Planning to spend 4 days in New York City?
As someone who has visited the New York more than 20 times before finally moving to NYC, I’ve definitely learned a thing or two about making the most out of 4 days in New York City.
Most of our family and friends that visit spend 4 days in NYC and my husband and I have taken them on more tours that we can count! We tend to visit the same spots with first time visitors to New York City and I wanted to share the list here for anyone planning a trip.
New York City is large, make no mistake about it, so there’s no way you’re going to see everything during your first visit. Relax and give yourself some grace, you’re going to have a heck of a time regardless!
With 4 days to spend in New York City, I’m sure you’ll see enough to fall in love with NYC and count down the days until your next visit because New York City is downright magic!
With that said, let’s jump right in. 🙂
Who is this 4 Day NYC itinerary for?
This guide is for first time visitors planning to spend 4 days in New York City. This guide will cover most of the iconic spots, as well as local gems.
This 4 days in NYC itinerary will guide you through the top sights and food spots you simply can’t miss for your first visit to New York City. This itinerary should give you a robust feel for the best of NYC and will definitely give you reason to return for more!
Is 4 days in New York City enough time?
The honest answer is no, but it’s better than nothing and we’ll what we can get.
Spending 4 days in New York City is a great introduction to the Big Apple, but it’s not enough time to absorb everything, so give yourself some grace because you’ll see a lot of things but you won’t see everything.
New York City is comprised of 5 boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Harlem and The Bronx. With only 4 days to spare in NYC, this guide focuses mostly on Manhattan and Brooklyn because that’s where most first time visitors spend the majority of their time.
With that in mind, let’s try to make the most efficient use of your 4 days in New York City!
Visiting NYC for the first time? Here’s some helpful tips
With only 4 days in New York City, we want to make the best use of your time and money. Here are some helpful things to know for your first visit to New York City.
Get the 7-Day Unlimited Ride MetroCard
- New York City has very efficient public transportation and chances are good that you’ll use the subway to get around. The Metro pass is completely worthwhile! For only $33 you’ll have unlimited access to the metro for 7 days.
- If you use the subway without the unlimited ride card, one-way tickets on the local trains cost $2.75 per trip and add up quickly.
Expect long lines, especially at popular places
- Remember how I mentioned New York City gets 63 million visitors per year? Well, that’s a lot of people trying to eat at the same popular place and see the same popular thing. Prepare for those famous long lines.
Comfortable shoes are a must
- New York City is best explored on foot because the city’s amazing skyscrapers are half the fun. As such, you’ll probably spend a lot of time walking from Point A to Point B. Whenever friends visit us in NYC we keep track of steps and typically average 10 miles a day! All this to say, definitely bring good walking shoes.
How to spend 4 Days in New York City
4 Days in NYC | Itinerary for Day 1
Day 1 Sights:
- Central Park
- Museum of Natural History
- The Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art
- Times Square
- Broadway Show
Is there anything more iconic in New York City than Central Park? If you could only go to one place during your 4 days in New York City, this would be it. Central Park is not only beautiful, it’s huge! The park is 2.5 miles long and half a mile across. You can spend an entire day strolling through and leave wanting more.
There’s a lot of interesting spots in Central Park that you should make an effort to see, such as: the iconic Bow Bridge, Belvedere Castle, Strawberry Fields, Central Park Zoo (yes, there really is a zoo in the park), Bethesda Fountain, The Mall, and the Central Park Carousel.
Here’s a helpful post that highlights the 10 most iconic things to do in Central Park (with tons of spring photos!).
Skating Rinks in Central Park:
If you are visiting New York City during the holidays, take a spin at the Wollman Rink in Central Park. The city skyline is the backdrop for this romantic winter activity. Wollman Rink is open from November to March and admission is $12 – $19 depending on the day of the week.
Pro-tip: Make a stop at Levain Bakery for cookies before heading to Central Park. Go to the bakery as early as possible because lines start forming early.
