Insider's Guide to New York

Tours, theatre, museums, scenic rides, neighborhoods to explore, shopping, restaurants, restaurants, and more restaurants! There is truly something for everyone in New York. And while assembling a complete list of wonderful things to see, do and eat is an impossible task, here are a few highlights and resources to consider while planning your trip!


Click here to download a detailed list restaurants that come highly recommended by those familiar with the New York restaurant scene. The list offers suggestions for eateries in a variety of neighborhoods and price points. 

Thank you to ASRS's native New York members who provided this true Insider's Guide to New York's best restaurants. Many of these gems cannot be found in standard travel guides or promotional service sources. Enjoy! 


  • Statue of Liberty is hands down New York's most recognizable landmark. Learn more and book a tour here. If you're short on time, hop aboard the Staten Island Ferry for an enjoyable and economical ride past Lady Liberty.  
  • Ellis Island is a federally owned island in New York Harbor that was the busiest immigrant inspection station in the United States. From 1892 to 1954, nearly 12 million immigrants arriving at the Port of New York and New Jersey. Today, it is part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument and is accessible to the public only by ferry. The north side of the island is the site of the main building, now a national museum of immigration. The south side of the island, including the Ellis Island Immigrant Hospital, is open to the public only through guided tours. Tours are often combined with visits to the Statue of Liberty. Visit for more information and to purchase your tickets.
  • The High Line is one of New York's newer attractions, The High Line is a 1.45-mile-long elevated linear park, greenway and trail created on a former New York Central Railroad spur on the west side of Manhattan.  Visit for more information and to reserve free tickets.
  • 911 Memorial and Museum, located at the World Trade Center in New York City, tell the story of 9/11 through media, narratives, and a collection of monumental and authentic artifacts, presenting visitors with personal stories of loss, recovery, and hope. The Memorial is free and open to the public 7 days a week. The museum is open 5 days a week and requires you to purchase tickets in advance. Visit for more information and reserve tickets.
  •  Central Park -- At just over 800 acres, Central Park is New York City’s largest public park. Points of interest include the Central Park Zoo, Belvedere Castle, Central Park Carousel and more. Visit for more information and to plan your visit.
  •  Empire State Building offers amazing views of NYC and beyond from the observation deck. On a clear day, you can see 5 different states. Visit to plan your visit and purchase tickets.
  •  Rockefeller Center is located between 48th and 51st Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues, Rockefeller boasts a roller skating rink, NBC Studios, and endless shopping and eating options. Visit to plan your visit.
  • Times Square is NYC’s most visited tourist attraction! Stop by Times Square to eat, shop and listen to live music. Visit to plan your visit.
    Theatre District is located in the heart of Midtown, the theater district houses most of the Broadway theaters of NYC. Visit to see what shows are playing and to purchase your tickets.
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art is home to more than 2 million pieces of art work. The museum is closed on Mondays and requires advance-purchased, time-entry tickets. Visit for more information and to purchase tickets.
  • The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum -- Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the Guggenheim is continuously expanding its collection of impressionist, post-impressionist, early modern, and contemporary art, as well as featuring special exhibitions. Time-entry tickets are highly encouraged. Visit for more information and purchase tickets.
  •  Museum of Modern Art is considered one of the largest and most-influential museums of modern art in the world. Time-entry tickets are required. Visit for more information and purchase tickets.
  • American Museum of Natural History -- With 45 permanent exhibition halls, as well as temporary exhibits, the American Museum of Natural History has something for everyone. Explore lost animals, visit the Hayden Planetarium, or dive in the Whale room. Time-entry tickets continue to be require. Visit for more information and to purchase tickets. 
  • Grand Central Station Terminal is located at 89 E. 42nd Street (at Park Avenue). This historic landmark in Midtown is not simply a transportation hub for the 250,000 people who commute through each day — it’s also a shopping, dining, and cultural destination with 60 shops, 35 places to eat, and a full calendar of events all under one magnificent roof. Visit to plan your visit.
  • Neighborhoods of New York - From Greenwich Village and Soho to Chinatown and Little Italy Explore. Explore New York’s vibrant and eclectic array of neighborhoods.


Click here to download the digital NYC Delegates Pass which provides discounts on dining, attractions, tours and more throughout the 5 boroughs. The pass is a special courtesy for ASRS meeting attendees and exhibitors.

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