PLAN DATE: MON / JAN. 14
If you’re looking to immerse yourself in the true local vibes of the Upper West Side, look no further than Good Enough to Eat. A neighborhood staple since 1981, this comfy, laid-back spot serves classic American Comfort food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. Don’t be fooled by the no-frills atmosphere; Chef Carrie Levin studied cooking in London and France and brings some serious chops to the table.
Before heading to dinner, log onto metopera.org and snag some little-known-about rush tickets to that night’s performance. Unsold tickets are listed each day at noon (2pm on Saturdays) and go for $25 a pop—a total steal. The Metropolitan Opera features world-class performances of some of the most famous operas written, and the building itself is breathtaking. After dinner, make your way down to the iconic Lincoln Center Plaza to take in some people watching by the fountain before heading inside to check out the architecture before the curtain goes up. Highbrow culture on a lowbrow budget never looked so good.
Upper West Side
Good Enough To Eat
520 Columbus Avenue, Manhattan
idk tip: Call ahead and press 2 to hear the daily specials ahead of time. Efficient and Delicious!
The Metropolitan Opera
30 Lincoln Center Plaza, Manhattan
idk tip: If you arrive in time to have a drink, hit the bar inside the New York Philharmonic building instead of the Opera. There’s more room to sit, and lines are usually much shorter.