New York City is one of the most recognizable cities in the world. It's rich, cultural depth brings millions of visitors to The Big Apple every year. This city never sleeps, as there's always something to do. If you are visiting NYC for the first time, or still need help getting around the city, then check out our list of the best New York City apps for your iPhone. We've scoured the iTunes store to bring you a collection of apps to make your visit a memorable one.
The best iPhone apps for New York City
19 Apr 2017, by Cherry Mae Torrevillas
Whether you are visiting New York City, working in the city or a resident, this app has something for everyone. It’s the official app for the Downtown Culture Pass which offers users discounted access to more than a dozen different cultural attractions within the lower Manhattan area. These discounts can include museums, tours and more. There are 13 event categories and the list of events continues to grow. Download this app and add some cultural enrichment to your time in the city.
- The official app for the Downtown Culture Pass
- Great for anyone that spends time in Lower Manhattan
- Discounts to over 12 cultural attractions
- Various event categories, Growing list of events
- Easy to use, Great information on events
If you just moved to New York City, or are visiting for the first time, then check out this app. In fact, even if you have lived there for many years, Social Status – Find Your Crowd is still a beneficial app. Users can find great places to eat, avoid large crowds, or go during the busiest times and enjoy the great atmosphere. View all results on a map based on your current location. You can also see when the busiest time of the day is or which days might be the busiest. If you are looking for some crowded bars for a night out in the City, then this app has you covered. Whatever your crowd desire is, Social Status will find it for you. Make the most of your time in the NYC with this awesome app.
- Find places to eat in New York City
- Find busy and trendy bars, Save your favorite places
- Great for visitors, new and longtime residents
- View results on map based on your location
- Always know how crowded a place is before going there
With the help of this app, you can feel like a VIP at any of the clubs listed by getting free drinks, unlimited buy 1 – get 1 free drinks and other cool exclusive benefits. This app is associated with over 75 venues in the NYC. There’s bound to be a few bars or clubs that you love on this list. You can also get access to exclusive parties and events through FullGlass. View the venues on a map, see all of the details about the venue including hours, view which venues are close to your location and more.
- A great app for those looking to have a fun night on the town
- Get free drinks and discounted drinks
- Get exclusive access to rooftop parties
- Over 75 venues associated with this app
- View venues on map or near your location
Ever heard of the phrase “just wing-it?” Basically, it means to just do something on the fly, without any planning or preparation. Well, here’s an app that has built off of this philosophy and has made things much easier for users to find something to do in the NYC. View what’s going on tonight or tomorrow, pick a category to view different events, buy tickets, book Uber rides and more. Whether you are a resident or just visiting, Wingit will definitely help you find exciting things to do.
- A great app for finding things to do in NYC
- View events or attractions by category
- See what’s going on tonight or tomorrow
- Book Uber rides, Buy tickets
- Great for residents and those visiting NYC
If you love attending shows on Broadway, or this is your first time, TodayTix is a great way to views these events. This app helps you to easily and quickly purchase tickets, even at the last minute. Browse through the upcoming plays to see which one you want to check out. Set your price point for tickets and select which section you want to sit it. There's also a daily lottery that gives away free and discounted tickets.
- Buy tickets for upcoming events
- Browse through upcoming plays
- Takes 30 seconds to buy a ticket
- Select section and price point
- Enter daily lotteries for free or discounted tickets
Recce is an interactive, immersive, fast, fun and exciting way to explore NYX. Discover vibrant parts of the city, the best coffee shops, trendy bars or clubs, noteworthy galleries, theaters and more. This app makes your search an engaging experience. Recce is available both online and off-line, uses GPS and Compass to find your location and nearby points of interest, offers quick tours of the popular NYC landmarks and much more. Add some fun and creativity to your time in NYC by downloading this app today.
- A fun and engaging way to search NYC
- Find great places to eat or shop
- Cultural, Artistic, Historical, Entertaining points of interest
- Available online or offline
- Uses GPS and Compass for your location and places nearby
Blockfeed is a highly touted news app dedicated to all things relating to New York City. It shows you the stories that are closest to you, no matter where you are in the city. The app will help users discover cool events, cultural activities, reviews on places to eat and more. Users can view news on a map and get notified when a story breaks near you. We all know that New Yorkers love to share their opinions and this app allows users to communicate with other locals in regards to the news stories.
- Provides localized news for the NYC
- Get stories that are closest to your location in the city
- Find places to eat or things to do
- View news stories on a map
- Get notifications of breaking news stories near you
Need to take the subway? Trying to find the nearest station? Find The Line NYC app will help you get to the closest subway station in an efficient manner. Get directions to the nearest station, view a compass to guide you in the proper direction and never get lost again. Select any train that you want or need to ride and this app will find it for you. It’s a handy tool for first-time subway users, those visiting NYC and anyone else wanting to find the nearest station.
- Find the closest subway station in NYC
- Search and find any specific train
- Get walking directions to the station
- View the station and your location on a map
- A compass will guide you in the right direction
Squire will help users find the best barbers in NYC, book a haircut and even pay through the app. The mission of this app is to keep users looking sharp by providing an easy way to find the best barber shops near you. Check for availability, reserve a timeslot based on your schedule, keep a credit card on file to pay for haircuts and leave a tip through the app, a receipt will be emailed to you and you never have to deal with any unnecessary hassle again. Whether it’s a shave or a haircut, Squire will hook you up!
- Find the best barbers in your area
- Book a timeslot, View open slots
- Pay for haircuts or shaves through app
- Even leave them a tip through the app
- Get a receipt via email
This trusted resource is dedicated to providing users with accurate information on the top restaurants in New York City. There’s a large database of review for users to read and make an informed decision or reservation. Find restaurants nearby, search or browse, view different categories, create a list of favorite places that you have visited or want to try, view places on a map and more. With this app, you will never ask where to eat again or feel like there’s no places good enough to eat at.
- A trusted resource providing reviews on restaurants
- Find restaurants nearby, View on a map
- Search or Browse the large database
- View restaurants based on category
- Save your favorites, Create a wish list
Here’s a free subway map of NYC to help users get around the city quickly and easily. View the map offline, get live status updates on lines or trains, use the point-to-point journey planner, see transit schedules for NJ and Newark, view a Long Island Rail Road map and more. Use an exclusive code and get a free Uber ride. This app is a fantastic tool for getting around the city if you are new, just visiting or starting a new job. It can help you find the quickest routes to desired locations and it even allows you to save your favorite lines.
- A free subway map of New York City
- View map offline, Live status updates for lines
- Point-to-Point journey Planner, Fastest routes
- Additional transit maps, Get a free Uber ride
- Save your favorite lines