TO STAY

Crosby Street Hotel is a stylish, high-end boutique hotel located in the heart of SoHo. During your stay, you’ll definitely catch a glimpse of a few celebrities.Rooms from £360.26 per night

Sixty LES is a hip and modern hotel located in the Lower East Side. The pool deck is a great place to escape the summer heat and you’ll get access to Above Allen, a guest and members only club that caters to a stylish crowd.Rooms from £300.33 per night

The Greenwich Hotel – actor Robert de Niro’s 88 room hotel nestled away in TriBeCa is luxury at its best – is high-end yet unpretentious. Make sure to grab a drink in the courtyard and to book a treatment at the spa.Rooms from £377.41 per night

TO EAT

This Upper East Side institution, JG Melons, serves the best burger and Bloody Mary. It’s a great place for lunch if you’re on the Upper East Side.

Balthazar, a classic French bistro located in Soho, serves delicious food to the ‘in’ crowd.

Il Buco Alimentari is a fun, laid back restaurant that serves delicious Italian food. Get there early for a table outside and have a drink at the bar while you wait.

Narcissa at the newly opened Standard in the East Village is great for a date night or dinner with friends.  Ask for a table in the back to see what the chefs are dishing out in the open kitchen.

Margaux at the Marlton is the perfect place to grab dinner on the weekend, before a night out on the town. After dinner, grab a few drinks in the hotel lobby.

Cook Shop in Chelsea is one of the best dining options in Chelsea. I’d recommend fueling up here before touring the nearby galleries.

The Waverly Inn is great any time of day – from brunch to a late night snack. The restaurant is always lively and serves great food.

Saint Ambroeus in the West Village serves authentic delicious Italian food. Ask for a table outside for some great people watching.

Russ & Daughters is the best place to try a New York style bagel sandwich – here you’ll feel like a local.

TO DRINK

Hotel Americano is laidback and fun – and the pool is a particularly great place to enjoy a drink.

The Jane Hotel in the West Village plays great tunes all night long. The setting is boho-chic and the crowd is always ready to party.

Le Bain has the best view of New York City and is great any time of day – from sunset to sunrise. After a couple of drinks and serious dancing, you just may be inclined to cool off in the pool.

At ACME you’re in for a good time. The music and crowd is always fun and lively.

TO SHOP

Barneys is a one-stop-shop where you’ll find a mix of brand names and young designers such as Timo Weiland and Joseph Altuzarra

Fivestory on the Upper East Side is a beautifully curated boutique that’s worth visiting, even if it’s just to browse the season’s most coveted designer wears.

STORY in Chelsea is the perfect place to pick up some cool gifts.  It’s a retail concept that takes the point of view of a magazine and continuously changes their merchandise, like a gallery.

The Reformation has a great selection of breezy feminine dresses that are perfect for any occasion – from casual chic to black tie.

Opening Ceremony for funky fashion for both men and women from designers such as Alexander Wang, Carven, and SUNO. Opening Ceremony’s own label offers a selection of cool, standout items.

Creatures of Comfort is a must for casual chic apparel.

Vanity Projects on Chrystie Street is must for cool nail art. The possibilities are endless so visit there instagram page for inspiration.

Bleecker Street in the West Village and Elizabeth Street in Nolita are two of the world’s best shopping streets. Stop by Intermix, Jo Malone, and Tom Binns on Bleecker Street.

TO DO

The Conservatory Garden, Central Park’s six-acre formal garden, on 106th and 5th avenue is a great place to start your day.  Casually make your way downtown through the park, stopping at the reservoir on 91st street for an incredible view of the West Side and the Conservatory Water pond on 72nd street.

The Museum Mile on 5th avenue is something you can’t miss. From the Guggenheim Museum to The Metropolitan Museum of Art to the MOMA Museum, you’ll see some of the world’s greatest master pieces. The The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s rooftop garden is also a great place for an afternoon drink or snack while you admire the 360 degree views of Central Park.

The High Line, a park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side, is perfect for a leisurely stroll. Exit at the West 20th exit and visit the galleries in Chelsea, stopping at Hauser and Wirth, Gagosian, Metro Pictures and PACE.

TIPS

Don’t follow an official guide too strictly, or you’ll end up missing the cool, off-the-beaten things that aren’t always recommended in a guidebook.

Venture outside of Manhattan and spend a day in Williamsburg, BK. You’ll find great boutiques, coffee shops and restaurants.

GETTING AROUND

Bring comfortable walking shoes – you’ll want to walk everywhere. It’s the best way to get around and you won’t miss out on anything.

Take the subway – it’s the easiest and quickest way to get around. Purchase a weekly or monthly metro card, depending on the duration of your stay.

Words by Natalie HaimoFeature New York image by shutterstock

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