WHERE TO EAT IN NEW YORK CITY – IN 12 HOURS | affordable Uganda tour

Food Stall in New York City

New York. The Big Apple. The city that never sleeps. But you did need to sleep and now you’re down to your last full day in NYC. You came here to see a few sites, maybe take in a Broadway production and… eat. New York City is a gastronomical delight for any foodie. There’s no shortage of restaurants and with 12-hours remaining to enjoy some of the best, where to go? Here are my picks for a truly indulgent NYC foodie-fest.

This may not be the most “upscale” joint to grab your breakfast from, but if what you’re after is one-great-bagel, this is the place. There are 15 different bagels to choose from and a whole host of cream cheeses to smother into it. I was so overwhelmed by the selection, I chose a plain bagel with plain cream cheese, which of course, screamed, “Newbie.” Grab a table by the window for a clear view of the entire restaurant, and watch the world come and go. For a truly New York experience in a great people watching place, it’s two thumbs up for Ess-a-Bagel.

After an hour of getting lost within the bookshelves of this downtown Manhattan bookstore, review your buys with a drink and snack at one of their communal tables. Chat up a local.

This modern and trendy restaurant is located inside the Marriott Essex House, directly across the street from Central Park. The menu features American comfort food, prepared with style, based on classic French technique. I shared a Reuben sandwich, which is accompanied with finely sliced pickled fennel and mandarin orange pieces. The sandwich is presented as ‘sliders’, in buns that were soft and sweet.

Located off the lobby of the Peninsula Hotel, this is a classy and elegant locale for a mid-afternoon break. Originally opened as the Gotham Hotel in 1905, it went into bankruptcy in 1908 partly because it could not acquire a liquor license, as it was too close to The Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church. Times have changed. Today, unwind and plan ahead for your evening in New York City, as you enjoy an afternoon cocktail in one of the most elegant hotels in NYC.

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