I will admit, when someone suggested a trip to New York City, in January, I bristled at the thought. Spring yes. Christmas time, for sure. But January? February? Aside from bone chilling temperatures and slushy sidewalks, what did The Big Apple have to offer?
A lot I was to learn.
Let’s start with the newly created NYC Attractions Week. Between January 17th and February 5th, NYC visitors (and locals alike) will have the opportunity to purchase 2 for 1 tickets to Broadway Shows and prime NYC attractions. During the day, spend your time checking out The Museum of Natural History, MoMA, or the Frick Museum. And in the evening, while you may not be able to grab seats for Hamilton, why not catch Kinky Boots or Chicago? These Broadway staples are a must see (oh and while there don’t forget to walk around Times Square).
And from January 22nd-February 9th it is NYC Restaurant Week. With over 375 restaurants in 42 different neighbourhoods, you’ll be able to sample some of the best cuisine The City has to offer.
But let’s say you aren’t in NYC during that time, there is plenty more to see.
I like spending some time on the Lower East Side. It is where my family settled when they came over from Eastern Europe. I start my day off by digging into a plate of Chocolate Bubka French Toast at Russ and Daughters on Orchard Street. I then head over to the Tenement Museum for a historic tour of how residents lived in the early 1900s. Be sure to take the Under One Roof tour. If there is time and you are not visiting on a Saturday, pop into Orchard Corset for a new bra or corset. This is an experience unlike any other. Trust me.
Wanting to stay indoors and out of the cold? Why not venture to one of my favorite attractions, The Eataly. The Flatiron location is just down the street from the Empire State Building (make a morning of it!) and features cooking classes, gourmet food stands, and one of my favorite restaurants, Manzo (be sure to ask for a charcuterie plate, while not on the menu, you can still get one). Or if you are wanting to stay uptown, take a behind the scenes tour of Radio City Music Hall and then grab a drink at the Resolution Bar at the Rainbow Room (the views are amazing).
But don’t let the cold keep you from exploring the outdoors. There is so much going on in New York that a bit of a nip should not scare you off. Try walking a section of the Highline and then popping into the Chelsea Market. I loved hearing about the mafias of NYC and taking the NYC Gangster Tour made it all come to life. If walking is not your thing, there is plenty of skating to be had. From Rockefeller Centre to Bryant Park, these rinks are a great way to be outside and have some fun (Bryant Park also has a Winter Village that is worth checking out and across the street is the NYC Library. A landmark indeed).
Lastly, head over Central Park. Take a carriage ride, visit Strawberry Fields, walk around the Conservatory or warm up at Tavern on The Green. No trip to NYC is complete without a jaunt to the Park.
Don’t let winter scare you off. The Big Apple is always a buzz. Check it out for yourself.