New York City, New York (Cynthia Pillsbury)
- More about your oliver guide: Cynthia Pillsbury
- Trip type: Family, City
- Activity level: moderate
- Ideal length of trip: 4 DAYS WITH KIDS
to & from
- Fly direct to Newark (favorite NYC airport) if you are staying downtown or on the West Side.
- Fly direct to La Guardia or JFK if staying uptown to avoid traffic.
- The Marlton: We prefer staying downtown, on the west side… while the rooms are VERY small, The Marlton is a perfect location.
- TABLET website is a great resource to find well-vetted NYC hotels.
eat and drink
- Santina: Great for lunch or dinner, it’s bright and cheery restaurant at the base of the southern end of the Highline in the Meatpacking District. The food is southern Italian with a Greek influence. Delicious and great for adults and kids alike.
- The Polo Bar: Stuffy in the best kind of way. Go early or stay later for a drink upstairs. It’s a clubby scene with excellent food. I brought my kids, but wish I had not…
- BG/Bergdorf’s Restaurant: Fun for a girls lunch (kids too). Bird’s Eye view of Central Park, try to sit on a booth by the window. Food is hit or miss, but setting is lovely and fun.
- Café Cluny: Small, cozy West Village restaurant, great for lunch or dinner sans kids- cute ice cream stand in the summer.
- Whitney Museum: Take advantage of their docent tour, especially of the touring exhibits. Check out the permanent collection of portraits (if on display). If time, have lunch on the roof top deck- food is great and views are awe-inspiring.
- Highline: Walk along the highline and take in the views and the incredibly well designed/preserved features of the Highline. Start at 14th and walk at least to 23rd. If weather is warm, get a delicious Mexican popsicle and take in the art vendors.
- Samsung Store/Instagram Tunnel: If you are on Instagram or have a tween/teen along this is a MUST do- they load your Instragam posts and your whole social media comes to life before your eyes. They also have a virtual reality experience that kids and adults alike enjoy Tech = Culture
- We always take in a Broadway Show when we are in NY- this time it was School of Rock; also recommend Matilda, Mary Poppins and Annie.
- Victoria Gardens: If you are there in the summer and with kids under 7 or so- check out the Victoria Gardens – a charming little amusement park area on the ice skating rink—and if there a great place (better than Rockefeller rink) to lace up your skates and take in the epic views.
- 9/11 Museum: Make reservations online before your visit day (usually a few weeks in advance is best if going during holidays or summer) and leave kids under 12 at home. This is a powerful, emotional and incredible tribute to the lives lost on 9/11 and the people who risked their lives to save people. Bring Kleenex.
- Intrepid Sea & Air Space Museum: Cool museum on an air craft carrier on the west side highway- very worthwhile if you have a ship or plane buff in the family.
- Buy tickets online for all museums.
- Consider getting day of tickets for plays if you have the flexibility- can be cheaper and just as good seats.
- Always make 1 reservation for the day so you have an anchor of what you are doing.
- Check out Strengthen Lengthen Tone (SLT)- best exercise class in NY. Reserve your class in advance!
- Don’t go uptown or downtown twice in a day… traffic is brutal if you are not taking subways.
- It’s more $$ to get to Newark and uber cannot pick you up, but worth if you are staying on downtown and on the west side.
Battery Park Carousel: SKIP IT!