A little bite of the Big Apple.
One could spend a lifetime exploring the streets and sights of New York City but if you only have 36 hours to spend – here are the must-see highlights from our Concierge Anthony Bosco.
3 PM - Check Into Archer
5 PM - Get Your Tickets
Getting day-of Broadway tickets can seem daunting, but our trusted concierges can easily help. Using a broker, they can assist you in purchasing tickets to any number of Broadway shows. This requires a payment to the broker. Or, you can roll the dice with the TKTS Booth which offers same day tickets for ½ their normal price. You’ll have to wait in line, and the show selection can be limited, but depending on your preference the deep discounts can be worth it.
6 PM - Pre-Theatre Dinner
The Lamb’s Club features food with the signature elegance of celebrity Chef Geoffrey Zakarian. His sexy menu serves up a bevy of crudo and tartare in an intimate atmosphere. For eclectic New American cooking, head to Thalia’s. Sitting at their spacious bar and enjoying their briny and delicate oysters might just be the best way to kick off an evening on Broadway. For a little more adventure, take a trip to Havana. This local favorite will transport you to Cuba with their homemade local flavors. Or close to home, acclaimed Charlie Palmer Steak and Executive Chef Ryan Lory have just-released a show-stopping pre-theater menu.
8 PM - Broadway
If you are new to Broadway we recommend you start with a classic, Phantom of the Opera. It’s the longest running Broadway show and a favorite for good reason. For high-energy pop music and recognizable songs from the late 90’s, try the engrossing story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan, On Your Feet. It’s sure to live up to its name. For seasoned theatre goers, a pick from this season’s best – Dear Evan Hansen is a testament to the difficulty of parenting in a digital age.
11 PM - The City That Never Sleeps, Even If You Decide To
Spyglass offers a convenient place to cap off your first night in the big city. High atop Archer, this rooftop bar offers panoramic views of the Empire State Building and serves signature cocktails courtesy of the Charlie Palmer Group. A few blocks down the street you’ll get a truly Fine & Rare experience. This speakeasy-esque drinking lounge offers live entertainment and a wide array of vintage and rare liquors. Come for a cocktail “that begins with your eyes, develops on your nose and ends on your palate.”
9 AM - But First, Coffee
Start your day fresh with Culture Espresso. Their economically sourced coffee and espresso is just the jolt you need to kick off your day. If you’re hungry, you can grab a nibble from one of the many pastries, breads, and doughnuts that local shops drop off every morning. Or, indulge in their ever-delicious chocolate chip cookies (yes, even at 9 AM). Or, for a more authentic experience, you can meander to Best Bagel. This shop serves up the quintessential New York bagel. A chewy, slightly crisp exterior, and a fluffy, soft interior. Never toasted. Served with a shmear of cream cheese in a variety of savory flavors.
10 AM - The High Line
A short walk from breakfast and your hotel, The High Line is nearly one and a half miles of abandoned railroad track, and is the only elevated park in the city. The experience is truly one of a kind.
11 AM - Breakfast, Whenever You're Ready
Grab an early lunch or brunch at Bubby’s. Serving all-American classics like pancakes, club sandwiches, and burgers—this breakfast-all-day diner has been open nonstop since 1990. After a hearty meal, roam one of New York’s transformed spaces—the Meatpacking District. The industries have changed but the façade remains. Stroll the cobblestone streets and take in the transformed factories that now house restaurants, bars, and shopping.
2 PM - On Top Of The World
For an unforgettable view, head over to the new One World Observatory. A ticket gets you access to a museum-like experience, a unique elevator ride, and the best views in the city. The Empire State Building, Midtown, and the Brooklyn Bridge are just some of the stunning views you can expect. If you aren’t interested in the Observatory (or have been before) visit the 9/11 Memorial, a somber, but meaningful experience. Or, shop til’ you drop at Westfield World Trade. While roaming the high-end stores you’ll get to experience the now iconic oculus perched above the mall.
8 PM - Dine On New York's Best
Robert De Niro’s popular Tribeca Grill serves up American cuisine in a beautiful warehouse turned fine dining restaurant. The fan-favorite is the buffalo mozzarella arugula salad, but the seared diver scallops with roasted apple and fennel come in close second. For a more casual, walk-in setting, head to Marea for simple yet amazing seafood. Side note: their handmade pasta is to die for. Authentic Jamaican food dances out of the colorful diner, Ms. Lilly’s. Serving soulful dishes with an upbeat ambiance, prepare to leave with a smile. For a little New York swank, nothing beats Beauty and Essex. This happenin’ restaurant with a pawn shop façade serves sexy small plates for sharing (and even champagne in the ladies room). For 20 years, the classic spot, Da Umberto, has been bringing the laid-back atmosphere of Tuscany to the Big Apple – you can taste the patience and the all the Italian tradition.
10 PM - Drink Like A King, With A King
Famous for their eponymous Mural painted by Maxfield Parrish and their storied history in New York, The King Cole Bar is drinking royalty. The massive mural dominates the space but isn’t the only sign of old world charm. The bar’s grand display of spirits, small wooden tables, and grandiose chandeliers add to the air of sophistication. The elegance is mirrored in their fine dining and inventive cocktail menu. New York City is full of great hotel bars.