1. Go to a museum
It’s no secret that NYC is known for some of the most famous museums in the world including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The American Museum of Natural History, and The Museum of Modern Art. Since I’ve been in NYC for almost 3 years now, I decided it was time to take advantage of some of this wonderful art and history that is only a few miles from me! Plus, I learned that if you have a Bank of America debit or credit card, you can get into hundreds of museums for FREE on the first weekend of the month, including many of the most famous ones! Here’s the list of the museums that are included, including the MET, which is where Jeff and I decided to explore yesterday. Also, if you don’t have a Bank of America card, they have a pay-what-you-want system for residents of NYC, or students of NY, NJ, or CT. If you fall under any of these categories, definitely take advantage because we saw some incredibly famous pieces by artists such as Van Gogh, Monet, and Degas. The museum was HUGE so we definitely didn’t get to see everything, but it was so much fun getting a taste of it and now I’ll know what I need to catch the next time I decide to go!
2. Hang out in a cafe
NYC has a cute cafe on just about every corner, so it won’t be hard to find a place to sit and warm up with a cup of coffee or tea. If you want some specific suggestions though, here are 3 of my favorites in my neighborhood (Murray Hill):
- Birch Coffee – This place makes DELICIOUS coffee, it’s seriously some of the best I’ve ever had. My go-to order is an oat milk latte or their cold brew – they’re both amazing!
- Wattle Cafe – This is a great spot if you want to sit and get some work done on your laptop because they have lots of outlets where you can plug in. They also have AMAZING house-made waffles that they put a healthy spin on such as a “cacao avocado smash” waffle. Definitely a must-try if you’re in the area
- Blank Slate Coffee and Kitchen – This is another great spot to bring your laptop and spend a few hours catching up on work. In addition to amazing food and coffee, this cafe also serves wine and beer (and the wine is only $5 on Sundays!) I love going on a rainy afternoon and sipping on some wine while mapping out my calendar for the next few weeks. Talk about making work a little more fun!
3. Try some local wines at Redhook Winery
So depending on where you are in the city, Redhook can be a little far to get to as it is in Brooklyn, but if it’s a rainy day you’re not missing out on much with a little travel time, right? And I promise when you get there, it’s absolutely worth it. For only $18 you can try four different wines, and let me tell you they give you very generous pours. The wines are all locally made in NY and they are GOOD. Unlike other bars, Redhook has comfy couches and lounge chairs where you can hang out and truly spend the afternoon relaxing. They also have cheese boards that you can enjoy with the wine tastings. Sounds like a perfect afternoon to me!
4. Satisfy your sweet tooth at Patisserie Chanson
This spot if known as one of the best pastry shops in the city, so it’s a no brainer for a great place to stop and get out of the rain! If you find yourself in the Flatiron District, definitely make a point to stop in here for some absolutely incredible French desserts. I absolutely love the pistachio cream croissants, but you really can’t go wrong with anything you choose!
5. Play some games at Clinton Hall
This bar has three locations in Manhattan and they’re conveniently located in downtown, midtown, and uptown! This makes it the perfect spot to stop in for a drink and get out of the rain no matter where you are in the city. Each location is a little different, but they all offer games ranging from giant Jenga, to ping pong, and even Cards Against Humanity. Along with an extensive amount of beers on tap, they’re also known for some over-the-top menu items such as a Doughnut Grilled Cheese and a Fondue Burger. Comfort beer, good beer, and entertainment – what more could you want?