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Exploring New York City: An Afternoon in Bryant Park

Walk Less And See More in Bryant Park

New York is definitely a city for pedestrians, but you don't have to walk a million miles to find new things to explore. Some areas are just packed with things to do, see, and taste. Take 42nd Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues! There are enough attractions here to fill up a whole day! 

Bryant Park

If you're looking for an all-year-round destination, Bryant Park is for you. Whether it's the Christmas shopping village and ice skating in the winter or outdoor movies and concerts in the summer, there's always something fantastic happening. Grab lunch at one of the food kiosks and take a seat at a table in the shade to and people watch. There's a public bocce ball court at the western end of the park for you to take on your friends or, if you're bold, one of the local ringers.

Enjoy the sunshine in Bryant Park | WhereTraveler
 Relax in Bryant Park (©Krisztina Papp)

New York Public Library Main Branch

Guarded by giant stone lions, the New York Public Library's flagship branch on the corner of 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue is a popular destination for movie buffs. It has been featured in films like "Ghostbusters," "The Thomas Crown Affair" and "Breakfast At Tiffany's." It's full of incredible collections, research and historic architecture. Exhibits rotate throughout the year and have included exhibitions like "Georgia on my Mind: Black Politicians in Congress" and "Subversion & the Art of Slavery Abolition." It's also an iconic place to stop in and get out of the elements, be it the scorching summer sun or wintry winds.

The main branch of the New York Public Library | WhereTraveler
New York Public Library (©Oneisha Lee)


Fifth Avenue is the place to go if you want to shop until you drop. On the corner of 42nd Street, Spanish retailer Zara has an outpost with clothing for men, women and children. This fast fashion shop also has swimwear, fragrances and accessories. Need a look for dinner or an outfit to see a Broadway show? Stop by for a quick fashion fix.

Fever-Tree Porch

Escape the chaos of 42nd Street and take a seat under the calming twinkle light canopy at Fever-Tree Porch in the southwestern corner of Bryant Park. There are rocking chairs, porch swings and picnic tables to relax and sip a cocktail alfresco. Grab a tasty snack like the American sliders, turkey burger, Caesar salad or the open-face vegan Jerusalem sandwich with hummus, eggplant and tomato. The extensive whiskey selection combined with the entire line of Fever-Tree products allows guests to design a highball that best fits their palate.

Gabriel Kreuther

Experience Alsatian-inspired cuisine at its finest at Gabriel Kreuther. The restaurant has two Michelin stars and a host of other accolades from New York publications. The prix fixe menu is available in the dining room, lounge, and outdoor patio, while a la carte dining is only available in the lounge and on the patio. Enjoy a three or four-course menu with starters like citrus-marinated langoustine tartare or foie gras terrine. For the main course, savor succulent entrees like the aged hay-smoked duck breast or herb-crusted blue shrimp. The chocolate caramel flan is one of the most popular dessert offerings.