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Flights to New York (JFK)

The Big Apple – where countless iconic landmarks, cultural cornerstones and foodie havens create one eclectic, heady mix.
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What to do in New York

Walk the Williamsburg Bridge

The Brooklyn Bridge might be more iconic, but the Williamsburg Bridge has brilliant views without the crowds, combining lower Manhattan with the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges. You could even take the subway to the Williamsburg side of the bridge, then zigzag back and forth between Brooklyn and Manhattan on all three bridges (about 10km).

Delancy Street and Essex Street
NY 11249
nyc.gov/williamsburg-bridge

Visit the Film Forum

Head here if you need to take a break from touring the city. Film Forum screens movies you can't catch anywhere else – from monochrome classics to indie hits that will impress your friends.

209 West Houston Street
NY 10014
+1 212 727 8110
filmforum.org

Soak up the atmosphere at Times Square

Times Square is the beating heart of New York. In recent years, city officials have made an effort to make it more pedestrian-friendly, limiting car traffic in favour of places to sit and walk. You won't need more than half an hour or so to check out the scene and soak up the atmosphere.

7th Avenue and Broadway
Between 41st Street and 47th Street
Manhattan
NY 10036
timessquarenyc.org

See the views from the Empire State Building

If it's good enough for King Kong, it's good enough for us. There isn't a better view of the city than from the observation deck on the 102nd floor of the Empire State Building. Choose the Main Deck and Top Deck Express package, which allows you to skip the lines.

350 5th Avenue
NY 10118
+1 212 736 3100
esbnyc.com

Relax in Prospect Park

Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux took what they learned designing Central Park and applied it to this vast space in Brooklyn. Walk the 5km drive that circles the space or wander through the fields and wooded paths to beautiful lakeside views. Don't miss the Brooklyn Botanical Garden right across the street.

95 Prospect Park West
Brooklyn
NY 11225
+1 718 965 8951
prospectpark.org

Explore the High Line

Take an abandoned, elevated train track, add $150 million and hire landscape geniuses Diller Scofidio and Renfro. What do you get? One of the most unique parks on the planet, stretching more than 2km through Chelsea. There's a free walking tour every Tuesday and Saturday.

Gansevoort Street to West 34th Street
Between 10th and 12th Avenues
NY 10011
+1 212 500 6035
thehighline.org

Where to eat in New York

The Spotted Pig (International)

New York City gastropubs are some of the best in the world, and the Spotted Pig is NYC's original and the best. The food is a blend of English, Californian and Mediterranean, but with influences from all over the globe. In that way, the Spotted Pig represents New York City perfectly.

314 West 11th Street
NY 10014
+1 212 620 0393
thespottedpig.com

The Cecil (Afro/Asian/American)

This lively restaurant is the first in New York to serve up Afro/Asian/American fusion food. If you think that’s a mouthful, just try the oxtail dumplings or the fried guinea hen, both of which pay homage to the restaurant's Harlem roots. This joint is truly a hidden gem.

210 West 118th Street
NY 10026 
+1 212 866 1262 
thececilharlem.com

Mission Cantina (Mexican)

Danny Bowien, the man behind the hit Mission Chinese Food, has brought a touch of Mexico City to New York. He describes the menu as whimsical, and the restaurant is somehow relaxing and chaotic at the same time. If you’re looking for somewhere seriously cool, this Lower East Side eatery is the place to go.

172 Orchard Street
NY 10002
+1 212 254 2233
missioncantinany.com

Lucali (Italian)

Bushwick pizza joint Roberta's might have the hipster cred, but Lucali is regarded as the best place for a pie. This small spot on a quiet street in the gentrified – but still authentic – Italian neighbourhood of Carroll Gardens is filled with well-dressed Brooklyn families and an older generation that remembers days gone by.

575 Henry Street
NY 11231
+1 718 858 4086
lucali.com

Le Bernardin (Seafood)

Chef Eric Ripert's famous venue is known for its seafood. The Michelin Guide gave it a well-deserved three-star rating and the service is as good as the location, just a few blocks from the Museum of Modern Art, Radio City Music Hall, and more. 155 West 51st Street

155 West 51st Street
NY 10019
+1 212 554 1515
le-bernardin.com

Genuine Roadside in Gotham West Market (Food court)

Fancy food courts are having a moment in the States – jump on the bandwagon at Gotham West Market. Order The Classic Burger from Genuine Roadside, which is as good and as simple as burgers come. Other outlets include Indie Fresh and El Colmado. This is 21st century Americana.

600 11th Avenue
NY 10036
+1 212 582 7941
genuineroadside.com

Balthazar Restaurant (French)

This Keith McNally institution in the heart of Soho is almost two decades old but the beautiful people still brunch here regularly. Housed in a former leather wholesaler's warehouse, the open dining room is inviting and chic. Come here for lunch after you’ve hit the shops on Broadway.

80 Spring Street
NY 10012
+1 212 965 1414
balthazarny.com

Places to stay in New York

Wythe Hotel

This stylish hotel actually used to be a factory, and you can see hints of its past in the authentic fixtures and the exposed beams. It’s been thoroughly modernised now though, with gorgeous rooms, a screening theatre and the ever-so-fancy Reynard restaurant. Wear your best threads for this trendy Williamsburg spot.

80 Wythe Avenue
NY 11249
+1 718 460 8000
wythehotel.com

The Standard High Line

This 18-storey building towers over the High Line, offering 360-degree views across Manhattan and over the Hudson River. The Standard Grill is popular with the city's young folk.

848 Washington Street
NY 10014
+1 212 645 4646
standardhotels.com/high-line

The Plaza Hotel

This luxury hotel is affectionately remembered for housing Kevin McCallister in Home Alone 2, and more recently, for its role in Baz Lurhmann’s film adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby. The outside looks like a castle, the rooms are ornate, and the location at the foot of Central Park gives you easy access many of Manhattan’s highlights.

768 5th Avenue
NY 10019
+1 212 759 3000
theplazany.com

Park Hyatt New York

Does anything say five-star luxury like the Park Hyatt New York? Admittedly, you’ll have to splash out, but you won’t be thinking about that when you’re splashing around in the massive swimming pool on the 25th floor, or admiring views of Central Park.

153 West 57th Street
NY 10019
+1 646 774 1234
newyork.park.hyatt.com

Archer Hotel New York

The friendly staff at this Garment District boutique hotel will make you feel like you're hanging out in your own living room, and the price is excellent for New York. A Joker playing card handed to guests at check-in entitles them to money off anywhere in the hotel.

45 West 38th Street
NY 10018
+1 212 719 4100
archerhotel.com

Ace Hotel New York

This international chain opened its New York branch in 2009 and it’s still one of the most enjoyable places to stay in the city. Choose from a variety of rooms, but know that you'll probably spend most of your time in the lounge downstairs where the cool kids come to socialise.

20 West 29th Street
NY 10001
+1 212 679 2222
acehotel.com/newyork

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