With a new year on the horizon, it’s time to start making some goals. But not all New Year’s resolutions have to be about getting more exercise or finding new jobs—in fact, the focus should really be on fun. And a trip (or two or three) to New York should definitely be on that list.
But once you’ve arrived, what do you see first? Manhattan alone has thousands of potential experiences awaiting you, not to mention the surrounding neighborhoods and areas upstate. Make sure you’re getting around in the best New York luxury car rental you can find. Driving around in a New York Mercedes for rent would make for a delightful 2017. And in the spirit of the year to come, here are 17 places in or near The Big Apple you should visit next year:
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art. This iconic establishment is always a must-see, whether this is your first trip to New York or you’re a frequent visitor.
- Russ & Daughters Cafe. This Lower East Side gem has been around since 1914, and it has a pretty amazing history. An immigrant named Joel Russ founded the store and since he had no sons, he recruited his three daughters to help him run it. This is the first business in the United States to have the word “daughters” in its name.
- Black Seed Bagels. New York is practically synonymous with bagels, and finding the best ones is no easy task. Black Seed Bagels at 170 Elizabeth Street in SoHo seems to have mastered the recipe.
- Washington Square Park. Central Park is amazing, but Greenwich Village’s Washington Square Park is also a pretty incredible place. On the west side, you’ll find oversized chess game tables and grassy knolls, while the Eastside has gelato carts and endless entertainment. This park has been seen in a lot of movies, so it will probably feel familiar even if you’ve never been.
- The Strand. There are bookstores, and then there is The Strand. This one-of-a-kind bookstore is located at 828 Broadway in the East Village. It was established in 1927 as part of “bookstore row,” and it’s the only store that remains.
- Grand Central Oyster Bar. The beautiful oyster bar in the lower level of Grand Central Terminal is an excellent place for people watching as well as oyster-eating. For over 100 years, this has been the place to go for the freshest seafood in the city.
- One of Brooklyn’s most incredible restaurants happens to be located in the old Greenpoint Glass Works building at 95 Commercial Street. The historic building definitely adds appeal, but the real reason to go to Glasserie is the delicious Mediterranean food. They serve the classics (lots of lamb and chickpeas) and they do them well.
- Roberta’s. This Brooklyn pizzeria always has a long wait for its delicious Neapolitan-style pizza, but it’s definitely worth it. While you’re waiting for a seat or your takeout order, you can enjoy a cocktail called Personal Space.
- The Comedy Cellar. Located at 117 Macdougal Street, this basement comedy club doesn’t look like much from the outside… but it a lot of famous funny people have graced its stages. In fact, some comedy veterans like Bob Saget sometimes drop in for surprise shows, meaning you’ll get more than your money’s worth.
- The One World Observatory. In a city with millions of things to experience, the One World Observatory is truly one in a million. You’ll find it on the top three floors of the One World Trade Center, which is now the tallest building in the western hemisphere. Needless to say, the views of Manhattan are jaw-dropping.
- The High Line. This public park is funded almost entirely by a local nonprofit organization dedicated to the dream of turning the old New York Central Railroad spur called the West Side Line. The park features art from local artists, gardens, and amazing views.
- Barcade has three locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn, and they’re basically heaven on Earth. You’ll get to play forgotten classic video games from the 1980s, but while sipping craft beer and eating tasty bar food.
- Employees Only. Located on Hudson Street in the West Village, this elegant speakeasy has a kitchen that’s open until 3:30 AM and an old world vibe you won’t find anywhere else. The head bartender was actually a subject in a documentary called “Hey Bartender.”
- The American Museum of Natural History. The largest natural history museum in the world happens to also be one of the most impressive sights in the city. The museum spans four city blocks and holds about 30 million artifacts.
- Coney Island. This seaside attraction once ranked among the city’s best, and it still retains some of its vintage charms. The decades-old concession stands and amusement park rides will make you feel like you’ve gone back in time in the best way.
- Caffe Palermo. Go to Little Italy. Find Caffe Palermo on Mulberry Street. Buy a cannoli immediately. You’ll thank us later.
- Winter Garden Atrium. This 10-story glass vaulted pavilion on Vesey Street was renovated in 2002 (after it was damaged on 9/11) and houses various plants, trees and flowers. Concerts and symphonies are sometimes hosted there, and movie screens are spotted there during the TriBeCa Film Festival.