How to Spend 48 Hours in New York City
Whether it’s a whistle-stop weekend break or reclaimed leisure time around business meetings, this post is designed to help you make the most of a short time in New York City.
You’re in one of the world’s most exciting cities but on limited time. Whether it’s a whistle-stop weekend break or reclaimed leisure time around business meetings, YOTEL is here to help you make the most of a short time in New York City.
Everyone has to eat, right? New York has some of the tastiest and most diverse food in the world, so sampling some authentic New York cuisine is a must. Try some classic New York pizza at Lombardi’s, America’s first pizzeria. If pizza isn’t your poison, then get your teeth stuck into some famous pastrami on rye at Katz’s Delicatessen.
Seize an Iconic Photo Opportunity
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What’s the point of being in New York if nobody knows you’re there? The city has so many amazing views and landmarks that making time to take an iconic photo should be the top of your to-do list.
Capture the beautiful skyline views from the observation deck at the top of the Empire State Building, snap a picture of bustling Times Square or get an inspiring shot of Brooklyn Bridge from Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Relax at Social Drink & Food
If you’re looking for somewhere to unwind with some tantalising views, why not try one of New York City’s rooftop bars? Escape the underground basement bars and experience a view of the city from up above!
Try YOTEL New York’s Terrace and Rooftop Bar in Hell’s Kitchen. We have the largest outdoor space of any hotel in New York City at 7,000 square feet, with Social Drink & Food serving breakfasts, dinners, globally-inspired street food and signature cocktails.
Our Terrace is also home to Rooftop Cinema Club, where you can watch cult classics under the starlit sky with high quality headphones, comfortable deck chair seating, snacks and drinks. What more could you want?
See a Broadway Show
Often named the theatre capital of the world, a trip to New York would not be complete without experiencing a show on Broadway. Whether you’re after a long-running favourite or would prefer to see what new shows New York has to offer, you’ll have so many to choose from! We’d never want you to miss out on an experience like this, so check out our guide on how to get discount tickets to a Broadway show.
Go to Central Park
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A trip to New York isn’t complete without at least a glimpse of Central Park. It’s a New York icon that has more to offer than just a walk in a park. Take a boat out on the lake, visit the Central Park Zoo, get a photo of the Alice in Wonderland statue, watch artists and performers at the Central Park Mall, go for a wander in the Conservatory Garden or visit the Gothic/Romanesque-style folly Belvedere Castle.
Visit a Museum
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New York is a treasure trove of history and culture. If you want to soak up some of it yourself, the city has many museums to satisfy the urge of any culture vulture. Popular choices include the Museum of Natural History, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and The Guggenheim. The Cloisters specializes in European medieval architecture, sculpture and decorative arts, while the National September 11 Memorial & Museum documents much more recent history.
If you’ve only got 48 hours, then time is against you. Thankfully you’re in the city that never sleeps, so you might be surprised at just how much you can squeeze in! See more of the city by traversing it by a YOTEL bike. You’ll find a range of eating and drinking options available to refuel after an activity-packed day.