan says “You'll notice I mention a lot of BBQ, as it is probably the one food item I could eat daily and neve...” ·
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23. The High Line
1053local recommendations
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24. Barboncino Pizza
781 Franklin Ave
278local recommendations
Leo
Leo says “Awesome pizza with a tiny backyard and good cocktails. Take out available and their kitchen is open ...” ·
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25. Columbia University
297local recommendations
Julian
Julian says “Columbia University was founded in 1754 as King's College by King George II of England. It's the old...” ·
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26. Franklin Park
618 St Johns Pl
245local recommendations
Nancy
Nancy says “It's kinda hard to find because the front of it is a burger joint called Dutch Boy Burger. But if yo...” ·
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27. Dough
448 Lafayette Ave
329local recommendations
Courtney
Courtney says “DOUGH Donuts. All you need to know really, plus the line on weekend mornings. Open 6am-9pm, doughnut...” ·
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28. Peter Luger Steak House
178 Broadway
250local recommendations
Leo
Leo says “Although a slew of Luger copycats have prospered in the last several years, none have captured the e...” ·
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29. East River State Park
90 Kent Ave
246local recommendations
Nancy
Nancy says “East River State Park is a seven-acre waterfront park located along the East River in the Williamsbu...” ·
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30. Marlow and Sons
81 Broadway
244local recommendations
Sandy And David
Sandy And David says “Tucked away beneath the Williamsburg bridge in the increasingly posh South Williamsburg, Marlow & So...” ·