We are visiting NYC 18 May for 5 nights and now that the festive season is out of the way I am picking my itinerary planning back up so would like any insights/suggestions please! Sorry for the post length!
Just some info about us and what we want to get out of this trip:
We are a couple in our early 30s, pretty active, want to walk most places and see as much as possible on the way but not adverse to using the subway.
We have two children who are not coming with us but we will be wanting to get souvenirs for.
We are not fussy eaters (although we don't do very spicy food), no special dietary requirements and would like to sample some traditional NY dishes. We also both have a sweet tooth!
We are not big drinkers/clubbers but we like live music and a good atmosphere in bars/pubs.
We are very interested in history/culture, my husband is into politics and current affairs and I am a bit of a sci-fi/fantasy geek but I also love shopping, not designer stuff particularly, and I love shoes and make up!
It is unlikely we would be able to come back to NYC anytime soon so want to fit quite a lot in but I don't want to pack our itnerary so tightly that we can't get sidetracked if we come across something else, or just want to sit and chill.
Sunday 18 May - Arrive EWR from UK 12.30pm. Baggage reclaim and customs, then AirTrain to Penn Station, check in Hotel Metro 45 W35th St near ESB approx 3pm? Hotel includes breakfast but we will be wanting to try other places. Grand Central station for a look round and something to eat - are there any recommendations there? Possibly ESB, is it worth the express tickets on a Sunday evening?
Monday 19 May - Lower Manhattan: Wall St, Trinity church, 9/11 memorial - should we go first thing? Will the museum be open by then? Water taxi (from Battery Park?) for SOL views, not bothered about visiting the island itself. Can you get off at Brooklyn? Would like somewhere good for lunch on Brooklyn side then to walk back over the bridge towards Manhattan. Any suggestions for attractions in Brooklyn? Is it worth going to Century 21? I love shopping but I don't want to spend too much time trawling stores. After bridge walk, St Paul's chapel and Woolworth building, is the African burial Ground worth a look? Would dinner in Chinatown be feasible from there - I love dumplings so any recommendations?
Tuesday 20 May - We have tickets for the Intrepid Museum so early tour here, where for Breakfast? Head towards Chelsea to Walk the High line, with somewhere for lunch along the way, perhaps at Chelsea Market? Head back towards to hotel via Flatiron building and Madison Sq Park, unless this is impractical? General looking round as we walk, anything else in this area? Perhaps a mooch round Macy's/Manhattan Mall. Dinner - steak or pizza maybe, would like a proper NY taste of both of those! Freshen up at hotel/shopping drop, perhaps head to Times Sq as I've been told it's better in the evening. Any recommendations for live music?
Wednesday 21 May - AMNH and FAO Schwarz. Breakfast/Lunch ideas - is shake shack good diner style food? Walk through Central Park. We have booked tickets for the 7pm showing of Wicked which I am MEGA excited about! Is it better to eat before or after?
Thursday 22 May - TOTR and Rockerfeller Centre, Lego Store, Tour of RCMH? My hubs works in media and tv - is it worth doing NBC tour? Paley Center for Media? Bit more shopping, where is DSW, I have heard this is a good place for bargains? Maybe do something we have come across while we were there. This is kind of a more open day. Dinner in Hell's kitchen and a jazz club maybe - recommendations?
Friday 23 May - Last day :( Flight is at 7pm and I have been advised to allow extra time getting to airport due to Memorial Day weekend so when would we need to get the AirTrain back to EWR? With this in mind don't want to venture too far - any glaring must-sees I have missed? I can switch days around so we are doing the further away stuff earlier on.