Recent York is dear. But with planning and know-how, it is feasible to eat, drink, explore and sleep on this splendidly buzzy city without burning an enormous hole in your wallet. Some things are even free…
Stays under £200 an evening
Walker Hotel Tribeca
It’s possible to explore and sleep in Recent York without burning an enormous hole in your wallet. Above is a room on the Walker Hotel Tribeca, where rates start from £180 an evening
This hotel prioritises all the correct things: huge, cozy beds; soundproofed partitions; luxurious products and sensible city views in a full of life location a couple of minutes’ walk from a Canal subway stop.
Creamy flat whites and giant pastries are served downstairs on the sensible Blue Bottle coffee shop. The beds are hard to go away but you need to — that is the unsuitable city to go to in case you’re hoping to spend most of your time in a hotel.
Rooms from £180 (walkerhotels.com).
Freehand Recent York
Pictured is considered one of the bunk rooms at Freehand Recent York, a stylish hotel within the Flatiron District
This trendy hotel in Manhattan’s Flatiron District is considered one of 4 created by the identical team behind the NoMad. Original artwork is painted directly onto the partitions in all 395 of its spacious rooms (which include bunk rooms sleeping 4). Guests can benefit from the hotel’s cafe, restaurant and a rooftop bar with great city views.
Doubles from £160 (freehandhotels.com).
Only a hop across the river from Midtown Manhattan is the Boro, a 108-room boutique hotel within the hip neighbourhood of Long Island City in Queens. Each room has floor-to-ceiling windows, rustic hardwood floors and comfortable robes. Chic restaurants, bars and shops are on its doorstep.
Doubles from £159 (borohotel.com).
Things to do
High Line free of charge
Follow the trail along the High Line (above), which stretches for 1.5 miles – it doesn’t cost a penny
Elevated above the streets of Manhattan’s West Side, the High Line is a 1.5 mile-long public park built on an old freight rail line. The trail weaves between intriguing buildings and past art installations, landscaped gardens and chaise longues.
Admission is free; open on daily basis 7am to 11pm in summer, and until 7pm in winter.
Lots of Recent York’s museums offer free admission days or nights. The 9/11 Museum, for instance, is free on Mondays. Tickets can be found on the web site each Monday from 7am. The moving Memorial Pools are all the time free — and well value a visit (911memorial.org/visit/museum).
The Whitney Museum of American Art offers pay-what-you-wish tickets on Fridays from 7pm-10pm (whitney.org).
The Recent York CityPass includes admission to the likes of the Guggenheim, the American Museum of Natural History, the Empire State Constructing, the Top of the Rock, the Statue of Liberty ferry and the Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise (£110, citypass.com).
Take to the water
Hop on board the Staten Island ferry and luxuriate in an ideal view of the Statue of Liberty
Join commuting locals and tourists on the Staten Island ferry that goes from Lower Manhattan and provides an ideal view of the Statue of Liberty and the dazzling skyline because it chugs across Recent York Bay and back again. Grab some bagels from Zucker’s Bagels on the walk to the ferry port.
Free ferries run each ways every half-hour, siferry.com.
Eating and drinking
Queues of hungry carnivores snake across the block to dine at Skirt Steak, a latest restaurant in Recent York’s Chelsea district (pictured)
Above is a £23 serving of mouthwatering cuts of skirt steak with thin, crispy fries at Skirt Steak, the restaurant named after the one meat on the menu
Steak and Recent York is a mix that may leave you lots of of dollars out of pocket, even before you order drinks. But there’s a latest place on the town where a delicious cut of steak is the one thing on the menu.
Queues of hungry carnivores snake across the block at this Chelsea restaurant (it doesn’t take reservations) for the set-course menu, which starts with bowls of salad featuring Boston lettuce, followed by mouthwatering cuts of skirt steak (or cauliflower steaks for veggies) served with peppercorn bearnaise and all-you-can-eat thin, crispy fries for £23.
Be certain you permit room for pudding. Diners pick from a rolling wood cart and the Paris-Brest full of hazelnut pastry cream and the chocolate raspberry tart aren’t to be missed (skirtsteaknyc.com).
Commentary decks comparable to The Empire State Constructing can break the bank, so why not visit a rooftop bar as a substitute? There’s no shortage of those in Recent York, but the most recent is exclusive.
On the 18th floor of the primary hotel on Roosevelt Island, the Panorama Room has sweeping ‘never-seen-before’ views of Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx — arguably the perfect in the town.
Enjoy a cocktail (£14) on the terrace at sunset, then head inside to a vintage velvet sofa for shrimp cocktails (£18) and big bowls of truffle fries (£14) as you watch the town light up (graduatehotels.com).
Iconic: For a classic Recent York brunch head to Valerie near Times Square (pictured)
In the center of Midtown Manhattan, near Times Square, that is the place to go for a classic Recent York brunch.
Bloody Marys, Mimosas and Negronis (from £9) are served alongside smoked salmon benedict (£15), banoffee French toast (£14) and hanger steak and eggs (£20) within the dining room, which has antique smoked mirrors, burlesque murals and leather seats (valerienewyorkcity.com).
Wish to visit an NYC dining institution of nearly 4 a long time without spending a fortune? Head to Gotham, once described by architect and designer David Rockwell as ‘the lounge for Recent York’, and order the famous cheeseburger for lunch.
Business people, locals and tourists travel from across the town to take a seat in the normal dining room, with white tablecloths and splashes of vibrant art on the partitions. The burgers (£23) are served dry-aged with crispy shallot aioli, redmond cheddar and fries (gothambarandgrill.com).
Absorb the view as you sip a cocktail at Westlight, a glass-fronted bar in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg area. Above is the Williamsburg bridge running into the neighbourhood
There’s no higher place to drink within the views than with a Manhattan cocktail at Westlight, a glass-fronted bar with a wraparound terrace, 22 floors up within the William Vale hotel within the Williamsburg neighbourhood of Brooklyn.
The food is well value trying, too — the bar’s ‘bites’ menu ranges from bowls of coconut curry cashews (£7) to succulent beef burgers (£18).
If the weather doesn’t play ball, you’ll be able to head to the chic enclosed bar — every table has glorious views (westlightnyc.com).
The best way to get there
Virgin Atlantic flies between London Heathrow and JFK every day. Returns from £389 (virginatlantic.com).