It is impossible to experience everything New York City has to offer in 48 hours only, but the city deserves and inspires one’s best shot at it. There is, of course, only so much that can be accomplished in such a short time, but on the other hand there are infinite possibilities. The challenge of taking on all of New York in two days may be daunting, but the outcome is most definitely exhilarating.
Day One: let it begin
New Yorkers are always on about their bagels and so it would only be right to start off a visit with their best: Absolute Bagels. This Upper West Side staple will provide the energy needed to take on Central Park. Meet the residents Central Park Zoo and stop at as many photo-ops as possible at the park’s famous sites. With some luck, there will also be time to stop in at the American Museum of Natural History or even to shop on 5th Avenue.
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For the afternoon
Pizza is the other divisive food of New York. Despite the great debate, many agree that the best can be found at Joe’s Pizza on Broadway. Grab a slice and carry on to the Empire State Building. While the masses flock to the Main Deck on the 86th floor, go to the 102nd floor’s Top Deck for the absolute best panorama of New York. Next, head to the Dylan’s Candy Bar flagship store on the Upper East Side. Owned by the daughter of American fashion icon Ralph Lauren, Dylan Lauren, this store-café combination will satisfy everyone’s sugar-based fantasies, making it the perfect afternoon pick-me-up.
Dinner and a show
Going to New York and not seeing a show would simply be ludicrous. Radio City Music Hall is perhaps the ultimate venue for the performing arts and is therefore the clear choice to take in a concert, ballet, or symphony. Complement this with a dinner at the Capital Grille’s Rockefeller Center location. This ala carte menu provides only the best of everything, including prime cuts of beef which are the restaurant’s calling card. Their crème brûlée is also a force to be reckoned with.
Day Two: still so much to do
As the sun comes up
Waking up in New York means waking up to another big day. Therefore, a good breakfast is a must; something comfortable but also extraordinary, something like Bubby’s Diner in Greenwich Village. Order pancakes, because that is what all the regulars do. Just a couple blocks away are both the Whitney Museum of American Art and the High Line. These artsy exhibitions have become time-honored, New York classics.
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Crossing the Brooklyn Bridge opens up a whole other world of opportunity. Starting off with the Brooklyn-Heights Deli, a few blocks away from the bridge, and their Godfather Sandwich, explore the edgy charm of it all. Discover art galleries and coffee emporiums along the route to Dumbo for an all but legendary view of the Brooklyn Bridge and New York City skyline. Raise a glass to New York at The Ides, the rooftop bar of the Wythe Hotel, before heading back to Manhattan.
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With the whirlwind coming to a close, a good meal is the perfect thing to close out the trip. A table at Cipriani’s Downtown will provide the perfect backdrop for a celebration of the city that is home to millions and the dream of even more. The best wine and Italian cuisine in Soho will round out the happy memories of New York City.
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