Mr. Eaton’s NYC Bucket List
There is so much to do in NYC— this is my personal list of things I think people should do
at least once (and maybe more…)
o Get completely lost on the subway. You can always find your way back (this has happened to
me more than once—and I’m ok). Just be sure you’re not alone.
o Get a Frozen Hot Chocolate (Serendipity, Dylan’s Candy Bar, etc.)
o Go to Dominique Ansel’s Bakery (cronuts in the morning, frozen Smore on a stick for lunch)
o Go to a NYC food court (Eataly, City Eats, Turnstyle, Urbanspace Vanderbilt)
o Walk the Highline
o Walk the Brooklyn Bridge
o Walk (or bike- Mr. & Mrs. Eaton almost died doing this, but it was fun) in Central Park
o Take the free audio tour at Ellis Island
o Go to the Museum of Modern Art for free on Friday after 4pm
o Ride in a cab (unless you’re a student—take the subway)
o Eat a slice of NYC pizza
o Get kicked out of a store in Chinatown for bargaining to low (Mrs. Eaton)
o Try a new food (Chinatown, Little Italy, 9 th Avenue by our hotel, etc.)
o Look at the fountain at Lincoln Center
o Window shop on 5 th Avenue
o Eat a hot dog and papaya juice at Grey’s Papaya
o Eat a chocolate chip cookie at Levain Bakery
o Go to the roof of the Met Museum
o Get a foot rub in Chinatown
o Visit Wall Street/Trinity Church/Federal Hall/Bull Statue/Fearless Girl Statue
o Wait at a Broadway stage door for a picture or an autograph
o Visit the Drama Bookstore (esp. students)
o Go to the Poster Museum in Tribeca- it has over 100000 posters from all over the world.
o Eat a burger at the hidden Burger Joint at Le Parker Meridian (cash only)
o Get a bagel or sandwich at a real NYC deli
o Chase a pigeon (but not into the street)
o Walk down 9 th Avenue (by our hotel) for fun food and real New Yorkers (away from Times
o Ignore the obnoxious characters that want pictures with you in Times Square
o Keep your Broadway programs as souvenirs (and take a picture in front of every theatre you
o Watch the red carpet at Radio City Music Hall for the Tony Awards
o Take a picture at Bethesda Fountain in Central Park
o People watch by the fountain in Washington Square Park
o Eat some really good chocolate (Max Brenner, La Maison du Chocolate, Marie Belle, Jacques
Free Time Recommendations
Iconic NYC Places
The Empire State Building 5 th Avenue between 33 rd and 34 th streets. Open every day from 8am-2am. Advice: It is not very busy at 8am and if you have good weather, you can see a long ways. BUY YOUR TICKETS IN ADVANCE!! They are good any day for a year from the date of purchase. They are $27 (by directly from Empire’s Website—you only need to go to the 84 th floor- it’s an additional charge to higher and, in my opinion, not worth the extra money). I recommend going early Wednesday or Saturday morning.
One World Trade Center
$34—it is definitely impressive and has the coolest elevator ride to the top EVER—but it is all indoors so pictures can be tricky… You are very high up.
Museum Mile is 5 th Avenue between 84 th St. and 104 th . Between these blocks are 10 of the most famous museums in America. Here are 3 examples:
The Guggenheim: Student admission $7.00
Opens at 9:00am 1071 Fifth Avenue
Frank Lloyd Wright was the architect for this building, now designated the youngest New York City landmark. As you walk the spiral walkway toward the dome above, you will view works from artists of the 19th and 20th century including: Brancusi, Braque, Calder, Chagall, Robert Delaunay, Giacometti, Kandinsky, Klee, Leger, Miro, Picasso, and Van Gogh.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Pay what you want (donation) 5 th Avenue and 82 nd St.
