Here’s our guide to making the most of your time in the Big Apple. From where to stay, eat and what to do, we’ve got you covered for your next New York City trip.
A stay at the 5-star Knickerbocker gives you luxury right in the heart of Times Square. A great hub to explore the city from, The Knickerbocker is just a few blocks away from must-visit spots like Broadway for a big show, or Fifth Avenue for some retail therapy on what’s considered one of the most elegant and expensive streets in the world. No stay at The Knickerbocker is complete without a visit to the rooftop bar, St. Cloud. It doesn’t get more luxurious than sipping on champagne in a plush Sky Pod high above the city.
Find out more at theknickerbocker.com.
Built in the former National Biscuit Company factory where the Oreo cookie was produced, this indoor food hall in the Meatpacking District is Mackie Mayor on steroids. Arrive hungry and make your way through this foodie’s paradise that boasts vendors selling everything from coffee and cheeses to wine and nuts. More than great food, look out for brands from local designers and New York scene favourites like Moscot eyewear. When you arrive, head to Ninth Street Espresso for a coffee and Fat Witch Bakery for a sweet treat – and then get browsing!
Find out more at chelseamarket.com.
Bring some luxury to your cinema experience at iPic. Get cosy in their plush theatres with your own blanket and pillow before losing yourself in the latest blockbuster. For the ultimate chill-out session, lay BACK in VIP reclining seats and get food served straight to your chair before and during the film. Ahead of your movie date, grab a Salty Pimp ice cream (salty dark chocolate chunks and salty swirls of dulce de leche in vanilla ice cream) from Big Gay Ice Cream.
Find out more at ipictheaters.com.
The High Line
A historic freight railway line elevated above the city streets was transformed into this raised public park in 2009. Some locals were concerned at first about the amount of noise The High Line might bring, but now it’s a huge part of the community that celebrates nature, art and design. Enter The High Line in Chelsea at street level and wander the 1.45 mile walk, that’s surrounded by greenery in the summer months, and enjoy city views at a slower pace over the bustling streets.
Find out more at thehighline.org.
Take an afternoon to explore this iconic NY borough. A walk over Brooklyn Bridge brings you into the DUMBO (short for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) neighborhood. Delve deeper beyond the river and you’ll find great restaurants like: Sunday in Brooklyn for lazy brunch; Misi for simple but delicious Italian in South Williamsburg; Llama Inn for Peruvian dishes and Latin cocktails, and the ultra-chic FREEHOLD for day-time parties leading into Brooklyn’s buzzing nightlife scene.
New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art is a must-visit on your Big Apple bucket list. The iconic building hosts the annual Met Gala for the world’s most fabulous, and features in famous flicks like Cruel Intentions, The Thomas Crown Affair and When Harry Met Sally. Have your very own Madonna moment on the steps outside before heading in to explore exhibitions like ‘Armenia!’, which celebrates the country’s art and culture over fourteen centuries, and ‘The Art of Native America’, which features sculpture, pottery and drawings from Native American artists.
Find out more at metmuseum.org.
BEST FOR BRUNCH
Cafeteria serves American comfort food in the heart of Chelsea. Open 24-hours a day, this foodie hotspot has become an NY institution for late-night grub and weekend brunches. It’s a sleek, laid-BACK place to enjoy a flat white and ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ (ham steak pesto and goat cheese scrambled eggs with buttermilk biscuit) – order it, you won’t be disappointed.
Find out more at cafeteriagroup.com.
Inspired by childhood memories and recipes from the founders’ mother’s, Maman brings together French and North American cuisine to delight your inner child. Loved by locals and visitors alike, Maman has locations across New York. Their main menu changes every day but a must-try for brunch is the ‘Truffle Croque Maman’ with parisian ham, comté cheese, and homemade truffle béchamel sauce on brioche, topped with a fried egg. If you’re tight for time, grab a coffee and one of Maman’s chocolate chip cookies that are said to be some of the best in NY.
Find out more at mamannyc.com.
The Butcher’s Daughter
At this ‘vegetable slaughterhouse’, it’s all about – yep, you guessed it – veggies. Completely vegetarian and mostly vegan, this restaurant and juice bar in the West Village boasts Instagram-able interiors in a modern twist on an old-fashioned butcher shop. When you visit, order the ‘Pesto Quesadillas’ (flour tortillas filled with mozzarella cheese, baby spinach, avocado and walnut pesto, served with salsa) or the classic ‘Avocado Toast’ that’s said to be the best in the city.
Find out more at thebutchersdaughter.com.
Combining American baked goodies with vintage-inspired decor, it doesn’t get much sweeter than Magnolia Bakery. From blueberry muffins to cinnamon scones, Magnolia is sure to have something to satisfy your sweet tooth. Treat yourself to a red velvet cupcake – you won’t be disappointed!
Find out more at magnoliabakery.com.
BEST FOR COFFEE
Kobrick Coffee Co.
If Guinness did coffee shops, it’d probably look something like Kobrick Coffee Co.’s café. Serving everything from flat whites to espresso martinis, this is a coffee lovers heaven. Brunch and light bites are on offer during the day, but as darkness falls the café whips up coffee cocktails until 4am, offering the perfect way to get your caffeine-fix and keep the NY party going.
Find out more at kobricks.com/café.
BEST FOR SPLURGE EVENING MEAL
Lavish and luxury, treat yourself to Buddakan’s Pan-Asian dishes surrounded by ornate chandeliers and surreal art. Sip on cocktails and share a selection of dim sums between friends, or go big with the ‘Mongolian Lamb Chops’. Found beneath Chelsea Market, this is just one NY spot to live your Sex and the City dreams as Carrie and Mr Big’s rehearsal dinner was filmed here.
Find out more about buddakannyc.com.
The UK caught the Balthazar bug in 2012 when its Covent Garden restaurant opened, but a visit to the original is a real treat. Set in SoHo, the busy brasserie is famed for its Parisian style and incredible fish. You might just think you’ve been whisked away to Paris as you tuck into seafood and shellfish surrounded by French speakers.
Find out more at balthazarny.com.
Aer Lingus, Ireland’s only 4 Star airline, currently operates up to two flights per day to New York, seamlessly connecting UK travellers via Dublin from Manchester where they can preclear US Immigration before they step on board their flight, which saves from lengthy queues upon arrival into the US. Fares start from £199 in Economy Class and £829 in Business Class each-way including taxes and charges.
For further information please visit aerlingus.com.