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Towering skyscrapers reaching dizzying heights, classic yellow cabs, and those familiar city streets that you're sure you've seen in a movie once or twice before - it could only be New York. This magnificent metropolis is home to some of the most recognisable and iconic landmarks in the USA and quite possibly the world - Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge, and the Statue of Liberty to name just a few.
Whether your idea of a good time is spending hours browsing art gallery after art gallery, enjoying a spot of luxury retail therapy, or immersing yourself in the local gastronomy scene, New York can - and will - charm any visitor who finds themselves among the city's bustling streets. Spend just a few days here and you'll soon discover that each neighbourhood has its own unique personality; from the lantern-lit sidewalks and authentic noodle bars of Chinatown to the leafy and historic avenues of Greenwich Village.
If it's your first time in New York, prepare yourself for a busy sightseeing itinerary. First up, be sure to check out these instantly recognisable landmarks before moving on to some of the lesser-known sights of the city.
On an average day, more than 360,000 visitors pass by the glowing billboards and resident street entertainers of Times Square. This buzzing intersection is lined with an abundance of restaurants, shops, and theatres; many of them staying open until well into the early hours, which is good news for any night owls. Whether you’re visiting to watch your favourite Broadway show or just stopping by to experience the lively atmosphere, Times Square is a must-see.
Standing at an impressive 305 feet, the Statue of Liberty has become one of the most influential monuments in the entire USA since its unveiling in 1886. A symbol of freedom and hope, the statue sits on Liberty Island - just a short ferry ride from Battery Park in Manhattan. As well as getting some excellent snaps, you’ll have the chance to find out more about the statue’s intriguing history at the nearby Statue of Liberty Museum.
With a vast collection of over two million works, it’s no surprise that The Metropolitan Museum of Art is America’s largest art gallery. Documenting over 5,000 years of art, as you stroll through the many exhibits you’ll discover unique pieces from cultures across the world - from priceless ancient Egyptian sculptures to modern artworks and fashion exhibits from some of the most iconic designers in the world.
Once you've ticked those three major attractions off your list, it's time to explore a little more. Take it easy with a family picnic, or head to the highest level of New York's tallest skyscraper for 360° panoramas of the thriving city beneath you.
New York certainly doesn’t do things in small measures. At 843 acres, Central Park might only be the fifth-largest park in the city - but it’s certainly one of its biggest icons. This glorious green space attracts over 42 million visitors a year, and it’s estimated that the park has been used in on-location shoots for over 230 films including Enchanted, Home Alone 2, and Elf.
Yet another classic icon of New York, the Empire State Building has towered above the city since 1931. Much like Central Park, this 102-storey Art Deco skyscraper has been featured in numerous films over the years - most notably King Kong and the Spiderman series. Visitors can take the elevator all the way up to the Observation Deck on the 102nd floor, which offers the most breathtaking panoramic views of the city through floor-to-ceiling glass windows.
Brooklyn Bridge was an impressive feat of architectural engineering back in 1883; creating the first crossing between the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn. At the time, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world, and while it might not hold the title any longer, it’s certainly cemented itself in US history. Spanning over a mile long, it’s worth taking a stroll across the pedestrian walkway - the city views are fantastic.
During your stay, it’s well worth checking out some of the lesser-known spots dotted around the city. Hidden in plain sight, these lovely landmarks offer a peaceful retreat from the non-stop bustle of the city streets.
Doubling as both a museum and a library, The Morgan Library is a wonderful sight to behold. With its sweeping ceilings, intricate frescoes and rows upon rows of leather-bound books, you might be surprised to find out that the paintings, books, and ancient antiques within this spectacular attraction started out as a personal collection of its founder, Pierpont Morgan. Visitors now have the opportunity to roam through the compelling exhibits, featuring everything from Egyptian art to stunning Renaissance paintings.
Sprawling across the neighbourhoods of Hudson Heights and Inwood in Manhattan, Fort Tryon Park boasts over 67 acres of scenic green spaces, including the tranquil Heather and Alpine Gardens which are home to over 650 varieties of plants and trees. If you feel like swapping the city buzz for something a little more peaceful, then this is the perfect destination to enjoy a gentle stroll or picnic together. Little ones have lots to keep them entertained for the afternoon, too - the park has two large playgrounds, volleyball courts, and ping-pong tables.
