NYC Restaurant Week: Sample the Best of New York’s Food Scene

It’s the ultimate time to explore New York City’s famous food scene – NYC Restaurant Week. Join in for a tour of the city’s best cuisine, enjoy meals at incredible discounts and let your taste buds do the talking.

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Restaurant Week is happening this summer from July 24th to August 18th, 2017. The choices are diverse, from fine dining establishments to kitschy diners and ultra-trendy holes in the wall. You’re sure to find a fabulous meal or two (or three!) among the restaurants participating in this event.


This bi-annual chance to dine out in NYC features prix fixe meals from over 380 restaurants throughout the five boroughs. Lunch is set at $29, with dinner at $42 per person.

What’s Included

Three courses are included with every meal, whether it’s lunch or dinner. Each restaurant will have their own special prix fixe menu. This will include limited selections for each course. In general, beverages, taxex, and gratuities are not included in the prix fixe prices.

How to Make Reservations

You can reserve a table at most participating restaurants on the event website. Of course, you can always call these restaurants directly or visit their homepages.

Top Restaurants and New-Comers

Hungry for suggestions? Check out one of these top-rated restaurants: Smoke Jazz & Supper Club on the Upper West Side, Catch NYC in the Meatpacking District, Sofrito on the Hudson in Harlem, or ABC Kitchen in Union Square.

There are also new eateries on the Restaurant Week scene, including High Street on Hudson, Green Fig, New Leaf Restaurant, Jue Lan Club, Quality Eats, Salvation Taco, and the Members Dining Room at the Met, i.e. the famous Metropolitan Museum of Art (no need for membership to visit during Restaurant Week).

If you plan to eat your way through New York City restaurants during this special event, book your stay with us at the Courtyard LaGuardia Airport Hotel.


Visit Bryant Park to See New York’s Backyard

A beloved New York green space and entertainment center, Bryant Park is where many New Yorkers hang out, play, work, and enjoy the fresh air. Visit New York’s backyard and take in its unique atmosphere.

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The park is packed with fun, food, and events.

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Things to Do

Take a spin on Le Carrousel and soak in the park’s signature French classical and Baroque styles. Bring a picnic blanket to The Lawn at Bryant Park and get your fill of green in the concrete jungle. Pop over to the Art Cart and experiment with free drawing and craft-making supplies. There’s even more to explore when you wander the park's beautiful paths.

Places to Eat

The park has a variety of food kiosks where you can order food and enjoy al fresco dining in NYC. Grab a coffee or a pastry, sit and relax for lunch, or even try Belgian waffle delights. You can dine indoors, too, at Bryant Park Grill and Cafe.

Upcoming Events

The park has its own apiary where you can visit, taste the honey, and learn about beekeeping. Upcoming sessions will be begin July 14 and August 11.

Through August 21st, you can enjoy outdoor movies at the Film Festival every Monday night on the Lawn at sunset.

Opera previews via Bryant Park Presents are fun occasions that give you a peek at what’s happening on some of the world’s biggest stages. Get glimpses of performances from the NYC Opera like Viva Verdi on August 22.

While out and about in NYC, don’t miss the vibrancy of this iconic area institution. Book your stay with us at Courtyard LaGuardia Airport Hotel and make it happen.

Sail Away on NYC Boat Tours & Cruises

Looking for a unique way to see the most famous attractions in the city? Get on board for NYC boat tours & cruises.

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Sail your way around Manhattan and see the sights.

Circle Line NYC

Circle Line offers cruises for whatever floats your boat. See the best of New York, catch famous landmarks, sail past Lady Liberty, or climb aboard for happy hour.

Cruises depart from Pier 83 in Manhattan. Each cruise includes helpful guided narration, plus onboard cafe access with a selection of hot and cold drinks, salads, sandwiches, and snacks. There’s also outdoor deck space and heated/air-conditioned indoor space suited for sightseeing.

Hornblower Cruises

Hornblower offers dinner cruises along with sightseeing, holiday, and happy hour cruises. Plus, you can book a private cruise for a wedding, business event, or private party.

