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Discover our favourite hotels, restaurants, nightlife and things to do in New York City right now.
This insider's city guide has been a long time in the making. We've eaten in countless New York restaurants, dined in the best local trattorias, and visited the latest local hotspots. We've also asked the most discerning locals we know to share their favourite local hangouts – whether brand new or classic institutions. We bring you our hand-picked selection of our favourite places in New York's Manhattan right now.
| NEW YORK |
Whether you're looking for the ultimate design hotel, a cosy boutique hotel, or an ultra-cool apartment, here is our pick of the best places to stay in New York.
1. Wow Factor!
PARK HYATT NEW YORK
With an impeccably sophisticated design and all of the modern comforts you could possibly wish for, the 5-star Park Hyatt New York also delivers flawless service. Its West 57th Street location places it on the cusp of Central Park, and its indoor swimming pool is a welcome bonus. $$$
153 W 57th Street, New York
newyork.park.hyatt.com | +1 646-774-1234
2. SoHo Chic ...
CROSBY STREET HOTEL
A former concrete car park in the vibrant SoHo district has been transformed into one of New York’s most stylish hotels. Acclaimed British hoteliers Tim and Kit Kemp have created a design hotel where understated glamour, opulence and comfort reigns supreme, oozing their signature modern take on contemporary English style. $$$
79 Crosby Street, New York
firmdalehotels.com | +1 212-226-6400
3. Sophisticated Haven ...
NEW YORK EDITION
Overlooking Madison Square Park in New York's Flatiron District, the New York Edition injects a dose of understated glamour to Midtown's hotel scene courtesy of legendary hotelier, Ian Schrager. Disappear into this private sanctuary for the duration of your stay, and make sure to dine at chef Jason Atherton's Clocktower restaurant. $$$
5 Madison Avenue, New York
editionhotels.com | +1 212-413-4200
4. Celebrity Hideaway ...
Robert De Niro’s luxurious boutique hotel in the artistic Tribeca neighbourhood offers the sort of welcome you can expect at a lavish, private family home. And what a home it is, furnished with rustic hand-crafted furnishings and a beautiful art collection displayed throughout the hotel - painted by none other than De Niro’s father. $$$
377 Greenwich Street, New York
thegreenwichhotel.com | +1 212-941-8900
5. Seductive Haven ...
One of New York City’s most glamorous boutique hotels in the up-and-coming NoMad (North of Madison Square Park) district, this hotel boasts alluring interiors by celebrated French designer, Jacques Garcia, a glamorous restaurant and an impressive two-level lounge bar with beautifully lit, dark wood floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. $$$
1170 Broadway, New York
thenomadhotel.com | +1 212-796-1500
6. Boutique Cosy ...
This charming literary-themed hotel in New York’s edgy Lower East Side “evokes the Gilded Age of red waistcoats, handset bricks and wood panelled elevators”. The Bowery Hotel nonetheless maintains a fresh, cool and modern edge, located in the rapidly gentrifying Lower East Side/ NoHo district. $$
335 Bowery, New York
theboweryhotel.com | +1 212-505-9100
7. Budget-Chic ...
This funky hotel offers cosy yet comfortable accommodation only a stone's throw away from Times Square. The hotel's vibrant communal living spaces are filled with a mix of creatives, business travellers and tourists looking to stay on the doorstep of New York's most iconic sights. $$
218 W 50th Street, New York
citizenm.com | +1 212-461-3638
8. Apartment Rental ...
ONE FINE STAY
Whether you're looking to stay in a cool SoHo loft, an artist's studio in Brooklyn or a glamorous apartment in the Upper East Side, One Fine Stay offers a portfolio of gorgeous private apartments where you can enjoy a home-away-from-home experience in New York. $$
Average Price of a Double Room: € = Around €100 or less; €€ = Around €200; €€€ = > €300
| MANHATTAN |
Whether you're looking for a fabulous foodie dining spot, the city's best trattoria, or a see-and-be-seen dining spot, here is our pick of the best places to eat in New York's Manhattan right now.