This bakery is world famous for chocolate chip cookies and is definitely worth a visit, regardless of how popular it has become in recent years. I used to come here every time I visited New York City!
Take your warm cookies over to Blue Bottle Coffee (around the block) for an americano or latte. With your bounty in hand, head a mere two blocks east to Central Park. If you’re entering Central Park from the westside you will be very close to the Bow Bridge. Swing by!
Museum of Natural History
After you’re done exploring Central Park, head to the beautiful Museum of Natural History, which neighbors Central Park. This museum was made famous by the movie Night at the Museum and has the BEST display of stuffed animals I have every seen in my life.
When you’ve had your fill of the spectacular museum, head to Shake Shack (just across the street) for lunch. The lines at Shake Shack are usually very long, but their burgers and fries are worth it. They’re so good and inexpensive (for NYC).
If you’re still in a museum mode after lunch, I suggest going to the Metropolitan Museum of Art (The MET), which is located within Central Park on the east side. The MET is the 5th largest museum in the world and has more than 200 million works of art spanning more than 5,000 years.
Let those numbers sink in. The MET is one of New York City’s most visited attractions.
Note: The MET used to be suggested donation, but the rules have since changed. Only New York residents can get into the museum for a suggested donation.
From the MET, walk half a mile south to reach Times Square.
I’ll be honest with you; Times Square is overwhelming and uber touristy but it’s iconic and can’t be missed if you’re spending 4 days in New York City.
When you’re ready to escape the bright lights of Times Square, head over to Los Tacos No. 1 – arguably the best tacos you will eat in America. The tacos from this little restaurant melt in your mouth.
I suggest paying with cash because people have reported strange activity when paying with credit. Don’t let that scare you, the tacos are worth it! You won’t want to miss this place, tacos run around $3.50 each.
After tacos, I suggest catching a Broadway Show. Broadway Shows are expensive, but the experience is unforgettable. I would suggest budgeting at least one show during your 4 days in New York City.
Something I wish I knew earlier was that certain Broadway Shows have a lottery system where you can apply to win free tickets in advance. This seems like a long shot, but one of my coworkers won two tickets to Hamilton, worth over $1,000.
Maybe you can get lucky too. Another way to save money on tickets is to book tickets for separate seats. When I visited last time, I was okay not sitting next to my sisters and paid $99 for a $200 seat. If you are interested in saving money on Broadway Show tickets, see the Broadway Show Tickets Savings Tips section below.
Capping the evening with a Broadway Show is a great way to wrap up your first day in New York City. If you’re a night owl and would like to test the city that never sleeps, I suggest finding a roof top bar in Times Square.
Regardless of how you spend the evening, get a good night’s rest. Tomorrow, we walk!
4 Days in NYC | Itinerary for Day 2
Day 2 Sights:
- Greenwich Village
- Washington Park
- Rubirosa Pizza
- The High Line
- Chelsea Market
Start your day the true New York way – grab a lox bagel from Russ and Daughters! Russ and Daughters is a traditional Jewish quick-service deli, so seating is not provided inside. They’re famous for lox bagels and are easily the best in New York City!
Bagels are about $14 each but they’re big and feature toppings like caviar, roe, salmon, and more. Sometimes we split one before heading further into Greenwich Village, to save room for a sweet treat later.
Take a 15-minute walk over to Washington Park. This is one of my favorite parks in New York City. The arch in the center of the park is modeled after the one in Paris. This area is especially lively and constantly has performers and musicians generously sharing their craft.
One of my favorite memories from New York was stumbling across a piano concert in this park one summer evening. Watching the pianist serenade visitors in the dark of night was nothing short of magical.
Next, we’ll cross into SoHo (which stands for South of Houston Street). SoHo is my favorite neighborhood in New York City. Imagine long city blocks peppered with trendy shops, cute cafes and famous restaurants.
Spend some time lingering before stopping by Balthazar Bakery for a chocolate donut. The bakery is right next to the ever-famous Balthazar Restaurant. Rest your legs while enjoying your treat and window shop some more if you please.
