Sweepstakes: Win a Neil Patrick Harris–Curated Trip to New York or L.A.

He's been on TV, he's been on Broadway, and now he's written a book! That's right, the one and only Neil Patrick Harris has penned a memoir, and it's unlike any other you've ever read. Instead of being just another celebrity tell-all, Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography puts you, the reader, in the center of the action as you relive the actor's life and make important decisions at crucial life junctures.

To celebrate, we're giving one lucky person the following prizes: roundtrip airfare in coach for two to either New York City or Los Angeles, provided by Orbitz, two-night hotel accommodations, a Neil Patrick Harris itinerary of your choice for you and your travel companion, a hardcover copy of Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Adventure, one iPad Mini with special surprises, and a Fodor's Travel guide to the city you choose to visit. Ten runners-up will win a copy of NPH's book as well. Enter for a chance to win on our sweepstakes page, and please note that all entries must be received by 11:59 ET on October 6.

The grand-prize winner will get to experience some of NPH's favorite places in the city of his or her choosing. Below you'll find a list of his top picks for New York and L.A., along with an explanation of what makes these spots special.


Hinoki & the Bird

“This restaurant is a haven: super-delicious food—right by Fox, where we filmed How I Met Your Mother—in a lush and sexy setting. The skate wing entrée is magical. Even more so after a few of the cocktails. . .”


“THE BEST HAPPY HOUR IN ALL THE LAND. My family loves it. Sashimi plates, baked crab rolls, spicy tuna rice cakes, a cold beer, and sake combo. Boom. Done.”

No Vacancy

“Hollywood isn't always the best for bars (or anything), but this secret little guy is suuuper cool. It features one of the coolest ways to enter a bar that I've encountered. A modern-day speakeasy in the midst of . . . well, hobos and tourists.”

The Magic Castle

“Okay—this place is literally magical. A private club where everyone is dressed to the nines and unbelievably talented. And the magicians—you will not believe their talent. The shows here defy logic and most laws of nature. Also, great cocktails.”

CorePower Yoga

“I love me some hot yoga, and this place is one of the best. Clean, hot, and stretchy. I think I'm still talking about the yoga place . . . (Great for detoxing those aforementioned cocktails.)”


“DISNEYLAND!! I mean . . . Do I really have to explain this one? I would live here if I could. Do they have residences? I could really get into that.”

Fox Studios

“I lived here for nine years, but it never stopped feeling special. Old-school Hollywood filled with such history. Don’t miss NY Street.”

New York


“I almost don't want to reveal this one. Best Mexican food in the Theater District. Try any of the amazing tacos or potent margaritas. And the guac! Ooh, the guac.”

Red Rooster

“Harlem is my new home, and this spot is one of the best things about it! The food, the ambience, Ginny's Gospel Brunch on Sundays! Yes, it's a restaurant. But with Marcus Samuelsson at the helm, it's also an experience.”

Per Se

“So fancy, but just unbeatable. A once-in-a-lifetime meal every time. Thomas Keller is a God.”

Children's Museum of Manhattan

“My kids Gideon and Harper love this place—it's really cool. Yes, it's meant for kids, but it's cool enough for adults. Family fun!”


“Best gyms in existence. No question. It's not a secret that this place knows what it's doing. They motivate me and make working out a joy.”


“Where some of my most incredible memories have been made. I will never forget my most recent home, the Belasco Theatre, and Hedwig, for which I just won my first Tony Award. Good times.”