07:30 - Beat the jet lag
You’ll probably be up early, so start the day with a hearty breakfast. Norma’s , located in Le Parker Meridien on W 56th Street opens at 07:30, with a menu of decadent twists on classic dishes, including eggs benedict with truffle porcini sauce and cheesecake-stuffed French toast.
09:00 - Culture vulture
Wander north through Central Park to reach the Metropolitan Museum of Art – the city’s most extensive institution. Doors open at 10:00 and there’s usually a line stretching down the block, so it’s best to arrive a little early. Once inside, most of the crowds will go directly to the first-floor Egyptian galleries. Instead, head straight upstairs, where you can traverse the maze of paintings and artefacts in relative peace.
14:00 - NYC 360
Now that you’ve seen the park from the ground, it’s time to see it from above. If you don’t fancy queueing for the Empire State Building you can get a better view from Top of the Rock , which has observation decks (both indoor and outdoor) on the 67th, 69th and 70th floors of one of Rockefeller Center’s art deco buildings. The panoramic views mean that you’ll see both Central Park and the Empire State Building.
15:30 - Show time
Broadway is always booming, and if you are set on seeing a certain show, you’ll need to secure tickets before your trip. If you are flexible, now is the time to head to the TKTS booth in Times Square to see what same-day tickets are on offer. Gawk at the surrounding scene, then head back to your hotel to freshen up for the night ahead.
18:00 - Pre-theatre eats
You’ll need to make your dinner reservations in advance as well – the hours before curtains-up are the most popular. Joe Allen is the most iconic of the Theater District restaurants, and for good reason. The cosy space on the ground floor of a townhouse attracts Broadway stars of today and yesteryear. The solidly American menu includes dishes such as crab cakes, Caesar salad, and New York strip steak.
22:00 - Nightcap
End the evening with a drink at the Lambs Club, found in the Theater District’s Chatwal Hotel. Slide into one of the red leather stools at the bar (which is located right off the art deco lobby), and order the eponymous cocktail: a combination of gin, dry vermouth, elderflower liqueur, and muddled cucumber.