New York's Best
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"Best of" Lists

Live in New York for a few years and you'll develop your own list of the best things to see, do and eat in the city. Here is our list of "New York's Best." Most are either featured in, or are located within a few blocks of, one of our tour routes. Where that's the case, we've included the tour number. Just click on the number for a description of the tour.

New York's culinary offerings are as rich and diverse as it's population. There are a handful of foods that are quintessentially New York, however, and here are our Top 5 picks for each:

  • Patsy's Pizzeria - 2287 First Ave. between 117th and 118th Streets
  • Grimaldi's - 19 Old Fulton St., under the Brooklyn side of the Brooklyn Bridge
  • Lombardi's - 32 Spring St. at Mott St. (The first pizzeria in the U.S., opened in 1905)
  • Joe's - 7 Carmine St. between between Bleecker St. and Sixth Ave.
  • Pronto Pizza - 62 W. 48th St. between Fifth Avenue and Avenue of the Americas (Rockefeller Center)

  • D'Aiuto's - 405 Eighth Ave. between 30th and 31st Streets
  • Junior's - W. 45th St. between Broadway & 8th Ave. (Times Square) , or Grand Central Terminal
  • Lady M Cake Boutique - 41 E. 78th St. between Park and Madison Avenues
  • Rocco's Pastries and Pasticceria Bruno - 243 and 245 Bleecker St., respectively (Two of the cities best cheesecakes, right next door to each other)
  • Eileen's Special Cheesecake - 17 Cleveland Place at Kenmare St.

    Did You Know?

    One of the city's best sightseeing bargains is the free Staten Island Ferry, which links Manhattan's Financial District with New York City's most far-flung borough. The ride takes 25 minutes in each direction, and passes close to the Statue of Liberty and Governor's Island. There's nothing like seeing Manhattan from the water, and this is the only way to do it for free! Catch the ferry from the Staten Island Ferry Terminal, next to Battery Park on the southern tip of Manhattan. The ferries run every 20-30 minutes, less frequently from midnight to 6am. Click here for the ferry schedule.

    The oldest public golf course in the U.S. is just a 45-minute subway ride away from midtown Manhattan. Van Cortlandt Golf Course, established in 1895, is a five minute walk away from the 242nd St./Van Cortlandt Park subway station in the Bronx, the last stop on the uptown 1 train. Once you reach the station, take the stairs to the right of the exit turnstiles. At the bottom of the stairs, with the subway platform behind you, walk into Van Cortlandt Park. Continue in this direction for about five minutes until you reach the clubhouse. You can make tee times and check fees for the course online.

    New York's bus network is the city's best kept secret. New York's buses are cleaner and safer than the subway, much cheaper than taxis, and provide a great way for visitors on a budget to see the city. What's more, the bus network is easier to navigate than the subway system, as most bus routes follow the street grid and are numbered according to the street they follow (for example, the M57 runs crosstown on 57th St.) With stops every 2 blocks going up- or downtown and every block going crosstown, buses are often more convenient than the subway, as well. All buses are handicap-accessible, making them a much better option for disabled visitors. Bus fare is $2 (same as the subway) and you can use MetroCard or coins (no bills). Bus-bus and subway-bus transfers are free. Click here for more information about the New York City bus network.