Spring in New York City is great, with the winter chill fading and new life blooming in city parks. Visitors are spoiled for choice when it comes to attractions, so we’ve put together some of the city’s leading bars, spas, and outdoor spaces based on anonymized rider trip data to help you build your spring staycation agenda.
Relaxed spring break
After 8 years in business, Catch remains one of the leading restaurants in the city, renowned for both its distinctive seafood dishes and its celebrity clientele. The menu highlights classic and contemporary meals, with influences drawn from across the globe. There’s a lively and welcoming atmosphere with maritime decor, an open kitchen, and tables spread over 3 levels. The rooftop space is particularly prized, offering great Manhattan skyline vistas.
When: Mon – Wed, 5:30pm – 12:30 am; Thu and Fri, 5:30pm – 1am; Sat, 11:30am – 3:30pm and 5:30pm – 1am; Sun, 11:30am – 3:30pm and 5:30pm – 12:30am
Where: 21 9th Ave
Since opening in 1996, the Soho Grand has become a Lower Manhattan landmark—stylish, luxurious, and perennially popular with the artistic and creative communities. Even if you are staying elsewhere on this trip, the Grand Bar is a great place to stop for a cocktail. The elegant interiors, with leather banquettes and a marble-top bar, offer a smart space to enjoy locally sourced food and peruse the lengthy cocktail list. The bar also offers a choice of 50 rare American whiskeys.
When: Every day
Where: 310 W Broadway
Check out this hip, neighborhood hangout that’s a popular spot for Brooklyn locals from their first coffee in the morning to last call at night. More of an all-round entertainment venue than just a bar, Freehold stages comedy and live music shows and has a grassy outdoor space that’s great for meeting up with friends on warmer days. Menus offer tacos, burgers, and diner classics.
Where: 45 S 3rd St, Brooklyn
4. Guerlain Spa
Located in the Plaza Hotel, the Guerlain Spa remains the place for luxurious pampering in New York City. A visit to the spa is a unique experience, with treatments and therapies geared exactly to your requirements. Each treatment begins with an analysis and diagnosis to identify the appropriate products and beauty therapies. The atmosphere and decor are serenely relaxing, ensuring that you emerge onto the Manhattan streets feeling renewed.
When: Mon – Sat, 9am – 9pm, Sun, 9am – 7pm
Where: 1 W 58th St
5. Central Park
All New York life focuses on the park, the island’s great green space at the heart of Manhattan. In addition to its obvious role as the place for New Yorkers to stroll, jog, and practice tai chi, the park is an important performance space and exhibition site. Spring sees Central Park come back to life after the winter chill. Guided tours are available, introducing visitors to Strawberry Fields, the Belvedere, the Shakespeare Garden, and more.
When: Every day
Where: 59th St to 110th St., 5th Ave to Central Park West
Comprising 52 acres on the northeast corner of Prospect Park, Brooklyn Botanic Garden is a great way to spend the afternoon when you’re craving time out of the city but have only a few hours to spare. Witness decades of hard work by the community to conserve regional plants, inspire enjoyment of the outdoors, and bring Brooklyn a tranquil oasis that will make anyone feel thousands of miles away.
When: Tue – Fri, 8am – 6pm; Sat and Sun, 10am – 6pm
Where: 990 Washington Ave, Brooklyn
Who says shuffleboard is only for the Greatest Generation? Enjoy hours of entertainment in this shuffleboard hall that brings a bit of Polynesia to Boerum Hill with tropical drinks, a rotating supply of local food trucks, and a walk-ins-welcome policy to snag your spot on the court. And if you find yourself getting overly competitive in a casual game with friends, don’t worry—if you can round up 4 to 10 equally competitive people, you can join the Royal Palms Shuffleboard League.
When: Mon – Thu, 6pm – midnight; Fri, 6pm – 2am; Sat, noon – 2am; Sun, noon – 10pm
Where: 514 Union St, Brooklyn
Nobody is ever going to tire of New York City, and springtime in the city is truly a sight to behold. The climate is perfect for a spot of sightseeing, and the city’s outdoor spaces offer thrilling places to stroll and people watch.