1. Wow Factor! ...
ELEVEN MADISON PARK
Eleven Madison Park co-owners Daniel Humm and Will Guidara are the talented duo behind this award-winning New York restaurant, which is currently ranked 3rd on the celebrated World 50 Best Restaurant award list. Prepare to be taken on a surprising and playful culinary journey, where the team deliver a simply unforgettable gastronomy dining experience. $$$
11 Madison Avenue, New York
elevenmadisonpark.com | +1 212-889-0905
2. Hip Foodie Haven …
Chef Ignacio Mattos is the talented young chef behind this smash-hit restaurant in New York's NoLita district. Perennially filled with a hip crowd of foodies and fashionistas, Estela delivers Mediterranean-inspired flavours with a bold, New York-style twist. Book ahead. $$
47 E Houston Street, New York
estelanyc.com | +1 212-219-7693
3. Creative Cuisine ...
With sophisticated, low-lit interiors and a soul-satisfying menu of creative Mexican cuisine, chef Enrique Olvera's smash-hit Cosme restaurant is one of our favourite places to dine in the city. Savour inventive flavours such as duck enchiladas with red mole and sliced raw fish with finger lime and avocado. $$
35 E 21st Street, New York
cosmenyc.com | +1 212-913-9659
4. Chic & Seductive ...
Boasting alluring interiors by celebrated French designer Jacques Garcia, The NoMad restaurant is headed by chef Daniel Humm of Michelin three-starred Eleven Madison Park acclaim. Make sure to enjoy a pre- or post-dinner cocktail at the sultry The Library lounge bar. €€
1170 Broadway & 28th Street, New York
thenomadhotel.com | +1 212-796-1500
5. All-Day Dining …
Stepping inside Balthazar will transport you across the Atlantic into a charming, lively authentic Parisian brasserie on Boulevard Saint Germain, packed with scurrying suited waiters, diners savouring mussels and foie gras, and delectable aromas wafting from the kitchen. €€
80 Spring Street, New York
balthazarny.com | +1 212-965-1414
6. Local Institution …
With multiple award-winning restaurants in New York, chef David Chang has pioneered a new wave of sophisticated yet casual Asian fusion cuisine at his Momofuku restaurants. Expect a delicious menu of ramen noodle soups, slider-size sandwiches, and fusion-style dumplings in a relaxed, simple cafeteria counter-top style setting. €€
171 1st Avenue, New York
noodlebar-ny.momofuku.com | +1 212-777-7773
7. Casual & Cosy ...
THE FAT RADISH
Enjoy modern British fare in a warm, rustic and cosy setting at The Fat Radish, a fantastic casual eatery which features farm fresh produce throughout its hearty menu. Savour flavoursome dishes such as heritage pork chops or mushroom-stuffed Dutch Morgan chicken accompanied by a great list of wines and craft beers.
17 Orchard Street, New York
thefatradishnyc.com | +1 212-300-4053
8. Foodie Wine Bar ...
Serving soul-satisfying cuisine which showcases top quality seasonal produce and natural wines, Wildair is an animated casual wine bar and eatery headed by talented young chefs Jeremiah Stone and Fabian von Hauske (also behind Contra next door). Settle in and slowly work your way through the menu. €€
142 Orchard Street, New York
wildair.nyc | +1 646-964-5624
9. Best Food Markets...
10. Best Burger ...
THE SPOTTED PIG
One of New York's most famous burger havens in the West Village, The Spotted Pig is a charming gastropub headed by British chef April Bloomfield. It's renowned for its to-die-for chargrilled Roquefort cheese burger served with a mountain of shoe string fries, guaranteed to impress even the most serious burger connoisseur.
314 W 11th Street, New York
thespottedpig.com | +1 212-620-0393
Average Price of a Main Meal: € = Less than €10; €€ = Around €20; €€€ = More than €30
| MANHATTAN |
Whether you're looking for the perfect cocktail, the city's best wine bar, or a late-night club, here is our pick of the best places to drink and party in New York right now.
1. Wow Factor!
THE TOP OF THE STANDARD
One of New York’s most glamorous lounge bars, The Top of the Standard is touted as the post-millennium Studio 54. Expect sweeping views of Manhattan, gold interiors and potent cocktails at this fashionable late-night den nestled on the top floor of The Standard Hotel.
48 Washington Street, New York
standardhotels.com | +1 212-645-4646
2. Low-lit Seduction ...
The NoMad Hotel spoils its guests with a seductive mix of glamorous lounge bar spaces. Make sure to visit The Library, an impressive two-level setting with beautifully lit, dark wooden floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, along with the intimate Fireplace, The Elephant Bar and The Nomad Bar.
1170 Broadway, New York
thenomadhotel.com | +1 212-796-1500
3. Mythical Speakeasy ...
Walk inside a deep-fried hot dog shop, step within a wooden phone booth, pick up the phone and then hope and pray that a secret door within the phone booth will open to reveal an intimate, private cocktail bar inside. PDT (Please Don’t Tell) requires one to go beyond the call of duty in the name of sipping a seriously good cocktail.
