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Discover our favourite hotels, restaurants, nightlife and things to do in New York City right now.
Updated March 2017
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 eateries and visited the latest hotspots. We've also asked the most discerning locals we know to share their favourite 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. 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. $$$
79 Crosby Street, New York
firmdalehotels.com | +1 212-226-6400
2. Sophisticated Haven ...
NEW YORK EDITION
Overlooking Madison Square Park in New York's Flatiron District, the New York Edition injects a dose of understated glamour to Midtown's hotel scene courtesy of legendary hotelier, Ian Schrager. Disappear into this private sanctuary for the duration of your stay, and make sure to dine at chef Jason Atherton's Clocktower restaurant. $$$
5 Madison Avenue, New York
editionhotels.com | +1 212-413-4200
3. Business Trips...
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. $$$
153 W 57th Street, New York
newyork.park.hyatt.com | +1 646-774-1234
4. Celebrity Hideaway ...
Robert De Niro’s luxurious boutique hotel in the artistic Tribeca neighbourhood offers the sort of welcome you can expect at a lavish, private family home. And what a home it is, furnished with rustic hand-crafted furnishings and a beautiful art collection displayed throughout the hotel - painted by none other than De Niro’s father. $$$
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. $$$
1170 Broadway, New York
thenomadhotel.com | +1 212-796-1500
6. Williamsburg Cool...
WILLIAM VALE HOTEL
Brooklyn’s trendiest residence flaunts cinematic views of Manhattan.
Situated in the hipster haven of Williamsburg, the William Vale Hotel offers trendy New York living in the midst of Vale Park, a lush 15,000 square-foot promenade in Brooklyn. By day, lounge by the longest swimming pool in New York before lingering over the southern Italian cuisine of celebrated chef Andrew Carmellini at Leuca, where wood-fired pizzas and homemade pasta is served in luminous wood-clad interiors. Every one of the William Vale’s futuristic rooms features a large private balcony and breathtaking views. Make sure to savour a cocktail at Westlight, the William Vale’s 20th-floor rooftop lounge. $$
111 N 12th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249
thewilliamvale.com | +1 718-631-8400
7. Lower Manhattan Chic...
A 19th-century landmark has been transformed into one of Lower Manhattan's most luxurious hotels.
With a growing reputation as one of New York’s most stylish hotels, The Beekman showcases an astounding nine-storey atrium, where Victorian balustrades in wrought-iron soar upwards to a huge pyramidal skylight. The Beekman’s sumptuous rooms feature designer Martin Brudnizki’s trademark sense of playful modernism with deep purple rugs, amenities by Brooklyn’s D.S. & Durga and modern art works, while the wood-panelled living spaces are adorned with fringed lamps, plush velvets and library-style bookcases. The hotel is also home to two of New York’s hottest new restaurants: legendary New York restaurateur Keith McNally’s classic brasserie, Augustine; and top American chef Tom Colicchio’s Fowler and Wells. Make sure to visit the Bar Room for craft cocktails beneath the stunning central atrium. $$$
123 Nassau Street, New York
thebeekman.com | +1 212 233-2300
8. Affordable Stay in Times Square ...
This funky hotel offers cosy yet comfortable accommodation only a stone's throw away from Times Square. The hotel's vibrant communal living spaces are filled with a mix of creatives, business travellers and tourists looking to stay on the doorstep of New York's most iconic sights. $$
218 W 50th Street, New York
citizenm.com | +1 212-461-3638
Average Price of a Double Room: $ = Around $200 or less; $$ = Around $300; $$$ = > $400
| NEW YORK |
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 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. $$$
11 Madison Avenue, New York
elevenmadisonpark.com | +1 212-889-0905
2. Chic & Seductive...
Classic French cuisine in a sophisticated setting in Little Italy.
After earning critical acclaim for his two Paris-based restaurants (Spring & La Bourse et La Vie), talented American chef Daniel Rose joins forces with top American restaurateur Stephen Starr to bring fine French dining to New York’s Little Italy district. Timelessly chic in rough stone and wood, Le Coucou’s lofty spaces are romantically lit by elaborate chandeliers, an intimate setting for Rose’s superb menu of classic French dishes. In the open kitchen, Rose can be seen styling beautiful plates of duck with cherries and foie gras, Dover sole with chanterelles, or the French bistro classic, pig’s ears. $$$
138 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10013
lecoucou.com | +1 (212) 271-4252
3. Modern Mexican 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. $$
35 E 21st Street, New York
cosmenyc.com | +1 212-913-9659
4. Foodie Hotspots...
Two Lower East Side (LES) foodie hotspots by two of New York’s most talented young chefs.
