The Real Girl's Travel Guide to NYC

Comedienne Valentine Bureau and actress Daniella Pineda are tired of all the tourists coming to New York City and waiting in lines to do the same predictable activities. The travel books might tell you one thing, but the most foolproof way to navigate a new city is to simply ask a local for recommendations. Valentine and Daniella are cool city dwellers and dish on their must-see under the radar spots in this Real Girl’s Guide to NYC video on Look TV. None of that Time Square nonsense!

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Guided Tour
Try The Beast for a boat tour (a speed boat to be exact) that goes from Hell’s Kitchen to the Statue of Liberty…all while blasting Metallica and handing out super soakers!

NYC Pizza
Skip the line at Grimaldi’s with all the out-of-towners and venture out to Roberta’s in Bushwick, Brooklyn for the most delicious pizza of your life. Bill and Hillary Clinton enjoy a pie here, and that’s good enough for us!

Have a fancy event to attend or just want to feel like a rockstar for a day? Get your hair did at Drybar for the full VIP experience. They blow out your hair for $40, give you a head massage and a cappuccino, and frequently play Clueless on their TV screens. Win!

Want to wear a dress of your dreams that you can’t afford? For a special night out on the town, skip the crowds on Madison Avenue and try Rent the Runway for that “wear it one time” dress.

Not everything happens in Rockefeller Center. To make some late-night memories, head downtown to the Meatpacking District. The Standard Hotel’s fancy Boom Boom Room bar has an incredible view of NYC’s West side. Cocktails can be a bit pricy, but are totally worth it for the people watching and view of the skyline.

You don’t have to go to Caroline’s to see a great cheap chow. The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre has the best improv and sketch groups outside of Los Angeles and Chicago for $5 and a cheap bar.

We don’t really know how to help you here. Everything is really way too expensive. Try to avoid NYC hotels and camp out on a friend’s couch. That’s the truth!

Have you ever been to NYC? What are your city tips and tricks? Tell us in the comments below or tweet us at @LookTV. Dig Daniella and Valentine? Watch more of their videos on Look TV.

  • Shandra Goldfinger

    In what world is the Meatpacking District downtown? Telling a tourist to go to Bushwick is a little ridiculous. For tours, I recommend They have a large variety that can cater to almost any interest. If it’s nice out, go to the Highline. Probably cliche by now, but it really is awesome. Get ice cream at Lula’s Sweet Apothecary. Watch random performers at Washington Square Park and eat from the Dosa cart there. Visit the major museums. If you need to stop to talk to each other or look at a map, move against a building instead of staying in the middle of the sidewalk. Use HopStop to navigate the subway. Don’t be afraid to ask for directions; New Yorkers are nice and helpful, but not really interested in learning your life story- that doesn’t make us rude! Find cool jewelry and purses at random shops in the East Village instead of hitting Broadway in Soho. Go into Tiffany & Co. – for some reason it makes you feel amazing. Get Dim Sum in Chinatown. Don’t eat at any chain restaurant. Get Broadway rush tickets- so much cheaper!

    • Look TV

      All awesome tips! Thanks for sharing. We’ve never been to Lula’s Sweet Apothecary…adding it to our must-try list, along with the Big Onion.

    • Tahryn Smith

      My first trip to NYC a few years ago I stayed in Bushwick at the NY Loft Hostel which was 2 blocks from Roberta’s because it was affordable and it was great. Super clean, nice people, and a cute area around it. It was pretty easy to get into the city and get around Brooklyn and so much less expensive than anywhere else.

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