72 Hours in NYC

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  • New York

  • New York City

  • Arts & Culture

  • City Travel

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  • Food & Wine

  • Hidden Gems

  • Long Weekend

  • Shopping

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Pink Chicken’s Take

Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a seasoned local, this classic NYC itinerary has a little of something for everyone: iconic sites, local-approved restaurants & shops and a healthy mix of visiting different neighborhoods in Manhattan.

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Day 1: Little Island & West Village shopping

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Settle in

Once you’ve arrived in NYC, head toward your hotel and drop off your bags at The Roxy, a Tribeca classic that draws locals with its lobby bar scene and jazz club.

Once you’ve settled in, grab lunch at Two Hands, a healthy-ish Australian cafe with laid back vibes that’s just a few blocks away. Order the acai bowl and thank us later.  

Explore riverfront views

From Two Hands, head west toward the Hudson River and go up to Little Island, a floating destination with nearly three acres of new public park space. 

If you’ve worked up an appetite, swing through Chelsea Market, a food and retail marketplace that’s housed in the building ​​that was originally the site of the National Biscuit Company (Nabisco) factory complex where the Oreo cookie was invented and produced. 

Shop & dine in the West Village

Next, cut over to the West Village, one of the most picturesque neighborhoods in Manhattan, and a great spot for local shops. Some favorites include Last Line (for ear piercing and beautiful, simple jewelry) and Le Labo (for fragrances, soaps and candles). Of course, we’d be remiss to not mention the Bleecker Street location of Pink Chicken

For dinner, head to Anton’s, an eclectic wine bar and restaurant with American cuisine influenced by European traditions. If you’re craving something sweet for dessert, swing by Magnolia Bakery and order the banana pudding. 

Relax at the the Roxy

Do a post-dinner drink in the hotel lobby at Roxy’s. The Django is the place to go for handcrafted cocktails and live jazz.

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A note from Pink Chicken

Little Island is NYC's first “floating park,” and opened on May 21, 2021. Another nearby park that’s popular with locals and visitors alike is The High Line, a 1.45 mile-long, elevated freight rail structure that’s been transformed into an outdoor garden space.

Day 2: Iconic sites with a local touch

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Morning with Pink Chicken

Wake up and go meet the design team from Pink Chicken in Chelsea at 307 7th Avenue #607 (at 28th). 

Downtown arts & culture sites

For brunch, visit The Smith, a trendy American eatery on Broadway.

Walk by the Flatiron Building to get that iconic shot. At 300+ feet, the Flatiron was never the city’s tallest building, but always one of its most dramatic-looking, and its triangular features gave way to its popularity as one of the city’s most photographed sites. 

Speaking of photography, Fotografiska is a lesser-known but worth visiting museum that’s focused on photography. 

Next, visit abc home, an over-the-top furniture store on 19th, and then walk south. If you walk along Fifth Avenue, you’ll pass some shopping, or you can opt to walk down Union Square for a greener experience. 

Make sure to visit The Strand, an iconic bookstore beloved by locals. 

Back to The Roxy

If you need a pick-me-up, Maman is a great (and Instagrammable) coffee shop near The Roxy. Head back to your hotel room and freshen up. If you don’t want to go back to Tribeca after your day downtown, you can also head straight uptown to the Upper East Side. 

Upper East Side Classics

When you’re ready, head up to the UES and visit Central Park. If timing permits, the Guggenheim and Met are two great museums to swing through for a quick visit (pick one; don’t try to do both). 

Then, join the Pink Chicken team at their Madison Avenue store (1198 Madison Ave between 87th and 88th Streets) from 6-8 pm to celebrate the brand’s 15th anniversary. Cheers! 

For dinner, Gina La Fornarina is super casual but delicious Italian. A more upscale option is Paola’s Osteria.

Day 3: Lower Manhattan

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On your last day, do as the locals do and get your caffeine fix at the Laughing Man Cafe. The Vesey Street location is steps away from the 9/11 Memorial. 

The 9/11 Tribute Museum is a powerful and sobering exhibit to pay your respects to those lost on September 11. 

Next, visit The Oculus, a shopping mall and transportation hub designed by Santiago Calatrava, a Spanish architect who intended it to resemble a dove leaving a child's hands. 

To finish up your time in NYC, head back toward The Roxy and have lunch at the Odeon before picking up your bags and heading out.

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