One of the questions I get asked most is from readers who are planning a trip to New York… asking me what they should pack! First of all, if you’re planning a trip here, this page has all my recommendations for what to do from restaurants to art galleries to Broadway shows and more. I’m trying to be better about updating it every month based on new places I’ve tried. The Polo Bar is my all time favorite place in the city for dinner… it’s fancy and you probably need to make a reservation about a month in advance. For a fancy lunch I am a big fan of the new rooftop restaurant at Restoration Hardware (in the meatpacking district – it’s gorgeous!!!). They don’t take reservations so I’d recommend arriving 30-45 minutes ahead of schedule. I also love Le Coucou, and a new place I’m really loving is Her Name is Carmen. The decor is on point and the food is so good. As an added bonus there’s a gorgeous lounge downstairs. And drinks at Bemelman’s (at the Carlyle Hotel) are always a good idea.
Also, for planning purposes: the Eater Heat Map will never steer you wrong. I am a big restaurants person and check in on it at least once a week.
What to Pack for a Winter Weekend in New York:
You’re going to want to pack lots of warm, comfy layers. Cozy sweaters, jeans, and warm coats + outerwear. There are a lot of ways to do a weekend in New York but I’m just assuming you will be out a bunch, running around and taking public transportation.
- These boots. Honestly, these are the best. They are so comfortable but have a nice wedge to keep you comfortable. You can wear them with jeans but they’re just as cute with tights and a mini dress at night. Oh and on top of that they are also weather proof – you can wear them in rain, snow, etc. and be fine. (I have the rain boots too for when it’s reaaaallly raining.)
- Sneakers (if it’s temperate, otherwise just stick to winter boots!)
- A good parka. I actually have two good parkas: my Canada Goose and also this one. Either are great. Honestly, right now a parka is the NYC uniform. We’re all just frozen.
- A camel coat at night or for more dressy daytime things. But honestly you’re going to want that parka so if you are only bringing one coat, stick to that.
- Warm gloves + hat (a given but honestly you’ll be so sad if you forget them!)
- A chic oversized scarf in a neutral color. Wear it during the day, bring it to dinner, you’ll be glad you have it.
- Big sunglasses because duh.
- Sensible heels that you can actually walk in. (I recommend Sarah Flint or Margaux.)
- A crossbody bag that’s dressy enough to wear to dinner. You’ll want to have your hands free and keep your belongings safe. Something like my Gucci Soho Disco, For something more affordable I love this!
- A portable phone battery.
Some outfit ideas:
- Cute short dresses (like this one or the dresses in this post) + thick black tights. I love Express tights, they’re nice and opaque.
- A sweater tunic + faux leather leggings (these are my favs!)
- I want to suggest a blazer but they’re annoying under coats. If you’re able to make that work you can’t go wrong with a blazer, simple tee, and boots.
During the day you’ll be cozy and warm in something like what I’m wearing above. Jeans, a big sweater, a cozy scarf, big sunglasses. At night, you can wear the boots with tights and a short dress – or even a fun maxi. I am someone who definitely prioritizes being warm, so this may not be the most fashionable packing list ever, but you’ll be comfortable! (Though I will note… if you’re doing Polo Bar, go all out. Take a taxi and wear your favorite cocktail dress, skip the tights, put on your favorite stilettos.)
photography by Carter Fish.