How to Have the Perfect Day in Midtown Manhattan

Midtown Manhattan is so much more than Times Square. It’s got lots of museums and tons of food options. Here’s my guide for the perfect (fully packed!) day in Midtown.

Grand Central Terminal

Grand Central
Grand Central

Start your day at Grand Central. It’s a gorgeous building that has been open since 1913 with 750,000 visitors passing through each day. Start in the Main Concourse and watch the commuters pass by before venturing to find some breakfast.

Open faced sandwiches at Great Northern Food Hall
Gorgeous open faced sandwiches at Great Northern Food Hall

You’ve got plenty of options – I love the Great Northern Food Hall for Scandinavian options from casual to sit down. You can also check out the Market for some grab and go options or Irving Farm Coffee Roasters for delicious coffee.

Grand Central Market Midtown
Grand Central Market – it’s a traditional food market & perfect for grab and go

After you’ve eaten, head back  to the Main Concourse and grab the audio tour for $9. You can do it in as little as 30 minutes and gives an interesting history as well as architectural details you might normally miss.

MoMA

Andy Warhol at MoMA
Andy Warhol at MoMA

Museum of Modern Art (or MoMA) is an awesome art museum. It’s got famous artists like Warhol and Monet. Don’t forget to check out the gift shop. Admission is $25

Lunch

For lunch, check out The Little Beet for healthy options or City Kitchen for an upscale food court with lobster rolls, sushi and gourmet doughnuts for dessert. Be warned though that midtown lunch places can have lines out the door between 12-2pm.

Radio City Tour

 

Radio City
Radio City – view from the Stage

A tour of Radio City is a must. It’s a stunning theater and so cool to stand onstage. See where the animals live during the Christmas show. Meet a Rockette (and get a photo!). Tours run daily and are $26.95 each. Advance reservations are recommended.

Happy Hour (with views!)

Have happy hour at the rooftop of La Quinta. It’s got great views and is a hidden gem. There are deals everyday from 4-7pm and might be the cheapest drinks you’ll ever find in Manhattan.

Dinner

For dinner, you have to go to Carmine’s. Everything is served family style and is absolutely incredible. So grab a bunch of friends or prepare for a lot of leftovers. If you’re not too full, order the Titanic. Like the name suggests, it’s pretty epic.

Broadway show

After dinner, see a show. I may be biased, but you can’t come to New York without seeing a Broadway show. With 41 theaters, there are so many options and even if you think you’re not into theater, give it a try. Here’s my guide to getting tickets here.

Times Square

After the show, head to Times Square. It’s best at night so you can really admire all the lights and the people watching should be pretty good. But don’t spend too long, it’s a bit overrated.

Things to do in Midtown Manhattan NYC including restaurants and attractions like Grand Central, Broadway, Times Square and Radio City.Things to do in Midtown Manhattan NYC including restaurants and attractions like Grand Central, Broadway, Times Square and Radio City.

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  1. MOMA is definitely my favorite museum in NYC because I love modern art. Carmine’s is a great suggestion for restaurants, I love the food there. There really is lots to do in midtown!

  2. Sounds like a great day. I loved visiting Grand Central for the first time. I’d seen it in so many movies and tv shows over the years, it was so familiar even though I’d never actually been there before.

  3. Huh, I had no idea there were audio tours of Grand Central Station! I commute through there every couple months, so I’ll have to give that a try next time. Thanks for the tip!

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