Of course, NYC is known for its access to public transportation. But there are parts of the city that are a bit more of a struggle to get to than others. Not to mention, five whole boroughs deserve an equal amount of exploration. So, why not take a road trip to visit all of them in a weekend in your brand new BMW X2? With help from our friends at BMW of Manhattan, we've devised a weekend road trip itinerary through New York City that's both fun and flexible.
Skip out of work early to grab your car and make your way from Manhattan to the Bronx. First stop? Wave Hill House. At this 28-acre former estate of Mark Twain and Teddy Roosevelt, you’ll get stunning views of the Hudson River to help you relax into the weekend. Walk around the reserve and take in some of the exhibits before dinner.
Hop back into your car and drive to Dominick’s Restaurant on Arthur Avenue where you can dine on hearty Italian food like veal parmigiana. There’s no menu, but rather just a suggestion from your knowledgeable waiter.
And you can’t stop in the Bronx without some Italian desserts. On your way to Queens, pop into the iconic Zeppieri & Sons Italian Bakery, which has been producing quality treats like sfogiatelle (cheese-filled pastry), lobster tails, seeded bread and an NYC-staple, the Black & White cookie for over 50 years.
Your final stop of the night will be The Parc Hotel in Flushing, Queens located in the arguably the best Chinatown in all five boroughs. Grab a nightcap at the rooftop bar called A+ with views of Manhattan and Citi Field before enjoying a relaxing night in one of the minimalist-styled rooms. And yes, they have valet parking.
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When you wake up, chow down on the complimentary breakfast buffet at the hotel complete with Chinese specialties before continuing your zen vibe at the nearby Spa Castle. Get there by 10 a.m. to indulge in one of the many therapy pools and saunas. Or, book a spa service like a massage or facial ahead of time. Then grab a quick light bite of sushi for lunch before showering up and continuing your road trip.
Next up, make the five-mile drive to the Queens Museum. Here you’ll get to see the incredible Panorama of the City of New York, a miniature model of the five boroughs initially built for the 1964 New York World's Fair that takes up an entire room. There are also lots of artifacts from both World's Fairs on display to check out.
Now it’s time to make your way into Brooklyn where you’ll likely need to fuel up again. Your destination? Exquisite Express in Flatbush. This no-frills restaurant serves up some of the best Caribbean food in the city. Be sure to order the famous jerk chicken.
Before heading to bed, you’ll make your way to Red Hook to close out the day. Browse the boutiques on Van Brunt Street before grabbing a glass of wine at the Red Hook Winery. If you’re still hungry, head over to Brooklyn Crab where you can not only get buckets full of crabs but also play a round of mini-golf.
Lastly, make your way to 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge where you’ll be spending the night. The stunning hotel has onsite parking, rooms with views of Manhattan (some even have hammocks), and a rooftop plunge pool/bar where you can toast to a successful day of exploration.
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Luckily, you’re in prime position to enjoy some of the best brunch spots in Brooklyn Heights. Opt to stay at the hotel and dine at The Osprey, or head out for a quick walk choosing between the adorable neighborhood-favorite Iris Café and low-key Clark’s Restaurant. All serve up delicious breakfast fare.
Now that your belly is full hop back into your BMW X2 and make the 20-minute drive to Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk and beach in Staten Island. It’s one of the most spacious beachfront in New York and the perfect spot to take a stroll before heading back to the crazy city vibe.
But, before heading back into Manhattan, you’ll need to make two more stops on Staten Island. First up, the Alice Austen House. Home to the famous 19th-century photographer, this museum is one of New York's oldest buildings. Yes, it dates make to 1690! Spend some time browsing a large collection of her work and see what new photography exhibitions are taking place.
Last up in Staten Island is the must-visit Ho’ Brah Tacos. Its original location is in Bay Ridge, but they opened a huge spot here with an awesome backyard where you can eat some of the best Mexicali tacos in NYC. Think fillings of chipotle-orange-pineapple pulled pork.
For your final stop of the weekend, you will need to travel through New Jersey briefly. But the trek will take you Irish tavern Le Chéile in Washington Heights. The fun two-story pink building is the perfect spot to close out your trip with a pint, and you can even grab some more food if you’re hungry. Just be aware, the servings of Irish delicacies such as shepherd’s pie are huge, so you might want to share.
After dinner, ready yourself for the ride home and feel proud that you successfully tackled all five boroughs in a weekend.
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Ready for your next weekend road trip? Take a spin in the new BMW X2, the ultimate in sporty vehicles from luxury carmaker BMW, the next time you plan your next getaway. For more information about the BMW X2, visit bmwnyc.com.