In a New York Minute

NEW YORK. Every single person should visit this city at least once in their lives. Its truly a thriving city with so much energy flowing in every which direction. You could be looking at a young couple blissfully holding hands on the subway, then scan over two seats and see an elderly man tearing up for reasons that you’ll never know. You’ll step outside and the waft of a hot dog truck will fill your nostrils as you gaze up at the glimmering Empire State Building, while trying to dodge crazy cab drivers.

Everyone hears of all of the things to jam into a NYC weekend; tapings of famous sitcoms, a trip to Ellis Island, pay tribute at One World Trade—but how do you really see this city in a weekend time frame of just a mere 48 hours while staying on a budget?

S and I are pros at weekend getaways, so here is what you need to be equipped to tackle this city in 48 hours or less, in a glamorously affordable way.

First of all; do your homework. This means; check the weather forecast ahead of time and pack your carry on appropriately. Pack your bag with core essentials that will transition easily from day to night. For shoes; stick to 3 soles maximum--one pair of black heels, one pair or fresh white sneakers, and one pair of neutral (grey, cognac, black) tone flats. 1 pair of denim, 1 pair of black leggings, one sweater, one layering piece (cardigan, vest, or lightweight jacket) 1 daytime tote bag, 1 evening cross body bag, wind resistant jacket and cotton tops. Always bring two dresses that are completely different from each other. The thing about New York is that you can dress to impress and go for casual pizza, and vice versa!

Now—the sites.

I’m a gal that craves a fantastic view whenever I visit somewhere new. I like to get a lay-of-the-land and see the city from a distance. If you’re similar, these sites are a definite must include on your agenda.

First; fuel up at Sarabeth’s. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Sarabeth’s is only the most talked about, happening and deliciously amazing brunch spot in the city. They have several locations so plan to go to the one nearest your hotel. Expect a small wait, but trust us, the Eggs Benedict is worth it.

After brunch, walk yourself to Central Park and make a lap until you hit The Met (The Metropolitan Museum of Art). If you’re a gossip girl fan (we are die-hard fans) pause for a photo on the Met steps before venturing in and making a small (think $5) donation to peruse the halls for a few moments before hitting up the rooftop bar. This view tho—trust us. GO, and have champagne for us at the top while you look out over Central Park and the gorgeous Upper East and West neighborhood side city-scapes.

You’ll need an espresso after this so be sure to walk a mere 7 minutes to Sant Ambroeus off Madison ave. This traditional Italian trattoria, known for its Milanese dishes, wine, cappuccino, and desserts is our favorite spot to sit, sip, and enjoy a quick snack. 

S and I usually are due for a quick recharge back at the hotel room to freshen up, curl the hair and swipe on our signature red lip before jetting out for a late dinner (try Rin Tin Tin; an intimate, eclectic Mediterranean mini-raunt on the edge of Soho and Little Italy) before meeting up with friends from our previous travels at the trendy bar scene in the Meatpacking district.  Stay out late and try to make it to The Standard hotel for a lap around the rooftop for a gorgeous view of the city before catching your beauty rest. 

Rise and shine to a day of on foot site seeing—first up, walk the Brooklyn Bridge and take in the views of the Brooklyn and Manhattan boroughs. This will only take about 30-45 minutes depending on how crowded it is, but these views are insane and worth the trek. Finish on the Manhattan side and walk a few blocks to the One World Trade Center Tribute center—we skipped the museum tour and the top-level view on the top of One World Trade, but we did spend some time on foot at the epicenter of the memorial. Absolutely worth the visit.

Cheers your last day with the view at Bar65 or The Press Lounge with some wine or beer then head to Bryant park for some street car food and ice skating at the infamous skating rink. Chelsea market is full of fresh seafood and an incredible Anthropolgie, so be sure to round out the weekend with a trip through there for some fresh chowder before heading back home. You can get everything from wine, books, spices, and gelato here as you roam through the vendor stalls.  

Truthfully, 48 hours in New York City isn’t enough time to take in all of the sites, smells and lovely experiences you’ll find yourself in… but hopefully you’ll take some of our tips and hit some of our favorite spots to create your own memories.

Be sure to return to NYC,



Stephanie Zillmer