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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Park
“A walk, peddle, or carriage ride through the crisscrossing pathways of Central Park is a must-do on anyone's New York City itinerary. In winter, you can even lace up your skates and glide across Wollman Rink. This huge park in the city center, a half-mile wide and 2.5 miles long, is one of the things that makes New York such a beautiful and livable city. Besides being a great place to experience a little nature, Central Park has many attractions within its borders, and most of them are free, making it one of the few cheap things to do in NYC. Some of the most popular places to visit include the Belvedere Castle, Strawberry Fields, the Central Park Zoo, and the Lake. If you are exploring the park on your own, start by picking up a map at one of the visitor centers and plot your routing.”
  • 1213 locals recommend
Art Museum
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“You could literally spend all day here and not see everything. Art from all over the world is kept here from every era in history. ”
  • 989 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Dinosaurs, planetarium, interestingly timeless dioramas that still seem to work. Blue whale hanging from the ceiling.”
  • 591 locals recommend
Art Museum
“An internationally renowned art museum and one of the most significant architectural icons of the 20th century. Very interesting exhibitions”
  • 371 locals recommend
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
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“just off of 125th & Lenox Avenue - Marcus Samuelsohn's great Harlem Bar, Sunday Brunch Favorite for em. Great Music in the front room, Soul food specialties lifted top to the next level. ”
  • 577 locals recommend
Theatre
“In the black history the entertainment starts in here. Whose careers started at the Apollo include Billie Holiday, Pearl Bailey, Sammy Davis Jr., James Brown & The Famous Flames, King Curtis, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Parliament-Funkadelic, Wilson Pickett, The Miracles, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Rush Brown, Stephanie Mills, Dionne Warwick, Bobby Short, The Jackson 5, Patti Austin, Patti LaBelle, Marvin Gaye, Luther Vandross, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Ben E. King, The Isley Brothers, Lauryn Hill, Sarah Vaughan, Jazmine Sullivan, Ne-Yo, and Machine Gun Kelly.... The theater opened in 1914 as Hurtig & Seamon's New Burlesque Theater, and was designed by George Keister in the neo-Classical style. It became the Apollo in 1934, when it was opened to black patrons – previously it had been a whites-only venue. In 1983, both the interior and exterior of the building were designated as New York City Landmarks, and the building was added to the National Register of Historic Places. It is estimated that 1.3 million people visit the Apollo every year.”
  • 399 locals recommend
Museum
“It is America’s only museum dedicated exclusively to the art and architecture of the Middle Ages. Including a museum and gardens within a single complex.”
  • 384 locals recommend
Performing Arts Venue
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“Try for a dress rehearsal ticket if the actual opera is too expensive. Also home to the Juilliard School.”
  • 315 locals recommend
University
“The University was founded in 1754 by Alexander Hamilton, prior to America's establishment as a sovereign state, and was known King's College. Today, it's one of the world's leading education institution and one of the eight Ivy League universities. The campus itself is beautiful and worth a stroll through the grand gates on Broadway. ”
  • 256 locals recommend
Bar
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“Cozy pub with huge selection of craft beers on tap and great burgers and brunch food. It's a great spot to grab a beer and hang out with friends. ”
  • 282 locals recommend
Soccer Field
“Walk west down 160th street until you reach some stone stairs through a median between Riverside Drive, then walk northwest and around the corner and cross Riverside Drive W - you'll have a great view of the river, the George Washington Bridge, and lower Manhattan.”
  • 282 locals recommend
Baseball Stadium
“Home to historically the greatest sports team of all time, come to this charming monument and soak in an afternoon or an evening of America’s pastime.”
  • 149 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“2153 Frederick Douglass Blvd - The sprawling indoor/outdoor pub is a beer lover’s paradise, boasting multiple brews on draft and in bottles. To soak up all the booze, there’s an eclectic menu of gussied-up bar favorites like a spiced lamb burger, buttermilk fried chicken, and build-your-own mac and cheese.”
  • 258 locals recommend
History Museum
“5 minute walk. Similar to the Midway museum in San Diego, this place is great if you like history.”
  • 137 locals recommend
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
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“328 Malcolm X Blvd - Founder Sylvia Woods was called the Queen of Soul Food for a reason, and her finger-lickin'-good ribs are not to be missed. Smothered in barbecue sauce and perfectly tender, her signature dish really is something to talk about/devour.”
  • 194 locals recommend
Plaza
“The Shops at Columbus Circle, New York City's prime shopping and dining destination in the heart of Manhattan. ”
  • 187 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
“just off of 125th & Lenox Avenue - Marcus Samuelsohn's great Harlem Bar, Sunday Brunch Favorite for em. Great Music in the front room, Soul food specialties lifted top to the next level. ”
  • 577 locals recommend
Bar
“Cozy pub with huge selection of craft beers on tap and great burgers and brunch food. It's a great spot to grab a beer and hang out with friends. ”
  • 282 locals recommend
Restaurant
“2153 Frederick Douglass Blvd - The sprawling indoor/outdoor pub is a beer lover’s paradise, boasting multiple brews on draft and in bottles. To soak up all the booze, there’s an eclectic menu of gussied-up bar favorites like a spiced lamb burger, buttermilk fried chicken, and build-your-own mac and cheese.”
  • 258 locals recommend
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
“328 Malcolm X Blvd - Founder Sylvia Woods was called the Queen of Soul Food for a reason, and her finger-lickin'-good ribs are not to be missed. Smothered in barbecue sauce and perfectly tender, her signature dish really is something to talk about/devour.”
  • 194 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
“Excellent New American cuisine, a little on the pricier side but a great value”
  • 206 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Definitely a spot for the Harlem Cool Kids. Restaurant that turns nightclub after 11pm. Lit DJ on the weekend spins hip hop, afrobeats, RnB, and reggae. Young professional good looking crowd ”
  • 177 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“Great to enjoy NYC views while having fresh guac made in front of you and some great Mexican food.”
  • 79 locals recommend
Southern-inspired barbecue served in a vivacious hall
“forget your diet, wear casual clothes so not covered in the barbecue sauce, yes its finger licking good! Proximity to the Hudson waterfront allows you to think about walking off it off, or hey you can actually walk, all the way to Chelsea Piers and beyond...”
  • 149 locals recommend

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