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This Fall, New York City offers plenty of fun events, free of charge.

Fun Fall Free Events in New York City

This fall, New York City offers plenty of fun events, free of charge. Surprisingly, there are many activities this season that are both enjoyable and easy on your wallet.

  1. MoMA (11 W 53rd Street, between Fifth and Sixth Aves)

Manufacturer and sponsor UNIQLO offers free admission to the Museum of Modern Art every Friday from 4:00pm-8:00pm, which is a great deal compared to its usual $25 fee. If you’re craving some beauty and culture, head on down to one of the city’s most popular museums. The museum suggests you arrive before 6:00pm to avoid long lines.

  1. Oktoberfest NYC (Watermark -Pier 15, 8 South Street)

You don’t have to travel to Munich to enjoy Oktoberfest! From October 4th-7th and October 11th-14th you can enjoy Oktoberfest right here in NYC. Admission is free to this family friendly event at Watermark Pier. They’ll be beer, pretzels, brats and everything Oktoberfest for sale but the stunning views of the Brooklyn Bridge and Brooklyn are free!

  1. TCS New York City Marathon  (Verrazano-Narrows Bridge)

If you’re cheap and active, register for this year’s New York City Marathon on November 4th. More than 200,000 people join in on this exciting event each year, including people of all ages. You can join in on the race for a fun block party or you can compete for prizes of up to $100,000. Whether you’re in it to win it or simply want the bragging rights for finishing a 26.2 mile run, the NYC Marathon isn’t something you want to miss.

  1. Central Park Tour: Conservatory Garden (East Side from 104th-106th Streets. Enter at Fifth Avenue and 105th Street, or 106th Street gate inside the Park)

Get a chance to enjoy nature and learn about hundreds of trees, flowers, and shrubs that beautify Central park’s Conservatory Garden this October 29, from 1:00pm-1:15 pm. A tour guide will walk you through the stunning landscape that the park’s horticulturists maintain, and it’s all free of charge.

  1. Village Halloween Parade (6th Avenue from Spring to 16th Street)

This year’s 42nd Annual Parade will be on October 31 at 7pm. Only people in costume are invited to attend one of New York’s largest events. There will be hundreds of puppets, 53 bands, dancers and artists, and thousands of other New Yorkers. Those in costume can lineup for the parade between 6:30pm and 8:30pm.

Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks in New York City Viewing Spots.

Tips for Fourth of July Travel in New York City

Ah, there’s nothing like summer in the City. What better time to experience the Big Apple than the Fourth of July? With fireworks booming over the city and illuminating the skyline, you’ll really feel like you’re in the greatest city on earth.

But holiday travel, especially from Manhattan to JFK or Laguardia and vice versa, can be the rain on your parade if you don’t plan carefully on a popular holiday like the 4th of July. Take these travel tips to heart to make the most of your Fourth of July adventure.

Decide Where to Watch the Fireworks in Advance
With so many people vying for a good spot to watch the famed Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks, you don’t want to get caught in the crowds! Decide in advance where you’ll watch the fireworks and plan to get there well before dusk.

This year’s display will once again be launched on the East River, with several official viewing areas located along FDR Drive . These can be accessed from Houston Street, 23rd Street, 34th Street, and 42nd Street in Midtown or Broad Street, Old Slip, and Pearl & Frankfort in Lower Manhattan. These entry points open at 7 PM, but you’ll probably need to arrive several hours in advance to secure a spot.

Some other popular viewing areas that may be a bit less chaotic include Brooklyn Bridge Park in DUMBO, the Brooklyn Promenade, Frank Sinatra Park in Hoboken, and Roosevelt Island’s Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park.

Pack Light to Travel Easily
Now that you know you should plan to arrive early to catch the fireworks, you’re probably wondering what you should bring to keep yourself entertained and comfortable all day. But keep in mind that this is one of those situations where less is more. So leave the portable grill at home!

In fact, in official viewing areas, you won’t be allowed to bring in large backpacks, lawn chairs, or other bulky items — and police say they will be checking bags. Plus, if you’re planning to do some sightseeing during the day, you won’t want to be lugging around everything but the kitchen sink.

