Obviously, your phone is an incredibly handy tool, and once you have a cell plan (remember, you have a “cell phone” now, not a “mobile”), you can go ahead and start using some of these very handy apps. Most are available on both Android and iOS.
For iOS users: You will first need to change your phone to be in a US region (which requires US banking details – click here for help), however, it’s quite easy.
What’s going on with banking? And why do people keep asking to “Venmo” you?
- Venmo – This is basically how everyone sends each other money whether it be for a drink, meal or a nice hat.
- Square Cash – A new-comer to the market which does basically the same as Venmo but makes it slightly easier to transfer money.
- Amazon – This will take your money and turn it into the fun stuff. A lot. If you’d like to do me a favor and say thank you for this website, please use this link to https://smile.amazon.com and select “Variety – the Children’s Charity of New York”. I work with this fantastic Charity and this lets a little of your money go to them to help kids in need!
- Bellhop – Can’t be bothered with public transport and want a car? This will compare Uber, Lyft, Juno, and a cab’s prices for you!
- CityMapper – Probably the most comprehensive getting around app for NYC
- Transit – Probably the most accurate and up-to-date listing of public transport information
- Pigeon – For up-to-date real information from commuters about where trains are (made by the folks at Google) – SubwayTimeNYC is also commonly pointed to!
- CitiBikes – CitiBikes are everywhere in NYC and are a simple way of getting around. More here!
- Uber – Uber…
- Lyft – Younger sister of Uber but the big up and comer, probably #2.
- Juno – Was meant to be the savior of the driver, now acquired by…
- Gett – No surge pricing, lots of options (best for inside Manhattan ($10/ride)
- Via – Ride sharing with regular ride deals
- Curb – If you want to catch a yellow cab this will help you out (and you can even use it to pay once you’re in a cab). Do note that this adds a surcharge on top of a normal cab ride.
- Spare Room – The name tells most of the story
- Naked Apartments – The name of this one, not so much
- StreetEasy – A great app for all things rentals with a focus on empty apartments. They’ve even written up a great guide on Moving to NYC when it comes to housing!
Dining, Food & Drink
- Infatuation – A great and simple app for finding somewhere to eat that’s going to be great
- Seamless/GrubHub – Great food delivery service
- UberEats – Similar to Seamless ($15 off first order with eats-joshp367ue)
- PostMates – Similar to UberEats ($100 off with link)
- Delivery.com – Similar to PostMates ($7 off with the link)
- Drizly – Drink delivery to your door ($5 off with code KFIZW)
- Open Table – One of the leaders for booking dine-in dinners
- Eat24 – Another food delivery app similar to Delivery.com
- Yelp – A place to read reviews from people who in most cases have WAY too much time on their hands
Sports & Shows
- SeatGeek – One of the major new players in seats
- StubHub – Good cheap tickets from other people
- TodayTix – For Broadway shows
- TKTS – Last minute Broadway shows
- Tunity – At a bar, can’t hear the TV? This will play the audio from any TV on your phone!
- Skiplagged – Cheap flights jumping onto connections and tail ends
- Hopper – Monitors flight prices and helps for when to buy
Security & Privacy
- TrueCaller – You are going to receive a LOT of spam calls, this app will help you slow that down
- Do Not Call Register – Federal Trade Commission’s (Government) spam filter