Buy a Sled
Whether you’re in the market for a $10 one-and-done or a more sophisticated snow toy, swing into Union Square’s sprawling Paragon Sports (867 Broadway at 18th St.) and pick out a vehicle; trust us, this little bit of prep will make your whole weekend better. Those makeshift cardboard jobs you see shredded in Central Park after a snowstorm are no replacement for the real thing, even an inexpensive plastic one bought hours before the snow arrives. Bonus: they carry a full line of winter-ready outdoor gear, as well, in case you left your parka at home.
Watch the First Flakes Fall
Nothing beats watching the weather from somewhere cozy, so snag a window table and enjoy the view! We’re partial to the soaring multi-story glass windows at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse (1221 Avenue of the Americas between 48th & 49th St.) and the wide panes at Tavern on the Green (67 Central Park West), though The Little Owl (90 Bedford St. at Grove St.) offers prime corner real estate in the charming West Village, and the snow nicely complements the gleaming marquises of Broadway outside Junior’s Times Square (1515 Broadway at 7th Ave.). Feeling like you’re in a fishbowl has never been lovelier.
Pick Your Park
The further north on Manhattan island you go, the steeper the hills – and the better the sledding. The city has a neat list of prime locations, though we’re partial to the tree-lined skyline vistas in Central Park (and the ice skating rinks at either end). Plus, thanks to its, ahem, central location, you’re within steps of some premium post-sledding places to warm those frosty fingers and toes.
Go Cukoo for Cocoa
Once you’ve worked up an appetite, head west out of the Park to 79th St. and Broadway, where some of the city’s best hot chocolate awaits you at Voila Chocolat (221 West 79th St. between Amsterdam & Broadway). This family-friendly chocolatier also hosts drop-in DIY chocolate-making classes – dust your own truffles with caramelize hazelnuts or choose from the ready-made offerings in the case up front.
“Get to Know” an Old Friend
A quick, picturesque stroll down Broadway, and you’ll arrive at Lincoln Center in time to take in the famed architecture, then settle into the Vivian Beaumont Theater (150 West 65th St. and Amsterdam) for their Tony Award-winning revival of The King and I. Be transported to Siam for a few hours, then exit the theater back into NYC’s winter wonderland..
Get Toasty (and Toasted!)
Brunch may just be the coziest meal there is even without significant snowfall; doubly so at Tribeca’s Distilled, (211 West Broadway at Franklin St.) where Executive Chef Shane Lyons turns out some of New York’s most exciting Sunday morning fare, from country-fried duck and waffle with smoked chili maple syrup, whipped honey butter and Thai basil to biscuits and red gravy, served with spicy sausage and two eggs over easy. Soothe your chilly soul with a brunch libation, like the Noon Rooster (unaged whiskey with amaretto, demerara, Angostura cream and fresh-brewed coffee), and bring the family: Mac ‘n’ Cheese for kids is on the house, served with fresh fruit.
On the other hand, after yesterday’s adventure, you may want to take it easy. Keep warm like a real New Yorker and order lunch delivery. If you’re below 14th St. (or 42nd St., between Eighth Ave. and Park), David Chang’s Maple will send Asian-inspired fare (and treats from Milk Bar) to your door; further uptown, perennial favorites like Café Fiorello and Redeye Grill are happy to pack their famed Italian fare to go. And nothing feels cozier than tucking into a ribeye cheeseburger with Calabrese pepper ketchup without changing out of your PJs.
Go Whole Hog
Get your bacon and bourbon on in Brooklyn at Cochon 555. The annual com-pig-tition features six dishes each from five chefs working from one whole pig apiece, all paired with top-notch wines and cocktails, at Weylin B. Seymour’s (175 Broadway, Brooklyn). Go ahead and take the subway en route; after all that pork, you’ll want to walk back across the Williamsburg Bridge, taking in the view (and digesting!)