“One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.”
I usually start my day with a morning run through Central Park, which is also the place where I usually have breakfast. There is a lovely cafe inside the park called ‘Le Pain Quotidien‘, which is an organic Belgian bakery and with its many locations scattered around the globe also happens to be one of my favorite places for a healthy brekkie, lunch or dinner anywhere around the world. Go check it out:
If you are lucky enough to Spend Sunday in NYC, make sure you don’t skip out on Brunch. I highly recommend The Tavern on the Green, which is located in a romantic Courtyard setting in the heart of Central Park.
Another great spot for Brunch or Afternoon tea is the Russian Tea Room, where you can indulge on caviar and other specialties surrounded by its lavish and extravagant decor.
No trip to the Big City is complete without a shopping spree. Try and avoid the crowds between 5th Avenue and Times Square and head down a little bit more south. I always enjoy checking out some of the Vintage Boutique Shops around Williamsburg, Brooklyn or head to a local flea market, where I found some of the most amazing jewelry and vinyls. Another good option for shopping is SoHo in Lower Manhatten, where you find some nice art galleries and designer shops. 🛍️
If the weather is nice, make sure to check out the High Line on the city’s west side, which is an old rail trail rebuilt into a beautiful elevated park. For all aviation lovers like me, I highly recommend visiting the famous Intrepid Sea, Air & SpaceMuseum, which is located on an aircraft carrier and is showcasing one of the old Concorde planes.
If you are tired from all the walking (walking in NYC is an absolute MUST, so don’t even think about wearing those fancy heels during daytime!) head toChina Town for a relaxing foot massage. Close by you will also find one of my favorite neighborhoods and places for an afternoon Gelato: Little Italy.
For dinner, I highly recommend the Grand Central Oyster Bar, which is located – like the name already gives away – on the lower level of the Grand Central Terminal. With its opulent decor and amazing seafood options, it is also the perfect place for a romantic date…trust me, I speak from a great experience 😉
This amazing Italian rooftop restaurant and microbrewery is the perfect place to hang out during summer months and transforms into a cozy alpine bar in the winter time. For a more upscale Italian dining experience and the best Bellini you will ever taste check out the famous ‘Cipriani’, which has its roots in Venice, where Giuseppe Cipriani opened the famous Harry’s Bar in 1931:
After dinner, head to ‘230 Fifth Rooftop Bar’ for a cocktail and some of the most epic views of the Empire State Building. A more fancy and upscale option would be the ‘Bar Sixty Five at the Rainbow Room’ in Rockefeller Plaza, which offers some of the most amazing views and insane interior decors: