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After Hours In New York City - How To Get More Out Of A Business Trip

10 July 2018
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To come to New York and not work hard and play hard, would be a disservice to the city that boasts it never sleeps. New Yorkers are notorious for burning the string at both ends and no matter what industry you’re in, if you’ve come to New York City, be prepared for a whirlwind of a time. Welcome to all the best things to do and squeeze out of every second in this concrete jungle...


Where to Eat

Coffee: The City Bakery

3 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011, USA

The perfect cosy restaurant located in the Flatiron district with enough seating that you won’t feel cramped while having an informal coffee meeting. Make sure to try their fresh baked pastries.

Brunch: Jack’s Wife Freda

50 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014, USA

An especially trendy bistro serving American-Middle Eastern fare in a chic modern space. There’s also a very good chance you will end up rubbing elbows with some kind of influencer/celebrity while dining here. Also remember that New Yorkers take brunch very seriously, which means essentially that you must try at least one mimosa/bloody mary with your meal.

Lunch: Balthazar

80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012, USA

This upscale French brasserie restaurant serves up French classics like escargots and steak frites. You can’t miss the iconic red signage out the front and once your step foot inside will be delighted with the classic old world ambiance emanating from the elegant decor.

Dinner: Tavern on the Green

Central Park West & 67th Street, New York, NY 10023, USA

If the aim is to impress, you can’t go wrong with wining and dining at the infamous institution that is New York’s Tavern On the Green. First of all you can’t go past the location with this restaurant being situated in the gorgeous Central Park, between 66th and 67th Streets. The location  is followed closely by the appeal of the prominent clientele that have dined here since its opening as a restaurant in 1934 (in the 1880’s the building was a sheep fold).

Balthazar restaurant in Soho. Balthazar restaurant in Soho.

Where to Drink


9 Doyers St #1, New York, NY 10013, USA

If you’re looking to win a client over or simply score some extra brownie points with your boss, take them to the speakeasy to trump all other New York speakeasies, Apotheke. The price of a single cocktail is enough to make your eyes water if they weren’t already watering from the alcohol content of each. Trust us when we say this old school pharmacy themed bar is  well worth the steep prices. It’s also a good idea to make sure you come appropriately dressed, or you might not make it past the front door.


A Dose of Culture

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028, USA

One of the world’s oldest and largest fine art museums, one mustn’t miss a stroll through it’s hallowed halls when visiting NYC. The Met as it’s affectionately referred to by locals is packed with over 5,000 years worth of artwork from around the world.

Museum of Modern Art

Another one of the city’s most well known and significant museums is the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA). A must-see stop for any modern art lover, plus the museum has a fantastic gift shop, perfect for souvenirs and small gifts for friends and family back home.

McKittrick Hotel Sleep No More

542 W 27th St, New York, NY 10001, USA

An immersive and interactive award-winning theatrical experience like no other that tells Shakespeare's Scottish tragedy through a film noir lens. Be sure to book your tickets well in advance for this show  and post-show have a drink at the rooftop garden bar Gallow Green, to continue the magical experience.

Inside the foyer of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Inside the foyer of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Shopping in New York

All of the best little boutiques of New York are spread over several blocks and in different neighbourhoods but that also makes shopping in nyc one of the best ways to discover the city.



59th St and Lexington Ave (Midtown) + 504 Broadway (Soho)

The original Lexington Ave location is a mammoth store taking up a whole nyc block however a smaller more manageable version also exists in Soho.

Dover Street Market

160 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016, USA

The is the store that all other high-end alternative boutiques measure themselves against. Think custom Prada (yes, you read that right), Commes Des Garcons, Nike collaborations and emerging designers. This is another store that closes and reorganizing its seven floors every six months.

What goes around comes around

351 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013, USA

This is where the celebrities go to shop vintage. This store makes every single vintage/consignment best of list for a reason, it has an enormous selection of like-new designer pieces for guys and girls. The range also includes high-end bags and jewelry, including a whole lot of Chanel.

The shopping mecca of Bloomingdale's. The shopping mecca of Bloomingdale's.

Want to know more about travelling to the Big Apple? Check out the New York travel guide

Sam Aldenton

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Sam Aldenton is a Flight Centre writer, producer and social media specialist. When she's not off discovering the world’s best pizza (an obsession picked up from her 4-years in New York), she is based in Brisbane, Australia. Follow her adventures on Instagram at @samaaldenton.