What: Let’s be honest – in New York City, it’s a downright pain in the ass to go cross-town. If you take a taxi, you’ll be stuck in traffic; if you take the subway, there’s a big chance that the 7 or the L isn’t running properly. When you’re just visiting for a few days, it makes a lot more sense to explore one side at a time, and this itinerary will show you the highlights from the Upper East Side to the Lower East Side.
Mode(s) of Transportation: subway, feet
Price Point: $$
- Start: Breakfast/Brunch at Via Quadronno or Maison Kayser. If it’s a weekend, try brunch at B Cafe or Uva. [Upper East Side]
- Walk to: Check out The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Not a museum fan? Stroll through Central Park. [Upper East Side]
- Subway (6) to: Explore Grand Central Station [Midtown East]
- Walk to: Bryant Park and The New York Public Library [Midtown]
- Subway (6/F/M) to: Lunch at Shake Shack in Madison Square Park [Flatiron]
- Walk to: Explore and shop around the Flatiron District [Flatiron]
- Walk to: Afternoon snack at Mario Batali’s Eataly [Flatiron]
- Subway (6) to: Walk around Union Square, then continue walking downtown into the East Village [Union Square / East Village]
- Walk to: Dinner at Caracas Arepa Bar (Venezuelan), Cafe Mogodor (Moroccan), or Pylos (Greek) [East Village]
- Walk to: Drinks at Bua, Lovers of Today (speakeasy), or International Bar (dive) [East Village]
Via Quadronno: Super cute place for a light breakfast, a froth cappuccino, and some flying pig art.
Maison Kayser: Famous French artisan boulanger Eric Kayser finally brought his talents to New York City! If you’re going for brunch on a weekend, be prepared to be dining in some very tight quarters, even for New York standards.
Shake Shack: West Coasters, people here think it’s the East Coast’s version of In-N-Out. What do you guys think? I’m not a huge fan of burgers, but I do like their shakes and fries (add cheese sauce!).
Eataly: Okay, let me just warn you now – this place is overwhelming. Awesome, but overwhelming. It’s a gourmet grocery store, a coffee shop, a gelato shop, a bakery, a few restaurants, a wine bar, and more. I suggest stopping by the wine bar (more like a couple of high marble tables around which you can stand) and getting a cheese plate / a good glass of wine.