Winter in The Big Apple

Despite moving south across the county to avoid the northeastern snow, winter is my favorite time to visit NYC. Every experience is more enchanting with the holiday lights and spirit in the air! I’ve been visiting Manhattan all my life, this year, I decided to take a trip unlike all the others. Typically during the winter my family would take a day trip to see The Big Apple Circus, The Rockettes or a show on Broadway- we would squeeze in some sight-seeing and meals before or after the main event. This trip, the main event was to see as much as daylight would allow. Trust me, you cannot see it all in one day (just ask my sister, I tried). You’ll notice throughout all of my travel guides, plans will be organized and categorized to allow the most efficient and effective trip!


There are so many neighborhoods to explore just in Manhattan, without even crossing a bridge to Brooklyn. Below is a list of neighborhoods with a small description about each so you can decide which ones to visit.

  • Chelsea: art
  • East Village: vintage shops and dive bars
  • Flatiron: architectural
  • Greenwich: NYU, Friends Apartment
  • Meatpacking District: stylish lounges (pricey)
  • Financial District: Ellis Island, World Trade Center
  • Hell’s Kitchen: Restaurant row
  • Upper East Side: Madison Avenue, The Met
  • Lower East Side: (opposite vibe of the meatpacking district)
  • Midtown East: skyscrapers, shopping on 2nd, 3rd & 5th
  • Upper West Side: Central Park
  • Midtown West: Times Square
  • West Village: Bars, shops, restaurants
  • NOHO: artsy botiques
  • SOHO: cobblestone shopping
  • Seaport: shops, coffee, restaurants (South Street)

Yes, there are a TON of neighborhoods… I might have made my family walk to as many as possible in lieu of getting a taxi (gotta get those steps in for the workweek hustle, right?!)  If I ever have the time to spend more than one day, I would choose to plan nothing and just mosy around the different neighborhoods. This last trip I made, I planned to see and eat everything possible!

Must eat FOOD: 

  • The Sugar Factory (Multiple Locations)
  • Black Tap Craft (Just search those AMAZING Milkshakes)
  • Black Seed Bagels
  • Pommes Frites (My mom is OBSESSED with French Fries)
  • Eataly (I NEED THIS AT HOME)
  • Smorgasburg
  • Jacobs Pickles

Must drink COFFEE:

  • Two Hands (Little Italy)
  • Ost Cafe (East Village)
  • Intelligentsia (Chelsea)
  • Birch (Manhattan)
  • Culture Espresso (Bryant Park)

It might not be ideal to try and visit each of these places all in one day (how much coffee is too much coffee???) I recommend picking one or two off the Must eat/drink list based on what area you’re exploring. Since we rode the bus in to the PABT, here was the plan of attack (yes, we seriously WALKED to everything)


  • Central Park: The Bethesda Fountain, Bow Bridge, Strawberry Fields, The Met
  • Jacobs Pickles


  • Waterfall Tunnel (48th @ 6th & 7th)
  • The Sugar Factory
  • Times Square
  • Rockefeller Center: Tree, Ice Skating, Observation Deck (Pro tip: take the elevator to level 65 and observe the skyline from Bar 65 @ The Rainbow Room)
  • St. Patricks Cathedral


  • Bryant Park: Winter village shops, Ice Skating, Culture Espresso
  • Cinnamon Snail: VOTED Best Food Truck in NYC (Vegan for my mommy)
  • Flat Iron Building: my favorite, you wont want to miss this beautiful building that stands out for blocks
  • Eataly: something for everyone in this Italian shop (Pro tip: divide and conquer, meet back at a table with something to share from each stand)


  • Black Tap Craft: you know those crazy milkshakes decked in candy with a piece of cake on top… yeah, you’re welcome/ I’m sorry.
  • Pommes Frites (also for my mommy, anyone else know a French Fry- aholic?)
  • Little Atlas Cafe
  • Washington Square Arch

That’s it! That’s the list! Know your audience, pick a few places you’re dying to check out AND most importantly- take the time to appreciate everything you see along the way!


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