Pack as light as possible, but don’t forget the essentials. Water, sunscreen, snacks and a blanket should definitely make it onto your list.

From Manhattan to JFK in a Cinch
When it’s time to leave the city, you won’t want your glorious holiday marred by a disastrous trip from Manhattan to JFK, Laguardia or Newark. With everyone flocking to get out of the city, travel to the airport can be chaotic.

Make your travel a whole lot easier by booking a car service or an airport shuttle in advance, with easy pick up anywhere in Manhattan and drop off right at your terminal. It’s a lot more affordable than you’d think — especially if you’re willing to hop on a shuttle with some fellow travelers.

But the best part is that it’s truly the most convenient way to travel, especially from Manhattan to JFK. Book your car before you go and you’ll have one less thing to think about. Instead of worrying about flagging down a cab or cramming into a hot subway car with sweaty passengers, spend every minute of your Fourth of July holiday enjoying the spirit of NYC.

5 Tips for Visiting New York City this Summer

The summer season is an exciting time in New York City, with endless things to do and see. Have a picnic in Central Park, spend an evening relaxing on a rooftop bar, or dance the day away at one of the city’s many festivals or concerts.

When you travel to New York City this summer, take advantage of these travel tips to make sure your NYC adventure is one you’ll treasure for years to come.

1. Visit some of the city’s best public parks
Enjoy the summer sun in one of NYC’s finest urban parks. In addition to Central Park, Manhattan’s infamous 843-acres oasis, NYC boasts a bunch of free outdoor spaces to relax, have a picnic, read a book, or even rent a canoe! Visit Brooklyn Bridge Park – complete with waterfront esplanades, a famous old carousel, and sports fields or take a walk along The High Line, an elevated park on Manhattan’s West Side built on an abandoned train track.

2. Make transportation easier with JFK car service
Navigating through hordes of traffic and waiting on hot subway platforms can put a damper on an otherwise perfect trip…even before it starts! Get to and from the airport with ease by taking advantage of JFK car service. Get picked up in a modern and chic black car that’s waiting for you when you arrive. Your car will take you right to your destination, whether that’s a hotel, a museum, or one of those public parks. It’s an affordable and stress-free way to kick off your NYC trip.

3. Try to catch one of these free festivals or shows
There’s a lot to celebrate in NYC this summer. See if you can catch one of the many free, outdoor music and cultural festivals. Start with Coney Island’s one-of-a-kind Mermaid Parade, the nation’s largest art parade on June 17th. Or check out Bastille Day on July 14th in Brooklyn’s Boerum Hill to enjoy the flavors, sounds and spirit of France. There’s also a whole host of recurring shows happening all summer long, like Shakespeare in the Park, Outdoor Movie Night in Randall’s Island Park, or any of the Lincoln Center’s annual lineup, like Midsummer Night Swing and Lincoln Center Out of Doors.

4. Check out one of these rooftop bars
Spend a night out on the town and experience the city after dusk the New Yorker way – at one of the city’s many swanky rooftop bars and lounges. Hang out with the locals at St. Cloud Social atop the Knickerbocker Hotel. Watch the buzz below with a cocktail in hand from a serene spot tucked away in lush greenery. To get out of Manhattan and still snag the best views, try Westlight atop Williamsburg’s flashy William Vale hotel or Penthouse 808 in Long Island City.

5. Feast on NYC’s finest food
Despite the prevalence of glitzy restaurants and bars, NYC’s food scene is simple at heart. There are some NYC staples that you shouldn’t miss out on this summer – and they won’t break the bank. Try custard-based homemade ice cream from Ample Hills Creamery, make a breakfast of bagels and lox from Zabar’s on the Upper West Side (and pick up some black and white cookies while you’re there, too!), grab a slice from Joe’s Pizza on Bleeker Street, or discover have one of Nathan’s Famous hot dogs at the original location, complete with sauerkraut, red onions, cheese and chili.

Now you’re ready to make the most of your time in New York City this summer. Enjoy the public parks and outdoor shows, experience the luxe lounges and casual eats, and start your trip off the right way by booking your JFK car service in advance. The more you prepare before your trip, the less you’ll have to worry about when you’re exploring the Big Apple.

