A Metrocard loaded with $20 (available from any subway station) should be enough to get you around town during a three-night stay. Use it to jump on the L line to Williamsburg for a village-like vibe, where you can rummage for vinyl at Rough Trade records and for bargains in quirky thrift shops. Stay for dinner at Aurora Italian restaurant on Grand Street – their melt-in-the-middle scallops are to die for. Mains from £12.85; aurorabk. com. Have a nightcap at the Four Horsemen wine bar – we saw Evan Handler (Sex And The City’s Harry) enjoying its fine wines; fourhorsemenbk.com.