Once you’ve had your shopping fill, head to Rubirosa Pizza for lunch. I am ashamed to admit it took me a while to finally visit this place! Within seconds of my first bite, it quickly jumped to my favorite pizza place in NYC.
The funny part? I like their margarita pizza best. Of all the interesting pizzas a gal could love! Rubirosa has mastered, with incredible simplicity, the art of tomato sauce. This place is a must-try while visiting New York City.
Then head towards Hudson Yards to admire the Vessel (currently closed). After admiring the Vessel, head straight onto the High Line – one of my favorite things to do in New York City.
The High Line is an abandoned railroad converted into an urban walkway for pedestrians. Take a leisurely .7 mile stroll down this blissful garden pathway to reach the Chelsea Market.
Tip: Make sure to stop at the “10th Avenue Square” for some cool photos.
Chelsea Market is a famous food hall mixed with unique shops, restaurants, spice markets, and cafes. The market has 35 vendors waiting to impress you with tasty treats and fare.
Highlights at the Chelsea Market include: matcha from Chalait, warm donuts from the Doughnuttery, tacos from Los Tacos No. 1, spices from Spices and Tease and souvenirs from Pearl River Mart.
4 Days in NYC | Itinerary for Day 3
Day 3 Sights:
- 9/11 Memorial & Museum
- One World Trade Center + Oculus Mall
- Wall Street + New York Stock Exchange
- Brooklyn Bridge
- Brooklyn Promenade
Grab a quick coffee and pastry from Black Fox Coffee and make your way to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. Admission to the 9/11 Museum is $24 per person but is free Tuesdays after 5pm. The museum is incredibly moving.
The exhibit that sticks out most to me is a glass-enclosed cutout of a store display with thick layers of dust and debris from the day of the attack. If you enjoy deep reflection and history, this museum is for you.
The line to get in is unbelievably long so I suggest getting the C3 pass if you plan to visit, so that you can skip the line.
Whether you go to the 9/11 Museum of not, make sure to take in the grandeur of the moving 9/11 Memorial right next to the museum.
The 9/11 Memorial is a never-ending waterfall into the depths of the earth with names of victims engraved in stone. The overwhelming towering might of One World Trade Center keeps these somber memories safe in its shadow. You can’t leave NYC without seeing this.
The Oculus Mall is right across the street from the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, making it a natural next stop. The Oculus Mall looks like the spine of a fish long forgotten. It’s quite the architectural feat! Not only is it an actual mall, it’s also a functioning subway hub. Definitely check this out, it’s very unique.
Next, head towards the Financial District.
Walking down Wall Street, stop to take in the iconic New York Stock Exchange. If you’re a bit chilly, I suggest dropping into La Maison du Chocolat for a real hot chocolate.
Then head over to the famous Charging Bull and take a photo. The line for this takes a while but the picture will last forever.
You might notice an old church next to the Charging Bull. This is the historic Trinity Church. The jutting ancient profile is a stark contrast to the concrete and glass surrounding it.
There is no admission to visit the church, so pop in for a quick look. If you’re looking for reprieve from the bustle of Wall Street, head to Battery Park for solitude.
Now it’s time to cross the world-renowned Brooklyn Bridge. This can happen one of two ways: take the subway to the Manhattan side of the bridge or walk 17 minutes from Battery Park.
Regardless of how you choose to arrive at the Brooklyn Bridge, I suggest walking across because it’s iconic and only 1 mile long. Make sure to stop and take photos!
Once across, go to Juliana’s Pizza – the white pie is my favorite, it’s the perfect NYC pizza. Oh, my goodness, just typing this makes my mouth water.
Most evenings, the line is out the door and around the block, but if you go during lunch your wait time should be shorter/nonexistent. Pies run around $25 each and feed two.
Now the only dilemma facing you is how to burn those calories! Not to worry, I’ve got your back. Stroll down Brooklyn Promenade for the best views of the famous NYC skyline. Brooklyn Promenade is especially beautiful in the evening, so bookmark this place for a romantic evening spot.