As a melting pot of different cultures and over 200 nationalities, New York’s dining options are just as vast as you might expect. From triple Michelin-starred restaurants to chic bars serving up inventive drinks and small plates, here are some of our favourite locations for grabbing a bite to eat in the city.
Discover contemporary Korean fine dining at Jungsik, a Michelin-star restaurant nestled along Harrison Street in Tribeca. A play on words - Jung Sik translates literally to ‘proper cuisine’ - while also being the name of the restaurant’s head chef, this revered eatery is renowned for its Signature Menu. Consisting of nine inventive dishes, you’ll get to feast on a unique combination of bold flavours - octopus, black cod, and abalone are just a few of the primary ingredients you’ll encounter.
Indulge in a 3-star Michelin dining experience at Per Se, a New American restaurant headed up by the acclaimed Chef Thomas Keller. Set in a prime position overlooking Central Park, guests can enjoy a daily nine-course tasting menu paired with an award-winning wine list of more than 2,000 hand-selected bottles. Prepared using classic French techniques, only the finest ingredients make the cut - each sourced from carefully chosen farmers and foragers in the US and beyond.
La Grande Boucherie offers a little slice of French life amid the hustle and bustle of Midtown Manhattan. Set within a sophisticated art nouveau dining room, this refined eatery celebrates the classic flavours of French cuisine; from steak frites to moules marinières, there’s something for everyone in your group to enjoy. Come rain or shine, the restaurant’s outdoor plaza is a particularly lovely spot to enjoy lunch and dinner, featuring an arched skylight and a toasty heated floor.
There’s nothing quite like sipping a cocktail on a rooftop terrace, above the twinkling city lights of Manhattan. Below ground, a hive of sophisticated bars and lounges offer an intimate after-hours experience for those who crave a little seclusion from New York’s busy streets.
You’ll want to book in advance if you plan to get a table at the elegant Bemelmans Bar on Madison Avenue. This classy piano bar is renowned for its live piano and jazz performances, extensive cocktail menu, and cosy ambience. Lining the walls are Ludwig Bemelmans' whimsical murals - an esteemed New York artist who found his success with the much-loved Madeline book series. Light bites and small plates can be enjoyed with drinks, including wagyu sliders, lobster salad, and smoked salmon.
Set high up on the 18th floor of Graduate Roosevelt Island, the aptly-named Panorama Room offers spectacular 360° views of the city. If the sun is shining, the terrace is a fabulous spot to enjoy cocktails and small plates - the bar specialises in fresh seafood, offering everything from East Coast oysters to Japanese-inspired Hamachi Crudo. The surrounding skyline becomes even more impressive during the evening hours, so you might want to stop by more than once.
Hidden below the busy sidewalks of 23rd Street is Thyme Bar - a cosy cocktail bar serving up a unique selection of inventive drinks inspired by nature. Set within a historic pre-war cellar, it has a real clandestine, speakeasy feel to it, as though you’ve happened upon one of the best secret spots in the city. Whether you’re visiting for a romantic date night or enjoying a get-together with friends, it’s certainly worth stopping by.
Experience sweeping views of Manhattan from the 360° greenhouse terrace at Ophelia Lounge. Sat right on the top level of the iconic art deco Beekman Tower, this elegant bar has been a local haunt for many familiar faces over the years, including Frank Sinatra. As well as a creative cocktail menu, there’s an excellent choice of wines and craft beers from breweries in New York, Germany, and Japan.
Here at onefinestay, we like to make sure that all our guests enjoy a stress-free stay from beginning to end. That’s why - alongside our unparalleled customer care - we offer an exclusive range of concierge services that can be tailored to your individual needs. Whether you'd like us to take care of all your restaurant reservations or perhaps have us plan an exciting cooking class from the comfort of your city home, we’re here to ensure that you enjoy an unforgettable stay. Best of all, we’ll ensure that everything is ready before your arrival so that you can make the most of every minute.
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