Midtown always gets such a bad rap among New Yorkers. It’s packed with tourists, there are gimmicky restaurants, and cheesy sites. I used to work in Rockefeller center so I have very fond memories of the area. I have a few favorite spots that I will share below. This is my guide to Midtown that you can use when you have out of town guests or you want to do classic New York things. Here is the route…
1. Wollman Rink – It’s probably the most expensive ice skating that you’ll ever do but you have to do it once in your life. You’re skating in Central Park with the city skyline as your backdrop.
2. Walk along the pond towards 5th Avenue – It’s one of the prettiest walks in Central Park.
3. Plaza Hotel, FAO Schwartz, & window shopping at Tiffany’s – These are classic New York places.
4. The Love sculpture – This iconic sculpture by Robert Indiana is on 55th St & 6th Ave.
5. The Halal guys – They are located on both sides of 53rd St & 6th Ave. I had the chicken and rice and I was surprised at how juicy the chicken was. Beware of the spicy sauce-it’s really spicy! and it was only $6!
8. Sake Bar Hagi – Go here for dinner! There’s no visible sign and you have to go down some stairs. My boyfriend and I usually go there once a month. Our routine is we put in our name and our number with the hostess, go to a local bar for a drink and wait until they call (Usually a 1 hour wait). You feel like you’ve been transported to an underground Tokyo pub. Most of the diners here are Asian, which is always a good sign. It’s a Japanese BBQ place so don’t expect sushi. Try all the grilled meats with an unfiltered sake. It’s inexpensive and delicious.
Other Favorite Spots:
–Ma Peche (David Chang’s Midtown Restaurant)
15 W 56th St. between 5th & 6th Aves.
-Yakitori Toto (Japanese BBQ)
251 W 55th St. between Broadway & 8th Ave.
-Joe’s Shanghai (Must try the soup dumplings)
24 W 56th St. between 5th & 6th Aves.
-Lee’s Art Shop (Art supplies & gifts)
220 W 57th St. between 7th & Broadway
-Museum of Arts & Design (Amazing design museum)
2 Columbus Circle
-Flowers of the World (Beautiful flower arrangements)
150 W 55th St. between 7th & 6th Aves.
-Bloomie Nails (Very fast and $12 manicure)
44 W 55th St. between 5th & 6th Aves.