Step into each famous district in New York and you’ll discover something new. Neighbouring Little Italy, lower Manhattan’s Chinatown is a culinary and visual feast for the senses; colourful signs and townhouses line the streets, whilst live crabs, Chinese spices and fresh star fruits and lychees fill the stalls.
Cross over from Chinatown to the Upper East Side and the rich aromas of Cantonese cuisine fade into those of designer perfume.
Immerse yourself in New York’s diverse history with a stroll down Museum Mile, before browsing the upmarket boutiques along Madison Avenue or in the legendary Bloomingdales shopping mall; New York is the shopping destination of choice, after all.
Wherever you go, the Big Apple is brimming with fusion restaurants, local American diners and cosmopolitan celebrity hotspots; dine at ultra-luxe Le Bernardin or Keens Steakhouse for their sought-after mutton chop.
In the bohemian Meatpacking District, Catch NYC is the place to reserve a table for celebrity sightings; savour chef Hung Huynh’s exquisite seafood menu upon the intimate rooftop terrace.
No luxury holiday to NYC is complete without visiting the world-famous attractions – the Chrysler Building illuminated at night with its elaborate Art Deco architecture, the Statue of Liberty viewed in all its glory from the Staten Island Ferry and Central Park with its myriad of seasonal activities.
Breath-taking views are waiting to be absorbed wherever you venture in the city; walk the historic Brooklyn Bridge for picture-perfect vistas of the city skyline, before stopping for an artisanal soda or grilled cheese sandwich in the 85-acre Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Relive New York’s remarkable journey over the past 14 years with an interactive high-speed lift ride up the 1,776-foot One World Trade Center, before reaching the summit and enjoying panoramic city views from the observation deck.
Spring and autumn are the best time to visit; summers can be hot and humid and winters cold, although pre-Christmas shopping in the city is a magical experience
From Chicago to Phantom of the Opera, New York’s Broadway continuously delivers the best of the best, generating a cheerful and infectious energy that lasts far beyond the twinkling lights. For an exclusive taste of this theatrical landmark, opt for a behind-the scenes Broadway experience, featuring pre-dinner cocktails, the best seating, backstage access and a personal meet-and-greet session. Equally as appealing, the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts brings the likes of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and New York City Ballet into one spectacular venue.
As one of the largest cities in the world, it comes as no surprise that New York’s cultural and arts scene is as eclectic and mesmerising as you can get. Follow an art expert to New York’s best museums and fine art institutions on the Museum Mile along Fifth Avenue. The Metropolitan Museum of Art boasts the title of America’s largest museum. For a truly unique experience, explore some of the city’s most sophisticated and creative neighbourhoods by bike with a dedicated guide, before descending into the local Brooklyn hotspots for the evening’s festivities.
Every kind of nightlife experience imaginable exists across this remarkable city, with sultry blues setting the tone in Harlem and sophisticated cocktail bars drawing a diverse crowd in SoHo. For a refined taste of the Big Apple, head to the iconic Meatpacking District; this bustling neighbourhood is home to the celebrity-frequented Catch NYC, where exquisite seafood is served upon an intimate rooftop terrace. An essential to pre-book, the PDT (Please Don’t Tell) cocktail lounge is entered through a vintage phone box and exudes an understated feel.
Once a former railway track, The High Line elevated park is now a prime hotspot for New Yorkers, boasting bespoke foodie tours, opera performances, open-air talks and summer play sessions for children. Stock up at the local Gansevoort Market for a pleasant picnic in the park or take advantage of the nearby restaurants serving traditional American and delectable international cuisine. Led by the Amateur Astronomers Association, visitors can also partake in stargazing in the heart of the city.
Little can compare to the festive atmosphere of New York City. Immerse yourself in the holiday spirit with a guided tour of Manhattan’s must see sites including the Grand Central Christmas Markets, indulge in a bespoke personal shopping trip or witness Brooklyn’s extravagant festive decorations. For something really special, experience the lights of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree come to life from a private viewing area; or grab your skates and glade along the Center’s renowned ice rink, hot chocolate and cookie in hand.
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