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About New York, New York

As New Yorkers, there’s no denying we love our city. (After all, living here doesn’t come cheap.) But we’ve always feared that many visitors get overwhelmed and miss out on what makes Gotham great. We want more for you: Follow our guide, and you’re sure to love it here as much as we do.

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Stay

One of the rooms at the Crosby Street Hotel - Photo by Crosby Street Hotel

Splurge: Crosby Street Hotel – Located off a busy stretch of Broadway in SoHo on a cobblestoned side street, the splurge-worthy 86-room Crosby still feels like an insider’s secret. Here, a screening room caters to Hollywood types, and guest rooms include details — floor-to-ceiling casement windows, dramatic city views, Frette linens, crown molding — from the Manhattan pied-à-terre of your dreams.

Steal: Ace Hotel – This hotel has redefined the art of working out of a lobby. Here, tables have docking stations and coffee service, and freelancers and travelers alike set up shop for hours. But it’s also a great place to vacation: That coffee is Stumptown, one of the best roasters in the city, and the restaurants are run by April Bloomfield, the country’s hottest female chef. Her seafood spot, John Dory, will remind you that Manhattan is on the water, and her gastropub, The Breslin, has reinvigorated the category. What should you order? We suggest anything lamb, from the juicy burger to the scrumpets (picture a frite made from confit) with minty vinegar.

Tip: The key to falling in love with New York? Not staying in Midtown. Although you’ll find more hotels there than anywhere else in the city, that part of town has a corporate vibe, as does the Financial District. Instead, pick a neighborhood in Manhattan or Brooklyn that’s a shopping and dining mecca for locals.

Eat

Shake Shack Burgers - Photo by William Brinson

Breakfast: Russ & Daughters Cafe – While you can pick up a hot everything bagel (crusted with sesame and poppy seeds, onion, and garlic) at any bagel shop, aficionados should also make their way to the Lower East Side. Lox and a “schmear” of cream cheese are classic, but Russ & Daughters takes the concept to new heights with its Super Heebster, a bagel topped with whitefish and salmon salad, horseradish-spiked cream cheese, and wasabi-flavored flying fish roe.

Lunch: Shake Shack – If it’s a pretty day, consider lunch at the original Madison Square Park location. The line can grow so long, the eatery installed a webcam, so check it before heading over. Then have one person wait in line while another claims a table. The burgers are that good, as are the griddled hot dogs and frozen custard in flavors like red velvet and strawberry rhubarb cobbler.

Dinner: Lombardi's – This Little Italy icon has the distinction of being the oldest pizza shop in the country, and it’s also one of the best. How do we know? The pepperoni disks curl around the edges, and the coal oven chars the crust. Just don’t think this quality comes easy: Arrive at an off time to avoid waiting, and remember, classic pizzerias sell by the pie, not the slice.

Dessert: Veniero’s – This East Village bakery will help you decide once and for all if New York-style cheesecake is your favorite. Veniero’s serves New York style (made with cream cheese), Italian style (made with ricotta) and Sicilian style (studded with candied fruit) — and it’s all fabulous. The establishment also has impeccable cannoli and a café.

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For everyone: Statue of Liberty – Seeing this icon is an absolute must-do when visiting New York City. There are three ticket options: visiting the grounds of Liberty Island, being able to go up into the pedestal of the statue where reservations are recommended, and climbing all the way up into the statue's crown, where reservations are required. To learn more, click here.

For couples: High Line – This city park, crafted out of an elevated train track that was once used to transport slabs of meat to the neighborhood’s butchers, first opened in 2009 to much fanfare. Enter on 14th street and make your way north. The minute you get up there, you’ll see what the buzz is about: It’s a garden in the sky. Best of all, the sunset views are the best in town.

For families: Central Park New Yorkers fancy Olmstead’s legacy as their own backyard, and you should, too. While we think everyone — literally, everyone — who visits the city on a pretty day should head to Central Park, it’s an even bigger magnet for those with children. You’ll find a carousel, paddleboats, a zoo … even a castle to explore. In the summer, the park hosts free concerts and plays, including Shakespeare in the Park.

For the adventurous: CitiBike – This relatively new program allows bikers to sign up for a one-day pass and borrow and return one of 12,000 bikes at any of 750 docking stations. The organization also provides safety tips and suggested routes. What better way to explore Gotham?

Tip: Do not — we repeat, do not — sign up for a double-decker bus tour. Instead, buy a MetroCard and use the local bus system as a way of seeing the city. If you avoid rush hour and pick a line that goes past key sights, you can pay just $2.50 and avoid looking like a tourist. One to consider: The M42 goes from the ship terminal through Times Square, past Grand Central, to the United Nations.

Insider Tip

Sure, cabs are great. And they make a lot of sense for some routes (such as from the cruise ship terminal to, say, the East Village). But if you’re crossing Midtown during rush hour, you’re better off walking or taking a bus. Really in a pinch … like it’s rush hour, raining, and you have show tickets? Use Uber or Lyft, which are often more comfortable than cabs and can cost the same or less. 

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Cruises to New York, New York

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PrettyUnlimited

Our family of 4 lives in NJ. We took a train & cab for less than $100 to get us all to the ship. Got to the ship at 11am. Ate lunch on the ship at 12:30pm! My 6 yr old son was in the hot tub with the city skyline behind him. Great moment! So much easier than flying. No luggage restrictions and so much cheaper!!!

PaDutch288

Leaving from NYC is wonderful as we are a 30 minute drive from the port. We loved the ease of getting to and from the ship.

Visited: Jul 16, 2017

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floatersunited

Loved new york last time we sailed out from there it is a bit pricey but hey it is new york loved time square loved central park did all the tourist things we had time to do a defo must do is the 911 memorial take a tissue or 3 you will need them cant wait to see you again in January sailing on ncl escape ⛴⛴🇺🇸🇺🇸

marebello

It was easy to get a cab to the Manhattan port. It will save some time and money to get off at 12th Ave & 48th St instead of driving into the entrance on 55th st. The attendants will take your luggage on 48th St. New York is a great place to explore.

Visited: Jul 16, 2017

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