Here are a few of my favorites....
Ritz Carlton Central Park - Can't beat the location. Across from Central Park, a block away from Fifth Avenue.
The Plaza - Landmark hotel. Absolutely beautiful and also great location.
Hotel Gansevoort - Modern, contemporary hotel located in the Meat Packing District. Walking distance to amazing restaurants and shopping.
Roja Mexicano - Mexican. Best Guacamole made table side. Awesome Margaritas and desserts.
Koi - Sushi, Asian. Amazing, Creative Sushi.
Balthazar - French. Fabulous. Fun.
Fifth Avenue - Bergdorf Goodman, Saks, Henri Bendel, Designer Boutiques, American Girl
Soho - Quaint setting but mostly big chains like Bloomingdales, A/X, H&M. Some cute stores that I like are Olive & Bette, Frock, Custo Barcelona.
Meat Packing District - Boutique Shopping. Diane Von Furstenberg, Catherine Malandrino, Calypso St. Barth, Christian Louboutin, Stella McCartney among others
Dylan's Candy Store - Absolute fantasy for most kids.
American Girl Store - Every 7 - 11 year old girls' dream come true store!
Magnolia Cupcakes - Decadent cupcakes.
Broadway Shows - So many to choose from. My favorites include Wicked, Lion King, Mamma Mia, and Phantom of the Opera.
Museums - The Met, MoMA, The Cloisters, The Guggenheim and The Museum of Natural History are all amazing