New York Minute

Itinerary | Travel | New York City, NY | United States

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Whenever we go to New York City we try to go for at least a weekend. There’s simply too much to see and (more importantly) to eat. Twenty four hours in New York City isn’t nearly enough time to see what the city has to offer. But sometimes that’s all you have. Here’s how we spent 24 hours in NYC.

Full NYC guide coming soon, stay tuned! 

Dinner in Chinatown

Soup dumplings are always a must when visiting New York City, we tried a place called Shanghai Asian Manor for the first time and it was delicious. We also recommend the more famous soup dumplings places as well, such as Joe’s Shanghai and Shanghai Taste, all of which are located in Chinatown. After dinner we checked out the new Taiyaki NYC ice cream shop, and also bought a ton of sponge cakes from Kam Hing Coffee Shop across from Taiyaki NYC. We highly recommend trying the sponge cakes, they’re only $0.75 for the original and $1.25 for the flavored sponge cakes! We also had to make a stop at Boba Guys, probably our favorite bubble tea place but instead of boba we always opt for their homemade almond jelly – IT’S SO GOOD. 

Address: 21 Mott St New York, NY 10013
Hours: Open Daily 11AM – 10PM

Address: 119 Baxter St New York, NY 10013
Hours: Open Daily 12PM – 10PM (varies on weekends)

Address: 118 Baxter St New York, NY 10013
Hours: Open Daily 6AM – 8PM

Address: 23 Clinton St New York, NY 10002
Hours: Open Daily 12PM – 9PM (10PM on weekends)

Midtown Must Eats

Visiting New York City is typically a non-stop food trip for us, so after dinner/dessert/boba in Chinatown we went up to Midtown for some NYC staples: chicken and rice from The Halal Guys and banana pudding from Magnolia Bakery. On the way back to the hotel (more info below), we opted to walk through Times Square instead of taking the subway. 

Address: W 53rd St 6th Ave New York, NY 10019
Hours: Open Daily 10AM – 4AM (5:30AM on weekends)

Address: 1240 Ave of the Americas New York, NY 10020
Hours: Open Daily 7AM – 10PM (varies on weekends)

Address: 1 Times Sq New York, NY 10036
Hours: Open 24 hours

Taking The High Line

Since we were stuffed from the previous night, we opted for a quick breakfast from Bibble & Sip. We wanted to try their popular cream puffs, but unfortunately they were sold out. We ended up trying the iced matcha latte, matcha panna cotta, and black sesame croissant which were all amazing. Afterwards we walked through The High Line, a park built on an old elevated railroad that runs through the West Side. 

Address: 253 W 51st St New York, NY 10019
Hours: Open Daily 7:30AM – 8PM (10AM on weekends)

Address: 820 Washington St New York, NY 10014
Hours: Open Daily 7AM – 10PM

Gallery Hopping in Chelsea

The High Line runs through Chelsea, which is full of great art galleries. We found out about Galerie Lelong and Gladstone Gallery while browsing Instagram (fun fact: that’s how we plan our vacations, through IG pictures) and stumbled upon the Mr Brainwash Presents Icons gallery while walking. We took this 24 hour trip last fall, and the exhibits featured in our pictures are probably long gone by the time you read this, so make sure to check the gallery’s website before visiting to see what’s on display!

Address: 528 W 26th St New York, NY 10001
Hours: Open Tuesday – Saturday 10AM – 6PM

Address: 415 W 13th St Manhattan, NY 10014
Hours: Open Wednesday – Sunday 2:30PM – 7:30PM

Address: 515 W 24th St New York, NY 10011
Hours: Open Tuesday – Saturday 10AM – 6PM

Checking Out The Out Hotel

For lunch we went to Kiin Thai Eatery in Greenwich, a short walk from Chelsea. This place had a great lunch special, which we highly recommend if you’re a fan of Thai food. After lunch we went back and checked out of The Out Hotel, where we stayed for the night. 

The Out Hotel is a trendy gay-friendly hotel we actually found while browsing Airbnb! We were really surprised to find this hotel listed on Airbnb, the reviews were great and the amenities feature a sauna, hot tub, and outdoor courtyards were what sold us on The Out Hotel. We also did some research and the prices on Airbnb were cheaper than the price listed on The Out Hotel’s website! 

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Address: 36 E 8th St New York, NY 10003
Hours: Open Daily 11:30AM – 10:30PM (varies on weekends)

Address: 510 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036
Hours: Open 24 hours
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  1. omg NYC sounds like they have the best food! I’ve never tried soup dumplings, though I hear about them all the time, and funny as it sounds they’re on my bucket list! Looks like you had a delicious 24 hours!

  2. Man the Halal guys is tots a must eat! Then there is a line, we would wait whatever time it gets because it’s so good! Man that sauce too though! I think the High line is a definite must, we also always recommend it to all! Great guide!

    1. They opened multiple on that corner now, so the wait isn’t too bad! But yes, that white sauce is SO GOOD.

  3. The Out Hotel looks like a wonderful place to stay in NYC, its worth checking out the price on Airbnb too if it could be cheaper. I’ve heard good things about Chinatown in NYC having great value food, I’ll check out a couple of places you mentioned. Interesting how you researched things to do in NYC see only Instagram, which hashtags did you search?

    1. I’m very visual, so I love searching on Instagram for places to see/do/eat! If I’m going to NYC I’ll search: #nyc #nyceats #newforkcity and will also search by location too.

  4. Gallery Hopping in Chelsea would be the first thing I would do in NewYork. Eating in China Town would be in my list. Out Hotel looks great because of hot tub and outside courtyards. Nice Pictures of art gallery specially the Life is beautiful one.

  5. I spend so much time in NYC as my Mum lives just over the water in NJ. I LOVE this list. There are so many places here that I haven’t ever been to. I think it’s probably because I take living so close for granted. I LOVE walking the Highline, although I’ve never managed to time it when the flowers are in bloom…I’m there next month so I’m going back armed with your list. Dumplings in China town and gallery hopping in Chelsea are top of my to do list!

  6. New York, New York, New York.

    Oh what would I give to be there, visiting the big apple. It’s not helping that your photos look fantastic, and I have been itching for a getaway. It’s definitely a dream, and my goal to visit the America one day. I’m expecting a cultural shock though. Hahaha! The US is just full of surprises.

  7. Yes one day can never be sufficient for touring NYC! The eating options is driving me mad with hunger 😀 😀 The city is in my dreams, hope I can make it there.

  8. Oh wow, your food recommendations look awesome. I have read great reviews of The Halal Guys. I have been to NYC only once. It was not enough. I wish that I tried to eat at different restaurants or go to a gallery like you did. Unfortunately, I did not. I like the galleries that you have visited. The art pieces look modern, abstract, and colorful.

  9. I have not been to NYC city yet. Your guide and recommendations are wonderful. Photos are epic and specially the chinese food. It’s lots to do in so little time. Very helpful. Thanks for sharing

  10. I used to live in NYC, there’s so much to see in the Big Apple! High Line is my favourite place to spend the afternoon. Food in Chinatown is so cheap and delicious! I need to revisit with my husband and explore more of Chelsea’s art galleries!

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