24 Hours in New York City: From Wowing Clients and Winning Deals to Late Night Laughs

In New York City — the city that never sleeps — it’s true that there’s always something to do. As a business traveler arriving in NYC, you may be overwhelmed by the never-ending list of things to do, see, and eat in this vibrant city. You may only have time for a couple of quick stops between business meetings but I’m breaking down the best things to do to maximize your time. Plus, some local spots that will make you feel like a real New Yorker.

Coffee and Snacks at Shakespeare and Co.

Drop your bags at Affinia (more on this hotel below) and walk only 4 blocks north to Shakespeare and Co. The bookstore itself is a hidden gem in the city and excellent for browsing, but you’re here for the cafe in the back.


It serves excellent coffee, has free WiFi, and most importantly it’s quiet and you’ll actually get work done. The cafe also offers sandwiches but make sure to buy one early, they regularly sell out as early as mid to late-morning.

Take a Break at Central Park


Take a break (or a conference call) over in Central Park. The sprawling 840-acre park has endless walking paths to discover. Whichever you choose is guaranteed to be impressive. Some of my favorite spots: Bow Bridge, Sheep’s Meadow, or Strawberry Fields. I know it’s tough, but try not to spend all day here.

Checking in at Affinia Garden Suites

Your room should be ready by now. A great hotel for business travelers is the Affinia Garden Suites on the Upper East Side. Their rooms are spacious with a full kitchen and large sitting area included in all rooms — that’s hard to find in NYC. These rooms are perfect for spreading out with your laptop and getting down to serious business.


Plus, the hotel itself is located on a quiet, tree-lined street in the Upper East Side. Meaning you’re sure to get an exceptional nights sleep.

Unwind with cocktails at Top of the Standard

Once work is done for the day, grab a cab and head to the trendy West Village/Chelsea neighborhood for a night out. Top of the Standard (the rooftop bar at the Standard Hotel) is the best spot for sunset year-round with indoor and outdoor bars.


You’ll gaze at some of the best views of the city with a delicious cocktail in hand. It’s the perfect way to indulge in classic NYC style with coworkers or use the view to impress a client.

Dinner is special at Piccola Cucina

It’s hard to pick a dinner spot in the West Village – mostly because there are so many great options, with more openings every day. A spot I find myself constantly going back to is Piccola Cucina. Traditional Italian served in an intimate setting and a Burrata appetizer that will make your mouth water. It simply can’t get any better.


Late Night Laughs at Comedy Cellar

If you have it in you, finish your night with a live show at Comedy Cellar. The lineups are always great and huge comedians (think: Ray Romano or Amy Schumer) frequently show up unannounced to test out new material.


Shows always have a two item minimum and a cover charge of around $14 (depending on which show and what venue you’re in).

Morning Walk and Coffee Stop at Little Collins

Start your morning with a short stroll over to Little Collins — a local favorite. The owners hail from Australia and named the coffee joint after the bustling street in Melbourne.


Of course, while here, you must order the new coffee craze that originated in Australia and has finally made its way to the US: The Flat White. Even Starbucks is selling them now but Little Collins makes it best. Add an avocado toast to your order for the perfect meal.

Shop til you drop – or till your flight – at Bloomingdales

Before you have to leave the Big Apple, stop in at one of the most famous buildings in NYC: Bloomingdales. This massive department store has been an NYC institution since opening in 1927 and has something for everyone.


If you are in the city around the holidays their extravagant window displays cannot be missed.