If you follow my Instagram account, you’ll know that the hubby and I traveled to New York last weekend. With sky high flight prices and my travelling buddy who isn’t a huge fan of being in the air, we decided to make it a roadtrip!
I was a wee bit concerned with how much time we’d have in the city, once we subtracted our travel time. It was Mr. V’s first time in NYC, so I plugged away and spent the week prior planning out our trip. Here is my 48 hour NYC travel guide, complete with restaurant recommendations. We based ourselves Midtown to be in walking distance to most of the must-see sites and closer to the Lincoln Tunnel when we’d have to get on the road again.
- Clear blue skies led us to the Top of the Rock observation deck, for the most spectacular views of the city. We purchased our tickets online before we left which saved so much time. With two observation decks and the best view of the Empire State Building, it’s a must-see attraction.
- We descended back to the streets and walked around Rockefeller Center. Adorable merchants lined the streets with farmers market delights and artisanal goods.
- A few blocks away, we found ourselves at the mouth of Central Park and the Plaza Hotel. Take a horse and buggy, or walk the park like we did – but make the time to explore this wonder. People watch, lie in the grass or grab an ice cream and enjoy the beauty of the park. We stopped in Strawberry Fields to listen to Lennon tunes and listen to the soundtrack of the city.
- With an 8 hour drive under our belt and hours of walking, we decided on a quick dinner and recharge at the hotel for the night. We grabbed a bite at the City Kitchen and got some much needed shut eye.
- Feeling refreshed, we woke up early to fully utilize our second day. First stop, coffee and cannoli in Little Italy. The shops were just opening and setting up their patios for the day. Mike and I enjoyed a quiet moment watching shop owners sweep the stoops and chatted about the rich history of the neighbourhood.
- Soho – avoid department stores and get your retail therapy here. A great departure from the craziness Uptown, and a great place to grab a quick bite.
- Highline – Located in the Meatpacking District, this incredible city park is built above street level. The walk takes you directly to the doors of the Chelsea Market. Satisfy your hunger with over two dozen delights from around the world. Our pit stop, Cappone’s for Peroni and prosciutto filled panini.
- Flatiron Building – this area is home to Eataly. Shop, grab an espresso or just go in to stare at the prosciutto and cheese stations.
- Bryant Park – take a moment to pause or peek at the Chrysler Building and the New York Public Library.
- East Village – Check out Gemma at The Bowery Hotel. The most romantic restaurant I’ve ever laid eyes on. Lit by candlelight, this quaint locale boasts an incredible menu and wine list.
- Greenwich Village – designed to mimic an Italian train station, Otto by Mario Badali is a neighbourhood favourite. Just a few blocks from Washington Square and in the heart of the charming “village”.
- book attractions and dinner reservations in advance
- buy a map
- take the subway (buy a weekend pass) and avoid expensive cab fares
This guide is good for a quick, weekend getaway. New York is enormous, and you really need three or four days to say you did it all. For a 48 hour visit, I’d say we did pretty good!