Whether you’re a local or a visitor, planning the perfect weekend in New York City can be intimidating. There’s always so much going on. But thanks to our fab guide, you can leave the fate of your weekend in our hands. From the hottest restaurant to the “healthiest” nail salon, and even a cat cafe, check out our favorite things to do in the Big Apple right now.
Start your weekend off right at Vandal, Chef Chris Santos and TAO Group’s latest venture located on the Bowery. World-renowned street artists, global street food, and a hip space come together to form NYC’s hottest dining spot. From Peruvian Style Ceviche to the Pressed New York Hot Pretzel featuring American Kobe tartare, smoked aioli and pickled mustard seeds, everything on the menu (cocktails included!) is delightful.
Next, make your way to Beauty & Essex for creative cocktails. Our latest favorite? The Black Tie White Noise, composed of activated charcoal, yellow chartreuse, lemon, whiskey, and single malt scotch. While you’re having fun with the ladies, activated charcoal will help to remove toxins, purify the body, and prevent bloating. We consider this a winner in our book!
Located in the Financial District, Van Court Studio is the newest and healthiest nail salon that you need to know about. Aside from offering fab treatments that focus on getting your nails in the best shape ever, they also specialize in offering non-toxic 9 or 5-free nail polishes and natural creams and oils. And not to worry, the nail techs also know how to whip up some gorgeous nail art. Bonus: the salon opens at 7 a.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. the rest of the week, so you can kick off your morning with a mani!
After a little pampering, climb aboard the Spirit of New York for the ultimate lunch cruise. The boat sails around Manhattan, offering unobstructed views of the NYC skyline, Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, and more. While your ticket includes a scrumptious lunch spread, we recommend adding the premium bar to your experience. After all, what could more fun than bloody mary’s and Lady Liberty selfies on the roof deck?
End the day on a fuzzy (literally) note at Little Lions in SoHo. Sipping on your favorite tea or latte in a chic cafe is one thing. But when cute, adoptable cats and kittens are added into the equation, it makes for the best Saturday afternoon treat ever. And no fret, it’s completely sanitary. One room remains a cafe where you can order baked goods and tea, and the other room is the cat sanctuary, where guests can take their beverages into the room and play with the felines.
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Start your day off with brunch at American comfort food spot Sweet Chick in the Lower East Side. Trust us, you’ll never have better chicken and waffles anywhere else. And plus, they have gourmet waffle flavors like bacon-cheddar, walnut-parmesan, spiced-pecan and more, which will take your meal to a whole new and delicious level. Add in the Kale B.L.T. Salad and a craft cocktail and your palate will be in good hands.
Next, make your way up to the Waldorf Astoria and #treatyourself to a 50 minute Beauty Lift Facial at the gorgeous Guerlain Spa. As told by my esthetician, this is essentially like a gym class but for your face. And unlike most facials, it involves an anti-aging beauty massage that focuses on the face muscles in order to “target wrinkles, smooth lines, and activate microcirculation.” After one treatment, expect more youthful, toned, and radiant-looking skin.
xx, The FabFitFun Team