There are several large museums in New York but the Metropolitan Museum of Art is truly gigantic. From the sidewalk on Fifth Avenue, the Met, with its tall columns and windows, immense stairways and water fountains, looks like it could be an emperor’s palace. The size and diversity of the artwork on display is even more impressive; the museum’s collection contains works from every part of the world, spanning the Stone Age to the twentieth century. The Egyptian Art galleryincludes a whole temple that was shipped to America as a gift.
Opens at 10:00am (except Sunday at 1:00pm) 1 E. 70th St. The Frick mansion was designed by Carrere and Hastings, the same architects who worked on the New York Public Library, and was built to “make Carnegie’s place look like a miner’s shack.” Preserved on Millionaire’s Row, the mansion is a grand setting for an incredible collection of European painting and decorative arts. The enclosed inner courtyard is a perfect place for weary art lovers to take a rest.
Museum of Modern Art:
11 West 53 Street Closed Tuesdays. FREE Fridays from 4:00-8:00pm
From an initial gift of eight prints and one drawing, The Museum of Modern Art’s collection has grown to include more than 100,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, architectural models and drawings, and design objects. MoMA also owns some 14,000 films and four million film stills, as well as 140,000 books, artist books, and periodicals, all part of the Museum’s library.
The Morgan Library and Museum: Student Admission $8.00 10:30am-5:00pm (except Sat. mornings at 10:00am)
The Morgan Library Museum is a museum and research library in New York City , USA . It was founded to house the private library of J. P. Morgan in 1906 , which included, besides the manuscripts and printed books, some of them in rare bindings, his collection of prints and drawings. It has tons of cool Alexander Hamilton letters in its atrium.
Nestled in the heart of “The City That Never Sleeps”, is one of the largest Urban Parks in the World: Central Park. Central Park spans 51 Blocks and 843 Acres, creating an oasis in the midst of New York City. Located across the street from the scene of John Lennon’s untimely demise, Strawberry Fields is a beautiful 2.5 acre park located just inside of Central Park.
GUIDED TOUR ON FRIDAY.
Cathedral of St. John the Divine The world’s largest cathedral, St. John the Divine is located at 112th Street and Amsterdam Avenue in Manhattan. The Cathedral is open Monday through Saturday from 7:00am-6:00pm and Sunday from 7:00am-8:00pm. The Cathedral shop is open seven days a week from 9:00am- 5:00pm and the grounds and gardens are open during all daylight hours. Public tours take place Tuesday through Saturday at 11:00am and Sunday at 1:00pm. The cost is $3.00 and the tour meets at the Visitor Center.
Grand Central Terminal
This Beaux Arts building, built between 1903 and 1913 faces down Park Avenue at 42nd Street. Free tours of this magnificent railway structure are given weekly on Wednesday and Friday at 12:30pm and Saturday and Sunday at 11am. The tours are run by different companies, but each tour covers the construction, history and design of the terminal, as well as the monumental effort that went into restoring it. Great place for lunch in its food court.
New York Public Library
The famous library, home of the larger-than-life lions Patience and Fortitude, has frequent events and exhibits. Open since 1911, the library is stunningly beautiful inside and out. Bryant Park, located behind the library, has several food stands, a restaurant, and a film festival on Monday evenings during the summer. The New York Public Library’s main building is at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street in Manhattan.
Tour this famous mid-town complex by picking up the well written, easy-to- follow self guided tour map in the lobby of the GE building. It details Rockefeller Center’s historical and cultural highlights, 24-acre underground shopping mall with over 300 shops, and the golden statue of Prometheus and the Channel Gardens. There are 35 restaurants in the complex, including the famous Rainbow Room. Located between 5th and 6th Avenues, and between 49th and 50th Streets.
Saint Patrick’s Cathedral
Now dwarfed by surrounding mid-town buildings, the classic French Gothic style cathedral was considered “out of town”when it was constructed in 1879. It is currently the 11th largest church in the world. Fifth Avenue at 50th Street.
