28th Annual Webby Awards May 6, 2024

Webby Staff Picks: The Best Things to Do in New York City

Heading to New York for the 28th Annual Webby Awards? Plan your itinerary with recommendations from our team on what to do.

New York City is as vast and fragmented as the Internet. Around each street corner is a new neighborhood, restaurant and experience. Inarguably, it’s the city’s best quality—and it’s worst.

If you’re heading to New York for the 28th Annual Webby Awards, it’s time to plan your itinerary. The city is overflowing with options, it can be hard to decide what is actually worth visiting; which is why we’ve narrowed your options. From grabbing brunch in K-Town to listening to vinyls in Greenpoint, The Webby Awards team weighed in on their favorite spots to eat, drink, go out, explore and shop in New York.

Explore these picks, and get ready to attend or watch the 28th Annual Webby Awards, hosted by Amber Ruffin, on Monday, May 13th.

We’ve also added these picks to a Google Map that you can save and download.

Nick Borenstein, General Manager

🍔 Places to Eat: The Grey Dog, Fairfax, Monkey Bar, Lovely Day, Cervos
Places to Grab a Drink: Julius
💃 Places for a Night Out: House of Yes
🗽 Places to Visit & Stay: The Standard Hotel


Olivia Witherite, Marketing Director

🍔 Places to Eat: Her Name is Han (in Ktown), brunch at Golden Diner (Chinatown-ish) or Taverna Kyclades in Astoria
Places to Grab a Drink: Barely Disfigured in Cobble Hill; Apotheke in Chinatown
💃 Places for a Night Out: Public Records in Gowanus or Soju Karaoke and Bar in Ktown
🗽 Places to Visit & Stay: I love to run or walk on the west side highway and wander over to Little Island.
🛍️ Places to Shop: Great trifecta of running gear/apparel stores in Williamsburg/Greenpoint: Bandit Running (started in NYC), Tracksmith and Brooklyn Running Co. (the most knowledgeable, friendliest runners work there)


Vanessa Azen, Digital Project Manager

🍔 Places to Eat: L’Industrie Pizza
Places to Grab a Drink: Apotheke chinatown
💃 Places for a Night Out: Public Hotel rooftop
🗽 Places to Visit & Stay: Comedy Cellar
🛍️ Places to Shop: Anywhere in Soho


Steve Marchese, Executive Producer

🍔 Places to Eat: Hamburger America
Places to Grab a Drink: Shinji’s, Hall, Lou’s Athletic Club 
💃 Places for a Night Out: Good Room, Nowadays
🗽 Places to Visit & Stay: The Elevated Acre, Governor’s Island


Kristine Moise, Account Manager

🍔 Places to Eat: File Gumbo Bar, Ci Siamo, Sonnyboy, Ye’s Apothecary
Places to Grab a Drink: Las’ Lap, Double Chicken Please and Reception Bar
💃 Places for a Night Out: Pergola
🗽 Places to Visit & Stay: The Highline


Nix Shizheng Ni, Lead Designer

🍔 Places to Eat: Bites of Xi’an – Always boosting my hometown taste. And if you know Xi’an Famous Foods, this is her covert sis (try either if you haven’t!) They have multiple locations. Did I mention they are affordable?
Places to Grab a Drink: Who says non alcoholic drinks aren’t fun? HEYTEA finally found their way from China to the Big Apple – only one location so far so I suggest order online.
💃 Places for a Night Out: Pokito – the drinks, the vibes, the snacks – you have to see it yourself. Actually invite me there.
🗽 Places to Visit & Stay: If you want to wander around, the galleries in Chelsea (Dia, Tanya Bonakdar, Gagosian..) And Whitney – Biennial is on!
🛍️ Places to Shop: TESO LIFE – loads of Asian goodies. You will leave with stuff you didn’t know you need.


Jordana Jarrett, Head of Content

🍔 Places to Eat: Nyonya for Malaysian food, ilili for incredible Lebanese dishes, Melba’s in Harlem for soul food, and 99 Favor Taste for hot pot.
Places to Grab a Drink: Creston wine bar in Chinatown. It’s relatively new and cozy.
💃 Places for a Night Out: If you like listening bars, and are up for a train ride to Brooklyn, try BierWax in Prospect Heights, or Eavesdrop in Greenpoint.
🗽 Places to Visit & Stay: Hop on the A train to visit The Met Cloisters.
🛍️ Places to Shop: Flying Solo in Soho. They have a rotation of work from independent designers, so you’ll always find something unique.


Emma Whitfield, Production & Experience Director

🍔 Places to Eat: Joe’s Shanghai
🗽Places to Visit & Stay: BonBon Swedish Candy Shop


Trisha Mcloughlin, General Manager, The Anthem Awards

🍔 Places to Eat: Banter, Greenberg’s Bagels, Bonsignour, Faicco’s, Shukette, Nami Nori, Malaparte, Waverly Inn,
Places to Grab a Drink: Bandits, LB, White Horse Tavern, Corner Bistro
🗽 Places to Visit & Stay: Little Island, Pier 57, Chelsea Market, Tin Building
🛍️ Places to Shop:  Hester Street Fair


Mahi Sugebo, Junior Copywriter

🍔 Places to Eat: Misoya, Topaz Thai, Laut
Places to Grab a Drink: Singlish, Mono+Mono
💃 Places for a Night Out: Nowadays
🗽 Places to Visit & Stay: Philip Williams Posters
🛍️ Places to Shop: L Train Vintage


Jen Vitale, Partnerships Producer

🍔 Places to Eat: The Frying Pan, Grand Banks, Pilot
Places to Grab a Drink: The Plaza Hotel, Bar Blondeau at the Wythe Hotel, The Campbell,
💃 Places for a Night Out: Arthur’s Tavern, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Le Bain
🗽 Places to Visit & Stay: Top of the Rock, Cooper Hewitt – Es Devlin retrospective, Morgan Library, The Little Red Lighthouse


Get Ready to Attend the 28th Annual Webby Awards Show on Monday, May 13th! 

With such iconic moments, there’s a reason the Webby Awards Show is known as the Internet’s biggest party—you won’t want to miss this.

Whether you’ll be in attendance or are watching online, follow @TheWebbyAwards everywhere to catch all the red carpet moments and 5-Word acceptance speeches from Special Achievement Winners, Keke Palmer, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Kara Swisher, Shannon Sharpe, Jerrod Carmichael and more!