Empire State of Mind in Midtown | New York City
Another full day centered around the Empire State Building. Exploring the major destinations and attractions New York City offers is an amazing experience. The downside is that visitors often feel limited to being able to explore the spots they see and discover along their walk to these major destinations. It’s hard to find the local spots without advice from locals. That’s where we come in. We’ve collected a great local brunch spot as well as a fun way to get some exercise and enjoy the afternoon all within walking distance of the Empire State building.
$$ Comfort Food | Country-chic setting
159 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016 (near 30th)
Penelope is the perfect low key spot to enjoy a delicious casual brunch before a little sightseeing. Nutella French Toast and Biscuits and Gravy are just a few of the tasty comfort foods they serve up.
Empire State Building
Landmark | Iconic, art deco office tower from 1931 with exhibits & observatories on the 86th & 102nd floors
20 W 34th St, New York, NY 10001
After a nice brunch you will be just a 10 minute walk from the Empire State Building. It’s amazing building to see and the view from the observation decks are even more incredible. Soak up the history of the structure and the beautify of the city that can only be experienced from such heights.
Madison Square Park
Free | Public Park
Between 5th and Madison Avenue and 23rd and 26th Street
When your feet are back on earth and you’re looking to enjoy a little walk, head south along 5th Avenue. About ten blocks south you will bump into Madison Square Park. The park is in the heart of the Flatiron District. If you’re a lover of New York’s industrial gilded age of architecture then this is a walk you will enjoy. I’d say walking from the Empire State Building to the Flatiron building would be the 101 class in a course on New York 1900’s design and architecture.
Madison Square Park is a great spot to see. It’s one of the most beautiful parks in Manhattan. Much more intimate then Central Park and still full of tons of life, art installations, sculptures, playground, a dog run and several small lawns surrounded by winding walk way lined with benches . . .not to mention there's a Shake Shack.
There is something for everyone on this walk. Just past Madison Square Park heading south to Union Square Park there is some great shopping along this stretch of Broadway and 5th Avenue. with outposts of many of the cities shops and boutiques from funky housewares at Fishs Eddy to the Flying Tiger Copenhagen a fun home / children’s shop, Paragon Sports a local landmark sports store as well as name brands like the name brands like Kate Spade New York, Madewell, Zara and lululemon.
The Golf Club at Chelsea Piers
$$ | All-weather facility with hitting stalls & a net-covered fairway jutting over the Hudson River.
59 Chelsea Piers, New York, NY 10011
If walking isn’t enough of an activity for you and you’re looking for a fun way to get in a little light exercise check out the Golf Club at Chelsea Piers. The piers are home to a massive sports complex that stretches along the Hudson River. There 25 different sports arenas and venues here. Everything from Boxing to Rock Climbing you name it you can play it here. The driving range at the Golf Club is a fun way to spend an afternoon and drive a few balls as far out into the Hudson River as you can.
Los Tacos No.1
$ | Bustling taqueria serving tacos, quesadillas & aguas frescas in a street-style set-up (no seating)
75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011 (in the Chelsea Market)
After a full day of sightseeing and sports you will likely have worked up an appetite. If you are looking for a casual spot to enjoy some of the best tacos in New York City, check out Los Tacos No 1. They have two locations in New York City. This one is in the Chelsea Market. A casual counter and some classics like Tacos, Quesadillas and Mercian sodas.