GO Airlink NYC Celebrates Their Nomination as a Finalist for Exceptional Service

Press Release: New York City Hotel Concierges Honors GO Airlink NYC

GO Airlink NYC Celebrates Their Nomination as a Finalist for Exceptional Service

September 1, 2017 – GO Airlink NYC, has recently been nominated by the New York City Association of Hotel Concierges (NYCAHC) as a final contender in the Transportation Service category for the 2017 Concierge Choice Awards. The CCA honors premier businesses – organizations, individuals, and companies – in the New York City that provide remarkable experiences for visitors across the different factions of the Hospitality industry – tourist, theater, restaurant, retail, service and transportation.

Every Fall, the Concierge Choice Awards ceremony brings together distinguished finalists and concierges for an exquisite gala to recognize the finest in the industry. The awards strive to uphold the highest standards and as a result, finalists are hand-picked by the New York City Association of Hotel Concierges members for providing exemplary service to tourists visiting the Big Apple. 2017 saw over 400 submissions across 14 categories. 10,000 votes cast by over 1,000 concierges helped narrow the submissions down to five finalists in each category. All winners will be announced at the 11th annual black-tie gala dinner which will be held on October 2nd.

Of the company’s most recent CCA nomination, Shimi Kluger, General Manager of GO Airlink NYC said, “We are truly honored to have received this nomination. This nomination is a great recognition for our dedicated professionals and airport teams and the entire GO Airlink family for working extra hard to achieve excellence in a city where transportation is a never ending logistical challenge. We thank the NYC concierge community for the ongoing support and nomination”.

For a complete list of 2017 Concierge Choice Award Finalists, visit: http://conciergechoiceawards.com/2017finalists.cfm.

About GO Airlink NYC: GO Airlink NYC is a New York City based operator of share-ride, private and group airport  transfer services between Manhattan and JFK, Newark and LaGuardia airports. Running 24-Hours a day, 7 days a week, GO Airlink NYC operates a large fleet of late model modern sedans, SUVs and vans. Proudly offering customer assistance in every terminal at JFK, EWR and LGA. GO Airlink is a proud member of the New York Airport Service Group and the national network, GO Airport Shuttle.

Media Contact: David W. Chien / 212-445-7562 / [email protected]

Fall Foliage

It’s Almost Fall in New York City!

With so much going on in a city that never slumbers, it’s hard to plan your Fall excursions. Here are some exciting ways to spend your getaway.

  • Fall Foliage – Take in New England’s natural beauty during its most prized time of year. Blade, bike, or simply wander beneath the autumn foliage in Central Park, a prime location to view the season at its finest. Stop by the New York Botanical Garden, home to some of the city’s oldest living trees.  NYBG also offers the Haunted Pumpkin Garden (September 17th – October 30th), where award-winning sculptors carve the country’s largest pumpkins into masterpieces.
  • Cider Week – Cider is the flavor of Fall. From October 21-30th, NYC restaurants host a week where you can sip on New England’s finest cider ales, from Foggy Ridge Cider to Farnum Hill. Eateries such as Murray’s Cheese Bar and Astor Center offer tastings of this Fall staple as well as pairings of cheese and pasta dishes.
  • Halloween – Get your costume ready! New York’s Halloween Parade is one of the biggest annual events in New York, with over 50,000 witches, vampires and ghouls who attend each year. Bands and dancers will be performing as well as talented artists. If you want a more family-friendly holiday outing, Boo at the Zoo at the Bronx Zoo is a spooktacular experience. There will be a hay ride, face painting, storytelling, exciting creatures and more fun activities for the family to enjoy.
  • Macy’s Day Parade –  November will be here before you know it, and that means Thanksgiving! This parade is an annual tradition that presents monstrous balloons of every popular cartoon character you can think of, from Pikachu to Spiderman. On ground level you can see cheerleaders, clowns, floats, and celebrities. Before you stuff your face this Thanksgiving, venture on over to a world-renowned New York experience.
  • Film Festivals – New York City offers an endless array of film festivals in the Fall. The New York Film Festival takes place from September 30—October 16th and showcases work from film legends. The festival is celebrating its 54th year of bringing the spotlight too films both big and small.
nyc travel advisory

NYC Travel Advisory: 4th of July

The July 4th travel weekend has officially begun, and with 43 million people expected to travel this weekend, its safe to say there will be crowded roads and airports. New York City will be no exception as we host the 40th anniversary 4th of July fireworks show during one of the most exciting weekends to be in the Big Apple.

