New York

New York City is on most peoples travel bucket lists, and for good reason! The Empire State Building, Central Park, 5th Avenue… Whether its sightseeing, shopping or simply devouring tons of American food, I challenge you to visit NYC and not love it!

  • Currency: US Dollar
  • Local time: GMT -5
  • Language: English

Stay: The Manhattan at Times Square

Booking a hotel in New York can seem like a scary task – there are so many to choose from!

Centrally located and very reasonable for the location, you can’t go wrong with booking a room at The Manhattan at Times Square. Located on 7th Avenue, just a couple of blocks from Times Square, this hotel guarantees you a stay in the heart of the action, and with several Metro stops on the doorstep, literally everywhere is accessible from here!

It’s worth noting that the hotel offers a great grab ‘n go breakfast option, meaning you can save all of your time for exploring the city and simply grab something to eat on your way out the door.

Do: High line, Central Park, Brooklyn, Shopping

New York; the city that never sleeps… With so much to see and do, it’s not surprising the city is famed for its 24hr culture!

You could easily dedicate a whole day of your trip to Central Park – an 843 acre urban park in the centre of Manhattan – but the best way to see it if you’re short on time is to hire bicycles and cycle on some of the parks many bike paths. Head towards the centre then chain up the bikes for a while and take a stroll; you’ll be surprised how much of it you recognise from famous films!

High Line is built on a former railway track, and is Manhattans only elevated park. Take some time to visit and stroll along the many paths for not only amazing views, but some time out from the usual hustle and bustle of the busy New York streets below.

Take a few hours out of busy Manhattan life and cross the river (by subway or on foot over Brooklyn Bridge) into Brooklyn. Explore local neighbourhoods, stop for a coffee in a local diner and stroll through the trendy cobbled streets of Dumbo. Brooklyn has a totally different feel to the rushed life in Manhattan, and it’s a great way to relax for a few hours and enjoy some down time. If you’re staying for sunset, head to Pier 1 playground for amazing views over to Manhattan with Brooklyn Bridge right in front of you.

Fifth Avenue is world famous as the shopping destination in NYC. Stroll along from downtown and watch as the shops increase in price and prestige as you head towards Central Park uptown. Once you’ve walked the length of the avenue, hop over to Lexington Avenue and get lost in Bloomingdales. If you’re looking to make a big purchase here, it’s worth noting that the Visitor Centre will give a tourist discount voucher to anyone who presents their passport/ID.

Eat: Serafina, Clarks, Abitinos

Whatever food you fancy, I can almost guarantee you will find it in New York City!

Firstly, every single person will have an opinion of who sells the best pizza in the city, but my personal recommendation is Abitinos. Either grab a slice on the go or dine in for a causal and cheap meal!

For an upmarket Italian meal, head to Serafina in Midtown. There’s an extensive pizza and pasta menu, all served in a cozy restaurant with pleasant background chatter giving a warm and inviting feel.

If you feel like dining with the locals, head to Brooklyn for some authentic diners. You can’t go wrong with breakfast at Clarks – a neighbourhood diner on Clark street serving typical American style breakfasts. The pancakes with bacon and lashings of maple syrup are a personal favourite!

Lastly, I can’t not mention the New York cheesecake! This is served far and wide, so wherever you eat on your trip, make sure you factor in time (and room!) for a slice of cheesecake.

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