The Best Things To Do In Midtown Manhattan
Buzzing with culture and social diversity, Chelsea bridges the gap between uptown luxury and downtown flair. Home to top-notch, contemporary art galleries, great home and fashion boutiques, and a plethora of dining and drinking establishments from fine dining to watering holes – this neighborhood is sure to have something to please everyone.
Favorite attractions in Chelsea: David Zwirner Gallery, The High Line, Chelsea Market, Chelsea Piers and Ovest Pizzoteca.
. David Zwirner Gallery
As cool as the breeze off of the nearby Hudson River, these 19th and 20th street galleries are a must for fans of contemporary art. One of the top art dealers in the world, the David Zwirner Gallery features the work of 50+ international, progressive artists and traveling exhibitions from across the world.
. Salon 94 Freemans Alley
This small gallery located on a charming lane on the Lower East Side, a satellite gallery to its famous flagship on 94th Street, ushers you into a world of photographers, painters and conceptual artists, both new and old. Less than a decade old on New York’s Lower East Side, the appointment-only venue offers exciting edgy shows.
. Flatiron Building
It may never have been the city’s tallest building, but its certainly iconic. A National Historic Landmark over a century old, it’s only a short stroll to this famous 22-story triangular skyscraper, which derives its name from its resemblance to a cast-iron clothes iron.
. Alwyn Court
This is far from your typical 12-story apartment building. With its intricate terra-cotta decorated exterior and a beautiful interior courtyard, this structure built in the early 1900s was billed as “City Homes for Those with Country Houses” to lure wealthy tenants to live in the city.
. Cooper Union
Founded in 1859, this small, private, higher-learning institution with colleges of architecture, art, and engineering showcases buildings for architecture lovers, especially one in particular. It’s easy to spot and fall in love with the powerful nine-story, 175,000-square foot unconventional “green” structure that houses the Albert Nerken School of Engineering.
. One World Trade Center
Towering over everything at a symbolic 1,776 feet, 104 stories high, the Western Hemisphere’s tallest building has become a gorgeous and historic addition to the city’s skyline. To get the full experience, and hear the “Voices” of the men and women who built it, purchase tickets to the breathtaking 102nd floor One World Observatory.
. The Cloisters
Overlooking the Hudson River, this landmark and branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art transports visitors to medieval Europe. Through art, architecture and gardens, enjoy the journey and explore this treasure before returning to modern-day Manhattan.
. Jazz at Lincoln Center
The name of it says it all. The music is first-rate and the views over 57th and Central Park are gorgeous. Enjoy year-round performances that will assuredly have you tapping your toes to the improvised sounds from some of the best musicians in the world.
. Le Poisson Rouge
A cool groove nightclub with a variety of artists, cover bands and DJs known to hit the stage, this multimedia cabaret is one of the top music venues in the city. Sit on a comfortable leather couch, get a table, or show off your dance moves – the venue is designed to “cultivate the relationship between art and revelry”.
. Beautiful at Stephen Sondheim Theatre
One of Broadway’s hidden gems, the inspiring of true story of pop musician Carole King’s rise to stardom is sure to strike a chord. Not sure you can name her hits? This musical is bound to feature some familiar songs that will have you singing for the foreseeable future.
. Book of Mormon at Eugene O'Neill Theatre
From the creators of South Park comes a hilarious, entertaining, unconventional, and critically acclaimed musical that is far different than your normal Broadway production. Families be forewarned, language might have you leaving the kiddos at home.
. Wicked at Gershwin Theatre
Hailed one of the best musicals on Broadway, the untold story of the Witches of Oz is an unforgettable, family-friendly performance with incredible sets, costumes, and special effects. It’s a wicked good story.
Find your comfort food fix here. A Tribeca staple, Bubby’s caters to all taste buds. From brunch to dinner with a diverse menu, flexible hours and filling portions, Bubby’s is a hungry-dream come true.
. Bryant Park Grill
This park-side grill is a classic favorite. Business or pleasure, lunch or dinner - it’s perfect for all occasions and an easy walk from Archer. Get a table by a window and you’re in for a real treat.
. Ovest Pizzoteca
Sit beneath The High Line in West Chelsea and savor a Naples-style wood and brick oven pizza, homemade pasta, or an authentic panini crafted from the owner’s secret dough recipe. Open daily from noon to midnight, you’ll love this local industrial gem.
. Babbo Ristorante
Close sources would say its the best Italian restaurant in NYC for an intimate dining experience. Take advantage of the pasta or traditional tasting menu (including the wine pairings) – its perfect for date night.
. Gabriel Kreuther
A stunning new restaurant just opened by master chef Gabriel Kreuther. A blend of Alsatian and New York flavors that have garnered rave reviews. An easy walk from Archer.
Inspired Mediterranean cuisine is a perfect description. At Ilili, which means “tell me” in Lebanese, each dish has its own story from traditional recipes from Lebanon. Highly recommended for a distinctly modern Mediterranean small plate experience.
Steeped in Korean folklore, this modern and artistic dessert spot blends creative flavors with the distinctive texture of traditional Korean pastries. From Chiffon Doughnuts to Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies to the Chaps Truffle, yummm.
