9 Things To Do on Your Next Business Trip in NYC
The great thing about New York City is that there is so much to do. The bad thing about New York City is, well, there is so much to do. It’s nearly impossible to cover everything in just a few days but I’ve rounded up a short list of things to check off the next time you’ve got some free time (and a limited budget) to explore the concrete jungle.
Sip on tea at Crosby Street Hotel
Crosby Street Hotel is a trendy boutique hotel situated in the popular SoHo neighborhood.
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This was one of my favorite finds in New York City after an afternoon of shopping in SoHo. The cozy bar lounge is the perfect place to escape the cold and warm up with a cup of tea (or an adult bevvy!). And while you’re there, don’t forget to hit up the MoMA Design Store across the street for major eye candy.
Start your morning at Murray’s Bagels
Murray’s Bagels is one of my go-to spots to get my bagel fix in NY and it’s perfect for those mornings when you need to grab-and-go. I typically order the lox sandwich on a sesame bagel with all my favorite toppings and their bagels still remain some of the best I’ve had.
Have a Mediterranean meal in a New York minute
If you’re looking for a quick (but healthy) bite, than Jack’s Wife Freda is just the spot for you.
It’s tiny and gets pretty packed so get comfortable rubbing elbows with the party next to you. The Mediterranean menu is filled with tons of healthy options (the Greek salad with chicken skewers was my fave) and the portions are generous, so come hungry.
Awaken your senses at Chelsea Market
Truly a food lover’s paradise, Chelsea Market is an ode to some of New York’s best eateries. Open seven days a week, the indoor food mall is not just a place to grab a delicious bite, but you can also shop handmade goods and specialty gifts at Artists and Fleas.
Grab a slice (or two) of Joe’s Pizza
No trip to New York is complete without a stop at Joe’s Pizza – it’s practically a New York institution.
Ok, maybe that’s a stretch, but seriously, Joe’s Pizza is a must. Grab a little slice of heaven at any of the four convenient locations around the city.
Stay at the Four Seasons Downtown NYC
If your work takes you to the Financial District of Manhattan and you have a little extra cash to spare in your budget, then look into the Four Seasons Downtown NYC. The luxury hotel is located just one block away from One World Trade Center and is one of only seven hotels in New York City with an indoor pool. The 189 guestrooms and suites in the tech-friendly hotel are equipped with a touch screen iPad so you can order room service or request amenities right at your fingertips. The hotel is also home to CUT by Wolfgang Puck which is bustling with business professionals particularly during happy hour.
Walk through Central Park
You could easily spend an entire day gawking at the picturesque Central Park. If you happen to be in the city during one of the eight or so months of the year when the weather is actually bearable, you can pack a picnic and bask in the sun or just go for a stroll in the park and admire the beauty of the seasons unfold right before your eyes.
If you prefer to explore the park on two wheels, rent a bike and ride around on one of three routes up to 6.1 miles.
Get cultured at MoMA
New York City has one of the most vibrant and exciting art scenes which is not to be missed and while there are a ton of museum options in the city, MoMA is still the one I visit the most. Psst. Here’s a little secret. The museum offers free admission every Friday from 4-9pm, thanks to UNIQLO, so you can turn your Friday happy hour into a night at the museum.
Satisfy your sweet tooth at Levain Bakery
Do not pass go. Do not collect $200. Do not leave New York City without treating yourself to a cookie (or five) from Levain Bakery.
There will likely be a line but that’s ok, because there is a decadent chocolate chip cookie waiting for you at the end. The famous cookies and their gooey center draw massive crowds of both locals and tourists alike, and after just one bite you’ll see why.