…While Avoiding Crowds!

The lights and neon can be thrilling. After all, Times Square draws millions of tourists yearly to that busy, iconic intersection. Here, you’ll be around plenty of shopping, theaters, and yes, tourist traps. Continue reading to get this New Yorker’s advice on how to make the best of your trip in the greatest city in the world.
 

Where To Eat

Pick any overpriced restaurant in Times Square and you will find yourself disappointed. So, to have a memorable meal in the area instead–and there are plenty–try these spots:
 
Burger Joint
The Burger Joint is affordable, low-key, and home of the absolute best burger and fries in the area. We recommend going off-peak hours as it is a neighborhood staple. Get the burger with the works, some fries, and then walk up to Central Park for an outdoor nap.
 
Totto Ramen
Totto Ramen is a ramen sensation. In fact, it’s the best bowl you’ll have in NYC. It’s so good that there are three in Midtown alone. We recommend going to the one near 10th Avenue, as it is usually quieter.
 
Toloache
In the mood for some Mexican food and not sure where to go? Look no further. While it isn’t the most affordable, Toloache delivers in flavor with their amazing tacos, delicious ceviche, and more traditional dishes, all of which are masterfully prepared.
 
Danji
While you won’t find steaks or caesar salads here, you will find lots of amazing Korean infused dishes, bibimbaps, sliders, and more. Open for lunch and dinner and affordable great food in Midtown? Yes, it’s really worth it.
 

Nightlife

We can’t vouch for nightclubs in the area, but there sure are hole-in-the-wall type bars to enjoy like Jimmy’s Corner. Head Downtown or go to Brooklyn 🙂
 

 

Theater Tickets

Broadway and Off-Broadway shows can get expensive, if you can even get in at all. The TKTS office is one way to try your luck, but be prepared to wait in line. Shopping for tickets online is where the magic happens. These sites offer discounted tickets: Givenik.com (which gives 5% to charity), NYTix.com, BroadwayBox, Broadway Insider and Entertainment-Link, and the app TodayTix (only for day of shows).
 

Street Etiquette

New Yorkers avoid Times Square like the plague. Let’s face it: it’s exciting to visit, but if crossing the busiest street in the city was part of your daily lunch break, you’d look to walk the other way, too. One way to alleviate traffic is by walking to your right, not stopping randomly, and being considerate of others around you.
 

Where To Stay

There are plenty of tourist trap hotels in Times Square, but there are also some establishments that are actually worth your hard-earned money. Here are a few that make the Viral cut…



Grand Hyatt New York

At Grand Hyatt New York, we love the spacious, modern rooms and perks that come from staying at a big brand hotel such as free wifi and express check-in/out. Located steps from the iconic Grand Central terminal and in the Midtown area, you’ll be nearby NYC’s biggest attractions, while also close to transporation to literally anywhere your heart desires. Bonus perks: spa, business, and fitness center!

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Holiday Inn NYC Times Square

Looking for a place to crash for a few nights without the bells and whistles? Holiday Inn Times Square offers just that, plus a few more perks. Rooms are well-appointed, while the hotel offers business services, a 24-hr gym, wifi capabilities, and concierge. You’ll benefit from its amazing location, right in the heart of the neon lights.

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The Mansfield Hotel

This historic beaux-arts building holds 126 remodeled rooms in the bustling Theater District in Midtown Manhattan. The landmark property offers a wide range of guest rooms, all nicely appointed and M Bar, an old world feeling cocktail lounge. Expect live music and stiff drinks, perhaps a nice break from the busy streets outside.

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Hampton Inn Times Square Central

Exactly the comfort you need, not an ounce less. This hotel offers friendly service, a complimentary breakfast and beverage area, gym, digital keys, and concierge. Their rooms are spacious and clean, wifi equipped and with a large TV–all the basics when looking for a hotel with the basics to cover your stay in NYC.

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Ink 48, A Kimpton Hotel

A unique boutique hotel in Midtown is a breath of fresh air. Kimpton’s Ink48 is rich in style, with spacious, sleek rooms and amenities that include onsite dining, spa, meetings rooms, and more. Head up to The Press Lounge for 360 degree views of the iconic NY skyline–just make sure you dress for a night out.

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