“I want to wake up in the city that never sleeps… New York, New YORK!!" From the Statue of Liberty to a Knicks Game at Madison Square, from endless boutiques to the finest of dining experiences, New York offers one and all a vibrant, sensational and unforgettable adventure in one of the most famous cities in the world. Whether it is your first or fifteenth visit to this larger than life city, we know that there is always something new to discover, but there are some things you must do. To make sure you can tick off the Big 5 on your metropolitan safari we’ve compiled the list and how to get the most of them below.
There’s something for everyone in New York, with an abundance of Michelin dining experiences, New York can be proud of hosting the grand and elaborate 11 Madison Park, voted 3rd out of San Pellegrino’s top 50 restaurants in the world list. Also in the top 50 is Le Bernardine; quoted in the list as being New York’s “shrine to sophisticated seafood”. Other restaurants worthy of a mention include Daniel - French cuisine on the Upper East Side, NoMad (same chef as 11 Madison Park), Gramercy Tavern and per se. For high end dining not so painful on your wallet there’s Nobu, The Dutch and Dirty French. If you’re looking for restaurants that are great for children ABC Cocina offers a fresh and seasonal menu or Roberta’s Pizza for it’s funky atmosphere and mouth watering pizzas (no reservations needed- best to visit during the day between lunch and dinner to avoid queues).
For some sightseeing attractions that are a bit off the beaten track why not try THE RIDE? It is the critically and virally acclaimed attraction that uses New York City and its iconic landmarks as the backdrop for a theatrical event that blurs the boundary between tour and performance. The Roosevelt Island Tram - is a 4 minute ride, which offers spectacular views to its passengers and has been praised in the New York Times as "the most exciting view in New York City!" For more views but whilst on foot, take a stroll through the city in the High Line Gardens, which regularly hosts events so keep an eye on the website before you fly. Then scoot over to the historic Rockefeller Center in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. Shop, dine and explore at one of New York’s most inspiring locations. Take a ferry to either Staten or Coney Island. Staten offers museums, historic towns and a zoo to name but a few attractions, conversely Coney Island “exists to defend the honor of American popular culture through innovative exhibitions and performances” and is filled with a wide range of rides and shows. Increasingly popular worldwide is to explore a city by bike. Discover Central Park and the rest of New York on wheels, collect your bikes (make sure you prebook) and either join a tour or go solo. Then check what’s on at the Lincoln Center for an evening play or recital.
There are plenty of excellent museums in New York but there are three in particular that are iconic and unmissable. Whether you’re planning your first visit to the Big Apple or looking to entertain yourself on your tenth trip to see something new, the Met, Guggenheim and MoMa are the three to tick off your list.
Retail therapy in New York is world famous for a reason. From long avenues of endless haute couture to discreet hidden gems of boutiques that you’ll want to keep secret from even your dearest of friends, New York is the Mecca of shopping. Often referred to as the "Gold Coast" of shopping, Madison Avenue has it all, with Barney’s for the discerning fashionistas to many high-end fashion names, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Just round the corner is Fifth Avenue, also teeming with the good and great of the fashion world. If the weather is not at it’s best and you fancy a spot of indoor shopping Colombus Circus has over 50 shops, referring to itself as an “unrivaled destination for style and sophistication”.
There are so many mind-blowing musicals and plays in Broadway there’s only time to mention a few of the ‘must see’ classics. That being said, word on the street is that ‘Hamilton’ is the show of the moment, snapping up 11 TONY awards including best musical and a 2016 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. The hip hop musical follows the life of the American founding father Alexander Hamilton; tracking his historical importance in both revolutions whilst also the meaty subplots of romance, infidelity, politics and war. You’ll need to book way in advance though, as tickets sell fast. Other shows that both children and adults alike will love include The Lion King or Matilda. And just for the adults, there’s The Book of Mormon, Shuffle Along and Waitress.
Please also remember though that we will a can completely tailor-make your itinerary based on your individual interests so it is always best to give one of our expert consultants a call on 01993 899 430 to ensure that your holiday to the big apple is both perfect and unique. Or please enquire online.