A Foodie’s Weekend in New York City – Forbes

A trip to New York City has endless possibilities making it the perfect place for a weekend away this summer. For the foodie, Manhattan is a dream come true, especially in the summertime; there are patios, rooftops and courtyards available for fun, fresh, alfresco dining. Here are a few spots worth checking out on your next summer food tour of the Big Apple. 

New York, NY – View from a suite at the Loews Regency

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The Lookup – Any summer visit to NYC has to include a visit to at least one rooftop for a cocktail or two. The brand-new Lookup Rooftop at the Kixby Hotel has what has to be the best rooftop view of the Empire State Building, you will literally be looking up all night long taking in the view. Try their sharable plates like the dips and popcorn along with some creative cocktails for the perfect start to the evening in Midtown Manhattan.  

New York, NY – View of the Empire State Building from the Lookup Rooftop

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Boulud Sud – New York City is home to more celebrity chefs than anywhere else in the world. Stop by Boulud Sud near Lincoln Center to experience the cuisine of the Michelin starred chef, Daniel Boulud, in a casual bistro setting. Boulud Sud is his Mediterranean concept in New York City, with a menu offering things like grilled Sea Bass and Octopus a la Plancha. And don’t skip the cocktail list either, whether you want a well-executed classic like a Manhattan or want to try one something a little more avant garde, you will not be disappointed. 

New York, NY – Grilled Sea Bass at Boulud Sud

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Wayla – Head downtown for brunch at the trendy and newly opened Wayla in the Lower East Side. Wayla is a modern Thai spot serving up a delicious brunch menu on the weekends. Start with a Sai Oua Platter and definitely don’t miss the chef’s specialty the beef and basil rice. And of course, you and your guests have to split the After-School Noodles, their take on the classic Pad Thai. The brunch drinks list is stellar as well, the team uses many interesting ingredients and spirits making for some memorable drinks, the menu rotates frequently so each time you come back there should be something new to try. 

New York, NY – Basil fried rice and beef at Wayla

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Where to Stay

New York is one of those places that has something for everyone, meaning there are endless accommodation options all over the city. But for a weekend visit, you can’t go wrong with a New York classic, the Loews Regency on the Upper East Side is the perfect home away from home in NYC.

New York, NY – The kitchen at a terrace suite in the Loews Regency

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With 379 rooms, the stately hotel overlooks Park Avenue and from the higher floors you have an amazing view of Central Park as well. If you are looking to splurge check out the Terrace suites—featuring a bedroom, 2 bathrooms, 2 living spaces and at least one balcony. And in the morning be sure to stop by the Regency Grill for their famous “Power Breakfast” to fuel up before a day exploring the city. 

New York, NY – The bathroom at a suite in the Loews Regency

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Getting There

Being the center of the universe and all, there are dozens of ways to get to New York City. However, the most stress free has to be Amtrak. If you will be coming from New England for a weekend in NYC, Amtrak is your best bet. Leaving from Boston’s South Station downtown, the train drops you at Penn Station right in the center of Midtown Manhattan. For the most premium experience on Amtrak choose an Acela train, the ride only takes around 3 hours and 45 minutes to arrive in NYC and guests are guaranteed a business class seat, Wi-Fi, and plenty of leg room. And since you are going from one city center to another, you get to skip the pricey cab rides from the airport and not to mention save all that time you would normally be waiting at the airport as well!