- Buzzy Breakfast.
Start with breakfast at Dominique Ansel Kitchen in Greenwich Village. While the award-winning French pastry chef doesn’t sell his famed cronuts at this location, you’ll find superb pastries like the Brown Sugar DKA (Dominique’s Kouign Amann) and made-to-order
matcha beignets, as well as equally delicious savory dishes.
- Art on the Hudson.
Arrive when the Whitney Museum of American Art opens at 10:30 a.m. for a less-crowded walk through the airy galleries filled with contemporary works. Make sure to step out onto the outdoor terrace on the fifth floor for rotating sculptures and a view of the surrounding Meatpacking District neighborhood.
- Untitled Lunch.
Situated on the ground floor, Danny Meyer’s Untitled is one of the most notable museum restaurants in the country. In a fittingly sleek space, dine on a light lunch of equal parts delicious and visually stunning small plates and salads. (The roasted and fried chicken salad is outstanding.)
- Elevated Park.
An entrance to New York City’s elevated park, the High Line, can be found right outside the Whitney. Walk among the manicured, public art-dotted gardens from Gansevoort to 14th streets and take in views of the Hudson.
- Market Tour.
Exit the High Line on 14th Street to enter the Chelsea Market. Take a self-guided tasting tour through the industrial-chic space that takes up one whole city block, stopping at any of the enticing vendors along the way. Try Chef Michael Solomonov’s impossibly smooth hummus and hot pitas at Dizengoff or an Australian meat pie at Tuck Shop, and take home a box of chocolates or French mint bars from Li-Lac, Manhattan’s oldest chocolate house.
- World-Class Fine Dining.
Eleven Madison Park was just awarded best restaurant in the world, and with sublime service, ambience and cuisine from Chef Daniel Humm, this elegant restaurant on the park lives up to the title. Make a reservation in advance.
- An NYC Tradition.
No visit to New York City would be complete without a taste of the city’s most beloved breakfast. Try Russ & Daughters (either the shop or, for table service, the café) or Katz’s Deli for a bagel with lox and schmear.
- Encore Breakfast.
A short walk from any of these NYC institutions, find the original Doughnut Plant. The city’s original gourmet doughnut shop specializes in outrageously delicious treats made with the finest ingredients. The vanilla bean and tres leches are classic, or try the seasonally rotating flavors.
Stroll from Manhattan over the iconic Brooklyn Bridge to walk off the double breakfast while taking in incredible views of the East River. Once in the borough, explore the epic waterfront park starting at Pier 1, including the restored Jane’s Carousel, housed in a beautiful glass structure perched next to the river between the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges.
- Brooklyn Eats.
For lunch, try Juliana’s, the post-rift spinoff from pizzaiola Patsy Grimaldi. Afterward, make for Jacques Torres on Water Street. The original location of the famed French chocolatier is renowned for its intensely delicious hot chocolate (ask for the Wicked variety for a spicy kick) and, in summer, the ice cream sandwiches using house-made chocolate-chunk cookies. Pick up a few gift boxes of chocolates
featuring sleek NYC designs.
- Italian Delights.
Take a taxi back to Lower Manhattan to find Eataly, the Italian mega-market by Mario Batali. It wouldn’t be hard to spend an entire afternoon here, but take a quick walk down aisles of Italian specialties, stocking up on edible souvenirs. There are also restaurants, food counters serving gelato, bread, chocolate and more, and a café serving Lavazza coffee.
- World’s Best Bar.
About a 10-minute walk from the hotel, find the celebrated Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog. The warm, relaxed atmosphere belies how seriously they take the cocktails. The vintage-inspired list includes a dizzying array of inventive concoctions, and there’s also Irish whiskey and a wine list for those looking for something a little more straightforward.
- Starr Dinner.
From the James Beard Award-winning restaurateur Stephen Starr, Le Coucou is like traveling back in time to midcentury Paris, with fine French cuisine served amid white tablecloths and candlelight.
- Final Toast.
End your evening with a nightcap at 2West, where you’ll be dazzled by the handcrafted cocktails and the views of Robert Wagner Park.