The Leisure Traveler
A Suggested Itinerary
Dear Leisure Traveler,
Welcome to a wonderful day in New York!
No agenda, no problem. There are few things better than traveling at your leisure. It offers you the ability to move at your speed, be it fast or slow, and get involved with activities of particular interest to you. If you are planning a trip with friends, we can suggest things to do for the whole group.
New York City is not necessarily the most relaxing place to vacation. But if you schedule your days by neighborhood, you can at least rest assured knowing you won’t be spending all your time stuck in New York City traffic or a muggy subway car. Here’s how to visit the best restaurants, bars, and shops of the moment in one long weekend.
In this suggested itinerary we have included a place to stay and three activities to complete which will take you through the popular Manhattan neighborhoods of Greenwich Village and the Meatpacking District. Simply scroll or swipe through to see our list of suggested places, and quickly access each through the menu bar on the left.
Greenwich Village holds a special place in my heart because it’s where my New York City journey began. For me Washington Square Park marks the center of New York University’s campus, which is where I completed my college degree. For you it’s likely the historic grounds where artistic legends like Bob Dylan began their careers. In the summer the park fountain is on and here you can see people from all walks of life. Professionals on their lunch break, students doing homework, musicians, skateboards, and more.
Located on the far west side of Manhattan, this neighborhood’s distinctive look can be seen in it’s cobblestone streets, preserved architecture, and the diversity of restaurants, fashion brands, and technology companies that serve as residents of the area. Relatively recent additions to the district include the new Whitney Museum and The High Line park. It is a remarkable neighborhood where art, retail, and residential spaces harmoniously co-exist. It is a center for fashion, design, tech companies and much more. With an incredible past and an even more promising future, the Meatpacking district is where it’s at.
The Walker Hotel
Inspired by the Georgian revival towers found on New York’s famed Fifth Avenue of the 1920’s, guests arrive curbside, greeted by a beautifully designed façade featuring copper clad bay windows, cast stone trim and restoration antique glass illuminated by gas lanterns reminiscent of the early days of Greenwich Village.
10:00 am → Breakfast
Grey Dog Cafe
Homey cafe near NYU lures students and others for coffee, eggs, sandwiches & salads. Neighborhood Cafe & Coffee Shop with four locations in New York City, serving breakfast, lunch & dinner all day everyday.
Directions: Step outside the hotel and turn left. Walk two blocks until you hit University Place. Make a right, and one block down you will find the Grey Dog Cafe.
Next Stop: Washington Square Park
12:00 pm → Visit the Park
Washington Square Park
This park offers a real slice of life in the City. A mix of students, locals, and tourists everyone blends in. Great place to relax, explore, people watch, listen to street music. Relax in the fountain. Home to New York University and an icon destination in New York City. Famed for its fountain and arch, and for marking the end of fifth avenue, Washington Square Park is a beautiful destination to see and experience true local New York City culture.
Directions: Upon exiting The Grey Dog Cafe, turn right and follow University Place (named after New York University) a few blocks until you reach Washington Square Park.
Next Stop: The High Line
2:00 pm → Walk the Line
The High Line
The High Line is a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan's West Side. It runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th and 12th Avenues. The High Line is a public park built on a 1.45-mile-long (2.3 km) elevated rail structure running from Gansevoort Street to West 34th Street on Manhattan's West Side. Previously, the High Line was a freight rail line, in operation from 1934 to 1980." Popular park 30 feet above street level on an old rail line, with river & city views.
Directions: Walk across Washington Square Park, past the fountain, and exit heading West out of the Park. Following the map until you reach the staircase which takes you up onto The High Line.
Next Stop: Lena at the Mercado Little Spain
3:00 pm → Lunch
Lena at the Mercado Little Spain
The Mercado Little Spain is a beautiful Spanish food market and dining hall which you will find towards the end of The High Line park. Adjacent to the Shops at Hudson this incredible place offers all types of foods and drinks from every corner of Spain. Inside you will discover a number of different restaurants and bars, but for today we recommend Lena.
When I think Lena, I think fire! Most everything is soothed, simmered, or scorched over embers including their meats, seafood, and vegetables. Lena favors larger grilled cuts of meat, such as their suckling pig and lamb and brings together some of the best elements of Spain.
Directions: Mercado Little Spain will be a short two minute walk, upon exiting The Highline.
Next Stop: The Shops at Hudson Yards
5:00 pm → Shopping
The Shops at Hudson Yards
Having just celebrated it’s 1 year anniversary the Shops at Hudson Yards are as new to New Yorkers as they are to visitors. A seven story indoor shopping mall located on the West Side of Manhattan features over 100 stores including major name brands, luxury retailers, and department stores. Inside you will also find over twenty café’s and eateries in case you get a bit hungry while roaming around. In addition throughout the shopping center you will find featured artwork.
Directions: After an exciting but surely exhausting afternoon, it's time to return to the hotel. Make your way to the exit on the Hudson Rive side of the complex and catch a taxi from the attendant and stand. You are headed back to West 13th street between 5th and 6th avenue.
Last Stop: Hopefully you get a chance to rest a little and reflect on a fun day. Sharing photos on social media or jotting down some of your favorite moments from the day. Our last stop is dinner at La Lanterna Di Vittorio.
9:00 pm → Enjoy Dinner
La Lanterna Di Vittorio
We are bringing you back to where you started your day, in Greenwich Village just off of Washington Square Park. Here is a street called McDougal, which features so much, but for tonight it's home for dinner. La Lanterna Di Vittorio has an indoor garden & live jazz in the adjoining bar complement light Italian fare. The restaurant nearly 30 years old, offers a beautiful romantic spot to enjoy a hearty meal.
Directions: Take a stroll through Washington Square Park, exiting the famous archway, and walking up 5th avenue. Turn left on 13th street and you're back at the hotel.
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