What to Wear, Eat, See and Do When Visiting New York City

Q: I love your site and know that since my question involves your home city, you will have all kinds of great ideas. I will be in New York City for my honeymoon from November 11-16. My fiance and I would appreciate any ideas on what to wear. We plan to do some shopping while we’re there, but want to look fashionable and still be comfortable and weather-appropriate while shopping and touring the city. What would work for walking around Central Park/the city? Going to the theater? We would also love any particular recommendations you’d have for wear to go, eat, etc. Thanks!

– New York Bound Bride-to-be

A. These are my favorite questions to answer since they have to do with my favorite place in the world-my home, New York City. Since it’s November, the weather can sometimes be unpredictable. I am usually enjoying my last days of playing tennis outdoors and still riding my bike with a fleece pullover. So bring a jacket, some sweaters and pull out your chic low heeled boots for walking around the city. Skip the athletic sneakers and pack a stylish pair of Pumas, Adidas or Converse for days when you’ll really want to explore the city. Add peep toe heels or a fab pair of pumps for evening. Pack dark jeans, a few sweaters, a jacket (not a coat-it’s too early) or a belted trench that hits just below the knee so it’s perfect for dresses and skirts (I love my Burberry trench-it was a well-worth-it investment piece), a few pairs of pants, a dress for dinners out, a day dress that can be worn with tights and low heeled boots for a day of shopping around the city, a skirt that will work with several tops and layering pieces, a white button down shirt, a great belt to wear with pants or belted around a dress, and accessories like an Hermes scarf (or something like it) and jewelry. Your husband should definitely pack a sport coat for some dinners and to wear to a Broadway show or other events plus a few sweaters including one he can wear under the sport coat.

For shopping:

Uptown/Midtown – Check out the high prices and finesse of New York’s favorite department stores with a stroll through Barneys on Madison Avenue and Bergdorf’s on Fifth.

For a short shopping spree and lunch, head to the Meatpacking district and weave up and down 12th through 14th between Gansevoort and Washington. Stop by Stella McCartney and Jeffrey’s. Have lunch at Son Cubano, Nero or Markt for mussels and Belgium fries or a piece of pie at the Little Pie Company. Or, have a drink at the chic Hotel Gansevoort.

SoHo is easy to navigate and has become the closest we get to an outdoor mall with everything from boutiques like Scoop and Olive & Bettes to known shops like Anthropologie and Prada. Stop at Dos Caminos for margaritas and made to order guacamole.

NoLIta and Lower East Side are the “of the moment” places to shop (although we New Yorkers have known about it for years) so head east from SoHo and wander into the little boutiques in search of something hip and chic to purchase.

]]> Entertainment:

Consider getting tickets to one of these shows if they’re still on Broadway: Spring Awakening, Spamalot or Grey Gardens. If you don’t buy ahead, then go to the half price tickets office in South Street Seaport with much shorter lines than the Times Square outpost.

You must take a walk through Central Park and, if the weather is agreeable, rent bikes downtown at Gotham bikes Tribeca on West Broadway and ride over the Brooklyn Bridge to Fulton Street Landing. It is the scene of countless wedding photos, TV and movie backdrops because of the view of the city and Brooklyn Bridge.

Some of my favorite places to eat:

Restaurant Daniel (60 East 65th) – Daniel Boulud is an amazing chef. Consider this your expensive dinner out and have drinks in the lounge before dinner to prolong the lovely experience.

The Place (310 west 4th St.) – Quiet, romantic, fireplace, excellent food.

Agave (7th avenue near 10th St.) – Cool southwestern food.

Nero (Gansevoort St. in the Meatpacking District) – Delicious Italian, good red wines.

Mary’s Fish Camp (246 West 4th) – Go for the lobster rolls and corn on the cob and don’t hesitate to eat at the counter. It’s not a romantic spot, but this low-key restaurant is worth the wait. If you can’t get a seat right away, they’ll take your cell number and call you when your table is ready while you explore the neighborhood.

Jewel Bako (239 east 5th, East Village) & Blue Ribbon Sushi (119 Sullivan St., Soho ) – Fresh, must-have sushi.

Chinatown Brasserie (Lafayette and 3rd St.) – Upscale Chinese

Perry St. (Perry St. and West St.) – Great food, NY scene, service is a little slow.

Da Silvano (6th avenue bet. Houston & Bleecker) – Delicious Italian food. And a good chance you’ll see a celebrity.

Avra (141 East 48th St. near Lexington) – The Greek cuisine is amazing and I’m addicted to the eggplant & zucchini “chips” with a creamy yogurt dip appetizer.

Bar Marche (corner of Elizabeth & Spring) – Choose the blueberry pancakes or the fish taquitos.

Clinton St. Baking Company (Clinton St. just south of Houston) – Best darn biscuits for breakfast (go during the week and avoid the long wait)

Once Upon a Tart (Sullivan bet. Houston & Prince) – Good for a coffee break and delicious scones and tarts. The scones are the moistest and most buttery scones I’ve ever tasted.

Stanton Social (Stanton St. near Ludlow) – Fun for drinks and dinner. It’s a little loud, but a good New York scene and delicious American style tapas. Small dishes of meatballs, Kobe burgers, French onion soup dumplings, etc.

Frankies 17 (17 Clinton St.) – Good food, tiny intimate restaurant

Corner Bistro (331 West 4th St.) – Very, very causal for a beer and a burger and hang with the local NY crowd.

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