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The hustle and bustle of Manhattan is an immersive experience with the noise, lights, and colours. If you’re wondering how you can make the most of your free time in New York; check out the list below for sightseeing after 5:00 pm.
If you’ve had a long day and you’re looking to unwind after five with a drink and some snacks, head to a rooftop bar in New York so you can relax in style. Whether you’re meeting your colleagues for a business meeting or to grab a few drinks, it’s the perfect place to meet up with your colleagues. Rooftop bars such as 230 Fifth are open all year round. On this rooftop bar, you’ll see an amazing view of Manhattan.
How to Get to Manhattan
There are three airports in New York (JFK, EWR, and LGA) so whichever airport you fly into, there is always an option to arrange a car service. If you’d like to take a taxi or use public transport to get to midtown, it may be more or less convenient depending on which airport you’re arriving at, but also on what time you are arriving. Between 5:00 PM and 7:30 PM, it’s rush hour in the city. If you arrive during these times it is better to take the subway. If you arrive after 7:30 PM, taking a cab is a convenient way to travel to Manhattan.
The New York subway is the most common way of getting around the city. However, late at night, it’s recommended to take a taxi if you’re travelling alone. Alternatively, you could also rent a bike to see the city.
Where to Eat Dinner in Manhattan
Tao // Perfect for a dinner with business colleagues after a busy day. Tao serves high-end Japanese food with luxurious table service.
Trinity Place Restaurant & Bar // This quaint restaurant has been called a true NYC gem, it’s a great place to grab a bite to eat or taste their range of craft beers and cocktails.
Tonic Bar // This sports bar is located in Times Square, it has two floors and serves lunch and dinner. You can watch a wide range of sports that are playing on its HD TV screen. It’s perfect for an American experience or to watch your favorite football club from back home.
Time Out Market // If you don’t know what you want, besides a great view, go to Brooklyn’s waterfront food court. Choose from the many small restaurants and sit on the waterfront or at the rooftop.
Smith & Wollensky // One of the best spots for a great steak, served by old school waiters. It’s an impressive looking restaurant in Midtown East.
Things to Do in Manhattan at Night
The Metropolitan Museum of Art // One of the iconic (and largest) museums of New York City, it’s located on the legendary Museum Mile. On Friday and Saturday, it’s open until 9:00 PM. If you’re stuck for time but would like to visit, make sure to plan your visit beforehand so you can see the expansive collection. The New York CityPASS is ideal for business travellers, it provides entrance to six top attractions within New York (including The Met). It’s hassle-free as you don’t need to make reservations. Plus, you will receive a couple of discount coupons.
Happy Hour Cruise // Unwind from a day of working with a refreshing drink while you cruise past Manhattan’s gorgeous skyline. There’s an onboard DJ if you still have some energy left from the day, or if you prefer something quieter you can sit on the deck and admire the view. The Happy Hour Cruise can be booked throughout the year.
Helicopter tour over New York // Book a unique, once in a lifetime experience. There’s no better way to see New York City lights than from above. Depending on which route you take, you’ll see the NYC icons like the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, and Central Park. If you’re looking to make some extra special pictures, opt for the No Door Helicopter Tour.
New York Yankees Game // If you’re looking for an all American experience, you should go see an evening sports game in New York. The Yankees often play at night with most evening games beginning at around 7:00 PM on weekdays. The atmosphere alone is worth a trip to the stadium, along with the traditional stadium snacks! The New York Yankees play from April to October. If you’re visiting New York outside of the baseball season, you could also check out a hockey or basketball game.
Broadway // What’s a trip to New York without seeing a show? Broadway shows typically start later in the evening so it’s easy to grab something to eat then head to see a show. It’s recommended to buy your Broadway tickets online in advance, it could save you time and money.
Private Walking Tour // If you don’t have that much time but you’d still like to see as much as possible, then a private walking tour of New York is ideal for you. If you’d like to see certain sights, tell the tour guide exactly what you would like to see and she will put together your personal experience.
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Also check out:
- Manhattan, New York After 5:00 pm
- Brooklyn After 5:00 pm
- Queens New York After Five
- New York’s Midtown After Five
- New York’s Financial District After Five
- Albany NY After Five