Calories burned and photos taken, walk down to DUMBO for a fun and trendy spot full of photo opportunities. DUMBO stands for Down Under the Brooklyn Bridge Overpass. If you’d like a photo from the iconic Brooklyn Bridge spot, head to the cross section between Washington Street and Front Street.
Walk further down for Jane’s Carousel and the Time Out Market. We actually didn’t realize there was a Time Out Market in New York City, the first one we visited was in Lisbon (see my post here). It’s a food hall chock-full of little restaurants serving up delicious fare.
Whew! We did a lot of walking today. I suggest taking it easy for the evening but if you still have energy to burn, why not a fun jazz club or roof top bar?
4 Days in NYC | Itinerary for Day 4
Day 4 Sights:
- Grand Central Terminal
- The New York Public Library
- Bryant Park
- Rockefeller Center
- Radio City Music Hall
- St. Patrick’s Cathedral
- Top of the Rock
After breakfast, hop on the subway toward Grand Central Terminal. Grand Central Terminal is a beautiful functioning transportation hub.
In the center of the station, make sure to look up for the grandeur of the celestial ceiling. There’s a food hall downstairs if you’d like a coffee, snack or quick bite.
Upon exiting the Grand Central Terminal, you’ll be 3 minutes away from the New York Public Library. Everyone should see the New York Public Library at least once in their life. It leaves a lasting impression on first time visitors to New York City.
After you’re done exploring the New York Public Library, head to Bryant Park, the cute little park right behind the library.
Bryant Park feels like a little piece of Paris in the heart of New York City. In the summer, a library attendant shares carts full of books for reading enjoyment. Even without being members of the library, we were able to pick up a book to enjoy in the park. It was such a memorable experience.
If you’d like to have lunch while reading your book, I recommend Sweetgreen for a salad, it’s right across the street from Bryant Park.
Tip: if you’re visiting during summer, Bryant Park hosts “Movies in the Park” every Monday. The lawn opens at 5pm and movies start at sunset. Bring a cozy blanket and arrive early because it gets busy! There’s no better way to end a summer evening in New York City than watching a movie in the park.
After indulging in Bryant Park, take a 10-minute stroll to Rockefeller Center. This area is a stark contrast to the peacefulness of Bryant Park because it is so lively.
If you are lucky enough to visit New York during the holiday season, you cannot miss the ice rink here. It’s postcard perfect!
Radio City Music Hall is just around the block, so make sure to see that as well.
Right next to Rockefeller Center sits St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the most beautiful historic structure in New York City. Surrounded by towering buildings, this church cannot be missed.
Visitors are welcome inside but must be respectfully dressed and mannered. Service is held here throughout the week, so you’ll want to be mindful of that.
Quick Tip: You’re right next to the super famous Macy’s that gets decked out in holiday cheer during the Christmas season. This Macy’s store is so impressive, I’ve never seen anything like it. Pop in for a quick peak.
After Macy’s, hop over to Ippudo Ramen for lunch. I recommend the Shiromaru Hakata Classic and the pork buns.
While in the area, you can’t miss the sweeping views of the the city from the Top of Rock Observation Deck. The view of the city from here is unbeatable! Admission is $36, but admission is included with the C3 Pass.
After lunch, take a stroll down Fifth Avenue and swing by the famous Apple Store or Tiffany’s (from the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s).
You’ll be right next to the Plaza Food Hall (one of my favorites in New York City) so check it out for a sweet treat or coffee. Afterward, head to Central Park to stroll through once more during your last day in the Big Apple.
The evening is yours to take advantage of. This would be a great time to revisit favorite spots or buy souvenirs for friends. If you are looking for more ideas or advice, read below.
Best time to visit New York City
- My favorite time to visit New York City is during the holiday season (late November to December) because of the Christmas markets and decorations.
- My second favorite time to visit is during fall (mid-October to mid-November) because of the mild temperatures and beautiful fall foliage.