Many of you will be relying on GO Airlink Shuttle to pick and drop you off at the airport this weekend, and don’t worry we will be there. This weekend may require a little extra patience as our drivers experience traffic delays and overcrowded airports. A few things you should be aware of:

  • Airport Construction: Both LaGuardia Airport and JFK Airport are currently going through some heavy construction. This is causing delays within the airport, for both arrivals and departures. More specially, JFK Airport Terminal 5 is seeing delays up to 45 minutes once you are on the airport property. For arrivals, GO Airlink is doing out best to get you in a van, with our friendly drivers in a timely fashion. We will get you to Manhattan safely as you relax and cool down in our comfortable vans. For departures, GO Airlink has planned extra time while dropping you off to account for the heavy delays within the airport. Please feel free to give us a call at (212) 812-9000 with any questions about your pick up, or if you want to be picked up earlier.
  • General Traffic: As we mentioned above, this is a very heavy road traffic weekend. Please have patience as our drivers try their best to get you to and from your locations in a timely fashion. In situations like this, the main goal is to drive safely and keep our customers as comfortable as possible.
  • Have Fun: Traffic is just a small piece of your weekend! Although that hour long delay might seem like forever, its really just a small party of your thrilling weekend in the Big Apple. There is plenty to do this weekend like double decker bus tours or planning out the best spot to see the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks spectacular.

Thank you for your patience and enjoy your weekend! if you have any questions at all, please feel free to give our customer service team a call 24/7 at 212-812-9000. Happy 4th of July!

Travel Advisory For GO Airlink NYC Customers In Effect Starting Thursday, September 24, 2015

The visit to New York City by Pope Francis at the end of this week is an extraordinary event that will present tremendous challenges to transportation at the airports and within the City.

(PRWEB) September 23, 2015

From Pope Francis arrival at JFK Airport on Thursday, His Holiness will conduct evening vesper prayers at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. On Friday he will visit the United Nations and address the UN General Assembly. Later that morning he will conduct a multi-religious service at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center. On Friday evening there will be a motorcade through Central Park before Pope Francis will conduct mass at Madison Square Garden. On Saturday morning, the Pope will depart for Philadelphia from JFK Airport.

In order to provide the best possible service under these conditions, GO Airlink NYC has taken several steps including additional staff and drivers to handle the expected demand for service and traffic challenges. All clients with prepaid vouchers will be honored to the best of GO Airlink NYC’s ability. For departures from Manhattan to the airport dispatch will schedule pickups to allow extra time in order to ensure that customers meet their flights.

During these next few days GO Airlink NYC would very much appreciate customers being understanding and corporative

For the original version on PRWeb visit: http://www.prweb.com/releases/goairlink-nyc-papal-visit/service-advisory-09-2015/prweb12977225.htm

Pope Francis traffic advisory.

Pope Francis to Visit NYC: Street Closures and Traffic

Immediate Release via NYPD Traffic Report

NEW YORK CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES STREET CLOSURES AND EXPECTED TRAFFIC DELAYS RELATING TO THE VISIT OF POPE FRANCIS

The New York City Police Department today announced street closures and anticipated traffic delays relating to the visit of Pope Francis. The use of public transportation for the duration of the visit is highly encouraged.

