Imagine you’re wearing a dress off the runways in Milan, eating award-winning food made by a Japanese Chef, buying accessories from an Argentinian boutique, and listening to jazz by the finest musicians in New Orleans…it sounds like you’re in New York City.
People from all over the world have flocked to The Big Apple for hundreds of years, and the question to ask is, why aren’t you? Spend a day exploring the city and blissfully end your night serenaded by a piano man. In honor of a New York state of mind grab your weekend bag and start packing!
SLEEPING IN THE CITY THAT NEVER SLEEPS:
We can’t all afford to stay at The Plaza, but if you can, embrace your inner-Eloise and do it! An average room indulges with a 24-carat gold plated fixture, a stunning view of Central Park, and butler service upon request.
If you’re traveling on a budget try Library Hotel. A boutique hotel in Midtown East, they offer free breakfast and a daily wine and cheese reception complimentary to their guests.
When choosing a hotel in New York City, whether you’re staying in Manhattan or an outer borough, make sure you check that they are close to a subway line. It’ll make exploring the city a lot easier and a lot more fun!
1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Fun for adults and kids alike, see a real Egyptian Temple or King Henry VIII’s Armor. Don’t expect or even try to get through the whole museum, but a few hours exploring the massive building is fun and memorable.
2. The Highline: A public park on the west side, built on an old elevated train track, the Highline offers a unique view of the city, art exhibits, and popsicles that transcend seasonal priorities.
3. Boutique Shopping: Of course. If you’re in Manhattan check out Babel Fair in Nolita (the destination for local shoppers), their unique assortment of clothing is focused on international trends. In Brooklyn? Don’t miss Jupe, their mix of retro and contemporary essentials is affordable and sophisticated.
THINGS THE GUIDEBOOK PROBABLY DIDN'T MENTION:
1. Smorgasburg: Proof that hipsters know how to cook. Head out to Williamsburg on a weekend for every type of food you can imagine and a beer garden all at the same time.
2. Speakeasies: An homage to prohibition times, there’s no better way to feel in the know than going through a phone booth into a hidden jazz and cocktail bar. Try Bathtub Gin in Chelsea or PDT in the East Village.
3. The Cloisters: This monastery castle-like structure is a must-see for the world-class medieval art and a beautiful view of the river. Admission to all Met museums is donation-based, so you can simply donate $1 and that will work!
ONCE YOU'VE HAD THE PERFECT DAY, IT'S TIME TO HAVE THE PERFECT NIGHT:
After walking around all day there’s nothing better than an incredible dinner. If you’re splurging, make a reservation before you arrive for Le Bernadin, Eric Ripert’s award winning seafood restaurant. For a more moderately priced restaurant, you can't go wrong with Carmine’s. The prices might seem high at first glance, but dinner is served family style and every dish is enough for 2-4 people.
After dinner, you’re already in the Theater District, and you should never pass up an opportunity to see a Broadway Show! Buy tickets in advance for popular shows like Hamilton or Dear Evan Hansen, or check out the famous red steps of TKTS in Times Square early in the day and find discount day-of tickets for a wide range of plays and musicals.
After the show, if you’ve seen Waitress you’ve probably worked up an appetite, and dessert and drinks at The Bar Downstairs will be the perfect addition to your night. Over their ever-changing seasonal cocktails share the churros or a cheese plate and refresh for the rest of your night.
People shy away from the Empire State Building, fearing the typical tourist trap, but as it gets later the lines go away and until 2 am you’ll have a Meg Ryan worthy view of the stars over Manhattan.
A purse doubles as phone charger- you’ll be far too enamored with this city to go back to your hotel and wait for your phone to charge, so be prepared with an amazing bag that holds everything you need and doubles as a phone charger. This one or this one would be perfect!
Jacket - weather can be fickle in the concrete jungle, so be on trend with the Pantone color of the year in this green jacket with faux fur trim.
A perfect day-to-night LBD - Make sure it’s comfortable and make sure it’s sophisticated, but choose something with a touch of flavor, like a sheer panel or back detail. You want to look picture perfect during the day, and at night be a star under the lights of the city. Pick this one or this one.
Cute, comfortable shoes - Shoes can make or break your day, make sure you’re wearing shoes you love to walk around in and shoes that you love to look at! Buy a pair of cute booties in advance and break them in. This is no time for your decade old tennis shoes, but beauty doesn’t have to mean pain! We love this pair or this one.
Let's hear it for New York....