Curio Local Guide

New York City

Authored by Davina Tan
Davina Tan
Graphic Designer/Content Creator

We sent Davina Tan to The Renwick Hotel New York City, Curio Collection by Hilton to create a New York City Local Guide. Once artist’s studios and lofts, occupied by greats such as John Steinbeck and F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Renwick Hotel is set in the heart of the city and each room is decorated with original artwork. With a plethora of iconic New York City destinations within walking distance, Davina created an incredible local guide full of expert restaurant recommendations and local secrets just for you.

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New York is the largest city in the U.S. and home to architectural marvels, historic monuments, iconic movie backdrops, cultural diversity, world-class shopping, a 24-hour subway system and an endless supply of amazing food from all around the world.

My Perfect Day

What to do in a place like this if you only have 24 hours?


You should start early because 24 hours is going to go by in a blink of an eye in New York! I would recommend you start with breakfast from Bedford & Co. – the pancakes, waffles and avocado toast are all delicious. Now, I’m not going to recommend the usual tourist spots like Times Square or Empire State Building because you can find those recommendations in all the New York guides. So let’s do something different and explore New York like a local.

After breakfast, head from The Renwick Hotel south down Park Avenue towards the Flatiron District. Stop at the Shake Shack at Madison Square Park for burgers, milkshakes and an up-close view of the Flatiron Building. Around the area, check out Dover Street Market for really cool fashion labels, Cha Cha Matcha for all things green tea, and Birch Coffee on 27th and Daily Provisions for amazing sandwiches and pastries by Danny Meyer.

Continue the walk towards Washington Square Park. Around the area, there is Olio E Piu for really good pizza and pasta, Buvette for wine and French-inspired small plates, Bluestone Lane for coffee, The Doughnut Project for doughnuts and Tacombi on Bleecker for tacos and the best Elotes Esquites in town. Continue the walk towards SoHo for all your retail needs.

From there, head east towards Nolita and you’ll find The Butcher’s Daughter for vegan fare, Oficina 1M for creative Italian dishes, Sel Rrose for happy hour oysters and crafted cocktails and Morgenstern’s for the city’s best ice-cream. The Bourbon Vanilla flavor is a must try!

Continue the walk down south towards Chinatown. Nom Wah Tea Parlour is a must if you’re looking to fill up on Chinese dim sum.

Afterwards, keep heading south towards the Brooklyn Bridge. If you can, cross the bridge during sunset for an epic view! And finally, across the bridge on the Brooklyn side, check out Grimaldi’s or Juliana’s for New York famous pizza. If you’re feeling a little swanky, The River Cafe for fine dining has romantic views of the Manhattan skyline.

Where to stay

The Renwick Hotel New York City, Curio Collection by Hilton

I received an incredibly welcoming check-in when I arrived at the hotel. Check-in was fast and easy, and I was able to get into my room despite arriving an hour before check-in time. I was greeted by a large, clean and comfortable room, with incredibly unique art, a plush king-sized bed, small kitchenette and free WiFi. The next day I went on a tour around the hotel with the manager, who explained the rich history and artistic background of the hotel. (See below for details.) I also went to brunch at Bedford & Co. which was delicious and highly recommended. Try the Smoked Trout Caesar Salad.


I love the history behind the hotel. It is a restored building that was once home to artists’ studios and lofts occupied by intellectuals and novelists such as John Steinbeck, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Thomas Mann. To celebrate this long and rich artistic history, the hotel and rooms are covered by artwork originally and personally painted by American artist Gregory Siff. The location is great too being in close proximity to many well-known attractions such as Bryant Park, New York Public Library, Empire State Building, Times Square and Grand Central Station. This also makes it very easy if you’re looking to travel by train, for business or pleasure.

For me, a perfect day consists of walking around exploring the different neighborhoods and indulging in as many different cuisines as possible. Nothing beats wandering Central Park in the Fall as the leaves start to change. There is so much to see, but no matter where or when you are, the variety of food available is astounding! See my 24-hour suggestions below for restaurant recommendations.