Why NYC is Perfect in Any Season

New York City. The Big Apple. The city of cranky, bagel eating, subway riding high achievers.

I lived in Washington, DC for almost a year and had the chance to visit The Big City on occasion and I have to say, I really love it. This surprises me because I grew up in Small Town Minnesota, but there is something about the vibe and the energy and the never ending list of things to do or restaurants to try. To top it off, I’m here to tell you that it’s fit for a visit any time of the year.

I’ve had the chance to visit in three different seasons, and each one has its draw.

In the Fall, the leaves are a spectacle in Central Park and you can still enjoy a meal outside under one of those cozy heat lamps. 

In the Winter, well, there’s NYE of course but also when it snows in the city it’s pretty magical and you can cozy up inside with a glass or three of some stick-to-your-tongue red wine. 

In the Spring, nobody else is there because everyone goes somewhere warm for spring break and you get the Brooklyn Bridge all to yourself.

There. I don’t even need to finish this – you’ve got all you need in those few sentences!

Here are a few of my favorite places and things to do in NYC in each season.

Spring:

  • Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and take a walking tour of Chinatown. But actually, one of my favorite parts about visiting in the springtime was doing a walking tour in Chinatown, then having dinner in Little Italy, then finishing off a bottle of wine (in a water bottle) while walking the bridge at sunset. I used Free Tours by Foot, and thought it was one of the better walking tours I’ve done.
  • Wine and dine. In the spring, there is still a bit of a chill in the air and it feels so cozy to hunker down in a speakeasy and just enjoy the ambiance and the cocktails crafted to perfection. My favorite places to grab a drink are: The Back Room, The Westlight, The Evelyn Hotel, and Good Behavior Cocktail Bar
  • Visit one of the world famous museums. Springtime in NYC can still be a little chilly, so it’s the perfect time to visit some museums. My favorite museum in New York is the Met or the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Fall:

  • Grab coffee and pastries and walk around Central Park. Yes it can get busy, but so worth it to just get lost in there and wander around with your goodies. 
  • Sweets! For that said walk in the park, here are some of my favorites for those of us with a sweet tooth:
    • Levain bakery. Literally can’t go wrong (but get a chocolate chip cookie or five, you won’t regret it)
    • Milk Bar. The flagship milk bar is in midtown and it’s pretty cool! Not to mention, the cookies are delish.
    • Eataly. Always a vibe and the most Italian you can get when it comes to coffee and pastries. Plan to take your pastries on the train with you if you go here before going to Central Park.
    • Brooklyn Roasting Company. Yummbler oat milk lattes and blueberry scones. 
    • Van Leeuwen Ice Cream. This place has some of the best vegan ice cream I’ve ever had. If you’re not vegan, there are also some amazing unique flavors with regular milk available. There are a number of locations around manhattan.
  • Stroll around DUMBO. Walk along the river, have a picnic, watch the boats, and enjoy the view of the city and the two bridges.
  • Walk the Highline. In the fall, grabbing a coffee and walking the highline is an absolute must! Where I feel like it’s too hot in the summer, and too cold in the winter, fall is the perfect time to explore this area and get really cool views of the city from a new angle.

Winter:

  • FOOD. If there is one thing I’ve learned about this city, it’s that I would be willing to throw all of my money at NYC just to be able to eat all the amazing foods all the time. There are so many amazing restaurants that it’s overwhelming. 
  • Visit the Chelsea Market and Starbucks Roastery Reserve. 
  • Splurge on a Nice Hotel. There is something romantic about a snowy NYC and whether you are by yourself, with a partner, or with a friend, getting a nice hotel is such a fun way to experience the high life in New York – even if it’s just for one night! 
    • The Evelyn Hotel. Solid 9/10. This place is pricey, but it’s so central and comfy. The staff are really friendly and the on site bar and restaurant are excellent. Docking one point for a smaller than usual bathroom. 

No matter when you go to NYC it is a good time! Always something to do, and always a little bit of magic in the air.

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