After living in NYC for 6 years, my mom has visited the city more than 10 times. We’ve done the touristy things already like the Empire State Building, etc… so this trip was focused on doing more ‘out-side the box’ things. NYC can be such a tiring city, so we took our time visiting things and had more of a leisurely time. Here’s what we did in a week in New York City.
What We Did: Sightseeing & Activities
Museum of the City of New York:
I have to give credit to my mom on suggesting this museum. After living here for 6 years, I must say I never heard about The Museum of the City of NY! Such a shame because it was beautiful, modern, and well curated! Also, for all the Gossip Girl fans out there, this museum was used as the ‘High School’ on the show!
Inside, there is a gorgeous central marble staircase perfect for a photo op! On either side of the staircase are two exhibits featuring the history of NY. Before you explore the museum, I found it helpful to watch a 30 min movie on the lower level that helps explain the history of NY. Overall, the museum was fairly small, only three levels, but very interesting. If you have already visited the MET or the MOMA and are interested in NYC, this one is a great option to learn more about the history of NYC.
Tip: Look on Groupon before visiting! I bought 2 tickets for $15!
The Tenement Museum:
By far, the Tenement Museum is my favorite Museum in NYC. I love seeing how people lived back in the early years of NYC and this museum replicates what it was like to live in a tenement in the Lower East Side in the late 1800’s. Admission per tour is $25 and lasts and hour depending on what tour you take. We took the “Meet Victoria Conifino” tour and meet a resident (costumed interpreter) who lived in the tenement in 1916. We had the chance to ask her questions about adjusting to her new life in New York.
I also like spending some time in the gift shop. They have unique items to buy, perfect for gifts for friends!
Shopping in Soho & 5th Ave
A week in New York City is not complete without some shopping. We didn’t make any big purchases, but it is always fun to browse and look at the intricate window displays on 5th Avenue. I also love admiring the loft architecture Soho has… house goals anyone?
South Street Seaport & Downtown Manhattan
South Street has really transformed after the damaging Hurricane Sandy. Now there are boutique shops and restaurants livening up the streets! Also, there is a TKTS booth where they sell half price broadway tickets for a same day show. We bought tickets to see Play That Goes Wrong.
Downtown Manhattan has a lot to see as well. We walked down Wall Street, and went inside the new Oculous mall and had lunch at Eataly.
Broadway Show! “Play That Goes Wrong”
Of course, this was the night my camera died… but nonetheless my handy iPhone caught some of the action. This show was great! I didn’t know anything about it previously, but it was a lighthearted comedy from beginning to end! I would recommend it for all ages.
Where We Ate: NYC Restaurants
Spaghetti Incident, Lower East Side:
We grabbed a late lunch here after visiting the Tenement Museum. It’s a nice cozy restaurants with a local chill vibe. The food reasonably priced and delicious! We ordered a variety of things including Crostino Di Ricotta, Chitarra Spaghetti, and Artichoke & Parmigiano Arancini. Tip: Cash Only
The Smith, East Village:
An East Village Staple, the Smith always has a full range of different options for lunch and dinner. They also have other locations in NYC. The decor and mood is a nice casual American Brassiere with a friendly bistro feel. We ordered the Grilled Chicken Sandwich, and Classic Eggs Benedict. Note: On Sunday, your brunch meal items comes with a free cocktail!
Rubriosa, Little Italy:
Small and cozy classic Italian spot in the heart of Little Italy. All pastas are made in house and are delicious, and the neighborhood agrees. I highly recommend making reservations more than a week in advance for optimal dining time. I made reservations a couple days in advance and grabbed the only option available at 5:15PM. Not an ideal time, but the food is well worth it! We ordered the Rubriosa Salad and a decadent Butter Ravioli!
Ippudo, East Village:
Ippudo is probably the most popular ramen noodle place in NYC! The food and decor mentally transform you somewhere else than NYC. My absolute favorite thing on the menu are the Pork Buns, and the Karaka-Men spicy ramen. Tip: Wait times can exceed 45 minutes during peak hours. We came during lunch around 1pm on a weekday and waited 10 minutes.
Hope you enjoyed my week in New York City
I’d love to hear what you’ve done in a week in New York City, leave a comment below!