24 Hours in NYC

You could live in New York City your entire life and never be able to eat at every restaurant it has to offer. Per the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, as of 2014, there were 25,082 restaurants in the City.

And according to one elaborate Quora thread, “Assuming that (a) there is no turnover among restaurants and (b) one eats three meals a day, each one at a new restaurant, it would take 8,361 days to eat at each, which translates into approximately 22.9 years (give or take depending on leap years, etc.).”

So yeah, narrowing down the amazing places that New York City has to offer into a mere day, is no easy feat. And we’re not just talking restaurants here, we’re doing it all. From reading auras in Chinatown to late-night fried chicken in Williamsburg, it’s going to be an adventure-filled 24 hours.

6AM: Peter Pan

If you happen upon Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop, and old-school bakery with counter seating for donuts and pastries, you’ll be feeling like a kid again. Order the Honey Tip Bowtie or French Toast Cake, or screw it and get both.

7AM: On the Right Path

Start your day the right way with a stroll, jog, run, bike, gallop, skip or really whatever suits your fancy down the waterfront park of the West Side Highway.

West Side Highway NY
West Side Highway

8AM: Mindful Meditations

A spontaneous adventure starts with a clear state of mind, make sure to squeeze in a morning meditation at mndfl studio.

9AM: In The Aire

Soak in the many hydrotherapy offerings in the romantic, candle-lit AIRE Ancient Baths. From thermal baths and holistic rituals to relaxing massages, the elegant ambiance is the perfect place to take a date, or take yourself on a date.

10AM: Goes to Soho

Instantly becomes part of the scene with quick pit stops at the always trendy MoMa Design Store, Artists & Fleas, and Saturdays. By the end of the hour, you’ll be so Soho, tourists will stop you to ask for directions.


Not your average workout, a class at Box & Flow in NoHo is part yoga, part boxing, and all parts pretty awesome. You know what they say, detox to retox, and we’ll be doing plenty of retox-ing in just a few hours.

12PM: 5 reasons for 5 leaves

1. Reuben toasties, of course. 2. It’s next to the scenic McCarren Park. 3. It will be very on brand for your Instagram. 4. Mimosas. 5. Because it’s Five Leaves.


Don’t settle for just one slice, go pizza hopping starting at Rubirosa, the pioneer of vodka pizza and then Pasquale Jones, a wood-oven hot spot with an irresistible littleneck clam pizza.

2PM: slice of magic

Magic Jewelry, an inconspicuous shop in Chinatown, has a mystical photo booth that tells your aura. Stick around and have the owner explain what your colors mean!

Magic Jewelry Chinatown NY
Magic Jewelry

3PM: Pedal to the Meadow

Make like a local and get yourself on a Citi Bike. If you’re feeling extra active, head all the way up to Central Park, where a cruise past Sheep’s Meadow and The Boat House are a must.


Test your design chops at the interactive and always interesting Cooper Hewitt Design Museum on the Upper East Side. If design isn’t really your thing, you can always grab an afternoon aperitif in their gorgeous garden cafe.


Set yourself up for a seriously stunning sunset on The Rooftop of The Met Museum. Champagne in hand, of course.


If like us, you like it raw, head to local favorite Tanoshi for their always impressive omakase offering.

7PM: Life Is Hard

Laugh about the stuff that gets you down at Upright Citizens Brigade or Comedy Cellar, or one after the other.

8PM: Date Night

Take a lover (or yourself) on a special date through the always romantic side streets that form the West Village. You can’t go wrong with dinner at Dante and a nightcap at Entwine.

9PM: Fun & Games

Take things up a notch and challenge a friend to a game at the Royal Palms Shuffle Board in Gowanus, loser buys the first round!

10PM: Venture Out

Those in the know and up for a little adventure will hit up Saraghina for Italian fare and LunÀtico next door for live music and cocktails. Up-and-coming celebrity sightings come standard.

Saraghina Brooklyn NY
Photo via Saraghina Restaurant


Impress your peers with some newly found mixology skills after a class at one of Downtown’s favorite bars, Dear Irving. Or just go for cocktails, our favorite is the Haitian Divorce. Don’t ask, just try.

12AM: Hop Around

One more drink, you think? Primo’s, Bar Belly, and The Nomad have a serious roster of cocktails that complement their consistently trendy crowds.

1AM: dance it off

Tequila and reggaeton at Pulqueria, deep house and well drinks at Amaya, and lounge classics and fancy cocktails at et al, could all be the backdrops for your late-night dance session.

2AM: Please and Thank You

We’ll take a Brooklyn Beauty with local gin, St Germain, lemon, club soda, shaken and served tall at Hotel Delmano, please.

3AM: Food Forever

If you’re forever hungry, join the club. You’ll find us at The Commodore where fried chicken, biscuits and other Southern dishes are served in a low-key saloon.

4AM: Fancy at Four

If even at 4am you’re feeling fancy, find yourself dining in style with oysters and champagne at Soho’s very own Blue Ribbon Brasserie.

5AM: You’ll be Elsewhere

A New York adventure would be incomplete without attending at least one Brooklyn warehouse party. Check out who’s on the lineup at Elsewhere!

Elsewhere Brooklyn NY
Photo by @maileenloves

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