Things to do in NYC: Stern Starter Pack Edition

By: Chevi Charlap  |  May 13, 2022

By Chevi Charlap

New York is a big city, with lots of places to go and many things to see. But how do you know where these fun events are taking place? Or when they’re happening? Or which ones are the best? Whether you need a place to study, hang out with friends, or anything in between, the following are some of the top best activities to be found in NYC.



New Amsterdam Burger and Bar (NABB) is a delicious, kosher restaurant located on the Upper West Side. The burgers are their specialty, but they also have an incredible selection of appetizers and drinks. They also have a sushi menu provided by Sushi Skooba, which specializes in kosher, authentic Japanese cuisine. For an awesome night out with friends, NABB is definitely the place to go.



If you’re looking for an activity that won’t break the bank, Citrovia is a great place to go with friends. The interactive, lemon themed art exhibit is totally free and conveniently located on 9th Ave and 33rd St. If you’re looking for a new profile picture, a unique experience, or just want somewhere fun to hang out with friends, Citrovia is the place to go.



For all those coffee addicts out there, the Starbucks Reserve in Chelsea is an absolute must! The entire place smells like freshly brewed coffee, and the drinks themselves are delicious. With finals week coming up, the comfy leather couches, wood-polished tables, and various lounge areas make it a great place to study, get work done, or even take a much-need study break. While the drinks may cost a little more than your average Starbucks, the occasional treat of a five-star cup of coffee is the perfect way to reward yourself for a semester well done. The Roastery is open everyday from 7am-10pm.


  • Thrift Shopping


While shopping in NYC is an activity beloved by many, it can often be an expensive one, but it doesn’t have to be! New York is also home to some amazing thrift stores, the perfect place to score a good deal and find unique, one-of-a-kind pieces. Unique Boutique on 3rd Ave has that old-school charm that makes thrifting the awesome adventure that it is. Additionally, The Vintage Thrift Shop is a thrift store that doubles as a nonprofit and benefits the United Jewish Council of the East Side. For anyone looking to upgrade their wardrobe while protecting their wallet, thrifting is the best way to go.



For a fresh perspective of NYC, take a scenic boat ride in Central Park. In the heart of Central Park is a gorgeous lake surrounded by beautiful trees and a stunning view of NYC. As you gently row your way through the calm, clear waters, you’ll get to see turtles, ducks, birds, and other wildlife. For just $20 an hour, you and your friends can enjoy a beautiful day on the water without even leaving the city.



Calling all board game addicts! Hex & Co. is the place for you! With locations on 1st Ave and Broadway, this board game cafe is one of the coolest places in the city. They have shelves packed with almost every board and card game imaginable, and they even offer a student discount. While the food may not be kosher, they have a wide variety of drinks to choose off the menu. The perfect place for birthdays and awkward shidduch dates, Hex & Co. is an absolute must.



Another great study spot is the Arthouse Hotel on the Upper West Side. In the lobby of the hotel you will find conference tables, leather couches, good vibes, and a deliciously kosher cafe! Patis is a reliably kosher cafe with some of the most delicious pastries ever! Their strawberry croissant is filled with delicious strawberry cream and pairs perfectly with their in-house brewed coffee. They also have a wide variety of sandwiches, focaccia breads, and teas. For more awkward shidduch dates and delicious desserts, Patis is the place to go.