113 St. Marks Place, New York
pdtnyc.com | +1 212-614-0386
4. Wine Bar ...
LA COMPAGNIE DES VINS SURNATURELS
Run by Paris's dream team hospitality group, Experimental Group, this stylish SoHo wine bar transports its signature "Parisian chic" sensibility to New York. Enjoy an excellent French wine list and gourmand sharing plates at this cosy nightlife den. $$
249 Centre Street, New York
compagnienyc.com | +1 212-343-3660
5. Financial District Den ...
THE DEAD RABBIT
This award-winning Irish pub and cocktail bar oozes with the conviviality of Old New York and Irish-American traditions. Start the evening with an excellent craft beer in the downstairs Taproom, before sauntering upstairs to the cosy Parlor for expertly-mixed cocktails crafted by some of the world's leading mixologists.
30 Water Street, New York
deadrabbitnyc.com | +1 646-422-7906
6. Classic Institution ...
This timeless bar nestles within the legendary The Carlyle Hotel in New York's Upper East Side, attracting celebrities, media moguls, socialites and politicians with its cosily-lit, Art Deco-inspired interiors and its charming murals designed by namesake artist, Ludwig Bemelmans.
35 E 76th Street, New York
rosewoodhotels.com | +1 212-744-1600
Average Price of a Drink: € = Less than €10; €€ = Around €20; €€€ = More than €30
SEE + DO
| MANHATTAN |
Don't miss these incredible New York museums, cultural landmarks and local experiences.
Iconic Landmarks ...
The tallest and most famous building in New York, the iconic Empire State Building soars over 102 floors above Fifth Avenue, offering breathtaking views of the city. Another place to enjoy spectacular views of New York is at the Rockerfeller Center, a dazzling complex of 19 Art Déco and modern buildings built between 1930 and 1939. Composed of many shops and entertainment venues, the complex spans 22 hectares between Fifth and Sixth Avenues in downtown Manhattan, and also hosts an enormous ice skating rink during the winter months. The iconic Statue of Liberty rises 150 feet above Liberty Island in New York Harbour and can be viewed when taking a trip on the Staten Island Ferry, or as part of a breathtaking scenic helicopter tour with Liberty Helicopters. Formerly the headquarters of the New York Times, to which it owes its name, the mythical Times Square is the heart of New York’s theatre district and is one of the most famous and busiest squares in the world. Commonly known as the ‘Theatre District’, Broadway centers around Midtown’s Times Square and is filled day and night with camera-bearing tourists, soaring skyscrapers, vibrant neon lights, and breathtaking video projections promoting the latest Broadway shows. Also, make sure to walk across New York's famous Brooklyn Bridge to enjoy some of the best waterfront views of Manhattan and to experience a taste of New York's vibrant Brooklyn district.
Museums & Art Galleries ...
Featuring one of the largest art collections in the United States, the Metropolitan Museum of Art (known as "The Met") opened to the public in February 20, 1872, and is one of the world’s greatest art museums. Located on the fringe of Manhattan's Central Park, the museum hosts a permanent collection of over 2 million objects which cover a period of over 5,000 years. In the bustling metropolis of Manhattan, the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) is one of the world’s most influential institutions, boasting a spectacular collection of modern and contemporary works, from painting, sculpture and photography to design, architecture and film. Dedicated to contemporary international art, the New Museum of Contemporary Art resembles a stack of mis-matched boxes, rising from the heart of the Lower East Side. One of the greatest architectural achievements in New York City, the iconic spiral structure of the Guggenheim is instantly recognisable. Founded in 1937 and located on Fifth Avenue in the Upper East Side, the Guggenheim displays a world-class collection of impressionist, modern and contemporary art. The district of Chelsea has also become a powerhouse of creativity, with a wide selection of contemporary galleries and industrial exhibition spaces. The Chelsea Art District contains the largest concentration of art galleries in the city and is situated between 10th and 11th Avenues, and W20th and W30th streets.
Best Green Spaces
Central Park is a 843-acre luscious green parkland in the heart of New York’s Uptown district, where you can enjoy a relaxing stroll, a gourmet picnic on a sunny day, or a romantic carriage ride on a horse and buggy cart as the sun sets. Offering a peaceful, verdant escape in the heart of the city, Central Park also plays host to The Metropolitan Opera's performances under the stars on the Great Lawn during the summer months, and an outdoor ice skating rink during the winter months. The scenic High Line is another picturesque public park in New York which was built along a historic freight rail line. Located on Manhattan's West Side, the High Line walkway and public park spans from Gansevoort Street in the trendy Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th & 11th Avenues.
Unique Sightseeing Tours ...
A scenic helicopter tour over Manhattan is by far the most spectacular way to see the full aerial perspective of New York's dramatic cityscape, including the Hudson River, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Staten Island, the Empire State Building and Central Park. Enjoy a scenic flight either during the day or during a romantic sunset trip. Another popular sightseeing experience is to take a trip on the Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour, offering a fantastic way to explore Manhattan’s main 5 districts (boroughs).
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