But there’s no bad time to visit New York City. Just know that winters can be brutally cold (between January and mid-March). And the summer heat and humidity can be tough to handle for those not used it (between July and August).
Is the New York City Pass worthwhile?
With only 4 days in New York City, I do not recommend getting the standard NYC CityPASS. The pass is $132 per person and allows access to six attractions over the span of 9 days. Chances are you won’t have time to take advantage of all six attractions in 4 days.
On the contrary, the New York City C3 Pass is worth considering. The C3 pass is $84 per person and allows access to three attractions over the span of 9 days. The attractions are listed below:
- Empire State Building
- Top of the Rock Observation Deck
- Ferry Access to Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
- 9/11 Memorial & Museum
- American Museum of Natural History
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Museum of Modern Art
- Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises
- Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
- Guggenheim Museum
- Hornblower Sightseeing Cruises
Based on my math, I suggest getting the New York City C3 Pass if you plan to visit at least three of the following places: (plus, the ability to skip lines is invaluable!)
- Empire State Building (regular admission is $20/person)
- Top of the Rock (regular admission is $36/person)
- The Statue of Liberty (regular admission is $19/person)
- 9/11 Museum (regular admission is $24/person)
- The MET (Metropolitan Museum of Art) (regular admission is $25/person)
- The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) (regular admission is $25/person)
Where to stay in New York City for First Time Visitors
Lodging for 4 days in New York City will not be cheap if you plan to stay in a hotel. Anyway you slice it, sleeping in the city that never sleeps is expensive. In fact, lodging will probably be the biggest hit to your budget.
With that said, for first time visitors, my recommendation is to stay in Greenwich Village or SoHo.
- My favorite mid-range hotel for 4 days in New York City is the Soho Grand Hotel. SoHo has a calmer feel than other parts of New York City. We love the location, service and hospitality of the Soho Grand Hotel.
Airbnb Note: Due to the current housing shortage crisis in New York City, the city prohibits rentals of entire apartments or homes for less than 30 days without the owner present in the unit.
Essentially, it’s okay to book through Airbnb if you’re staying in a private room while the owner is present. You might be surprised to hear that prices are not any cheaper for this arrangement.
Getting around during your 4 days in New York City
Uber and Lyft
- Using Uber and Lyft is a great way to get around New York City, especially if traveling in a larger group. The last time I visited NYC with a group of friends Uber and Lyft were sometimes cheaper than the subway split between the 4 of us.
The Metro (subway)
- The subway is quite the New York City experience. I personally love taking it whenever I can but be warned – it gets terribly crowded during commute hours.
- Also, in the summer, some of the subway stations are hot and muggy. Since the itinerary takes you to every corner of Manhattan, I suggest getting a MetroCard during your 4 days in New York.
- What is more iconic than a bright gold New York City taxi? To know if a taxi is available for pick up, check the light on top of the cab. If the light is illuminated, the taxi is eager to take you! Credit cards accepted.
Is New York City expensive?
Yes but you can visit the city on a budget too. The two biggest expenses in New York City are lodging and drinks. If you love 5-star hotels and capping your evening with old fashions, you will not consider New York City cheap.
On the other hand, I visited the city for six days with my mom and two sisters and paid $700 for a hotel, airfare, food, and activities. I figure, the cheaper I can keep it, the more often I can return.
Make no mistake, New York City is expensive but there are ways around the high prices!
More activities for your 4 days in New York City
If you have more than 4 days in New York City (or would like to swap some of the activities mentioned above), this section is for you.
Visit the Empire State Building – This iconic building is so cool from any vantage point. Make sure to see it on your trip. Some people suggest going in ($20 admission) but I personally haven’t and don’t feel like I’m missing out.
Note about museums: It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the cornucopia of museums in the Big Apple. With only 4 days in the New York City, I suggest picking the two you want to see the most and sticking with them. Never underestimate how time-consuming museums can be. A cultural experience should not be rushed.
