Spend a Weekend in Midtown Manhattan
In a city as fast-paced as New York, it’s often hard to find time to check off every item on your to-do list. However, if there’s one neighborhood that allows you access to the best Manhattan has to offer, Midtown must be it. This convenient corner of the city has long been a haven for great shopping, music, visual art, performance, and more, and the neighborhood’s profile is only on the rise, thanks to new businesses and new luxury buildings, like Manhattan View, taking root in the neighborhood. If you find yourself with some time to spare in this enviable enclave this weekend, here’s how to make the most of it:
Start your weekend with breakfast at Friedman’s: This west side eatery has become a hotspot among Midtown residents and visitors alike, thanks to its massive menu of comfort food. On Friedman’s menu, you’ll find options catering to everyone from the gluten-free and health-conscious to those who use the weekend as an excuse to indulge. For a simple way to kick off your morning, try the restaurant’s famed avocado toast, served with eggs and greens, or opt for their classic breakfast sandwich, a behemoth bite with scrambled eggs, bacon, avocado, and pepper jack cheese on crusty toasted sourdough bread.
Score some vintage pieces and antiques at Hell’s Kitchen Flea: New York may be most famous for its abundance of luxury shopping options, but vintage lovers can satisfy their taste for one-of-a-kind and rare items just as easily. The Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market on Ninth Avenue is one of the city’s premier destination for all things vintage and antique, providing patrons a chance to scoop up the perfect jewelry, clothing, and housewares all in one place. After breakfast, head over to the flea to try your hand at scooping up hot-ticket items, like vintage Chanel jewelry, hand-tooled leather accessories, or pieces of Louis XIV furniture before they’re snapped up by other eager buyers.
Catch a performance at Carnegie Hall: They may joke that the way to get to Carnegie Hall is practice, but if you’re spending the weekend in Midtown, walking or hopping in a cab are a whole lot easier. If you find yourself in Midtown this weekend, make sure you give yourself some time to catch a performance at this iconic venue. Since opening its doors in 1891, this Seventh Avenue Renaissance Revival masterpiece and its three concert halls have played home to some of the greatest performers of our time. The stunning William Burnet Tuthill-designed building has a host of incredible programming for the classical music aficionado in the upcoming season, with performances from the American Symphony Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, The New York Pops, and even a benefit screening of Fantastic Beasts, the latest installment in the Harry Potter series.
Test your skills at OMEscape: New Yorkers are constantly trying to prove their mettle against one another, whether it’s in the boardroom or just trying to hail a cab before someone else steals it. This weekend, indulge your competitive nature in a healthier manner by treating yourself to tickets to OMEscape, the hottest interactive escape game in the city. This high-tech room escape game offers players a variety of scenarios to choose from, including a biohazard scenario, a cat-and-mouse game with a serial killer in the spooky halls of a military prison, and even a time travel adventure.
Treat yourself to a new outfit from the Shops at Columbus Circle: If you look at your closet and feel like you don’t have a single thing to wear, Midtown is the perfect place to give your wardrobe an upgrade. The Shops at Columbus Circle have become a hotspot for the city’s fashion-obsessed residents and visitors alike, offering everything from makeup to clothing to housewares all under one roof. Shoe lovers can pick up new kicks at Cole Haan or the New York Running Company, clotheshorses can update their wardrobes with polished pieces from Pink, Wolford, Etienne Aiger, and Armani Exchange, and those who just need to snag the perfect gift can pick up candles at Diptyque, accessories from Coach, cards at Papyrus, or sweets from Maison du Chocolat. If you’re not eager to trek around town to get all of your errands done, you can also get in a workout at Equinox or grab some groceries at Whole Foods.
See the Knicks play at MSG: When in Rome, do as the Romans do. When you find yourself in Midtown, do as the real New Yorkers do by scoring tickets to a Knicks game at Madison Square Garden. From the celebrity-packed crowd to seeing some of the world’s best athletes, like Joakim Noah, Carmelo Anthony, and Brandon Jennings, there’s little more exhilarating than seeing this celebrated team in action.
Whether you’re in the city for the weekend or a long-term resident looking for something new to do, there’s no neighborhood that offers the wealth of exciting and entertaining activities you’ll find in Midtown.