The PERFECT 4 Day New York City Itinerary for First-Time Visitors

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Planning your first visit to NYC? This itinerary will help you plan out the perfect 4 day New York City itinerary, including what to do, where to stay, and more NYC travel tips!


New York City is easily my favorite city in the USA, and one of my favorite cities in the world. Even though I’ve been to the city several times, I’m always looking for an excuse to go back.

With iconic attractions like the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and Times Square, NYC is a city on the bucket lists of so many travelers. There’s a good reason that NYC is the most visited city in the United States!

If you’re planning your first trip to NYC, spending 4 days in New York City is a great way to get an introduction to the city. You’ll have time to check off some sights on your NYC bucket list and experience a few hidden gems. Plus, you’ll be ready to come back to explore more of the Big Apple!

Planning your first trip to New York City can be super overwhelming – there’s SO much to do in the city, along with countless options on where to stay and what to eat. To help you plan your trip, I’ve put together this itinerary with everything you need to know to spend a perfect 4 days in New York City!

Keep reading for tips on how to plan 4 days in New York City, including a day-by-day itinerary, tips on where to stay and eat, and more helpful tips for visiting NYC!

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The Brooklyn Bridge and lower Manhattan from Pebble Beach, NYC

The Perfect 4-Day New York City Itinerary for First Time Visitors

New York City is huge and bursting at the seams with amazing things to do and places to eat. You certainly can’t explore the entire city in just 4 days, but spending 4 days in NYC is a great way to get an introduction to the Big Apple. Visiting NYC makes for a perfect long weekend getaway.

This itinerary is perfectly curated for the first-time NYC visitor who is limited on their time in the city but wants to check off all the top sights from their bucket list and try out some of the city’s delicious restaurants.

Many travelers scoff at the idea of visiting places like Times Square and the Statue of Liberty, but I think that you can’t visit NYC without seeing these spots at least once. Yeah, they’re pretty touristy – but guess what? You’re a tourist! Would you visit Paris without seeing the Eiffel Tower or London without seeing Buckingham Palace? Probably not.

This itinerary was written with tourists in mind, so a lot of those touristy sights are included in this itinerary. While it’s true that there are cooler places to visit in NYC, you should still carve some time into your itinerary to check out the top sights – especially if you’re visiting for the first time.

With that being said, here is a day-by-day itinerary for spending 4 perfect days in New York City!

Note: This itinerary was designed for travelers with 4 full days in New York City. You can also switch around the order of the days to best fit your schedule or the weather.

4 Days in NYC – Day 1: Explore Midtown Manhattan

Midtown Manhattan is often the first stop for many tourists visiting New York City for a good reason – it’s home to many of the city’s top sights! Things like Times Square, the Empire State Building, Fifth Avenue, and Rockefeller Center are all located in Midtown.

Day 1 is going to be a busy one – try to get an early start so that you’re not rushing from stop to stop. Begin your day by grabbing a quick breakfast (you can’t go wrong with a bagel and coffee) and then taking the subway (or walking) to 5th Avenue/59th Street. You’ll start off Day 1 by exploring Central Park.

Day 1, Morning: Take a stroll around Central Park

Enter Central Park at Grand Army Plaza. This is at the corner of 5th Avenue and 59th Street, near the iconic Plaza Hotel. Here, you’ll be able to get great photos of the park along with the Midtown Skyline.

Spend some time strolling through the park, checking out some of the most famous areas, and taking time to relax and do some people-watching. If you’re visiting during the summer, consider renting a rowboat from Loeb Boathouse.

