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An Absolutely Perfect Lower East Side Staycation

Two days of art, history, divine meals, and doughnuts.

Wake up to this one-of-a-kind view at the Public

Are you ready for two fun and delicious days exploring the best of Manhattan’s historic and hip Lower East Side? Let’s go then!


CHECK IN: To the Public Hotel

Ian Schrager’s Lower East Side spot features serious design (helmed by Herzog & de Meuron), high-tech amenities (Apple TVs, iPads, and custom-designed chatbots), and a floating rooftop bar. 215 Chrystie Street (between Stanton and East Houston Streets)

LUNCH: On Bagels and Lox at Russ & Daughters Cafe

A spin-off of the 100-year-old shop, the retro-style Russ & Daughters Cafe offers authentic Jewish comfort food (top-shelf smoked fish, matzo ball soup) and features an open kitchen and soda fountain bar, perfect for a traditional egg cream or tasty cocktail. 127 Orchard Street (between Rivington and Delancey Streets)

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Photo courtesy of Russ & Daughters

DO: Go Back in Time at the Tenement Museum

One of NYC’s best interactive museums, this Lower East Side gem will win you over the second you embark on one of its famous tours of refurbished 19th-century buildings—and learn about the people who lived there long before this area was a hipster magnet. 103 Orchard Street (between Delancey and Broome Streets)

SHOP: For Your Favorite Childhood Sweets at Economy Candy

Lovers of candy that is old school (Zotz!) or new (Air Heads!) and everything in between won’t ever want to leave this cozy sweets cove, which may just be the best candy shop in the country. Treats here can be bought by the pound! 108 Rivington Street (between Ludlow and Essex Streets)

DINNER: At Neighborhood Fave Prune

Star chef Gabrielle Hamilton’s wildly romantic and enduringly great New American restaurant still attracts big crowds—so be sure to get in touch for your dinner rez54 East 1st Street (between First and Second Avenues)

DRINK: At the Groovy Flower Shop

Walk 10 minutes south to arrive at this vintage ’70s-themed basement bar where you can play games with other patrons and spin plenty of Led Zeppelin, Queen, and ABBA on the jukebox. 107 Eldridge Street (between Broome and Grand Streets)


BREAKFAST: Downstairs at the Hotel’s Public Kitchen

Fuel up on chia bowls, avocado toast, and pressed juices at this gorgeous indoor-outdoor eatery bursting with greenery. 215 Chrystie Street (between Stanton and East Houston Streets)

DO: Stroll Through the New Museum

See cutting-edge, avant-garde art at the only major museum in NYC that focuses on important but underrecognized contemporary artists and emerging talents. 235 Bowery (between Rivington and Prince Streets)

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Photo courtesy of New Museum

TREAT YOURSELF: At the Doughnut Plant

No staycation is complete without a doughnut, areweright? You’ll find some of the best in the city here (we’re partial to the square coconut cream bad boys, but honestly, they’re all delicious). 379 Grand Street (between Essex and Norfolk Streets)

Want more perfect NYC days? You came to the right place.