One day in NYC isn’t nearly enough. The Big Apple has so much to do and see, honestly, you could be touring for a full week and not see it all. But if you seriously only have a day to venture out in NYC there are some definite things you have to do!
It is essential that you see Times Square, the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (who goes to NYC and doesn’t see these places?). Furthermore, you definitely need to take a bike ride through central park; there are so many places to rent bicycles and this way you can see the park in a time efficient manner (one day isn’t a lot of time).
For lunch you need to do something that you normally wouldn’t do at home. If you want to do something different and unique you should go toMargon. Margon is an incredible hole in the wall restaurant that serves drool worthy Cuban- Dominican cuisine. However, if you’re not feeling like trying something new you can pick up a sandwich to go from The Picnic Basket. The Picnic Basket is known for its gourmet sandwiches and espresso. Either way, you are guaranteed some mouthwatering goodness in New York Cityfashion.
If you’re wanting to do some shopping NYC style you must go to Bergdorf’s. Bergdorf’s is the last New York–centric luxury department store, and even if you can only shop with your eyes, it is a wonderful place to go and dream of couture designers. If you are able to do some shopping (with more than just your eyes), to fit into your tight schedule you can have a personal shopper to help you out and you can have the real NYC experience.
For a little bit of live culture visit The West Village. This area features the zigzag streets that have inspired numerous beat poets, folk musicians, and activists.It is full of eclectic boutiques, delightful townhouses, and legendary bars, cafes, and shops. It is a great place to go if you just want to people watch.
For a special seafood dinner visit Marea. Food by award-winning chef Michael White, a chic ambience, and located on Central Park South means you will enjoy many aspects of this fine dining experience. However, if Italian-style seafood is not your thing try Annisa for inventive contemporary American cuisine inspired by global food traditions.
Finish your night off Sex in the City style for some cocktails at Apotheke in Chinatown, Dutch Kills in Long Island City, or Pegu Club.
If you manage to get this all done in one day, you get the best of both worlds (the tourist and the New Yorker). If not, then it’s obvious that you just need to plan another visit to the Big Apple.