The city that never sleeps: Your guide to the ultimate 48 hours in New York City
NYC is known as the city that never sleeps. With endless things to do, narrowing down an itinerary for a quick weekend trip can be a challenge — but we’re here to help you out.
From the best food, coffee and places to stay, we’ve rounded up some of our go-to highlights in the Big Apple right here.
Where To Sleep
Westgate New York Grand Central
You can’t get a more prime location than this revamped historic spot right in NYC’s Tudor City, walking distance to the 5th Ave. shops, Times Square and Rockefeller Center.
The well-priced Westgate New York Grand Central is just steps away from Grand Central station but boasts an entire history of its own. The hotel was constructed 12 years after the iconic train station. The property feels like a time warp in all the right ways with ‘30s era lighting fixtures, brick walls and candles.
Architecture nerds will particularly love the unique crossword-style rooftop. Rooms are ultra spacious at this spot, with sizeable decks to take in gorgeous Manhattan views.
The Conrad Hotels
For a luxury experience in the city, look on further than the Conrad — named for yes, Mr. Conrad Hilton himself. The upscale Hilton brand has two properties in Manhattan, both distinctly different but equally as stunning. If you’re looking to spend most of your time exploring 5th Avenue and Central Park, the Conrad New York Midtown is the place to be.
The stunning property features exquisite suites that’ll have you feeling right at home (but at an exquisite apartment, no less).
For the downtown dweller, the chic and modern Conrad New York Downtown is centrally located (and just steps from the One World Trade Center). The views of the Statue of Liberty and Hudson River at this hotel are worth the stay alone. Don’t miss the tacos downstairs at El Vez.
The Moxy’s fun and flirty vibe can be found at their various properties throughout Manhattan.
The youthful (and affordable) hotels are typically centered around a hotspot rooftop club, including scenery Cathedrale in the East Village and the stunning floral themed Fleur Room in Chelsea.
The Chelsea outpost is outfitted with a gorgeous flower display upon entry, while the East Village location has a laid back, hipster vibe (with plenty of good pizza nearby). Rooms aren’t huge at the Moxy but they pack punch with efficient and impressive design when it comes to counter space and storage. Bonus: continental daily breakfast is included at both, prime before a long day of exploring.
Where To Eat
IYKYK. Carbone has taken on a life of its own thanks to gossip Instagram account DeuxMoi (and maybe Kanye and Julia Fox, too) – and for good reason. There’s no fancy Italian here, but ultra-simple dishes done extremely well, like the no-nonsense spicy vodka rigatoni.
The complimentary starters here are also epic, and include their tomato focaccia bread, pickled cauliflower, spicy salami and the best parmesan you’ll ever have.
The wine list is extensive, but for the cocktail lover, their margarita is a must. If you make just one dinner reso in NYC, make it this one.
The uniquely curated menu from Executive Chef Anastacia Song includes her green tea smoked chicken (definitely a must) and the gochujang glazed salmon.
This Central Park adjacent spot is the perfect spot to grab breakfast (or lunch) after a casual stroll. The Sarabeth’s menu features classic fare like eggs benny, their legendary poppers and famous cinnamon buns. Be sure to make a reservation on weekends.
The brunch to end all brunches: in come Sadelle’s. This bustling SoHo hotspot from Mario Carbone is known for their elevated take on classic New York deli fare.
That would explain the obsession insanely good salmon tower that comes with the smoked variation, tomatoes, cream cheese, capers and cucumber.
If it’s not obvious, the house made bagels are to-die-for. Definitely not your grandma’s lox.
Flour Shop by Amirah Kassem
Move over Magnolia, there’s another cool kid in town – and she’s called Flour Shop.
Baker extraordinaire Amirah Kassem came to Instagram fame with her iconic sprinkle exploding cakes.
Plenty of sweet treats are on deck here, including the cookie sandwich inspired ‘cakewhich’, delicious cake balls and colourful take-home party gear.
Where To Drink
The Osprey @ The 1 Hotel
The 1 Hotel in Brooklyn takes you out of Manhattan — but overlooking the iconic bridge is worth it.
This trendy hotspot is where fellow Canadian Shawn Mendes rang in his 21st birthday.
