NYC // A One-Weekend Guide to New York City

What to do with one weekend in New York City?

Once you become a New Yorker, you will all of a sudden find yourself knowing a shitload of people who come and visit.  For the most part, playing tour guide is great: visiting all your favourite spots, dining out, drinking lattes and then when it comes to something you don’t feel like doing, you just give them directions and send them on their merry way.

I had two of my girlfriends visiting NYC over the weekend from London, and both had never been to NYC before.  They wanted suggestions for the bare minimum of touristy things (just check a few off the list) and mostly to just do NY-er stuff.  Obviously there is SO MUCH to do in NYC and no amount of time is ever enough, but I compiled what I think is a list of easy, never-fail places and activities that would feel like you got a lot out of a quick visit.  They stayed at the gorgeous Roger Hotel.

Here was my proposal (most of which we / they were able to check off the list) over a 48-hour period listed by area (photos and more after the jump):

Afternoon & Evening 1: NoMad / Midtown South / Madison Square (close to their hotel):

  • Gramercy Park (Maialino is an awesome restaurant here)
  • Madison Square Park
  • Shake Shack at Mad Sq Park
  • Eataly for gelato (Eataly is awesome, but be wary this is incredibly and annoyingly busy with super-tourists)
  • Birreria, Eataly’s rooftop bar
  • NoMad Hotel for a drink
  • Ace Hotel for another drink (the Breslin is also a great place to eat, and Stumptown is a MUST for coffee)

Day 2: Soho / Nolita:

  • Ruby’s, Balaboosta, The Butcher’s Daughter or Jack’s Wife Frieda are all awesome brunch / lunch spots
  • Walk over to Soho for shopping.  Wander around and look at the awesome street art in that area.  Visit the obligatory stores along Broadway, but venture off onto the side streets and visit places like McNally Jackson’s Book Store, Kit & Ace and then walk west and explore lots of high-end and mid-range stores over that way
  • Grab coffee from Ground SupportGimme! coffee or Everyman Espresso

Evening 2: East Village / Lower East Side:

Day 3: Chelsea:

  • Cookshop for brunch (google terms it “farm-to-hipster dining”) then walk to Chelsea Market
  • Chelsea Market (another good one, but VERY busy and a lot of tourists unfortunately)
  • Walk the Highline from Chelsea Market down to the Meat-Packing District (my girlfriends ran into David Blaine filming at the Highline and were used in the taping of his show)
  • Visit Catch, Le Bain and the Brass Monkey.  The Brass Monkey is a rooftop beer garden that looks up at the Standard Hotel rooms with floor to ceiling windows (where exhibitionists will give you a raunchy show!)  At Catch I sat at a table next to Jamie Foxx and later Ja Rule which I thought was pretty amusing
  • Buddakan for dinner, a GORGEOUS restaurant that serves Asian-fusion which is my fave (and a huge hit with my visiting gfs)

Other suggested activities:

  • A boat tour of the city: twilight sailing
  • A Yankees Game (catch the 4 to the Bronx)
  • Mixology Course at a Speakeasy
  • Museums: MoMA, the Whitney, Museum of Sex
  • Central Park
  • …. and a quick obligatory visit to Times Square if you are game for it (expect a squillion tourists)

Photos of these adventures (in no particular order, really)

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The NoMad Hotel for drinks (near the Roger)

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Jack’s Wife Frieda – Brunch

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I had the poached eggs w sourdough toast, tomatoes and haloumi

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Shake Shack @ Madison Square Park

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Our crew waiting in line.. you can tell they are a bunch of aussies / half-aussies by the attireNew York City13 New York City14

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It has got to be the most beautiful burger shack you have ever seen, right?New York City17

We ventured to the Eataly rooftop, Birreria for drinks

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And obviously we had Gelato from Eataly

Eataly Gelato #pistachio

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Sunset dinner and drinks at Catch (all taken with my trusty iPhone 6, it doesn’t do a bad job!)

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 – Lo xx

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  1. What a great guide, thank you Lou! I am planning to take the boyf (he’ll be the husband by then…) to NYC next year as he’s never been (I know, what a travesty!). Your guide will def help me plan an awesome trip (and I’ll hit you up for personal advice, of course…)


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