Recent Searches
Clear
See all New York City tours
1,416 tours & tickets
Things to do in New York City
See all things to do in New York City
Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City
Must-See Museums in New York City

6 Must-See New York City Neighborhoods and How to Visit


6 Must-See New York City Neighborhoods and How to Visit
Hi, I'm Peter!

Peter Neely is a Brooklyn-based writer and poet who's been bounding between cities for a decade, with stops in San Francisco, Budapest, Montreal, and Lyon. Changing NYC apartments like socks, Peter has lived in Harlem, Greenpoint, Sunnyside, and Crown Heights, though Coney Island is his spiritual homeland. Spot him reading on the subway, or complaining about the slice at your favorite pizzeria.

see more
Hi, I'm Peter!

Peter Neely is a Brooklyn-based writer and poet who's been bounding between cities for a decade, with stops in San Francisco, Budapest, Montreal, and Lyon. Changing NYC apartments like socks, Peter has lived in Harlem, Greenpoint, Sunnyside, and Crown Heights, though Coney Island is his spiritual homeland. Spot him reading on the subway, or complaining about the slice at your favorite pizzeria.

see more

From the bright lights of Times Square to Brooklyn’s chic boutiques, New York City is home to many vibrant and eclectic neighborhoods. To explore them and their unique vibes, you can try hop-on hop-off tours, thematic walks, river cruises, or even going at it solo. No matter your method, this guide will help you discover NYC’s top districts.

The East Village

For great shopping, dining, and drinking.

Historically home to punk rockers and artists, the East Village is gentrifying quickly but still maintains an edge. Highlights include the Japanese restaurants on St. Mark’s Place, McSorley’s Old Ale House, and leafy Tompkins Square Park. Vintage shops, boutiques, and cocktails bars abound, so explore the area on foot, day or night.

Midtown

For top attractions and more.

Right in the middle of Manhattan, aptly named Midtown is home to some of New York’s top attractions, including the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, Grand Central Station, and the Museum of Modern Art. The Theater District, in Midtown West, is packed with—you guessed it—theaters large and small as well as television studios. For discount show tickets, stop by the famous TKTS booth, then walk up Broadway to see the lights of Times Square.

The views from the Empire State Building in Midtown are unrivalled. Photo: Amanda Voisard / Viator

Upper East Side

For Museum Mile and Central Park proximity.

The Upper East Side, adjacent to Central Park, is perhaps best known for its numerous, world-renowned art museums. This Fifth Avenue stretch, known as Museum Mile, includes the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim, the Neue Galerie, and El Museo del Barrio—the only New York museum dedicated to showcasing Latino artwork. 

Harlem

For African-American culture and delicious eats.

This vibrant, historically African-American neighborhood has transformed in recent years, but stays true to its Harlem Renaissance heritage. Numerous bars and restaurants offer stellar menus and live music, including the iconic Apollo Theater. For New York’s favorite soul food, stop by Sylvia’s, and visit the celebrated Studio Museum to experience Harlem’s art scene.

The Apollo Theater is a must-visit in cultural Harlem. Photo: Amanda Voisard / Viator

Chinatown and Little Italy

For some of the city's best food.

Chinatown and Little Italy are a living testament to New York City’s immigrant past. Strolling down Mulberry Street, Little Italy’s main drag, you’ll find classic red-sauce Italian restaurants, pizzerias, and gelato vendors. Crossing Canal Street into Chinatown, you’ll uncover narrow, bustling streets brimming with shops, food vendors, and small markets. For the best dim sum in the city, pop into one of the restaurants on winding Doyers Street. 

Williamsburg

For artsy cool and craft brews.

This waterfront Brooklyn neighborhood is the epitome of cool. Williamsburg’s epicenter, Bedford Avenue, really comes to life on the weekends. Here and around the ’hood, you’ll find hipster clothing boutiques, trendy restaurants, and music venues. On Williamsburg’s north side, Brooklyn Brewery offers locally brewed craft beer, and McCarren Park is a great place to relax.

Tuck in to great food at the Smorgasburg in Williamsburg. Photo: Amanda Voisard / Viator

More things to do in New York City

Keep reading

Keep exploring
See all New York City tours
1,416 tours & tickets
Things to do in New York City
See all things to do in New York City
Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City
Must-See Museums in New York City