This app was fantastic in prepping for our trip, getting to know all kinds of little details and secrets about NYC.... Wish there was this kind of easy, sensible guide for every city without all the fluff!!
— iTunes USA

About the App

First-time tourist or know-it-all New Yorker, this is your guide to mastering an overwhelming city. New to the Big Apple? We’ll teach you how to walk the walk and talk the talk, and leave with insight that even natives don’t know.

Other guides try to be trendy or not for tourists. Our goal is to be practical and user friendly. With this app you can plan your entire trip on the plane and arrive with an expert game plan to make the most of your precious time in NYC.

These 400 listings will keep you pretty busy. We’ve come a long way since launching in 2009 with 25 places. In 2015, the app was rebuilt from scratch and became a free download with an option to pay to unlock all content and features beyond the 25 free sites.

Why upgrade?

Our content is king. A licensed tour guide wrote it. He’s not just an expert on NYC, but also a traveler himself, and knows what it’s like to arrive somewhere new. This guide makes New York feel familiar even before arriving.

Sure, you could spend hours (days?) trolling TripAdvisor, Yelp and other crowd-sourced sites, but really, ain’t nobody got time for that. So we did the hard work for you. This essential guide contains everything you need to know, and is guaranteed to be more up-to-date than any competitor.

Best of all, upgrading gets you on-demand access to the author. How do you get from your hotel to the Statue of Liberty? What’s a good restaurant for an anniversary? In-app comments connect you to the author who responds within 24 hours. Concierge information service that costs less than two rides on the subway may just be the best deal in town.

If you’re still unsure, give us a shot. More than 40,000 paid downloads across 75 nations makes NYC Essential Guide a proven winner. We stand by a complete satisfaction policy or your money back. Happy trip planning, and enjoy this fabulous city!

Your friend in New York,

About the Author

Tour guide and travel writer Jeffrey Tanenhaus is a native New Yorker with a passion for being at home and abroad, and capturing both on camera. Born on the Upper East Side, Jeffrey also has lived in Japan, Argentina and Guam, and now resides in Brooklyn where all the cool kids live. After trips to more than 50 countries, he hasn’t found anywhere that compares to the constant energy pulsing through NYC.

Formerly a guide on double-decker buses, Jeffrey now gives private tours upon request. He's also a freelance writer and photographer. In his free time, even in the dead of winter, Jeffrey enjoys Citi Biking just about everywhere, especially over the Manhattan Bridge.