International Travelers Return to NYC and Other Tourism News

It's been a little over a week since international tourists were allowed back in and already we're starting to see the impacts. One promising note in an article on big bets by midtown restaurateurs is a report of a sushi counter already fully booked through Christmas—and that's at a place that just opened! It's all thanks to international travelers.

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City Guide is ready for them, with our magazines back in print as of today, and out for distribution to hotels as of tonight and tomorrow. The Mayor's announcement this week that New Year's Eve will be a full-throttle in-person event reenforces the message that New York will be open for business for the busy final weeks of the year. Other signs of city vitality include:

  • Ian Schrager’s Public hotel opens new cocktail lounge Bar Chrystie
  • Butchers Schaller & Weber open outdoor Alpine ski lodge "Hütte" on the UES
  • Chicago-based hospitality group DMK makes its first New York expansion with grab-and-go Office Hours and soon-to-follow full service spot The Landing, both at the newly redeveloped PENN 1 building
  • Macy’s Herald Square’s Animated Holiday Window displays launch tomorrow; Santa is back as well, starting Black Friday
  • UBS Arena in Nassau County has its grand opening on Saturday, New York Islanders v. Calgary Flames
  • Parsons Dance returns to The Joyce Theater for its annual New York season, starting November 30th
  • Santa's Secret Immersive Holiday Experience hits The Shops at Hudson Yards starting December 1st
  • J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions is bringing back the world's best squash players to Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal, January 13th-21st 
We have been asking around about how the return of international travelers is playing out. It's early yet, of course, but here's are a couple of indicative quotes:
  • "We are so happy for the return of international tourists as we get so many people from around the world at Patsy’s Italian Restaurant. It is a very important component of our business and we could not be more thrilled!!!"—Sal Scognamillo 
  • “There is a great deal of pent up demand from theatregoers all over the world. While we don’t have a crystal ball, the initial ticket buying from those outside of the US is promising. It is early to predict the numbers, but we are very encouraged.“Charlotte St. Martin, President of The Broadway League
At City Guide, we are encouraged as well.
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The Greens on The Rooftop at Pier 17 return to the Seaport next Monday, with chalet seating and globally inspired bites. Photo: Keeyahtay Lewis on behalf of The Howard Hughes Corporation.



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The show will go on at Ellen's Stardust Diner! Food, drink, and singing waitstaff returned yesterday.


City Guide's Facebook Group Everything to Do NYC has over 60,000 members, bringing together a mix of tourists making plans and locals giving advice. It's a great barometer of what visitors are thinking. This very specific request was met with some very specific suggestions, which the poster found very helpful:

Going to see the Lion King Friday at Minskoff theatre- any recommendations for dinner around that area? Preferably not italian or pasta but anything would be great. Also any recommendations for breakfast and lunch anywhere in Manhattan or near Times Square would be awesome!

Among the suggestions: Printers Alley, Bryant Park Grill, Winter Village, Dim Sum Palace, Niza, Nine Restaurant and Bar, Westway Diner, Junior's, Il Forno, Becco, The Glass House, Gyu-Kaku, Haru Sushi, Joe Allen's, Le Prive, and The Perfect Pint. The group is a great way to reach customers in real time as they're making decisions about where to invest their time and money in NYC. If you're not a member yet, join us!

About the Author

Ethan Wolff covers NYC as the editor of City Guide. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn.

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