48 Hours in Midtown Like a New Yorker

New York, New York (So Good They Named It Twice). The Big Apple packs in enough things to do and see for a lifetime, but what if you only have the weekend? Even if you’re just in town for a long weekend, our guide to 48 hours in Midtown will help you experience it like a New Yorker.

Friday Evening: Lexington Brass

You don’t have to go far for an authentic New York meal. Settle in to the plush leather seating, order our exclusive, three-course $30 prix fixe dinner for guests-only, and take in the classic views of Lexington Avenue from Lexington Brass.

Friday Late-Night: P.J. Clarke’s

P.J. Clarke’s is the dictionary definition of tried and true. Established in 1884, the restaurant and bar has played host throughout the years to a star-studded cast of diners. Where else can you get a burger and a beer where Frank Sinatra, Buddy Holly, and Nat King Cole ate before you?

Saturday Morning: Grand Central Terminal

Grand Central Terminal has it all: shopping, dining, and history. Swing by Café Grumpy for a delicious and socially-responsible cup of coffee, then gaze up at the terminal’s famous and elaborately-decorated astronomical ceiling by French artist Paul César Helleu.

Saturday Midday: Bryant Park

In spite of its proximity to tourist hot-spot Times Square, Bryant Park is a bucolic space in the very heart of the city where locals go for a brief escape. The grassy square, bordered on all sides by towering skyscrapers, is a great spot to enjoy a popular, oversized cookie from nearby Culture Espresso.

Saturday Afternoon: Rockefeller Center

While tourists head to Rockefeller Center for the city views from The Top of the Rock, the locals get in and out for shopping and dining. Skip the observation deck and head up to Bar SixtyFive. Located on the 65th floor of the tower, 10-foot-high windows over 30-mile views in all directions, plus some of the best cocktails in Midtown.

Saturday Evening: Restaurant Row

Catch a glimpse of Times Square on your way to Restaurant Row. The Crossroads of the World is packed with chain restaurants, but head directly west of Times Square and you’ll find some of the most authentic restaurants in New York. Don’t miss Barbetta, the oldest Italian restaurant in New York.

Saturday Late-Night: Mix and Mask at Hotel 48LEX

What’s better than a great cocktail bar close to the hotel? Bringing the cocktail bar to your hotel suite. After a full day in the city, return to your Central, Master or Penthouse suite where in-room spa products and craft cocktails are the perfect way to relax and unwind for your last day in New York.

Sunday Morning: Little Collins

Popular with the locals, this little café serves up strong espresso and an Australian-inspired brekkie. The Smash (avocado toast) has wide appeal, but a Pick Me Up (omelet sandwich with tabasco, tomatoes and caramelized onions) to start your day is highly recommended.

Sunday Midday: Bloomingdale’s

Whether you’re just window shopping or filling a new suitcase to bring home with you, Bloomingdale’s 59th Street is one of the city’s iconic department stores. Shop everything from apparel, accessories and cosmetics to furniture and home goods.

Sunday Afternoon: The Museum of Modern Art

End your stay in Midtown with a visit to The Museum of Modern Art. In addition to its renowned permanent collection, MoMA presents special exhibitions that are often among the best tickets in town.

Keep exploring Midtown and make Manhattan your playground when you book your next stay with Hotel 48LEX.