4 Day New York City Itinerary

*Alexa, please play Frank Sinatra's New York, New York*

START SPREADING THE NEWSSSS! Because Matt + I are heading to New York! If you haven't realized yet, I am huge on itineraries! I love researching all of the incredible restaurants, activities, + attractions that cities have to offer to ensure that we don't miss out on anything when we go. One of the worst feelings ever is when someone asks you:

"Oh you went to fill in destination here?? Did you see the fill in incredible experience you missed because you didn't plan ahead?! "

And you did not, in fact, get to experience whatever they asked you about due to lack of research + planning ahead. That's where I come in: your itinerary expert! And more specifically for this blog post, your New York itinerary expert! So let's jump right in!

bucket list

After re-watching Gossip Girl for the fourth (or fifth... who knows anymore!) time, I decided to create my own list of bucket list of foods I wanted to eat, things I wanted to do + places I wanted to explore when visiting The Big Apple next:

1) Walk the Brooklyn Bridge (to visit Dan Humphrey, duh!)

2) Go to the top of the Empire State Building!

3) Take a romantic stroll through Central Park!

4) Eat a New York bagel for breakfast!

5) Get a cool drink at the Sugar Factory!

6) See the Kelly + Ryan show!

7) Find a cool rooftop bar to go to with a view of the skyline!

8) Find the Flatiron Building!

9) Grab a slice of New York pizza!

10) Pretend I'm Serena Van Der Woodsen + explore the Upper East Side!

...should be easy to cram into four days, right?!


our itinerary

Okay, so I know that is an ambitious list of items to cross off for less than a week in New York City, but it is totally doable! Just make sure to bring with you a portable phone charger + a comfortable pair of walking shoes. For context, Matt + I travelled to NYC from Sacramento, California. We took a red eye flight on Thursday to save time + money!


8:00AM - 10:00AM || Uber from airport to hotel + drop bags off until we are able to check in (We stayed at the Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel on West 35th St.: the rooms were small but the hotel was so trendy + cute!)

11:00AM - 12:00PM || Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge 

12:00PM - 2:00PM || Lunch in Brooklyn

4:00PM - 5:00PM || Head to the Top of the Rock to get an aerial view of the city

6:00PM - 8:00PM || Exploring Times Square + all its random shops

6:00PM - 7:00PM || Dinner at the iconic Shake Shack

7:00PM - 9:00PM || Drinks at Haven Rooftop + St. Cloud


11:00AM - 12:00PM || Sleep in + brunch at Sarabeth's (don't forget to make a reservation!)

12:30PM - 1:00PM || Go see the Flatiron Building

1:00PM - 2:00PM || Take a Serena picture at Grand Central Station

2:00PM - 4:00PM || Late Lunch / Early Dinner at hotel

4:30PM - 6:00PM || Empire State Building

6:00PM - 8:00PM || Head into a warm igloo + order themed drinks at the Igloo Bar (what do you think of that incredible view of the Empire State Building!?)

8:00PM - 9:00PM || Village Pizza in the MeatPacking District

9:00PM - 11:30PM || Stay the Meatpacking District to grab a cool drink at Sugar Factory + check out other cool bars in the area!


9:30AM - 10:00AM || New York Bagels for breakfast

10:00AM - 12:00PM || Grab a coffee + enjoy the beautiful Central Park (get a pic with your bae on the Bow Bridge!)

1:00PM - 2:00PM || Explore the Upper East Side Neighborhood

2:00PM - 5:00PM || Check out The MET (Metropolitan Museum of Art) + hang out on the steps for a little bit afterwards to rest your feet

5:00PM - 10:00PM || Spend the rest of the day relaxing or exploring on your own 


6:00AM - 6:30AM || Able to score tickets to the Kelly + Ryan Show?! Get to the check-in point early as possible to get the best seat possible. Bring hand-warmers- you have to stand outside!

7:15AM - 8:00AM || Keep waiting...

9:00AM - 10:00AM || IT'S SHOWTIME! Oh hey Kelly + Ryan!!! 

10:30AM - 11:00AM || Head back to hotel to grab things

11:00AM - 12:00PM || Since we knew we'd be cutting it close on time with the show, we had a private car scheduled to pick us up so we didn't have to worry about waiting on an Uber to arrive 

12:00PM - 2:30PM || Give yourself plenty of time to get through airport security

2:30PM - 4:16PM || Have a safe flight home!

goodbye new york city

we love you!

Thank you so much for reading my blog "4 Day New York City Itinerary!" I hope you found this helpful + that you have an absolutely incredible time when you visit The Big Apple. This city has so much to offer + there will always be something new to see!

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