October 05, 2021 by Andrea Rajic

A Day In: Midtown Manhattan

There are few places in the world so known to virtually everyone. Midtown Manhattan is definitely one of those places; it has been gripping the wanderlust of travelers and dreamers worldwide for over a century.

The landmarks and famous sights in Manhattan are too many to count, so we wanted to focus on the practical side of spending a day in this beautiful neighborhood - like the best places to grab a coffee, have lunch, and work from in Manhattan.

Let’s dive into the best ways to spend a day in Midtown Manhattan:

Start your day at Blue Bottle Coffee

With 17 (!) locations in NYC, Blue Bottle Coffee is your best morning alternative to Starbucks.

Founded by an Oakland, California native, Blue Bottle is the place where you want to go when you’re looking for a really high-quality cup of your favorite drink.

Try their Midtown East location on 53rd Street - it’s open every day and it enables you to grab breakfast close by while strolling through Manhattan. What a way to start the day, right?

Blue Bottle Coffee NYC

Grab breakfast at Russ & Daughters

This amazing breakfast place isn’t technically midtown, but it’s worth a little detour. The story of Russ & Daughters is 107 years old, and it includes a Polish immigrant and his 3 daughters who created this famous eatery.

Apart from being the first US business to have “& Daughters” in the name, this legendary New York place boasts an incredible selection of bagels, smoked and cured fish, caviar, and sweets. Trust us - you won’t be disappointed in this place!

Russ and Daughters NYC

Work from The Luminary

After breakfast and a good cup of coffee, you can get to work! Hands down the most beautiful workspace in midtown is The Luminary, perfectly located in NoMad.

It’s perfect for working in peace and quiet and enjoying the surroundings, but if you want to meet with coworkers or network and mingle - you won’t be disappointed. Whatever your work style is, The Luminary is the perfect headquarters when you’re in Manhattan.

You can book this amazing coworking space on Gable.

Luminary NYC Coworking

Take a walk around High Line Park

High Line Park was built on an elevated rail line that is no longer used, and since its opening in 2009, it has been growing in popularity with both locals and visitors from around the world.

This stunning piece of contemporary architecture is the perfect place to catch a break from work and enjoy the views of the city. Make sure to visit the park’s official website and check if there are any art installations on display!

High Line Park NYC

Go for a healthy dinner at Little Beet

With several NYC locations to choose from, Little Beet is your go-to place for healthy meals you’ll love.

You can make your own dish or try the chef-made delicacies, with special emphasis on seasonal ingredients. Little Beet has dishes for every well-known diet, making it the ideal place for the vegans and vegetarians among you.

You can visit their Midtown West location every workday until 8 pm.

Little Beet NYC

Grab a drink (and a scone!) at Mary O’s

Here’s another place that ventures out of the borders of Midtown Manhattan, but is absolutely worth it. Mary O’s is an Irish Pub on 32 Ave, serving not just great beers, but the now legendary Irish Scones.

After a challenging time during the pandemic, Mary decided to focus on making the soda bread scones for the community, and a little help from Humans Of New York got her to an order of 150,000 scones!

If you’d like to taste some scones or even a shepherd’s pie, go visit Mary O’s and let us know how it went.

Mary O's scones

That’s a full day of enjoying midtown Manhattan! We know it’s not even close to enough to be here for one day only, but we hope our guide will help you get started with exploring. Whether you're coming to Manhattan for the first time, or just want to explore the city you live in, working in a Gable space is a great way to start.

Written By

Andrea Rajic

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