Some of the best places to add to your Central Park walking tour include:

  • Gapstow Bridge
  • Central Park Carousel
  • The Balto Statue
  • The Mall and Literary Walk
  • Bethesda Terrace and Fountain – a popular filming spot for many films and TV shows!
  • The Central Park Lake
  • Bow Bridge
  • The Ramble
  • Strawberry Fields (the John Lennon Memorial)
  • The Alice in Wonderland statue

Join a walking tour, rent a bike, or just wander along on your own. After you’ve worked up an appetite, grab lunch from one of the halal carts near the park or check out a restaurant on the Upper East Side.

boats on Central Park lake
Boats on Central Park Lake

Day 1, Afternoon: Fifth Avenue Shops and Rockefeller Center

After exploring Central Park, walk south along Fifth Avenue. This is the most famous shopping street in NYC, lined with high-end retailers like Saks Fifth Avenue, Louis Vuitton, and more.

If you’re visiting around Christmas, you’ll be in for a treat. The stores along Fifth Avenue get decked out with elaborate window displays.

Keep walking until you reach 51st Street, where you’ll find St. Patrick’s Cathedral. You can admire the cathedral from the outside or take a tour of the inside.

Go a bit further down Fifth Avenue and you’ll find the famous Rockefeller Center. The centerpiece building, 30 Rockefeller Plaza (or 30 Rock), is home to NBC Studios and is the filming location for the Today Show, Saturday Night Live, and several other NBC shows.

The Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center
The Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center is home to the iconic NYC Christmas Tree and ice rink. Don’t miss this if you’re visiting around Christmas!

Note: Top of the Rock, the observation deck atop 30 Rock, is one of the better of NYC’s observation decks. However, this itinerary features a different observation deck (which I think is better). You’ll check that out on Day 3!

Day 1, Afternoon: Times Square and Broadway

By now, the sun is probably starting to set, so why not head over to Times Square? The Crossroads of the World is best viewed in the evening when the neon lights are out in all of their glory.

Times Square is super touristy, and many people scoff at the idea of spending any time there when you’re limited on time in New York. However, it’s touristy for a reason, and I don’t think that you should visit NYC without seeing it.

There are tons of shops around Times Square, like M&M World and the Disney Store. Times Square is also the hub of the Theatre District, making this the perfect time to check out a Broadway Show!

Times Square is a must when spending 4 days in NYC

Seeing a Broadway Show is the perfect way to end your first day in NYC. If you have a popular show in mind, you should purchase tickets in advance so that you don’t miss out. But, if you’re just interested in getting discounted tickets to a show, you should check out the TKTS booth.

In Times Square, there is a large, red set of stairs that you won’t be able to miss. This is one of the TKTS booths. These booths sell discounted tickets to many different Broadway shows and are the best way to score same-day tickets. I was able to get discounted Phantom of the Opera tickets just a couple of hours before the show began.

After enjoying the show, grab a late-night slice of pizza before heading to your hotel to rest after your day of exploring.

Day 1: Other Things to Do

Depending on how long you spent at each spot on Day 1, you might have time to pack a few more things into your schedule.

Visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Located on Fifth Avenue on the Upper East Side, you can easily visit the Met after exploring Central Park. The museum is huge, so you’ll definitely want to spend a few hours here. If you don’t have time to go inside, you can also just check out the iconic Met Steps!

  • Timed tickets are required. You can book your tickets online to skip the ticket line. Students discounts are also available (and students in NY, NJ, or CT can get in for free!).

Check out Bryant Park: Bryant Park is near Times Square and the Rockefeller Center. Outdoor movies are shown at the Bark during the summer, and it’s home to the Bryant Park Christmas Market in December.

Visit Grand Central Terminal: Because of its gorgeous architecture, Grand Central Terminal is one of the most popular photo spots in NYC.

4 Days in NYC – Day 1: Explore Lower Manhattan Manhattan

After a good night of sleep, get ready for a day of exploring lower Manhattan.

Day 2, Morning: 9/11 Memorial and Museum

Nearly every American who was alive on 9/11/2001 remembers where they were that day.

Begin your day by visiting the National 9/11 Memorial & Museum, an unforgettable museum that goes through that fateful day hour-by-hour, detailing the attacks, the aftermath, and the lives of the victims.

