Empire State Building, Diamond District, Intrepid, MSG

Midtown West is a huge tourist area with great neighborhoods like NYC’s famous Diamond District, Hell’s Kitchen and Koreatown. Hell’s Kitchen, within midtown, is the most western section and an “up-and-coming" residential area of New York City with new shops and restaurants opening often. Koreatown, just a block from the Empire State Building, is known for their restaurants and karaoke bars and clubs.

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Things to Do

Empire State Building (350 5th Ave, 33nd/34rd) – $34 Adult, $27 ages 6-12, under 12 free.  Go early to avoid the lines, or get an Express Pass ($60). There are 3 lines to get in:  1) security line, mandatory for all, 2) ticket line, unless you have pre-purchased tickets. 3) Elevators to the Observatory. Express Pass holders get priority at all three lines. While I’ve heard the Skyride is a tourist trap, I have never personally experienced it.

Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum (Pier 86, 166 W 46th St at 12th Ave) – centered on the aircraft carrier Intrepid (CVS-11), and features a range of interactive exhibits and events about heroism.  Educational, planes, war and a view of the Hudson River.

Madison Square Garden/ Penn Station (7th Ave, 31st/33rd) – catch the Rangers (hockey), Knicks (basketball) or concert in the main arena or a show at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. The MSG All-Access Tour, lets you visit team locker rooms, learn how the basketball court turns into an ice-rink, meet a Knicks City Dancer, and classic history, such as where Joe Frazier took on Muhammad Ali for the first time.

MoMA – technically, the Museum of Modern Art is in Midtown West, but it is grouped with it the attractions in Midtown East.

Rockefeller Center and Top of the Rock

Bryant Park NYC

Bryant Park, in the heart of Midtown, just next to the New York Public Library and a few blocks from Grand Central Station, is home to thousands of free events and programs every year, including free movies, free Broadway, free ice skating, the annual Skate-tacular (Christmas Tree Lighting), Holiday Markets and Winter Village. A small selection of the tours and classes they offer include arts & crafts, yoga, juggling, fencing, poetry, kung fu, beekeeping and just about everything else you can think of. Enjoy our Bryant Park Guide.

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See Also: Times Square

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NYC Discount Passes and Tours in Midtown West

NY Explorer Pass
Choose Your Attractions New-York-City-Go-Select-Card-Discount Pass

  • Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises
  • Empire State Building
  • Madison Square Garden, All Access Tour
  • Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

New York Pass
Included Free and Discounted The New York Pass

  • Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises
  • Empire State Building and New York Skyride
  • Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
  • Madison Square Garden, All Access Tour
  • Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

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Midtown West Recommended Restaurants

Cognac (55th, Bway) – Have a cocktail while sitting outside, people watching. Same owners as Serafina.

Molyvos  (7th Ave, 55th/ 56th) – excellent Greek, small plates, near Central Park.

Carnegie Deli right across the street.

Le Bernardin (155 W 51st, 7th  Ave) – French/Seafood. One of the city’s top restaurants, many swear it’s their all time favorite meal. Service, food and décor is impeccable. Also great for lunch (prix-fixe: 3 course lunch, $66; 4 course dinner, $109)

Meske (468 W 47th , 10th Ave) – Ethiopian. Inexpensive, interesting, and if you’ve never eaten by using spongy bread to pick up your food (no utensils), it’s fun and a must-try. Most spicy and many vegetarian friendly.

Restaurant Row (46th  St, 8th/9th Aves) – 30 restaurants on one block, most “touristy,” all for Broadway theatre crowd, serving prix-fixe specials.

Esca (402 W 43rd  St., 9th Ave) Italian /seafood. Another Batali gourmet winner.

41 and X (622 10th Ave, 44th St) – Nouveau American (mac n cheese, fried chicken, ribs), less touristy than other theater restaurants, outdoor bamboo garden.

Rosa’s Pizza (in Penn Station) – believe it or not, some say this is their favorite pizza in NYC. And the cheapest beer anywhere.

Koreatown – 32nd St, 5th/Broadway – most any restaurant is a great choice, and right next to the Empire State Building.

Press Lounge at the Ink 48 Hotel – HANDS DOWN one of THE best views of Manhattan. A fabulous hotel rooftop with a 70-foot-long reflecting pool and killer panoramic skyline views, with comfortable sofas.

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Midtown West Shopping

Macy’s (151 W 34th St, 7th Ave)– Herald Square – many people love the landmark, Macy’s, founder of the most famous Thanksgiving Day Parade and backdrop of “Miracle on 34th Street.” The store is huge (2 city blocks, 9 Floors). Crowded, very congested area, little else around it, lacking sales staff and probably little merchandise you can’t find at home or online.

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Midtown West Hotels

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Hotels Near Penn Station, NYC

Staying near Penn Station / Madison Square Garden is a great idea when staying late for the Rangers, Knicks or your favorite concert, arrive or leave early via Amtrak or LIRR or just want to stay in a very affordable area of Manhattan steps from the Empire State Building, Macy's and no more than a 15 minute subway ride anywhere in Manhattan. Some of our top picks near Penn Station include:

Hotels Near Penn Station NYC

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Hotels Near NYC Javits Center

Coming to town for the Boat Show, Comic Con, Motorcycle Show, NYT Travel Show, BroadwayCon, International Toy Fair, Restaurant and Food, The Auto Show, Chocolate Show or any one of dozens of fashion, technology or other industry shows? If your goal is to work hard, play harder, you'll definitely want to stay as close to the Javits Center as possible. Here are our top picks for Hotels Near NYC Javits Center.

