Just in time for peak outdoor dining season, everybody’s favorite culinary event is back and ready to feed budgeting New Yorkers looking to try the best restaurants in the city. And Lower Manhattan’s first-rate dining rooms are turning out, with generous Restaurant Week deals: Two- and three-course prix fixe meals hitting a range of price points for the diner who craves a little affordability — maybe even an ability to try ’em all.
The promotion begins Monday, July 18, through Monday, August 21. You can read more details at the Restaurant Week site, but for your convenience, see the following for the participating restaurants below Chambers Street:
- Anassa Taverna (104 North End Avenue)
- Barbalu (225-227 Front Street)
- Bill’s Bar & Burger—Downtown (85 West Street)
- Blue Smoke (255 Vesey Street)
- Carne Mare (Pier 17)
- Casa Taqueria (40 Gold Street)
- Del Frisco’s Grille (250 Vesey Street, Brookfield)
- Felice (15 Gold Street)
- Firenze Ristorante Toscano & Bar (101 Liberty Street, Eataly)
- The Fulton (Pier 17)
- Industry Kitchen (70 South Street)
- La Pizza and La Pasta (101 Liberty Street, Eataly)
- Mad Dog & Beans (83 Pearl Street)
- Malibu Farm (Pier 17)
- Morton’s The Steakhouse (136 Washington Street)
- One Dine at One World Observatory (117 West Street)
- Route 66 Smokehouse (46 Stone Street)
- Sant Ambroeus (200 Vesey Street)
- Schilling (109 Washington Street)
- Seamore’s (250 Vesey Street, Brookfield)
- Stout NYC FiDi (90 John Street)
- Temple Court (5 Beekman Street)
- Treadwell Park (301 South End Avenue)
- The Tuck Room (11 Fulton Street)
- Vino e Grano (101 Liberty Street, Eataly NYC Downtown)
The Statue of Liberty turns 136 years old this year, and that’s maybe how long it’s been since you’ve considered visiting the iconic monument. In movies, the statue has paraded through the streets of Manhattan as an avatar of New Yorkers’ spirit (“Ghostbusters 2”), been dressed up with Captain America’s shield (“Spider-Man: No Way Home”) and destroyed in basically every kind of disaster, but the good ol’ Lady Liberty is still standing as strong as ever.
If you never visited on a school field trip or with your out-of-town family, it’s worth seeing for yourself up close at least once. Here’s how to get there.
You don’t need a ticket to enter the Statue of Liberty or Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration, but you do need a ticket to ride the ferry to get there. Here’s a very important part: the only vendor authorized to sell tickets to Liberty and Ellis Islands is Statue Cruises. If someone else tries to sell you a ticket, don’t buy it!
Tickets include round-trip ferry rides, an audio tour, access to the Ellis Island Museum and the Statue of Liberty pedestal (the crown of the statue is currently not open to the public). Ferries run from morning through late afternoon. Check here for updated times.
Where To Get Tickets
You can buy tickets at the Statue Cruises ticket booths in Castle Clinton in Battery Park, or in Liberty State Park on the New Jersey side. Get your tickets online in advance to cut down any confusion when looking for the ticket booth. Tickets start at $23.80.
Boat By, For Free
This is a hack we will repeat to our tourist friends until the Harbor runs dry: The Staten Island Ferry is a perfectly fine, and free, way to see the Statue of Liberty. The ferry leaves from Whitehall Terminal, goes right by Lady Liberty, providing some perfect picture opportunities (twice, with the round trip). Plus, you can buy cheap beer on board the boat too.
