Check out my ultimate New York guide…Having grown up watching so many TV shows & movies based in New York, for years, I was keen to check out this incredible city. I went with my sister in Mid-March time to visit a friend who’d moved to New York a few months before our trip, so we had an excellent tour guide!
We went for just four nights. We arrived at John. F. Kennedy Airport late on a Wednesday night. To kick start our trip, we decided to get a yellow cab from the airport to our hotel as it was tricky getting an uber with our phone data and when in New York, you need to get a yellow cab at least once.
We stayed at Pod 39, a modern 3-star hotel located very centrally in Mid-Town and at a reasonable rate from $135 a night. The rooms are small; however, you’re paying for the essential amenities you need in a very central location. We were within a 2 min walk of Grand Central station.
New York Guide Day One
My New York guide begins around Grand Central Station. We got up, walked to Grand Central Station and had a diner-style breakfast at Pershing Square. The breakfast was good. I enjoyed the pancakes and bacon but was not use to the large portion sizes. We also had our first experience of working out the tipping culture of New York.
After being fueled up from breakfast, we went for a long walk past Times Square to Central Park. We went to take a photo on the steps of the met and then continued to walk down Park Avenue, discovering that it is an extremely long road! We stopped off at a small salad bar for lunch before having a wander around Bloomingdales. I thought the Bloomingdales building was gorgeous with the old style sign typography and rich black painted brick.
We had a quick afternoon nap in our hotel before heading out for the evening at a rooftop bar. We went to 230 Fifth Rooftop bar, which had the most incredible view of the New York skyline. The bar had a great vibe and was a fantastic way to celebrate our first night in the city. We went to Union Square Park for dinner and to go to a blues night at a local bar called Groove.
New York Guide Day Two
We went to a place called Spoon Table & Bar for another pancake breakfast. They quite literally had the most fluffy pancakes I’ve ever had with a great choice of toppings and in generous sized portions. After breakfast, we braved our first attempt at the New York subway. We had city mapper to help us work out our route. It did take us some time to work out how to buy a ticket and how to work the turnstiles. We went from 33 Street using the six train to take us to Brooklyn Bridge City Hall Station. Moreover we used the slow train out of fear of not knowing if the express one would stop at the station we wanted!
The World Trade Centre memorial was very emotional to see. We then walked across the Brooklyn Bridge; it was fantastic with such amazing views of the city. We got to see the Statue of Liberty from the bridge. After many photos in front of the bridge when we got to the other side. We then got back on the subway to visit some other places on our New York bucket list.
The first one was Dead Rabbit, a bar voted World Best from its fantastic cocktails, and Irish-American tavern inspired decor. Being an enormous Espresso Martini fan, I had the Irish Coffee made with coffee, demerara sugar syrup, whiskey & whipped cream. This is my top New York guide recommendation. I highly recommend it!
After Dead Rabbit, we grabbed a cab to drive through Chinatown & Little Italy before arriving in Soho where we went for Cheesecake at Eileen’s. I had many friends recommend me Eileen’s and it lived up to all my expectations, the cheesecake was insane, and I still dream about it!
For the evening, we went to see Times Square at night before heading to a rather small but fun bar close by for drinks. The bar had amazingly cheesy music and a great atmosphere where people were singing along.
New York Guide Day Three
We had a quick breakfast in Pret before jumping on the 7 line to get to Hudson Yard. Hudson Yard is a newly developed area on the West side of Midtown. We explored the new shopping centre and walked around the Vessel – a spiral staircase structure and visitor attraction. After that, we then walked along the high line – a former rail track turned into a linear park walkway stretching over 1.45miles long. In conclusion, we got to see lots of impressive street art along the walk as well as fascinating structures. We got off the High Line near Chelsea Market. We explored around Chelsea market before stopping off for lunch at Ganesvoort Market.
Gansevoort Market was impressive for street food with lots of fantastic options, very similar to a street feast style market. I had a naked burrito bowl but also got to try my first every corndog. I loved the corndog, thought it was delicious!
We returned to the hotel for an afternoon nap before heading for an evening drink at Bar Goto in Soho. Bar Goto was a cool Japanese cocktail bar. The drinks were well presented and very tasty. We had a couple of small plates to eat here, and I loved their wings!
On our last day, we were exhausted from the trip so far. We explored Brooklyn seeing some of the excellent street art. Breakfast was in a very hipster cafe called Good Morning Brooklyn. We then had a chilled afternoon before going to catch our flight home in the early evening.
New York Highlights
- Pod 39 – great hotel, well located, felt clean, modern & really reasonably priced
- Seeing the sites like Grand Central Station, Times Square, Central Park, Park Avenue, The Brooklyn Bridge, The High Line
- Dead Rabbit & Bar Goto for amazing drinks
- Eileen’s for amazing cheesecake
I loved New York and can’t wait to return again soon to discover more of what this incredible city has to offer.
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