Just one day in New York City is enough time to fall in love with the Big Apple – but once you’ve taken that first bite, you’re going to want more. There’s always something to see or do in New York, whether it’s admiring the art in MoMA, eating dinner in a world-class restaurant, or enjoying an award-winning show on Broadway. With E&V offices on Park Avenue, we’re lucky enough to spend most of the year in New York – but if we had just one day in December to introduce someone to the city, here’s how we’d do it.
Start the day with a bracing stroll around Central Park. The relaxed atmosphere here feels a world away from the bustle of the streets, but for us, it represents how you really can find everything you need in New York – including an escape to somewhere else! Join the Central Park Bike Tour, which starts at 9am, and let an expert guide show you around the park and its monuments, then pay a visit to the nearby Metropolitan Museum of Art. There are over three millions fascinating pieces on display so to save time, take the “Highlights” tour, a one-hour whirlwind of international art.
Afterwards, head down to Madison Avenue for some high-end shopping. The Christmas window displays of New York’s department stores are internationally renowned, with Barneys standing out thanks to its edgier, alternative displays. This year the store has gone for a high-tech, artistic approach, with light projections and a virtual sleigh ride.
Once you’ve had your retail therapy fix, hop on the subway and head to Bryant Park. The ice rink here is less crowded than the famed Rockefeller Center and sits in the middle of the Bank of America Winter Village, so any non-skaters can while away a happy hour admiring the hand-made creations in the boutique stalls. Treat yourself to a late lunch at Celsius, the two storey seasonal restaurant that boasts excellent views of the park and the Christmas village.
Minutes away from Bryant Park you’ll find the glittering lights of Broadway. Book your tickets online in advance for the best seats, then on the day you can pick them up at the box office before heading out for a pre-theatre cocktail at XVI, a 16th floor bar with spectacular views – just remember to leave in time to buy your programme.
Quell your post-theatre hunger with a visit to to celebrity chef Bobby Flay’s restaurant, Bar Americain, which is open until 11:30pm at weekends. You can continue the party in East Village, which has plenty more cocktail bars and superlative jazz clubs, but if you’re feeling tired after your busy day, take a taxi to Juvenex. This all-night spa is situated between 5th and 6th Avenue, offering luxurious treatments 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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