Each themed cruise includes different offerings. For instance, on the Bubbles, Beats and Brunch Cruise, you’ll enjoy shared plates with a fun menu featuring donuts, fried chicken, and waffles; bottomless mimosas; a Bloody Mary bar; and a live DJ.

Cruises depart from Pier 15 and Pier 40 in Manhattan.

Statue of Liberty Cruises

A Liberty Cruise from NYC Water Tours is a great option if you’re looking for wondrous views of the Statue of Liberty. This cruise sails past the lady herself twice, so you get double the opportunity to nab that perfect photo.

On your tour, you’ll be treated to narration from a licensed guide. You’ll also pass lots of other famous sights, including Battery Park, Wall Street, the Manhattan Bridge, South Street Seaport, Brooklyn Bridge, and the Freedom Tower.

This cruise departs from Pier 79 and Slip 5.

If you plan to hop on some of these amazing boat tours while you’re enjoying the New York City, stay with us at the Courtyard LaGuardia Airport Hotel.

U.S. Open NYC 2017 To Host Biggest Pro Tennis Stars

One of the tennis world’s biggest events returns to Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows, NY in late weeks of summer. To catch all the action and see your favorite players go head-to-head, attend the U.S. Open NYC 2017.

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This 14-day event will run from August 28th to September 10th, 2017. Here are all the important details you'll need to know.

How to Get Tickets

You can purchase individual tickets to watch one match, or ticket plans are available if you’re planning to attend the event for multiple days.

Ticket plans include admittance for the entire series, the first week, evening matches, and other flexible options.

For groups of 25 or more, tickets can be purchased at a discounted rate with lots of added perks.

Event Schedule

Daily matches take place during the event, with men’s and women’s doubles and singles scheduled at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. through September 6th. The semifinals and finals will round out the concluding days of the event.

Special Events

You won't want to miss the singles finals on Saturday and Sunday, September 9th and 10th. The top players will be squaring off on these days for that coveted title and trophy.

Dining at the Open

Various food venues are available at the Open , from grabbing a quick a bite to enjoying a full sit-down meal.

The U.S. Open Food Village will include regional selections and more, like Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Shop, Farm 2 Fork, Crepe Express, Jacob’s Creek Wine Bar, Morris Grilled Cheese, Angry Taco, Franks & Fries, and more.

Special ticket holders can also eat at the stadium’s premier restaurants, like the U.S. Open Club or Aces and Champions Bar & Grill.

If you’ll be attending this exciting championship tennis tour, remember to book your stay with us, close to the event at Courtyard LaGuardia Airport Hotel.


At NYC Zoos, Wonder at the World’s Coolest Animals

NYC is known for being an urban jungle, but did you realize there are four great zoos within the city’s hustle and bustle?

Whether you visit one or all of NYC's zoos, you will discover the wonder of the wild right in the heart of the city.

Discover the Wild in the Middle of an Urban Jungle

A zoo visit is an eye-opening trip for the whole family.

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Queens Zoo

The Queens Zoo is where you will find a range of American species on the Animal Trail, including a new baby Andean bear cub, bison, Pudu (miniature deer), and more. Take a gander at the colorful birds in the Aviary, then check out domestic animals like cows, Flemish giant rabbits, and Texas Longhorns.

Central Park Zoo

Central Park Zoo is known for its penguin exhibit, especially their famed daily feedings. This iconic zoo also features big cats, like the majestic snow leopard, a grizzly bear, and animal species from the tropics, like a range of monkeys. Don’t forget to visit their Children’s Zoo to pet some sheep, goats, and a cow.

Bronx Zoo

Spanning 265 acres and featuring exhibits like Tiger Mountain, Congo Gorilla Forest, and Himalayan Highlands, the Bronx Zoo requires a whole day to see it all. Even then, you might not squeeze everything in. Focus on the exhibits you most want to see and plan on returning!

Staten Island Zoo

The Staten Island Zoo is chock-full of an array of animals to wonder over. Spy on Birds of Prey, check out the Amur Leopard Habitat, and head to the Africa Wing to see some truly wild creatures. Don’t forget to ride the carousel and hop on the back of your favorite animal.

