Times Square & Midtown West

 

About District

(34th Street to 59th Street west of Fifth Avenue to the Hudson River)

Known for Theater and entertainment of all sorts, the Museum of Modern Art, Rockefeller Center, Macy’s

Midtown West encompasses several famous names: Madison Square Garden, the Garment District, Rockefeller Center, the Theater District, and Times Square. It’s the area tourists think is "New York City" and the reason why so many visitors say “Well, New York is a nice place to visit, but I could never live there.” Basing their judgments on Midtown's noisy, crowded, pushiness, they’re absolutely right: It’s unlivable, this slice of the island has historically been associated with office buildings, salad bars, and little else. Which is why so few New Yorkers actually live in this area and completely avoid it during major holidays. So unless we need a great lunch or after work drink, it’s only the tourists who attempt to get a good night’s sleep in this bustling neighborhood with a beautiful view of Times Square. 


Places to Eat

 

ROCK & REILLY'S

  218 West 35th Street,  rockandreillysnyc.com

218 West 35th Street, rockandreillysnyc.com

Located in the Renaissance Hotel’s flagship, Rock & Reilly’s Irish Pub, brings its Los Angeles and Park City concept to New York City. An upscale gastropub, that invokes the communal spirit of an Irish pub infused with hip East Coast style. The patio is a sought after escape from Midtown noise, it's the only spot I love to eat in the restaurant.

WHAT I LOVED: Teriyaki Steak Spring Rolls, with Margherita flatbread to share, and Wild Mushroom Truffle Pasta

  9 West 53rd Street,  themodernnyc.com

9 West 53rd Street, themodernnyc.com

It won’t come as a surprise that this restaurant—housed in the Museum of Modern Art—comes with a view of the museum’s sculpture garden. Amazing views and modern decor, on your plate you’ll find Chef Abram Bissell’s gourmet food. Aside from the Michelin starred dining experience, the bar is one of the city’s most elegant, spectacular spaces.

WHAT I LOVED: Seared scallops and Champagne Chicken.

  36 West 28th St,  pergolanewyork.com

36 West 28th St, pergolanewyork.com

Pergola is a Mediterranean restaurant and lounge in the heart of New York City's Fashion District. Previously a greenhouse occupied since the 1950's, the decor stays true to its history using live plant walls and fruit trees. The lunch and dinner menu features healthy Mediterranean dishes made from organic grilled and locally sourced ingredients.

WHAT I LOVED: Mezze appetizer, shrimp skewer with grilled pineapple.

  668 10th Ave., Hell's Kitchen | 212.920.4770

668 10th Ave., Hell's Kitchen | 212.920.4770

With plenty of small plates like guacamole, ceviche, and tacos, the menu is all about traditional Mexican cuisine. Exposed wooden beams on the ceilings and plentiful bar-height tables and chairs make this a cozy, yet lively hideout on frigid nights.

WHAT I LOVED: Ahi Tune Ceviche with some empanadas, and chicken tacos, with a side of yuca fries.

  3 E. 52nd St., Midtown | 212.752.1495

3 E. 52nd St., Midtown | 212.752.1495

An old school, dress up for dinner vibe, in a way, La Grenouille takes you through a period piece of living the high life back in the 60s or 70s. Serving haute cuisine since 1962, this place is wonderfully decadent with the buttoned-up crowd to match. The food is indulgent as are the floral arrangements, for which they’re known. 

WHAT I LOVED: Lobster medallion salad with avocado and grapefruit, Warm Apple Tart with Caramel.

  622 10th Ave., Hell's Kitchen | 212.977.1170

622 10th Ave., Hell's Kitchen | 212.977.1170

Enjoy a respite from a stressful New York day in a jewel-box setting, this is a great Theater District option. The cocktails (hilariously named after Tony Award winners) and the dinner menu focuses on American cuisine and changes seasonally to accommodate locally sourced vegetables. 

