A walk on the Brooklyn bridge, a bus tour around Manhattan, seeing the statue of liberty, admiring the view from the Empire State building or going at the top of the Rock… you already know all of these tourist activities!
Therefore, let me share with you some better ‘NY insider’ tips if you decide to set a foot in the big apple for a few days.
A COCKTAIL AT THE RAINES LAW ROOM (a famous speakeasy)
Here is what is going to happen: You’ll get to the front of a building, knock at the door… wait, thinking no one is going to open. And finally the magic appears… A guy sneaks you in, you get through a crowd of people carrying champagne-based cocktails in their hands, the music plays in a boho-boogy atmosphere and you will just love your time there… its a throwback to the 50’s. This one is definitely my favourite – out of the other famous ones ( I am thinking of Backroom or ‘Please Don’t Tell’ for instance).
Where? 48 W 17th St, New York, NY 10011
THE VIEW FROM SOAKED (spring/summer) or 230 5th (winter/summer)
The view from Soaked when the sun goes down during spring/summer time is… fantastic! It looks like you are in someone’s penthouse (a very chic one) and you get to have a 360 degree view of the city.
If you are not in NYC when that rooftop reopens, then try 230 5th (it is open all year long). It is a very touristy place but I’m sure you will enjoy looking back at the great pictures you’ll take there 🙂
Soaked (at the top of the Mondrian hotel) 9 Crosby St, New York, NY
230 5th – 230 5th avenue NYC
THE SATURDAY BRUNCH
Boozy brunches are a very American/Australian/English thing. If you want to spend a cray-cray day in NY, definitely put one of these on your list: Lavo brunch, Bagatelle, Day & Night. You can even get in for free if you get hooked up with some New York promoters.
A SHOW AT THE COMEDY CELLAR
Well known as one of the best comedy clubs of NYC, you will have an unforgettable experience! All the line ups are amazing and each show is unique and incredibly fun. Laughing hard while you are enjoying a glass of wine and some side food – a great concept, a very New York thing. PS- Try to ask for the front seats if you want to have an interactive experience with the comedians 😉
Where? 117 Macdougal St, New York, NY 10012
ENJOYING SOME JAZZ MUSIC AT SMOKE
Smoke Jazz club is renown as one of of the top jazz clubs in NYC. The venue is intimate and cozy, without being too cramped. The performers are all wonderful but I must say I have my favourite band… with William Galison on the Harmonica.
2751 Broadway, New York, NY 10025
A DAY OR TWO IN THE HAMPTONS (summer time)
A getaway weekend there during summer time is the thing every New Yorker dies for. It’s great to escape the city for some time and breathe some fresh air! Enjoy the beach for a day, party hard at night at PinkElephant or Southpointe and rest at the beach the following day with some magazines… It is a change of scenery that you will greatly appreciate. The Hamptons during summer time is much like the St. Tropez of France or the Buzios of Brazil.
A CROISSANT FROM EPICERIE BOULUD
Don’t ask. Just go there, ask for a croissant with some apricot jam. Pay, get out, sit outside at the terrace and enjoy 🙂
1900 Broadway, New York, NY 10023
SHOPPING IN SOHO
I love SoHo and all these little fashiony boutiques! You’ll find all the trendy designers and in fashion brands. Do not forget to stop by the Alex and Ani store to try their must-have bracelets!
From W Houston St to Spring St between Lafayette St and Avenue of the Americas
HALF A DAY AT THE MET
This museum is probably the most beautiful and the one that has the best exhibitions… I love the bar at the Met too because of its awesome views
1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028
A DRINK AT THE BEMELMANS BAR
It is very pricey but it plays live music, there is a very pleasant and warm atmosphere and a lot of Bemelmans’ paintings are displayed around the walls, which is cool.
35 E 76th St, New York, NY 10075
A ZEN BREAK AT THE RUSSIAN SPA or THE CAUDALIE SPA
You have probably heard all of the fashion bloggers brag about the Caudalie Spa already, located atop the Plaza hotel. The treatments there are pure delights, it is true… but keep in mind that it is extremely pricey ($500 for only half a day). If you want to keep it low budget, I would highly recommend Wall St Bath & Spa on Fulton st. $40 all day! you can access the jaccuzzi, the sauna… and RE-LAX.
Wall St Bath & Spa – 88 Fulton St NY 10038
THE GREAT LAWN
It is the conservatory garden that is located from 79th to 85th Streets. The Great Lawn is a wonderful place to have a picnic on a spring afternoon or to catch some rays in the summer sun. It is open from mid-April until mid-November. It is gorgeous and peaceful.
A LUNCH/DINNER AT ROBERT OR ASIATE
You HAVE to book a table in a restaurant with a view at least once when you are here… What is better than enjoying great food and great company while you can admire the NYC skyline at the same time? Those two restaurants are both located above Central Park and offer an extraordinary landscape.
Asiate – 80 Columbus Cir #35, New York, 10023
Robert – 2 Columbus Circle, New York, NY, 10019