The City That Never Sleeps, Gotham, the Big Apple... whatever you call it, there's no denying that New York is... well, New York. And whether you're looking for a bagel breakfast, a pastrami sandwich or the sharpest show in town, our 24 Hour guide to New York has it covered.
Corned beef, pastrami, brisket, pickles and wurst get it all at Katz's, New York's oldest - and best loved - deli. It's where they filmed that scene from When Harry Met Sally, too.
- Address: 205 East Houston Street
- Tel: +1 212 254 2246
- Website: www.katzdeli.com
A Big Apple Greeter Tour
Meet John. He is a native New Yorker and wants to show you his town. Big Apple Greeter tours are run by local volunteers and can be tailored to your needs.
- Tel: +1 212 669 8159
- Website: www.bigapplegreeter.org
The green square at the centre of Manhattan is the best free attraction in the borough. In the summer months you'll find plenty of entertainment with a steady stream of musicians and street theatre and in winter Woolman and Lasker ice rinks let you skate beneath the iconic lights of Manhattan. If you've been there and done that Governor's Island, in our Top 10 International Public Parks, is the park that the locals would prefer you didn't know about. See this featured in our: Top Ten International Parks
- Address: 14 East 60th Street
- Tel: +1 212 310 6600
- Website: www.centralparknyc.org
The New York Philharmonic Orchestra
Join an Open Rehearsal and you'll get to hear them perform for only $16 (as opposed to $80 for the evening performance).
- Address: 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, Avery Fisher Hall
- Tel: +1 212 875 5656
- Website: www.nyphil.org
Staten Island Ferry
Some of the best views in New York - The Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and Lower Manhattan - and it sails 109 times a day, and best of all: it's free.
- Address: Whitehall Terminal, Battery Park, South Street
- Tel: +1 718 727 2508
- Website: www.nyc.gov
Probably the biggest department store in the world - the challenge is to discover if there is anything that Macy's doesn't stock. That and not getting lost.
- Address: 151 West 34th Street, between Broadway and Seventh Avenue
- Tel: +1 212 695 4400
- Website: www.macys.com
The ubiquitous hot dog stand is a New York institution and nothing makes you feel like a Gothamite like standing at a street corner wolfing down a weiner, but for the street cuisine connoisseur Crif Dog is the best there is. The hot dog is raised to an art form here. Why the name Crif? Try saying Chris (the owners name) with a hot dog in your mouth and you'll know why.
- Address: 113 Street Marks Place
- Tel: +1 212 614 2728
- Website: www.crifdogs.com
Fancy a bit of Sex and the City or how about some Gossip Girls. Experience New York in the Manolo steps of the ladies of either show. Carrie's apartment, Charlotte's gallery, Blair's favourite coffee shop, Serena's favourite haunts, it's all up for grabs with Screen Tours.
- Website: www.screentours.com
One of the most amazing art museums in the world. Dip into Islamic Art, European paintings, modern art, photographs, Greek and Roman art. Even the cafe is an institution.
- Address: 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street
- Tel: +1 212 535 7710
- Website: www.metmuseum.org
The Late Show with David Letterman
See America's second longest-running chat-show host in action (Jimmy Carson wins, but only just) plus a variety of celebs and colourful people, at a recording of The Late Show with David Letterman
- Address: 1697 Broadway, between 53rd and 54th Streets
- Tel: +1 212 975 1003
- Website: www.lateshowaudience.com
Top of the Rock
The Rock here being the Rockefeller Center overlooking Central Park and other dazzling New York sights. The best views are on the 70th floor: an open air view of New York from all perspectives.
- Address: 30 Rockefeller Plaza
- Tel: +1 212 698 2000
- Website: www.topoftherocknyc.com
Strike to your heart's content at Bowlmor Lanes. Bright and breezy by day, when night comes so does the disco make-over, with glow-in-the-dark bowling.
- Address: 110 University Place, between 12th and 13th Street
- Tel: +1 212 255 8188
- Website: www.bowlmor.com
Yes, it's more Paris than New York - more Paris than Paris, even - but the food is great, the atmosphere almost physically buzzing and it's slap bang in the middle of the Meatpacking district. Book well in advance.
- Address: 9 Ninth Avenue
- Tel: +1 212 929 4844
- Website: www.pastisny.com
Wicked, Mamma Mia, The Lion King, Avenue Q on Broadway the show must go on. And the good news is that you can get up to 50% off tickets at TKTS.
- Address: 729 7th Avenue, 6th Floor
- Tel: +1 212 541 8457
- Website: www.broadway.com
Drink Manhatten - or better still a Martini - at the understated but eternally chic MercBar. The cocktails are strong; the atmosphere is extremely civilised.
- Address: 90 Greenwich Avenue
- Tel: +1 212 741 5279
- Website: www.johnnysbarnyc.com
The celebrated home of African-American music is a must-see for the musically minded. Performers like James Brown, Quincy Jones, Ella Fitzgerald, and Gladys Knight to name drop a few who got their musical education on its stage.
- Address: 253 West 125th Street
- Tel: +1 212 531-5300
- Website: www.apollotheater.com
The Empire State Building
Act out your King Kong fantasies - or catch the last elevator up the iconic Empire State. The roof deck is open until 2am.
- Address: 350 Fifth Avenue, between 33rd and 34th Streets
- Tel: +1 212 736 3100
- Website: www.esbnyc.com
Spa by day, VIP enclave by night, the Gansevoort Spa & Lounge is glamorous, intimate - and, allegedly, packed with celebrities. Entrance is at the doorman's discretion, so dress up.
- Address: 18 Ninth Avenue
- Tel: +1 212 660 6733
- Website: www.gansevoortspaandlounge.com
- Subway: 14th Street or Eighth Avenue
Duet 48 Karaoke
Sing the dawn chorus at Duet 48 Karaoke. There's room for groups of up to 28, and a repertoire of 12,000 English songs - plus another 55,000 Japanese.
- Address: 304 East 48th Street
- Tel: +1 212 753 0030/0031
- Website: www.karaokeduet.com
Last Updated: December 2011