Great Places To Go Nearby
Bryant Park is a popular hang out spot for natives and tourists and alike, and it’s not just because of all the wonderful events and shops inside the park, but the park’s location itself. Bryant Park is located in midtown, one of the busiest places in Manhattan. The park is bordered by buildings on all sides just across the street, most of which are tourist destinations of their own.
We’ve compiled some of the most noteworthy places you can to after you’re done roaming around Bryant Park and want to see interesting sights and shops. These are all compiled in different sub-categories, so it’s easy to find what you need depending on what you’re in the mood for.
Historic and Cultural
- New York Public Library – Of course this list is not complete without mentioning the public library, which has shared in much of Bryant park’s colorful history. Most of its reading rooms reflect that history in its interior design. New yorkers still laud it as one of the most relaxing and welcoming places to read a book in New York city.
- Grand Central Terminal – The Grand Central Terminal is more than just as a central subway station, it is a masterpiece of Beaux-Arts architecture. From its tall archways to grandiose pillars, many tourists have reported missing their trains because they were too busy looking at the architecture. The terminal is also home to the whispering rooms, which uses its unique acoustic structure to send sounds clearly across the walls. It is said that if someone whispers to you on the other side of the wall, you can hear it as clearly as if they were whispering right into your ear.
- Chrysler Building – this building is the ultimate homage to art deco. The building itself is made in that style, and inside it’s even better. Too bad security is tight here, but even from what you can see on the main lobby, from the front desk to the elaborate elevator designs, this building is art deco at its finest.
- Greenacre Park – if Bryant Park wasn’t enough for you, you might want to check out Greenacre Park. Known to most people as an oasis, almost hidden amidst tall buildings, this park is where you go if you want to relax and forget you’re in busy, noisy midtown, even for just a few hours. If Bryant Park is all about fun, events and activity, Greenacre is all about peace, serenity and relaxing. The waterfall in the park drowns out the noises of construction and traffic, so you can have peace of mind.
- Gabriel Kreuther Restaurant – If you’re looking for some high-class European cuisine, Gabriel Kreuther is the place for you. Located across the Bryant park ping pong field, the restaurant serves classy appetizers to full course meals. Of course, the price tag might not be for everybody, but if you can afford it, this is something to try while you’re in the neighborhood.
- Koi Restaurant – If you’re hankering for some sushi after a day of walking through Bryant Park, Koi restaurant serves sushi along with other Asian cuisine. The restaurant is located at the Bryant Park hotel, although you don’t need to be a customer to enjoy the fine dining experience they provide.
- Pickler & Co – Natives say this is the best place to be if you want great breakfast fare. The coffee is to die for and they have an amazing array of sandwiches that will leave you full and content. They have gluten-free products as well, so if you have any dietary restrictions, you can still find something for you right here.
- Wafels & Dinges Restaurant – Another notable coffee and breakfast nook is the Wafels & Dinges Restaurant. The waffles are fluffy and tasty and the coffee is just what you need to get you going on a New York morning. This is a popular place for people to grab a bite to eat while sightseeing.
Other notable establishments include the Chipotle Mexican grill, Szechuan restaurant, Blue Bottle Coffee, and Maison Kayser.
- Alice + Olivia – Located right across Bryant Park, Alice + Olivia is women’s clothing boutique. The store is sprawling with fashionable collections and you can lounge in their comfortable couch and warm atmosphere while you wait for your purchases.
- Kinokuniya New York – Lovers of Japanese manga and other forms of Asian literature exist everywhere, even in New York. Die hard otakus will love the regularly updated selection of comics and magazines. If that’s not your cup of tea, don’t worry. They also have regular comics and books for sale.
- Allen Edmonds – This retail shop showcases a variety of high class leather shoes. While the items on the store are on the high end scale, the quality is assured. Aside from leather shoes, you can also find some nice leather accessories, golfing equipment, and apparel.
- Elie Tahari – this high-end shop sells creations made by elite designer Elle Tahare, who is known for eccentric designs and quality materials. The product line consists of clothing for both sexes as well as accessories.
- Solstice Sunglass Boutique – The go-to store for all your eyewear needs. Their product line includes basic spectacles, sports sunglasses, and fashion sunglasses, varying from affordable brands to luxury ones.
Other notable stores include Orvis, Nat Sherman Townhouse, BCBGMAXAZRIA, MUJI, Cockpit USA, Fashionhaus and the 10 Eleven Showroom.
- Bryant Park Hotel – Of course, the Bryant Park Hotel is the first in this sub-category. This hip, designer luxury hotel boasts unique architecture that will impress cosmopolitans, celebrities, tourists and the elite of New York. The hotel prides itself on its customer service record, having won several awards for service and obtaining countless commendations from their clientele. The hotel houses a japanese restaurant, gym, and cellar bar.
- Courtyard New York Manhattan – The Courtyard Marriott is a 3-star hotel that promises the best in style and convenience for the most affordable rates. Aside from clean and comfortable rooms, they offer high speed internet connection for their guests, as well as free use of their fitness center.
- LUMA Hotel – LUMA is a boutique hotel that is big on modernization, complete with big glass windows on the rooms, an espresso machine on each room and all-around Internet connectivity. They also have high-tech bathroom amenities and electronic shade control.
Other hotels in the immediate vicinity include the Hilton Garden Inn New York, Royalton New York, The Mansfield Hotel, Algonquin Hotel and The Andaz 5th Avenue Hotel.