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New Year, New York: A One-Day Itinerary

There's always something new to experience, and to make sure you start the year off right, our editor shares a few of her favorite experiences

New year, same old city? Not a chance. The city that never sleeps also never stops luring you with something else. Whether it’s temping French fare at a Park Avenue bistro, shopping at a downtown discount emporium or an art retrospective housed in a library in the middle of Lincoln Center, there is always one more thing to add to the must-do list. So, enjoy it all. Here’s to a new year in New York!  

Morning

Century 21
The multilevel Century 21 Downtown store features everything a shopper could possibly need—or want. (©Century 21)

From frocks to socks, coats to totes, the multilevel Century 21 stores offer everything a budget-minded shopper could want. The Downtown store recently had a makeover, making the large space even more sparkling. I go here for everything from mascara to purses, lingerie to boots. The store has a tough return policy, though, so don't throw out that receipt!

Afternoon

Caricaturist Al Hirschfeld at the Library for the Performing Arts in Lincoln Center—you only have through Jan. 4, so hurry! But don’t fret: If you can’t get to the exhibit, pay a visit to the Margo Feiden Galleries (by appointment). It’s worth it to see one of the finest caricaturists who ever lived visually comment on film, theatre, television, political personalities and more.

Evening

I’m mad about both French onion soup and mussels. Pair both with a white burgundy at Les Halles and I‘m in heaven. And when I’m not in the mood for either, then I might ask for the restaurant’s peppery steak tartare and frites, prepared tableside. The restaurant is cheerily reminiscent of an authentic Parisian bistro, noisy, tiled floors, lots of dark wood with a friendly buzz and quick and attentive service. Fun...and yum!