You can’t go wrong with a drinks (or dinner reso) at The Osprey, which boats a farm-to-table menu that’s all about sustainability.
This pool, lounge and club combo has all the views of Manhattan one could desire.
Step atop the rooftop of the Renaissance New York Chelsea hotel, Somewhere Nowhere is a quintessential spot to finish off your evening with a cocktail – or, if you’re in the mood, some dancing.
The Wilson At INNSiDE by Melia New York Nomad
The Wilson is a neighborhood restaurant featuring a globally inspired, seafood-focused menu with vegetarian-friendly options.
Executive Chef Adrienne Guttieri infuses her local roots to create signature dishes. Cocktails aren’t just an addition here: they’re also a main attraction with concoctions like the Figs, Twigs & Sprigs with peppercorn, rosemary and rosé Prosecco.
Where To Get Caffeinated
The Laughing Man
You have to stay caffeinated with all that walking in the Big Apple. Hugh Jackson’s The Laughing Man coffee is all about the double shot lattes, and worth the venture to trendy Tribeca.
Plus, you may spot Vancouver native (and Hugh’s close pal) Ryan Reynolds, who’s known to be a regular.
Felix Roasting Co.
SoHo’s Felix Roasting Co. may take the cake for prettiest coffee shop in the city.
The decadent blush and blue decor is offset by rose gold and stunning Murano Chandeliers.
If The Laughing Man is your to-go spot, Felix is definitely one to sit-in.
Other Stuff To Check Out
The Museum Of Ice Cream
You scream, we all scream for ice cream. Whether or not you love North America’s fave frozen treat, this immersive and interactive “museum” is fun for all.
Arguably the most Insta-worthy place on earth, be sure to dress in your cutest for all the pink background walls one’s heart could desire.
Frozen treats and other desserts are served throughout The Museum Of Ice Cream as you move room to room, ultimately ending with a pool of (fake) sprinkles.
Kith’s Flagship Store
NYC is a shopping emporium, but a visit to streetwear mecca Kith is mandatory.
The three floor SoHo store has all the sneakers one could dream of but the store design is something of a marvel.
Each floor spins their own hiphop playlist, and don’t miss the cereal blended ice creams at the Treats on the second level.
Trivia Night at Arlo NoMad
Arlo NoMad’s weekly game night with NYC Trivia League goes down is a guaranteed good time for city visitors. From 80s nights and pop culture themes to hard hitting history and news topics, everybody’s unique knowledge sets will come in handy.
All attendees will also receive a complimentary cocktail from newage sake brand HeavensSake to get creative juices flowing. A special Mediterranean food and drink menu will also be available courtesy of Lamalo, and each week the trivia winner will receive a free night at Arlo NoMad.
‘Sex and the City’ Tour
Calling all SATC fans! The Sex and the City Hotspots Tour by On Location Tours is a 3-hour bus tour through NYC featuring over 40 locations as seen in the Sex and the City series and the movies! The tour guide, a local NYC actress, will quiz you on behind-the-scenes location trivia and give the hot scoop on fun facts and filming secrets at local NYC bars, restaurants, bakeries, and more. In addition to seeing the sites, you’ll also have exclusive access to special discounts. The tour is offered as both a public bus tour and a private tour, and is great for bachelorettes and birthday parties.
Shear Bliss Salon
If you’re in the NYC area and in need of a blow and glow up situation, make sure to checkout Shear Bliss on 3rd Avenue between 28th and 29th street. Owner Lana Kurayeva is the city’s only board certified colorist. Known especially for her gorgeous balayage makeovers, Kurayeva and her team specialize in keratin treatments as well as a perfect cut and style stop when in town.
Where To Sweat
Barry’s – the original high intensity interval training workout and cult fitness phenomenon – recently opened its second Upper East Side studio in NYC. The new East 86th Street location (237 East 86th Street) boasts two Red Rooms, offering Barry’s signature HIIT workout along with a unique LIFT class offering.
Barry’s LIFT is an intimate strength-based class using dumbbells, resistance bands, and body weight.
LIFT is designed to improve body composition, build muscle mass, and rev your metabolism through focused, technical strength training – no treadmill required. The East 86th location is one of eight LIFT studios in the US!