Travelers' Favorite New York Neighborhoods

Real HomeAway Travelers Sound Off

From boho to residental, from bustling to quiet, New York's neighborhoods come in a variety of flavors.  Below are some recommendations on what to do in some choice nabes, all straight from the keyboards of HomeAway travelers.


The East Village

"Amazing location, near pretty much everything you'd ever want. Easy subway access, tons of restaurants and shops. Near both Irving Plaza and Webster Hall (across the street!) if you like good live music." —Staying at this rental near 11th and 3rd

"The East Village area is very laid back and great for people watching and we liked nothing better than sitting outside the Sidewalk Cafe on the corner and watching the world go by! They do a nice breakfast too! Round the corner in Clinton Street there is the Clinton Street Bakery which does a breakfast to die for-pancake stacks, ice cream smoothies!!! The famous Katz deli from When Harry Met Sally is also really close and well worth a visit as is a little Mexican bar on East Sixth Street called Mayahuel! Nice food and potent tequilla laced cocktails. Wow!" —A traveler near 6th and Avenue A

"The East Village area was fun, full of great restaurants, bars and we loved walking through Tompkins Square Park. Plus, there's the best cafe (Paradiso) just around the corner, not to mention a 24-hour grocery right on the corner too, which was very ideal." —Another happy traveler in the staying in the same 6th and Avenue A apartment
"There was even a farmer's market in the park on Sunday just two blocks away for fresh fruit, bread, and veggies.  We have two teenage boys and they loved the vibe of the neighborhood and their daily dose of New York pizza from the corner pizzeria." —From near the East Village's Alphabet City

"The east village is Manhattan's most "bohemian" (for lack of better word) and eclectic neighborhood and the apartment is situated in the heart of it - great local parks, restaurants, bars and cafes (sushi, mex, tai, etc, etc.), clubs, landmark oddity stores, colorful characters walking the streets and what have you. walking distance from lower Broadway shopping and Soho gallery areas and walking distance to subways to the rest of town." —Writes another Alphabet City visitor

The Upper West Side

"The upper west side is a great place to stay as it is a little out of the hustle and bustle of midtown and the Times Square area.  Some of my favorite places on the UWS are Zabar's (you have to get one of their strudels - - they are to die for!), Popover Cafe (good brunch) and Carmines." —Staying on West 92nd Street

"The location is prime with easy access to several subway lines and the cross-town  bus.  The upper west side neighbor is full of great restaurants and shops." —From a studio apartment on 73rd and Columbus Ave.

"Barney Greenglass deli at 86th. and Amsterdam is like stepping back in time to the perfect idea of a great deli, best lox on a bialy ever." —From right near Barney Greenglass on 86th and Amsterdam Ave.

Midtown Manhattan

"If you are looking for a great location close to Times Square, Broadway, Rockefeller Center, Bryant Park, NYC Library, Macy's, and The Empire State Building, be assured that this building is right where you want to be." —Writes a visitor to this apartment at 39th and Avenue of the Americas

"There are plenty of great restaurant within a few blocks - everything from Italian to French to Thai & Ethiopian." —From a 42nd Street high-rise
"A good neighborhood that was safe, had lots of shops and restaurants. Five Napkin Burgers just down the street was excellent. We also ate at the Yum Yum Thai also nearby and Ippudo ramen near NYU. The amount of restaurants in Little Italy was amazing." —Staying at 45th and 9th Ave.

"A bunch of cool restaurants, pizza-places, coffee- and breakfast-places, and small supermarkets are right around the corner on 9th or 10th Av. Even though the appartment is right in Midtown of Manhattan, we didn't have a any problems with noise, the street is really quiet." —Writes a visitor to this 49th St. and 9th. Ave flat

"Everything in midtown was within 5 to 10 minutes  walking- including Central Park, Times Square, Theatre District, Macy's, Grand Central Station, rockefeller Center, Empire State's Building, and the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade.   China Town, Ground Zero, Wall Street, and the Brooklyn Bridge can all be easily accessed by a quick subway ride." —From near 51st & 8th Ave.

Brooklyn: Park Slope, Prospect Heights, and Bed-Stuy

"We shopped for groceries at Foodtown on Fulton (even organic baby food!) the Sunshine vegetable shop, and picked up lovely West Indian food all over the place. Roti are great! Try especially TJ's Panamanian down across Atlantic on Nostrand Ave. It is not far from the Brooklyn Childrens Museum which we highly recommend, within 15 mins walk in Crown Heights." —From this Prospect Heights apartment

"The neighbourhood, Park Slope, is a very nice with lots of shops and restaurants on 5th and 7 ave." —Says a visitor to this—you guessed it—Park Slope residence

"We loved visiting the Prospect Park area but also Williamsburg and historic downtown Brooklyn area. We walked across the Brooklyn Bridge! Manhattan was easy to get to and we had some great days there but we loved coming back to Brooklyn." —Writes one happy Bed-Stuy visitor

"We enjoyed Prospect Park, toured the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, ordered Thai take-out from Spices, had manicures/pedicures at Seven Nails, had dinner at Scottaditos and ate many a cookie from Emily's.' —Another from another Park Slope apartment  

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