The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA).
Admission is $25 per person/free Friday nights from 4pm-8pm. MOMA is considered one of the largest and most influential museums of modern art in the world.
It’s a great way to spend a relaxing day indoors, especially on a rainy day. We ran into Jeremy Irons here (Scar from The Lion King).
New York Transit Museum
The New York Transit Museum displays historical artifacts of the New York City Subway, bus and commuter rail system. Admission is $10 per person and the museum is open every day of the week. The vintage cars in here are so dang cool. Seems like something kids would enjoy too!
The Flatiron Building and Madison Square Park
This iconic building is often considered one of the most beloved in New York City. One fun thing to do in this area is to visit the original Shake Shack location just steps away. Grab a burger and enjoy it in Madison Square Park.
See the Statue of Liberty
The reason I didn’t include the Statue of Liberty in this guide is because it takes so much time to visit this super popular attraction. The line for the ferry can be upwards of an hour long.
If you’re pining to see the statue of liberty during your visit, make sure to go extra early. If you take the Staten Island Ferry (free) it passes right by the Statue of Liberty.
Free activities in NYC
Take a walking tour. There are so many different tours to choose from! Try a food tour, bus tour, bike tour, etc. Participation is free, just make sure to leave a tip for the guide.
Participate in a show recording. Tickets are free to attend a recording, but they go fast, so I suggest booking 1-2 months in advance. Shows include: Saturday Night Live, The Daily Show, Lake Night with Jimmy Fallon and Late Night with Stephen Colbert.
Summer Activity: Watch an outdoor movie at Brooklyn Bridge Park or Bryant Park. The exact dates and movies change from year to year, so make sure to check their websites!
Carnegie Hall Citywide partners with local community organizations to present free concerts throughout New York City. This is a great way to enjoy a free concert during your 4 days in New York City. For a list of current events, click here.
My Favorite Restaurants in New York City
The Big Apple is a foodie’s paradise and even with just 4 days in New York City, you are in for a treat! Some of the best meals of your life will be had here. You better believe that in a city like New York only the best survive. Just remember the golden rule of vacation: count steps and never calories.
Food Halls. My favorites include the Great Food Hall, the Chelsea Market, Time Out Market and Smorgasburg.
Ippudo Ramen. We love this restaurant for a hot bowl of ramen, it’s especially good on a cold night. I suggest asking the waiter for their recommendation. I had the Shiromaru Hakata Classic and it was delicious.
Shake Shack (peppered throughout NYC) go, go, go! There is no debate between Shake Shack and In-N-Out burger, I don’t understand the comparison. The burgers and fries here are so tasty, plus it’s inexpensive. If you want to let your hair down, try a milkshake, they’re delicious …. or so I hear. ????
Rubirosa Pizza. I know, I know. But it’s worth mentioning again! Don’t leave New York City without trying the margarita pizza here. It sounds so simple but try it. We ordered 3 pizzas during our last visit and I was fighting people off the margarita. It’s a side of me I’m trying to work on. I think the pizza here is around $25 as well, one is enough for two people.
Maison Kaiser is a great place for a quick bite, they have locations all throughout New York City. Think delicious breakfast pastries (hello chocolate croissant!) and great coffee.
Domonique Ansel Bakery is a must for the famous, cult-starting cronut. The cronut is a mix between a croissant and donut. The popularity of the cronut is so extreme, the bakery runs out within hours. But the line doesn’t stop. Sometimes folks wrap around the block waiting to get a treat from this spot.
Laduree is a cute French macaroon shop (with a full-service restaurant in the back). It’s worth at least one visit because it’s famous, but during my last few trips I’ve skipped it. I’ve indulged in the macaroons once but have yet to feel inclined to return. Just my two cents, your experience could be different.
Serendipity 3 is an iconic New York City establishment known for their famous frozen hot chocolate. I’m including this because it’s my younger sister’s favorite dessert place in NYC. I still don’t understand how hot chocolate can be served frozen but I’m not going to spend too much time trying to figure it out. It’s a tasty treat worth trying!
