* content is available without a data or Wi-fi connection
Embark NYC (free) – available on iPad, iPhone*
This app feature a detailed NYC subway map as well as directions to and from any subway station. The app also reroutes based on real-time updates of delays and lines being serviced.
CitiBike (free) – available on Android, iPad, iPhone
The companion app to CitiBike features all CitiBike stations as well as bike and dock availability. Its most recent addition includes places of interest, including coffee shops, restaurants, and stores, all listed with their nearest CitiBike station and bike/dock availability at a glance.
(With the CitiBike 7-day discount, this app is perfect for those going to the main Frankie 100 venues in Midtown West from Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn near the Brooklyn Bridge and Williamsburg Bridge.)
Exit Strategy ($3.99) – available on Android ($2.99), iPad, iPhone*
While this time-saving app is known for telling New Yorkers where to stand and which subway cars to ride in to be closest to the subway exits, it also features official NYC bus maps and detailed neighborhoods maps of the busiest subway stations.
MetrO (free) – available on Android, BlackBerry, iPad, iPhone*
This app allows you to download subway and light rail directions for any metropolitan city worldwide. Though it does not provide a map, it provides detailed transfer information as well as approximate time to get from one station to another.
Wayfinder NYC (free) – available on Android
Featured as an Augmented Reality app, Wayfinder NYC allows you to point your phone at your street location as the app shows you the closest subway stations and how to get there.
NYC Way (free) – available on Android, iPad, iPhone
Just about everything you may want to know is on this app, which redirects you to other websites or apps for just about any request. You can customize this app for your experience as a tourist, resident, or commuter. Common features include dining, shopping, and entertainment, while unique features include Juice Joints, restrooms, deals, car services, and religious places.
Trip Advisor Offline City Guides (free) – available on Android, iPad, iPhone*
Not only is the New York City guide available for download here, but you can also download guides for many cities around the world. Features include restaurants, attractions, suggested itineraries (self-guided walking tours), nightlife, shopping, and purchasing tickets for tours or shows. Connect via wi-fi to download the latest updates to user reviews.
Fodor’s New York City Guide (free) – available on iPad, iPhone*
The comprehensive guide features lists of notable restaurants, museums, shops, nightlife venues, and sights with short descriptions and contact information. With a data connection, you can book tickets and reservations for popular New York attractions and restaurants.
UrbanWonderer (free) – available on Android, iPad, iPhone
UrbanWonderer functions as an audio guide for various self-led walking tours in the city. Tours include Central Park, Chelsea Art Galleries, NYC Film, SoHo, Times Square, TriBeCa, Greenwich Village, and Williamsburg.
Yelp (free) – available on Android, iPad, iPhone
This popular app is a must-have on many NYC residents’ Smartphones. Yelp is known for finding nearby restaurants and loading their reviews, but it also helps you locate nearby stores and local services. One perk of Yelp is its ability to filter restaurants based on the criteria of distance, price range, delivery, good for kids, good for groups, and take-out.
OpenTable (free) – available on Android, iPad, iPhone
OpenTable is the go-to app for booking dining reservations in the city. Not only can you choose from a variety of cuisines, locations, price ranges, you can also invite friends to dine with you and earn reward points for eating out.
Savored (free) – available on Android, iPad, iPhone
A partner of OpenTable, Savored offers significant discounts when booking a reservation a month ahead or last-minute (up to an hour before your dining). It offers anywhere from 10% – 40% off the bill of mid-range to high-end restaurants. Directions to and menus of each restaurant are additional perks.
Additional Awesome Apps for NYC and Travel in General
TKTS – This app is fantastic for finding out more information about current Broadway shows and buying show tickets from the discounted TKTS booths.
ZocDoc – Do you happen to need a doctor’s appointment in NYC within the next week? This app allows you to book doctors based on insurance information, neighborhood, and doctor specialty.
HopStop – Similar to Embark NYC, this app provides point-to-point directions using NYC’s public transportation system. Best used with a data connection, this app also features schedules for each train and bus line.
Subway Time – Cute app that shows how long until the next train with a data connection. Doesn’t work with all subway lines but is useful for the lines going to the main venues of Frankie 100.
TripIt – Like your own personal travel secretary, this app saves all itineraries in your email and consolidates them in one screen view. It also updates and alerts you on any changes to your itinerary the day of travel via text or email.
*Currency – Keeps track of up to 10 world currencies and their updated exchange rates on one convenient app.