With so many things to do in New York City, how can you possibly cover it all in 24 hours? Well, the short answer is, you can’t. What you can do is map out which area you want to spend your time in while you’re there. If you’re in Manhattan, perhaps you’d like to walk around Central Park or Times Square if you’ve never been before. Another great option is seeing the magnificent views from the top of the Empire State Building.
Since I’m lucky enough to live 2 hours away from the city, I like to explore a different part of the city each time I go up there. This past weekend I stayed in the Meatpacking District. This is by far my favorite area of the city because every street is filled with great restaurants, fun clubs and designer clothing stores. It’s not nearly as packed as it is around the Times Square area of the city so it’s a lot easier to walk around without trying to crowd surf through people.
Now one of the city’s main attractions is The High Line. It is a 1 ½ mile beautifully landscaped walkway with views of the Hudson River and Manhattan Skyline. The High Line was once a railroad track carrying freight trains. It is now an attraction for those seeking fitness and enjoying the day with children and pets. There’s playgrounds right along the High Line as well if you have children coming along. The southern part of the High Line takes you to the 9/11 Memorial. I highly recommend visiting the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. The most tragic thing to have ever happened in our beautiful country, it is very amazing to see so many people from around the world come to this and pay their respects to all of those who are gone, but never forgotten in this horrific tragedy. Nevertheless, it is beautiful to see the memorial that honors tribute to all of those perished.
Going out for a romantic date night? Make a dinner reservation after 8pm and head out afterwards to one of the high-profile lounges/nightclubs. Most clubs don’t get going with a great crowd until after 11pm.
Some of my absolute favorite restaurants in this area are Valbella, The Standard Grill and American Cut. Be sure to make a reservation, especially if you plan on going on a weekend.
My favorite place to go for drinks after dinner is The Top of the Standard. It’s beautiful with breathtaking views of the city. Want to keep the evening more low-key? Take a quick Uber ride over to The Blue Note. It’s a great option for live jazz/blues music. There may be a line outside but it does move fast. Interested in a comedy show after dinner? Head over to The Comedy Cellar where you will find famous comedians often in the lineup. Be sure to make a reservation as it gets packed!
The PHD Lounge is located atop the Dream Hotel with skyscraping views and outdoor seating. It is open every night(except Sunday nights) until 4am so you can party until the very early morning hours!
I’d highly recommend staying at either The Gansevoort or The Standard Hotel. Both are great options and are walking distance to all the aforementioned.
I hope you enjoy New York City as much as I do. There’s so many things to do in this city! Leave me a comment and let me know what your favorite things to do are in the Big Apple!
Happy and safe travels!