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Things to Do Near Trump Tower in NYC

Visitors to midtown Manhattan have noticed some major recent gridlock: protestors have been storming the streets around Trump Tower since Donald Trump became president-elect on November 8th. With both vehicle and foot traffic bottled up in the area, we've got some tips for finding breaks from the crowds. These are our top five things to do near Trump Tower, each providing you with some peace, tranquility, and inspiration in their own individual ways.

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What to Do Near Trump Tower: Check Out The Plaza Hotel (Midtown West)

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You don’t have to be staying at The Plaza Hotel to enjoy it. The famed Palm Court is located inside of the building, serving afternoon tea, breakfast, and dinner. If you’re looking for something a little less pricey, The Plaza Food Hall, located on the hotel’s concourse level, has a wide selection of fine food options including Luke’s Lobster, Epicerie Boulud, Vin sur Vingt, Pizza Rollio, and Lady M Confections. Not hungry? Get your shop on at The Plaza Bourtique, filled with one-of-a-kind gifts, accessories, and apparel. Fifth Ave. & Central Park South, 212-759-3000, theplazany.com

What to Do Near Trump Tower: Have a Meal at The Sea Fire Grill (Midtown East)

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The Sea Fire Grill sources all its seafood locally, meaning that you’re only getting the freshest selection of oysters, lobsters, shrimp, clams, scallops, prawns, and crab. Menu favorites include the #1 Yellowfin Tuna and organic scottish salmon. And if you’re not feeling particularly fishy, not to worry, because a selection of steaks and chops is also available to diners, including rack of Colorado lamb, filet mignon, bone-in rib eye, and Bell & Evans farm-raised chicken. Also, lest we forget, the grilled jump asparagus, lobster mac 'n' cheese, and maitakke mushrooms are three side dishes that are as delectable as they sound. 158 E. 48th St., 212-935-3785, theseafiregrill.com

What to Do Near Trump Tower: Check Out The Museum of Modern Art (Midtown West)

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We have a feeling that you’ll find yourself feeling refreshed, inspired, and creatively refueled when you spend some time exploring The Museum of Modern Art. Along with housing some of the most iconic works of art from the past few centuries, the MoMA is also regularly rotating contemporary installations, paintings, sculptures, photography and even performance art in and out of its building. Made up of six floors, two theatres, multiple bookstores and design stores, the MoMA is your oyster. Take advantage. 11 W. 53rd St., 212-708-9400, moma.org

What to Do Near Trump Tower: Treat Yourself at Serendipity 3 (Upper East Side)

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Need some more sweetness in your life? Swing by Serendipity 3, home of the famous Frrrozen Hot Chocolate and many more beloved desserts including their Chocolate Blackout Cake, Crème De La Crème Cream Cheese Cake, and Lemon Ice Box Pie. If the cool weather has you craving something a little bit warmer, Serendipity 3’s Shepherd’s Pie and Chicken Pot Pie will do the trick. Have we still not enticed you? Then their Foot Long Hot Dogs covered in chili, chopped onions, cheddar cheese, and bacon should do it. 225 E. 60th St., 212-838-3531, serendipity3.com

What to Do Near Trump Tower: Go to the Central Park Zoo (Central Park)

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There’s just something about animals that can turn any day around. Located in south eastern area of Central Park, Central Park Zoo is a must for any and every animal-lover. The zoo’s petite size makes for an intimate viewing experience that includes a Children’s Petting Zoo, 4-D Theater, and Penguin Feedings. As far as animals go, you’ll be able to spot a Snow Leopard, Grizzly Bear, red pandas, sea lions, lemurs and more. Great for any age group, young to old, Central Park Zoo is open year-round and always filled with excitement. 830 Fifth Ave., 212-439-6500, centralparkzoo.com

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