Located on the banks of the scenic East River, this international zone is the only section of land in Manhattan that is not part of the United States. The 181 flags in front represent each of the member countries’ commitment to working together for peaceful means of conflict resolution. Guided tours operate daily; English tours leave about every 15 minutes, from 9:15am to 4:45pm. Admission is $7.50 for adults, $6.00 for seniors, $5.00 for students, and $4.00 for kids ages 5-14. First Ave at 46th Street.
The High Line is a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. It runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th and 12th Avenues. You can get lots of great pictures here—really fun to walk (and see some cool art installations).
Located on the Upper West Side, this is where Juilliard, the Met Opera House, NYC Ballet, etc. are all located. Beautiful fountain in the middle. Fun to people watch—the LDS Temple is across the street.
The Drama Book Shop
Theater, film, and performing arts. One of the most complete collection of plays I’ve seen, including British imports. Includes both playscripts and books of plays, as well as everything about drama et al. 250 W. 40 th St.
5 th Avenue
Fifth Avenue is one of the most famous streets of New York . It is also the most expensive shopping experience. Fifth Avenue is where you can find the most famous designers such as: Gucci, Chanel, Ferragamo, Coach, Luis Vuitton, Fendi, Armani, Vera Wang. and the list goes on. It is one of the places where you can observe the richest and the chicest people and celebrities go about their daily routine.
New York Neighborhoods
These are handy to know when taking the subway or a taxi. They will also make you sound like a true New Yorker
The Financial District includes South Street Seaport, Wall Street, the New York Stock Exchange, and Battery Park City.
New York’s China Town is the largest Chinatown in the United States.
SoHo is famous for the galleries and shops lining its narrow streets and Little Italy is packed with NYC’s best Italian restaurants and cafes.
The Lower East Side is a neighborhood built by immigrants throughout history.
Greenwich Village is home to Washington Square Park, NYU and NoHo.
The East Village is the place to go for any tattoos, piercings or crazy hair colors you’ve been wanting . Fun place to explore.
Tribeca is short for “triangle below Canal” and is home to many galleries and artists lofts.
Gramercy Park is a historic district from 18th to 21st Streets between Park Avenue South and Third Avenue.
Chelsea is an area in Lower Manhattan west of Park Avenue from about 30th Street to about 14th Street which includes the Flatiron District. Lot’s of shopping here.
Midtown Manhattan includes the Theater District, Times Square and the Garment District.
Midtown East features Carnegie Hall, Museum of Modern Art, Radio City Music Hall, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Rockefeller Center and skating rink and Grand Central Terminal.
Central Park is the first urban landscaped park in the United States. Today, the park is home to numerous restaurants, playgrounds, museums and zoos.
The Upper West Side is home to such venerable New York landmarks as Lincoln Center, Columbia University and St. John the Divine Cathedral.
The Upper East Side features Museum Mile, Gracie Mansion and six historic districts.
Harlem has a rich history in diversity; its neighborhoods include Hamilton Heights, Sugar Hill, and El Barrio (Spanish Harlem).
Why go to NYC and eat where you can at home? Stay away from chain restaurants and try something new!! Here is a list of places that are fun to try. PLEASE DON’T EAT AT THE OLIVE GARDEN IN THEMIDDLE OF TIMES SQUARE! McDonalds in Times Square does not have a dollar menu.
CHEAP- $10 and under
MEDIUM- between $10 and $20
SPLURGE WORTHY- but a bargain for what you get
Kind of like what you’d find in a mall, a lot of NYC food courts have high end and low end dining—with no tips and TONS of tasty options. Here are ones you should visit- go in groups and share:
CITY KITCHEN- 8 th avenue and 44 th - Right by our hotel, this court has 9 different restaurants. Donuts, burgers, etc. If you enter on 8 th , follow the signs (or cut through the Row NYC hotel to get there faster)
CHELSEA MARKET- 9th Ave. and 14 th - Former home to Nabisco (and where the Oreo was created) and current home of Food Network, over 30 food vendors (and a GREAT bookstore for fun NYC souvenirs) Right by the Highline. Get the fried Oreo at Creamline. Or a biscuit and jam at Sarabeths.