 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24th, 2015

Beginning at approximately midnight the following streets in the vicinity of the St. Patrick’s Cathedral will be closed to vehicular traffic until approximately 9 p.m.:

  • 50th Street from Madison Ave. to 5th Avenue
  • 51st Street from Madison Ave. to 5th Avenue

Beginning at approximately 3 a.m. the following streets in the vicinity of the St. Patrick’s Cathedral will be closed to vehicular traffic until 6 a.m.:

  • 5th Avenue from 47th Street to 55th Street.
  • 48th Street from Madison Ave. to 6th Avenue
  • 49th Street from Madison Ave. to 6th Avenue
  • 50th Street from 5th Ave. to 6th Avenue (will remained closed until approx. 9 p.m.)
  • 51st Street from 5th Ave. to 6th Avenue (will remained closed until approx. 9 p.m.)
  • 52nd Street from Madison Ave. to 6th Avenue
  • 53rd Street from Madison Ave. to 6th Avenue
  • 54th Street from Madison Ave. to 6th Avenue
  • 55th Street from Madison Ave. to 6th Avenue

Beginning at approximately 6 a.m. the following streets in the vicinity of the St. Patrick’s Cathedral will be re-opened to vehicular traffic until 10 a.m.:

  • 5th Avenue from 47th Street to 55th Street.
  • 48th Street from Madison Ave. to 6th Avenue
  • 49th Street from Madison Ave. to 6th Avenue
  • 52nd Street from Madison Ave. to 6th Avenue
  • 53rd Street from Madison Ave. to 6th Avenue
  • 54th Street from Madison Ave. to 6th Avenue
  • 55th Street from Madison Ave. to 6th Avenue

Please note: Crosstown traffic will be reduced to one lane of traffic

Beginning at approximately 10 a.m. the following streets in the vicinity of the St. Patrick’s Cathedral will be closed to vehicular traffic until approximately 9 p.m.:

  • 5th Avenue from 47th Street to 55th Street
  • 48th Street from Madison Ave. to 6th Avenue
  • 49th Street from Madison Ave. to 6th Avenue
  • 50th Street from Madison Ave. to 6th Avenue
  • 51st Street from Madison Ave. to 6th Avenue
  • 52nd Street from Madison Ave. to 6th Avenue
  • 53rd Street from Madison Ave. to 6th Avenue
  • 54th Street from Madison Ave. to 6th Avenue
  • 55th Street from Madison Ave. to 6th Avenue

Beginning at approximately 2 p.m. the following streets in the vicinity of the St. Patrick’s Cathedral will be closed to vehicular traffic until approximately 9 p.m.:

  • Madison Avenue from 47th Street to 57th Street

On Thursday the FDR DRIVE will be subject to intermittent closures:

  • Southbound at 63rd Street
  • Northbound at South Ferry

Beginning at approximately 8 a.m. the following street in the vicinity of the Papal Nuncio’s Residence will be closed to vehicular traffic until Saturday, September 26th at approximately 10 a.m.:

  • 72nd Street from Madison Ave. to 5th Avenue

Beginning at approximately 3 p.m. the following street in the vicinity of the Papal Nuncio’s Residence will be closed to vehicular traffic until Saturday, September 26th at approximately 10 a.m.:

  • 71st Street from Madison Ave. to 5th Avenue

Please note: Trucks and other large vehicles will not be able to access:

  • Madison Ave. from 69th Street to 74th Street while Pope Francis is in residence

Additional intermittent closures/managed access to vehicular traffic in the vicinity of the Papal Nuncio’s Residence include:

  • 5th Avenue to from 74th Street to 71st Street
  • 70th Street from Park Avenue to 5th Avenue
  • 71st Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue
  • 72nd Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue
  • 73rd Street from Madison Avenue to 5th Avenue
  • Madison Ave. from 69th Street to 73rd Street -two western lanes closed

Beginning at approximately 10 p.m. the following streets in the vicinity of the Papal Nuncio’s Residence will be closed to vehicular traffic until approximately 6 a.m.:

  • 71st Street from Park Ave. to 5th Avenue
  • 72nd Street from Park Ave. to 5th Avenue
  • 73rd Street from Park Ave. to 5th Avenue
  • Madison Ave. from 70th Street to 73rd Street

Please note: Trucks and other large vehicles will not be able to access:

  • 5th Ave. from 74th Street to 71st Street
  • Madison Ave. from 69th Street to 74th Street

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25th, 2015

The following streets in the vicinity of the United Nations will continued to be closed for the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) to vehicular traffic:

  • 1st Avenue from 42nd Street to 48th Street. The tunnel underpass from 41st Street to 48th Street will remain open for passenger cars. Trucks and other large vehicles will not be able to access until the end of the day’s session.
  • 43rd Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue
  • 44th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue
  • 45th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue
  • 46th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue

The following will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning at approximately 5:00 a.m.:

  • 42nd Street from the FDR Drive to 2nd Avenue
  • 42nd Street Exit and Entrance Ramps of the FDR Drive

Please note: These areas will reopen each evening after the day’s session.

