The Unofficial Guides® are the Consumer Reports of travel guides, offering candid evaluations of their destinations' attractions, hotels, restaurants, shopping, nightlife, sports, and more, all rated and ranked by a team of unbiased inspectors so even the most compulsive planners can be sure they're spending their time and money wisely. Each guide addresses the needs of everyone from families to business travelers, with handy charts that demonstrate how each place stacks up against the competition. Plus, all the details are pulled out so they're extremely easy to scan.
Look no further than The Unofficial Guide® to New York City for honest, streetwise advice that allows you to feel safe, comfortable, and at home in the Big Apple. We'll give you detailed reviews of all the top attractions and unbiased ratings of all the best hotels and restaurants, and clue you in on everything you'll need to know to get around like a local.
The Top 5 Ways The Unofficial Guide® to New York City Can Help You Have the Perfect Trip:
- The straight truth on all the attractions, from Central Park to the Statue of Liberty
- How to get tickets to the hottest Broadway showsand not pay full price for them
- Hotels at every price level, ranked and rated for value and quality of roomsplus proven strategies for getting the best rates
- All the best New York restaurants, plus the inside story on shoppingwhere to get the best for less
- How to plan and get the most out of your business or convention trip
About the Author
Eve Zibart has written more about dining and entertainment than most people experience in a lifetime. In her early years as the pop music and culture reporter for, first, the Nashville Tennessean and then for the Washington Post, Eve quickly exhibited a flair for scene and sensory detail coupled with an aptitude for grammar and an extensive vocabulary. She rapidly moved through the ranks of the Post as a Style feature writer, a Maryland columnist, the TV editor, and a Weekend assistant editor. Long known to friends and fans as “Dr. Nightlife,” Eve has enough experience and knowledge to advise the Joint Chiefs of Staff on national trends. Currently, Eve is the restaurant critic for the Washington Post’s Weekend section.
In addition to her responsibilities at the Post, Eve is a columnist for Book Page and has been a regular contributor to USAir inflight, New England Financial Journal, Impress, and Four Seasons magazines. She has also written for Cosmopolitan, Town and Country, and Playboy. Given an amazing ability to turn 24 hours into 30, Eve has found time to author several books, including The Ethnic Food Lover’s Companion; The Eclectic Gourmet Guide to Washington, D.C.; The Unofficial Guide to New Orleans; The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World for Grown-Ups; and Inside Disney: The Incredible Story of Walt Disney World and the Man Behind the Mouse.
Bob Sehlinger is the creator and executive publisher of the Unofficial Guide series. He has authored over 20 books on travel and outdoor recreation.
Native New Yorker Rachel F. Freeman (Dining and Nightlife contributor) believes it is her duty to act as both foodie and nightowl. Having lived abroad for 11 years, she returned to New York with a renewed hunger for what the city has to offer, resisting the temptation to join the ranks of the jaded. She has written for guidebooks in Warsaw, Poland and has a passion for Edinburgh and the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. She has written for Poland Business Guide, Wider Insider, Warsaw Insider, and Voyage magazine.
Lea Lane is a hotel maven, visiting and researching perhaps 1,000 rooms around the world—including in The Big Apple—for many guidebooks and trade publications, such as Birnbaum’s United States, Zagat’s Hotel and Resort Survey, and Star Service, the premiere travel agent reference. In addition, Lea has been a columnist for Gannett Suburban newspapers, a TV travel and lifestyle reporter, managing editor of the newsletter Travel Smart, and co-author of a book on cruises. She is a major contributor to guidebooks about Geece, Naples, and the Amalfi Coast, and is the author of The Unofficial Guide to Bed & Breakfasts and Country Inns in New England.
Table of Contents
List of Maps.
About the Author and Contributors.
“New York, New York, It’s a Helluva Town . . .”
About This Guide.
“Inside” New York for Outsiders.
Part One: Understanding the City.
Boroughs, Neighborhoods, and “Districts”.
A Very Short History of an Extremely Complex City.
Part Two: Planning Your Visit to New York.
When to Go.
What to Pack.
Calendar of Special Events.
Part Three: New York Hotels.
New Rooms in the Sky.
All Things Considered.
Can You Even Get In?
Slice the Price of Rooms in the Apple.
Is Your Travel Agent NYC Savvy?
Hotels Rated and Ranked.
Hotel Information Chart.
Part Four: Arriving and Getting Oriented.
Things the Locals Already Know.
How to Avoid Crime and Keep Safe in Public Places.
Part Five: Getting around New York.
Part Six: New York’s Neighborhoods.
The Sidewalks of New York.
Part Seven: Sight-seeing,Tours, and Attractions.
Let Your Fingers Do the Walking . . . First.
An Abundance of Riches.
New York City Attractions.
Part Eight: Dining and Restaurants.
NYC Eats: Everything, Anything, All the Time.
Hot Dogs to Haute Cuisine.
Part Nine: Shopping in New York.
Keeping Your Eyes on the Prize (and the Price).
All Together Now: Department Stores, “Malls,” and Flea Markets.
One-stop Shopping: Museum Shops and Theme Stores.
Great Neighborhoods for Shopping.
Part Ten: Exercise and Recreation.
Double Your Pleasure, Double Your Fun.
Chelsea Piers and Central Park.
Other Recreational Sports.
Part Eleven: Entertainment and Nightlife.
Lights, Tickets, Action . . . .
New York Nightlife.
List of Maps.
New York Touring Zones.
Zones 1–13: Manhattan.
Zones 1–5: Lower Manhattan.
Zones 6–9: Midtown Manhattan.
Zones 10–13: East and West Side Manhattan.
Zones 14 and 15: Harlem and the Heights.
Hotels, Zones 1–5: Lower Manhattan.
Hotels, Zones 10–13: East and West Side Manhattan.
Hotels, Zones 6–9: Midtown Manhattan.
Attractions, Zones 1–5: Lower Manhattan.
Attractions, Zones 6–9: Midtown Manhattan.
Attractions, Zones 10–13: East and West Side Manhattan.
Attractions, Zones 14 and 15: Harlem and the Heights.
Restaurants, Zones 1–5: Lower Manhattan.
Restaurants, Zones 6–9: Midtown Manhattan.
Restaurants, Zones 10–13: East and West Side Manhattan.
Nightclubs, Zones 1–5: Lower Manhattan.
Nightclubs, Zones 6–9: Midtown Manhattan.
Nightclubs, Zones 10–13: East and West Side Manhattan.