Even though New York gets a bad rep for it’s winter weather, it’s still such a fun city to visit no matter what month you come! And, to be honest, the winter’s here are not that bad. We’ll get a cold spell for a week or so, and we may get one or two snow storms (if we’re lucky!), but most of the time you can plan on it being 38 degrees and partly sunny through winter. It’s nothing to write home about but it’s far from being miserable. Plus, there are so many unique indoor activities that it make the winter bearable! Usually in the winter, we hibernate for most of January and February and then take a trip to the beach to warm up. But this year we didn’t go on any warm weather trips. SO, I decided to double down on all the fun winter activities we could do since we were staying in town. There are a lot of fun things to see indoors that I wouldn’t usually do during the other seasons because I want to take advantage of being outside. So this was the perfect excuse to check them all off my New York bucket list! Here is my list of the best winter (non-Christmas related) activities to do inside and a list of NYC’s best winter restaurants.
Things To Do
- The Metropolitan Museum Of Art (The Met), this is one of my favorite places in the city and one of the most amazing museums in the world!
- See a Broadway show, I have loved so many…but some of my favorites were Beautiful, Hello Dolly, Waitress, Lion King, and Pretty Woman.
- Visit One World Observatory at the World Trade Center, this is a perfect observatory to visit in the winter because it’s completely enclosed, there’s even a bar at the top!
- Comedy Cellar, this is one of the most famous comedy clubs in the world; you should plan on getting reservations weeks ahead of time!
- Walk around Grand Central Terminal, the ceiling here is mesmerizing. But explore more than the main atrium; there’s a whole food court and even a Cafe Grumpy (some of NYC’s best coffee), Magnolia Bakery, and some of the most famous oysters in the city at Grand Central Oyster Bar.
- 9⁄11 Museum. The memorial is an open courtyard outside and open to the public year-round, but the museum inside is vast and you’ll want to spend at least a few hours there (I would allow yourself 3 at least, it’s an unforgettable experience).
- Go inside St. Patrick’s Cathedral, The Cathedral Church of St. John The Divine, and The Riverside Church to see the amazing cathedrals of NYC.
- Spend the evening at a jazz club! My favorites are St. Mazie, The Django, Mezzrow, Village Vanguard.
- Bowl at Brooklyn Bowl, you can do a bowling brunch here on Saturday mornings or a more lively concert/bowling experience on weekend nights.
- The Whitney and MOMA, both showcase mostly modern art, both are incredible. The Whitney does boast a great observation deck if you can’t decide between the two!
- See a movie at IPIC Theaters, a super fancy movie theater that has all you could ever want! Order champagne (or an ice cream sandwich or pizza or burger) from your private lounge chair area.
- The Morgan Library & Museum, is such a fascinating place and much like the Frick (both used to be personal residences that were turned into museums) it feels like you’re in the best kept secret of the city.
- The Chelsea Market, is an urban food hall which also has great shopping! It’s inside a historic old biscuit factory, making the architecture really cool! It’s fun to just walk around even if you don’t want to eat or shop.
- See a performance at Lincoln Center; it’s world renowned and offers so many different kinds of performances (opera, jazz, plays/musicals, ballet, film, etc.)
- Visit the American Museum of Natural History, there are so many cool exhibits to see here!
- The Frick Collection, this stunning art museum is one of my favorite places in the city!
- Get high tea at The Plaza, this speaks for itself I think.
- The Oculus, is one of the most unique buildings to ever lay eyes on…it’s a train station, shopping mall, and cost 4 billion dollars to make, it’s a must see!
- Shop in Soho, this is fun to do any time of year but it’s nice to do in winter so that you can warm up in the shops.
- Flim Forum and IFC Center, see an independent, foreign, or classic film at either of these theaters or even a documentary!
- Visit one of the many amazing speakeasies in Manhattan! I will list my favorites below : )
Eats & Treats
Coffee: Irving Farm Coffee Roasters, Intelligentsia, The Elk
Breakfast: Clinton St. Baking Company, Empire Diner, Russ & Daughters
Brunch: Sadelle’s, Storico, abcV, Sweet Chick, The Dutch
Lunch: Keste, Dig Inn
Dinner: Freemans, ABC Kitchen, Tiny’s and The Bar Upstairs, The Spaniard, Jacob’s Pickles, Upland, Rubirosa, Carbone, Lucali, Asset, Dirty French
Desserts: Serendipity 3, Martha’s Country Bakery
Speakeasies: Attaboy, Dear Irving, Nitecap, Little Branch, Raines Law Room, Please Don’t Tell, Death & Company, The Backroom