Nearly Native’s City Guide: 48 Hours in New York City, NY

Hi! I’m Sierra (@sierrapiland), a former Nashvillian who relocated to New York City for a job in design last year. If there were a city to rival Nashville’s awesomeness, it may be NYC. As the most populated city in the United States, Manhattan is packed (literally!) with endless things to do. Luckily, you’ve found this post—a weekend city guide by yours truly! A few notes: 1) I’m going to skip most of the touristy spots (aka Midtown) assuming you’ve already visited NYC once, 2) I live in lower Manhattan, which will reflect my picks, and 3) I didn’t include Manhattan’s trendier neighbor, Brooklyn (it would need its own city guide!).

Friday (East Side)

On Friday, after you finally get into the city and drop your bags, grab a pre-dinner drink at Mr. Purple in the Lower East Side around sunset. This posh rooftop bar (there’s even a pool), offers a breathtaking view of the city. Next, head over to your dinner reservation at The Eddy (American) where even your lime comes with a cool ‘do or The Mermaid Inn, East Village location (Seafood). Ask for the lobster & corn fritters. After dinner, head over to The Back Room, an authentic Prohibition speakeasy where they serve drinks in teacups! If you’re feeling like continuing your Friday night out in the big city, head to 169 Bar, an eclectic dive bar established in 1916—one of the oldest in the city.

Saturday (West Side)

On Saturday, start with a delicious brunch at Catch (ask about the prix fixe brunch menu) or Citizens of Chelsea, a clean food Australian Café. My favorite is the Brekkie Sandwich with avocado! If you’re feeling like museum hopping and/or want to work off brunch, explore the Whitney Museum of American Art, shop in Soho (window shopping in my case), take a fitness class in Tribeca (my ClassPass go-tos are Bari, Exceed Physical Culture or FlyWheel), or rent bikes/walk along the Hudson River Greenway. Need a sweet treat? Grab a Sea Salt & Lemon Zest donut at The Doughnut Project or a warm cookie from Dominique Ansel Bakery.

For dinner, head to reservations at Galli (a lively Italian restaurant) or Bar Sardine (a cozy upscale American pub). If you’re splurging on vacation calories, the Fedora Burger is a must! After dinner, lounge at Art Bar in the West Village (there’s a hidden room in the back) then The Garret. This epic cocktail spot (Bleecker St. location) is hidden above a Five Guys—they’ll even let you bring fries with! If you’re up for one more adventure Saturday evening, grab a drink or late night snack at The Rusty Knot, a nautical-themed dive bar on the Hudson.

Sunday (Financial District)

On Sunday, if you’re set on one more proper brunch, I recommend Maman (Tribeca) or Rubirosa (Nolita). At Maman, order the Rabbit Hole, or the Bacon & Egg Pizza is out of this world at Rubirosa. For something more casual instead and closer to the day’s upcoming activities, grab a hand-rolled bagel or bagel sandwich at Leo’s Bagels. From Leo’s, walk down to South Street Seaport, a waterfront historical district with views of the Brooklyn Bridge. I love a little print shop there called Bowne & Co Stationers. From Seaport, head towards the Oculus – a beautiful transportation hub and home to Westfield Mall that connects to One World Trade Center and Brookfield Mall. On the third floor of the Oculus (not to mention a great photo opportunity) is Eataly, the largest Italian marketplace in the world. If you still have time before the airport or just need to relax in a dark room, grab a comfy recliner at the Regal Cinemas Battery Park Stadium 11.

What I love about New York is there is pretty much anything you could want and something for every type of person. Tailor your visit to your interests—I know you’ll have a blast with whatever you get into!

@sierrapiland –
Mr. Purple –
The Eddy –
The Mermaid Inn –
The Back Room –
169 Bar –
Catch –
Citizens of Chelsea –
Whitney Museum of American Art –
Bari –
Exceed Physical Culture –
FlyWheel –
Hudson River Greenway –
The Doughnut Project –
Dominique Ansel Bakery –
Galli –
Bar Sardine –
Art Bar –
The Garret –
The Rusty Knot –
Maman –
Rubirosa –
Leo’s Bagels –
South Street Seaport –
Bowne & Co Stationers –
Oculus –
One World Trade Center –
Eataly –
Regal Battery Park Stadium 11 –


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