Forty-eight hours is the perfect amount of time for a trip to NYC. The exciting city is known for its arts and culture, a mix of modern and old-fashioned architecture, diversity, and incredible restaurants with any cuisine that tourists could think of.
Before hopping on a plane and getting ready to experience the fun and vibrant city that never sleeps, check out the best place to stay, some ways to spend your time, and some delicious restaurants that can't be missed.
Read on to find out how to spend two perfect days in New York City.
Stay At Park Lane Hotel
When you have 48 hours in New York City, you want to make sure that the hotel that you choose is in a central location. Staying at Park Lane Hotel will be great and you'll be able to get a fantastic look at Central Park as the hotel has 46 floors. According to Trip Advisor, it's a six-minute walk from MOMA and also close to countless restaurants.
Grab breakfast at the Park Room Restaurant or get some snacks and coffee at the very chic Cafe on the Green. There are many room types to choose from, with the Executive City View Queen giving you the option of a third person sleeping on a rollaway bed (for $35), which is helpful.
Visit Central Park, Spend Some Time At Eataly, And Check Out Chelsea Market
It's definitely not a trip to New York City without taking at least one stroll through Central Park. This is truly a place that you can visit any time of year as it will look beautiful no matter what season it is. It's easier to find your way around than you might think because as long as you orient yourself a little bit, you'll be fine.
Eataly is another fun destination in NYC. Check out the Flatiron location and enjoy walking around for a while. You can dine at one of the many restaurants or buy any Italian food that you could possibly dream of. One restaurant of note is SERRA by Birreria, which is on the roof and has a beautiful menu. Order the fondue served with root vegetables, bread, and fingerling potatoes, or try the incredible cheese boards. Perhaps even more exciting is the atmosphere as it's decorated to reflect the seasons.
Chelsea Market will also be a wonderful way to spend your time. Shop at Anthropologie, grab some burgers at Creamline, and check out the many shops and stands selling all kinds of food and treats. The place has a very cool vibe and it's going to be a memorable part of your trip.
Hang Out In The West Village (And Don't Miss The Grey Dog Or Jack's Wife Freda)
The West Village is one of the most beautiful and chic neighborhoods in New York City. There are countless stores, cafes, and restaurants, and you'll want to spend hours walking on the cobblestone streets and looking at the brownstones. It has a magical vibe.
Carmine Street, in particular, has great places to eat, including Jack's Wife Freda. This is a favorite spot to take photos of breakfast and post them on social media. Try the Green Shakshuka or Rosewater Waffle (and the hot sauce is awesome, too).
Another cool spot is Grey Dog, also located on Carmine Street. People have shared on Trip Advisor that they enjoy the breakfast here, along with the burgers.
Some interesting menu items include the Poached Egg and Avocado Salad, Sour Apple and Warm Brie Sandwich, the Cauliflower Rice Stir Fry, and the House Burger which comes with pickled zucchini. You can also order Mexican Hot Chocolate, Hazlenut Coffee, Cold Brew, and a variety of other drinks.
Check Out Some Comedy
You'll be walking a lot when you're in New York, so it's time to sit down and watch some amazing comedy. The city is known for its many talented comedians, and going to one of the many UCB (United Citizens Brigade) to watch a sketch or improv show will be a highlight of the trip. Amy Poehler is one of the founding members of UCB, and the shows are $7 or $9 a ticket.
Going to the Comedy Cellar on Macdougal Street in Greenwich Village will also be a great time (as long as you're 21 years old, as there is a "two item minimum" so you'll have to order some food and a drink). Tons of famous people have performed here, and it's really famous.
Although you'll want to stay in New York for longer than 48 hours, it's the perfect amount of time to eat at some fun restaurants, walk around the charming West Village, spend some time in Central Park, and see some amazing comedy.