When chefs Jeremiah Stone and Fabian von Hauske opened Contra, their unassuming Orchard Street restaurant, New York’s foodies were soon rushing to savour the chef’s intricate six-course tasting menu. Though simply-named, inventive creations such as “crab, black trumpet, sabayon”, and “monkfish, potato, saffron” filled Contra’s bare-brick interiors with excited restaurant critics and passionate devotees. Only a few doors down, Wild Air offers a more casual setting to enjoy the culinary flair of this talented duo. A relaxed wine bar with a European spin, Wild Air invites you to pull up a stool and catch up with friends over a glass of natural Gamay wine or a Mezcal Negroni, accompanied by a tasting plate-style menu of dishes such as sweet potato with ricotta and tahini, or beef tartare with smoked cheddar and chestnut. $$
5. Hot Brooklyn Dining…
Pasta queen Missy Robbins wows Williamsburg with her Italian culinary skills.
With a reputation as one of Obama’s favourite chefs, Missy Robbins brings her renowned Italian cuisine to a former auto garage in Brooklyn, where her soul-satisfying pasta dishes are once again making waves on New York’s dining scene. While the wood-burning grill turns out flavoursome grilled swordfish marinated with sweet and hot peppers and succulent veal flank steak with basil, Robbins’ signature pasta dishes steal the show with cloud-like ricotta gnocchi, squash-filled ravioli, and fettucine with spicy lamb sausage. Before dining, perch at the chic bar with a sparkling glass of Prosecco and savour some sweet Sicilian olives or housemade mozzarella. $$
567 Union Avenue, Brooklyn, New York
lilianewyork.com | +1 718 576 3095
6. New Nordic Cuisine…
New York’s Grand Central Station is the illustrious setting for Claus Meyer’s show-stopping restaurant, Agern. Having co-founded the world famous Noma Restaurant, Meyer now brings New Nordic cuisine to New York, along with a crack team including Icelandic star chef, Gunnar Gíslason. The bustle of Central Station melts away in this chic Scandinavian dining room, where clean lines, pale woods and charcoal greys are instantly soothing. Blending New Nordic culinary techniques with meticulously sourced local produce, Agern invites you on a multi-course adventure with two exciting tasting menus – Field + Forest, or Land + Sea. Otherwise, enjoy imaginative à la carte options such as monkfish with pearl onion and pickled kelp, and beef heart with green garlic, asparagus and green strawberry. $$$
Grand Central Terminal, 89 E 42nd Street, New York, NY 10017
agernrestaurant.com | +1 646-568-4018
7. Hip Foodie Gems…
CAFE ALTRO PARADISO
Discover Uruguayan-born chef Ignacio Mattos' two foodie favourite eateries.
Chef Ignacio Mattos is the talented young chef behind the smash-hit Estela restaurant in New York's NoLita district, along with the recently-opened Cafe Altro Paradiso in the Soho district. Estela delivers Mediterranean-inspired flavours with a bold, New York-style twist; while Cafe Altro Paradiso serves a sol-satisfying Italian menu with a killer wine list. $$
8. Local Institution …
With multiple award-winning restaurants in New York, chef David Chang has pioneered a new wave of sophisticated yet casual Asian fusion cuisine at his Momofuku restaurants. Expect a delicious menu of ramen noodle soups, slider-size sandwiches, and fusion-style dumplings in a relaxed, simple cafeteria counter-top style setting. €€
171 1st Avenue, New York
noodlebar-ny.momofuku.com | +1 212-777-7773
9. Other Casual Dining Favourites...
Wood-fired pizza in Nolita...
187 Mulberry St, New York
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RUSS & DAUGHTERS
Best historic NY deli for lox & bagels...
179 E Houston St, New York
russanddaughters.com | +1 212 475-4880
10. Best Food Markets...
12. Out-of-Town …
BLUE HILL AT STONE BARNS
One of America’s finest gastronomic experiences awaits 30 miles north of New York.
