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Boarding Pass: Five NYC Stops

Nov 05, 2015 04:49PM ● By Dia

A four-day weekend in the Big Apple can be an intimidating experience. But we’ve narrowed down the exponential list of “things to do” in New York City to five favorites. One suggestion: Don’t be a straphanger and spend your time riding the subway. You’ll see much more on your trip walking the blocks with native New Yorkers. 

Brunch at Broome Street near Thompson

We’ve discovered that brunch has become more than just something to do in NYC. It is, in fact, the thing to do. And the city prides itself on the variety of tastes, flavors and atmospheres which make this mid- morning course a must do. You can visit for a weekend, a week or even a month and still not sample all the fare around town. We scientifically consulted web list after web list of favorites for brunching, and the one that caught our eye was repeated on most all of the rankings: Chalk Point Kitchen.

The food at this NYC favorite is a mix of local, seasonal, sustainable and organic products, according to Chef Joe Isidori. “We take the edge and flavor of the downtown NYC markets and combine them with pristine local products and vegetables in order to help develop our cuisine here at Chalk Point Kitchen.” 

With dishes such as Freddy’s Avocado Hash seasoned with lemon and cilantro, and cocktails such as Bloody Marty McFly concocted with too many amazing ingredients to mention here, there is undoubtedly an item for every tourist’s taste. 

Education on Manhattan’s Upper East Side

In 1937, Solomon R. Guggenheim established a foundation for a museum that would forever hold and preserve his collection of non-objective art. Now, with a permanent collection of more than 7,000 artworks that focus on modern and contemporary art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is the museum that trumps all others in the city. We think you’ll agree this warrants stopping by.

We suggest visiting the Kandinsky Gallery exhibition, which is currently on view at the Guggenheim until Spring 2016. To truly understand the value of a visit to the museum, you must appreciate the history behind the exhibits and collections. Vasily Kandinsky, who is considered the pioneer of abstract art, has been linked to history of the museum more than any other twentieth-century painter. The Guggenheim’s collection of Kandinsky’s work began with Solomon’s private holdings in 1937 and now contains more than 150 works by this single artist. 

39 Steps East of Broadway

While tourists may have it on their bucket list to see a Broadway production, off-Broadway shows can be of the same caliber. These tickets are often more affordable and seats are often easier to come by. However, don’t confuse a great value for lack of a standing ovation-worthy production.

One such off-Broadway show that has garnered the attention of many critics—in a good way—is 39 Steps. Showing at the Union Square Theatre in New York City, which is just “39 steps East of Broadway,” the production is a two-time Tony Award-winning hit comedy. The production is a comic spoof based on the classic movie that itself was based on the novel The 39 Steps by John Buchan. Get ready to laugh and don your big red nose (which is only explained when you see the show). You can join in the fun through the end of December.

Stepping Out for a Nightcap

Don’t limit your consumption of adult beverages to just a few hours in the middle of the evening; try partaking in a new trend sweeping NYC: whiskey bars. Perfect for opting out of the live music and club scene, enjoying a subtle nightcap at places such as Maysville Food & Bourbon, located on 26th street between 6th and Broadway, is the new drinking trend.

With a selection of more than 150 American whiskeys, Maysville is sure to introduce you to a few, new fermented favorites. While the majority of the offerings are available in one- or two-ounce tastes, there are five Maysville fermented favorites you can enjoy in eight- or 16-ounce decanters. This short, but well-respected, list includes Wild Turkey Rare Breed and Knob Creek Single Barrel. Cheers!

This View Rocks!

Considered to be the “plaza of the people,” 30 Rockefeller Plaza is filled with a variety of shops, boutiques and eateries. But what we found to be most interesting about the building isn’t what was inside, but at the top.

Known as the Top of the Rock, the observation deck of the Rockefeller is a three-level observation deck that consists of the 67th, 69th, and 70th floors of the building. The total surface area of all the decks combined is approximately 55,000 square feet. The 70th floor, the uppermost level, is 850 feet above street level and provides a completely open air, unobstructed 360-degree view of New York City and beyond. The upper deck allows for awe-inspiring views of the city’s hustle and bustle during the day, and breathtaking sunsets in the evening.

As with most attractions worth visiting in New York City, you must purchase tickets to admire the view. The prices vary depending on the time of day you visit and your age, but range between $25 and $45. Top of the Rock is a great place to reflect on your visit to New York City—and realize that you won’t be able to experience everything the city has to offer in one trip.