Make a stop at ones of these amazing zoos, or hit a few during your next trip to NYC. While you’re here, be sure to book your stay with us at Courtyard LaGuardia Airport Hotel.


4th of July in New York City

There’s an incredible amount of fun happening in NYC for Independence Day – so, how do you choose? Learn about the best events to hit while spending your 4th of July in New York City.


How to Celebrate Independence Day in NYC

The 4th of July is the perfect time to visit New York. Plan on one enjoying one of these festive events during your visit to the city.

Midsummer Night Swing

If dancing the night away on July 4th sounds like the perfect way to enjoy the holiday, then you should get yourself to Midsummer Night Swing at Lincoln Center.

This event lasts for three weeks and features different live music nightly and dancing in a specific style. On the 4th, you can hear David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Eternity Band and try out classic swing and jazz moves. Show up early for a group dance lesson to get the hang of it.

Annual Macy’s Fireworks Display

Macy’s will be throwing their 41st annual fireworks show, and it will be bigger and better than ever.

Performers will headline the event, and it will all lead up to a spectacular display of light, color, and sound, set to a special score by the West Point Band. Plus, the whole thing will be broadcast live on NBC.

Freedom Fest at Pier 15

For the ultimate seat to watch the Macy’s show, grab tickets for Freedom Fest. Admission gets you a fantastic view of the fireworks along with food, drinks, and family fun.

The menu will include BBQ, burgers, pulled pork sandwiches, hot dogs, wings, and pulled pork tacos. There will also be an open bar from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. and dancing after the fireworks.

Will you be celebrating Independence Day in NYC? Book your stay with us at Courtyard LaGuardia Airport Hotel and get in on all the red, white, and blue fun.

Special Offers at Courtyard LaGuardia Airport Hotel

You don’t have to compromise when you’re looking for accommodations for your trip to New York City. Get everything you need out of your hotel in one neat package with the special offers available at Courtyard LaGuardia Airport Hotel. They will give you ease and convenience, so you can focus on work or play as opposed to the logistics of travel.

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You can take the guesswork out of planning your trip when you take advantage of our New York City hotel packages. These offers include absolutely everything you need, so you can cross some worries off your list.

Park Here Fly There Package

Travel and parking can be a pain when you’re trying to get around the city, but it doesn’t have to be. With the Park Here Fly There Package, you get up to three nights of parking for one car, the convenience of a shuttle to and from LaGuardia airport, and overnight accommodations. Avoid calling a cab or paying for a rental car, and get all of your major transportation taken care of going to and from the airport. Easy!

Park, Stay & Eat Package

With the Park, Stay & Eat Package, you don’t have to worry about planning breakfast or parking. This makes it easier for you to get out the door and go in the morning. The offer includes our delicious breakfast buffet each morning of your stay at Aileron Bar & Grill, our on-site restaurant, and complimentary parking for your vehicle. These perks come with a stay in our deluxe accommodations.

Grab one of these great hotel deals in NYC and enjoy convenience and ease when you stay at our hotel. Book your accommodations with us at the Courtyard LaGuardia Airport Hotel and enjoy your time in New York City with less stress.

All About the Outer Boroughs of New York City

If you’re visiting the Big Apple, step outside Manhattan and get to know all the different facets of this great metropolis.

Visit the outer boroughs of New York City and get the full NYC experience. Each borough has its own unique character, flair, landmarks, and attractions – so start exploring. 

Here’s a Short Guide to New York’s Outer Boroughs  

Discover all there is to NYC when you visit its outer boroughs.

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Staten Island

Take a ferry to the island and discover NYC’s most remote borough. Here you’ll find lots of natural spaces – parks, beaches, and forests, like the Staten Island Green Belt. Don’t forget to visit one of the many museums or historical landmarks, like Historic Richmond Town or the National Lighthouse Museum.


This iconic borough is almost like a city within a city. While you’re here, experience the unique sights, like the Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights promenade (and its signature brownstones), Prospect Park, or cool and trendy Williamsburg. Don’t forget classic Coney Island on the coast, a mainstay since the late 19th century.


