48 Hours in New York
Escaping your routine for a short break in New York? 48 hours in the city that never sleeps might seem like a blink of an eye, but here’s the ultimate guide to make the most out of your short stay. From iconic landmarks to the coolest spots, this is the perfect itinerary for a NYC visit.
Our first stop was checking into The James New York – NoMad, a chic and modern hotel that offers more than just a great location (only steps away from Madison Square Park). You’ll also enjoy the hotel’s long list of amenities. Of course, the most important perks are the spacious and cozy rooms and the daily happy hour from 5 to 6 p.m.
Once you’ve established your home base, it’s time make the most of your visit with this detailed 48-hour itinerary.
With a full day of sightseeing, walking, and exploring ahead, you’ll want to start your adventure by fueling up. Head to La Pecora Bianca for a stack of fluffy whole wheat sheep’s milk ricotta and lemon pancakes or enjoy their delectable mashed avocado toast and scrambled eggs for a boost!
After breakfast, head into the heart of the city and make your way to the Empire State Building for breathtaking 360-degree views. Keep in mind that there can be as many as 20,000 people visiting this skyscraper each day, so avoid long lines by purchasing your tickets in advance.
With your feet back on the ground, hop on the subway’s and head south to Brookfield Place where you can work up an appetite with some serious shopping. Anchored on both sides by the second Saks 5th Avenue in New York, this shopping centre has no shortage of tasteful retailers and a food hall unlike any other. Once you’re ready for lunch, take a seat at Beaubourg’s terrace to enjoy a delicious assortment of French cuisine and stunning views of the Hudson River.
Next, make your way to the Oculus to admire its beautiful architecture and interior design. This striking glass and steel structure designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava not only serves as the World Trade Center Transportation Hub for Lower Manhattan but makes a great destination to explore shops, restaurants and cafés.
As your day comes to an end, return to the hotel to enjoy some fine dining at its restaurant, that also happens to be one of the best Italian restaurants in the city. Known for a strong celebrity following and its handmade pastas, Scarpetta offers phenomenal food, great ambiance, and exquisite interiors.
The James NoMad: 22 E 29th St.
La Pecora Bianca: 133 Broadway.
Empire State Building: 350 5th Ave.
Brookfield Place: 230 Vesey St.
Beaubourg: 225 Liberty St.
The Oculus: Church St.
Westfield One World Trade Center: 185 Greenwich St.
Scarpetta: 88 Madison Ave.
If you’re craving flaky and buttery treats to kick-start your second day in the Big Apple, you can’t go wrong with the broad selection of scrumptious pastries at Maman.
If you prefer the healthier option, stop by Chloe, to enjoy vegan-friendly bites, including some of the most delicious smoothie bowls you’ll ever taste.
After breakfast, take a break from the sensory-overload, hop in a cab and head over the bridge to explore the grounds of the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. Housing over a thousand species of flowers, plants and trees, and one of the oldest Japanese-inspired gardens, this is the perfect place to unwind.
As lunchtime approaches, enjoy a light meal at the Yellow Magnolia Café before heading back to the city. Here, the menu aims to reflect the beauty of the garden while offering a variety of vegetable-focused soups, salads and entrées.
Next, take the subway back to The James NoMad and relax for a few minutes before making your way to Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District. Walk along the High Line – an elevated park built on an abandoned freight rail line – to admire the different art installations and city landmarks.
As you reach 27th Street, head over to Gallow Green at the McKittrick Hotel to enjoy some seriously colourful (and equally delicious) dishes in the most beautiful rooftop garden setting.
When you’ve enjoyed both the food and the view, make your way down to the lobby in a dark and mysterious elevator ride that is reminiscent of Disney World’s Tower of Terror. When your descent is complete, take part in the three-hour long interactive and theatrical performance of Sleep No More.
While it’s quite impossible to see all of New York in just two days, with this guide you’ll get to cover some of the best spots in just one weekend.
Maman: 22 W 25th St.
By Chloe: 60 W 22nd St.
Brooklyn Botanic Gardens: 990 Washington Ave.
Yellow Magnolia Café: Within Brooklyn Botanic Garden 990 Washington Ave.
The High Line: From Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th St., between 10th and 12th Ave.
Gallow Green: The McKittrick Hotel. The 542 West 27th St.
Sleep No More: The McKittrick Hotel. 530 West 27th St.