Tavern on the Green (Courtesy Tavern on the Green)
Spend two days in Lincoln Square hitting up the best eateries, shopping and entertainment.
9:45 to 11 am
Explore the many shops in the complex—including C. Wonder, the perfect place to find home goods and gifts, women’s apparel, accessories, jewelry and more; Cole Haan for durable—yet affordable—leather goods; Tourneau for the perfect timepiece; and more. Before you leave the Time Warner Center, make sure to head downstairs to the lower level and pick up a few on-the-go snacks and beverages at the popular grocer Whole Foods Market.
For a mid morning pick me up or light lunch, walk north on Broadway to Melissa’s Gourmet Deli—an unassuming storefront that offers reasonably priced sandwiches and wraps. For something a little more fancy, ‘wichcraft, inside the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, offers pressed sandwiches (think heritage smoked ham with poached pears, Dijon mustard, aged cheddar on grilled cranberry pecan bread), plus a slew of salads and sides. Or, if a sweet treat might hit the spot, It’s Sugar is a nearby wonderland of candy—from tart and chewy to chocolatey and hard to find.
4:30 to 6 pm
Explore this area of the Upper West Side and enjoy a bit of pampering at Salon 66—a great place to get a new ‘do for the upcoming night on the town!
6:30 to 7 pm
Grab a quick drink at any of the area’s popular bars and lounges. See and be seen, plus enjoy views of the surrounding cityscape, at the Empire Hotel’s Rooftop Lounge; or, enjoy a glass of wine, terrines and pâtés at Chef Daniel Boulud’s Bar Boulud.
Dinner plans before heading to a performance at Lincoln Center wouldn’t be complete without a stop at one of the many world-renowned restaurants in the area. The vibrant Mediterranean-inspired restaurant Boulud Sud is perfect for unique entrées, such as the Moroccan Chicken Tagine with cauliflower, couscous and preserved lemon; or the Pancetta-Wrapped Cavendish Quail, with foie gras, kale and provencale pumpkin. One would be remiss without trying the Grapefruit Givré (with sesame halva, rose loukoum and grapefruit sorbet) for dessert—edible art at its finest. For the crème de la crème of the NYC food scene, head back to the Time Warner Center to Per Se. Lauded as one of the best restaurants in New York City, diners enjoy extensive tasting menus of New American and French cuisine while enjoying views of the surrounding cityscape.
8 to 10 pm
Head to Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts to see one of the many ballet, symphony or opera performances housed in the famed complex.
10:30 pm to Midnight
Wind down the evening and take in a late-night jazz session at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola while noshing on Southern comfort food.
Start the day with a filling breakfast at Le Pain Quotidien, a rustic eatery with communal dining, which boasts a menu of hearty fare like fresh-baked breads, organic oatmeal and granolas, frittatas and more.
10 am to noon
Get in a little morning shopping and search for staples at American Apparel, the California-based clothing company that carries a mix of basic sweatshirts, dresses, T-shirts and accessories—perfect for layering. Or, step it up a notch at Burberry Brit, which offers a number of classic looks for men, women and children (like tailored trench coats, structured bags and accessories).
Satisfy those mid day hunger pangs at P.J. Clarke’s, a casual restaurant known for its world-famous burgers, which can be piled high with add-ons like Vermont Cheddar, Buttermilk Blue cheese, smothered onions, béarnaise sauce and fried eggs. Or take in views of Central Park while enjoying a meal at ROBERT, perched atop The Museum of Arts and Design. Lunchtime main course offerings include Roasted Chicken with broccoli & garlic mashed potatoes; and Petit Filet Mignon with pineapple cilantro relish and house-made fries.
2 to 5:30 pm
Speaking of museums, The Museum of Arts & Design is definitely worth a gander, as it collects, displays and interprets objects that document contemporary and historic innovation in craft, art and design. What Would Mrs. Webb Do? A Founder’s Vision—an exhibition highlighting the museum founder’s advocacy and dedication to skilled makers across America, featuring objects drawn largely from the Museum's permanent collection—is currently on display. Museumgoers can also check out the American Folk Art Museum, where Ralph Fasanella: Lest We Forget, an exhibition celebrating the 100th anniversary of the artist’s birth, is on view.
With views of the surrounding plaza, Lincoln Ristorante, nestled in the Lincoln Center complex, is a destination for innovative Italian cuisine. Make sure to try the Cotoletta di Maiale, grilled heritage pork chop with Cayuga Pure Organics polenta, spigarello and peperonata. For dinner in Central Park, head to Tavern on the Green, the venerable eatery that recently reopened in the famed attraction.
10 pm to midnight
Conclude the day with a nightcap, late-night bites (meatball sliders and deviled eggs are great for sharing) and live DJ music at Stone Rose Lounge in the Time Warner Center. Or, opt for the extensive menu of muddled cocktails, bourbon and rye at The Smith.