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The Perfect Long Weekend in NYC for DINKs

New York City is a great place for any DINK couple, regardless of what time of year you decide to visit.

When I go to the city, my ideal long weekend always looks a little something like this...

Thursday PM:
Arrive in the city in the evening. One of my preferred hotels is the W Union Square - it's got a hip vibe, good-sized rooms for Manhattan and is in a great location. We always kick the weekend off with a cocktail at the Living Room Lounge. There are many great restaurants within walking distance of the hotel (Union Square Cafe and Blue Water Grill are two of my favorites). If you're a foodie like me, you might want to walk up to Anthony Bourdain's old stomping grounds, Les Halles on Park Avenue. End the night with a walk around Union Square (or another cocktail at one of the swanky bars).

Friday:
Walk over to Prana Power Yoga and burn off last night's calories. Grab a coffee and a light bite at one of the local delis on the way back to your room. Shower up and check out what's happening in the square (the Farmer's Market is there on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays). Sometimes you might hit other events and/or vendors in the square as well. If you're up for it, walk down to Soho and the Village for some window-shopping, actual shopping and/or people-watching. Have a pre-dinner cocktail somewhere near the hotel (Gramercy Tavern or perhaps one of Mario Batali's lesser-known places like Bar Jamon or Casa Mono). Have dinner here or head down to the East Village and find one of the many restaurants in the area. By about 9:30pm, make your way over to the Comedy Cellar and put yourself on the wait list for the 10:00 show (if you plan ahead, you can pre-purchase your tickets for the show). This famous club is frequented by top-name comics who often stop by unannounced to do a short set and try out their new material. It is consistently a fun, great night out.

Saturday:
Take a walk up to midtown. At 11:00am the TKTS Booth starts to sell discounted theatre tickets for that day's performances. Stand in line, but being the DINK you are, don't hesitate to try to "grease" one of the security guards to see if you can jump the line ($20 will usually do the trick). If there's a show you're interested in, you'll be able to buy tickets for either the Saturday matinee or Saturday evening performance. The matinee is great since you can still go out for a nice dinner and enjoy your night in New York. On the other hand, a Saturday night performance is fun too - you just need to determine if you'll have a few drinks and apps beforehand (the shows start at 8:00pm) or if you're going to do it "New York-style" and eat at 11:00pm with the locals...your choice. Many of the restaurants in Times Square and the Theatre District can be tourist traps and full of families carrying their large shopping bags from Toys 'R Us and the M&M Store (Really? Do we need an entire store for M&Ms? I don't get it...). However, John's Pizzeria on 44th Street is a good spot to stop by for lunch or a late dinner. They opened this location in 1997 in what was once the Gospel Tabernacle Church. Built in 1888, the building itself is something to see (and they also happen to have pretty damn good pizza).

Sunday:
Walk down to Balthazar and treat yourself to a mimosa and brunch at the large, marble bar. Maybe do a little shopping at Sur la Table or Lucky's before heading back to your hotel to check out and start your trip home.

This would have been the perfect DINK weekend for my husband and I! However, there are a multitude of different experiences to be had in NYC. On a future trip, treat yourself and stay in one of the luxury properties in midtown (The Ritz-Carlton, The Plaza or perhaps The Waldorf-Astoria). Spend that weekend exploring Central Park. Or perhaps you might like one of the boutique hotels in Soho (I recommend The James or Soho Grand). Head down to the High Line, have dinner in the meat-packing district and explore the little streets and art shops in and around Soho, Greenwich Village and Tribeca. Whatever you choose to do, every trip to New York can be different and the possibilities are endless.

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