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NO­MAD Even if you’re not stay­ing here, it is well worth an early-evening cock­tail in the Li­brary. On your way through, note the leather­clad walls and in­cred­i­ble join­ery in the Ele­phant Bar. The per­fect way to spend an af­ter­noon on a cold, maybe even snowy, day. theno­mad­ho­tel.com

SMITH & MILLS A favourite of mine in Tribeca and great for a late-night chicken sand­wich. It has chalky blue walls, in­dus­trial lights, but­toned ban­quettes and a zinc-lined bar, and make sure you pop in to see the cool bath­room. It’s open un­til 3am but there’s no sign, so keep an eye out for the pair-of-com­passes logo and arched doors. smithand­mills.com

BALTHAZAR Es­tab­lished for­ever ago by pi­o­neer and restau­rant guru Keith Mcnally, this is a must-stop for any NY trip. The in­te­rior is bet­ter than bistros in Paris and, al­though the queues can be daunt­ing, there are ways around it. At lunchtime, aim for a seat in the bar if you want a quick bite. I love the Balthazar salad, a bowl of chips and glass of some­thing. My favourite time is around 4pm when the boiled eggs come out at the bar – a pick-me-up washed down with a glass of Cham­pagne so you can keep shop­ping un­til 8pm. balt­haz­arny.com BG RESTAU­RANT Af­ter mak­ing your way through eight floors of the shop­ping mecca that is Bergdorf Good­man, stop and re­coup over a glass of rosé Cham­pagne in the glam­orous Kelly Wearstler-de­signed BG’S. Make a lunch book­ing at Ta­ble 1 or 2 with the canopy chairs that over­look the park. bergdor­f­good­man.com

HO­TEL DELMANO On en­try, it’s as though you’re walk­ing into a sa­lon and wait­ing to be in­tro­duced to the witty host! What’s on of­fer is cock­tail-fo­cused with fancy sea­sonal drinks and char­cu­terie plates sur­rounded by smoky mir­rors, chan­de­liers, old por­traits and all the trap­pings of a good evening out. hoteldel­mano.com

FREEMANS I like rus­tic Freemans by night. Its lo­ca­tion at the end of an al­ley is full of mys­tery and in­trigue, with pot­ted pines and fairy lights. Pull back the vel­vet cur­tain on the pul­sat­ing bar and, if the wait is long, set­tle at the sec­ond pewter bar in the far room and or­der a Man­hat­tan. If you ven­ture up­stairs, check out all the nooks and cran­nies. free­man­srestau­rant.com

TACOMBI The per­fect spot for a quick and de­li­cious taco with a guava-flavoured soda af­ter walk­ing the streets of Nolita and check­ing out Bow­ery graf­fiti wall. Al­ways fun, with lots of sign-writ­ing, string lights and good mu­sic at its three Down­town lo­ca­tions. tacombi.com

Clock­wise from top left Erie Basin’s past and present jew­ellery store. Tacombi, home of awe­some Mex­i­can snacks. Mir­ror-topped ban­quettes at BG Restau­rant, the place to cel­e­brate af­ter shop­ping at Bergdorf Good­man. Court­yard at Noguchi Mu­seum. Win­dow displ

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