. Beauty & Essex
Walk through the deceptive storefront doors of an old pawnshop and enter a trendy gem of a restaurant. Get the clients, girls, guys, or date, whomever, and enjoy sophisticated tapas and cool cocktails. No trip is complete without a visit to the WC for a sip of champagne.
. Momofuku Milk Bar
Like milk at the bottom of a bowl of Cornflakes, the cereal milk (served in a bottle, milkshake or in soft serve form) is the perfect mid-afternoon pick-me-up. And so is the crack pie, the compost cookie and b’day truffles. An award-winning bakery from chef and owner Christina Tosi.
. McSorley's Old Ale House
There are two options: dark and light beer. That’s it, and the beer is as good as the history of the establishment. The oldest Irish tavern in New York City and bragging rights for beer lovers everywhere.
. The Tippler
Looking for a cocktail spot? Look no further than this sizable Meatpacking District tavern. Located in the cellar space below the Chelsea Market, take in the speakeasy-like atmosphere, order a creative craft cocktail and be sure to look up.
. Stone Street Tavern
In the heart of the Financial District lies a gastro pub (named in honor of being the first paved street in New York City) that the locals love. It’s very lively, fun, and in a busy area full of history. Stone Street is closed to traffic, so if the weather is nice, sit outside and enjoy a drink in good company.
. Children's Museum of Manhattan
Traveling with younger children? Here’s a fun, educational and interactive indoor playground for the kids to explore. Consisting of five floors, there will be some energy spent, no doubt.
. Piermont, NY
The village of Piermont is an idyllic day-trip, just a short drive from the city’s hustle and bustle. Quaint shops, local eats and a Hudson riverfront setting at the foot of the Tallman Mountains.
. American Museum of Natural History
The largest natural history museum in the world features 45 permanent exhibition halls within approximately 25 interconnected buildings. This iconic exploration place is simply amazing with so much to see. It's great for the whole family.
. Brooklyn Bridge
Take a little time to walk this National Historic Landmark at all hours of the day. It’s free, fun, and well worth the trek. Stroll over the East River on the bridge connecting the Manhattan and Brooklyn boroughs and take some incredible photos, especially at sunset.
. The High Line
Just under a mile-and-a-half long, this is a phenomenal place in Chelsea for some fresh air and conversation. The landscape architecture is memorable with plantings carefully selected – some with special scents. It’s a great way to spend a few hours enjoying New York.
. ABC Carpet & Home
By far the most creative and eclectic furniture store around. You don’t even need to be shopping for anything, it is a fun place to check out, walk around, get ideas and enjoy people watching. Be sure to eat at either ABC Cocina or ABC Kitchen while you’re there.
. The Spa at Trump SoHo
A luxurious day-spa retreat with a rooftop bar, dining and pool – a rare and bliss-filled combination in NYC. With selections of classic treatments inspired by wellness rituals from across the world, the spa features Turkish décor and private hammams (Turkish baths) for men and for women.
. Boat Basin
If in NYC and you have the chance to rent a bike on a beautiful day, spend the afternoon biking up the west side highway to the Boat Basin, a marina originally built in 1937 (you can park your bike next to your table so it’s safe). Enjoy a simplistic meal with a glass of beer while overlooking the Hudson River.
. Manhattan Sideways
The roads less traveled will lead you to your knew favorite spot. Discover small businesses, hidden gems, and local treats from founder and creator Betsy Polivy. Anything you’re looking to do, and for whatever occasion, she has found it and is happy to share.
. Limelight Shops
A landmark 19th-century church that once housed a Manhattan nightclub, the three-story shopping emporium is lit up with some of the best in food, fashion, art, beauty, home furnishing and dining. Shopping here is fun.
Mario Batali’s Italian wonderland, filled with stores and eateries, is sure to keep you entertained and satisfied. It’s a fun place to walk around, grab a coffee or snack while enjoying the surrounding neighborhoods. Very European.
. Murray's Cheese Shop
Cheese galore! The city’s second-to-none charcuterie and cheese shop, was founded in 1940 and has become a destination for food lovers from around the world. Murray’s ships cheese nationwide, just the incentive to upgrade the appetizers for your next party back home.
An authentic bistro that will make you feel like you’ve been transported to France, the charm and design of the establishment is renown. From the raw seafood bar to breads and pastries from Balthazar’s own bakery…delicieux!
. Chelsea Flea Market
Next to some of New York's most iconic attractions: the Flatiron Building, Eataly, and Madison Square Park (worth a visit in their own rights) Chelsea Flea Market houses a massive collection of antiques, collectibles, ephemera, decorative arts, vintage clothing, and jewelry. You'll be hard pressed to leave without a few new hidden gems of your own.
Just down the street from Archer – professional athletes and stylish men alike can't get enough of the bespoke suits and on-trend styles at Élevée. Featured in Esquire Magazine and voted one of the best suit makers in the country, their New York store offers a luxe experience crowned by an ultra-modern Robo Golf simulator. Stop in for the best fitting suit of your life and leave with two strokes off your golf game.