Bryant Park
Bryant Park
4.5
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
About
Bryant Park has a French-style merry-go-round, open year-round, plus a well-maintained lawn, with chairs and tables. The outdoor Reading Room has picture books and summertime story times. In winter. Take a spin on the free ice-skating rink. The park also has clean bathrooms, a rarity in midtown.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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The area
Neighborhood: Midtown
This is the iconic New York that so many visitors imagine before they visit—spectacular skyscrapers like the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building, iconic public buildings like Grand Central Terminal and the New York Public Library, and the non-stop hustle and bustle of the city streets. Fifth Avenue is a shopper's heaven where you can find every kind of store imaginable, with fashion brands ranging from the affordable to the ultra-fancy. Visit the Rockefeller Center to experience towering Art Deco grandeur, and foodies will love the busy restaurants that stay open late in Koreatown. After dark, Midtown calms down a bit, but at any time of day or night it still feels 100% New York.
How to get there
  • 42nd St – Bryant Park • 1 min walk
  • Times Square • 3 min walk
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  • David P
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Outstanding welcome and service
    The Bryant Park hotel is a fabulous hotel located close to 5th avenue. The staff are incredibly friendly and nothing is too much trouble. On my last two visits I have been given an early check in and been upgraded rooms. I would particularly like to pick out Jo Kinsella in guest services for her outstanding service.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled on business
    Written April 24, 2023
  • mturnbull
    Newton Aycliffe, United Kingdom889 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    Great place to sit and have a sandwich or coffee and people watch. Can play games if you want free of charge. Beautiful flower beds and lawn. They do a tour about birds. Really clean, always keeping the place clean.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 27, 2023
  • Yvonne C.
    Owen Sound, Canada160 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My favorite place in NYC
    We visited NYC for 5 days and went to all the iconic places ( Broadway, Times Square, 9/11 Memorial, Central Park and several others). I had watched a YouTube video of things to do in NYC which is how I heard of this wonderful place. We were running out of time and didn't think we would be able to squeeze it in but happily we did. We couldn't sit on the lawn as they had recently laid the new grass but we were able to sit the little restaurant and have a drink. We played Jenga - so many free games to play. Every city should have this. We also rode on the gorgeous carousel. I would come back to New York just to be able to visit here again.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 16, 2023
  • Gregory S
    Warwick, Rhode Island82 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the trip
    Bryant Park is a must see on a stop in New York City. There always seems to be something going on. We went by on Saturday, May 13 after seeing a show on Broadway. They had an arts and craft festival with many food booths as well. We had lunch at an outdoor restaurant and it was great. We could enjoy food and also watch all that was going on around us. So glad we stumbled upon this.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 17, 2023
  • DickfromSeattle
    192 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Oasis of Calm
    New York knows how to do parks. Bryant Park is a tree-shaded oasis of calm next to the Public Library, which is also worth a visit. The Bryant Park Cafe and the Bryant Park Grill are excellent places to dine at a reasonable cost (for New York). You'll encounter jugglers showing off, people playing chess and ping pong and a homeless person or two, but mostly couples and families hanging out on blankets on the grass. Everything is clean and well-kept.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 28, 2023
  • Harry A
    Long Island, New York77 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A nice little oasis from the hustle and bustle of NYC
    There's a reason why many TA reviews use the word "oasis" to describe Bryant Park. Smack in the middle of midtown Manhattan, Bryant park is a place where New Yorkers go to take a break from the busyness of NYC and enjoy a book or newspaper in the sunshine. It's a small park, but they pack a lot in there. There are plenty of interesting places to grab a coffee of a quick bite. They also have a "reading room" set up, where you can borrow a book or newspaper for free. During the wintertime, the lawn gets converted into a large ice skating rink, and pop-up shops line the paths selling everything from food to clothes to custom woodworking. During the summer, the park features concerts and movie nights. There are also outdoor ping-pong tables, a free board game booth, chess tables, and a rotating cast of other outdoor activities. But what I really like about the park is the vibe of the people sitting there. Nobody there seems to be in a rush: even during the winter, people sit and enjoy the park like they have all the time in the world. In the middle of such a fast paced city like New York, this really is an oasis.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 1, 2023
  • Stacie B
    Mount Pleasant, South Carolina318 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Favorite NYC spot!
    One of my favorite places to visit in the city. A beautiful space! Restaurants & coffee shops on site. I also love the little book section, game section to be used for free. Such a breath of fresh air! Great spot to sit & enjoy the outside!
