Turn On Your Auto-Reply—These Are the Best Staycation Ideas in NYC

Updated 06/21/18
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New Yorkers notoriously don't venture outside of their own neighborhoods. If you live below 14th Street, chances are you haven't spent much time uptown. If your apartment is on the Upper West Side, forget about FiDi. And don't even get us started on how little time Manhattanites spend in Brooklyn. If you're guilty as charged and don't have time to get away this summer, why not try a staycation right here in New York City?

The city never sleeps, but NYC staycations are great for a myriad of things: a sleeping cure in a NYC hotel that boasts soundproof windows; an excuse to spend time outside of your own borough and explore the tourist attractions you normally avoid like the plague, or simply a relaxing weekend that doesn't include chores or cooking—and where you can spend your time trying the restaurants that have been on your list forever. Convinced? Here are the best staycation ideas in NYC.

In Midtown, Check In to The Viceroy

It's a well-known fact: Anyone living below 14th Street rarely makes the trek uptown. So why not treat yourself to an entire weekend of uptown adventures?

Stay: Check in to The Viceroy, a stunning property on 57th Street just two blocks from Central Park with a rooftop bar boasting some of New York City's best views.

Eat: Now is the time to treat yourself to some of the city's best tables. Reserve at The Polo Bar, try the acclaimed Torrisi boys' new restaurant The Grill, or treat yourself to the Michelin-starred Scandinavian restaurant Aquavit.

Do: Take a walk in Central Park (hell, take a boat ride even—you're a tourist in your own city). Have a cocktail at the famed Bemelman's Bar in the Upper East Side, and catch a concert at Carnegie Hall or Lincoln Center. Now's also a great time to visit all the uptown museums you never get around to seeing.

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In the Lower East Side, Check In at the Ludlow Hotel

The Lower East Side is known for its gritty fashion-forward edge and nightlife. Take a staycation in the area to discover all that it has to offer.

Stay: Check in at the Ludlow Hotel, where plush serpentine leather sofas and a roaring fireplace will make you want to linger a while. Then head up to your room and take a bath in one of the highly Instagrammable bathrooms.

Eat: The Lower East Side isn't short of places to eat, starting with the Ludlow's very own Dirty French. Head a block south to Wildair, a wine bar with excellent small plates, or head over to Freemans to cozy up with a hearty meal and cocktail.

Do: Satisfy your museum cravings with a trip to the New Museum. Hop around the cocktail bars in the area, from Attaboy to Nightcap, and shop in the many independent boutiques in the area, extending into NoLIta.

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In Williamsburg, Check In at The Hoxton

If you're guilty of not venturing out to Brooklyn from Manhattan often enough, why not take an entire weekend and turn it into a staycation?

Stay: Check in at The Hoxton in Williamsburg, one of the most anticipated hotel openings of 2018 (and the hotel chain's first North American venture).

Eat: Make a reservation at NYC's hottest Italian restaurant, Lilia, have a quintessential bistro experience at Sauvage, or make friends with locals at Denizen—a natural wine bar with delicious small bites.

Do: Bring your tennis racquet and play McCarren Park's brand new courts, walk along the waterfront and admire your city from afar, or scour the neighborhood's many vintage shops.

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In FiDi, Check In at The Beekman

Making the trek to FiDi can sometimes feel like you're going out of state, so take a weekend to explore the once-sleepy Financial District's booming area.

Stay: Check in at The Beekman, a stunning Old World hotel located in a historic building with a sweeping nine-story atrium recently revamped by Martin Brudnizki.

Eat: Make a reservation at Temple Court or Augustine, two of the hotel's eateries, or head a few blocks north to Chinatown's Nom Wah Tea Parlor for authentic dim sum.

Do: Finally take the time to visit the World Trade Memorial, and go up to One World Trade's observatory. Walk along Battery Park, and stop at BlackTail for a cocktail, or visit the Dead Rabbit, NYC's first craft cocktail bar.

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In the Village, Check In at The Marlton

Once upon a time, the West Village, Greenwich Village, and the East Village were simply referred to as "the village." Step back to the old NYC in this quaint Manhattan area.

Stay: Check in at The Marlton, a quaint, French-inspired hotel just a few blocks from Washington Square Park. At night, their lobby bar is one of the best places to be.

Eat: Head two doors down to Loring Place for incredible pasta and crudo, walk across the park to NYC's hot new Tokyo Record Bar, or treat yourself to an omakase at Shuko.

Do: Spend an afternoon in Washington Square Park, walk along the West Village's picture-perfect streets, or snag a reservation at ZZ's Clam Bar for the best raw seafood and cocktail in the city.

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In Flatiron, Check In at The Freehand

A trendy neighborhood in Midtown, Flatiron is vibrant with restaurants, bars, shops, and trendy workout studios, so you'll never get bored.

Stay: Check in at the newly opened Freehand, just a stone's throw from Gramercy Park. The affordable hotel chain is taking NYC by storm, thanks to its impressive lobby and Broken Shaker rooftop bar.

Eat: If you're feeling fancy, snag a reservation at Eleven Madison Park, or dine at Upland (where the Obamas famously once ate). If you love upscale Mexican, Cosme is the restaurant for you.

Do: Walk along Madison Square Park, stroll the Union Square farmer's market, or go shopping along Fifth Avenue. Don't leave the area without trying a trendy workout like Brrrn.

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