I’ve spent a lot of time in New York City. I grew up nearby, and I lived there during college, both uptown and downtown, while I interned in the summers. Now, when I visit from California, I usually stay with my family—and I get the local Upper East Side experience. But for a change, earlier this month, I decided to try something new.
I didn’t want to stress out trying to hit every much-hyped new spot in 48 hours, and I didn’t want to leave it all up to fate, either. Instead, I booked a great hotel, made one solid dinner reservation, visited some old favorites, kept my eyes peeled for places I’d heard about, and most importantly, left room for my favorite thing: discovery. I couldn’t have asked for two more-perfect days.
What follows is a pretty fantastic way to spend 48 hours. But I hope you don’t trail this too closely. Instead… make it yours.
Omar’s La Ranita
We started the evening meeting friends for drinks at Omar’s La Ranita. Located in the basement of a West Village brownstone just a block from The Marlton, the elegant space, designed by BHDM Design, a MyDomaine favorite, has a strong cocktail list and a Mediterranean-influenced menu. Its owner, Omar Hernandez, also opened a neighboring members-only private dining club, Omar’s, which has an unmarked door and requires a little more finesse to visit.