Outside, you’ll find the memorial, a set of twin reflecting pools marking the exact spots of the North and South towers of the World Trade Center. The area around the memorial is somber, with many people visiting to pay their respects to loved ones who were killed during the attacks.

If time allows, I recommend visiting both the memorial and the museum. If you’re short on time, you can visit the memorial only and save the museum for another trip.

American flags stuck in the 9/11 memorial in New York City

Day 2: Battery Park and the Statue of Liberty

Next, head south towards Battery Park, where you’ll be able to see the Statue of Liberty.

You’ll have three options here: see the Statue from the viewpoint at Battery Park, take the ferry to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, or take the Staten Island Ferry for views of the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan.

In Battery Park, there are several viewpoints where you can see and photograph the Statue of Liberty. If it’s a rainy or foggy day, the view might not be very clear.

Photo by Avi Werde on Unsplash

If you want to see Lady Liberty up-close-and-personal, book a ticket with Statue Cruises to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Round-trip ferry service and audio guides are included in the tickets. If you choose this option, plan to spend a couple of hours between the two islands.

The Staten Island Ferry is one of the best ways to see the Statue of Liberty. The ferry travels pretty close to the statue, giving great views of the statue and lower Manhattan. The best part? It’s completely free! The Staten Island Ferry leaves from Whitehall Terminal in Battery Park and takes about 25-minutes each way.

Day 2: Chinatown and Little Italy

Take the subway to Canal Street, which will put you a short walk away from two of NYC’s most famous neighborhoods: Chinatown and Little Italy.

Chinatown is home to a dense population of Asian immigrants who live and work in the neighborhood. When visiting Chinatown, make sure to come hungry. The streets are dotted with tons of locally-owned Asian restaurants. You can find everything from hand-pulled noodles to soup dumplings to bubble tea and more! The area is also a popular spot for souvenir shopping.

Nearby, you’ll find Little Italy, once known for being home to a large population of Italian immigrants. Many people say that other spots in NYC have better Italian food, but I’m a personal fan of La Bella Vita on Mulberry Street. This is a great place for an affordable yet nice dinner. The area is also super charming, especially in the evenings.

Welcome to Little Italy Sign in NYC
Little Italy, New York City

Day 2: An evening in Greenwich Village

Up next, head to my favorite neighborhood in all of NYC: Greenwich Village. The neighborhood is home to New York University, Washington Square Park, and some of the best nightlife in the city.

Take time to stroll through the picturesque streets, stopping to relax at Washington Square Park. Keep walking west towards 7th Avenue, where you’ll find a hub of hip restaurants and bars.

If you’re ready for a night on the town, you’re in the right place. Check out a jazz show at some of the most famous venues in town like Blue Note, Village Vanguard, or 55 Bar. If you’re more into comedy, there are several different comedy clubs like the Comedy Cellar. The Stonewall Inn, the historic gay bar that was the site of the 1969 Stonewall riots, is also in Greenwich Village.

After enjoying your evening, there’s no better way to end the night than with a slice from Joe’s Pizza on Carmine Street.

A jazz show at 55 Bar in Greenwich Village
A jazz show at 55 Bar in Greenwich Village

Day 3: Hudson Yards and Chelsea

Start day 3 in NYC by making your way to Chelsea, a trendy neighborhood on the west side of Manhattan.

Day 3: The High Line

Grab breakfast from Brooklyn Bagel & Coffee Company on 8th Avenue before heading to your first stop of the day: The High Line.

The High Line is an elevated park that’s located on an old railroad spur. The unique urban oasis is considered to be an iconic form of landscape architecture and has inspired many other similar developments across the country.

Strolling around the High Line is the perfect way to start your day. There are lots of spots for walking, relaxing, and enjoying a unique view of the city.

The High Line in New York City with a view of the Empire State Building
The High Line

Day 3: Chelsea Market

After the High Line, head to Chelsea Market for an early lunch.

