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Where to Stay in NYC as a Tourist?


Wandering the Big Apple as a tourist comes at a price. With the quality of experience and the sophistication a traveler might experience in New York City, it is undoubtedly not a cheap destination. You might have already booked a plane ticket and are excited to do a food crawl, dance at night clubs or walk in Central Park but are undecided on where to stay yet due to many choices.

To help you decide, rounded up are among the best places you can stay in NYC as a tourist.

Midtown Manhattan

Midtown Manhattan can be your place to stay if you like sightseeing and walking lot. Though it is teeming with restaurants, bars and famous for the busiest Times Square, Midtown Manhattan is also known for Broadway shows where you can watch The Lion King, Wicked, Hamilton, and Aladdin.

Midtown Manhattan in New York City

It also houses several museums that offer free days and extended hours, like the Museum of Modern Art, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, and the iconic Ripley’s Believe It or Not.

After a busy stroll in Times Square, you can opt for a visit to the Empire State Building and glimpse the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania from the building’s 86th floor. You can also destress at night by observing the city lights of the city that never sleeps.

First-timers are encouraged to stay in Midtown since there are lots to discover for travelers with a limited time. The neighborhood is also safe for wanderers, even at night.

Meatpacking District

Dance clubs and restaurants are flocking in the Meatpacking District, perfect if you are a night owl and a party lover. This neighborhood was once packed with slaughterhouses where its name was derived. Do not be fooled with its moniker because, besides the night markets, Meatpacking District is also famous for having the most incredible drinking spots in NYC.

It houses the famous High Line, a public park with art installations of local and international artists. There is also a portion of the garden in High Line which is a quick escape if you get tired of the urban rush.

The best nightclub in NYC is in the Meatpacking District, which is the Tao Downtown. Most of the nightclubs have rooftop bars where you can view NYC’s skyscrapers and colorful city lights.

TAO Downtown in New York City

Even if the Meatpacking District is packed with nightclubs, safety is guaranteed for tourists.

Tribeca and SoHo

Tribeca (Triangle Below Canal) and SoHo (South of Houston Street) are places to stay if you are a fan of food crawls and aesthetic diners.

The odds of seeing Hollywood actors are also high in the area. The famous Tribeca Grill, co-owned by the actor Robert De Niro established in 1990, can be found in this neighborhood, known for grilled goodness and salmon dishes.

SoHo in New York City

A few high-end restaurants, stylish coffee shops, and museums distributed along the cobblestones and vintage buildings of Tribeca make it an ideal place for photo ops.

Tribeca in New York

On the other hand, SoHo cradles the most excellent eating spots in New York where vegans and non-vegans will not run out of places to go. There are a few choices from fancy diners up to classic American restaurants.

Since Tribeca and SoHo are two of the most expensive places in New York, safety is also heightened, garnering only 1% of the crime rate.

Theater District

Newcomers are also encouraged to stay in NYC’s Theater District. Without breaking the bank that much, first-timers could experience the exciting hustle and bustle of the Big Apple. The Theater District is considered an entertainment capital flocked with tourist attractions.

Theater District in New York City

Theatergoers reserve tickets months before the show to obtain a discounted tickets and seats since it is often expensive, especially in the holiday season. If you love musicals, Broadway shows, and celebrities, Theater District is your destination in NYC. Some shows allow a photo op with stars.

Upper East and West Side

The Upper East and West Side of NYC are on top regarding the safest neighborhoods to stay. Compared to other districts of the Big Apple, this part of NYC is much quieter, with ironically still a lot of fun stuffs to dig in.

Upper East Side New York

If you are a nature person, you will love walking down the serene pavements of Riverside Park located on the Upper West Side. Riverside Park runs 4 miles along the Hudson River, lined with lush trees in full bloom in Spring. Riverside Park is an excellent shift from the busy streets of Times Square or the nightlife in the Meatpacking District.

Upper East Side, meanwhile, is where you can find a relatively slower pace of living compared to the busy districts of NYC. More greeneries, parks, and museums can be found in the area, and not much with bars and skyscrapers.

Riverside Park in New York City
Riverside Park