Destination Showdown: :New York vs. Los Angeles

It's east vs. west when New York City and Los Angeles battle it out for the title of Best Major City Vacation.

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It's east vs. west when New York City and Los Angeles battle it out for the title of Best Major City Vacation.

Round 1: Where to Eat Round 1: Where to Eat
236 West 56th St, New York, NY 10019
Italian in New York starts and ends with Patsy’s. Frank Sinatra’s go-to spot, Patsy’s is an NYC staple.
La Dolce Vita
9785 Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
La Dolce Vita is about as close as you’ll get to Little Italy on the West Coast. In fact, it was one of the main hangouts for the Rat Pack back in the day.
21 Club
1 Front St Brooklyn, NY 11201
The classic NY slice can be found under the Brooklyn Bridge. This pizza joint ships their ingredients in directly from Italy and only serves whole pies. No single slices here!
The Apple Pan
10801 West Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064
The Apple Pan is a classic LA burger joint that serves up great food along with delicious apple pie.
205 East Houston St, New York, NY
In New York City, pastrami on rye is a true delicacy, and no deli embodies the NYC Jewish deli image like Katz’s.
1001 North Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA
Philippe’s, the inventor of the French dip, has been around for nearly half a century.
854 7th Ave, New York, NY
Known for their massive piled-high sandwiches, this deli is arguably more famous than the Broadway stars than frequent it.
The Bazaar
465 La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Chef Jose Andres strikes again with some of the most innovative cuisine in the country. The Bazaar has some seriously unique eats, including foie gras cotton candy.
Round 2: What to Do Round 2: What to Do
Top of the Rock
30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY
One of the tallest buildings in the city, 30 Rock’s sky deck offers some of the most amazing views of New York.
Grauman’s Chinese Theater
6925 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA
For some true Hollywood history, visit the Grauman’s Chinese Theater and see the handprints of some of Hollywood’s biggest stars.
Liberty Helicopter Tours
6 East River Piers, New York, NY
Feel like Superman as you fly over New York City in your own helicopter tour -- it’s the only way to get face-to-face with Lady Liberty.
Universal Studios
100 Universal City Plaza, Los Angeles, CA
Take a studio tour of Universal, home to one of the largest film lots in the city.
42nd St and Broadway, New York, New York
Home to the country’s greatest live shows, Broadway offers a wide array of musicals, plays and concerts.
Rodeo Drive
Rodeo Drive and Beverly Dr, Los Angeles, CA
Some of the world’s top designers launch their lines right from their shops on Rodeo Drive.
Trapeze School – Pier 40
353 West St, New York, NY
Fly high in the Big Apple at Trapeze School on Pier 40. Here you can learn to soar like your favorite circus performers with the city as the backdrop.
Celebrity Helicopters
961 West Alondra Blvd, Compton, CA
LA’s truly too big to see in a weekend. Unless, of course, you take a helicopter tour! Fly with Celebrity Helicopters for a unique view of the city … plus, check out some real celebrity chateaus.
150 Varick St, New York, NY
If you’re into the latest DJ craze, Greenhouse is the place to be. With a huge dance floor and bumping speakers, you’ll rock out all night long.
Bridge to Nowhere
Camp Bonita Rd, South Antelope Valley, CA
Looking for an LA thrill? Go hiking in the beautiful national forest and bungee off the Bridge to Nowhere.
Element Night Club
225 East Houston St, New York, NY
In the city that never sleeps, Element embodies the East Coast-nightclub scene. With trendy music and bottle service, this is the place to be seen in New York City.
Venice Beach
Pacific Ave
When you’re in LA, it’s hard not to try and hit the beach. Venice offers some of LA’s best people-watching.
  Greystone Manor
643 La Cienaga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Party like a celebrity at this LA nightclub. Greystone Manor is where A-listers go to flaunt their fame and pop champagne.
  Barney’s Beanery
8447 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA
This iconic LA bar, which has some of the greatest chili in the city, is famous for being the last place Janis Joplin was seen before she passed away.
Round 3: Where to Stay Round 3: Where to Stay
New York Palace Hotel
455 Madison Ave, New York, NY
Nothing’s more glamorous than a palace, right? The New York Palace offers some of the finest hotel rooms in the city.
Sunset Tower Hotel
8358 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
For a true taste of Hollywood, the Sunset Tower Hotel is the place to stay. Located right between the hills and the beach, this tower overlooks the City of Angels and offers celebrity-style treatment to its customers.
East Village Bed and Coffee Hotel
110 Avenue C, New York, NY
It’s no secret that Manhattan’s expensive, but East Village Bed and Coffee offers guests a home away from home at a reasonable rate.
Farmers Daughter Hotel
115 South Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA
Located right in Fairfax village, this boutique hotel offers a wide variety of unique suites, while still being budget-friendly.

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