24Hrs in NYC
Twenty-four hours in New York City isn’t nearly enough, but sometimes that’s all you’ve got. With over 24,000 restaurants, hundreds of museums, and nearly four dozen performances happening daily, New York City offers tourists an unending feast of bucket list experiences. So what do you do with 24 hours? Here’s a local’s itinerary for a day in The Big Apple to help soak up every New York minute.
Stop by Bibble & Sip to jumpstart your morning with one of New York’s latest coffee crazes, the Matcha Latte. This Midtown West spot infuses the green-hued latte with jasmine syrup – made fresh in-house – plus, it pairs perfectly with their incredibly tasty matcha cream puff… who says you can’t start your day with dessert?
If you’re feeling sporty, grab a Hudson Kayak – they’re free in the summer! – for a jaunt down the Hudson River. You’ll get unparalleled views of the New York skyline (bring a Ziploc bag for your camera) and a little exercise for your morning.
Craving some design inspiration? Head to ABC Carpet & Home. This 7-story bazaar is the epicenter of cool for the millennial crowd in New York City. Stocked with off-the-beaten-path gifts for loved ones and yourself (bc let's be honest you're gonna buy something for yourself), you'll walk away with tchotchkes fit for the savviest of friends.
Macarons, the colorful French cookie, are making waves stateside and the trend has certainly woven itself into the New York story. While Laudurée is one of the more popular destinations to enjoy the fare, New Yorkers hit up Macaron Palour, where the traditional macaron gets a modern makeover thanks to flavors like Cognac and S’Mores.
Ready for lunch? Make your way over to Mother’s Ruin in New York’s chic Soho neighborhood. This local favorite serves bar-inspired entrees and booze-filled slushies, which’ll offer delicious fuel for the remainder of your afternoon.
Mingle through the streets of East Soho, where boutique shopping experiences abound. Not-to-miss spots include the expertly-curated Love Adorned, eclectic home decor shop John Derian, menswear store UNIS, and a local favorite bookshop McNally Jackson (insider’s tip: be sure to check out their amazing selection of notebooks and planners… perfect for recording the details of your trip).
Time to refuel after much-needed retail therapy! Stop into the colorful A.B. Biagi for the best espresso around. And if you’re craving something to nosh on, snag one of Biagi’s ice cream-filled brioches or a cup of their Brazilian-inspired gelato.
A short stroll from Soho is Washington Mews, an historic alley near Washington Square Park that offers a peek into old New York. While this block serves as offices for some of New York University’s professors, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into the New York of the 1880’s.
Take a stroll along the West Side Highway – enter on Christopher Street and start walking north. You’ll pass some of New York’s beautiful modern architecture through Chelsea on your way to dinner at the Frying Pan, a docked Coast Guard lightship that offers patrons a unique dining experience and a vibrant bar scene.
Ready for a nightcap? New York is truly the city that never sleeps, so grab a late-night cocktail at Blue Note in the West Village (the live jazz is complimentary!) or head east to Mace Bar in Alphabet City for unique drinks that landed this spot in the 50 Best Bars in the World.
Still going? Don’t miss Lovers of Today, one of New York’s most popular “secret bars” where celebrities and in-the-know New Yorkers mingle. Order the Satellite of Love, you won’t regret it.
Before heading back to your hotel, stop by Crif Dogs to satisfy those late-night cravings. Serving hot dogs with creative toppings, this East Village spots is a favorite for post-bar munchies!