Bryant Park and Maison Kayser
Whether you’re ice skating in the winter or reading under a shady tree in the spring, Bryant Park is a great place to sit and relax. This park is located right in the middle of the bustling streets of Manhattan, providing a stunning reprieve from noisy Midtown. So no matter the season, stroll through Bryant Park and then head to Maison Kayser. A chic little café, Maison Kayser offers a variety of French dishes that will transport you to the sidewalks of Paris. If you’re looking for something light, try the half-baguette tartine with butter and jam, or opt for the open-faced croque madam. Finish your lunch with an indulgent chocolate dessert or French pastry, paired with a rich cappuccino or iced latte.
Maison Kayser, 8 West 40th Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 354 2300
Metropolitan Museum of Art and Alice’s Tea Cup
A trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art makes for a perfect New York City weekend. Explore the art and artifacts of global cultures, wandering through thousands of years of history showcased in various galleries and wings. When you’ve had enough culture for the afternoon, walk a few blocks south to Alice’s Tea Cup — a famous Alice in Wonderland-themed tearoom. Try the veggie melt — a grilled cheese with a pesto twist — and top it off with a rich dessert paired with a cup of tea, of course.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Avenue, New York, NY, USA, +1 800 662 3397
Alice’s Tea Cup, 156 East 64th Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 486 9200
Central Park and Nespresso
Central Park is a quiet, green oasis in the middle of Manhattan, beautiful and peaceful at any time of year. There are multiple points of interest within Central Park, from the Central Park Zoo to the Bethesda Fountain, the Boathouse Restaurant and the model boat sailing pond. Once you’ve grown tired from walking miles of meandering paths, stop by Nespresso Boutique Bar for a caffeine fix and a macaron. It also doesn’t hurt that they give out free samples.
Nespresso Boutique and Bar, 761 Madison Avenue, New York, NY, USA, + 1 800 562 1465
Broadway and Tony DiNapoli
Broadway is a major tourist attraction in NYC, but it’s definitely worth going through the hoards of people for a world-class show. Continue the Broadway experience at Tony DiNapoli’s, a family-friendly Italian restaurant with lots of star-studded history. You can’t go wrong with their spaghetti and meatballs, and if there’s room, indulge in a dessert.
Brooklyn Bridge Park and Ignazio’s Pizza
This historic landmark offers a breathtaking view of the Manhattan skyline. The park beneath the Brooklyn Bridge affords approximately 1.3 miles of beautiful urban scenery and offers different activities from basketball at Pier 2 to unique theater shows at St. Ann’s Warehouse. Just beneath the bridge is Ignazio’s, a small pizzeria with a friendly waitstaff and amazing pizza. Try the margarita pizza with arugula and prosciutto to add a little tanginess to the sweet sauce.
Ignazio’s Pizza, 4 Water Street, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 718 522 2100
By Rachelle Eason
Rachelle is currently a senior at St. John’s University, pursuing a degree in Journalism. She hopes to be able to stay in the city and go to grad school. In her spare time, she enjoys taking random trips to Manhattan and Brooklyn, trying new restaurants, and watching Netflix.