One of America’s most recognisable cities, New York is a cosmopolitan melting pot that offers a range of experiences for visitors. If you’re keen on discovering the city yourself, here are some insider tips on how to experience The Big Apple like a local.
Clinton Street Baking Company on the Lower East Side is famous for its all-day breakfast. Order the sugar cured bacon, the blueberry pancakes and the fried chicken and waffles – I guarantee that the food will certainly not disappoint! For an afternoon pick-me-up, I like Devocion in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, for its Colombian coffee and beautiful interior. I also frequent Tartinery at Hudson Eats, a modern, upscale spot with views of the Hudson River. And for an evening out, I recommend Gallow Green and The Crown. Both are great rooftop establishments.
The New York outpost of the Ace Hotel has individually designed rooms equipped with modern amenities, as well as a branch of Stumptown Coffee Roasters on the ground floor. It’s also a quick subway ride away from top tourist spots, including Times Square and the Empire State Building. I also recommend The High Line Hotel, a boutique establishment that mixes Gothic architecture with modern technology while retaining an oldschool charm. SoHo’s Crosby Street Hotel is another great spot that has a private garden for guests to enjoy.
During the day, spend some time in Central Park, where you can run, visit the Central Park Zoo, bike, picnic on the grass, watch a live concert and even ice-skate during the winter. The
Metropolitan Museum of Art is also a wonderful place to spend the afternoon; here, you can catch the “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” exhibition, which runs until 5 September 2022.
There’s no better way to get around New York than riding the subway. The city is also excellent for walking, which is a great way to familiarise yourself with the different neighbourhoods. Tipping is a must – between 15% to 20% of the total bill, depending on the quality of service. Finally, skip the chain restaurants in favour of local haunts and neighbourhood joints. Just remember to bring cash.