New York is a place where you can squeeze a lot of living in with just 24-hours—especially if you are willing to ride the subway. It is the quickest way to get around town and cut through the traffic if you are up for a little heat and juggling between trains. For us, we wanted to hit a few highlights and mix up great food, friend visits, exercise, and entertainment. We definitely achieved all of that and more with this schedule.
Baccarat Bar: We had Friday morning meetings so we weren’t able to play until the afternoon. Luckily Baccarat Bar opens at 4pm, so we were just in time to perch ourselves on a high bench in the crimson room with black and white checkerboard floor, overlooking the establishment’s artwork collection, cut crystal chandeliers and glassware and beautiful wine and spirits list. A Manhattan and a Vodka straight up, two olives, please!
Claudette: With the perfect mix of French and Moroccan flavors, we decided to meet our east coast besties at Claudette. Claudette is a Provençal restaurant in the heart of Greenwich Village, steps from Washington Square Park. Founded by Carlos A Suarez, Claudette joins her sister restaurants Rosemary’s, Bobo, and Rosemary’s Pizza in offering a warm and inviting atmosphere to share great food with friends and family. Ask for a seat by the French doors to enjoy the breeze and the warmth of the interior.
The High Line: When the weather is pleasant, there’s nothing quite like walking the High Line. NYC’s elevated park is certainly one of more popular New York attractions everyone needs to check off their list. To give you a bit of history, the High Line was once a rail track, which went out of use in 1980. In 2009, the 1.45-mile-long strip was transformed into what is now considered one of the most unique parks in NYC. The urbanite playground features wildflowers, greenery and outdoor art installations in addition to killer views of New York’s skyline. After we finished walking the High Line, we headed into the Meatpacking District to seek out the new Restoration Hardware.
Restoration Hardware Gallery in the Historic Meatpacking District: Measuring 90,000-square-feet and standing six stories high, the Restoration Hardware flagship integrates all of RH’s businesses, and includes a striking art installation, a rooftop restaurant, wine terrace, and barista bar, which marks a continued foray for the brand, this time into hospitality. The RH experience begins the moment you set foot in the store–as you make your way through a skylit, six-story central atrium and ascend in the glass elevator, you are transported through four stories, each dedicated to specific categories of furnishings, and finally, you will arrive at the garden on the rooftop.
Madison Square Garden: While you could absolutely go to a Broadway play, sometimes it is fun to take in a concert. We were able to enjoy the Piano Man, Billy Joel, for his 101st show at MSG. The authentic tunes sound even sweeter with played in NYC. And if he isn’t on the docket for when you visit, you can always take in a Rangers game instead! The Smith is conveniently located across the street for a little happy hour before the show.
Enjoy some snaps from our trip:
What are some of your NYC must do’s?