The City That Does't Sleep. So Good They Named It Twice. The Concrete Jungle Where Dreams Are Made Of (TM Shawn Carter). And the list goes on. It's no wonder why there are so many quotes and songs about NYC. It's so damn inspiring.
Start you city playlist with: Walk On The Wild Side by Lou Reed
Lux, boutique, hip hotel built in a former Brooklyn factory. Looks back to Manhattan - what a view. Corner rooms are the best as they boast a full wall of windows with a view of Brooklyn street art.
80 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249
The High Line Hotel
Perfect location and detailed eccentric design in a converted 1865 red-brick dormitory.
180 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011
The rooms are a little squishy and don't allow for the mammoth shopping trip you're about to take! But, this hotel is simply gorgeous. Situated just off the very romantic Central Park and stocked with Bumble + Bumble, what's not to love?
15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019
Small rooms but very budget friendly and still boutique-y
218 W 50th St New York, NY 10019
Open for brunch, lunch and dinner. But being so dark and moody it’s best for evenings. Head there for a dinner of amazing meats and foodie sides. Part of the Ace Hotel.
16 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001
On Bedford Ave and all about the soul food. Chicken and waffles feature on the menu for those who want a bit of traditional American! Finish it off with some Pecan Pie.
164 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Marlow and Sons
The place for breakfast! In the summer sit out on the bustling Brooklyn streets and in the evening or on a cold day just pop inside!
81 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Russ & Daughters Cafe
Where old school meets new school. A menu with an Eastern-European flair with the star being the after dinner sweets, or the main meal caviar, or the herring, or the matzo balls - oh hell, it's all great. Walk-ins are welcomed but try to book.
127 Orchard St, NY 10002
If you want a casual lunch - and can’t decide what you want then get yourself here. All kinds of amazing foods under one roof. And then walk it off with a stroll around the nearby meatpacking district which is a shopping dream.
75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011
Find yourself down near the river at The Jane for brunch. You can’t make reservations but you can always prop up the bar with a strong coffee while you wait.
113 Jane St, New York, NY 10014
Looking like a set for a Goodfellas film, this Italian has a killer bolognese on the menu. Old school waiters and a celebrity hangout, it's quite the find.
55 E Houston St, New York, NY 10012
Please Don’t Tell
Shhhhhh. A secret speakeasy. But here is the key. Go to Crif Dogs in the East Village www.crifdogs.com. And then go to the phone box on the left and dial the number on the phone box. Someone will answer and give you directions. You may have to wait and come back. But then… you will get to go into the secret bar with amazing cocktails and a bartender that looks like Ed Westwick.
113 St Marks Place, NY, 10009
You say Margarita, I say go to the Corner Deli. At first glance it looks like a taco takeaway joint, but descend downstairs to find a little piece of tequila heaven. The mexican street food helps keep the tequila hangover at bay.
114 Kenmare. NY, 10012
The Ides, Wythe Hotel
In Williamsburg and amazing loft warehouse style rooms with an APC pop-up downstairs and a fantastic restaurant. On the roof there is an amazing bar that is perfect for sunset drinks that you look across the river at the whole of Manhattan. Spectacular.
80 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Fabulous rooftop with delicious cocktails and an amazing view. You have to walk through a rather sulphuric smelling spa once out of the lift but then the rooftop is certainly worth it.
848 Washington St, NY, 10014
Walk the High Line
Walk from Chelsea to the Meat Packing district across the top of the city - peering through locals windows and seeing the city from a unique angle. Do not miss this!
Hire yourself a CitiBike for a couple of dollars and ride around the stunning park. If it’s winter then go ice-skating and if it’s summer get yourself in a dinky boat and paddle around. Sheep meadow is gorgeous and a good spot for a picnic.
For the absolute hottest in new music - get yourself to Terminal 5. Before your trip check out who is playing and nab yourself a ticket.
On Friday evenings the MoMa has discounted tickets.
Staten Island Ferry
Skip the queue and the fares for seeing the Statue of Liberty. It’s 30 mins each way and it’s free! It goes past the Statue of Liberty both ways.
Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. Perfect photo spot at Dock Street just before you step on the bridge.
Here's a city map we've marked with great streets packed with bars, restaurants and interesting places to see - a quick guide to finding a good starting point!