What is the best way to see New York City in two days?

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If you have two days to see New York City, this itinerary pretty much covers the area. It’s the best way to see more than just the usual tourist spots.

Start the morning lazing and gazing in lush Central Park; depending on the season and your tastes, you can ice skate, visit the zoo or go for a bike ride before heading nearby to Museum Mile.

Choose from two of the great museums in the city: the American Museum of Natural History where you can stroll among the famed dinosaur fossils, or the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which houses some two million works that cover everything from ancient Egyptian artifacts to modern American masterpieces.

Cap off your day with a Ning Sling cocktail (orange vodka mixed with lychee and passion-fruit juices) at The Peninsula Hotel’s posh rooftop bar Salon de Ning. For something a little more low-key and substantial, grab a couple of slices at retro-styled Big Nick’s Burger and Pizza Joint.

Spend your second day exploring one of New York’s outer boroughs. In Brooklyn, enjoy a fragrant morning stroll through the 52-acre Brooklyn Botanic Garden, where the Cranford Rose Garden has more than 5,000 rosebushes spanning almost 1,400 varieties. Or make friends with Paul Cezanne, Edgar Degas and Georgia O’Keefe at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. It’s the second-largest art museum in the city, after the Met. Spend the afternoon catching rays or raising the hairs on the back of your neck at the beaches and amusement parks of Coney Island, where you can ride the iconic Cyclone, one of the country’s oldest (and most rickety) wooden roller coasters in operation. Then grab a hot dog at the original Nathan’s Famous.

If you decide to head north from Manhattan and spend the day in the Bronx, you can ride a camel or take the Wild Asia Monorail to see tigers and elephants at the Bronx Zoo. If you’d rather see fly balls than fur balls, head to New Yankee Stadium for a baseball game at the Bronx Bombers’ brand-new field.

End your trip with dinner on Arthur Avenue, this borough’s answer to Manhattan’s Little Italy. After a day game, stop by the family-run Mike’s Deli, located in the Arthur Avenue Retail Market, for some large and delicious sandwiches, with names such as the Godfather, Michelangelo and Sophia Loren. Or choose from pastas, salads and other platters. One favorite is the eggplant parmigiana. For a heartier meal, bring your culinary imagination because there aren’t any menus at Dominick’s Restaurant-the waiters recite the menu aloud and you order. Or just tell them what you’re in the mood for (“How about the catch of the day over some linguini?”) and they might bring it out made-to-order.

The best way to see the city in two days is by walking and experiencing our New York City subway system to move around. Every stop is a magical portal to different parts of our city. The concierge desk at Trump International Hotel & Tower can help you prepare for your journey and make sure you reach your quest.

If you have two days to explore New York, the best way is by foot, meandering through the many distinct neighborhoods of the city. They are a wonderful contrast to the popular tourist sites.

Whether it is one or two days, the best way to see the city is to hire a guide and/or a driver to take you around the various neighborhoods of New York City.

Michael Romei
  • Michael Romei

  • Chef Concierge, The Waldorf Towers New York

  • New York City, New York

I highly suggest consulting and utilizing your Hotel Concierge to expertly plan your two days; therefore maximizing your 48 hours in NYC!!  Hiring a wonderful private guide would be a great suggestion and a wonderful way of learning about our city especially the incredible history etc.   Ideally I would suggest the first day for exploring Manhattan from Battery Park to Soho, Little Italy, Chinatown to The Meat Packing District to Midtown Shopping, Restaurants and a Broadway Show.  The Next day I would suggest Art and Culture of our famous Museums and again together with great restaurants.

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