Located on the site of the Nabisco factory complex, Chelsea Market is a huge food hall with restaurants, shops, and more. With more than 40 vendors, you’ll be able to find something to satisfy your cravings.

My favorite place to eat in Chelsea Market is Miznon, which serves up Mediterranean food with a twist. It gets pretty busy, so I recommend getting there right before opening time so that you can find a seat.

A pita sandwich from Miznon in Chelsea Market
A pita sandwich from Miznon in Chelsea Market

Other vendors include Amy’s Bread, Los Tacos No. 1, and a location of the popular brunch spot Sarabeth’s.

Day 3: Hudson Yards, the Vessel, and Edge

After lunch, either walk north for about 20 minutes until you get to Hudson Yards, one of NYC’s newest neighborhoods. You can either do walk along 10th avenue or do it on the High Line.

Hudson Yards is a new development that has shopping, dining, and more. When you arrive at Hudson Yards, the first thing you’ll probably see is the Vessel, a huge honeycomb-like structure.

While the Vessel is now closed for climbing, you can still admire the unique structure from the outside.

The Vessel at Hudson Yards in New York City
The Vessel

After seeing the Vessel, head inside the Shops at Hudson Yards. Here, you can find a selection of chain stores as well as a few restaurants. The main attraction here though is Edge, the newest observation deck in New York City (and my personal favorite).

Purchase your Edge tickets online to avoid the wait and then head to the 4th Floor in the Shops at Hudson Yards. From there, follow the signs to Edge. After your tickets are scanned, you’ll walk through a multimedia experience about Hudson Yards before boarding the elevator to go up to Edge.

When you get off the elevator, you’ll be 100 stories above Manhattan. Edge is the highest outdoor skydeck in the Western hemisphere and the second tallest observation deck in New York City (with One World Observatory being the tallest). Step outside onto the triangular platform for unparalleled views of the Manhattan cityscape.

Don’t miss snapping a photo at the Eastern Point, the corner of the deck with the best view. Part of the deck has a glass floor which also makes for cool photos.

The view of Lower Manhattan from Edge
The view of Lower Manhattan from Edge

Feeling adventurous? Scale the crown of the building with City Climb, the highest open-air building climb in the world.

Sunset is a popular time to visit Edge, but you’ll be in for a great view no matter the time that you visit.

When you leave Edge, make sure to walk north on 10th Avenue and then take a right on 34th Street. You’ll have great views of the Empire State Building. Keep walking and you’ll pass more NYC landmarks like Madison Square Garden and the Macy’s at Herald Square.

The view of the Empire State Building from 34th Street and 9th Avenue
The Empire State Building from 34th Street and Ninth Avenue

Day 4: The Best of Brooklyn

Day 4: Bedford Avenue

So far during your 4 days in New York City, you’ve spent pretty much all of your time in Manhattan. On your last day, head over to Brooklyn for more exploring.

Brooklyn is the most populous of NYC’s five boroughs and is home to unique neighborhoods and some of the best views in the city.

Start your day off with brunch at Sunday in Brooklyn in Williamsburg, one of Brooklyn’s most hip neighborhoods. Then, walk to nearby Domino Park. Once the site of the Domino Sugar Refinery, this 5-acre park along the East River offers gorgeous views of the Manhattan skyline and Williamsburg Bridge.

Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Next, make your way toward Bedford Avenue, a strip filled with vintage stores, coffee shops, restaurants, bars, and more. Bedford Avenue is the longest street in Brooklyn, so put the address of the Williamsburg Apple Store (247 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211) into your GPS to make sure you’re going in the right direction.

There’s also a Joe’s Pizza on Bedford Avenue, so grab a slice here if you missed out on Day 2.

Day 4: DeKalb Market Hall

After you’ve got your vintage shopping fill, hop on the subway and head down to DeKalb Market Hall. Here, you’ll find more than 40 food vendors serving up just about any cuisine that you could imagine. A few iconic NYC spots, like Katz’s Deli and the Arepa Lady even have stalls here.

