A Clevelander's Guide to Biting the Big Apple

May 10, 2018

Eat well, travel often. 


And we did...


My husband and I went to NYC last weekend, walked at least 10,000 miles and no calorie was spared as we ate our way through the boroughs. We went because the Indians were playing the Yankees and we were ready for revenge after they beat us in the AL Division series last year. While we didn't celebrate our victory, we did dry our tears in a New York minute by seeing a Broadway musical,  taking a trip to the Statue of Liberty, strolling through Central Park and tasting lots of desserts! Here are list of the best things we did on the trip: 


1.) CityPASS: if you're planning on doing more sightseeing activities in NYC then the CityPASS is the way to go. We purchased the 3 event pass for $82 and decided to go to Top of the Rock, 9/11 Museum and Statue of Liberty. There are a lot of other places you can go by checking out their website. 

  • You will need to purchase NBC studio tour tickets and Crown of the Statue of Liberty tickets separately. We didn't know that at first and the NBC Studio tour was sold out for days so check before you go.

2.) TKTS: If you're interested in seeing Broadway show and are open to the one you see then you should definitely check out the TKTS box in Times Square. The bummer is you're probably not going to find sold out shows like Hamilton or Wicked on sale here but you can get some great discounts to amazing shows. The performances are like pizza -  even when they're bad, they're good. So even if you don't get to see the show on the top of your list it's still amazing because the performers are so talented and the experience of a Broadway show is awesome! Check out their website for more information on box locations, hours and what shows are available on the day. We got there right when it opened at 3 PM and probably waited 30 minutes to get to the front of the box office. 


3.) NYC EATS: if you are a foodie, NYC has some of the best restaurants in the world! This trip was more for sightseeing than seeking the best restaurants but we did have some amazing food along the way: 

  • Pizza: we ate at John's Pizzeria off Times Square after seeing Anastasia. You're probably thinking: "Ew Times Square?" But I'm going to STAHPPP you right there. This pizza was amazing! Also, the mozzarella sticks were great too! It's in an old church and has a cool story about the woman who opened it on the back of the menu. Female business owner + amazing pizza + cool vibe = you should go! 

  • Do: So I've been following Do on Instagram for a while now and told Steve we needed to go there! We went right before they closed to get a scoop of their famous edible cookie dough. Even at 10PM they had a line out the door and it's no surprise for their flavors like 'birthday cake', ' brookie dough' and more. 

  • Black Tap: I know you guys have probably seen the videos on Facebook about crazy desserts and these guys are like The Godfathers of  milkshakes. We got a peanut butter milkshake topped with a piece of funfetti cake. The milkshake was probably the best I've ever had! Go get yourself one...like right now. 

4.) Where to watch anything Cleveland related: in case you've been living under a rock  - you may have noticed that the Cleveland Cavaliers were* playing the Toronto Raptors in the NBA playoffs. But where to go to watch them? 


I googled 'Browns Backers Bar in NYC' thinking if people liked the Browns enough to stomach even one of their games at a neighborhood bar that the same would have to exist for the Cavs. 


Low and behold, it did! 


We went to Brother Jimmy's in Murray Hill where the whole basement was full of people wearing Cleveland gear. Everyone is chanting 'Go Cavs' and really pumped up for the game. It was fun to watch it with other Clevelanders whether they were visitors like us or NYC transplants - we rallied all the same!


5.) Use Google / Apple Maps for everything: When I was in NYC 8 years ago we used an app called HopStop. I'm not sure if that exists anymore but having something to help navigate the subway and bus system is so clutch. Take the train from the airport and save yourself $50 - $100 depending on where you're going! Don't let it overwhelm you - just take it one transfer at a time! 


Happy planning your own NYC visit! Share in the comments below any of your unique finds while in the city! 





*Were because they swept them in 4! 



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