NYC’s most diverse borough is also its largest. The array of cultures is best on display through the food and art, whether it’s Greek, Chinese, Mexican, Peruvian, Cuban, and more. Here you’ll also find Citi Field, home of the NY Mets, and lots of world-class museums, including the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria.

The Bronx

Possibly best known as the home of Yankee Stadium, this borough offers a plethora of things. There’s Little Italy on Arthur Avenue, with a covetable street market that includes meats, fish stalls, fresh produce, and quaint cafes. Don’t forget the New York Botanical Gardens and the Grand Concourse, which is rich with art deco appeal.

Make your NYC visit complete – book your stay with us at Courtyard LaGuardia Airport Hotel to endcap your adventures in all the boroughs.


Revivals, Classics, and New Hits Are All on Broadway

One of New York City’s staples, going to a show on Broadway, delivers everything from laughs to tears, to wonder, to awe and amazement. Sit in the audience and discover the magic of this time-honored tradition yourself.

Broadway Musicals to Enjoy for All AgesLOCATIONS_CITY_NY-Broadway-SignThe line-up in the Theater District this season features classic shows, revivals, and fresh hits that the whole family will enjoy. Take your pick for matinee or an evening of excitement.


A new classic, Wicked is the untold story of the Wicked Witch of the West. See her rivalry with Glinda as it unfolds from the beginning, and follow her story up to Dorothy’s famous visit to Oz.

The Phantom of the Opera™

This long-running, timeless musical by Andrew Lloyd Weber is based on a book of the same name. The Broadway revival follows Christine, an ingenue at the Paris Opera House, and her mysterious mentor, the Phantom who stays hidden in the shadows.


Originally a cult-favorite, quirky French film from 2000, Amelie takes the story of the shy-but-kind title character, who has to take a chance on love, to the stage.


Another film favorite is turned into a stage musical with Anastasia. Hear all the beloved songs from the movie, including Once Upon a December and Journey to the Past, and see the story of the lost Russian princess unfold.


A new hit for the New York stage is Waitress, another musical adapted from a movie of the same name. With music and lyrics written by famous singer Sara Bareilles, the story is about a pregnant diner waitress with dreams of opening her own pie shop and leaving her abusive husband.

Be close to all the excitement happening on Broadway and book your stay with us at Courtyard LaGuardia Airport Hotel.


Memorial Day Weekend in NYC 2017

The last Monday in May is when the U.S. makes its yearly tribute to fallen soldiers. It’s also the unofficial beginning to summer. Celebrate our country’s heroes, enjoy the anticipation of the warmest months, and take part in some of these fun events for Memorial Day weekend 2017 in NYC.

Enjoy the Unofficial Start of Summer in NYC

     Memorial Day weekend has also become about parades, concerts, and enjoying a picnic at NYC's public parks and beaches.

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The largest parade in the city is the Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade in New York. Now in its 90th year, the festivities will include commemoration of World War I’s centennial, and a tribute to the Air Force. Stay after the parade for a free performance from the official U.S. Air Force band, The Blue Aces.


Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds have been mainstays on the alternative rock scene for 30 years, and will be playing at Kings Theatre for the holiday weekend. See them live on May 26th or 27th.

Vision Festival 22 is a jazz fest with music, films, and more. It starts on Memorial Day and runs through June 3rd at Judson Memorial Church.

NYC Public Parks and Beaches

Hit a public park or beach for the holiday weekend and relax with some sand, surf, or a picnic.

If you’re looking for a secluded spot away from the crowds, pack a picnic basket and bike or hike to Fort Tilden Beach.

For more excitement, people-watching, food vendors, and fun, try Coney Island Beach, Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk, or Long Beach.

For carefree wandering, relaxing in the shade, or a game of frisbee, try Sheep Meadow at Central Park. For evening entertainment, take in an outdoor movie at Brooklyn Bridge Park.

For more fun during the unofficial start of the summer of  2017, stay with us at Courtyard LaGuardia Airport Hotel.