EATALY- 5 th Avenue between 23 rd and 24 th (by the Flatiron Building). A temple to ALL THINGS Italian- and a Nutella bar…
URBANSPACE VANDERBILT – 45 th St. and Vanderbilt Ave (by Grand Central)- 21 awesome vendors- lunch time can be very crowded…lots of options and pricing. Gelato, tacos, pizza, lobster rolls, donuts, etc. Home of the best burger in New York City.
CHEAP & TASTY
Street vendors!! Yes, hotdogs, pretzels, bagels, etc. are all over, but try these as well:
Deli’s/Pizza Places- All over. (99 Cent Pizza on Broadway between 54 th and 55 th is a great deal for a quick, cheap lunch) Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, water, whatever you need to stock up for the day. Know what you want before you step up or the counter person will ignore you.
Los Tacos No. 1- (43 rd between 7 th and 8 th )- Some of the BEST tacos in the world (I also recommend the fried quesadilla for $6.00).
Ample Hills- (45 th and 11 th Ave OR 8 th Avenue in Chelsea)- Gourmet ice cream- get the Breakfast Trash or Ooey Gooey Butter Cake. All flavors are amazing. Closes at 11pm.
Kelloggs NYC- (Union Square) The menu features items, priced between $6 and $8, made from cereals or Pop Tarts. An order of “Life in Color”; includes a bowl of Froot Loops with lime zest, marshmallows and passion fruit jam. Order “Honey Buzz” and you’ll get a bowl of Honey Smacks with honey, toasted pecans and banana chips. Prefer ice cream? You can swap that for the milk.
Totto Ramen- 52 nd St. between 8 th and 9 th (right by our hotel)- CASH ONLY- voted best Ramen in NYC—there is always a line- but it moves quickly.
Momofuku Milk Bar- 56 th St. between 5 th and 6 th (on the north side of the street) Two words at this famous dessert place- crack pie.
Black Tap- Multiple locations (55 th between 6 th and 7 th ). They have awesome burgers, but you need to try their $15 over the top milkshakes (2 or 3 can easily split and share).
Melt Shop- 50 th between 6 th and 7 th Ave. Awesome gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches.
Big Gay Ice Cream- 125 E. 7 th St. The best ice cream cone you will ever eat. Mr. Eaton recommends the Salty Pimp.
Shake Shack- 8 th Ave. and 44 th More than just shakes (although they are famous- Eaton recommends the jelly donut shake), they have awesome hamburgers and hotdogs too. There’s always a line- but it goes fast. Separate line for shakes.
Donut Plant- 23 rd Street between 7 th and 8 th (by the Highline Park) Gourmet donut flavors like Crème Brulee, churro, pistachio, vanilla bean blackberry jelly, etc.
Serendipity 3- 60 th St. between 2 nd and 3 rd Ave Home of the famous frozen hot chocolate (original and peanut butter). There is always a wait so
divide your group up into smaller numbers to get seated quickly.
Juniors- 45 th St. between Broadway and 8 th Ave. Another location on Broadway and 50 th . Right in the middle of the theatre district. Tasty, tasty cheesecake.
Pomme Frites- 128 MacDougal Street, just south of Washington Square Park Authentic Belgian fries with thousands of dipping sauces.
Magnolia Bakery- 6 th Ave. and 49 th (Rockefeller) Yes the cupcakes are great (and made famous from Sex and the City), but the banana pudding is
better. You have to get them to go.
The Burger Joint- 57 th St. between 6 th and 7 th. It only serves one thing (with fries and a shake). They are awesome- It is in the lobby of Le Parker Meridian (look for the little neon burger sign). CASH ONLY.
Gray’s Papaya- Broadway and 71 st St. $4.50 will get you 2 hot dogs and a papaya juice. You have to eat them to go.
Crif Dogs- 113 St. Marks Place (East Village) Between Ave. A and 1 st Ave. Gourmet hot dogs. Food Network’s best hot dogs in America. You name it, they’ll put it on it.
