24 Hours in New York City

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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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