Summers NYC (SoHo). We swung by for a quick coffee and toast during our last trip. Super cute tiny restaurant with a nice outdoor seating area. I recommend the avocado toast.
Best Coffee in New York City
A guide to 4 days in New York City and no mention of coffee? I’m not crazy! I know my friends are powered by coffee.
Honestly, any reasonably looking café will hit the spot. But these are the three I suggest trying during your 4 days in New York City:
- La Colombe spread like wildfire and for good reason! There’s no better way to describe it than to say their coffee tastes “real.”
- Think Coffee we got coffee at Think Coffee during the last day of our previous visit and were sad we couldn’t go back for more. The americano was so good.
- Blue Bottle Coffee hails from San Francisco. They offer rich and decadent cups of quality coffee. So delicious, especially their americanos and drip coffee. I go out of my way to drink Blue Bottle coffee, regardless of the city I’m in.
- Maman, Happy Bones (in Little Italy) and Birch Coffee as all great options, too!
New York City Nightlife
Tip to the wise: drinks in New York City are very expensive, I once paid $22 pre-tip at a bar. It was a gentle reminder to keep my personal problems to a minimum.
Top 3 bars to visit in New York City
- BlackTail: Call me biased, but I’m a sucker for bars overflowing with plants. But let’s get real, you’re not here to talk about plants. The drinks at BlackTail are out of this world! Any libation your heart desires can be found on the novel-sized menu here. In addition to the drinks, the décor in this place takes you back to simpler times with thick leather booths and beautiful paintings. But my friends, I do not wish to lead you astray, you need a drink to justify paying the price. Coming in at $18 a pop (pre-tip).
- The Dead Rabbit: This little gem is oft considered a swanky version of an Irish pub. This bar came up time and time again from our friends. The menu is full of creative drinks with even more creative names. The drinks promise to please and palate and run around $17 a pop, pre-tip.
- Marie’s Crisis Café has been around forever and comes highly recommended. It’s a cash-only establishment with an upright piano in the middle of the room. A lively pianist serenades visitors every evening, and all are encouraged to sing along. Sing loudly, no one will be able to hear you anyways.
Saving money on Broadway shows (legitimately)
There are several ways to get reduced tickets for coveted Broadway Shows during your 4 days in New York City.
For legitimate discounted last-minute tickets, visit the TKTS booth at Duffy Square in Times Square. The lines get long, but you can view a live webcam before heading that direction.
If you are open to sitting apart from your group of friends, you can get great deals on single seats that are available randomly throughout the theater. Tickets can be purchased same day, directly at the ticket counter.
Try your hand at the lottery system to win free tickets, you never know! To enter the lottery, go directly to the website of the show you want to see and find the lottery button. Hamilton is supposed to be out of this world and I really enjoyed The Lion King.
See a Broadway Show during a weekday instead of the weekend. People are more available on the weekends so things get busier and more expensive. If your schedule is flexible during your 4 days in New York City, try going on a weekday.
DO NOT: Purchase tickets on the “secondary market” or from craigslist because they could be counterfeited.
Getting to NYC from the airport
There are three airports that service New York City and sadly, none are conveniently located. But have no fear, there are three fairly quick options to get to the heart of the city: taxi, Uber/Lyft and public transportation. Other options are available, but I haven’t personally used them so I’m sticking with the basics.
- What better way to make an entrance to the Big Apple than arriving via yellow taxi? The price for taxis varies between airports and we’ll cover average costs from each airport. However, it’s worth noting that prices range throughout the day, based on demand and traffic.
- Uber and Lyft are great options and sometimes cheaper than taxis, depending on time of day. I usually take Uber when traveling for business.
- Public transportation tends to be my preferred method because it is the cheapest.
Well, that my friends, is how to spend 4 days in New York City! And then some. I hope you enjoyed this comprehensive guide to 4 days in New York City. Let me know if you have any questions or comments below!
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