There are other food halls in Brooklyn, like Time Out, but DeKalb Market is way less touristy. I went on a busy day and had no trouble finding a table to enjoy my food.

Day 4: DUMBO

End the last of your 4 days in NYC by enjoying one of the best views in the entire city.

From DeKalb Market Hall, head to the Jay Street-MetroTech subway station and take the orange F Line towards Jamaica-179th Street. Ride to the next stop, High Street.

From here, exit the station, walking north along Cadman Park Plaza, turning right on Prospect Street and then left onto Washington Street. Walk north on Washington Street for a couple of blocks and you’ll find the iconic viewpoint of the Manhattan Bridge.

The Manhattan Bridge from DUMBO, Brooklyn

The area that you’re in is called DUMBO, which stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. This is one of the best views of the Manhattan Bridge and is a perfect spot for Instagram shots. Be mindful that the road is active, and be respectful of the businesses in the area and the people who live nearby. When I went in the evening, there wasn’t much traffic making it easy to snap the perfect picture.

While the view from here is pretty great, it’s not the best view that you’ll have this evening. Keep walking north on Washington Street and you’ll come upon a park. Inside the park, you’ll find Pebble Beach, which is one of my favorite views in New York City.

From Pebble Beach, you have gorgeous views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Lower Manhattan skyline. This is a great spot to visit at any time of day, but I personally love going in the evening when the bridges are lit up.

Enjoying the fabulous view is a great way to end your 4-day NYC trip.

Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan from Pebble Beach in Brooklyn
Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan from Pebble Beach in Brooklyn

Tips for Visiting New York City

Now that you’ve got the perfect 4-day NYC itinerary, here are some tips to make the most of your visit!

When to Visit New York City

In my opinion, there isn’t a bad time to visit New York City – no matter the season that you visit, there will be something unique to experience in the city.

Christmastime is hands-down my favorite time to visit NYC – big cities around the holidays are my favorite, and NYC does the holiday season right. With the Christmas Market at Bryant Park, the dazzling window displays along Fifth Avenue, the iconic Christmas Tree and ice rink at Rockefeller Center, the world-famous Radio City Rockettes, and so much more – spending Christmas in New York City is a truly magical experience.

If you’re planning your visit to NYC in the winter, make sure to plan for the weather. Winter in NYC can be a miserable experience if you’re not prepared for the cold. Make sure to pack a warm winter coat, comfy waterproof boots with good traction, a hat, gloves, and a scarf to keep you warm while exploring. Wear layers too – I always pack some fleece-lined leggings and thermal tops to wear underneath my jeans and sweaters.

Spring is another great time to visit the city, with warmer (but not miserably hot) temperatures. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to spot the gorgeous cherry blossoms throughout the city. Blooming season varies from year to year but is usually mid to late April.

Skyscrapers by Central Park in New York City
Spring in Central Park

If you’re visiting in the spring, make sure to pack a rain jacket and a high-quality umbrella. Really, it’s a good idea to pack an umbrella no matter the time of year that you’re visiting. Make sure to get a good quality one that can withstand the wind tunnels caused by the skyscrapers! I purchased this ShedRain windproof umbrella after getting caught in a downpour and I’ve used it on several trips!

Fall in NYC brings cooler temperatures and gorgeous fall foliage. Both spring and fall also have fewer tourists, making hotel prices cheaper during these times of the year!

Summer is peak tourist season in NYC, and the temperatures can be hot. Despite this, summer is still a great time to visit the city. You really can’t go wrong with visiting NYC any time of the year!

Getting to New York City

New York City is served by three airports: John F. Kennedy International Airport (airport code: JFK), LaGuardia Airport (airport code: LGA), and Newark Liberty International Airport (airport code: EWR).

It really doesn’t matter which airport you fly into – I personally always choose the cheapest one. To see the best way to get from the airport you’re flying into to your accommodation, I recommend using Rome2Rio.

