Last time I was in New York, I was an eighteen year old student. I had a budget of $20 a day to spend and was staying in a youth hostel that had one communal bathroom and no hot water.
Fast forward 17 years and this trip was very different! For ten glorious days we ate, drank, walked, shopped and walked some more. It was the longest I have been away from the kids, and as much as I missed them it felt so damn good to be footloose and fancy free – after all, there is nothing like that feeling you get when you notice that it’s 5 pm and you don’t have to start the whole dinner-bath-stories-bed rigmarole!
In case you’re heading to that neck of the woods soon, I thought I’d share my New York travel guide and a list of 30 things I loved doing during our time in the Big Apple.
The New York Travel Guide
- Queue up at milk bar for cereal milk soft serve and cornflake crumbs.
- Walk the Brooklyn Bridge.
- Make a bee line for The Apartment by The Line. It’s criminal to visit New York and not check out this seriously covetable retail concept.
- Get around with the 7-Day Metro Card. It will set you back just $29 and gives you unlimited rides.
- Hunt down some of the finest vintage going around at What Goes Around Comes Around.
- Head to Roberta’s for the best pizza ever.
- Visit the breathtakingly moving 9/11 Memorial Museum. To beat the crowds prebook your tickets before you go.
- Stay in the Meatpacking district. We booked into The Gansevoort which was feeling a bit tired. Next time, I’d stay at The Standard or Dream Downtown.
- Pull out all the stops and make a reservation (as soon as you book your trip!) for Eleven Madison Park. Ranked fifth in the S. Pellegrino World’s 50 Best List, and the highest in the US, Eleven Madison Park is a once in a lifetime experience.
- Take me out to the ballgame! See the Yankees play
- Make like Carrie Bradshaw and eat a Magnolia Bakery cupcake.
- Do some serious damage at Jeffrey.
- Feel like you’re on top of the world at Top of the Rock.
- Feed your face (and senses) at Eataly.
- Check out the new Whitney Museum of American Art.
- Get your homewares fix at ABC Carpet & Home then wander down another block to the very kitsch, Flying Tiger.
- Be impressed by the shock-and-awe space and flawless menu at Buddakan.
- For a truly unique perspective on New York’s history, visit The Tenement Museum. You can only see the museum by guided tour, so this is another goodie to book before you go.
- Have Taco Tuesday at the cheap and cheerful Tacombi.
- Hit up Opening Ceremony.
- Walk The High Line
- Balthazar is an New York institution for a reason – attendance should be mandatory!
- Stay at the Viceroy if you’re wanting downtown appeal in a midtown location.
- Have sunset drinks with a birdseye view of Central Park at The Roof.
- Find something to remember your holiday by at Love Adorned, the perfectly curated treasure trove of hand-crafted jewellery and homewares.
- Settle in at The Standard Grill.
- Go for a dusk run through Central Park.
- Shop and eat your way along Bleeker Street.
- Drink too much and do some prime people watching at PH-D.
- Watch the world go by in Bryant Park.