S’Mac- (East Village) Yummy restaurant that serves every variation (including make your own) of Mac and Cheese. Jackie’s favorite restaurant.
Levain Bakery- 167 W. 74 th St. Upper West Side OR if line is long, go to Amsterdam for the bigger location. Voted best Chocolate Chip Cookie in the USA. Try one for yourself.
Schmackarys Cookies- 45 th and 9 th Home to over 45 different cookies (and a good spot to see some Broadway stars)
Dumpling Man- 100 St. Mark’s Place (across the street from Crif Dogs) Really delicious (and cheap) dumplings. Get them fried or steamed. One order of 6 will stuff you.
Dominique Ansel Bakery- 189 Spring St. (in SoHo) Inventor of the “cronut” (the cross between a croissant and a doughnut), his bakery has been on
every television channel the past year- but he makes amazing desserts. If you want the cronut, you need to line up at 8:00am. **Eaton’s MUST DO!!
Empanada Mama- 9 th Ave and 51 st . Awesome late night Latin food. Always busy. Open 24/7. Great if you want guacamole after a show.
5 Napkin Burger- 45 th and 9 th The burgers are as gourmet and as crazy as you want them to be. Lots of topping choices.
Lillie’s Victorian Establishment- 49 th between Broadway and 8 th (Theatre District)- step back 100 years ago with this British themed and inspired restaurant (with tea services held daily). The interior design is amazing.
Jacob’s Pickles- Upper West Side- Amsterdam between 85 th and 84 th . Amazing southern food- make a reservation or be prepared to wait- HUGE PORTIONS- very popular locals restaurant.
Maison Pickle- Upper West Side- Broadway between 84 th and 83 rd Sister restaurant to Jacob’s Pickles- home of the best and most gourmet French Dip Sandwich you will EVER eat. It’s amazing. I couldn’t finish it. 2 can easily split a sandwich here.
Becco- 46 th between 8 th and 9 th (Theatre District)- great BUSY Italian restaurant- best deal- get the all you can eat pasta sampler (3 homemade ones each day- served right from the pan) for a Pre- Theatre dining deal for $27. They will get you out on time for your show.
Katz’s Delicatessen- 205 E. Housten (Lower East Side) In lots of movies (When Harry Met Sally)- most famous pastrami/deli in the world. DO NOT LOSE YOUR TICKET WHEN YOU ENTER. Step up to the counter and order.
Max Brenners- Union Square- Broadway between 13 th and 14 th St. Chocolate, Chocolate and more chocolate. It’s like a real life Willy Wonka. Subway to Union Station and you’re there.
Bouchon Bakery- 10 Columbus Circle- 3 rd Floor- Time Warner Center The bakery by one of the best chefs in the world, Thomas Keller. Go for breakfast or a treat to go.
9 th Avenue- By our hotel, also known as Hell’s Kitchen. In 10 blocks you have every ethnicity of food known to man. Cheaper than Times Square restaurants (and you’ll probably see lots of Broadway actors hurrying to their shows).
Norma’s- 56 th St. between 6 th and 7 th Ave. In the hotel Le Parker Meridian. Best breakfast/brunch in NYC. Pricey but worth it. Try the Wa- Za waffle (or the $1000 omelet).
Nougatine- 1 Central Park West Awesome lunch spot at one of the best restaurants in the world- they do a special 3 course lunch for $35.
Sardi’s- 234 W. 44 th St. The most famous theatre restaurant on Broadway. Go for lunch or share a dessert (it’s about the theatre atmosphere here).
Buddakan- 9 th and 16 th - The most theatrical and over the top Paris/Asian restaurant in NYC- the setting and décor are amazing. Dinner only- open late (great after show spot)
Rosa Mexicano- 62 nd St. Columbus Ave. A great Mexican place by Lincoln Center. Get the custom made guacamole.
The Palm- 250 W. 50 th St. Famous steakhouse (by Wicked)
Per Se- Columbus Circle. $325 per person. Plan on 5 hours.