Whether you’ve been to the Big Apple a dozen times or this is your first step on the island, there’s always a ton to do in New York. We encourage guests to see the city that never sleeps, stopping at the main sites as well as some of our personal favorites along the way.



Holiday Window Shopping

A must see when in New York during the holidays. We recommend starting at 59th and 5th Avenue (at the very bottom of Central Park). Walk south down 5th avenue making sure to stop at Bergdorf, Saks and Macys. You can’t miss them.

Central Park

Get lost in Central Park. There’s so much to see, all you need to do is wander. And if you want to truly get in the holiday spirit, stop by Wollman Rink to go skating or the Columbus Circle holiday market.

Rockefeller Center

Even cynical New Yorkers can’t help themselves—go see the tree. Situated outside Rockefeller Center, it's an easy final stop after window shopping down 5th Avenue.

Walk the Brooklyn Bridge

It's free. It's iconic. And sure, it might be a little cold. But the hour stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge offers some of the best views of the city. Once you get to the Brooklyn side, stop by Grimaldi's for some pizza. 

See a Show!

When in New York, see a show. Be that Broadway, the Nutcracker at Lincoln Center, or the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, there are tons to see everyday. TodayTix is a great app for day-of ticket deals. Click here to read about 2017's best shows.

Bryant Park

Another iconic destination, Bryant Park goes all out during the holidays. You can go skating, pick up festive knick-knacks from local vendors, and of course eat and drink your heart out.

All the Museums

New York has some of the best museums in the world. Paul is partial the Museum of Natural History, just five blocks from our apartment. I tend to love the Met or the Guggeheim. And if you want something more modern, try the MoMA or the Whitney. 

Stroll the Highline

Weather permitting, take a stroll along the highline. Once a railroad track, this elevated walkway is a leisurely way to enjoy the city from above. Located on the west side of the city, it extends from the Meatpacking District up through Chelsea.

Washington Square Park

Located in the heart of Greenwich Village, this park is an amazing place to just stop by, people watch and feel like a local.

9/11 Memorial

A ten-minute walk from both the Marriott and Ritz Carlton, we suggest visiting the beautiful  9/11 Memorial. It is certainly a sight worth seeing.

One World Trade Observation Deck

Located right next to the 9/11 Memorial, see the sights from the tallest building in the Western hemisphere. Prebook to skip the lines, and stop by Eataly next door for a bite after. 

Take a Walking Tour

Weather permitting, the best way to experience New York is to walk its streets. From the Chinatown Food Tour to the Brooklyn Bridge walking tour, there are tons of options. Check some out here.  

Eat a Bagel!

Midwesterners, this ones for you. You've never had a real bagel unless it's from NYC. The 'best bagel' is a hotly debated topic, so check out this list and just try one (or them all) . You can't go wrong.



Dead Rabbit - Financial District

Just a 5 minute walk from the Ritz, this bar actually serves some of the best cocktails on the planet, literally. Voted as the 2016 'best bar in the world,' stop by for an amazing drink.

Blacktail - Financial District

Not to be outdone, this stunning Cuban restaurant was recently named  'best bar in America.' And it's only a 2 minute walk from the Ritz.

Fraunces Tavern - Financial District

Also a five minute walk from the Ritz, this pub is notably the oldest building in New York and the site where George Washington bid farewell to his troops. Stop in for a drink and some history.

Katz’s Deli - Lower East Side

The sight of the famous ‘When Harry Met Sally” scene, this iconic Jewish deli has been a staple in the city for over 100 years.

Buvette - West Village

One of our favorite West Village spots, this tiny, charming French bistro is great for a date night or just to drop by for a drink.

Rolfs - Gramercy Park

For 11 months out of the year, Rolfs is an unexceptional German restaurant. And then there is December. Hands down the most mind-boggling holiday decorations, it’s a sight to behold. Stop by for a drink and a picture.

Pasquale Jones - Nolita

Some of the best Italian in the city. Wood-burning pizzas (try to clam pizza!) and pastas in a lively, modern environment. 

Fish - West Village

Amazing seafood specials. It’s a tiny spot, but there’s nothing better than a half a dozen oysters and a glass of wine for $8.

Joe’s Pizza - Greenwich Village

Iconic, simple pizza done right. Stop in for a slice and feel truly local at this institution. Note: not a sit down place. 

Ippudo - East Village

If you can handle the wait, this East Village spot is probably one of the best bowls of ramen in the city.

L’Artusi - West Village

An amazing Italian spot with an extensive wine list and incredible vibe. Make a reservation!

Raoul’s - Soho

A classic Soho restaurant, the last of its kind. Tiny, loud, and perhaps the best steak and frittes you’ve had. Get your palm read upstairs!

Minetta Tavern - Greenwich Village

One of those places where you get that “old New York” feeling. A classic French bistro in Greenwich Village known for a killer burger.

Eataly Downtown - FiDi

A 15 min walk from the Ritz and 8 min walk from the Marriott, stop by the downtown location of Eataly to eat your Italian heart out.