Beginning at approximately midnight the following streets in the vicinity of the 9-11 Memorial will be closed to vehicular traffic until approximately 1 p.m.:

  • Liberty Street from Trinity Place to Greenwich Street
  • Cedar Street from Trinity Place to Greenwich Street

Beginning at approximately 11 a.m. the following streets in the vicinity of the 9-11 Memorial will be closed to vehicular traffic until approximately 1 p.m.:

  • North bound on West Street from Battery Place to Murray Street

Additional intermittent closures/managed access to vehicular traffic in the vicinity of the 9-11 Memorial includes:

  • South bound on West Street from Chambers Street to Albany Street

Please note: Trucks and other large vehicles will not be able to access:

  • South bound on West Street from Chambers Street to Albany Street

Beginning at approximately midnight the following streets in the vicinity of the Our Lady Queen of Angels School will be closed to vehicular traffic until approximately 6 p.m.:

  • 112th Street from 2nd Avenue to 3rd Avenue
  • 113th Street Cul-de-sac

Please note: Starting at approximately 3 p.m. trucks and other large vehicles will not be able to access:

  • 2nd Avenue between 106th Street to 116th Street
  • 3rd Avenue between 106th Street to 116th Street

Beginning at approximately midnight the following streets in the vicinity of Central Park will be closed to vehicular traffic until approximately 7 p.m.:

  • Central Park West between Columbus Circle and West 81st Street
  • W 61st Street between Central Park West and Broadway
  • W 62nd Street between Central Park West and Broadway
  • W 63rd Street between Central Park West and Broadway
  • W 64th Street between Central Park West and Broadway
  • W 65th Street between Central Park West and Broadway
  • W 66th Street between Central Park West and Broadway
  • W 67th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
  • W 68th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
  • W 69th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
  • W 70th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
  • W 71st Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
  • W 72nd Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
  • W 73rd Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
  • W 74th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
  • W 75th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
  • W 76th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
  • W 77th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue

Beginning at approximately midnight the following streets in the vicinity of Madison Square Garden will be closed to vehicular traffic ntil approximately midnight:

  • 31st Street from 7th Avenue to 9th Avenue
  • 33rd Street from 7th Avenue to 9th Avenue

Beginning at approximately noon the following streets in the vicinity of Madison Square Garden will have intermittent closures/managed access to vehicular traffic

  • 31st Street from 6th Avenue to 7th Avenue – managed access
  • 32nd Street from 6th Avenue to 7th Avenue- managed access
  • 33rd Street from 6th Avenue to 7th Avenue- managed access
  • 7th Avenue from 30th Street to 34th Street – two western lanes closed
  • 8th Avenue from 31st Street to 33rd Street – one lane only/intermittent closures

Please note: Starting at approximately noon trucks and other large vehicles will not be able to access:

  • 7th Avenue from 30th Street to 34th Street
  • 8th Avenue from 30th Street to 34th Street

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26th, 2015

The FDR DRIVE will be subject to intermittent closures:

  • Southbound at 63rd Street
  • Northbound at South Ferry

Please note: For all days additional closings may occur at the discretion of the police department.

NYC Summer Restaurant Week is Back!

NYC Restaurant Week 2015 is back once again to brighten our summer even more. Twice a year you don’t have to worry about spending an outrageous amount of money in New York City’s finest restaurants. Instead you worry about how you’re going to decide on which hot spots and hidden gems to go to during the almost month long foodie celebration. You’ll need to come up with a strategic plan on how to sift through the over 350 restaurants to make sure your cover all basis.

So what exactly is the deal?

The deal, is a big deal – 3 courses for either $25 during lunch and $38 during dinner. Some of the restaurants run the special with no restrictions others have ‘lunch only’ or ‘not valid on Saturdays’. You have plenty of time to get the most deals you can, Restaurant “Week” is more like Restaurant “Month” running from July 20th to August 14th.