The subway or commuter train (Long Island Railroad) is the cheapest option, but taking a taxi or rideshare (like Uber or Lyft) can be more convenient if you’re traveling with a lot of luggage. The price isn’t too terrible either if you’re splitting the fare with your travel mates. If you’re taking a taxi from JFK to any part of Manhattan, you’ll pay a fixed rate of $52 plus tolls, a $4.50 “peak time” surcharge (4-8 pm on weekdays), and a tip for your driver.

When I fly into JFK, I typically use the AirTrain to and from the airport. It’s easy and cheap – you can take the AirTrain from JFK to either Jamaica or Howard Beach station, and then head to your destination from there. When I fly into LGA, I usually opt for an Uber or Lyft. You have to take a bus from LGA to the subway, and I hate navigating buses with luggage.

If you’re traveling from the East Coast, taking a bus to New York City can be a cheap and convenient option. Megabus, FlixBus, and Greyhound all go to New York City.

Amtrak is another option, especially if you’re traveling in from another city on the Eastern Seaboard.

Unless it’s your only option, I don’t recommend driving into the city. Driving in the city is a pain (especially if you’re not used to driving in a big city), and parking rates are ridiculously expensive. I’ve done it twice, and I don’t think I’ll ever do it again!

Getting Around New York City

The cheapest and easiest way to get around New York City is the NYC Subway. There are stations all around the 5 boroughs, and the subway runs 24/7, making it super convenient for exploring the city.

The cost of a single ride (with unlimited transfers) is $2.75. You can also purchase 7-day and 30-day passes that give you unlimited rides during that time period.

If you’re visiting NYC for 4 days, it’s probably worth it to purchase a 7-day unlimited pass. The passes are $33 and include unlimited subway and bus rides. If you’re going to be taking more than 12 subway rides during your 4 days in New York, purchasing this pass will save you money.

Plus, having an unlimited pass is super convenient – you can take as many rides as you want or need without worrying about wasting money on fares. Sore feet and want to take the train to your next stop instead of walking for 10 minutes? Just hop on the subway!

Make sure to download Google Maps on your phone to help navigate around the city. I’ve found that Google Maps is better than Apple Maps for accurate subway directions.

Walking around the city is the next best way to get around. By exploring on foot, you’ll get to see more of the city than you would when taking the train around to all the tourist sights. You might even find a hidden gem or stumble upon your new favorite restaurant!

New York City Sightseeing Passes

When planning your itinerary, you’ll probably come across various NYC Sightseeing Passes that offer admission to multiple attractions at one bundled price. There are tons of different passes, each including admission to different attractions.

Before purchasing one of these passes, add up the individual costs of each attraction you plan on visiting. For example, the New York CityPASS includes admission to 5 attractions for $129. If you’re planning on visiting all 5, the CityPASS will save you money, but if you’re just visiting one or two, it’s cheaper to buy individual admission tickets.

You can compare NYC Sightseeing Passes on GetYourGuide to see if it’s worth getting one for your trip.

4 Days in New York City: Where to Stay

Most 4-day New York City itineraries recommend staying in Manhattan. However, Manhattan hotels can be really expensive. It’s possible to find affordable Manhattan hotels, but if you’re planning a last-minute trip, they might be over your budget.

Long Island City, in Queens, is one of my favorite areas to stay in the city. The neighborhood is an up-and-coming area with great restaurants and bars. Hotels here are pretty affordable compared to elsewhere in the city, and you’re just a couple of subway stops away from Manhattan.

You can’t go wrong with staying in Manhattan though, especially if you find a great deal. The hip neighborhood of Williamsburg in Brooklyn is another great spot to stay.

No matter where you choose to stay, make sure to pick somewhere close to the subway. This will make getting around the city much more convenient. Plus, you’ll be tired at the end of your long days of exploring, so a short walk from the subway to your hotel is much better than having to make a long trek!

My Favorite Hotels in New York City

My favorite hotel in Long Island City is the Hyatt Place Long Island City in Queens, just across the Queensboro Bridge from Manhattan.

