What Is Your Ideal Winter Day in New York City?
The Groundhog Day results are in: New Yorkers are in store for another six weeks of winter. With this in mind, we reached out to a few of our favorite in-the-know New Yorkers to find out how they would spend a perfect winter day in the city. Check out their top picks:
Morning workout at Equinox. Iced Matcha at Nourish Kitchen. Mani/Pedi. A massage: budget would be Gongfu on 17th Street,
Mandarin Oriental, or my fave: in home via Zeel. Late lunch at Soho House, nap, then dinner at Le Turtle, (get the chicken). Late night at The Box, or go home and sleep.
Bradford Shelhammer, Head of Browse, Personalization & Engagement at Ebay
Ideal day is waking up in the West Village and looking out my window to see fresh snow and flurries outside. Putting on my wellies, leopard coat and beret and going to Toby’s Estate Coffee Roasters on Charles Street to grab a cappuccino. Then I love to drop in Housing Works on West 10th to see what vintage furniture or antique porcelain is new! I’m obsessed with thrifting! Then I typically meet friends at Buvette on Grove Street for brunch – I love to sit at the bar or in the tiny window spot and watch all the action!
Afterwards, stuffed with French toast, I go on a long walk through Washington Square Park and stop in some of my favorite stores like William Wayne and John Derian. If I’m really full of energy, I will take an Uber back to the west side to the Whitney and wander around. Then dinner at super cozy West Village spots BOBO Townhouse or Waverly Inn. A nice glass of pinot noir, please!
A favorite itinerary of mine for a winter day is a late morning visit to the Frick Collection on Fifth Avenue and 70th, followed by a leisurely walk through Central Park—which is spectacular after a fresh snow fall.
To warm up and for a late lunch, I always go to Café Sabarsky at the Neue Galerie, at Fifth Avenue and 86th, a classic Viennese cafe in possibly the most elegant dining room in the city. After a large plate of mushroom Spätzle and a mélange mit schlag, I go up to the second floor to see Gustav Klimt's masterpiece "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer, a shimmering gold portraits that reflects the winter sun setting outside.
Grand Central is perfect – there is architecture, design (sign up for a Beaux Arts tour...so much fun), food and shopping. For restaurants, check out La Chula, Magnolia Bakery and Prova Pizza.
Visit Chinatown on February 25 to ring in the year of the Fire Rooster with the Chinese New Year parade. Then (or before), head to old school Art Deco Nom Wah Tea Parlor for dumplings, roasted pork buns and noodles.
Elana Frankel, Creative Consultant; former Vice President, Creative, One Kings Lane
I’m currently obsessed with GUILD, the new concept space by Roman and Williams, picking up a pretty bouquet of flowers from Emily Thomson Flowers at the front and having a cozy breakfast at La Mercerie, a great way to start a winter’s day!
Winter in New York is a magical time to reconnect the rituals you love. Rise early for first choice of perfect sweet pea flowers flown in from Japan at G.Page Wholesale Flowers to brighten your home.
Warm up standing counter side for a foamy cappuccino and pretzel croissant at Sant Ambroeus. Be inspired by the power of craft at the Noguchi Museum and bring friends together at Wildair for the world’s best potato darphin with uni on top!
Stephanie Goto, Architect & Designer
Luckily, I live near Central Park and if the snow is not a blizzard, I love to visit the park. On any ideal winter day I love walking the park with my son. Going for bagels and coffee. Watching news shows till I can’t stand it. Light candles and pretend I have a fireplace. And mindlessly watching HGTV or cooking shows.
How would you spend your ideal winter day in New York? Let us know what cold-weather adventures you're up to on Instagram with #bdebytes.