WHAT I LOVED: Bisque of autumn Squash and caramelized baby leeks Atlantic Salmon

*menu changes seasonally


THINGs TO DO

MoMA Museum

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) houses one of the world's finest collections of modern art. It's among on of the hottest tickets in the city, which means lines around the block on any given day. With six floors of galleries, you can walk the permanent collection or check out a new, contemporary exhibitions. Some spend time in the relaxing white marble-clad sculpture garden.

Free Fridays (7-9pm)

  11 W. 53rd St., Midtown | 212.708.9400

11 W. 53rd St., Midtown | 212.708.9400

Bryant Park & NYPL

The iconic seat of the NYPL takes pride of place on Bryant Park in Midtown. While it is still an important research institution, it's also a landmark many people like to visit. There are so many things to see from the book-lined shelves to the Rose Reading room. Anyone can grab a seat and work in peace and quiet.  

  5th Ave. at 42nd St., Midtown | 917.275.6975

5th Ave. at 42nd St., Midtown | 917.275.6975

Times Square

It's impossible not to know of Times Square, from the moment you see the glow of the glittering signage, it's clear you're in TSQ. Just in case you've been living under a rock - Times Square is a major commercial intersection, tourist destination and entertainment center. It forms a "bow-tie" at the intersection of Broadway and 7th Avenue and stretches from 42nd to 47th streets. 

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Top of the Rock

You can visit during the day or at night, Top of the Rock gives an unforgettable experience of panoramic 360 views of Manhattan. It's located on the 70th floor in Rockefeller Plaza, with indoor and outdoor areas. 

  30 Rockefeller Plaza, Midtown |  topoftherocknyc.com

30 Rockefeller Plaza, Midtown | topoftherocknyc.com

Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center is a large complex consisting of multiple commercial buildings, creating a "city within a city". The best time to visit is during Christmas when the famous tree is up (seen in so many movies) and the ice skating rink is open. It's a historic landmark full of dinig and shopping. 

  45 Rockefeller Plaza, Midtown | 212.332.6868

45 Rockefeller Plaza, Midtown | 212.332.6868

TV SHOW TAPING

For exactly $0, if planned ahead you can actually watch a live show taping of the Late Night with Seth Meyers, Good Morning America, and/or The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. All filmed in studios throughout Midtown. 

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Best Coffee Shops

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Ralph’s

Located inside Ralph Lauren's store on Fifth Avenue, you're likely to stumble into Ralph's, the white-tiled coffee shop on the 2nd floor. Unexpectedly, they make an excellent hemp milk latte; it's also worth taking home a package of the beautifully branded roast.

711 5th Ave., Midtown | 646.774.3900

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Dean & Deluca

Dean & Deluca has three cafes in Midtown, and in each you'll find excellent coffee and plenty of pastries and sweets behind the counter. It's a perfect stop for a quick breakfast before sightseeing or grabbing a treat after work.

156 W. 56th St., Midtown | 212.586.2970

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Culture Espresso

Culture Espresso is snug, which means you might have to wait for a seat. They are also known for their amazing Chocolate Chip cookies and Oatmeal Cranberry cookies. The newer and significantly bigger Culture 36 is ideal for getting stuff done, if you don’t mind the semi-loud music. 

72 W. 38th St., Midtown


Best Bars

  63 W. 38th St. |  refineryrooftop.com

63 W. 38th St. | refineryrooftop.com

Refinery Rooftop

The Refinery Rooftop is the crown jewel of the Refinery Hotel, a turn-of-the-century hat factory turned luxury hotel. It's warm, industrial interior style creates a stunning rooftop, decorated with wooden cupolas and porch swings, plants and greenery. Fireplaces keep it warm and cozy during the winter, but the summer allows for open-air views. Even from inside by the bar, there's a stunning view of the Empire State Building.

  145 E. 50th St. |    upstairsnyc.com

145 E. 50th St. | upstairsnyc.com

Upstairs at the Kimberly

With several distinct lounge spaces, the rooftop at the Kimberly Hotel, on the 30th floor, has retractable glass walls and a glass ceiling that make it wonderful for all seasons. Here you go for the views and atmosphere, find beautiful views of the Chrysler building. 

 
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