Extending Your Stay
If you choose to make a vacation out of your trip, you're in for a treat! New York City is a wonderful place. We have organized a list of recommendations for lodging, food, and activities to get your trip started!
- Train (LIRR): Manhattan is an easy train ride away from Manhasset. The Manhasset LIRR station is located in downtown Manhasset at the corners of Plandome Rd and Park Avenue. The train to Penn Station is ~40 minutes for the local train and ~25 minutes for the express peak train (rush hours only). One way Off-Peak tickets are $8.25 and one way Peak tickets are $11.50. Click here for schedule information.
- Uber: For a quicker ride (if there's no traffic, of course), Uber is available from the hotel in Roslyn. Uber X to Times Square will be around $80, while a black car will cost around $130.
- Times Square: Any big name hotel in Times Square will give you quick access to one of the most popular tourist attractions in Manhattan. Katie and Jamie have stayed in the W, but there is also a Marriott nearby. For a more budget-friendly option, try the Hilton Garden Inn Times Square. For a smaller name, try The Refinery; they have a rooftop for drinks!
- Bryant Park Hotel: A swankier option, but it's right next to Bryant Park, which is one of our favorite places! The restaurant inside the hotel (Koi) is delicious (see below).
- Hudson at Columbus Circle: Located near the southwest corner of Central Park; request a high floor to minimize the street noise.
- Friedman's Lunch - Great brunch/lunch place with multiple locations across NYC, with so many gluten free options. Katie & Jamie have been to the location inside the Chelsea Market - they highly recommend a stroll through the market while you're there!
- Schnipper's Quality Kitchens - Casual quick American Diner food (Katie loves the chicken tacos at the 8th Ave location). Various locations (51st & Lex, 41st & 8th and 23rd & Madison)
- Burger Heaven - Casual burger joint owned by a friend of the Morris Family. Various locations (62nd & Lex, 53rd btwn 5th & Madison, and 49th btwn 5th & Madison).
- Momofuku Noodle Bar - Lower East Side noodle/ramen bar by David Chang, serving Asian-American food (1st Ave btwn 10th & 11th streets)
- 5 Napkin Burger - Snappy casual burger and sushi restaurant with locations across Manhattan (Union Square, Hell's Kitchen, Upper West Side). They have gluten free hamburger buns!
- Rosemary's - Casual, affordable italian with a rooftop garden in the West Village (18 Greenwich Ave)
- Koi - Dressy casual asian/sushi restaurant inside the Bryant Park Hotel. They have a delicious flourless motlen chocolate cake! Lots of gluten free options here, as long as you let your server know! Reservations are highly recommended here.
- TKTS - If you've never seen a show or have many you'd like to see, TKTS is a great option. TKTS offers same-day discounted ticket prices for specific Broadway and Off-Broadway shows. Manhattan booths are located in Times Square (47th St btwn 7th Ave & Broadway) and the South Street Seaport (Water & John Streets, near Pier 15). Get there before they open for the shortest lines and best show options. You can visit their website for more information.
- Ticketmaster - Tickets for specific shows can be purchased through the show's website, theater box office, or directly on Ticketmaster. Katie and Jamie have really enjoyed Wicked and The Book of Mormon and highly recommend them.
- The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island - A classic! Katie took Jamie here in 2014 because everyone needs to see it once (or many times in Katie's case). Tickets can be purchased through the National Park Service website. You will need ferry tickets as well as tickets to the statue and Ellis Island.
- The Empire State Building - Katie took Jamie here after the Statue of Liberty. The observation deck has incredible views of New York and the surrounding areas. The Main Deck is what you've seen in movies, but there is a Top Deck on the 102nd floor with higher views (the elevator to the small deck is manually operated - it feels like you've gone back in time!). If you are short on time, we recommend just seeing the Main Deck. Tickets can be purchased here.
- Rockefeller Center (free) & Top of the Rock - If you've ever seen the show 30Rock, you're probably familiar with Rockefeller Center. This is where the famous NYC Christmas Tree stands in the winter. This is where the Today Show is filmed (Katie's favorite morning show). Burger Heaven and Schnipper's Quality Kitchens are both nearby for lunch. Similar to the Empire State Building, the Top of the Rock provides incredible views of the NYC skyline at the top of Rockefeller Center. This visitor center is newer, so it has some bells and whistles that the ESB does not have. However, if you don't want to do both, we recommend the Empire State Building.
- Bryant Park & the 42nd Street Library (mostly free)- One of Katie and Jamie's favorite places in NYC. Bryant Park sits behind the library at 42nd & 6th. It's a great spot to eat lunch, ride the carousel, or people watch. Walk around to the front of the library and step inside to witness the most beautiful library Katie has ever seen. She's spent many days in the Genealogy section trying to figure out from where (and whom) the Morris family comes.
- Central Park (mostly free) - Central Park is the most visited urban park in the country, and for good reason. There are SO many things to do here, from renting a rowboat at the Loeb Boathouse, to the Zoo, to the Great Lawn and the Victorian Gardens - there's something for everyone!
- Museums, Museums Museums! - There are tons and tons of Museums in NYC. Some of the good ones include: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Natural History, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum... the list goes on and on. Katie's favorite is the Museum of Natural History, a direct subway ride away from Penn Station (A & C lines)!