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Things to do in Manhattan

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
“Beautiful park with the famous arch. Tons of street performers, right next to Soho. ”
  • 434 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“Known as an artists' getaway in the 1960s and '70s, Manhattan's hip SoHo neighborhood is famous for its cast-iron architecture, trendy shops, and innovative art galleries. SoHo spans the area from South Houston Street to Canal Street, and is bounded on the east by Lafayette Street.”
  • 338 locals recommend
Art Museum
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“Great Museum in the Lower East Side featuring new exhibits year round of world renowned artists. ”
  • 203 locals recommend
Comedy Club
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“One of the most famous comedy clubs in the world and its where you'll find NYC's best comics.”
  • 167 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“Fabulous Mexican! Can get a bit crowded during lunch but well worth the wait. Limited seating”
  • 168 locals recommend
French Restaurant
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“Trendy upscale classic French Brassiere in the area. Cozy. Usually a wait if no reservation (so expect to go and put your name in and come back in an hour when no reservation). If never been, it’s a must go simply because it’s a “New York establishment” when it comes to local restaurants here. Every New Yorker whose anyone has dinned here at some point. Period. At least anyone whose been social and knows their restaurants. Tables can be made in advance on the OpenTable app. Also a very cute spot for dinner (will definitely be a wait or need a reservation but can put name down). I always go here with my mom when she visits me in New York usually for dinner (But I’ve also been here with friends, and on dates in the past)! They have great salads, AMAZING fries, french onion soup is on point here, Bronzino is great, great oysters, amazing filet minon and steak (Although I really have cut out most red meat in my life it is very good here from what remember!)... great pancakes for brunch and Eggs Benedict/ eggs Florentine. Pretty much everything here is amazing, it’s not a crazy priced restaurant for New York but it’s also not inexpensive so just check the menu online... New york is Expensive in general but most of the restaurants I’m recommending are worth your money (If you’re going to spend your money on a meal New York City and Paris are the places to do it)!!! ”
  • 168 locals recommend
Cuban Restaurant
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“Great for breakfast or lunch, known for their Cubano sandwich (justifiably so!).”
  • 147 locals recommend
French Restaurant
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“This is our favorite French Moroccan spot in the middle of Soho. A very cute date spot with delicious food. ”
  • 141 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Nestled in a back alley that's decorated overhead with twinkle lights and on the sides with greenery, Freeman’s classically hipster interior (taxidermied animals and velvet floral couches abound) is dark and cozy, making it best suited to warm winter meals. Food-wise, the menu is simple but never boring, with options like a cracked wheat salad, house-made pork and fennel sausage, and seriously good Ipswich clam fritters. Sitting in the private wine room, tucked away in the back, feels a bit like eating a meal in a family member's kitchen.”
  • 129 locals recommend
Indie Cinema
“Popular venue for new indie & foreign films, shown on 5 screens, with on-premises cafe.”
  • 102 locals recommend
Cheese Shop
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“Reserve a table and try out Murray's delicious cheeses and seasonal meats. Wash it all down with a delightful glass of wine.”
  • 114 locals recommend
Jazz Club
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“iconic jazz bar for the best jazz in the world. great intimate atmosphere and venue.”
  • 74 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Famous Pizza place - Landmark NoLita restaurant serving coal-fired, thin-crust Neapolitan pizza since 1905.”
  • 89 locals recommend
Bakery
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“French pastry shop owned by world renowned baker Dominique Ansel. You MUST try the Cronut. There is a new flavor every single month!”
  • 94 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“The original “New York Style” slice. It’s a very good, accurate portrayal of New York style pizza. Get the “regular slice,” also called “plain.” Local tip - in NYC, we don’t call regular slices “cheese pizza.” ”
  • 100 locals recommend
Indie Cinema
“Foreign, classic & offbeat indie films are screened along with short subjects at this movie theater.”
  • 80 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Mexican Restaurant
“Fabulous Mexican! Can get a bit crowded during lunch but well worth the wait. Limited seating”
  • 168 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“Trendy upscale classic French Brassiere in the area. Cozy. Usually a wait if no reservation (so expect to go and put your name in and come back in an hour when no reservation). If never been, it’s a must go simply because it’s a “New York establishment” when it comes to local restaurants here. Every New Yorker whose anyone has dinned here at some point. Period. At least anyone whose been social and knows their restaurants. Tables can be made in advance on the OpenTable app. Also a very cute spot for dinner (will definitely be a wait or need a reservation but can put name down). I always go here with my mom when she visits me in New York usually for dinner (But I’ve also been here with friends, and on dates in the past)! They have great salads, AMAZING fries, french onion soup is on point here, Bronzino is great, great oysters, amazing filet minon and steak (Although I really have cut out most red meat in my life it is very good here from what remember!)... great pancakes for brunch and Eggs Benedict/ eggs Florentine. Pretty much everything here is amazing, it’s not a crazy priced restaurant for New York but it’s also not inexpensive so just check the menu online... New york is Expensive in general but most of the restaurants I’m recommending are worth your money (If you’re going to spend your money on a meal New York City and Paris are the places to do it)!!! ”
  • 168 locals recommend
Cuban Restaurant
“Great for breakfast or lunch, known for their Cubano sandwich (justifiably so!).”
  • 147 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Nestled in a back alley that's decorated overhead with twinkle lights and on the sides with greenery, Freeman’s classically hipster interior (taxidermied animals and velvet floral couches abound) is dark and cozy, making it best suited to warm winter meals. Food-wise, the menu is simple but never boring, with options like a cracked wheat salad, house-made pork and fennel sausage, and seriously good Ipswich clam fritters. Sitting in the private wine room, tucked away in the back, feels a bit like eating a meal in a family member's kitchen.”
  • 129 locals recommend
Cheese Shop
“Reserve a table and try out Murray's delicious cheeses and seasonal meats. Wash it all down with a delightful glass of wine.”
  • 114 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Famous Pizza place - Landmark NoLita restaurant serving coal-fired, thin-crust Neapolitan pizza since 1905.”
  • 89 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“The original “New York Style” slice. It’s a very good, accurate portrayal of New York style pizza. Get the “regular slice,” also called “plain.” Local tip - in NYC, we don’t call regular slices “cheese pizza.” ”
  • 100 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
“Best vegan I've ever had. Strike that: I actually enjoyed – thoroughly loved – this food, which happens to be vegan. ”
  • 73 locals recommend

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