September 5, 2012 by Emily Pergament
I did it! I thought of things to do in NYC for 7 days without leaving the city. It wasn’t as hard as I thought it was. I guess I could have fun here if I had to.
I included links only to official websites, not to Facebooks or Seamless Web pages. If a place didn’t have an official site, I didn’t include any link.
If you read the entire post, you will be handsomely rewarded by seeing my general rules. After day 7.
Let’s start this trip with an exploratory stroll along the westside. Walk down the Hudson River starting in Midtown (maybe in the 40s) down through Tribeca. Highline optional. Along the way, you can stop at the art galleries in Chelsea and Chelsea Market. You must stop at Doughboy Bake Shop.
Rob and me downtown by the Hudson River
Get dinner in the East Village. My two favorite places are Euzkadi and Veselka. They have very different foods and atmospheres – Spanish tapas in a dark intimate atmosphere versus Ukrainian diner. The upshot is this: you can have fried goat cheese at either place, either served as croquettes in honey, or in pierogis.
Bar hop around the East Vilage the rest of the night and reward yourself with Pommes Frites in the wee hours of the morning.
Spend some but not too much time on 5th Avenue. I admit it’s fun looking in the windows. Go into Tiffany on 57th Street.
Go to MoMA for free on Friday evenings.
An impressive exhibit at MoMA.
Eat dinner the Plaza Food Hall because I think it’s awesome to eat in the Plaza and so do you.
You can be classy like me and my friends.
What’s that, you say? Yesterday was Friday evening? Does that mean today is Saturday? YES IT DOES! And I’m sending you to Smorgasburg, duh. Spend as many hours there as possible; take time between courses; sit by the water and people watch. There’s great people watching.
Eat the most delicious pizza in NYC at Numero 28 in the West Village.
Congrats, it’s your day in Astoria! (Don’t worry, you will return to Queens.)
Go to brunch at Sanfords or Lot’s-o-Bagels. Again, two completely different things – do you want a trendy (but average) brunch for a good price or NYC’s best bagel?
Then walk south to the Museum of the Moving Image.
Finally, go to the Studio Square beer garden for cheap food, average-priced drinks and a fun, relaxing evening.
Eat an enormous cookie at Levain Bakery.
Explore Amsterdam Avenue in the 80s. Eat dinner there – you can have any cuisine you’d like.
Go to Lincoln Center to see the ballet, opera or philharmonic – I won’t decide which one for you. I like them all, but I’d say the ballet is my favorite, followed by the philharmonic.
Five years ago when we were much more attractive.
Fine, I’ll let you do your tourist thing. You can see a Broadway show.
But you’re not allowed to eat dinner in Times Square or Restaurant Row! You must go to 9th Avenue and eat Thai food. Hopefully at Wondee Siam II where they set your fried ice cream on fire.
Ok, another tourist-y thing you can do is go to Rockefeller Center. And you can go on the NBC tour. It’s fun, I’ll admit it.
I’m getting tired just writing this! You must be exhausted by now. Go back to the village and hit the NYC Best Bars (that’s the name of the chain) for a low-key night of cheap drinks and snacks. Their bars in this area include Down the Hatch, 3 Sheets Saloon, and Off the Wagon. Your mother will be proud. Order tater tots with cheese if you’re feeling adventurous.
Don’t be afraid of the Mr. Softee ice cream trucks, but beware knockoff ice cream trucks.
Do be afraid of life-size Spongebob and Elmo. This is not Disney World. That is not a city employee.
Do not, for the love of all things holy, wear: a fanny pack, a shirt with family reunion info/a picture of a dead relative/your tour group’s name/anything that says “NYC”, socks pulled to the middle of your calves, your backpack on the front of your body. You are not acting like a tourist on this trip, and you are not to dress like one.
Do not leftscalate, that is, riding the escalator on the left hand side. Stand on the right hand side and walk on the left hand side.
Do not stop in the middle of the sidewalk for any reason. In case of a medical emergency or any other reason that would cause you to stop on the sidewalk, pull over to the side. Like you would if you were driving.