Reservations

If you are looking to hit some of the more popular spots like Mercer Kitchen, The Palm Court or Mr. Chow, you’ll need to already have reservations or be okay with eating at 10:00pm. These are definitely restaurants that have coveted seats, and not only during Restaurant Week. Our advice when it comes to these hard to book places, is to wait until the day of and wait on any cancellations. Using OpenTable is an easy way to keep check up on this and book a table as soon as you find a match.

Restaurants

With there being over 350 restaurants, it’s hard to cover them all but here are some suggestions you should put towards the top of your 2015 list.

David Burke Kitchen – One of our personal favorites, this creative menu takes ordinary food and gives it the perfect amount of “umph”. Located on Grand Street, this restaurant offers a country-barn-loft feel and offers indoor or outdoor dining. The menu includes rustic but modern dishes like Skuna Bay Salmon Tartare and Creekstone Farms Beef Short Rib.

Lure Fishbar – This upscale fish restaurant will let your try top of the line food without causing your wallet to explode. Lure has one of the most coveted tables during Restaurant Week because where else are you going to get an Oyster Sampler, Nori Crusted Tuna and Valrhona Chocolate Cake for just $38? Keep in mind you are getting a deal with your meal, so when you see the drink menu is $16 and up, don’t panic.

STK Midtown – Although STK only offers a lunch menu for Restaurant Week, there is no reason not to schedule your client meetings here. This hot spot takes your traditional steakhouse and brings it up a notch with a cool, high-energy vibe. Offering their Classic Burger, Confit Chicken Sandwich and Pan Seared Branzino, this menu appeals to everyone.

Time is ticking, do your research, choose wisely and make 2015 NYC Restaurant Week reservations!

Madison Square Garden Events (Summer/Fall)

One of the best and historic sports, music and entertainment venues is located right here in New York City – Madison Square Garden. Week after week the venue gives way to a wide range of events including basketball, soccer, concerts and even rodeos! The other great thing about Madison Square Garden, or ‘MSG’ as it’s known to most, is that it is located right above Penn Station, making transportation a breeze. The venue has a way of transporting you out of the big city but still lets you feel like you are part of something big, real big. This upcoming summer and fall, there could be a seat waiting for you in the 20,000 seat venue:

U2 iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour 2015

Following the release of U2’s thirteenth studio album, the band announced they were to play indoor arenas for the first time in a decade. Madison Square Garden obviously fit the bill perfectly and they are scheduled to play eight shows in New York City. The band promises a one of a kind experience for every single show (so if you have the twine, might want to grab tickets for a few different nights). Considering that U2 has been playing stadiums for the past ten years, this show is sure to be intimate and extraordinary.

New York Liberty

New York Liberty is our very own professional woman’s basketball team. They play throughout the summer and give you chance to catch a sporting event at the famous arena without spending a lot of money. Currently, they are on a winning streak and the team is keeping up with the New York City temperatures, playing hotter than ever. You can catch Tina Charles, Epiphanny Prince and the rest of these ladies take the court weekly at MSG.

Billy Joel

Billy Joel has officially become a fixture of Madison Square Garden for the past 19 months and is still going strong. Ticket continue to be high in demand and he has eight more shows already scheduled for the rest of the year. Considering he has more than 150 million albums sold throughout his career, he might be playing shows at The Garden for a long time coming. You can check out upcoming shows and purchase tickets on his very own ‘Billy Joel at The Garden’ website.

Madonna

Madonna is bringing her ‘Rebel Heart Tour’ this September and bringing Amy Schumer along for the ride. Before you are wowed by The Queen of Pop, Amy will be hitting the stage to give you a few laughs. With over 32 years of songs under her belt, she has said she is finding it harder and harder to decide which tunes actually make the cut. You’ll have to see for yourself when she hit the big stage at Madison Square Garden.

Maccabi Tel Aviv vs. Armani Milan

The 2015 Euroleague Basketball World Tour kicks off this October in the States. Maccabi Tel Aviv and Armani Milan will battle it out in a preseason game on October 4th. The teams are 6-time and 3-time, respectfully, European Champions. This is a great opportunity to see how the style of basketball differs outside of the United States.