You’ve always got something to do in Midtown Manhattan. Even on Equity-Day-Off-Monday, there are plenty of things to do in and around Midtown. Actually, if you’re traveling to Manhattan and you want to stay in Midtown, an off-season Monday would be the perfect time to do so. Smaller, boutique hotels are largely empty (because of the volume of business travel, the bigger hotels are usually always full with corporate clients or bigger groups) the lines are shorter, and the city is your oyster. Consider these four things to do in Midtown Manhattan on a Monday night and you will have a great time.
See: Bergdorf Goodman (754 Fifth Avenue, 58th Street) – Start your evening with a stroll down from Central Park. Head east and down Fifth Avenue, past the 24 hour underground Apple store, and you’ll run smack into Bergdorf Goodman. This designer clothing retailer has fashions for men and women as well as exclusive beauty products. However you’re not here to break the bank; Bergdorf Goodman has legendary window displays for you to marvel at. You don’t even need to go inside the store and you don’t even need to go during the holiday season. Bergdorf’s windows always have something fun on display.
See: Rockefeller Center (West of 5th Ave; 50th St-48th St): Any time of year is a good time to head on in to Rockefeller Center. There is dining, site-seeing, their wonderful ice skating rink, plenty of seating, and plenty of chances to play the real-life, “Where in the world is Matt Lauer?” There are plenty of wonderful things that your kids or your girlfriend can pick up and plenty of chances for you to put them back down.
Eat: Virgil’s Barbeque (152 W 44th St): Once you’ve gotten out of Rock Center, you’re probably starting to get hungry. Do yourself a favor and take the time to take a trip over to Virgil’s Barbeque. Sandwiched between 6th & 7th Avenues, Virgil’s Barbeque is a pretty good spot for most appetites and is one of the only reasonably priced food options this side of the dollar slice pizza stand. Barbeque isn’t even really my thing but I love Virgil’s turkey club sandwich; my wife almost always gets the pulled pork sandwich.
See: Empire State Building (350 Fifth Avenue): Once you have filled your belly full of great food, head on over to the theatre district if you dare. Witness the dark houses and see what a lonely place Times Square can be. There is a brand new Disney Store on the east side of Times Square if you can stand it. Maybe there’s a really fun off-Broadway show playing on Monday night that you can get into for pretty cheap; go out and support the arts. You’re delaying your trip because you want to go up to the top of the Empire State Building. The last elevator goes up daily at 1:15am. Because it’s Monday night (or Tuesday morning) you may think you’ve escaped all the weirdoes and you may have. But there are the perennial weirdoes like, well, like you…who are in New York City at one in the morning who wants to take the last elevator up to the top of the Empire State Building just because. The elevator ride is 86 or 102 floors straight to the top and you can witness the city at all her splendor. The 102 floor tickets are only available when you get to the Empire State Building and are an extra fifteen bucks.
And there it is; your Monday night in midtown Manhattan! There are plenty of variables to this equation and you can always mix and match. But get dolled up, step out, and have a great night!