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What: The must-see, must-do, must-eat itinerary for New York City newbies.

Mode(s) of Transportation: feet, subway, taxi

Price Point: $$-$$$

The Itinerary:

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Ess-A-Bagel: Considered by some to be the best bagel in the city! (Their bagels are as big as your face…) If you’re staying in the Gramercy/Stuyvesant Town area, you can check out their other location.

ess-a-bagel new york city bagel

9/11 Memorial: Tickets are free, but you have to reserve them online first. (There’s a $2 service charge for reserving online or by phone.) You can also try to get same-day tickets, but those are distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. (click here to reserve tickets)

9/11 memorial new york city

Brooklyn Bridge: It’s not exactly a short walk, but you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views of Manhattan and some delicious, New York-style pizza at the Brooklyn end.

nyc brooklyn bridge view

Grimaldi’s: Widely regarded as one of the best places to get an authentic slice of New York-style pizza. Try it and let me know what you think!

Junior’s: Rocco DiSpirito’s favorite cheesecake? The original New York-style cheesecake from Junior’s. I like the original as well, but I’d have to say that my favorites are the marbled, the blueberry-topped original, and the pumpkin (shown below).

pumpkin cheesecake junior's new york city

Top of the Rock: You’ll get a better view from here than from the top of the Empire State Building. Trust me. In fact, you can see the Empire State Building from here.

NYC Top of the Rock Rockefeller

Carmine’s: If you’re in the mood for hearty, family-style Italian food, then Carmine’s is your place.

Yakitori Totto: Have you read Medium Raw by Anthony Bourdain? Yakitori Totto is where he met up with famous New York chef, David Chang, for dinner and some culinary-world gossip.

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