Hello myself and my boyfriend will be travelling to JFK from Dublin next Saturday!!! (14th Sept) time is flying by and I am trying to have a itinerary of sorts made ASAP :) Would love to hear your thoughts on what I have planned as far and also some questions throughout and below.
We land at 13:15 on the Saturday and our hotel is the hotel avalon on 16 E 32nd St. At first I was planning of doing the AirTrain and saving some $$$ but my boyfriend is reluctant on lugging our suitcases and hand luggage around a mahoosive city with possible hot temps and getting lost so we have decided on getting a car service to our hotel and getting our own way back to JFK on the Friday. I haven't booked this any recs on what car service is best and affordable?
Soooo day one: sat - tired from travelling, land at 13:15, get car to hotel and stay around the Times Square and surrounding area perhaps do grand central, UN buildings, get our bearing and walk to Times Square in the evening. I know it is a tourist trap and dining wont be grade a or anything but have dinner somewhere hear was thinking virgils BBQ or ruby tuesday etc.. This evening will just be to soak up the atmosphere, probably have an early night due to travelling
Day two Sunday and my birthday :) was thinking having a traditional American breakfast with pancakes or waffles or something. Had my heart set on Normas at the le Parker meridian but the prices are high and some reviews are average..any thoughts on this? Or somewhere similar and good for a birthday breakfast? Afterwards stroll into Central Park to work off the food baby ha, then hit fifth avenue for birthday shopping till they close at 6
Any ideas for birthday dinner? I was thinking tolache? noting we don't like sushi or seafood.
Afterwards go up the Rockefeller centre
Day three: Monday : take the subway to the 9/11 memorial (making reservations online for this for around 10am, do the Staten Island ferry, St. Paul's chapel and walk the Brooklyn bridge, perhaps have dinner in Brooklyn? grimaldis?
Day four: Tuesday : make a 10am meet up for the all in one downtown tour which lasts till 4pm finishes on the high line and chelsea was thinking maybe the cookshop for dinner
That is really as far as I have got :( struggling to put together the rest of our days. Other things I want to cover are Empire State Building, museum of natural history, Coney Island, southern seaport. I was thinking perhaps doing two walking tours instead of the all in one and doing uptown/downtown on different days.
Any tips on condensing this down into two full days and one half day as our flight is a red eye on the Friday night!
Thanks in advance
Any comments would be appreciated!