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

1. Brooklyn Botanic Garden
990 Washington Ave
859local recommendations
Tamar says “Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) is a botanical garden in the borough of Brooklyn in New York City. Fou...” ·
2. Central Park
1299local recommendations
Tamar says “Located in Manhattan, Central Park is the nation's first major urban public space, attracting 25 mil...” ·
3. Roberta's
261 Moore St
800local recommendations
Stan says “This is my go-to dine in pizza restaurant, they have high temp, thin crust, brick fired, authentic i...” ·
4. Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Pkwy
1033local recommendations
Gabriel says “Among other great permanent works and roving exhibitions, the little-known Brooklyn Museum is the pe...” ·
5. The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 5th Ave
1001local recommendations
6. Saraghina
435 Halsey St
533local recommendations
Benjamin says “The pizza is outstanding, and the wine list is well-priced. This is a great neighborhood place, suit...” ·
7. Red Rooster
310 Malcolm X Blvd
519local recommendations
Kibi says “Ginny's superclub in the basement of Red Rooster Restaurant is a fun, fun place to dance the night a...” ·
8. Nitehawk Cinema
136 Metropolitan Ave
497local recommendations
9. Five Leaves
18 Bedford Ave
447local recommendations
Lucy says “Famous Aussie spot once owned by Heath Ledger. This place gets super busy but its worth the wait. Br...” ·
10. Prospect Park
1214local recommendations
11. The Museum of Modern Art
11 W 53rd St
724local recommendations
Russell says “MoMA has been important in developing and collecting modernist art, and is often identified as one o...” ·
12. Smorgasburg
90 Kent Ave
379local recommendations
Danielle says “Following the runaway success of the Brooklyn Flea market, founders Eric Demby and Jonathan Butler u...” ·
13. Katz's Delicatessen
205 E Houston St
368local recommendations
Danielle says “In 127 years, little has changed at Katz's. It remains one of New York's — and the country's — essen...” ·
14. Grand Central Terminal
89 E 42nd St
320local recommendations
Michelangelo says “New York City Subway station that is underneath the terminal.Grand Central Terminal is a commuter (a...” ·
15. American Museum of Natural History
633local recommendations
Charles says “Charles has been attending this museum since childhood and highly recommends it and the Hayden Plane...” ·
16. Maison Premiere
298 Bedford Ave
294local recommendations
Rob & Pilar
Rob & Pilar says “Do you love oysters as much as we do? Then you've come to the right place. This sexy Williamsburg fa...” ·
17. Wythe Hotel
80 Wythe Ave
348local recommendations
Liz says “The Wythe Hotel has a wonderful restaurant called the Reynard and a fabulous rooftop bar where many ...” ·
18. Chelsea Market
75 9th Ave
499local recommendations
Emily says “If you like food and shopping this is a great place to see. Indoor market w/ food vendors (some sho...” ·
19. Chavela's
736 Franklin Ave
308local recommendations
Joshua says “NOTE: the Airbnb address for Chavela's is incorrect. This restaurant is located at 736 Franklin Ave ...” ·
20. Diner
85 Broadway
296local recommendations
21. Brooklyn Bowl
61 Wythe Ave
447local recommendations
Tamar says “Bowling + Blue Kitchen food + full bar + live music venue = a fun night out! This bowling alley + li...” ·
22. Fette Sau
354 Metropolitan Ave
285local recommendations
Brenda says “Fette Sau is how Brooklyn does BBQ - dry rubbed smoked meats by the pound with the bbq sauce on the...” ·
23. The High Line
1053local recommendations
Christopher says “The High Line is an elevated abandoned rail track that has been turned into a stunning and innovativ...” ·
24. Barboncino Pizza
781 Franklin Ave
278local recommendations
Ruby says “Absolutely amazing. Really cool and laid back, low lighting, candles on every wooden table, a clear ...” ·
25. Columbia University
297local recommendations
Julian says “Columbia University was founded in 1754 as King's College by King George II of England. It's the old...” ·
26. Franklin Park
618 St Johns Pl
245local recommendations
Amanda says “Franklin Park is behind Dutch Boy Burger. You can get to Franklin Park through Dutch Boy Burger- the...” ·
27. Dough
448 Lafayette Ave
329local recommendations
Hcc says “A whole store dedicated to donuts. Proof that if you focus on one thing you do it well. The hibisc...” ·
28. Peter Luger Steak House
178 Broadway
250local recommendations
Leo says “Although a slew of Luger copycats have prospered in the last several years, none have captured the e...” ·
29. East River State Park
90 Kent Ave
246local recommendations
Lenore says “Turn left when you leave the building, cross Ave D and continue to the bridge that goes over the FDR...” ·
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...” ·