The morning spots in the city are plentiful, and that especially rings true in this part of the city. This morning, head on over to The Picnic Basket. The quaint restaurant offers up some great Italian espresso roasted by Danesi. The food is surprisingly delectable… for such a simple menu. The spot truly seems to prefer quality over quantity. The biggest sellers are the Egg on Brioche and the Croissant Egg Sandwich (both served with plum tomatoes and house dressing).
Speaking of Madison Square Garden, now may be the perfect time to take a private tour of the “World’s Most Famous Arena.” At this hour, the morning crowds have simmered down at The Garden so you decide to take a tour of the main floor of the entertainment complex. You are also happy to gain access to the New York Knicks and Rangers clubhouses.
There’s nothing more New York City than Empire State Building. The skyscraper is easily the symbol of the city as it was the world’s tallest building from 1931 to 1970 (it’s currently the 5th tallest in the USA). Today, you will have the chance to travel all the way to top of the building’s observation deck to catch amazing views of the city. On your way up, you pick up little tidbits as you pass the 102nd floor. The floor has a door that leads to the 103rd floor, allowing access to the building’s famed spire. The area has become a hotspot for celebrities! The tour of the building also gives visitors access to the Empire State Building’s state-of-the-art LED lights that change daily to represent current affairs.
While touring your neighborhood, you come across a good number of excellent dinner options. Some of the standouts include Lucy’s Cantina Royale with their summer rooftop dining, but the definite highlight of the area is Mercato. The small Italian eatery offers great cocktails and tasty bites such as Stracciatella (soft Italian buffalo cheese made in house and placed over a bed of imported speck ham). Or you could go for the delicious porchetta and homemade pasta dishes.
Garment District’s late night bar scene is top notch. There are so many bars and venues to choose from. For example, the District Tap House features a massive beer list that will blow your mind. Great Irish pubs are also plentiful. The best of the bunch is the Stout and Foley’s, which has become the ultimate baseball bar as it welcomes many famous baseball figures on a weekly basis. Then there are two fantastic rooftop bars – the modern Rock & Reilly’s and Refinery hotel Rooftop. Explore!