Midtown Manhattan is the most touristy area of all of New York City. Most of the city’s top attractions are located in the area or just a few blocks away. Many of famous skyscrapers such as the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building are located here. Bright lights and hoards of people make Times Square come alive every day.
You can find it all here: retail stores, restaurants, movie theaters, Broadway theaters and hotels. The area was cleaned up by former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who made the area into the tourist mecca that it is today.
Shopping in Midtown is a must. While you won’t get the quirky, one-of-a-kind boutique stores that you’ll find in Chelsea or SoHo, you will definitely find stores you probably are already familiar with like Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s , F.A.O. Schwarz and Tiffany & Co.
If you can make time to eat after all the sightseeing, stop by Jimmy’s Downtown (212-486-6400), 400 E. 57th St., where the stark-white lounge provides contrast to the full-flavor Latin American cuisine. But if money isn’t an issue make sure to visit Le Perigord (212-755-6244), 402 E. 52nd St., where French Old World cuisine is divine.
Because of Midtown’s high appeal, hotels in the area are expensive. Expect to pay a premium even for budget hotels. The Michelangelo Hotel has been called one of the best places to stay in the world by Leisure & Travel and Conde Nast Traveller. Rooms are decorated in either neo-classical, Art Deco or French country styles. While the Hotel QT offers contemporary style and sophistication in the middle of Times Square.Find hotels nearby