The best ways to spend Leap Day in NYC

Every four years, on February 29th,  we receive the gift of 24 extra hours: Leap Day! At Grayson De Vere, as we love to travel and discover new experiences and adventures, what better way to celebrate this Leap Year than by getting out and exploring an extra day in our founders home town of New York City, a city boasting endless experiences from sunrise to sunset.

 For the ultimate 24-Hour New York City Guide for Leap Day (or for whenever you are looking for some inspiration on your next trip to the city) we have curated the following go-to list.

Breakfast at Maman

We recommend getting an early start to your day and grabbing a coffee and pastry at Maman. In addition to their famed pastries, their  nutty chocolate chip cookie was named one of the best cookies in New York by NY Magazine. Surrounded by the smell of fresh brewed coffee and a rustic, woodland aesthetic, you could spend countless hours here slowly drifting away.

NYC restaurant
Image by ​​Maman NYC

Museum Visit to Fotografiska

Begin your explorations at the new international photography museum Fotografiska. Founded in 2010 in Stockholm by brothers Jan and Per Broman, Fotografiska has since expanded globally as a haven for innovation and free expression. The goal of the museum is to inspire a more conscious world through the power of photography. With over 200 exhibitions to date, including David LaChapelle, Annie Leibovitz, Albert Watson, Sally Mann, Copper & Gorfer, Ren Hang and Christian Tagliavini, Fotografiska produces a broad range of rotating exhibitions where rising stars are displayed next to icons. Styles range across abstract, landscape, portrait, documentary and more.

Image by ​​Fotografiska

Shopping at Hudson Yards

A triumph of culture, commerce and cuisine, we recommend walking around the new Hudson Yards over on Manhattan’s west side. Set atop former rail yards, Hudson Yards offers dozens of beautiful shops to peruse and, of course, you cannot miss the towering sculpture known as the Vessel (pictured above).

Vessel Hudson Yards
Image by ​​Jose Mostajo

Lunch at Farmacy Kitchen

We were so thrilled when we heard that one of our London favorites, Farmacy Kitchen, had taken on a six-month residency at Chefs Counter Club in SoHo! Originally founded in Notting Hill, Farmacy Kitchen believes that that which we eat has the ability to heal both ourselves and our world. That’s why each dish is prepared  in a manner that respects everything “between the soil and the stars”. Their organic and biodynamic farming methods reconnect with the rhythm of nature, making the entire menu a celebration that is whole, healing, and delicious.

Farmacy Kitchen
Image by​​ Briana Balducci

Afternoon Wellness at The Well

The perfect place to unwind for several hours, The Well is a  brand new, complete ecosystem for wellness in Greenwich Village that boasts over 50 practitioners and numerous services designed to assist you on your path to wellness. Choose from various offerings such as traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, vibrational energy healing, bodywork and much more. Whether you are a member or just going for an individual treatment, The Well is primed to treat your body and mind.

Image by The Well​​

Cocktails at The Riddler

Treat yourself to a glass of bubbly at The Riddler champagne bar. This women-led team offers up over 150 Champagnes by the bottle and dozens of sparkling wines by the glass to choose from: old and new, traditional classics and unusual discoveries, by the glass and by the bottle. At the center of each space is an old wooden backbar that’s lined with a collection of vintage Champagne buckets and glassware picked up from various travels.

Brass Bar
Image by Jordan Wise​​

Dinner at Verōnika

Conveniently located above Fotografiska and having just opened in January 2020, Verōnika is the hottest new restaurant to hit the NYC circuit. An expertly designed, classically inspired space with natural light pouring in through the floor-to-ceiling windows, the restaurant, helmed by Stephen Starr and Robert Aikens, clearly draws its aesthetic and culinary influence from the likes of France, Vienna and Eastern Europe. We love the lamb goulash, an upscale take on a well-loved, European winter dish. 

Restaurant NYC
Image by Adrian Gaut​​

Dessert at Palais by Perfect Pie

If you seek the ultimate indulgence to cap off a magnificent day, we suggest stopping in at Palais by Perfect Pie. Former White House pastry chef, Bill Yosses, opened Palais in the fall of 2019, offering a modern American take on classic French bistro fare and elevated American staples. But, what stands out most are Yosses signature pies. 

Palais by perfect pie
Image by Manhattan Sideways​​