Hundreds of SITE members and friends will be descending on New York City shortly for the 2023 SITE Global Conference. We’ve gone straight to our in-association experts who know the city best for their tips and tricks on what’s worth your time, in a city with so much on offer, and with so much to celebrate.
Discover what members of SITE Northeast past and present suggest to help you make the most of your time in NYC.
Megan McHale, Director of Global Sales, East Coast — Rocco Forte Hotels
If you're looking for the perfect celebratory activity in New York City, my recommendation is to head down to the West Village to Marie’s Crisis Cafe, a 184-year-old piano bar that hosts nightly show tune sing-a-longs. I guarantee it is the most fun you will ever have and if you’re lucky, Broadway-level talent might show up to belt out a couple of tunes.
Refuel down the block at John’s of Bleecker Street — the very best pizza in New York City (ahem, the world). And if the night still feels young, walk over to Arthur’s Tavern for the best live jazz turned dance party.
And you can’t come to New York without visiting a museum or two. Here are my favorite ones, with nearby spots for lunch:
- Tenement Museum and Katz’s Deli (Lower East Side)
- Neue Galerie and Café Sabarsky (Upper East Side)
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art and JG Melon (Upper East Side)
- The Whitney and Chelsea Market (Chelsea)
- Museum of the City of New York and Archer & Goat (Upper East Side/Harlem)
Michaela Foley, CMP, CITP — Director of Sales, 360 Destination Group New York
Welcome to New York, we are excited to have you!
Did you know there’s currently an indoor ice-skating experience high in the sky? You can glide above New York City at Sky Skate, a 1,024 square foot rink.
If skating isn’t your thing try to squeeze in some time on Broadway. Current shows I’m loving are SIX, & Juliet, and Funny Girl. I’m also looking forward to Bad Cinderella, which starts February 17th.
If you don’t have time for a show then check out the Broadway Museum, which is walking distance from the Marriott Marquis and is perfectly curated for every type of Broadway fan.
Staying after the conference? Check out the Rangers taking on the Winnipeg Jets on Monday night or see Carrie Underwood belt it out on her Denim and Rhinestones Tour Tuesday Night. An event at MSG [Madison Square Garden] is one you’re not soon to forget. LET’s GO RANGERS!
Andrea Puizina, CITP, HMCC — Director of Global Accounts MICE, NH Hotel Group (part of MINOR Hotels)
Speakeasy NYC! One of my favorite things to do in the city that never sleeps is to discover speakeasies: bars that came into prominence in the United States during the Prohibition era, and received their name “speak easy” from police officers who had trouble locating the bars since people inside them spoke quietly (Editor’s note: stay tuned for something the Global Conference team is brewing up behind the scenes for Saturday night of Global Conference, too…).
My favorite one is The Back Room, one of only two speakeasies that operated during Prohibition and is still in existence today. Also don’t forget to check out Bathtub Gin — hidden behind a nondescript coffee shop (yes, there is huge bathtub in the middle). And for a completely distinctive experience, visit Apotheke Chinatown. Their holistic approach to drinking well is unique and you will be tasting cocktails with signature house-made ingredients; local and organic botanicals and ancient healing herbal combinations.
Have fun, and drink responsibly!
Amy Somer, CMP — Senior Event Manager, Liberty Mutual Insurance Company
Pizza! NYC has THE BEST pizza! Grabbing a slice is usually the first thing I do when I get to the city. Of course there’s an age-old debate of who has the best pizza — ask any New Yorker for their favorite!
Near Times Squares, two of mine are:
- John’s Pizzeria at 260 W. 44th Street - no slices, but they do have gluten free options
- Joe’s Pizza at 1435 Broadway.
Oh, and bagels! Try Zucker’s at 1065 Sixth Avenue. It really must be in the water, enjoy!
Stella Cruz Ortiz — B2B Marketing Manager, NYC & Company
If you have some extra days before or after the conference, I'd recommend venturing outside Manhattan to…
- The Bronx: There’s plenty of options for foodies here. I love Café 787 and Chocobar Cortés in Mott Haven. Arthur Avenue is also cool if you want to experience another version of Little Italy.
- Brooklyn: Head over to DUMBO and the Time Out Market, where you can take in amazing views of downtown Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge from the Market's upper level.
- Staten Island: Take the free ferry to Staten Island, a great way to see the City and Lady Liberty. Just a short drive from the ferry station, Snug Harbor Cultural Center boasts an art museum and a beautiful Chinese Scholar Garden.
- Queens: Check out some amazing museums in Queens. MoMa PS1, Socrates Sculpture Park, and The Noguchi Museum are all a short ways away from Astoria, where the restaurant options are endless.