2 Perfect Days in New York City

Two Perfect Days in NYC That the Whole Family Will Love
Planned by the culture experts at What Should We Do?!


9:30 a.m.: Start with banana walnut pancakes and pumpkin French toast at the adorable Upper West Side breakfast and brunch staple Good Enough to Eat.

11 a.m.: Head to the American Museum of Natural History, just five blocks away. No trip to NYC is complete without visiting the giant wonders—the  blue whale, the dinosaur fossils, and the herd of African elephants—at this classic, kid-favorite treasure.

1:30 p.m.: Grab burgers, fries, and frozen custard at Shake Shack, right across Columbus Avenue from the museum.

2:30 p.m.: Enter Central Park at West 77th Street and meander through the greatest urban oasis in the world (yes, we’re biased). Travel south along the lake, then turn left onto Terrace Drive to reach Bethesda Terrace and Fountain, an ultra-photogenic spot to sit and listen to buskers.

4 p.m.: Say hello to the seals during a quick walk-through of the charming and manageable Central Park Zoo, a 10-minute walk down the mall from the fountain.

5 p.m.: Exit the park at the southwest corner, where you’ll find The Plaza on the corner of 59th Street and Fifth Avenue. If you have Eloise fans in your family, splurge on afternoon tea in the hotel’s Palm Court. Otherwise, grab an early dinner at the Plaza Food Hall, which boasts a very well-curated selection of New York–favorite dishes and cuisines.

7 p.m.: Walk down Fifth Avenue to Rockefeller Center, between 49th and 50th Streets, where you can gawk at the gorgeous NYC night skyline from the Top of the Rock.


10 a.m.: Load up on bagels, oversize omelets, and pastrami at the iconic Katz’s Deli on the Lower East Side.

11 a.m.: Let the kids pick sweet treats for the day at Economy Candy, an old-school shop two blocks away that’s jam-packed with nostalgic candies.

Noon: See what it was like to be a new immigrant in NYC during a fascinating, interactive tour of the Tenement Museum, just a five-minute walk from Economy Candy.

1:30 p.m.: Grab crazy-good New York slices at the retro Scarr’s Pizza, just five minutes south, on Orchard Street, from the museum.

2:30 p.m.: Head 10 minutes east on Canal Street to Chinatown. There, stroll the bustling, narrow streets and pop into the many vegetable and seafood shops. Play Skee-Ball at Chinatown Fair, a cramped but authentic local video arcade; try red bean or lychee scoops at Chinatown Ice Cream Factory; and take photos on the windy, muraled Doyers Street.

6 p.m.: Dine on delicious dim sum at the traditional Chinese banquet hall Jing Fong.

7:30 p.m.: Walk to the center of the soaring Brooklyn Bridge for incredible views of Brooklyn, Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty, and the East River. (Don’t worry—the bridge is well lit and populated in the evenings.)