Hey everyone, Sarah here! I’m a Sales Manager with AllFly as well as your unofficial guide to all things NYC and, of course, epic offsite adventures. So, you’re planning your team’s offsite and you’ve decided on NYC (smart choice, I’d bring the AllFly team here, too!). Wondering where to even begin in a city that never sleeps? Well, fear not. Here’s an itinerary, plus some insider tips, that'll leave your team buzzing long after they've boarded that return flight.
1. Prep Like a Pro
- Getting here: JFK is New York’s largest (and busiest) airport and is the hub for international travel. LGA is the smallest of the NYC area’s airports and the most popular for domestic travel. It’s also the closest airport to Manhattan (and my personal favorite).
- Pack smart: LAYERS, LAYERS, LAYERS. A spring trip to NYC could mean anything from a sudden snow flurry to sunny and 75°. Don’t forget comfortable shoes! You’ll be doing a lot of walking.
2. Work Hard, Play Harder
- Cheers to the skyline: Just imagine… the sunset paints the cityscape in golden hues, you're perched on a private rooftop terrace, toasting to your achievements and your teammates. Midtown Terrace offers stunning views and exclusive rental options for unforgettable group experiences. The best part? The retractable enclosed rooftop means you can enjoy the terrace in any weather.
- Rock and bowl: This Williamsburg hotspot combines vintage lanes with live music and a killer menu. Brooklyn Bowl is an effortlessly cool venue and the perfect way to bond with your colleagues, unleash your inner competitor, and have some serious fun.
- The WaterTower: After you’ve shown off your bowling skills, walk right across the street to The WaterTower. Located atop Arlo Williamsburg, this iconic NYC water tower has been transformed into a chic lounge with unobstructed views of the Manhattan skyline.
- A breath of fresh air: After all that city buzz, recharge with a guided walking tour through the iconic Central Park. Discover hidden gems like the Ramble's winding paths, Belvedere Castle's stunning views, and the charming Shakespeare Garden. Then, kick back and relax with a gourmet picnic on the grass against the backdrop of the NYC skyline!
3. Bon Appetit
- For a nice team dinner, Chinese Tuxedo is an absolute MUST. Nestled in the heart of Chinatown, the attention to decor and eclectic spins on Chinese food make this spot unforgettable. The food is incredible and served family style which makes this spot perfect for groups. Pro tip- check out the speakeasy bar downstairs after dinner!
- Oh, you’ve been blessed with a day of perfect weather in NYC? Run, don’t walk, to this boat-turned-oyster bar that offers a taste of the Hamptons right in the heart of the city. Step aboard Grand Banks, docked at Tribeca Piers, and enjoy the sunset, some of the best oysters in town, and nautically inspired cocktails (or mocktails!).
- No NYC offsite is complete without indulging in the city's most legendary dish – pizza! a Take a pizza making class and learn the secrets of crafting the perfect New York-style pie from dough tossing to cheese selection. Pizza School in the Lower East Side offers interactive classes where you'll work together, laugh, and ultimately devour your masterpieces.
So, there you have it, folks! Your NYC offsite guide is ready. Now go forth, explore the city, and build some unforgettable memories with your team.
And hey, if you need a local guide to help navigate the Big Apple, you know who to call (wink wink).
Happy offsiting, everyone!
Sarah, your NYC Adventure Guru