Time and time again, New York tops the list for best city break destinations. Whether you’re already planning a trip or are tempted to do so, let NYC-based blogger Lauryn Evarts (AKA The Skinny Confidential) be your guide to the coolest places in the Big Apple. She’s covered everything from where to stay and what to do to where to eat and drink in her latest blog post. Read on for reams of inspiration…
Andaz 5th Avenue
With stellar views that look onto the New York Public Library (where films like The Dark Knight Rises were shot) and buzzy Bryant Park, this chic, modern hotel is just a four-minute drive from Penn Station. Loft-style rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, marble bathrooms and walk-in showers provide the perfect NY vibe, plus there’s the added perk of an on-site fitness centre.
“One of my favourite parts is the hotel’s charming coffee shop,” says Lauryn. “They do the best iced tea ever and there’s even a craft cocktail underground bar. Overall, this is a rad hotel with a lot of energy, ideal for anyone who wants to have a good time.”
“Such a funny Broadway show by the creators of South Park,” says Lauryn. If you’re yet to see The Book of Mormon in London, it’s well worth booking up a ticket while you’re stateside.
A trip to NYC isn’t complete without a stroll around Central Park. Yes, it may be touristy but it’s one of the city’s most beautiful spots at any time of year.
This food court/shopping village is all about good eats. The fishmonger has to be seen to be believed. Locals traipse here for the freshest $20 lobster you will find and eat them on plastic plates.
Jutting into the Hudson River – on the northern edge of Greenwich Village – historic Chelsea Piers was the destination for the RMS Titanic before it struck an iceberg and sank. Now it plays host to a health club and spa, a golf club, a bowling alley, two ice rinks, a marina and a microbrewery.
Health bunnies like Lauryn love this ‘raw juice and smoothie bar of the future’, where you can grab everything from a green juice to a healthy shot on the go.
A must-visit regardless of how many times you’ve been to New York, its grand setting and world-class collection of art, from ancient to contemporary, is hard to beat.