Surrounded by the natural beauty of Pocantico Hills, Blue Hill at Stone Barns is the haven of award-winning chef, Dan Barber, who harnesses the freshest flavours of the season at this 80-acre working farm. An elegant dining room – once the milking barn of the Rockefeller estate – is the stage for Barber’s ground-breaking ‘Grazing, Pecking and Rooting’ menu, where the farm’s freshly grown produce steals the show during the restaurant's +30-course extravaganza. With an inspired theatrical twist on the traditional dining experience, a selection of courses are savoured in various locations around the farm – from the bustling kitchens, to the tranquil terrace and the composting shed. Ranked amongst the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, Blue Hill at Stone Barn's unpretentious attitude often sees Barber arrive to personally present the next course. $$$
630 Bedford Road, Tarrytown, Pocantico Hills, New York
bluehillfarm.com | +1 914 366 9600
Average Price of a Main Meal: $ = Less than $10; $$ = Around $20; $$$ = More than $30
| NEW YORK |
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. 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
2. Glamorous Lounge Bar...
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. Party late at Le Bain, the resident disco-nightclub also located in The Standard Hotel. $$$
48 Washington Street, New York
standardhotels.com | +1 212-645-4646
3. Mythical Cocktail Bars: Downtown ...
DEATH & COMPANY
Death & Company exudes an urban sensuality with a dark-and-moody, contemporary yet sophisticated atmosphere. It’s dark. It’s seductive. Its expertly crafted cocktails take mixology to the next level. Slowly work your way through their menu of creations such as the smoky, fragrant Oaxaca Old Fashioned.
433 E 6th St, New York
deathandcompany.com | +1 212 388-0882
Walk inside a deep-fried hot dog shop, step within a wooden phone booth, pick up the phone and then hope and pray that a secret door within the phone booth will open to reveal an intimate, private cocktail bar inside. PDT (Please Don’t Tell) requires one to go beyond the call of duty in the name of sipping a seriously good cocktail.
113 St. Marks Place, New York
pdtnyc.com | +1 212-614-0386
4. Wine Bar ...
LA COMPAGNIE DES VINS SURNATURELS
Run by Paris's dream team hospitality group, Experimental Group, this stylish SoHo wine bar transports its signature "Parisian chic" sensibility to New York. Enjoy an excellent French wine list and gourmand sharing plates at this cosy nightlife den. $$
249 Centre Street, New York
compagnienyc.com | +1 212-343-3660
5. Award-Winning Cocktails ...
Discover this latin-inspired, award-winning cocktail bar in Brooklyn.
A mixology dream team lies behind Leyenda, where Clover Club’s Julie Reiner joins Ivy Mix – 2016’s Best American Bartender – to create a relaxed tropical hideaway in Brooklyn. Behind the rustic wood-topped bar, Mix lives up to her name as she crafts a tightly-curated menu of exquisite cocktail concoctions. Try the Moontower – a heady mix of Trinidadian pineapple & Jamaican rums, verjus and lime oils – while sitting on the leafy patio, or inside beneath the pressed-tin ceilings and colourful mismatched cupboards. Cocktails are perfectly paired with bar snacks by chef Sue Torres, whose spinach and manchego empanadas and house-made tortilla chips with guacamole are irresistible. $$
221 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
leyendabk.com | +1 347-987-3260
8. Manhattan Views...
Discover the hottest new rooftop lounge in Brooklyn.
With a soaring position on the 22nd floor of Brooklyn's recently-opened William Vale Hotel, Westlight lounge bar boasts spectacular panoramic views from its rooftop, where canary yellow telescopes showcase the dazzling Manhattan skyline across the East River. Sip a cocktail by celebrated mixologist Anne Robinson and sample the internationally-inspired menu crafted by top chef Andrew Carmellini – think small plates of butter poached lobster rolls, duck tacos, spiced lamb spring rolls and house-cured salmon sashimi. $$$
111 N 12th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249
thewilliamvale.com | +1 718-631-8400
7. 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
8. Best Cocktail Bars: Brooklyn ...
298 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211
maisonpremiere.com | +1 (347) 335-0446
82 Berry Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211
hoteldelmano.com | +1 (718) 387-1945
9. Rooftop Views ...
Discover dazzling views from the largest open-air rooftop lounge in New York.
If you ever dreamed of sipping cocktails on a New York rooftop while soaking in breathtaking views of the New York skyline, look no further than 230 5th lounge bar. Beyond the bar’s lush palm trees and stylish guests, iconic urban vistas showcase uninterrupted views of the Empire State and Chrysler buildings. Arrive at sunset and watch the city lights sparkle to life with an Old Fashioned cocktail while perched on plush low-slung couch, then groove to DJ sets in the Penthouse Lounge where a funky Studio 54 vibe holds sway. $$
230 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10001
230-fifth.com | +1 212-725-4300
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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