Rainy Day Suggestions in NYC

Rainy Day Suggestions in NYC

Visit a T-Rex! (Courtesy American Museum of Natural History)

If you are in NYC and it happens to be raining—fear not! There is so much to do in this city! Here are just a few ideas of how to spend a rainy day in the city. (For even more suggestions, check out this article on wheretraveler.com.)

 

Visit a Museum (or Museums...)

When you want to stay inside all day because of unbecoming weather, why not spend the day filling up on art? Museum-hop up Museum Mile—the stretch of Fifth Avenue from 82nd Street to 105th Street on the Upper East Side—and visit such marvels as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Jewish Museum and the Museum of the City of New York, among others. If you'd rather spend the whole day in one spot, head to one of the larger museums like the American Museum of Natural History, on Central Park West. While there, see the Titanosaur (a 122-foot-long dinosaur on display until 2020) and then go check out the famous giant blue whale in the Irma and Paul Milstein Family Hall of Ocean Life. See priceless gems, dinosaur skeletons, cultures from around the world and mammals from near and far. In the Rose Center for Earth and Space, take in a show at the Hayden Planetarium and learn about the 13-billion-year history of the universe.

 

Actually Enjoy Public Transportation (Yep... Ride the Subway FOR FUN)

You can very much “Take the ‘A’ Train,” like the song made famous by the Duke Ellington orchestra. From one end of that subway line to the other (Inwood in northern Manhattan to Far Rockaway in Brooklyn), it takes about 90 minutes if there are no delays or disruptions. Another line that’s entertaining to take from start to finish is the 7 train—where you travel from Hudson Yards on the west side of Manhattan to Flushing in Queens. From the 7 train, you get great views of the Manhattan skyline, as well as an above-ground tour of Queens as the train passes by Silvercup Studios in Long Island City, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Citi Field (where the Mets play), the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center (where the US Open is held) and more. Other great subway rides with views are the B, D, N and Q trains as you travel between Manhattan and Brooklyn. These trains cross the East River via the Manhattan Bridge (as opposed to underground like trains between Manhattan and Queens), giving riders a chance to see the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan skyline. The end of those lines in Brooklyn also end in coastal spots with scenic views—Brighton Beach (B train) and Coney Island (D, N and Q trains). 

 

Savor a Great, Long Meal

One of the more delicious ways to kill time indoors with a group when it’s raining out is by indulging in a several-course tasting menu at a nice restaurant. Some of the more well known dining establishments in the city (Daniel on the Upper East Side, Le Bernardin in the Theater District, Eleven Madison Park in the Flatiron District, among others) require reservations in advance to experience the tasting menus, but there are a handful of other great places that do accept walk-ins. It is still encouraged that you make a reservation, especially on popular nights out like Friday and Saturday, but Degustation in the East Village, Annisa in the West Village, Per Se in Hell's Kitchen and The Eddy in the East Village will accommodate walk-ins whenever possible. The entire party will likely be required to participate, meaning each person in the group will have to order the tasting menu.

Degustation's seven-course Chef’s Tasting Menu includes dishes of Iberian, French and American influence. Annisa has inventive American cuisine offered in five- and seven-course Chef’s Tasting Menus. Per Se has two nine-course tasting menus per day (a chef’s menu and a vegetable menu) where no ingredient is used twice for parties that make reservations, but there is also a five-course chef’s tasting menu available for walk-in guests seated in the salon. The Eddy melds flavors from around the world in its five-course tasting menu that varies nightly.

Interior of Daniel (©Eric Laignel)

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