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New York's best: The top things to do in NYC

Find New York City's best restaurants, bars, theater, events and live music with our authoritative guide to the best Gotham has to offer

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Find the best things to see and do in New York City right now—from Gotham's best restaurants and bars to rooftop films and burlesque. In these best-of lists, our editors spotlight the superlative events and venues that'll keep you cultured and entertained all year long. Ready? Let's get going!

New York's best

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The 50 best sights and attractions in NYC
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100 best New York restaurants
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From unimpeachable classics to buzzy newcomers, these are the spots to know right now

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The best brunch in NYC
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The best brunch in NYC

Consult our comprehensive guide to the best brunch NYC has to offer and enjoy the perfect late breakfast this weekend

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The best bars in New York, as chosen by bar experts
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The best bars in New York, as chosen by bar experts

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The best free things to do in NYC
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The best free things to do in NYC

We’ve got the best free events, shows, parties and things to do in town right here—no money down

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The best NYC movie theaters
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The best NYC movie theaters

Whether you're into indies, classics or new releases, here are the best NYC movie theaters to watch your flick

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The best Broadway shows
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The best Broadway shows

The musicals, plays and revivals to see now

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The best free museums in NYC
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The best free museums in NYC

Our favorite completely free institutions in the city for checking out art, history and even a few gravestones

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Best things to do by borough

Manhattan
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Manhattan

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Brooklyn
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Brooklyn

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Queens
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Queens

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Bronx
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Bronx

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Staten Island
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Staten Island

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See the best things to do by neighborhood

New York restaurants

Best coffee shops in New York
Restaurants

Best coffee shops in New York

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Where to eat the best ramen in NYC
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Where to eat the best ramen in NYC

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The best Italian restaurants in NYC
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The best Italian restaurants in NYC

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The best breakfast restaurants in NYC
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The best breakfast restaurants in NYC

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New York bars

The 10 best cocktails in NYC
Bars

The 10 best cocktails in NYC

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The 13 best bars with fireplaces in NYC
Bars

The 13 best bars with fireplaces in NYC

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The best beer in NYC
Bars

The best beer in NYC

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The best wine bars in NYC
Bars

The best wine bars in NYC

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Broadway and New York theater

Best Broadway shows
Theater

Best Broadway shows

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Best Off Broadway shows
Theater

Best Off Broadway shows

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Best Off-Off Broadway venues
Theater

Best Off-Off Broadway venues

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Best theater bars and cafes
Theater

Best theater bars and cafes

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Live music in New York

The best jazz clubs in NYC
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The best jazz clubs in NYC

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Best big live-music venues
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Best big live-music venues

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Best downtown rock clubs
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Best downtown rock clubs

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Best classic New York venues
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Best classic New York venues

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Things to Do in New York

Best walking tours in NYC
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Best walking tours in NYC

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The 10 best views in NYC
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The 10 best views in NYC

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The best places to take out-of-towners (that you’ll love too)
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The best places to take out-of-towners (that you’ll love too)

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The best apps for New York City
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The best apps for New York City

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Art in New York

The best free art exhibitions in NYC
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The best free art exhibitions in NYC

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Best Chelsea art galleries
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Best Chelsea art galleries

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Best Lower East Side art galleries
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Best Lower East Side art galleries

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The top 10 spots to see graffiti in NYC
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The top 10 spots to see graffiti in NYC

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New York clubs and nightlife

The 10 best places to dance in NYC
Nightlife

The 10 best places to dance in NYC

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Best parties
Clubs

Best parties

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Best burlesque shows
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Best burlesque shows

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The best gay club nights and parties in NYC
LGBT

The best gay club nights and parties in NYC

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Shopping in New York

15 best shops in NYC
Shopping

15 best shops in NYC

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The best tattoo shops in NYC
Shopping

The best tattoo shops in NYC

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The best vintage clothes shops in New York
Shopping

The best vintage clothes shops in New York

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The best flea markets in New York
Shopping

The best flea markets in New York

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New York comedy

The best comedy clubs
Comedy

The best comedy clubs

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The best comedy shows run by female comedians
Comedy

The best comedy shows run by female comedians

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The best comedy shows this month
Comedy

The best comedy shows this month

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The best weekly improv comedy club shows
Comedy

The best weekly improv comedy club shows

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New York books

The 14 best books of 2015
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The 14 best books of 2015

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The best books about New York
Things to do

The best books about New York

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The best bookstores
Things to do

The best bookstores

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The best NYC authors of all time
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The best NYC authors of all time

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Comments

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Rhea S
Rhea S

I'm going to do go crazy in New York City!! just got my tickets last week thanks to Lufthansa's amazing ticket prices :) bit.ly/1Da11sS

Bob-der-Baumeister
Bob-der-Baumeister

hi i am bobiebob the baumeister and i live in the central parc, my best friends are the birds

Walter Streng
Walter Streng

The BEST ROCK SHOP in New York City is by far ROCK STAR CRYSTALS. Located in Manhattan, they have the best collection of rocks and minerals at the lowest prices! Check them out at www.rockstarcrystalsmanhattan.com or call them at 212 675 3065. Their store is open every day, and seeing is believing, so check them out.