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Although the Delta variant’s impact on the economy is drawing most of the headlines, it’s worth noting the good news for New York that’s out there as well. The city will not be competing with European destinations in light of new international restrictions. On the domestic front, the number one fall destination for lodging searchers? That would be New York City. NYC will be ready to greet these visitors—many coming for longer stretches than usual—as reopening news continues to post:
- The Met has extended its hours, Sunday-Tuesday, Thursday, 10am-5pm; Friday-Saturday, 10am-9pm
- The Museum of Arts and Design has returned to its regular hours, 10am-6pm, Tuesday-Sunday
- The Municipal Art Society of New York returns to in-person tours on September 11th
- The UniverSoul Circus brings international talent to Queens starting September 11th
- The MTV Video Music Awards return to Barclays Center on September 12th
- Dior Beauty will open a retail pop-up fragrance installation in the Meatpacking September 13th-16th
- TDF’s TKTS discount ticket booth reopens “under the red steps” in Times Square on September 14th
- Joe’s Pub returns to live programming this fall starting October 5th; there’s a free preview Friday Night Cabaret on Astor Place, September 17th
- The Feast of San Gennaro is back, September 16th-26th, this year honoring the 20th anniversary of 9/11
- The Brooklyn Americana Music Festival returns in-person September 18th-19th
- Luna Park kicks off the spooky season with annual Halloween Harvest starting September 25th
- The Big Apple Comic Con hosts its Silver Anniversary Event on September 25th-26th, featuring a first-ever “Gallery of Great Collectible Comics”
- Ballet Hispánico will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with the return of its A La Calle Block Party on the Upper West Side on September 26th
- Symphony Space live programming resumes September 28th
- Open House New York Weekend offers 150+ ways to explore the city October 16th-17th
Twenty years ago New York City suffered terrible losses in the September 11 attacks. We have listed highlights of the city’s commemorative events below. Along with NYC institutions, City Guide remembers the lives of the victims, the strength of their families, and the sacrifices of first responders, recovery workers, and volunteers. Many of us questioned what kind of city would come back in the wake of so much destruction. As we remember this solemn anniversary, we should also keep in mind the outpouring of support NYC received, and the exponential growth of the city as a tourism destination in the years since. Although we are again facing challenges, we have another chance to show the world New York City’s extraordinary resilience.
Day 473 and it ends. COVID restrictions have been lifted in New York. Yesterday the governor’s office made the announcement as the state hit the 70% adult vaccination threshold. This means no more social distancing or capacity limits—at least as far as the state is concerned—for sports, malls, gyms, movie theaters, or camps. Health screening is done. So is contact tracing. Despite the many losses of these past 473 days, we expect the city to move to a more celebratory stance, and the latest slate of launches supports that:
The situation for city tourism is changing in a New York minute. The latest guidance from the Governor gives us extended bar and restaurant curfews, zoo and museum capacity expanded to 50%, and movie theaters up to 33%. Sports and large event capacity moves to 25% as of May 19th. The city’s COVID rate is the lowest its been in almost five months. In addition, there are plenty of green shoots on the reopening front, especially for culture:
On the national recovery front, restaurant sales spiked last month to return to 2019 levels. The most recent retail sales report suggests the U.S. will see its fastest growth since 1984. Since the first of the year, Google searches for hotels are up 92%. With each passing day, recovery draws closer.
We are again overflowing with reopening news, as vaccine eligibility further expands and the CDC greenlights travel for those who’ve got their shots. Live theatre, music, and comedy have returned at least in part—even Jerry Seinfeld is back. The mayor has promised public health resources to get Broadway open by September. You can finally put a premiere back on your calendar: Diana: The Musical has set its opening night for December 16th. Headlines like City Hospitality and Tourism Prepping Spring Awakening and For New York City, Glimmers of Hope and Signs of Revival are popping up all over. Payrolls boomed in March, much of it thanks to hospitality and leisure. On the reopening front, there is much to be excited about:
In conjunction with the waiving of quarantine requirements for vaccinated visitors, improving weather, and the potential return of international tourists by mid-May, expect to see the sidewalks busier than they’ve been in months. Already, the headlines are keeping pace…
On the reopening front, there is plenty to be excited about:
- The Hayden Planetarium reopens today.
- The Loeb Boathouse Central Park returns Monday, March 29th. (Rowboat rentals are back as well.)
- Circle Line relaunches April 1st.
- Resorts World New York City returns to full hours on April 5th.
- On April 5th, the 11pm curfew for casinos, movie theaters, bowling alleys, pool halls, and gyms will be lifted (it stays in place for bars and restaurants, although that will be reevaluated in late April).
As of April 1st, the Mets and Yankees are fair game for fans again. Starting next week, Knicks and Rangers fans can ease entry to the Garden with proof of vaccination, negative test, or a 30-minute on-site antigen testing option.
As much as it may feel like 2021 is picking up right where 2020 left off, we are already in a different world less than two weeks into the year. Disturbing as the violence last week was—and the threat of more to come—we have seen the resilience of our institutions. Vaccines are rolling out across New York City, with protection newly extended to those 65 and over and those with preexisting conditions. Financial markets are optimistic—and not just the stock market, the bond market is reflecting confidence as well. The interest in travel inspiration is at a pandemic-era high, with July being circled as the hottest travel month of the year. Already we are seeing headlines like “The COVID Vaccine Travel Booking Spree Is On.” A more unified federal government gives hope for necessary relief and top-level organization, accelerating our comeback.
This week Governor Cuomo has released plans for a New York Arts Revival. Drawing on the recent success of in-person attendance at a Bills playoff game, the strategy will involve easily accessed rapid testing, outdoor venues, new funding for artists, and pop up performances, slated to begin in less than a month. Stay safe for a few more weeks—good things are coming.