Tip: Best Little Park in NYC

Yes, the city has its glorious sprawling greens, its Central Park and its Prospect Park and its Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Sometimes, though, you want a small canopy of trees under which to eat your lunch. Bryant Park is this place. It’s nearly one avenue wide and two city blocks long, and for Midtown, it’s an oasis. This point is hammered home by the glass skyscrapers that surround the park, lending the manicured square an almost futuristic, Utopian quality.

During prime lunch hour on a warm, sunny day, prepare to hunt ferociously for an open table as you compete with masses of tourists and thousands of office workers. Don’t get discouraged–there’s a lot of seating and turnover is high.

And it’s not just a place to eat your lunch. The park’s management keeps it buzzing with activities: ice skating in the winter; a holiday market; summer movies; chess; backgammon; ping-pong; a lending library; bocci; a carousel for the kids. ‘Wichcraft, spread out among multiple kiosks inside the park, has great soups, salads and sandwiches, but what I really love are their chocolate chip scones. Grab one and revel in the urban sunshine.

Bryant Park, looking east towards the New York Public Library

Bryant Park, looking east towards the New York Public Library

Bryant Park, looking west

Bryant Park, looking west

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