The hotel is close to the subway, making it super easy to get into Manhattan or elsewhere in the city. There are great restaurants and bars within walking distance, and it’s really clean and affordable. It’s also a great place to check out if you have World of Hyatt Points to spend.

In Manhattan, I like staying at the Courtyard by Marriott Manhattan/Midtown West.

This reasonably-priced hotel is conveniently located near the up-and-coming Hudson Yards neighborhood and a short walk from both Hudson Yards Station and Penn Station. You’re also within walking distance of Times Square, the Empire State Building, Madison Square Garden, and several other Midtown attractions.

If you’d rather stay in Lower Manhattan, Hotel Mulberry is an affordable boutique hotel located in Chinatown and just a short walk away from Little Italy and SoHo.

This hotel had one of the most comfortable beds I’ve ever slept in, and the location is perfect for exploring Lower Manhattan. Canal Street Station is just 5-minutes away.

I’ve never stayed at a hostel in NYC, but there are several options that are perfect for budget or solo travelers. American Dream Hostel and Freehand New York, both located in the Flatiron District, are two of the top-rated hostels in the city.

You can see other NYC hotel and hostel options on Booking.com.

Where NOT to Stay in New York City

I occasionally use Airbnb on my travels, but I avoid it when visiting New York City. Why? In most circumstances, Airbnb is actually illegal in NYC.

While it’s legal to rent a room in someone’s house on Airbnb, renting an entire place for less than 30 days is illegal. Despite this, Airbnb shows both legal and illegal rentals on their site, so it’s best to just avoid Airbnb in New York City altogether.

NYC in 4 Days: Where to Eat

One of my favorite things about New York City is the abundance of incredible food throughout the city.

When I’m visiting NYC, I usually have more than 3 meals in a day – the food is just that good! With so many incredible options, why limit myself?

Travel Tip: I highly recommend making reservations for most sit-down restaurants in order to avoid long waits.

Here are some of my favorite spots to eat in New York City:

NY Pizza Suprema – I’ve tried several slices of NY-style pizza while visiting New York, and this midtown spot is my favorite (so far!). Try a slice of their signature cheese pizza or opt for one of their specialty slices.

Joe’s Pizza on Carmine Street – This is my second favorite slice in the city (and is the #1 spot for many pizza connoisseurs). There are a couple of locations throughout the city – the one on Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn is great too!

La Bella Vita – Little Italy’s restaurants often get a bad rap for being inauthentic and touristy. I haven’t tried many restaurants there, but I have to disagree when it comes to La Bella Vita. Their lobster ravioli is one of my favorite dishes I’ve ever had. Make sure to end your meal with one of their amazing cannolis!

Miznon – If you like Mediterranean food, you won’t want to miss Miznon. While this is a chain, there are only a handful of locations around the world (with 3 in NYC – I’ve been to the one at Chelsea Market).

Kame – Since visiting Japan a couple of years ago, I’ve become obsessed with ramen, and the ramen from Kame rivals some of the best bowls I had in Tokyo! The spicy tonkotsu ramen is my favorite.

Best Bagel & Coffee – You can’t visit NYC without trying a bagel! Best Bagel & Coffee is a great place to grab breakfast before a full day of exploring. The lines can be long, but they tend to move pretty quickly.

Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao – If you have time to venture over to Flushing, Queens, stop here for a lunch of delicious soup dumplings and other authentic Chinese fare.

DeKalb Market Hall – This food hall in Brooklyn is the perfect place to go if you want to try a lot of different foods. There are more than 40 vendors here with everything from BBQ to pierogis to arepas and more!

NYC 4-Day Itinerary: Wrap-Up

There are so many things to do in New York City and spending 4 days there will only scratch the surface. However, it is the perfect amount of time to dip your toes into the Big Apple on your first visit. Plus, you’ll see most of the major tourist attractions during the 4 days, knocking tons of things off your bucket list.

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