How to do NYC in 6 days

Day 1: Exploring Central Park

  • Hired bikes for $25 and ride around Central Park for 4 hour
  • Visited the MET, The Museum of Natural American History, the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum. These all boarder different sides of Central Park.
  • Walked through Time square and Rockefeller Plaza

 Cruising through Central Park

 Time Square

 Rockefeller Plaza ice skating rink

Day 2: Exploring Mid and lower Manhattan

Day: Walked 23KM through mid-town and lower Manhattan. This area is actually much bigger than you think – visited:

  • Chelsea Piers – golf driving range
  • Chelsea Markets – a must!
  • Meatpacking district
  • Greenwich & Washington Square Park
  • Little Italy – great italian & cute streets
  • Noho & Notlia
  • Soho –  high end shopping district
  • China town
  • Lower east side – not much to see here but try Clinton Street Bakery is a NYC must

  Chelsea golf driving range

 Google in Chelsea

 Chelsea Markets – amazing food

 Washington Square Park – Greenwhich

 Little Italy

 Streets of Little Italy

 Clinton street Bakery – Lower East Side

Night: Went to a comedy festival. Not the greatest – got scammed and sold on the idea higher profile comedians would feature, however, we ended up seeing some pretty dud comedians but still a funny, interesting New York experience.

Day 3: Exploring Lower Manhattan & Brooklyn

Day: Day 3 was another action packed day of walking through lower Manhattan. We were pooped by the end of the day. Highlights were:

  • 911 Memorial – worth doing
  • Battery Park & Statue of Liberty from a distance
  • Running Bull
  • Wall St
  • Brooklyn Bridge – amazing view
  • Downtown Brooklyn

Statue of liberty from battery park

Brooklyn Bridge

 Wall Street
Night:  Broadway to see Beautiful – the Carole King musical – best musical we’ve ever seen. Highly recommend! We got cheaper tickets by purchasing the tickets in the afternoon and luckily got great seats.

We were still on a high from the musical so we decided to jump on a 9:30 pm night bus tour around mid-town to get some more history of the area.

Day 4: Upper Manhattan & The Bronx

Day four was a quieter less packed day and rainy. We were really tired by this point so we took the bus to upper Manhattan & the Bronx. This tour covered:

    • Columbia University
    • Upper east side
    • Upper west side
    • Harlem
    • Bronx – Yankee Stadium

Night: Dinner in Soho at a french/Thai placed, called: Uncle Boons. Food was amazing and there are some really cool places for pre and post dinner drink spots in Soho.


Day 5: Local lunch, Top of the Rock and Central station

Feeling a little ill from the night before we decided to have a quieter day and find a trendy, local place for lunch so we walked from Chelsea to Union Square (great shopping district) and ended up at lunch at a super cool, local, organic eatery, ABC Kitchen (


 ABC Kitchen


It was a clearer day than the previous day so after lunch we decided to go back into Time Square and visit the Top of the Rockefeller and Grand Central Station


 Top of the Rock

Grand Central Station

Night: Drinks & Dinner on hotel rooftop

Day 6: Exploring Williamsburg, Brooklyn – where all the Aussies live and East Village

Williamsburg was only a 10 minute subway ride from Chelsea. This borough is real quaint and grungy – bit like Surry Hills.

We had the best brunch in Williamsburg at a place called ALLSWELL. Brunch is New York is kind of more like lunch as opposed to breakfast, where fried chicken often features on the brunch menus. This place had a good combination of egg and fried chicken type options so we were happy. Fried chicken with our eggs was AMAZING btw.


 ALLSWELL – Williamsburg, Brooklyn

After exploring the shops in Williamsburg, we jumped back on the subway and walked back down to Soho again. Soho has all the high end shops so not a lot was purchased here but the cobblestone streets are really cute and I finally got the big arse pretzel I’d been hanging out for on a street corner in Soho.

 Soho Pretzel

Afternoon/night: We then walked up to explore East Village. I could highly highly recommend anymore – this part of Manhattan really had the old school New York charm with lots of quaint bars and places to eat. It also had a heavy Japanese influence in sections and was certainly the place to get great Japanese.  Wish we had of explored East Village earlier! We decided to do a bit of a supper/afternoon pub crawl, which ran well into the night and ended up at a place called Frankies that had been recommended to us at about 10pm. I’ve never inhaled pizza quicker in my life! It was amazing, especially after a long day of walking and a few too many drinks!

 We mainly explored the bars on Avenue C – highly recommend!
 And that was the end of our 6 days in New York!
Overall, we loved New York – we spent much less money than anticipated. We only purchased a few things and typically only ate 1-2 meals days as most of our day was spent walking the streets and trying to cram as much in as possible.
Finally, I would say, to experience the real old school New York charm, you need to get out of Time Square and key touristy areas and explore the outskirts of Manhattan – places like East and West Village otherwise you spend your time eating at the big chain style cafes.
The OYSTA Team

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