NEW YORK, NEW YORK
It’s the city so nice they named it twice. But if you don’t fancy a second visit, here’s a cheat sheet on what to do and see on your first trip to THE BIG APPLE
NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES YOU GO, there really is no city quite as exciting as New York. And despite its well-publicised quirks (if you’ve not seen it yet, don’t Google the words ‘pizza rat’ and ‘NY subway’), the fact remains that there’s few better places for fun, food and frolics.
But with more than
300 different hotels to choose from, 1,000 different restaurants and more than 2,000 things to do and see; first time visitors run the risk of tourist overwhelm. Fortunately, there are a few must-visit locations that offer a large bang for very little buck. And it all begins at Grand Central Terminal.
It’s the largest — and arguably the most famous — train station in the world. There’s loads more to do than watch the trains go by, too; there’s 35 restaurants and 68 shops, not to mention The Vanderbilt Tennis Club (owned by none other than a certain Mr. Trump). There’s some fantastic views to be had; the intricate exterior façade is topped with its famous “Glory of Commerce” statue, the enormous and meticulously painted ceiling of the main concourse, and most importantly the station’s world-famous foursided brass clock (which purposefully runs a few minutes fast, to hurry along commuters).
New York has a highly regarded art scene, and one which most people assume is best explored at The Met. It’s the largest art museum in the US, and while it boasts some truly world-class exhibits, the sheer number of tourists — as well as its gargantuan size — can make it a challenge to navigate (especially on the weekends and during holidays). Instead, embrace the full story of twentieth-century and contemporary America at The Whitney Museum. It boasts an unrivaled collection of some of New York’s most innovative pieces, and where special focus is given to living artists. More importantly, it puts you within spitting distance of some of the city’s best restaurants in Downtown New York.
When it comes to comfort food; there’s no better place to begin than Balthazar. Beloved by celebrities and foodies alike, head down for breakfast and you’ll skip the need for a dinner reservation. And no visit to the US would be complete without a visit to a proper, old-school diner, and George’s has been serving American classics since the 1950s. Don’t be put off by the well-heeled salad menu, the restaurant boasts one of the best steak sandwiches this side of Brooklyn.
For a city that never sleeps, New York does offer some superb opportunities to get some shuteye. And while hotels range from the five star to the decrepit hostel, the most important aspect to any New York hotel is its location. The Conrad Hotel New York is located just off Manhattan’s famous Battery Park, close to some of the city’s most iconic landmark neighborhoods, such as the financial district, Tribeca and Soho.
The architecture and pace of New York gives it an unmatched energy
The Conrad Hotel