48 Hours in New York City.

June 5, 2017

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Image by JoAnna Kang.

There’s no other city in America more magnificent, luminescent and grandiose than New York City. There’s a bold, ambitious drive that allows groundbreaking ideas and yellow cabs to speed ahead. Nothing seems to faze New Yorkers: not the tight quarters, not the noise pollution, not even the G train . . . it seems Gothamists are intrinsically capable o facing any provocation or adversity. So what exactly is the trade off? The aspiring singer on the subway who had everyone smiling during their commute, those 4am pastrami excursions and the bewitching air of being surrounded by over eight million innovative residents.

It’s a city that encourages you to seek out and listen to the many multi-ethnic and multi-generational stories full of creativity, grit and passion that are told with great pride (justifiably so, because they worked for it, dammit). From family-owned businesses to artist studios funded by Kickstarter campaigns, there are so many places to visit that you may develop a serious case of FOMO. Though it might take a lifetime to check mark everything on your NYC to-do list, this is a primer for how to spend your New York minute.

Day 1

Russ & Daughters. Image by JoAnna Kang.

9am: Grab a queue stub at Russ & Daughters, a Jewish deli established in 1914 in the Lower East Side, and enjoy browsing while waiting for your turn to snag the thinnest, most velvety, hand-sliced lox in Manhattan. It makes for one memorably delicious bagel sandwich.

11am: Walk three and a half blocks to historic Essex Street Market to get a taste of the many award-winning regional cheeses at Saxelby Cheesemongers or a four-dollar detox at Tra La La Juice Bar.

12pm: Take the J train from the Delancey Street subway station to Canal Street, and then head to Mercer Street just three blocks away to pop by ANTHOM for a minimalist fashion shopping spree. Amazing threads from the most gifted, emerging designers across the country  are found here.

ANTHOM. Image by JoAnna Kang.

1pm: On Mott Street in Chinatown, take in the sea of red plastic bags, the smell of durian, the shouting of seafood mongers and texture of assorted dried goods. If you’re craving dumplings, hit up Oriental Garden for dim sum.

3pm: Walk through the throngs of shoppers in SoHo to Wooster Street, and then take a moment to mentally regroup after having made it through one of the city’s busiest neighborhoods by stopping at Walter De Maria’s The New York Earth Room for a few minutes of reflection. It’s a welcome reprieve.

5pm: Catch the sunset over the glimmering Hudson River with a sundowner in hand at Standard Hotel’s sky-high The Top of the Standard. Be sure to check out the unparalleled view from the bathroom. Yes, really.

Smalls Jazz Club. Image via Flickr Creative Commons, by Zhang Yu.

7pm: Shoot uptown on the 1 or 2 subway to the Upper West Side and get in line with the locals for authentic Italian fare straight from Naples at Celeste. Pro tip: order the delectable cheese course for dessert.

10pm: Take a cab down to Smalls Jazz Club in Greenwich Village to get an earful of killer tunes.

12am: From 14th Street, take the L train across town to the 1st Avenue station, and then walk two blocks to Avenue B, where you’ll find an amazing nightcap at Pouring Ribbons.

2am: Nothing satiates post-imbibe hunger pains than the salty broth and chewy noodles of Great NY Noodletown. So get thee to Bowery for a bowl of deliciousness before calling it a night.

Day 2

9am: Take your leave from Manhattan by catching the East River Ferry at Pier 11/Wall Street at South Street Seaport and heading toward Greenpoint in Brooklyn. We’re sure you don’t have to be told, but do take a moment to admire the view while en route.

Moe’s Doughs Donut Shop. Image by JoAnna Kang.

10am: Stop by Propeller Coffee to revel in the West Coast vibe and pick up your requisite cup of joe. If you’re craving a doughnut, indulge in a pleasant 15-minute amble over to Moe’s Doughs Donut Shop and order the signature croissant-doughnut hybrid, the doussant.

12pm: For ultimate souvenir shopping, take the B62 bus from Manhattan Avenue to Driggs Avenue, and then make your way to Mociun to pick up beautiful ceramics and handcrafted bling. Check out nearby Oroboro for bobo-chic duds and Stella Dallas Living for incredible vintage textiles that will liven up your dwelling.

2pm: Hail a cab and enjoy a late lunch at David’s Brisket House in Crown Heights to get your fill of toothsome barbecued meats.

Mociun. Image by JoAnna Kang.

3:30pm: To see one of the prettiest bits of Brooklyn, take the shuttle from Franklin Avenue to Prospect Park. Enjoy the ramble through the green space, taking time to admire the Ravine and the early-20th century carousel.

5:30pm: From Prospect Park West, take the F or G train from 7th Avenue three stops to Carroll Street Station, then head four blocks to Littleneck and indulge in briny oysters and plump clams from the raw bar.

7pm: Snag a stool at Fort Greene’s Karasu, the speakeasy/restaurant inside Walter’s Foods. Thank your lucky stars that the highly addictive and quaffable cocktails can be enjoyed alongside a full dinner of sashimi and crispy Berkshire pork tonkatsu.

Karasu. Image by JoAnna Kang.

10pm: With routine postings of events seven night a week, cab to Trans-Pecos in Ridgewood for the latest live show or underground DJ set.

1am: After dancing up a good sweat, head over to Grand Morelos for diner classics. Now, take a dose of aspirin.

About The HUNT New York City Author: JoAnna Kang admits it took her years to make the cross-country move from Portland, Oregon to New York City. She finally confronted NYC’s cramped, well-oiled machine, churning out long workdays in exchange for living in a 24-hour glutton’s paradise. Ignoring the fact that her armoire is four feet from the stove, she enjoys recreating recipes from Elizabeth David cookbooks and being part of the team at Windfall Farms’s stand at the Union Square Greenmarket, which advocates pesticide-free, non-GMO, unconventionally grown produce.

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