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Monica Mendal
February 27, 2018
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New York City is nearly impossible to navigate as a tourist. With new Michelin star restaurants opening every five blocks and thousands of the world's best exhibitions making their way into New York's prestigious gallery and museum circuit, planning a long weekend is an overwhelming feat.

To make it easier, we've put together a guide to the latest and greatest things to do — and wear — for a high-style visit to the cultural playground that is Manhattan.

What to Wear for an Upper East Side Day

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Pologeorgis jacket, pologeorgis.com, $750
Eve denim, matchesfashion.com, $300
Piu top, piulifestyle.com, $120
Danse Lente handbag, modaoperandi.com, $520
Spinelli Kilcollin earrings, spinellikilcollin.com, $900
The Row booties, matchesfashion.com, $1,190

If you want to trot around Manhattan like Holly Golightly, there's no better place to explore than the Upper East Side. Visit tried-and-true favorites like the Met, the Met Breuer, and the Frick Collection. The recently opened Lévy Gorvy Gallery is also worth a visit.

Drop into Neue Galerie's Café Sabarsky for a coffee and schnitzel then head upstairs to explore the impressive collection of twentieth-century German and Austrian art, including Gustav Klimt's renowned "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I." Finish off your day uptown with a stroll along Central Park on Fifth Avenue, heading south towards The Plaza and Bergdorf's for some grade-A window shopping.

What to Wear for a Night Out

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House of Fluff coat, net-a-porter.com, $950
3x1 denim, net-a-porter.com, $195
Staud handbag, staud.clothing.com, $250
Orseund Iris top, orseundiris.com, $195
Mateo New York earrings, mateonewyork.com, $1,100
Balenciaga pumps, net-a-porter.com, $695

One night out is enough to explain why New York is the city that never sleeps. With world-renowned restaurants and scene-y bars opening by the week, there's no shortage of spots to hit on a nightly basis. Much of the best nightlife can be found in the East Village, Lower East Side, and Soho neighborhoods.

Start with a dinner at the buzzy Tableside Italian Cook Shoppe, then bar hop around the neighboring joints in the East Village — might we recommend Mother of Pearl, Amor y Amargo, Pouring Ribbons, and The Garrett? For more bespoke cocktails, head to Apotheke and Flower Shop. Finish the evening at new late-night favorites Gospel, Et Al, or Public Hotel.

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What to Wear Gallery Hopping

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Cinque World robe, cinqueworld.com, $2,200
Frame jeans, net-a-porter.com, $230
RE/DONE tee, net-a-porter.com, $78
Lizzie Fortunato necklace, shop.lizziefortunato.com, $175
Anthony Luciano handbag, anthonyluciano.com, $2,195
Isabel Marant booties, net-a-porter.com, $560

For a day of gallery hopping, head downtown to Chelsea where you'll find the three biggies: Gagosian, Hauser & Wirth, and David Zwirner. Stop into The Standard High Line's The Standard Grill for a burger and round out your time on the west side with a visit to the Whitney.

After that, head east toward Soho and Nolita to browse the experty curated selections at cult-favorite shops like No. 6, Warm, Oroboro, and Reformation, which are woven amongst tons of other mass and high-end retailers, too. End your day with a glass of wine and a pot of fondue at the locally loved Café Select.

 

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