One-Day Tour: Intro to New York’s West Village

Stay: A quaint neighborhood calls for an equally quaint hotel. Abingdon Guest House has the vibe of a small-town bed and breakfast — it’s not for everyone, but its location is ideal for the atypical visitor.

10 a.m. Regular patrons of ‘ino appreciate the dim, cozy bar for an evening glass of wine, but it’s also a perfect breakfast destination. Sit by the front window, read your paper, and order the famous truffled egg toast with a strong shot of espresso.

11 a.m. Set off on a walking tour. Stroll along Bleecker Street for a taste of the neighborhood ‘s eclectic vibe — Marc Jacobs boutiques (there are three of them), record shops, and antique dealers all peacefully coexist. Stop in at Cynthia Rowley for quirky tailored skirts and sweaters. Later, find your way onto Barrow and Morton for picturesque, tree-lined streets and brownstones.

1:30 p.m. For lunch with pretty scenery, head to neighborhood newcomer Kingswood. Aussie-inflected fare, like the Bronte burger, is served within view of blooming magnolias at the nearby Jefferson Market Garden. During the winter months, the interior is enough to keep the eyes pleased — butterflies and an ostentatious taxidermy peacock decorate the space. Or, for a local favorite, try Pearl Oyster Bar. Established by Rebecca Charles in 1997, it’s widely considered the best New England-style seafood shack in town. Sit at the counter for a skate sandwich and crisp glass of white wine.

3 p.m.. Move on over to Greenwich Avenue and get all of your shopping done on one street. Stop at the Christian Louboutin Boutique for a pair of decadent, bejeweled shoes, or Otte, for the latest from Loeffler Randall and 3.1. Phillip Lim. Jonathan Adler for whimsical home decor items like a playful giraffe-shaped sconce or ceramic squirrel ringbox. Finally, pop into travel shop Flight001 for the newest carry-on by Orla Kiely — you’ll need it to lug home all of your loot.

5 p.m. Skip the dreadful line at Magnolia and have sweets with a clean, green conscience. City Bakery’s Maury Rubin is also the owner of Birdbath — an organic bakeshop that‘s sustainable in every way, from its interior (the walls are made of wheat) to its food (organic and local, naturally). Portions are enormous, so share a chewy gingerbread cookie; or, if you’re vegan, go for the banana sesame agave cake.

5:30 p.m. Sports enthusiasts should check out the West 4th Street court, otherwise known as "The Cage", for some amateur basketball. Players can get aggro in such close confines — it just makes the games all the more interesting.

7 p.m. Have dinner at Mas, where acclaimed chef Galen Zamarra changes the menu daily based on what’s in season. Whatever is on the menu du jour is likely to be exquisite, as is the farmhouse meets townhouse vibe of the place.

9 p.m.. For something divey minus the stench of beer and puke, grab a brew after dinner at the Rusty Knot. The nautical-themed bar is a curious juxtaposition of high and low: an evening of 99-cent cans and tiki drinks command a surly doorman and long wait times, while a borderline trashy bar menu (pretzels, pigs in blankets) is cooked up by a talented, pedigreed chef.

Midnight Rev up your evening at the ultra-exclusive Socialista. Its breezy, tropical décor and sexy cocktail menu successfully evokes an evening in Havana. But be warned: Getting in can be a crapshoot.

Late Night Cap off your night with a late visit to Beatrice Inn, the speakeasy cool spot that keeps downtowners buzzing.

Short Stack: Openings

New York

PetalBelle: The team behind Lombardi’s opens a charming Soho shop specializing in Belgian Liege waffles.

Botanica: New Red Hook bar serves up classic cocktails and, for beer snobs, a 25-ounce brew for $35.

Whiskey Tavern: New Chinatown bar — a re-incarnation of the former Baxter Pub – boasts cheap beer, an outdoor garden, and a bar menu which includes Hostess cupcakes.

Williamsburger: Despite its cheesy mantra (“beefing up hipsters”), this new burger joint promises to be a welcome addition to Williamsburg.

Los Angeles

8 oz.: Celebrity chef Govind Armstrong transforms his former restaurant, Table 8, into an upscale burger bar.

Panini Cafe: This local chain, serving casual Italian fare, recently opened its newest location in South Park.

Suede Bar & Lounge: A chic new lounge is open at the Westin Bonaventure in the Financial District.

One-Day Tour: Intro to New York’s Lower East Side

Once a neighborhood for synagogues and immigrants, today’s Lower East Side is rife with racy American Apparel billboards and smug young hipsters. The G(entrification)-word is the subject of much debate, but don’t expect the influx of restaurants, bars, and clubs to cease anytime soon. For a first-time visitor, there’s plenty to make you feel cool, no matter what the dudes in skinny jeans mumble under their breath.

Stay. Hands down the hippest hotel in a 10-block radius, the Hotel on Rivington stretches like a 21-storied, one-fingered salute into the Manhattan skyline. With floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing unobstructed views of the city, the rooms are cozy (read: tiny) but outfitted with clean, modern furniture and luxurious Frette linens. More importantly, the location offers no shortage of nearby shops, restaurants and nightlife.

10 a.m. Breakfast at Clinton Street Baking Company. Order the blueberry pancakes and buttermilk biscuits. On weekends, the long wait is worth it.

11:30 a.m. Visit the Lower East Side Tenement Museum to gain a proper historical perspective of the neighborhood. Try the “Piecing it Together” tour — it takes you through the life of Max Levine, the child of Polish immigrants who owned a garment shop. Alternately, DIY and download a free audiotour courtesy of the Lower East Side Business Improvement District.

1:30 p.m. Move from the past to the present and visit the Number 35 Gallery on Essex Street, a hotbed for local up-and-coming artists.

2:30 p.m. Katz’s Delicatessen, a neighborhood institution since 1888, is a bona fide New York City icon. Grab a little red ticket and indulge in the legendary pastrami sandwich.

3:30 p.m. A visit to LES retail pioneer TG-170 is mandatory. Owner Terri Gillis champions young designers — current fashion darlings Cloak & Dagger and Grey Ant can be found on the racks right now. Elsewhere, stop in Some Odd Rubies and pick up remixed vintage clothes. Guys, Freemans Sporting Club offers natty, ready-to-wear suits. There’s even an on-site barbershop for a quick shave.

6:30 p.m. Track down the secret phone number for Milk and Honey. Reservations are required for this speakeasy, but the effort is encouraged. Cocktails are serious business here, but there’s no drink list; put your trust in the mixologists’ hands and sip without question.

8 p.m. Order the bacon-wrapped figs at Freemans, the restaurant (not the clothing store mentioned above) tucked away in the alley off Rivington Street. Stuffed birds and antlered creatures stare as you tuck into simple, well-prepared Anglo-American fare.

10 p.m. Get your music fix at Cake Shop. The multi-purpose space is the ultimate art school dropout hangout. The ground floor is dedicated to sipping coffee and rifling through vinyl. In the basement, drink at the bar and catch a live show — performances are seven nights a week.

Midnight. End the evening in over-the-top style. Order an absinthe cocktail, sink into a booth, and behold whatever performance the Box has in store for the evening: showgirls one night, midget opera singers the next. Part circus, part dinner theater, the entire experience both hearkens back to the 1920s and feels like the freshest thing happening in the city.