Hotels Near NYC Javits Center

  • Ink48 Hotel - about 10 blocks from Javits Center, right next to the Intrepid Museum and my ALL time favorite rooftop! (photo)
  • Midtown Convention Center Hotel - the closest hotel to the JC, less than a block away. Small, clean rooms, geared towards convention exhibitors and attendees.
  • Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel - new "digitally enhanced" hotel in Garment District, 15 min walk to JC, modern, though modest.

Four Points Manhattan Midtown West – Opened in 2017 and located in the heart of Hudson Yards, walking distance to the Javits Center, High Line and Chelsea Market. Comfortable rooms are spacious with complimentary Wi-Fi, massive rain showers and cloud-like beds. Hotel includes Hudson Bar Room and fitness center.

Luxury Hotels in Midtown NYC

Any luxury hotel in Midtown NYC provides you with our top of the line accommodations while placing you in the heart of all the action. From decadent dining to killer skyline views to the world's best spas, these luxury hotels put you in the premier location in the heart of the best city in the world.

St. Regis Hotel NYC Milano Suite

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NYC Boutique Hotels – Midtown West

Hotel Hendricks

Hotel Hendricks – new in 2019 Hotel Hendricks offers 176 guest rooms self described as ‘fit for the king or queen of the (concrete) jungle, our glam guest rooms are luxe, safari-chic retreats with hardwood floors and warm wood finishes." NYC Locals love the two new rooftop bars with skyline views, one indoors and one outdoors.

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Sister Hotels: Hotel Hugo, Hotel Henri, Hotel Hayden, Garden City Hotel (LI)

Staypineapple Midtown NYC Hotel

Staypineapple, An Artful Hotel, Midtown New York – new in 2019, Staypineapple markets their hotels to the "young, young at heart, savvy and the seeker of different and great." Staypineapple offers afternoon delights, like coffee, big fluffy towels, robes, slippers, cozy over-stuffed duvets and beds about which guests rave. With rooms as low as $120 per night, Staypineapple is super dog-friendly and uses hipster room names like Starlet Queen and Fashionista King.

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Citadines Connect Fifth Avenue

Citadines Connect Fifth Avenue Hotel

Citadines Connect Fifth Avenue New York, formerly known as Hotel Central Fifth Avenue New York, offers guestrooms featuring a sophisticated design that combines modern comfort with functionality. Guests enjoy the light "Breakfast to Go in a bag," comfortable beds, large room sizes, and being close to all the tourist action in Midtown. The front desk attendants, known as "Connectors," offer insider tips, local hotspots, eatery favorites and off the beaten track recommendations.

Royalton New York

Royalton New York

Royalton is a super hip hotel right off Times Square appealing to a sophisticated crowd. The majority of rooms have 5 foot soaking tubs and fireplaces and the lobby is sleek and cozy with a huge bronze fireplace and leather sofas. 44, the restaurant, has been a trendy NYC hotspot for years.

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Spacious Suite Hotels in Midtown NYC

Many NYC visitors love staying in Midtown, putting them within a mile of Rockefeller Center, Bryant Park, Grand Central, Empire State Building, Broadway, Times Square and tons of restaurants and shopping. One could easily spend 2-3 days in Midtown alone and only see a fraction of all there is to offer. Some of our top spacious and family-friendly Midtown Suite Hotels include:

Spacious Suite Hotels in Midtown NYC

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Cheap Budget Hotels Midtown West

Finding cheap hotels in Midtown West NYC is less difficult than you may think, as this is one of the best value spots in Manhattan. You'll be right near the Empire State Building, Garment District, Times Square, Chelsea and Hell's Kitchen, all while possibly paying less than $100 per night for a clean and fairly spacious room. So, if you have reasonable expectations and can't wait to stay in the very center of Manhattan, these are the best value deals in Midtown West NYC.

Cheap Budget Hotels Midtown West

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Best Hotels Near Rockefeller Center

Some of our top value picks near Rockefeller Center include:

Hotels Near Rockefeller Center

See the Insider Guide for dozens more Hotels Near Rockefeller Center. Rockefeller Center runs from 47th - 50th Streets, between 5th and 6th Aves. Download our free neighborhood maps at Midtown East Hotels and Midtown West Hotels

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Central Park Hotels

Central Park NY Hotels

Some of our top value picks near Central Park include:

See the Insider Guide for dozens more Central Park NY Hotels and download our free Central Park map at Central Park NY Guide

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Thanksgiving Parade Hotels (the Parade goes through Midtown West after it passes Central Park South)


  • 1, 2, 3 along Broadway and 7th Ave
  • A, C, E along 8th Avenue
  • N, R, Q to Penn Station or Times Square
  • 7 or Shuttle (S) from the east side (Grand Central) to Times Square
  • General Address: 151 W 34th, NY, NY 10001

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