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.