Nomadic Matt’s Guide to New York City


Last updated: April 2024

I know a visit to New York City can be overwhelming. There’s so much to see and do that it’s easy to miss some of the little out-of-the-way places and sites that make NYC unique.

New York City is my second home and have used my personal, insider knowledge as a resident to write this guidebook so you don’t miss any of the things that make this city special.

I focus on activities that give you insight into the city, its people, and culture. You’ll get off-the-beaten-path, away from the crowds, and see the local side of New York City. There are neighborhoods, attractions, bars, and restaurants only a resident would know about.

And the places I’ll tell you about.

I’ll give you insider tips on where we locals go and how we save money in this notoriously expensive city so you don’t bust your budget while you are here!

If you’re ready to have a local friend show you the Big Apple from an insider’s perspective, get this guide today.

How This Guidebook Will Help You

  • You’ll discover the unique, beautiful, inexpensive, and often-overlooked sights of the city that will get you off the beaten path, make your trip unforgettable, and show you the real NYC.
  • You’ll get suggested budgets and money-saving tips so you can better plan your spending and avoid going broke while on your trip.
  • You’ll get a list of best-value accommodations in the city from the world’s foremost professional budget traveler and local resident so you don’t spend an arm and a leg on a room.
  • You’ll learn how to navigate the city, with details on every transportation method in town so you spend less time in traffic and more time enjoying your trip.
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  • You’ll get three-, four-, and five-day itineraries to make planning your trip and managing your time as easy as possible.
  • You’ll eat better with my insider list of affordable places so you can enjoy the mouthwatering food we locals actually eat.
  • You’ll better understand how to visit the city with our section of all the essential tips that make guidebooks important: information on tipping, visas, public holidays, emergency numbers, business hours, weather, airport information, and much, much more.
  • You’ll get a giant list of the best bars, clubs, and speakeasies so you can drink better, cheaper, and at more interesting places.
  • Get inspired for your trip with some of my favorite movies and books about New York City.
  • You’ll get the lowdown on every neighborhood so you’ll know where to go, when to go, and what to see in this massive city. Never miss a New York minute!

Get the Definitive Travel Guide to NYC!

This book will help you navigate like a local, avoid crowds, and save money so you can visit New York City cheaper, better, and smarter.

Details: 129 pages of money-saving information
Last updated: April 2024

Testimonial headshot image of marianna“What makes this guidebook so fantastic is that everything included is right to the point! We followed some of the money-saving tips and saved a ton. The suggested itineraries saved us a lot of time and we particularly enjoyed the attractions labeled as Nomadic Matt’s absolute favorites! This list included attractions that are not so well known among visitors but really worth a visit! Highly recommend this NYC guidebook!” — Marianna

Frequently Asked Questions

What makes your guide different?
Our books cater to budget travelers and focus on off-the-beaten-path and local destinations other guidebooks skip. Unlike other mainstream guidebooks, we don’t try to be everything to everyone. We’re here for the people who want to travel, not merely take photos. In addition, all of the information included in this guide is from firsthand experience, not internet research.
What makes you an expert on New York City?
I’ve lived in NYC for five years and go back every other month for work. I know this city well. All of the recommendations in this guide are my personal favorite places to see, eat, and drink.
What’s the difference between this guide and the information on this site?
While this website has a lot of great information on NYC, it doesn’t offer specific accommodation, restaurant or bar recommendations; neighborhood information; historical information; or important information like customs, laws, visas, and detailed transportation and emergency information. Ya know, all the stuff you turn to a guidebook for!
How will this save me money?
This guide was written for budget travelers by a budget traveler. It includes cheaper options for food, activities, and accommodation, as well as tips to save money while still having a high-quality travel experience.
Is this guide available in print?
No, it is only available as an ebook. You’ll be able to save this guide to your phone, Kindle, iPad, or computer so can access it on the road. It will work on any device and can be used on as many as you want.
Are there any special coupons inside?
Unfortunately, there are not. However, there are plenty of tips included to help you save money!
If I have any questions or concerns, can I contact you?
Of course! You can contact me via email anytime:
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