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 8, 2023
  • Barry L
    Boston, Massachusetts315 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Beautiful Oasis
    NYC knows how to do things right. The hustle and bustle that exists in the city is almost like the city's air. It wouldn't be the same without the mix of natives and tourists running all over the place. And then right in Manhattan you have this oasis Bryant Park. They have many food stands for varied and quality products. There are gardens and tree lined pathways. There is also a large green patch of land with people sunning and just relaxing. There are a ton of chairs everywhere. I found a quiet chair at a table by the tree lined trees. It was wonderful to be able to breath in deep, enjoy the beauty and people watch. It isn't too large but it also isn't too small. It really is a joy to be had in that part of NYC. Once you get up and leave it you join the crowds again but your step will be a little lighter. I only wish it stayed open later than 11 PM.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 14, 2023
  • Jack
    Old Bethpage, New York865 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great picnic spot!
    I’ve been here many times; All in the winter, so this was my first time here in the summer. The lawn was unfortunately closed, but there were numerous tables and chairs along the lawn with shade and great views of the buildings and scenery. I loved it and highly recommend bringing food here during the summer. The winter is great too as there is a whole mini “village”, with tons of shops and stands, as well as an ice skating rink. Overall, this small park is great!
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 4, 2023
  • Abovetheclouds
    2,500 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Depends when you go.
    Really cool vibe Labor Day, sunny Monday afternoon. People out enjoying the sun, having a drink or a bite to eat. Reasonably well kept. Having said this, if you go at a quiet time or when the weather is bad, your experience may be different.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 4, 2023
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christopherbO9687MP
Acton, MA733 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Bryant Park is a nice public park filled with restaurants, carousels, and other family-friendly amusements. A good place for a walk after visiting the adjacent New York Public Library.
Written March 30, 2024
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Boyd J
Maleny, Australia1,697 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
Visiting in December, the Christmas markets were in full swing and they prove to be very popular with visitors and New Yorkers. We enjoyed browsing and buying some presents.
Written March 25, 2024
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN3,583 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
As about as perfect as a city park gets. Plenty of benches and tables or relax on the well-manicured lawn if the weather is nice. Surrounded by a beautiful cityscape and adjacent to the New York City Public Library. There is a section of the park where you can play chess, checkers or other games. There is a cafe in the park with outdoor seating and where you can enjoy a bite or a cocktail. There are also numerous food options around the park including a Whole Foods. You can grab some coffee or lunch and enjoy it in the park as you take in the scene.
Written March 20, 2024
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PaigeT
Las Vegas, NV60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Great park with a beautiful public restroom that has flowers and music!! There may be a line to get in, but it’s worthy going if you are in that area!!
Written March 15, 2024
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Dahlia El Atawy
Cairo, Egypt76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
A must visit park when travelling to NYC; located in Manhattan adjacent to the New York Public Library and surrounded by many iconic skyscrapers. Bryant park offers free seating (chairs and tables), table tennis and play ground. There are many bakery and waffles shops on the corner so do not miss that. Also Whole Food Market is on the other side of the street so perhaps you can buy your lunch from the food hall then go to eat it at Bryant Park. Grand Central is nearby Bryant Park. Google for Bryant Park events and activities schedule: live performances and free movies are being played. Highly recommended.
Written March 13, 2024
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Erin T
Fairport, NY6 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Was so excited to visit during the Christmas holiday but boy was I mistaken. It was so packed it wasn’t fun. My daughter and I were squished trying to walk down the path. I couldn’t even think of getting near an actual store or food vendor. Perhaps visiting during the week, during the day?? Avoid during peak times.
Written March 3, 2024
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Hgtravl
Marlton, NJ1,714 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Beautiful park for lunch! The street along Bryant Park has so many to go style eateries- so it’s easy to grab a meal & eat at the park. The park was beautiful with lots of benches, tables & seats. We enjoyed our lunch along with many other people enjoying the park on a sunny day.
Written March 2, 2024
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Steve
London, UK962 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
The park is a nice little oasis in the middle of the downtown NYC. The Christmas markets were on when we visited and there was plenty of stalls to see
Written February 10, 2024
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SMiriah
Oldham, UK203 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Beautiful park, preferred this part of New York over Times Square etc. quiet and peaceful and such a beautiful setting, was lovely to walk around and see the Statue of Liberty in the distance
Written January 22, 2024
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Caroline S
Arlington, VA132 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
My husband and I did the ice bumper cars at the Bryant Park winter village, and they were great fun! The activity only lasted about 20 minutes, but that was enough time to keep the novelty of it. We laughed the entire time. Our group was made up of adults, but there were other groups with kids too. Given the duration, you should definitely combine it with another activity (we got chocolate from Laderach, ate at Burger and Lobster, and went to see a show afterwards).
Written January 21, 2024
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